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Dear Neighbors of OHHA:

On behalf of the Board, I want to thank all those that decorated their homes so beautifully for the Christmas season. It adds to the spirit when folks put the time and effort to share their lights and figures to make the neighborhood one that people want to live and visit.

The winner of our annual contest is the Jonenson’s at 14682 Charter Oak Blvd. Congratulations Keturah and family!

Before celebrating the New Year I thought it appropriate to update those interested in the condition of the pool and spa. They have been in use for over thirty years and doing great until we had problems with the filters. With advice from people who know, the Board voted to update the equipment to run more efficiently and replace the current filters with new upgraded sand filters that require less maintenance. The Board approved a new chlorine feeder for both the pool and spa which should improve the efficiency of the chlorine levels. We look forward to having all this finished by reopening in early March.

The pool and spa were paid a visit by our friendly County inspector and unfortunately found higher acidity in the spa than is acceptable and requested it be closed until it is brought to where it should be. Due to the holidays, we are waiting for the next scheduled inspection so reopen the spa.

There have been some difficulties lately with logging into regular member meetings on Zoom. Six days before the next Meeting Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 (always the second Wednesday of the month) there will be a new meeting reminder sign without the office phone number. The new sign reminds everyone who wishes to attend the meeting can do so through the OHHA website. Once on the website tap on the News/Calendar top tab and scroll to Events Calendar and see the date where a link will allow you to join the Zoom meeting. I will be testing the link the day before or earlier on the same day of the meeting date to make sure the link works every month. Also, for those who have taken advantage of submitting your email addresses, the link will be sent to everyone as well via the expertise of our new Administrator Emma. The Board wants everyone to have an opportunity to view the meeting and/or offer a brief comment or question during the Public Comment section of the posted agenda.

Happy New Year for 2023!

Tom Dominy, President


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The Oak Hills Homeowner’s Association remains financially strong with a dedicated

Board of Directors effectively maintaining all assets and business transactions. There have been no increases in fees for approximately 10 years and none are planned as of

this date.

The past year your Board made a few notable changes and overcome unexpected


1. In response to complaints the tennis courts were being used by unauthorized

non-members, the Board instituted a formal policy requiring residents to sign a

log sheet inside the pool entrance. There have thus far been no formal

complaints of unauthorized use.

2. The Board hired Chris Burris to do all required maintenance for the pool,

recreation area and Greenbelt last year. The Board began a search to replace

Steve Naslund our long time Administrator earlier this year and found that person

in Chris Burris and for the first time in OHHA’s history both positions were filled

by one person.

3. The position of weekend Maintenance person is still vacant and offering $20 per

hour for a part-time job. Please call the office if you have any interest or know of

someone who does.

4. Last year the Board appointed an Architectural Review Committee as required in

the CC&R’s. This has never been done before. They have been and continue to

develop a defined policy similar to the landscaping policy that offer expectations

and guidelines regarding new structures added to homes.

5. As many of you have witnessed, the playground was upgraded with decomposed

granite (or dg) with a pathway leading from the sidewalk and into the playground

area which was plagued with gopher holes and unpleasant to look at. The Board

ordered four picnic tables with seats and is still waiting for delivery. As you walk

in the gate to the left of the dg, grass was planted.

6. Months before this meeting the Board put in place a billing system that will

prevent and further need for transitions from an outgoing Administrator. Bill

paying, monthly financial reporting and payroll were three major areas of the

Administrator duties. Our community has been very lucky to have a resident,

Steve Naslund, fulfill those duties competently for 14 years. When he left the

position for a year, transitioning was difficult. He returned for another two years

but then moved to another state and the Board recognized the value of having a

third party take over these duties. This transition has not been without difficulties

but it should be last time for the foreseeable future.

There are a few projects the Board will consider this year or sometime in the future:

a doggie park, a defined walking path along highway 156 and behind the homes

behind Arrowleaf and other streets, sidewalk repair, and hopefully an annual picnic

which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. The next meeting the Board will discuss the feasibility of returning to live meetings.

Thank you so much for your continued support for the Board and do consider filling

the 2 vacancies.

Tom Dominy, President Oak Hills Homeowner’s Association

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The last month has seen very exciting news about changes in personnel. After an extensive search with Craig’s List, Next Door, neighborhood postings and mass mailing cards, The Board successfully found and hired a candidate for Maintenance Person in Mr. Chris Burris who not only lives in Oak Hills but is President of his own homeowner’s association near Cathedral Oak. Chris has solid experience in construction as an entrepreneur and is studying for his Master’s degree in Graphic Arts Design.

Our very own neighbor Steve Naslund has served 15 years as our Administrator. Although the Board would love to have him for another 15 years given his outstanding performance, he and his wife Barbara have already begun moving to their new residence in Arizona and his last day as Administrator is November 30. The Board wishes them all the best for their new life away from Oak Hills.

Another similar search was done to fill the impending Administrator vacancy and several candidates for the position stepped forward for interviews. Of those Chris Burris proved the strongest candidate. Taking on both roles fits well with his lifestyle as father of 2 children and the Board approved his employment Monday, November 1. He is training with Steve in the weeks ahead.

Until my next installment for President’s Blog, Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

Tom Dominy, President

Oak Hills Homeowner’s Association

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