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Apr 01

COVID-19 Update for Blackstone HOA

Posted to Association News by Samantha Thomas

Our top priority is to keep our community safe and healthy. We've been closely monitoring the recommendations and actions taken to help decrease the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City of Peoria and the state of Arizona. 

After careful consideration and much discussion between the Board of Directors and the Association management team, Blackstone HOA is temporarily canceling all classes, clubs, and events until further notice effective immediately. 

What does that mean for residents?
Association and Lifestyle Offices: Effectively immediately, the Association offices will be closed to visitors until further notice. Our team will still be on-site to assist you, but we encourage you to practice the recommended social distancing and limit personal contact with staff. Instead of visiting the office, please call or email our team with any questions. We understand and apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. Staff contact information is listed toward the bottom of this email.

Common Areas: Effective immediately and until further notice, Blackstone will be closing amenities to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Closures include the tot lot, basketball courts, ramadas, and picnic benches.
 
Amenities that are closed will have signs to indicate the closure. Physical distancing and hygiene guidelines recommended by the CDC still apply in these areas, which include limiting exposure to people outside of immediate family members, avoiding groups of 10 or more people and maintaining six feet between each person.

Board and Committee Meetings: All non-essential Board and committee meetings are suspended until further notice. Necessary meetings will be posted and held virtually.
Modification Applications: Please submit all applications online to practice the recommended social distancing. If you have questions, contact the Association Office via phone or email.

Gate Access:
Keep your ABDi Gate Access.net account updated with all visitors coming to your home to limit person-to-person contact with the Gate team.
ALL visitors need to be listed on your GateAccess.com account. Please remember to include UBER/Lyft drivers, food and grocery deliveries, and prescription delivery services.
This is an excellent time to review your visitor log. Delete old or outdated entries and check to see if any regular service providers are not currently listed and need to be added.
All visitors must use the main entrance at Blackstone Gatehouse; Sunrise Point is a restricted access gate for residents only.
Visitors should not arrive before 7 a.m. The Gatehouse is operational from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, and each visitor needs to be checked in by the gate host.
Steps we have taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Any staff member who is feeling ill is encouraged to stay home and contact a healthcare provider.
We are continuing to follow all health and safety protocols currently in place, as well as maintain a focus on cleaning high traffic, commonly handled surfaces.

Contacts:
Association Office | 623-215-8646
General Information Questions | Casey Doscher | cdoscher@ccmcnet.com
Maintenance | Jake Monday | jmonday@ccmcnet.com
Communications | Samantha Thomas | samthomas@ccmcnet.com
Design Review | Stephanie DeAlba | sdealba@ccmcnet.com
Compliance | John Ruggles | jruggles@ccmcnet.com
Lifestyle | Kelly Strand | kstrand@ccmcnet.com
Management | Dick Rosenhagen | drosenhagen@ccmcnet.com
Melissa Parsons | mparsons@ccmcnet.com

Jul 08

Monsoon Season and Turf Monitoring

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Krislyn Powell

With temperatures steadily hovering around 110 degrees throughout the valley and monsoon season approaching, the importance of monitoring your turf’s water consumption is key to a healthy landscape. Prior to receiving summer rains, we recommend setting your irrigation system to provide one inch of water a week to your lawn; this translates to between nine and eleven minutes per day, six days a week. Of course, with monsoon season approaching, you should monitor for rainfall and adjust accordingly to avoid flooding your lawn. With varying amounts of rainfall, you should probe your soil following storms to determine when to begin providing water again. For more information on proper soil probing, please visit dlcresources.com/learning-center. 
For plant areas, retention of the water applied is equally important as the dry air causes water to evaporate quickly. Surrounding your plant with additional mulch can help to create an extra layer of protection from the heat, allowing the roots to take in the water before it’s gone. 

Jul 08

Find a Voting Center Near You

Posted to Peoria News by Krislyn Powell

Maricopa County will be utilizing vote centers for the 2020 primary and general elections. Unlike polling locations, where voters are assigned to vote at specific locations, vote centers allow voters to vote at any vote center location. Vote centers will have equipment that allows a ballot to be printed, based on the voter’s home address, which will include the appropriate federal, state and municipal candidates and/or issues. Vote centers are strategically placed throughout the county and are open from July 8, 2020 through Aug. 4, 2020, including some nights and weekends. Voters on the Permanent Early Voter List can drop off their early ballot at any vote center or the Peoria City Clerk’s Office through 7 p.m. on Election Day at 8401 W. Monroe Street, Peoria, AZ. The City Clerk’s Office can accept voted ballots, but will not serve as a vote center. Call the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602-506-1511 or visit https://recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace/ to find a vote center location near you.