June 2022
June Events & Information
Thank you for making Augusta Ranch
The Best Place to Live!
Visit our websites to view upcoming events, contact us, governing documents, financial reports, meeting minutes, overnight parking permits, architectural requests, and more!
To take advantage of everything the HOA business website offers, click on Register in the top left. Once approved, you may log in with your email address and password. Send any questions you may have through the Contact Us link.
In This Issue:
  • June Travel Plans
  • Join Us on Facebook
  • CC&R Amendment
  • School's Out Celebration
  • June Coloring Pages
  • Summer Kids Club
  • Swimming Pool Safety
  • New House Paint Colors
  • June Events Calendar
  • Paint & Wine Craft Night
  • Scratch Pub & Grill Events
  • Golf Course Events
  • Security Info
  • No Posting of Signs
  • Landscape Notes
  • Properly Backwash Pools
  • What to Do About Bees
  • HOA Board Meeting
Welcome, June!

The advent of June means we are halfway through the year, and summer has officially arrived! The summer solstice occurs in June. The longest day of the year is June 21st. ☀️

Making Plans to Travel?

Overnight Parking Requests: Whenever you plan to go camping or boating and need to park your RV, boat, or trailer in front of your home to ready it, please let us know to avoid a violation. 😀

Notice of Vacation: When you are planning a trip, please notify us of your departure date and how long you will be away. Having your emergency contact info, a list of authorized vendors, and other details, gives our Security Team the ability to monitor your home during a routine patrol. A vehicle in your driveway with the garage door open, loading items, would not be suspicious under normal circumstances. However, if we know no persons should be there, it would be a cause for Security to approach, investigate, and potentially stop a crime in progress.
Important Notice!
Special CC&R Amendment
If You Haven't Yet, Please Vote!
"Yield-chasing investors are snapping up single-family homes to rent out or flip." ~ Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2021

The Augusta Ranch community is being targeted by outside investors intent on converting homes into highly profitable Short-Term Rentals (STRs) marketed on VRBO, Airbnb, and similar websites. STRs may appear a suitable strategy for some who are selling their homes right now, but STRs are becoming a severe nuisance for our community and threaten property values.

Augusta Ranch has always allowed Long-Term Rentals. Those rarely cause a problem because the occupants behave as residents who respect and enjoy our community's beauty, tranquility, and amenities. In contrast, STRs increasingly are generating a long string of serious complaints, including:

  • Excessive and Late-Night Noise               
  • Violent Altercations
  • Invasion of Privacy                                    
  • Threatening Behavior
  • Parking Violations
  • Misconduct on Golf Course or Restaurant
  • Police Calls

It's widely recognized that outside investors are becoming increasingly active here locally. Families move out, weekenders pull in, and the complaints pile up. HOA's throughout the East Valley are making covenant changes to rein in this unfortunate trend. Augusta Ranch is one of the few that has not yet acted, making our home values increasingly vulnerable.

Your HOA board unanimously urges homeowners to vote YES to adopt this amendment as we strive to protect our beautiful, peaceful family community that we all enjoy. As investors gobble up more and more of our properties, this may be our last chance to stop the invasion.

Click on the buttons below to read the amendment and VOTE by way of giving your written consent.
Please send your vote via mail or email to:

Augusta Ranch HOA
2401 S. Lansing
Mesa, AZ 85209
 
To encourage ease in voting, we will also offer online access via the VOTEHOANOW. You should receive a time-sensitive postcard and email with instructions for that website.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to call Kamin Havens at 480-354-1236 or attend the board meeting on May 16th, at 6:30 PM.
School's Out For Summer
Links to school calendars:
Saturday, June 4th
School's Out Celebration!
at Scratch Pub & Grill, 4-8 PM
Free! No registration is needed.
KONA ICE will be in the parking lot!
June Coloring Pages
Summer Kids Club!
THREE Summer Kids Club events are coming this June! Below is the first event to be held on June 8th and is appropriate for children ages five and over. Register quick, as space is limited. 😀

Watch upcoming weekly newsletters and Facebook announcements for Kids Club events that will be held on June 15th and 29th.
You can pay with a credit card through our First Service e-commerce link:
OR you can pay through Venmo: @Augusta-Ranch, 4-Digit Code: 7657
After payment, you'll need to register through the button below, and please add your last name and the number of people attending. Doing so will enable us to match your registration with your payment.
Swimming Pool Safety Tips
Summer in Augusta Ranch means time spent in swimming pools and spas, great places for family fun! Whether at a swimming facility or residential pool, it's crucial to ensure everyone follows these simple safety steps to stay safer in and around the water!

  • Never swim alone. No one should swim alone, and children should never be left unsupervised in a pool, even if they are proven accomplished swimmers. Drowning accidents are vastly more likely to occur when the victim is alone or unsupervised.

  • Designate an official kid watcher, a mature person tasked with supervising children in the water. Never leave a child unattended in or near water. That should be the kid watcher's only task – they shouldn’t be reading, texting, or playing games on their phone. They also need a clear view of everyone in the pool, so no lying down on the job!

  • Have a phone close by at all times. If a child is missing, check the pool first. Be ready to call for help when needed.

  • Teach children how to swim. Swimming is not only fun, it’s a lifesaving skill. Enroll children in swimming lessons; there are many free or reduced-cost options available.

  • Walk, don’t run. The number one pool safety rule is to never run near a swimming pool. Slipping on wet concrete is a genuine concern, and serious injuries can result.

  • Obey pool rules. Public pools may have different rules regarding conduct and play in the pool, including allowed toys and attire. Always follow the pool rules.

  • No diving in the shallow end. Only dive in designated areas, and never dive into an above-ground pool. Diving injuries can have a lifetime of consequences.

  • No roughhousing. Drowning accidents can occur during rough play in the pool, especially with young children—no jumping on each other in the pool or holding anyone underwater.

  • Teach kids to stay away from drains, not to play or swim near drains or suction outlets, especially in spas and shallow pools, and never enter a pool or spa that has a loose, broken, or missing drain cover. Children’s hair, limbs, jewelry, or bathing suits can get stuck in a drain or suction opening. When using a spa, locate the emergency vacuum shutoff before getting in the water.

  • Install barriers, covers, and alarms on and around your pool and spa. A fence at least four feet high should surround the pool or spa and not be climbable by children. The pool should only be accessible through a self-closing, self-latching gate. Teach children to never climb on or over the fence. Install a door alarm from the house to the pool area, and keep pool and spa covers in working order.

  • Protect your skin. Always wear sunscreen when swimming outdoors and wear appropriate clothing poolside. Doing so is especially important for kids.

  • Use pool safety equipment properly. Pool safety equipment, such as life preservers, should not be used as toys. Ensure that all equipment is well maintained and available for proper use whenever necessary.

  • Make it the rule: out of the pool and inside when a storm threatens. Lightning in Arizona can be quite impressive and strike suddenly, even in the absence of rain or with a visible blue sky. Take cover when a storm approaches and remain out of the water until at least 30 minutes after the last lightning is sighted or thunder heard.

  • Know how to respond in an emergency. Parents and caregivers should know the basics of CPR and first aid. Often, bystanders are the first to aid a drowning victim, so learning CPR can help save a life. And once you’re CPR certified, make sure to keep your certification current. CPR classes are often available for free through many hospitals, community centers, or by contacting the American Red Cross.
Our Exciting New Paint Options
Have Arrived!
We are proud to announce new Approved Color Schemes for Augusta Ranch, inspired combinations designed to provide plenty of flexibility. As you contemplate painting your home, you'll want to check this out!

There are now 14 NEW Approved Color Schemes. Each one features three main color choices that can be used anywhere and three colors that can be used for the trim, popouts, front door, and garage door. You can mix and match them as you please as long as you stay within the palette and colors are applied to the correct designated areas.

In addition, there are 12 NEW alternate front door colors available, which you may use with any of the house paint schemes. These were chosen to give your front door a complementary splash of color if you so desire.

If you prefer to repaint your home's current colors, you may do so. As well, you may choose the original builder colors. All other previous schemes will be discontinued and unavailable.

Below is an example of a color scheme, so you may see how they are organized. Please do not judge the colors below or on the Dunn Edwards website as accurate, for there can be significant differences between them and actual paint. Instead, choose from paint samples you can collect from Dunn Edwards (nearest to us is at 5959 E Southern Ave #4-5, Mesa, AZ 85206). We will also have a set of samples for viewing in the HOA office.
Remember, Before You Buy Paint:

When you are ready to paint your home, be sure to first submit an architectural application for approval. To be reviewed at the next committee meeting, you'll need to submit your request before 5:00 PM on the second Wednesday of that month. Requests received after that will be reviewed the following month.

Follow this link: Architectural Requests to gather the necessary information and forms. As long as your desired paint colors fit within an approved palette, you'll find the process straightforward and quick. Your HOA board members are here to help, so we encourage you to ask questions.
June Events Calendar
Wednesday, June 15th
Stacking Cups Paint Party!
Limited Seating, Sign Up Now
6-8 PM at Scratch Pub & Grill
You can pay with a credit card through our First Service e-commerce link:
OR you can pay through Venmo: @Augusta-Ranch, 4-Digit Code: 7657
After payment, you'll need to register through the button below, and please add your last name and the number of people attending. Doing so will enable us to match your registration with your payment.
Sunday, June 19th
Happy Fathers' Day
Thank you for raising such great kids!

Scratch Pub & Grill
Celebrates June!

Scratch Pub & Grill not only offers delicious food and fun things to do but is an ideal place to meet your neighbors and make new friends. Along with its impressive (yummy!) menu, Scratch features big-screen televisions, game and craft nights, and live entertainment! Check out the dates below and enjoy some well-deserved downtime!
Join us in June for great times
at Scratch Pub & Grill!

Happy Hour
Monday - Friday 4-7 PM
Join us for drink specials.
Taco Tuesdays
Check Facebook for Tuesday's
$2 Truly Tasty Tacos 5-9 PM
Thursday Burgers
Check Facebook on Thursday for Bodacious Burgers 5-9 PM.
Friday Features
Check Facebook on Friday for our Fabulous Friday Features 5-9 PM.
Wizard of Oz
Trivia & Prizes!
Tuesday, June 21st
6-8 PM
Brad Maitland
Live Music!
Friday, June 24th
6-9 PM
Remnants of Soul
Live Music!
Friday, June 3rd
6-9 PM
Die Hard
Trivia & Prizes!
Tuesday, June 7th
6-8 PM
Dave McClanahan
Live Music!
Friday, June 10th
6-9 PM
Music Video Bingo
Tuesday, June 14th
6-8 PM
Zach Nightingale
Live Music!
Friday, June 17th
6-9 PM
AUGUSTA RANCH GOLF CLUB
News & Events for June
Exciting Toptracer® Technology!
Toptracer is fun for adults and kids of all ages. The whole family will enjoy hanging out in our beautifully appointed hitting bays and spending time together in this super-fun, healthy environment.

We are delighted to report that golf is having a strong resurgence in popularity. The time is right for Augusta Ranch Golf Course to step up its offerings to meet the increased demand and stay competitive. Toptracer® is an exciting technology that is fast becoming the standard expectation. If you are a golfer, you're going to love this!

Toptracer digital technology takes golf to a new level of fun and excitement. Using the same dynamic technology seen on PGA broadcasts, Toptracer computers transform the old driving range experience using launch, speed, curve, and other data analysis – all delivered in real-time as you hit your ball out onto our live range.

You can download the Toptracer Range app on your smartphone – it allows you to keep track of and store all the amazing Toptracer data available for every shot you take.

Click here and here to see some video examples of Toptracer.

Learn more at the Toptracer website: https://www.toptracer.com/
The image below shows where the Toptracer® setup will be installed relative to our driving range.
for Augusta Ranch Golf Club.
Your Security Patrol Team
If you need Security, call them directly at 480-518-3399.

Your Security Patrol Team
Here When You Need Them!
Security cannot respond to text messages,
as they are unable to authenticate the caller.

Augusta Ranch Security Patrol Team consists of three full-time armed guards licensed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The guards patrol our community approximately 18 hours per day, seven days a week, continuously changing schedules. They work through Valley Protective Services, Inc., and have a close working relationship with the Mesa Police Department, who may rely on our guards to assist when needed.

When is it appropriate to call Security? 
If it doesn’t look right to you, let our Security Team know. It takes all of us watching to help keep Augusta Ranch a safe place. Possible reasons to call Security might include parking violations, solicitors, trespassing, open garage door, criminal damage, animal control, lost/found property, and any suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles. For neighborhood non-emergencies, we're here to help!

Augusta Ranch Security Patrol Team: 480-518-3399
To submit a security report online: 

Mesa Police non-emergency line: 480-644-2211, option 2
Good Reads from Our Security Team:

Posting Signs in Common Areas
Augusta Ranch CC&Rs prohibit signs from being posted in the common areas, and Mesa City ordinances do not allow signs affixed to City signposts. Our security team works to remove such signs almost as fast as they go up.

Notwithstanding the rules, people put up signs and then don’t take them down. The tape used often is not entirely removed, or it leaves a sticky residue that becomes black with dust. The result is that we have ugly-looking signposts with bits of tape all over them. We have solicited help from the Boy Scouts in the past to clean the signposts when they put out American Flags. However, the tape residue is near impossible to remove, and the Scouts are no longer involved in maintaining this project.

Lost and Found
As an alternative to posting signs, you may advertise lost or found pets and items, accompanied by a photo, via a community email blast and our Facebook page. Please get in touch with Kamin, our property manager, with details. There is also a couple of community Facebook groups in which you could post. Find them on Facebook by searching under 'Augusta Ranch.'

Garage Sales
Please affix your garage sale signs to cardboard boxes (like the photo above). You may place the boxes on roundabouts and street corners as long as you remove them at the end of the day. Make sure they are weighted down.

Community Mailboxes
You may not affix anything to the mailboxes ever, including flyers about missing pets, solicitations, or advertisements. When we attempt to remove those flyers, often some paint adheres to the tape and comes off. Should this occur, whoever posted the flyer will, unfortunately, be responsible for covering the repainting expense.
Landscape Notes:
A friendly reminder to keep your lawn green and well-maintained and weeds under control during the summer months.
Augusta Ranch Common Areas
See Something, Say Something 😀👍

Anytime you notice common area landscaping needing attention or repair, please call 480-354-1236 or email Kamin, our community manager, with the location. If you observe excessive irrigation water running down the street, please contact Security ASAP at 480-518-3399.
Backwashing Your Pool
Where to put all that water!
#1 Where NOT to drain pool water:

Not in Common Areas: It is vitally important that you never drain your pool into the common area. Doing so is against the CC&Rs and a finable offense. The Association has lost tens of thousands of dollars in trees and shrubs due to homeowners draining pool water onto common areas. The chemicals in the pools are deadly to plants and require expensive soil treatment before we can install replacements.

Not in City Streets: City Code prohibits discharging or allowing pool water to escape into a city street or any other right of way, storm drain, or city property. A violation of these sections constitutes a Class 1 misdemeanor and may result in a fine of up to $2,500, imprisonment of up to six months, probation of up to three years, or all three. Each incident or day of violation constitutes a separate offense.
 
Not Affecting Neighbors: According to the City, backwashing your pool onto your yard is legal as long as it does not go into the street. However, please be aware that pool water contains high concentrations of chemicals that can substantially damage plants and forever affect soil quality. In addition, this water will eventually leach into your neighbor’s yard, which may kill their shrubs and trees. Please be considerate and use the proper method of backwashing, as described below.

#2 How to correctly backwash your pool:
The proper method of backwashing your pool is to drain it down the home’s sanitary sewer cleanout. If your home has two sanitary sewer cleanouts, always pick the one closest to the house. Look for a black threaded cap about 3 to 4 inches in diameter with a raised square nut on top. It is typically located outside at ground level next to the house, often outside a bathroom or the kitchen. Look carefully, as it may be hidden by landscaping.

  • Notification or a permit is not required by the City of Mesa when draining your pool into the sewer cleanout installed on your property.

  • Do not allow the passage of soil, sediment, rock, sand, debris, or other solid material during the discharge. Doing so could potentially create a sewer overflow in the street, on your property, or both.

  • The City of Mesa can treat and reuse the water for field irrigation or groundwater recharge, which of course is a good thing!

For more information visit the City of Mesa website: https://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/environmental/drain-or-backwash-your-pool

We appreciate your help in protecting
Augusta Ranch resources!
We Love Honeybees!
Honeybees pollinate over a THIRD of all the food you eat. Their importance cannot be overstated. A little honeybee works hard to make one drop of honey in its lifetime; each bee is precious. Every year there are fewer them. Let's all help the honeybees survive, thrive, and multiply!

When Bees Swarm:

Swarming is a natural process when colonies of honeybees increase their numbers. Wherever they swarm, they will not take up residence. The bees will move on if you patiently ignore them. Stay back and keep others away from the swarm, but feel free to admire and appreciate the bees from a safe distance.

Please do not aggravate or kill the bees! Having a swarm relocated by a professional is the only solution that protects our honeybee population. For swarm removal, please get in touch with a local beekeeper (not an exterminator!), such as azqueenbee.com

Honeybees in a swarm are busy tending to themselves and present no danger as long as they feel safe. They can be made aggressive if hit or sprayed with water. Just leave them alone and wait for the beekeeper to arrive. The beekeeper will use a special vacuum to remove the bees and then transport them to one of many apiaries, where they will be given a second chance to live happy and productive lives.

When You Want to Help Bees:
  • Go Chemical-Free: Synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and neonicotinoids are harmful to bees, wreaking havoc on their sensitive systems. Avoid treating your garden and green spaces with synthetics. Instead, use organic products and natural solutions to aid soil health and support beneficial insects that keep pests away like ladybugs and praying mantises.

  • Plant Colorful Flowers: One of the most significant threats to bees is a lack of safe habitat where they can build homes and find a variety of nutritious food sources. By planting a bee garden, you can create a habitat corridor with plants rich in pollen and nectar. You don’t need a ton of space to grow bee-friendly plants — gardens can be established across yards and in window boxes, flowerpots, and planters.

  • Provide Flowering Trees: Did you know that bees get most of their nectar from trees? Trees are not only an excellent food source for bees but also an essential habitat. When a tree blooms, it provides hundreds — if not thousands — of blossoms. Tree leaves and resin provide nesting material for bees, while natural wood cavities make excellent shelters.

  • Create a Bee Bath: Bees work up quite a thirst foraging and collecting nectar. Fill a shallow birdbath or bowl with clean water, and arrange pebbles and stones inside so that they break the water’s surface. Bees will land on the rocks to take a long, refreshing drink. Supplying a bee bath will help keep bees out of your swimming pool or spa. They are just thirsty!

  • Help Find Homes: Did you know that, except for honeybees, most bees are solitary creatures? 70% of solitary bees live underground, while 30% live in holes inside of trees or hollow stems. Species like bumblebees build their nests in undisturbed land, and you can provide a haven for them by leaving an untouched plot of land for them in your garden. Bee condos — which have small tube apartments — allow species like mason or carpenter bees to reside. They’re easy to make or purchase.

  • Support Local Beekeepers: Local beekeepers work diligently to nurture their bees and the local community. The easiest way to show your appreciation is to buy locally-made honey and beeswax products. Many beekeepers use products from their hives to create soaps, lotions, and beeswax candles. Plus, local honey is not only delicious — it is made from local flora and may help with seasonal allergies! You can also give local beekeeping societies and environmental groups time, resources, and monetary donations to support their programs.
See the Difference:
HOA Meeting

June 20, 6:30-7:30 PM Meeting
Homeowners are always invited to attend.

The Board of Directors establishes the basic policies of the HOA and oversees operations and procedures. Many projects are in the works at any one time to benefit the community. The Board meets on the third Monday of every month to make decisions that move these projects forward. Board meetings are open to all residents of Augusta Ranch, and we welcome you to attend. Records of the agenda and minutes are available on the Augusta Ranch website: augustaranch.org.

We appreciate each of you and are delighted to
serve a community that cares and is involved!