The following is the latest in a series of monthly messages from the RVR Master Association Board. The messages summarize recent Board decisions and discussions, and are designed to bring RVR homeowners up to date on issues important to the community.
Dear RVR Homeowners,
This month’s theme is being good in the ‘hood. It’s a reminder that we all have an obligation to be good neighbors to one another.
As we transition from a wonderful winter into a wet and muddy spring, which comes with the territory, I want to remind folks to be good neighbors. We live in a community with rules and restrictions. These were put in place in our covenants to ensure that RVR remains a lovely community.
After you purchase a lot, or buy or build a house, every resident agrees to live by these rules. The last job the Board wants is to have to continually police our community. However, we have been asked by a variety of residents to enforce the covenants of our community.
So we’ve been working on updating our enforcement practices: refining our fine schedule as well as a process for levying a fine. Here are the major issues that seem to upset neighbors and detract from our neighborhood:
Dogs: These are our very best friends and best part of families. But your neighbor won’t feel the same way about your dog if Fido is barking, or allowed to poop in their yard. Town of Carbondale requires that your dog be on a leash if off your property, and please pick up and dispose of all poop in the containers provided around our community. Also, while the RVR golf course is a separate entity from the RVR Master Association, the course has its own rules – and one is that dogs and pedestrians are not allowed on the course.
Parking: The Town of Carbondale does not allow parking on the streets in RVR unless in a designated area that has a sign that says parking allowed. Violators can be ticketed by the police.
Trash: Trash is never to be left out overnight. If you can’t be there to put it out or the bins back in, ask your neighbor to help you out. If left out overnight, it can attract animals and leave an ugly mess on the street at your driveway.
Trailers and Campers: Per our covenants and rules, campers and trailers are only to be parked in your driveway while they are being loaded and unloaded. This does not allow for any overnight parking. You can store them in your garage, but not in your driveway or on the street.
Noise: Please be respectful that your neighbors don’t want to stay up until your party guests go home. If someone has a late party with lots of noise, you are encouraged to call the Carbondale police. There is no one at RVR that will handle this, day or night.
Renters: I’m sure you have all seen the recent RVR Friday newsletters that address renter issues and requirements. RVR allows you to rent your entire home, but not just a room. However, your lease must be on file at the RVR office. Homeowners, whether present or not, will be held responsible for their guests.
All of these issues are addressed in our governing documents, and the Board is ultimately responsible for making sure the community lives by these documents. If you have questions about any of this, please contact our General Manager, Sterling Page, or Community Service Manager, Kendra Ford, at the Ranch House.
The Board hopes to be rolling out a new fine schedule by summer. We really don’t want to be fining our residents, but it seems to be the only way that people who continually create issues for their neighbors will get the picture that what they’re doing is not acceptable.
If you’d like to weigh in on these topics – or any others – we’d love to have you join us at our Board meetings. The next one is on April 24, at 5:30 pm in the Ranch House Board meeting room. Hope to see you there.
On behalf of your volunteer RVRMA Board,