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January 18 2017
Over the weekend of January 14th and 15th, 2017 the ECIA Preserve had a lot of rain and snow, transforming the once dry trails into a very muddy mess. While this normally would not be a problem, once the sun came out and dried the trails, unfortunately someone decided to ride their horse on the 201 trail over this weekend while it was still very wet causing a lot of damage to the trail.
When such damp and muddy conditions exist in the preserve, we ask all Eldorado residents (including equestrians, hikers and bikers) to refrain from using the muddy trails until they dry out. Typically, the trails in the preserve to avoid, during such wet periods, are the 201, 202 and 301 trails but other trails may appear soft and muddy upon inspection.
Your respect of these “fragile when wet” trails will help to prevent further erosion and the need for ECIA trail volunteers to spend future springtime hours repairing the damage. When your favorite trail is wet try to use an alternative dry trail until your favorite trail has had a chance to dry out.
January 9, 2017
The New Mexico District Court has rejected yet another motion from ECIA resident Claudia Daigle regarding her suit on ground-based solar arrays and other structures. In a ruling denying motion to void judgment, Judge Sarah Singleton declared the motion frivolous and a misuse of the judicial system. Judge Singleton also requested information from ECIA’s attorneys regarding expenses in the case and indicated she would consider imposing sanctions on Ms. Daigle. This information has been provided to the court.
January 3, 2017
A live tree can be recycled for mulch at ECIA. The drop off location will be where the old rental house used to be. Area is marked with arrows.
Please remember to remove all ornaments and lights. The last day for drop off is February 2nd.
January 3 2017
Happy New Year, Eldorado! The Election Committee wishes to alert you that the 2017 ECIA Board Election process is about to begin. There will be three positions open for election which expire May 4, 2020. As of January 5, 2017, the Nomination Petition and its accompanying Information and Instructions Sheet are available online at this link It will also be available at the ECIA Community Center office. The completed petition is to be submitted to the ECIA Community Center Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2017.
There are three requisites of which a Petitioner needs to be aware. First, the Petitioner must be a Member in Good Standing (has paid 2016 assessment); second, can certify she or he will be eligible to vote in the Election (requires the 2017 assessment to be paid by the deadline); and third, must be a full-time resident of Eldorado at Santa Fe.
Each petition must have a minimum of 25 signatures of Members in Good Standing. This means the signers must have paid their 2016 assessment as of the date they sign the petition. Remember: to be able to vote and support the candidate of your choice, your 2017 assessment must be paid by 5:00 p.m., March 1, 2017.
Take this opportunity to give serious thought about how you can serve your community and become an active participant in Eldorado.
The Election Committee
January 6, 2017
A second public forum on the proposed update to ECIA’s Architectural Guidelines will be held on Sunday January 29th at 1 PM in the Railroad Room at the ECIA. The original forum on December 17 was very constructive and resulted in good changes to the document, but addressed only about half of the draft. The second forum will begin with Section 8 of the Guidelines and complete this important process. All residents are welcome and ecouraged to attend.
December 1 2016
The New Mexico District Court has thrown out the most recent lawsuit filed by Eldorado resident Claudia Daigle relating to ground-based solar arrays and other structures. The subject matter in the suit was essentially the same as that in a previous complaint brought by Ms. Daigle. In granting the ECIA’s motion for dismissal, Judge Sarah Singleton ruled that: "The interpretation urged by Plaintiff in the Amended Complaint was argued in the previous case.” Judge Singleton did not, however, award sanctions against Ms. Daigle as requested by the ECIA. All ECIA legal expenses in this litigation are covered by the association’s insurance policies.”
October 22, 2016
The 2016 Proposed Guidelines are now available for resident review. This document represents over 2 years work of hard work by the ECIA Architecture Committee and ECIA Board and Staff and is the most comprehensive update in many years.
Additionally, in an attempt to reduce inconsistencies in the formatting of the current guidelines, the new proposed Guidelines have been re-formatted to a more logical numbering system that will be easier for residents when reading or referencing the document.
Over the past few years the use of string and rope style lights for exterior accent lighting and for holiday displays has been on the increase. The most recent Eldorado Covenants and Guidelines do not address these types of lighting, but such lighting can be very bright and usually is not downward shielded. The ECIA Board feels that it is important to establish a formal policy concerning such lighting and passed a Board Resolution at the September 15, 2016 Board Meeting. This new policy reads as follows:
January 7 2016
In an effort to make the submission of Architectural Plans and Variances requests easier, the ECIA Architecture Committee has worked to develop forms for these submissions and make them available on this site. The forms may be found under the menu Resident Resources>>Forms & Applications. Or at these links: