Seven Bar North HOA Seeks to Grow Homeowner Engagement

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Many of our Seven Bar North residents frequently express joy and satisfaction in having chosen to live in our great neighborhoods. Our reputation as “a desirable location” speaks for itself. We should celebrate our ongoing efforts to maintain and improve our homes and yards in an attractive and cohesive manner.  Our advantageous status is a testament to the covenants serving us well for 26 years. Perhaps now is the time to imagine how we can build on our success and strengthen resident engagement with the HOA and our community.

First and foremost, we would like to spark an interest in attendance at the annual meetings. It is important to have a quorum at these meetings. A voting quorum for our HOA is two thirds of our membership (648 homes). We need 435 votes to conduct official business. That’s why we would like to increase attendance at the meetings. We would also like to encourage more volunteerism by adding volunteer committees and by engaging with residents to support our existing committees.

One committee we would like to get off the ground is a Neighborhood Coordination Committee, comprised of one representative from each of our eight neighborhoods. Although Seven Bar North as a whole experiences common concerns, i.e., traffic, speeding, suspicious activity, etc., we recognize that each of our subdivisions may be grappling with their own unique circumstances. Establishing communication from each neighborhood via a representative familiar with their respective community would be invaluable in guiding HOA decisions. The chair of the committee would also serve on the Executive Council. Each area coordinator would also be asked to serve, or seek a volunteer to serve, on the Neighborhood Watch Committee for their area.

Resident turnover occurs in all communities. So far this year, we have gained seventeen new neighbors.  It is important that our new residents feel welcome.  We are proposing establishing a Welcome Committee to orient our new neighbors regarding the HOA, the neighborhood, and the community at large.

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Landscape and Maintenance Committee Summer News

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Our landscaping company, Yellowstone, works the following schedule: 
Growing season – March through October:  Property will be treated on a three-week cycle.
                       Week 1            Both sides of Seven Bar 
                       Week 2            Both sides of Sierrita 
                       Week 3            Westside Blvd and all the trails
Non-growing season – November through February: Property will be treated on a five-week cycle.  
                      Week 1            West side of Seven Bar 
                       Week 2            East side of Seven Bar 
                Week 3            West side of Sierrita  
                      Week 4            East Side of Sierrita  
                      Week 5            Westside Blvd

The cobbles, stone, and stabilized crusher fines on the re-constructed walking trails worked as designed during the one-half inch plus rainstorm that occurred on July 17th.  There was no major damage to the walkways. The five small areas that sustained some washing away of the surface crusher fines were quickly repaired by the Yellowstone crew when they arrived on-site the following Monday.

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Architectural Control Committee Summer News

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Fall is upon us! Home projects often continue into this season. Remember to submit an ACC application for any changes to your home, even for something as minor as installing gutters. Refer to the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs) you received when you bought your house. The CCRs are also available on our website.

To prevent issues with home projects, get an ACC approval form from our website or call Corder & Co, 505‑896‑7700, and ask them to send the ACC form to you. Submit the form online or send it to Corder and Company. The increased usage of our website, over the last year, has driven a lot of requests to come in electronically. We’re trying to make it as easy as possible to submit an application, and are hoping more homeowners will use this easy method of communication. The ACC can typically approve or deny your request within a week.

Please do not start a project without submitting the approval form. That turns a simple process into a situation that’s difficult for everyone. Remember, the goal is to preserve the neighborhood environment and protect the value of your home.

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HOA Summer 2021 Activity

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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.)

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Currier Way

John Currier

John Currier has been a resident of Seven Bar North since July 2000. He is also the longest serving volunteer for the HOA. John has held almost every role in the HOA since the developers turned the HOA over to the community during the winter of 2000. He served as a Board Member from 2005 through 2016, but his true passion is the landscaping. John established our Landscape and Maintenance Committee in 2001 and still serves as the team’s chair. He has also volunteered for the Compliance and Architectural Control teams.

In recognition of John’s dedication to the Seven Bar Community, the HOA is renaming our walking trails to ‘Currier Way’ and mounting signs signifying this where the trails cross La Sierrita and Seven Bar North. The timing seems appropriate since John and the Landscape Team (John and Dubra Karnes-Padilla) just finished managing the two-year project to refurbish all four sections of our trail system which look wonderful.

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John Currier has been a resident of Seven Bar North since July 2000. He is also the longest serving volunteer for the HOA. John has held almost every role in the HOA since the developers turned the HOA over to the community during the winter of 2000. He served as a Board Member from 2005 through 2016, but his true passion is the landscaping. John established our Landscape and Maintenance Committee in 2001 and still serves as the team’s chair. He has also volunteered for the Compliance and Architectural Control teams.

In recognition of John’s dedication to the Seven Bar Community, the HOA is renaming our walking trails to ‘Currier Way’ and mounting signs signifying this where the trails cross La Sierrita and Seven Bar North. The timing seems appropriate since John and the Landscape Team (John and Dubra Karnes-Padilla) just finished managing the two-year project to refurbish all four sections of our trail system which look wonderful.

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