Spring 2022

Scott Templeton, HOA Board President
Spring has sprung in our little community – the winds are up, trees are greening, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the air is about as dry as it can be. At this time of year, we see an increase in residents walking our trails and sidewalks as everyone enjoys the warming weather and the famous NM sunshine.
The construction in our area (Westside and Golf Course) has increased the traffic within Seven Bar North as drivers try to circumvent the Westside traffic. Just this morning I witnessed a car completely ignore the new 4-way stop at Seven Bar and Sky Crest speeding right through while we were waiting to turn left. There was even an individual on the corner waiting to cross. Please take your time driving through our neighborhood and obey the traffic signs. Our diligence in this matter will help slow the traffic flow and potentially prevent an accident.

The construction on Westside has been paused for two months while a water main is extended from Rio Rancho to Intel in support of their expansion. Overall, the water pipe project is expected to be completed around the end of the summer according to the city at which point construction on the Westside widening will resume. Please check our Seven Bar Website for the most up to date information received by the HOA from the city. And please, please drive safely.

The other construction along our neighborhood’s borders is the Wintergreen Apartments on Golf Course to our west. All of the dirt moving has kicked up a fair amount of dust with our spring winds. Complaints about the dust can be directed to 311 – Air Quality Division. Please refer to this article from our website for more information. The apartments are being built in the south end of the vacant lot. The HOA has been contacted in the past about a convenience store on the southwest corner of Golf Course and Westside, but nothing definite has been communicated as of this date.

Springtime also brings us outside to start up our flower and vegetable gardens. New Mexico is in the midst of a statewide drought. The HOA is encouraging all our residents to follow the ABCWUA watering recommendations to conserve our use while still enjoying the beauty of nature. The City’s water recommendations can be found on the 505 Outside website.

The warmer weather returning also turns the efforts of many to home improvements and projects. The HOA encourages each homeowner to familiarize themselves with the Covenants and apply for ACC approval if needed. Also, just a quick reminder that compliance violation notifications began for the year at the beginning of April.
Finally, with all the activity around us as spring moves forward we would like to encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors, perhaps by using the walking trails within our neighborhood. The lizards are out and about. The birds are returning. It is time to refill those feeders. There have already been a few hummingbird sightings in Seven Bar this April.

Have a great Spring everyone.
Stephen Arguelles
Albuquerque is still in a Sellers’ market and with 719 homes on the market, we have a VERY low inventory level. This low supply drives the price point higher, where most Buyers are paying a premium. Mortgage rates are the highest they have been since 2011! Seven Bar North is still proving to be a highly desired neighborhood and most homes are selling within 1-3 days.
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Stephen Arguelles, Chair
Summer is right around the corner and home improvement projects have already begun. Please remember if you plan to do any projects that include work to the exterior of the home — landscape, driveway, or walls, you need to get approval from the ACC beforehand.

Some examples that would need approval include raising block walls, installing a side gate, pouring a concrete driveway or pathway, building gazebos/patios, adding hot tubs, sheds, or wind sails. Examples of applications that were denied have been: paint colors outside the covenants' requirements, sheds that aren’t stuccoed, wood additions to block walls, and RV’s blocking views of neighbors.

One of the most common requests we get is to re-stucco or repaint the exterior of the home. The Design Guidelines in Section 8.03 of our Conditions, Covenants, and Restrictions state: “The exterior finish of homes must be principally stucco, the principal color of which shall be earth tones or muted pastels. Brick homes shall not be permitted; however, brick accents approved by the Committee may be permitted.

To get the latest ACC Application please go to https://7barnorthhoa.com/request-for-approval/
John Currier, Chair
Landscape Contract
Our landscape maintenance contract with Yellowstone has been renewed. The contract has been revised to exclude Westside Boulevard. The city has assumed responsibility for Westside. All the HOA trees and plants have been, or will be, removed during the reconstruction of Westside Boulevard. The city will plant trees and other vegetation in the center median. The HOA was told that we would have input on what the city will plant.

The Yellowstone new work schedule will be as noted below:

Growing season
March through October three-week cycle.
Week 1   Both sides Seven Bar    
Week 2   Both sides Sierrita                       
Week 3   All the trails

Non-growing season
November through February four-week cycle.                       
Week 1   West side of Seven Bar to include the trails 
Week 2   East side of Seven Bar to include the trails                       
Week 3   West side of Sierrita to include the trails                       
Week 4   East Side of Sierrita to include the trail

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Phil Stanton, Volunteer
As usual, the majority of HOA covenant compliance issues involve weeds in homeowners' yards. Isn’t it amazing how fast weeds reappear as soon as warm weather returns? Warm weather has returned, so please check your yard, including the space between the sidewalk and street for weeds. Thank you to most homeowners who do a great job controlling weeds. Not only …

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Nena Perkin, Chair
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Greetings Seven Bar North residents. Hope you are all enjoying our beautiful and sometimes turbulent spring weather. Our first day of spring surprised us with a few inches of snow on the ground, which quickly melted and was replaced with buds and blossoms.

Our team continues to strive to broadcast community news of interest to our residents. There are certainly plenty of sources to draw from, as detailed on our Community Resources webpage. Please take a look, as you may want to subscribe to some of the community newsletters listed. One of our favorites is the Office of Neighborhood Coordination weekly newsletter. It is chock full of City initiatives news, resources, meetings, and events. They also have a YouTube channel, where you can retrieve ONC Lunch and Learn sessions covering an array of topics affecting our neighborhoods and community.

We are missing the City Councilor news this issue. We reached out to Dan Lewis’s office, but unfortunately did not receive a response. We will try again for our next issue.

We appreciate our residents reaching out to us to make us aware of issues affecting our neighborhoods that we may have missed. Please continue to bring items to our attention and provide feedback wherever possible. We enjoy hearing from you.
Corder and Company
Spring has SPRUNG and SUMMER will be here before you know it.

We are increasing our compliance inspections for the subdivision as we are seeing more weeds popping up all around the area. We know that it is spring time, and everyone is starting to get out to address the problem. THANK YOU!

Our compliance letters are done in three (3) phases:

Phase 1: Courtesy letter – this letter serves as a notice that a problem in your yard or around your home has been identified. There is no fine associated with this letter. You are given 21 days from the date of the letter to correct the problem (IN MOST CASES).

Phase 2: Violation letter 2 This letter has a $25.00 fine associated with it. This letter is a second notice that a covenant/rule violation has been found at your property and has not been corrected. You will have an additional 10 days to correct the problem.

Phase 3: Violation Letter 3 – This violation letter carries a $50.00 fine for noncompliance with the subdivision covenants and rules. You now have one more 10-day period to correct the violation.

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Automated speed enforcement (aka speed cameras)
Everyone deserves to be safe while traveling our roadways in Albuquerque. Driving the speed limit is one way to help people get from point A to point B safely. Speed increases both the likelihood of a crash and the severity of the crash – particularly for people walking or biking.
Automated speed enforcement or speed safety cameras are an effective tool and safety strategy to make roads safer and enforce posted speed limits. Automated speed enforcement programs have been shown to reduce vehicle speeds, crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Automated enforcement does not require traffic stops and can improve safety for all road users in a neutral manner. The goal of this program is not to make money, but to curb speeding, influence better driver behavior, and help create safer communities. This is one piece of a comprehensive strategy to address traffic safety in Albuquerque.

Beginning April 25th warnings will be issued for vehicles speeding through automated speed enforcement areas. If you receive a warning, please note that no action is required.
Beginning May 25th vehicles speeding through automated enforcement areas will receive a $100 ticket citation. Please visit the City of Albuquerque Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for additional information.
Health Alert - Your Furry Friend’s Poo
Dubra Karnes-Padilla, Volunteer and Resident
Poop sign
It’s important to pick up your pet’s poop and dispose of it properly. Here’s why:
The waste dogs leave behind poses numerous hazards to humans, other dogs, the environment, and plants. Dog feces harbors a variety of harmful bacteria and viruses such as giardiasis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, roundworm, tapeworms, ringworm, hookworm, and parvo among others. Some of these can be passed on to humans, usually from feces that has not been disposed of properly.
When my dog coughed up a roundworm, I Googled roundworms and here is what I found out:

A dog infected with roundworms will shed the eggs in their feces. When the dog's poop isn't picked up in a timely manner, the eggs are released into the soil (and rocks). Adult dogs most likely get roundworm from ingesting soil infested with hardy roundworm eggs or by ingesting feces contaminated with roundworm eggs. By simply licking his paws after walking on infested soil (or rocks), dogs can ingest roundworm eggs. And then it’s off to the vet for tests, medicine, and a follow-up visit. The cost for the vet can be several hundred dollars. I know. Mine was $200 and all because my furry friend walks the trails where other dog owners do not clean up after their dogs.

Besides affecting dogs, roundworm, a zoonotic parasite, can be passed to humans. Children or adults who come in contact with the infested soil (or rocks) and do not wash their hands, may ingest the eggs via their dirty hands.

It is an Albuquerque city ordinance under the Animal Control Ordinance that governs pet waste cleanup by a pet owner. To learn more, go to https://www.cabq.gov/municipaldevelopment/featured-projects/storm-water-pollution-prevention/pet-waste-and-water-quality
Joan Gillis, Communication Team Volunteer
Thank you
To the artist who paints delightful rocks that make us smile when we walk the area.
To residents who have their home improvement project approved BEFORE they start it.
To neighbors who keep their properties weed and litter-free.
To dog owners who keep their dogs on leashes.
To dog owners who clean up after their pets.
To dog owners who clean up after dogs whose owners do not clean up after theirs.
To homeowners who maintain their landscaping.
To residents who volunteer to keep the HOA running.
To homeowners who see the HOA covenants as a way to protect home values.
To residents who do not block the sidewalk with their vehicles.
To people who do not store vehicles in their driveways.
To RV owners who honor the time limits for RVs being in association neighborhoods.
To homeowners who pay their dues on time.
To owners who attend the HOA annual meetings.



  1. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you actually intend to
    When handling a gun, rest your finger outside the trigger guard
    or along the side of the gun. Don’t touch the trigger until you are actually ready to fire.
  2. Unload firearms when not actually in use. Whenever you pick up a gun, such as when removing it from or returning it to storage, remember to point it in a safe direction and make sure it is unloaded.
  3. Be sure you know how your firearm operates. Read the manual on your firearm. Know how to safely open and close the action of the firearm and know how to safely remove any ammunition from the firearm and its magazine.
  4. Store your firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case when not in use, ensuring they are in a location inaccessible to children and cannot be handled by anyone without your permission.
  5. Store your ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms.
  6. Use a gun locking device that renders the firearm inoperable when not in use. A gun lock should be used as an additional safety precaution and not as a substitute for secure storage.
  7. Make sure young people in your home are aware of and understand the safety guidelines concerning firearms. Remind them that if they find an unattended firearm in their home or a neighbor’s to not touch it, and to tell an adult.
  8. Always unload, clean and place your firearms in their secure storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.
  9. Educate everyone in your family about firearms safety.
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