Satellite Dishes on Roofs- Updated 1/21/15
Over the past year the ECIA has noted an increase in the number of Eldorado homes that have more than 1 Satellite Dish on their roofs. Under Article II, Section 13, paragraph C of the Eldorado Covenants, it is noted that Eldorado homes shall have no more than 1 Satellite dish on a roof, unless they have received approval from the ECIA Board to have more than 1 dish. This covenant is detailed as follows:
Article II, Section 13:
c) No more than one satellite dish in excess of 24 inches shall be permitted on a lot without the prior written approval of the E.C.I.A. Board of Directors or its designees. All satellite dishes shall be located so as to minimize their visual impact on the surrounding neighborhood and roads, and shall be obscured by screening in some reasonable manner, for example by the dwelling house and/or with plantings or fencing.
However, under current FCC Over the Air Reception Devices Rules, (OTARD), residents are allowed to have the antennas necessary to receive the desired service. This is detailed in the following FCC document, http://www.fcc.gov/guides/over-air-reception-devices-rule#QA , as follows:
That being said, this rule only applies to satellite dishes or antennas that are actively receiving broadcast signals and not just located on the roof and no longer in use. This has been clarified with the FCC by ECIA staff. With this being the case, under current FCC Rules, residents can have more than 1 satellite dish on their roof, and up to one meter (39.27 inches) in diameter, so long as it is for a desired service and is being actively used. When residents have two TV satellite dishes on their roof and only one is in use, the second and non-functional dish should be removed from the roof.
The ECIA will be addressing the fact that the original wording in the covenants, (Article II, Section 13) is no longer valid with the next update of the ECIA Guidelines for Protective Covenants and Building Restrictions.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Mark Young, ECIA Covenant Compliance Representative
Greenbelt Trail Work Notice
To: Eldorado Residents Adjoining Los Alamos Park Greenbelt
From: The ECIA Conservation Committee
This notice is to advise you that the ECIA Conservation Committee will soon start repairing the 1 km greenbelt trail starting from the Rail Trail trestle (between Monte Alto Way and Mariano Road on the west side) going east in Los Alamos Park green belt to the School, Library, and Senior Center complex at Torreon Road.
The current path has eroded significantly causing trail creep into two and three alternate paths expanding the trail width in some areas to four feet or more as users negotiate a more comfortable route.
Our resident and Santa Fe County Rail Trail Steward, Steve Griego, will be doing the major work with members of the Conservation Committee. For best erosion control our goal is to rebuild a tread slope of three to five degrees with a small drainage outer edge and reduce the total tread width to 36 inches. This work will be starting soon and we will be working on this trail for month or two using hand tools only.
Please address any questions to the ECIA with attention to the Conservation Committee.
The ECIA Conservation Committee
October 4, 2014 - ECIA member Claudia Daigle, acting on her own behalf, has filed a civil suit in New Mexico District Court alleging that the association is in violation of its own covenants by allowing the construction of ground-based solar arrays. The ECIA Board of Directors finds no merit to the arguments in the suit and will be filing an appropriate response with the court. The board asserts that the association's extensive guidelines concerning photovoltaic arrays are in complete compliance with its own governing documents as well as all applicable local, state and federal law.