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Questhaven Park Tree Removal Follow-Up from San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA)

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by HOA Community Manager (Rebecca McDonald) on Aug 02, 2022 4:02 pm
Questhaven Park Tree Removal Follow-Up
Walters Management has received some concerns from homeowners regarding the tree removals at Questhaven Park. The following is some additional information regarding the concerns shared with Management.

Van Dyke Landscape Architects (VDLA) and Tree of Life Consulting were retained by San Elijo Hills BOD to assess the condition of the trees surrounding the playground area at Questhaven Park and came to a consensus that some trees should be removed at this time as part of a long term plan to preserve the shade at the park and eliminate further damage to the concrete curbs and pathways surrounding the play areas.

The two primary tree species that exist along the perimeter of the playground are Koelruteria bipinnata – Golden Rain Tree and Tipuana tipu – Tipu Tree, both very large, deciduous trees.  Each tree was assessed for its branching structure, placement and root damage to adjacent hardscape.  Many of the trees had very poor form, and some had root intrusion in and below the playground concrete apron, which were flagged for necessary removal in order to stop any additional damage.  Removal of these trees will also eliminate the entangled nature of the overall root structure, overlapping canopy and allow the existing trees slated to remain to thrive with the additional space, light and airflow further letting them expand.  In addition to promoting health to the remaining trees, the tree removals allow for new trees to be planted at the park for the next generation.  Large specimen Podocarpus gracilior (see attached jpg) are proposed to be planted in the new openings left by the tree removals.  These trees are less invasive with roots and an evergreen species which will provide year-round shade, compared to just the summer shade provided by the current deciduous trees now.  In addition to their evergreen nature, the Podocarpus gracilior is a very clean tree, minimizing leaf litter in and around the playground. Because these tree removals are primarily on the east side of the structure, they currently provide little shade to the play structure during the peak hours of the day. 

Both Tree VDLA and Tree of Life Consulting agree that this plan of action is the best course to retain a tree canopy at Questhaven Park. A third company, Forestry Group, was awarded the contract for removal, and a fourth company, OCLM will be responsible for the replanting and renovations. Further delay in caring for these trees will result in a decline of all of them, eventually resulting in a combined removal / replacement program leaving the park with no mature trees and small new trees which will not provide shade for years.

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San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA) Updates

COMMUNITY UPDATES & NEW STOP SIGN

The Board of Directors continues to work hard to invest back into our community!  The following projects are in progress and part their 2022 goals:

  • New lighted community sign for the north entry (across from DPS)
    • Sign is currently being fabricated for install later this year.
  • Fountain renovation – in progress
    • We expect the renovations to the basin of the fountain to be completed by the end of the month
    • The submersible lights inside the fountain are being upgraded
  • Fountain square landscaping – almost complete
    • The landscape renovations to fountain square are nearly complete. The new light fixtures at the corners (by olive trees) and under the trellis are on backorder, but we are excited to see this space lit up for the upcoming holiday season.
  • Fountain square electrical upgrade – complete
    • Equipment and infrastructure upgrades were recently completed to improve the reliability of our holiday lighting installations. 
  • Irrigation Infrastructure Renovations – in progress
    • Great progress continues to be made to update the community’s irrigation infrastructure. Programming and flow sensing of our new smart controllers is nearly complete which will allow the association to better manage its water usage.
    • Drip conversions and plant material renovations to a native, water-wise palette continue throughout the community. 
  • NEW Stop Sign – Sagewood Way & Crescent Place
    • As a result of a homeowner concern, the City is adding an all-way stop sign at this intersection. Install is expected in September.

If you have any questions about these community improvement projects, please feel free to reach out to Walters Management at SEHDirector@WaltersManagement.com

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*This website – San Elijo Life, is independent of the developer San Elijo Hills Development Company and the San Elijo Hills Association. HOA updates are provided as a service to our readership. …Enjoy Life in The Hills.

UPDATE: FRONT SAN ELIJO HILLS ENTRY RENOVATION

UPDATE: FRONT SAN ELIJO HILLS ENTRY RENOVATION

Re-grading of the landscape areas to capture valuable runoff/rain water and move it away from the pond has been completed.  The new specimen Oak and Olive trees have been installed and trenching has begun for new electrical supply.  Planting has also started with our hardy, long-lived and low water use plant palette that is aimed to provide color and texture throughout the year.
 
Our new energy efficient, full color changing LED light fixtures have been ordered and software setup / programming will begin in the next couple weeks.  This new advanced lighting system will allow us to develop a theme color or combination of colors to celebrate seasons, events and holidays, as well as monitor and control the system remotely.  This same system will be installed and linked to the fountain square for a unified look.
 
Finally, the custom lighted sign and water feature is in production and will be installed near the project end, replacing the old one.

Please enjoy the attached rendering of what this masterpiece will look like once completed. Any questions about this project can be directed to SanElijoHills@waltersmanagement.com.

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San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA -UPDATE: FRONT ENTRY RENOVATION

San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA -UPDATE: FRONT ENTRY RENOVATION

We continue to make great progress on the front entry renovation. We have completed the repairs to the pond, are finalizing our grading, and will start to dig holes for the new trees that we expect to be delivered on Thursday (weather permitting). 

The HOA Board of Directors traveled to Fillmore on October 15th, along with their landscape contractor and architect to handpick the best Wilsonii Olive and Coast Live Oak trees that Devil’s Mountain Nursery had to offer.  Once the trees are installed, we will continue with the planting and irrigation of the remainder of the front entry. The new welcome sign is in production and we will provide an update on its installation in our next announcement. 

Please enjoy the attached rendering of what this masterpiece will look like once completed. Any questions about this project can be directed to SanElijoHills@waltersmanagement.com 

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**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

San Elijo Hills Community Yard Sale (NORTH of San Elijo Road)-TOMORROW!!

Community Yard Sale (NORTH of San Elijo Road)-TOMORROW!!
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting our annual community-wide yard sale!   All residents are welcome to participate in this FREE event! 

This year we will split the community into two sections (North and South).  This will allow residents to shop and participate in the sale! 

OCTOBER 2ND (NORTH)
OCTOBER 9TH (SOUTH)

Directional signage will be placed out the morning of the sale to the individual neighborhoods. Please note, there will be NO MAPS distributed indicating which individuals homes are participating.

Gates for Promontory Ridge, Saverne/Azure, Westcliffe, The Summit, and The Estates will be held open from 7 am to 5 pm; in all other neighborhoods, please check with your community regarding access.
 
Please feel free to add additional signage in the community after 8 PM the night before so long as it is removed promptly after the event.

If you have any questions, please email SanElijoHills@WaltersManagement.com

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SAN ELIJO HILLS ANNUAL HALLOWEEN DECORATING CONTEST!


ANNUAL HALLOWEEN DECORATING CONTEST!

Decorate your yard to be the most SPOOK-TAC-ULAR house in SEH!

This year YOU have the power to vote! Vote for your favorite entries in each category! The San Elijo Hills Cpommunity Association Board of Directors will pick from the top two with the most votes in each category to determine the final winner!

A $500 prize will be awarded to 1 final winner in each of the following categories:
 

¨ SPOOKIEST: Overall sense of (family-friendly) fright!
¨ Best EFFECTS: Special effects to surprise & entertain everyone!
¨ Best OVERALL THEME: Show us your best Halloween-based theme!
¨ Best ANIMATED
¨ Best INFLATABLES
¨ Best FALL DECORATING
¨ Best PUMPKIN DISPLAY
¨ Best USE OF LIGHTS 

Honorable mention to the best street!!

TO REGISTER:
All participants must register in advance. The deadline to register is no later than October 18th 
REGISTER HERE 
 
TO VOTE:
Community Judging will take place the evenings of October 22, 23, 24th. 

A link with the contest entries/map will be published on October 20th 
*Only 1 vote per household; IP addresses are traceable through our network.
 
The Board will make their final selections on Friday, October 28th!
 
PLEASE HAVE ALL LIGHTS, EFFECTS & DISPLAYS ON & READY TO GO FROM 5 PM-9PM ON OCTOBER 22nd  23rd  24th AND again on OCTOBER 28TH!

If you win, a sign will be displayed in your yard to show the world you are at the top of your decorating game!

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San Elijo Hills Front Entry Renovation Project

Association News from The San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA)


Front Entry Renovation Project
The Board has inherited significant challenges regarding trees throughout the community. 
Many trees have reached their capacity to thrive in their current locations or become
problematic due to their proximity to various structures.  The Board has been working tirelessly
to resolve these issues.

The Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweetgum) trees in the concrete cut out boxes in town center, for
example, have been lifting concrete and creating hazards and liability issues. On the bright side,
the Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtle) trees that we’ve been replacing them with are a great
addition to our tree palette, with flowers in the spring, and beautiful fall foliage in autumn, as
well as eliminating those pesky seedpods (aka spikey balls).

One of the areas we are currently working on is the front entry feature. The Pinus canariensis
(Canary Island Pines) that were planted in this area are oversized for the space. Additionally,
the Erythrina caffra (Coral) trees and Populus nigra (Poplar) trees in that same space have very
invasive root systems and are starting to compromise the rock retaining walls in that area. The
elimination of the deciduous trees above and around the pond will alleviate water chemistry
and litter issues that they cause with the pond itself.

Starting Wednesday, September 8th we will begin removing the trees in the front entrance to
our community. This will kick off a renovation project in this area where we plan to accomplish
the following: remove the trees with invasive root systems, renovate the pond feature so that
the water level can be raised without flooding, regrade the area to enhance the visibility of the
pond, plant new trees that have been properly selected for the space, install water-wise plant
material that can be maintained on drip irrigation, install a lighted welcome sign and landscape
lighting to increase the aesthetics of the main entry to our community.

We will be releasing additional details as the project progresses and we have included a
concept plan of what the space will look like once completed. In the meantime, please give
yourself more time Wednesday through Friday (September 8-10) during the tree removal phase
(approximately 8:30 am- 2 pm each day). Our contractor is familiar with the traffic concerns
during commuting hours and will do their best to limit their lane closure to the side of the road
that is opposite traffic.

If you have any questions about this project, please email the San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA): SanElijoHills@waltersmanagement.com

Thank you,
Your San Elijo Hills Board of Directors

Calling on All Californians to Conserve Water

San Elijo Hills Association News

Calling on All Californians to Conserve Water

Part of living in Southern California means facing regular droughts, and this year our drought situation is particularly bad. As of earlier this month, 50 of California’s 58 counties were under a drought state of emergency. We all need to do our part to help conserve water.

On July 8th, Governor Newsome asked all Californians to voluntarily reduce water usage by 15%. Using less water isn’t fun, but it’s necessary to keep our communities functioning.

Ready to do your part to conserve water? Here are a few helpful suggestions:

• Only run your dishwasher when it is full
• Only run your washer when full
• Switch to low-flow shower heads
• Turn off the water when brushing your teeth
• Try to keep your showers to 10 minutes or less (Bonus points if you can get in and out in five minutes or less!)
• Only fill the bathtub halfway
• Recycle unused indoor water by using it to water your garden or lawn
• Use a broom to clean your walkways instead of a hose
• Hold off a little longer on the car wash
• Use mulch in your garden and around trees to trap more water
• Install high-efficiency toilets
• Install drip irrigation for your lawn and garden
• Install a “gray water” irrigation system for your landscaping
• Pull up water-hungry grass and replace it with beautiful, drought-tolerant plants, like succulents
(Note: Always make sure you receive approval from the HOA if needed before many major home or lawn renovations.)

San Elijo Hills Association

One more important thing you can do is notify the HOA if you notice any water running down the street or any broken sprinklers in your community. Leaks can cause a significant amount of water loss, so inform the HOA and we’ll fix the issue as quickly as possible.

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1st Annual Holiday Decorating Contest!

Join San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA in the holiday spirit for our 1st Annual Holiday Decorating Contest! 

$500 PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR EACH OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES & A YARD SIGN TO LET EVERYONE KNOW YOU ARE A WINNER!
  • Best Overall
  • Most Original
  • Best inflatable display
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Best use of Homemade Decorations
  • Best Use of Space
  • Most Creative Use of Lights
  • Best Hannukah
  • Most Humorous
  • Rockin’ Holiday-Best Use of Music & Technology
  • Most Spectacular

Click here: https://sanelijohills.nabrnetwork.com/publicform.php?latest=1&qid=28306  to register!  Or Contact  sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com

All registrations must be received no later than Dec 13th 

Contest Rules

  • Registration is required to be eligible in the contest.
  • Contest is limited to what can be seen from the street side of the house at night.
  • People or live animals not allowed as part of the display.
  • Judging will take place the evening of December 16th from dusk until 9:00pm.
  • Please have your decorations turned on by 5:00pmas part of the display.
  • Judging will take place the evening of December 16th from dusk until 9:00pm.
  • Please have your decorations turned on by 5:00pm.
  • Winners will be notified on Friday, December 18th.

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity (originality, unique design & creative use of lights & decorations)
  • Arrangement (display & placement of decorations)
  • Special Effects (sound effects, fog, animation, etc.)
  • Overall Appearance (color coordination, balance, & overall attractiveness)

**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates for July 2020

Special Board of Directors Meeting
The Board of Directors will be holding a special Board of Directors meeting on July 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm via remote zoom meeting: meeting ID: 878 6669 9664, Password: 042785.  Agenda items include Board of Directors/officer position reorganization, Landscape Committee appointments, town square camera signage & surveillance policy, and potential board candidate interviews.

Landscape & Irrigation Project Update

The Board of Directors continues to make steady progress on the landscape & irrigation renovations throughout the community. The installation of Hunter smart irrigation controllers is well underway and we are taking advantage of the rebates offered for this upgrade. Our most recent landscape and irrigation upgrades have focused on the beautification of the town center, and water conservation at Duncan Ct, the Summit entry, and the parkways between Duncan Ct and Double Peak Dr. In the next couple months you’ll continue to see work being done in and around the town center and on Double Peak. Additionally, a new tree master plan was adopted by the Board and will be used to replace missing and falling trees in the major thoroughfares of San Elijo Rd, Double Peak Dr, Questhaven Rd & Wild Canyon Dr, and Elfin Forest Rd. We are pleased with the results thus far and progress being made to eliminate waste on the irrigation delivery side of our system by upgrading controllers, converting to drip and more efficient rotors, and adding pressure regulators and check valves. These upgrades will allow us to more accurately budget and anticipate one of our largest expenses – water. if you have any questions about this project, please reach out to management.
Questhaven Park
The Association continues to monitor both San Diego County and City of San Marcos Health Orders, with regard to closures of facilities as it relates to the playground at Questhaven park. At this time, the playground remains closed.  Unfortunately, we have been informed that the caution tape and signs continue to be removed. For the health and safety of our residents, please refrain from utilizing the playground equipment until the County has deemed these areas are safe to reopen. Additionally, as with City maintained parks, the grass and sitting areas at Questhaven park are available for “passive use only” and in accordance with SD County Public Health Order. The use of the park for team sport practices has, and continues to be, strictly prohibited. While enjoying the park, please use caution and maintain social distancing of at least six feet. Residents concerned about groups not adhering to the SD County Public Health Order should contact the San Marcos Sheriff Sub-Station at 760-510-5200. We appreciate your anticipated cooperation. -San Elijo Hills Board of Directors.
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