Patrol report


Thomas Catri

I would like to welcome in all new residents to SunBird. Returning SunBird residents, welcome back. To all residents, it’s that time of year again and, yes, it comes so quickly. Finding ways to protect your community may not directly be your job, but keeping homeowners informed benefits everyone. The reason a Homeowners Association has rules, regulations and covenants is to ensure proper order and running of the community. Rules are set to protect the safety and wellbeing of the members in the community, property values and quality of life. It’s very important for members to respectfully follow the rules set forth by the Association.

Some important reminders:

Driving in SunBird: The roads in our community abide by the same standards as the roads outside of it. Follow the posted speed limit. All vehicles, cars, trucks, golf carts, bicycles and anything else with wheels need to stop at stop bars (line) and stop signs. Slowing down is not enough.

Golf Carts: Please obey all stop signs. Always yield to pedestrians and be cognizant of motor vehicles. Always use hand signals to indicate your intent to turn. All golf carts must be equipped with headlights and tail lights in order to be operated between sundown and sunrise on HOA streets. The driver of any golf cart must be 16 years old.

Biking and walking safety: With no sidewalks, automobiles must share our roads with walkers, joggers, dog walking and bicyclists. Drivers, please obey our posted speed limit requirements. Walk against traffic, bicyclists move with traffic. Safety is everyone’s responsibility however we get around.

Pet Courtesy: While walking your dog, bring a baggie with you to pick up your pet’s waste and dispose of it at home. In Arizona, each dog should be confined with an enclosure on the owner’s property, so that the dog is confined entirely to the owner’s property, or on a leash not to exceed six feet in length, directly under the owner’s control, when not on the owner’s property.

Vehicle identification/Registration for owners and residents: Article 11, Traffic Regulations Section Three, states, “In an effort to identify all vehicles, including golf carts within SunBird, all vehicles of SunBird owners must display a SunBird identification decal on them. A registration system helps the Homeowners Association to match vehicles with residents in case you would need to be contacted in an emergency. It also helps to keep non-owners from using your facilities.”

Recreation Vehicles (RV’s) safety requirements: While parked in SunBird, RV slide-outs must face the curb side when extended. If an RV is parked in the street and the slide-out is extended temporarily on the street side, then a warning device must be used in the street. For any type of steps for entering and exiting that also extend away from the exterior of the RV, cones or another warning device must be put in place in the street.

Please don’t feed the wild animals: Putting food out to attract wildlife into your city or community for your viewing pleasure is never a good idea. Feeding wild animals, whether on purpose or not, does more harm than good. We can all agree that some of our wild animal visitors to SunBird look cute and appear to be hungry, but it really isn’t a good idea to feed them. It can make them lose their natural fear of people.

Are your Homeowners records current? It’s very important that you check periodically to be sure that we in the HOA office have your current information in your homeowners account. This is very important for when we need to contact you or a family member in an emergency or send you important Homeowners Association mailings.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Patrol at 480-797-8605 if you have any questions. We are here and happy to assist or homeowners, guests and visitors.