Report from Mick Hergert – Another Scam to be aware of

Report from Mick and Donna Hergert

Donna and I received a phone call this a.m. from our oldest grandson who suddenly went to New York to attend a wedding.  While there he rear ended someone, broke his nose, and was issued a DUI.  He had one phone call to make after the emergency room and booking at the police station.  Didn’t want to have us tell his parents. Real fishy.  We got a call 10 minutes later from an attorney in NY giving us details of how we can “spring” the kid out of jail.  Of course it meant sending $$ to him. I knew it was a scam pretty quickly as I have read about the “grandparents scam”.  So, for all the grandparents in Charbonneau take warning.

Mick
The scammers claiming a broken nose and therefore sounding nasally, did explain the change of voice.  However, Mick stated that they know their Grandson and know that he would never go on a lark trip to NY for just his friends wedding and so they called him immediately and of course he was at work.
Bottom line is always good to check the facts of any phone calls you receive

Be aware that Vermin have been seen in the neighborhood

A Rat was seen by Ralph Martin (CHOA Landscape Director) on a bird feeder just inside a courtyard on Fairway Dr.  Please do not feed the ducks throwing birdseed in the grass!  I personally (Jan Landis, CHOA communication Director) have seen an increase of duck activity, including excrement all over our patio.

According to Ralph, if many residents are feeding wildlife, outside of the CHOA policy, it may be why we are seeing rats and recent sightings of the coyote.  Ralph has personally  seen a coyote 3 times around F&G pool area in the early evenings!  With the added concern of the rats, who now have crossed over from Louvonne to Fairway this must be addressed.  Thank you!  Ralph

 

Policy regarding feeding of wildlife in CHOA Neighborhoods (May 14, 2014):

 

  • Feeding of wild animals, for example, geese, ducks, squirrels, and deer in all areas outside your home, including your courtyard, is prohibited.
  • Birds may only be fed inside a homeowner’s courtyard with a feeder hung above the ground.
  • Homeowners should only use cracked birdseed or a seed mixture called No Waste®
  • Homeowners may feed hummingbirds inside their courtyard and in common areas outside of the courtyard with a liquid feeder hung above the ground.
  • Offenders of the above policy will be given one oral warning. Subsequent offenses will be enforced in accordance with CHOA’s Enforcement Resolution 2013-002.
  • A fine of $25.00 could be issued.

IRS Phone Scam – What to do

Neighbors Jan Crawford and Jesse Taft recently received a call from Scammers reporting that they would be sued by the IRS.

 

Please do not respond to any call from the IRS, make a note of the phone number if you can (most of us have this information on our phones) and report to the IRS so that they can pursue the Scammer

Per the IRS site:

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or atwww.tigta.gov.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

Additional information about tax scams are available on IRS social media sites, including YouTubeand Tumblr where people can search “scam” to find all the scam-related posts.

New Residents DISASTER PREPAREDNESS THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2016 3:30 PM

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2016

3:30 PM

POOL HOUSE C

LAFAYETTE WAY

 

Are you a new resident to CHOA in the past 6 months?

 

OR

 

Have you been unable to attend the

meetings for our residents about the specific protections and procedures established by your preparedness team?

 

We focus on EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS and provide the information you need to be self sufficient for the time period first responders WILL NOT be able to reach us.

 

You will also learn the CHOA procedure to follow immediately following an earthquake AND what will be done to help you and how you can help your neighbors.

 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR JANUARY 28

By Monday January 25

 

CONTACT Janet Moore, CHOA Disaster Preparedness Coordinator

 

503 694-6461

or

janet.moore2u@gmail.com  

Safety Announcement: Adult Cougar tracks found at 32035 Boones Bend Rd

Sunday Morning, January 3rd, these tracks were spotted in the snow at 32035 Boones Bend Rd.

Craig O’Conner is the owner of the property. Craig took the photos of the tracks and researched them. He talked to hunters  and went online with the Measurements and it was determined these were the tracks of an adult cougar.

All residents need to be concerned about their pets and their own safety. Please get the word out to your neighbors especially those who have pets.

Thank you

Annual Meeting update

A Question about guest parking from the Annual Meeting

 

During our Annual CHOA Meeting a resident voiced a concern that golf shots that result in damage to cars parked in some of our guest parking. The concern was taken seriously and has been investigated.

 

Results of investigation

Trees/plants as a remedy will not work because of the trajectory of the golf ball in the areas where there is guest parking usually would not be a line drive but a high fly ball

High Screen/Fence as a remedy will not work unless we were to build a 30 ft fence

We will continue to look into a solution. If you have any ideas, we would love to hear from you. Please reply below

Recent important article in Villager about use of the golf course

The article below was recently in the Villager.  It references an article from Arizona.  Please share with your HOA as it does a good job of explaining the reasons behind the new “golf only” rules for our course:

Dear Charbonneau Residents: The notice below appeared on May 27, 2015 in the Sun City West (Arizona) News. We want to share it with you to add to everyone‟s understanding regarding the recent decision to post signs throughout Charbonneau, which state there is to be no walking on the golf course.

Sun City, like Charbonneau, has homes surrounding their golf courses. They have decided to not only „ask‟ people not to walk their courses, but have also posted them “NO TRESPASSING.” Many golf courses have had to fence-in their property to control this safety issue. We do not want to take that step.

While most feedback we‟ve received has been positive, some residents have expressed strong frustration. Please read the article below.

We (Charbonneau Residents) are not alone with this issue.

Posted by Sun City West News, May 2015

Golf courses are for GOLF
The Rec Centers periodically receives requests from residents that the golf courses be opened for walking, bike riding, roller blading, and dog walking. Seems like those would be great uses for all that green space, right?

Well, not according to our insurance company. As it stands, those activities are considered trespassing, and we are asking our residents for help in stopping this problem.

Opening the golf courses to multiple uses is not covered under our insurance policy. The dangers of walkers or riders getting hit by stray balls is just too high. Most insurance companies wouldn‟t even cover us at higher fees for this use.

In October 2014, we had a very serious incident involving a golfer being struck by an errant golf ball. This is a person playing the game, knowing the etiquette and risks, knowing where to stand and how far back to be when another golfer is driving the ball. In this case, the golfer was waiting for the course to clear when he was struck on the head by a ball. It split his head open, and he had to be airlifted to Barrow Neurological Institute. The air transport bill alone was $6,000, plus there were high medical bills. Nobody claimed responsibility for hitting the ball.

If this can happen to a golfer who understands the game and the course conditions, imagine what can happen to a child or a non-golfer who doesn‟t know what is happening on the course.

What about night use, when the golfers are gone? We‟ve inquired about this as well, and the liability continues to exist because of the high possibility of someone getting hurt. The courses are not lit – nor will they be because we don‟t want to disturb the residents living along the courses – and bicyclists and walkers could easily get hurt out on the courses where there are no employees at those hours to offer help.

This is not a liability the Rec Centers can incur. As a result, all our courses are posted as “no trespassing.” This means the courses are open only to paying golfers.

And yet, we find we have trespassers breaking these rules. For the most part, these trespassers are our own residents – individuals who decide to have picnics on the courses, wade or fish in the lakes, take grandkids for joy rides in golf cars, or simply walk their dogs and leave their pet‟s waste in their wake. And of course there is the occasional golfer who decides to slip in on a later hole just to “hit a few” without paying fees. This is theft.

Please, help us keep our courses safe for everyone and don‟t be one of these people. We know the courses are tempting and your quick visit in violation of the rules may seem harmless. But all it takes is one accident and we have incurred a high cost.

Beardsley Park is great for picnics or walks. There is a pedestrian walkway north of the community, an indoor track at Palm Ridge and outdoor track at Kuentz behind the softball field. Plus we have the Par 4 course at R.H. Johnson. We have two dog parks. Fishing is available at Lake Pleasant. If you just want to hit some balls, check out the driving ranges where you can get a bucket of balls and play to your heart‟s content.

Please, save the golf courses for golfing. If you see someone trespassing, please call the Posse at 623-584-5808; we have given them permission to remove people from our property. If violators do not move along, the Posse may call MCSO, who can issue a ticket for trespassing.

Here is the full article and comments from residents:

We Are Not Alone

Thank you for your support, Charbonneau Golf Club