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Neighborhood College Program

Winter 2014 Class Schedule

In Scottsdale, the success of our community is defined by how we as individuals address and respond to neighborhood issues and challenges. Believing that one person can make a difference, the City of Scottsdale developed the Neighborhood College to provide residents, neighborhood groups and homeowners associations with the information, resources and tools needed to become effective neighborhood leaders. These classes are opened to all Scottsdale residents and our professional, volunteer instructors invite you to participate in the following no-cost Neighborhood College classes.

For more information about these classes or to register call (480) 312-3111.
Pre-registration is required for all classes.
 

Date

 Topic

Jan 13 Managing HOAs Through Tough Economic Times
Jan 23 NEW! CERT - Are you prepared for an emergency?
Feb 5 NEW! Bidding & Contracting:  How to properly choose Association vendors and protect the Association concerning vendor transactions?
Feb 12 NEW! Even you need an Estate Plan
Feb 13 Managing HOAs Through Tough Economic Times (alternate offerring)
Feb 25 Homeowner vs Association Issues
Mar 13 Dealing with the Troublesome Board Member; the Board Removal Process; Dealing with Conflict in an HOA
Apr 7 Selecting a Management Company

 

Managing HOA's through tough  economic times

Monday, January 13th, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th Street
In today’s hard economic times, managing a community association that derives its income from the membership is not business as usual. Community leaders are challenged with the loss of revenue from a struggling membership and CC&R requirements to maintain the common areas and enhance property values. This class will focus on cost cutting measures an HOA can do to ensure the maintenance of curb appeal and aesthetics of a community and provide the participants with a clear plan for financially responsible change and positive impact on the community. Participants should come with their most recent financial statements with a minimum of the actual versus budget with variance. Discussion topics include:

• Leveraging vendor services
• Dealing with foreclosures and bankruptcies
• Small investments with large returns

NEW! CERT – Are you prepared for an emergency?

Thursday, January 23rd, 1:00pm-3:00pm – Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th Street
To prepare for emergencies, the city of Scottsdale offers free presentations and training that review the importance of preparedness and simple steps you can take to protect your family and loved ones in the event of an emergency. This session will discuss creating a disaster supply kit, making a family disaster plan, and provide attendees with a list of resources to help protect each member of the family. Included in this program will be demonstrations of techniques taught in the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

NEW! Bidding & Contracting: How to properly choose Association vendors and protect the Association concerning vendor transactions

Wednesday, February 5th, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Rd
In this informative session, we will discuss the proper steps a Homeowner’s Association should take when looking to hire and hiring vendors such as management companies, landscapers and attorneys. Special attention will be paid to the request for proposal (RFP) process and vendor contracts in addition to the relationship between and “employee” and an “independent contractor.”

 

NEW! Even You Need an Estate Plan

Wednesday, February 12th, 1:00pm-3:00pm – Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th Street
In this basic estate planning seminar, we will discuss what estate planning is and how to accomplish each family/individual’s goals. The seminar will discuss what happens if you don’t have any estate plan in place and what are the many options that are available in determining what is right for you. We will exam wills, trusts and other estate planning tools so that you have a basic understanding of estate planning. The seminar will end with Q&A time.

Managing HOA's Through Tough Economic Times

(Alternate Offering)
Thursday, February 13th, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th Street
In today’s hard economic times, managing a community association that derives its income from the membership is not business as usual. Community leaders are challenged with the loss of revenue from a struggling membership and CC&R requirements to maintain the common areas and enhance property values. This class will focus on cost cutting measures an HOA can do to ensure the maintenance of curb appeal and aesthetics of a community and provide the participants with a clear plan for financially responsible change and positive impact on the community. Participants should come with their most recent financial statements with a minimum of the actual versus budget with variance. Discussion topics include:

• Leveraging vendor services
• Dealing with foreclosures and bankruptcies
• Small investments with large returns

Homeowner vs Association Issues

Tuesday, February 25th, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th Street
What is an association issue vs. what is a homeowner to homeowner issue? Who should be involved in settling issues such as, an owner not maintaining their yard, barking dogs, the neighbors tree extends over the fence and needs to be trimmed, wild parties by one neighbor, green pools, owners doing car repairs all weekend with loud music in the driveway, nasty verbal spats between neighbors, parking on association streets. We will discuss these issues and more to determine when it is a homeowner issue and when it is an association issue and how it should be handled.

 

Dealing with the Troublesome Board Member; the Board Removal Process; Dealing with Conflict in an HOA

Thursday, March 13th, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th Street
What is a board legally required to do if it receives a board removal petition? On the flip side, a disruptive and troublesome board member affects the business of the association. What is the procedure to remove an ineffective board member or officer from office? Arizona law outlines the board removal process. This class will discuss, in detail, the 6 step board removal process. Dealing with these issues takes time and patience, so, additionally; we will share a few suggestions on how to effectively deal with conflict within an association to help you gain peace and quiet in the association.

Selecting a Management Company

Monday, April 7th, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th Street

As a community association board member, committee member or concerned resident, it is important to make sure your community is managed by the right professional managing agent. On a daily basis, your management company provides advice on several association matters spanning from investing the association’s funds to dealing with neighbor to neighbor issues. When you decided to go out to bid for a management company, there are key questions to ask those bidding on the community. This session will provide the attendees with key questions and important information to obtain from potential management companies. Based on the vision for the community, it is important to select a company that can help keep your community vibrant and stable for years to come.

 

For more information about these classes call (480) 312-3111.