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Posted on May 5, 2021 by Las Sendas Community Association
 
Our new Las Sendas amenity access cards are finally here! These new cards will give you access to our tennis courts, pickleball courts, and pools. Once installed, your old keys and access cards will no longer work; you will need a new amenity access card to use Las Sendas amenities.
 
Our anticipated “launch date” when the system will be officially switched over is Tuesday, June 1, 2021. If this changes, we will let you know. Do not discard or destroy your old card(s) or key(s) until we have announced that all systems are live and functioning.
 
This system will provide additional security, be more convenient with the single card versus multiple keys, and maintain the exclusivity of our community amenities for residents only.
 
The first card issued to each lot in Las Sendas will be provided free of charge. Each lot is allowed up to two additional amenity access cards at $50 each. These can be purchased at the Trailhead office using a debit card, credit card, or check — no cash will be accepted.
 
GETTING YOUR CARDS
 
All homeowners of record (or someone they designate) must pick up their card(s) from the Trailhead office at one of the scheduled events listed below. Anyone who comes to pick up an amenity access card will be required to present their photo ID. Here are the three scheduled pick up events:
 
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Friday, May 21, 2021 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (at the Big Summer Blowout event)
  • Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon)
  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
 
All homeowners whose amenity access cards are picked up on one of these dates will be entered into a raffle to win a $100 VISA gift card.
 
If you cannot pick up your new amenity access card during one of these events (above), you may designate someone else to pick up your card(s) using the following online form: tinyurl.com/p96fnyxa. Alternatively, after June 1, 2021, you may pick up your new card anytime during regular business hours.
 
If you have an off-site address on file with the Association, you will receive alternative options for receiving your new card in the mail.
 
Have additional questions? Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ) below. If your questions are still not answered, give us a call during regular business hours at 480-357-8780.
 
FAQs
 
1. When will the new amenity access cards be available to pick up?
 
The new amenity access cards will be available at the Trailhead on the following dates:
 
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Friday, May 21, 2021 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (at the Big Summer Blowout event)
  • Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon)
  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
 
We will also offer amenity access card pick up at the Big Summer Blowout event at the Trailhead Parke on Friday, May 21, 2021 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
 
2. What if I can’t pick up my new amenity access card on the pick up dates?
 
We want to ensure our office is appropriately staffed to distribute cards to all 3,430 residents with minimal disruption to daily operations and as little confusion as possible. Thus, residents are asked to make arrangements to pick up the cards during one of the four times listed above.
 
If you are unable to pick up your new amenity access card during one of the pick up events (above), you may designate someone else to pick up your card(s) using the following online form: tinyurl.com/p96fnyxa.
 
If someone you designate picks up your amenity access card during one of these pick up events, the homeowner’s name will still be entered into the raffle for a $100 VISA gift card.
 
Once the system is live, residents will be able to stop by the Trailhead to pick up their new card during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm).
 
3. When will the new amenity access cards work?
 
These new amenity access cards are anticipated to begin working on June 1, 2021. If there are any delays, we will let you know.
 
4. Will the pools or courts be closed during this change?
 
We do not anticipate pool or court closures.
 
5. What should I do with my old card(s) and key(s)?
    
Do not discard or destroy your old card or key(s) until we have announced that all systems are live and functioning properly. Once we have announced that they are, you may dispose of old cards and keys as they will no longer work.
 
6. What if I’m a renter?
 
Only homeowners on file with the Las Sendas Community Association, or those they designate, may pick up new amenity access cards. Contact the homeowner or have your property management company contact the homeowner and ask them to fill out this online form if they want to designate you as the pick up person: tinyurl.com/p96fnyxa.
 
All homeowners and designees will be required to present their photo ID in order to pick up or purchase amenity access card(s). 
 
7. I'd like to purchase additional cards. What do I do?
 
Each lot is provided with one amenity access card free of charge. Lots are permitted up to two additional amenity access cards, for a total of three possible cards programmed for each lot. These additional cards cost $50 each and can be paid for when you pick up your free amenity access card.
 
For renters, the homeowner of record must authorize you to purchase additional cards as they will be programmed under the homeowner's name.
 
8. What if I do not currently live at Las Sendas and have an off-site address on file with the Association?
 
If you have an off-site address on file with the Association, you will receive alternative options for obtaining your card in the mail. If you did not receive this mailing, click here to view the letter.
 
9. I live in Las Sendas. Can you mail me my card?
 
Yes! There is a $5 shipping charge for cards that are mailed to any address that can be paid for by check. Use this form to request that your card be mailed to you.
 
10. Why are the additional cards $50 each?
 
Las Sendas Residents who use the tennis and pickleball courts have repeatedly expressed concerns about non-residents using the courts. The old brass keys could easily be purchased and shared, which partly contributed to the issue. The Board set the cost for the keys at $50 with the hope of reducing the number of additional cards that would be shared with non-residents.  The Board believed providing a solution to this problem was worth the additional cost. 
 
 
Updated Thursday, May 13, 2021.
Posted on May 5, 2021 by Las Sendas Community Association
Categories: Security and Safety
 
“Speeding has always been an issue,” says Joe Draper, City of Mesa Traffic Studies Analyst and Las Sendas resident. In a study conducted by the City of Mesa earlier this year, one in three drivers on Eagle Crest was driving more than five miles per hour over posted speed limits, with similar results found on Ridgecrest and Red Mountain.
 
In such an active community with walkers, runners, and bikers — not to mention our landscaping crews — there’s a lot of activity on and near our roads. Everyone must follow posted speed limit signage to prevent accidents and keep our community safe.
 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that “For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities.” Speeding becomes increasingly dangerous when there’s bad weather, road work, or limited nighttime visibility.
 
Pedestrians and bikers also need to follow all road rules for their safety and the safety of others. This includes not walking or running on the roads. The City of Mesa Code of Ordinances requires pedestrians to stay off streets wherever there are sidewalks available unless they are in a crosswalk (Reso. 990, 1771).
 
Unfortunately, we cannot install speed humps on collector roads, such as Ridgecrest, Eagle Crest, and Red Mountain due to the City of Mesa’s requirements and regulations. That being said, the City included Las Sendas collector roads as part of a more extensive study to potentially modify the shape of medians to encourage speed limit adherence. Additionally, requests for more Police Department presence (patrols and speed radars) within our community have been made to combat speeding.
 
Most importantly, as Las Sendas residents, each of us can contribute to safe roads and neighborhoods by following posted speed limits and watching out for our neighbors.
Posted on April 26, 2021 by Las Sendas Community Association
Trees in Las Sendas
 
This time of year, desert species trees like Mesquites and Palo Verdes are putting on extra growth. Add all the winds we've been having, and we have a messy combination! Those of us who have pools are all too familiar with the extra work the tree debris can cause, and it's common for residents to contact the Association's office asking for trees to be trimmed to reduce debris in their yard.
 
Unfortunately, our community's trimming budget to trim trees outside of the regular trimming cycle is limited and does not include the cost to trim trees because debris is blowing into a yard. Owners have the right to trim tree branches on their side of the wall, so long as the work is performed from your lot and the tree debris is disposed of in your trash.
 
The Association's annual tree trimming budget does cover the cost to trim about one-third of the trees in the maintained common areas each year. Maintained common areas generally include community entrances, parks, pools, and other spaces that are roughly 20 feet from the streets. Trees outside of these areas, such as in the "washes" behind homes, are not included in this scope. Rather, they are only trimmed on an as-needed basis, such as when a tree poses a threat to your property (such as wall damage) if it is grossly overgrown or heavy with dead branches.
 
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