Hello everyone! We hope you are having a great summer, enjoying New Mexico sunshine and the ability to move life back towards normal from COVID protocols. One of the nice things we noted during the pandemic was the number of residents walking the neighborhood and trails. While walking Currier Way, we hope you enjoyed the landscaping and noted that all four sections of our trails have been refurbished over the last few years. You might have also noted the increased color in the foliage along Sierrita as part of our ‘Spring Beautification’ initiative.
Recently we established a Communications Team, a group of volunteers who besides publishing the newsletter, have made the Seven Bar North website a go-to place for current information about Albuquerque happenings, community information, construction updates regarding Westside and the Golf Course Apartments, and more. The website is updated regularly. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, it is worth a visit. The Team has also established a presence for us on Facebook and Next Door.
Speaking of volunteers, our HOA community needs your help! Did you know the HOA is managed completely by volunteers from our neighborhoods? Currently we have fewer than 10 volunteers including the three Board Members. These volunteers interact with Corder and Co., our property management company which does most of the heavy lifting regarding our covenants and Yellowstone, our landscape company. The HOA is actively recruiting volunteers and seeking input on the direction for the HOA in the future.
The Seven Bar North HOA was created by the builder of the subdivision to protect their interest. The developer wrote the bylaws, covenants and set the rules that govern our subdivision today – over 25 years later. Our Covenants and Bylaws are available on our Governing Documents webpage. Any additions, changes or deletions to those governing documents require a two-thirds vote among our homeowners. We have 648 homeowners which means 435 votes are needed. Not an easy task when we have fewer than 100 residents at our annual meeting and some of those from the same household. (Each household is allowed one vote.)
Over the next few months, the HOA will be posting questions on the website looking for ideas about the direction our homeowners want the HOA to take. Are we all happy with our covenants and want to maintain the status quo? Do we want to allow movie shoots in our neighborhood by the growing filming Industry as we recently considered? Should residents be able to list their homes on Airbnb or VRBO? Are our covenant rules dated and need updating? The only way to consider changes and potentially make them is to muster at least 435 votes. The HOA needs your participation, help, and support. Please take the time to respond to the questions and share your ideas for the future of our community.
Our neighborhood has eight subdivisions: Estrella del Norte, Casas del Norte, 7 Bar North Estates, Rancho del Cielo, Catamount, Cerro Crestado, Casitas del Norte, and Montera. One idea is to identify neighborhood captains for each of the eight subdivisions. The captains could look at opportunities for volunteers in their area such as establishing Neighborhood Watches or Welcoming Committees for new neighbors.
We look forward to hearing your feedback at the Annual Meeting in November. Please consider joining our efforts to better our community. by signing up as a volunteer. Contact Corder and Company (505‑896‑7700) for further information or fill out the volunteer form: volunteer form online.