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The President's Update Report, 3 January 2008
The good news this holiday season is about Trumpets. The Trumpets Work Group continues its efforts to find a new operator for our restaurant, and has hosted nearly a dozen potential bidders during December. And just before Christmas I received an email from our attorney telling me that a trial date in the S&D lawsuit has been set for September 2008.
As I have previously announced, the discovery process is scheduled to be completed early this May, and in late May, Judge Gonzales will hold a status conference with all attorneys. The September trial date is much earlier than our attorneys had predicted, and there is a good chance the entire case will be completed by the end of the year.
The judge's scheduling order can be read in the documents section of the SCA website (www.sca-hoa.com) along with all other court documents related to the lawsuit.
Keep thinking good thoughts for a positive conclusion to this suit.
President’s Message on City Requested Trail Access Easements, 4 Jan
Those of you who attended the December 4, 2007 Board Meeting are aware of the City of Henderson's request for two easements for access from Shadow Canyon to the Black Mountain Trail of the Sloan Canyon Recreation Area. During a spirited discussion at the board meeting, members of the SCA Hiking Club were strong supporters of the easement, while some other residents were opposed. The Board concluded that the representatives from the City were unable to answer all our questions, so the matter was postponed to the January Board meeting.
At the City’s request, I met with the city's representatives to get the answers to some of the remaining questions and to get some additional background on the project and the request. The City has been extremely helpful, and has provided us with some large pictures of the project detailing the layout of the facilities at the proposed trail head and the extent of the total project.
As Hiking Club representatives stated at the December meeting, this project has been in the works for a number of years. On April 13, 2006, the City of Henderson mailed over 5500 postcards to the registered owners of properties adjacent to the trail project (the Anthem East Trails). The original proposal listed a principal trail head at Anthem Hills Park in Coventry, and a secondary trail head at a parking lot in Sun City Anthem. The postcards announced a public meeting on the trails project to be held in Anthem Center on April 27, 2006.
102 people attended the meeting which was held in the Concord Room in Anthem Center. This was followed by a public comment period from April 27 to May 15, 2006. There were 29 written comments on the project and none of the comments opposed the project. As a matter of fact, several of the comments requested more benches and tables at the two trail heads, and others requested additional access points. These latter requests resulted in the additional access point at the end of Crescent Heights.
The Henderson Parks Department considered the comments they received and slightly reworked the project, resulting in the request we received in December. This proposal does not change the number of parking spaces at the trail head, and it does not change the access road; the modified proposal only adds benches and landscaping.
There are three key issues that need to be understood in considering this request for easement:
In addition to the trail access easements, the City has also requested a storm water easement in the area of Westridge Village.
As provided by NRS-116.3102.1(i) and NRS-116.3103, which empower the board to grant easements over the common property on behalf of the Association, the board will vote on these easement requests at the January Board meeting.
The City of Henderson has provided posters describing the trail and proposed amenities which will be posted in the Anthem Center gallery on Friday, January 4. I encourage everyone to review them and see what the city would like to do for us. Residents will be able to discuss this at the January 17 Town Hall meeting and during the member comment period at the January 24 Board of Directors meeting. You can also use the Board of Directors eform on our website www.sca-hoa.org.