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The Echo - May 2017

Spring is a beautiful time in Ransom Canyon when the trees bud, yucca plants bloom and our friends and neighbors begin spending the long days out of doors. This spring is also a time of great excitement and new beginnings in our community. The information provided below will provide you information about what is happening in your community. Do you want to be more involved? Email the RC Property Owners Association Board

The RC POA Board Highlights

  • An amazing 48 property owners have volunteered to serve on steering committees and have been challenged to figure how to better serve the property owners. These committees are: Activities & Events, Advertising & Sponsorships, Communications, Canyon Beautification, Finance/Strategic Planning, and Swimming Pool.

  • Board Members presented a very transparent in-depth 3-year financial review with results showing 2 of 3 prior years showing negative cash flow, with 2017 projected to breakeven.

  • Although Ranch House rentals have enabled the RC POA to pay down debt, make capital improvements and remain cash neutral, it is now time to make this facility more accessible to the community.

  • Steering Committees will also discuss and guide decisions about increasing the annual $60 property owner dues while we reduce the amount of non-resident wedding rentals each year to cover costs of operating expenses and added benefits and value.

  • A very generous anonymous property owner wants to donate $100,000 to two projects: a walking path in the meadow and a community center. The donor has 2 requests from the POA Board. (1.) Use donation to seek some level of matching funds or in-kind trade. (2) Find a way to measure if property owners are committed to the long-term viability of the POA.

  • Steering Committees and the board will be looking at all options and will create property owner cost-benefits options, as well as a do-nothing option. All options will be shared and discussed in 3-4 scheduled community POA community meetings throughout the summer, with property owners ultimately making the decision by a vote in Sept or October.

The Pool Grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and get ready for opening day at the pool on May 27th! The Pool Committee will be simplifying the pool passes this year! ~ Family season passes will be available at a special price until May 26th for only $200. ~ Family season passes purchased after May 26th will be $250. ~ Senior citizens (65 and over) couples pass $100. ~ Daily rate for all swimmers without a pass is $5. ~ Families who purchase a pass may buy a gate key for $10 (a savings of $40 from 2016) to use after hours for 16 year-old +. (pool staff will monitor and send all under age swimmers home). Aquire your pass by contacting Monica at 806-789-1677 or stop by the pool. Pool Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 1pm-6pm. Sundays 2pm-6pm. Closed Tuesdays. Swimming Lessons begin June 5 ~ contact Monica or stop by the pool to sign up.

The Communications Committee Each month our committee will publish an email newsletter, The Echo, and it will reach your in box by the 5th of the month. Publication deadlines will be on or before the 1st of each month. If you have information you would like published in The Echo, please email the RC POA, with the subject "The Echo", on or before the 1st of each month. All "last minute and late breaking" news and information will be distributed through NextDoorand Facebook.

Social Events & Activties Committee The S E & A Committee met April the 17th and agreed to select 8-10 activities to organize for the upcoming year. These events will be focussed on family friendly opportunities with a few affordable fundraisers mixed in. The committee then reviewed the list of events and activities developed by POA members that attended the focus meetings held earlier in the spring. After much discussion the following events/activities were selected. They represent ongoing annual events, a revival/renewal of former traditions, and new events/activities. It was agreed that this is a work in progress, but nevertheless, a good start. You can look forward to kayak races in June, Independence Day festivities July 3rd and 4th, July 21st RC Police Department family movie night, and summer music on the island in August. Looking to the fall, plans are underway for football watching parties, Taste of the Canyon, Visions of Art and a luncheon to honor our veterans.

A Friendly Reminder Ransom Canyon has a city ordinance stating that weeds must not be taller than 8 inches. If your yard has gotten a bit "out of hand", please be proactive and care for your property.

CALENDAR May 6 ~ Election Day May 8 ~ POA Meeting, 6pm, Ranch House May 16 ~ City Council Meeting 6:30pm, City Hall May 27 ~ Pool Opens 1pm June TBA ~ Kayak Races June 5 ~ Swimming lessons begin June 12 ~ POA Meeting, 6pm, Ranch House June 13 ~ City Council Meeting 6:30pm, City Hall June 24 & 25 ~ Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake Triathlon (watch the area for bike traffic)

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