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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
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:
If you are encountering a problem with a barking or roaming dog, at night or during weekend, please call Santa Fe Animal Control at 428-3720 to report the problem. Please follow that up with a call to the ECIA offices at 466-4248. Should you have to leave a message for Mark Young, Covenant Compliance Representative, or the ECIA staff, please be sure to leave your name and telephone number with the message. The ECIA staff frequently receives incomplete messages, left by Eldorado residents, who fail to leave their name and telephone numbers, and without this important information, it makes it very hard, if not impossible at times, to initiate covenant enforcement actions. Keep in mind that all complainant’s names are kept confidential during the covenant enforcement process.
Residents are reminded that under the Dog Ownership Policies and Guidelines, all residents are now required to keep their dogs on leash when in any of the Eldorado Greenbelts.
Eldorado/285 Recycles maintains a website that provides up-to-date information on existing recycling and composting opportunities. It develops/encourages new recycling options and waste reduction ideas through the periodic publication and distribution of Recyclopedia Tips, Reference Guides, and other materials. Eldorado/285 Recycles maintains containers for the collection of #5 plastics, batteries, athletic shoes, plastic writing instruments, bottle corks, and rubber bands at the La Tienda shopping center as well as containers for metal cans and plastic #1 and #2 bottles at both La Tienda and the Agora mall. Containers are also available for use at public events. Eldorado 285 Recycles actively promotes backyard composting of food and yard wastes and recycling by our local institutions and businesses.
INDEX OF RECYCLOPEDIA TIPS
Tip #1 Eldorado Area’s Best-Kept Recycling Secret!
INDEX OF REFERENCE GUIDES Free recycling at the Eldorado Transfer Station Recycling for Waste Management Customers Recycling for Agora Business Tenants >>Learn more about Eldorado 285 Recycles and read their recyclopedia tips
Did you know that cattle have the right of way here in New Mexico? This, and other interesting facts are described in Santa Fe County's "Code of the West"
Other documents of interest include the Santa Fe County Priorities Survey and the County Strategic Plan. Visit the Santa Fe County website to read more.