Neighborhood College

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.

Fall 2019 Class Schedule

Professional, volunteer instructors invite you to participate in classes regarding city programs, volunteer opportunities, personal safety tips and HOA guidelines. Classes are offered at no cost but registration is required.

Please note: Classes are subject to cancellation if less than 10 (ten) individuals are registered or confirmed for each class.

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COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION FINANCES 101

DESCRIPTION:
Calling all board members who want to better understand association finances! This class will discuss the budget process preparation of a budget and how to handle deviations in the budget. Second, this class will give you the 411 on how to read and understand an association’s financial statement. Finally, this class will also identify steps and actions that board members can take to prevent theft and fraud.
DATE:
1-3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th ST.
INSTRUCTOR:
Mulcahy Law Firm, LLC

INVESTOR OWNED PROPERTIES AND POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

DESCRIPTION:
Join us as we discuss the unique problems that investor owned properties can bring to associations, as well as the strategies that you can utilize tomitigate them. Subjects we’ll cover include nuisance/noise, wear and tear, trash, parking, crime etc.
DATE:
1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th ST.
INSTRUCTOR:
Vial Fotheringham Law

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE AND FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES

DESCRIPTION:
An HOA association attorney will discuss the changes in the laws affecting community associations including statutory changes, case law changes, and changes in legal trends. In the second part, we will identify the responsibilities and give a broad view of how all the working parts of an HOA or condominium association come together. Attendees will walk away understanding how even the smallest decisions can have unintended consequences.
DATE:
6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2
LOCATION:
Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road
INSTRUCTOR:
Shaw & Lines Law Firm

EVERYTHING ABOUT PETS IN AN HOA! YOU HAVE QUESTIONS...WE HAVE ANSWERS!

DESCRIPTION:
This class will discuss how to best handle barking dogs, liability for an association when there is a dog bite, how to create legal pet rules that work and more. Are pigs, goats and snakes service animals? Can you use doggie DNA to determine the owner of dog waste? Can an HOA set limits on number of pets and weight of pets?
DATE:
1-3 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th ST.
INSTRUCTOR:
Mulcahy Law Firm, LLC

SOCIAL SECURITY MADE 1,2,3 EASY

DESCRIPTION:
This 60-minute presentation covers everything you need to know about social security in order to maximize your benefits. It will explain how Social Security works. You can find out when it is the most beneficial to begin receiving benefits and more.
DATE:
1-2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23
LOCATION:
Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road
INSTRUCTOR:
American Retirement Advisors

FROM SCOTT TO DRINKWATER: THE HISTORY OF SCOTTSDALE

DESCRIPTION:
This is the class that started this series. Learn how Scottsdale got its name, the stories behind many of the people who have streets named after them and more! This is an encore presentation so if you’ve already taken this class, there’s no need to take it again

NOTE: This is the same class offered twice — Only register for one class.

The Oct.24 session will be broadcast on Cable 11 and YouTube at a later date.

DATE:
1-3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24
LOCATION:
Kiva Council Chambers, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
DATE:
6-7:45 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th ST.
INSTRUCTOR:
Bruce Wall, City of Scottsdale

ENFORCING YOUR HOA’S CC&RS

DESCRIPTION:
One of the primary duties of a homeowner’s association is to enforce the restrictions in the association’s CC&Rs. In some circumstances, associations may have an obligation to enforce the restrictions found in the CC&Rs. This seminar will discuss the ins and outs of CC&R enforcement with an emphasis on the statutory regulations regarding the enforcement of CC&Rs.

This session will be broadcast on Cable 11 and YouTube at a later date.

DATE:
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5
LOCATION:
Kiva Council Chambers, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
INSTRUCTOR:
Shaw & Lines Law Firm

MEDICARE MADE 1,2,3 EASY

DESCRIPTION:
This 45-minute presentation covers everything you need to know about Medicare. Whether you have been on Medicare for years, or are just getting started, learn how Medicare works and all of your options.
DATE:
1-2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7
LOCATION:
Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road
INSTRUCTOR:
American Retirement Advisors

SCOTTSDALE STORIES – WITH A TWIST!

DESCRIPTION:
Some of the most interesting historical stories about Scottsdale have a unique twist! Stories include a breakfast cereal and how it connects to a Scottsdale resort, a motorcycle police officer involved in a life threatening car crash, and a little boy’s wish that became an international organization.

NOTE: This is the same class offered twice — Only register for one class.

DATE:
1-3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th ST.
DATE:
6-7:45 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20
LOCATION:
Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th ST.
INSTRUCTOR:
Bruce Wall, City of Scottsdale

LIVING IN AN HOA: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

DESCRIPTION:
Living in a glass house gives you a great view…until you consider your loss of privacy...and that you have to wash all those windows! Living in an HOA is the same. There may be a few benefits (communal pool, no neighbors leaving garbage strewn across the front lawn), but there are downsides and negatives. Learn what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s ugly about living in an HOA.
DATE:
6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19
LOCATION:
Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road
INSTRUCTOR:
Dessaules Law Group

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Neighborhood College Video Series

Learn the responsibilities of an HOA board member, how the working parts of an HOA or Condominium Association come together and how the smallest decisions can have unintended consequences.

A discussion on the ins and outs of HOAs’ CC&R enforcement with an emphasis on the statutory regulations regarding the enforcement of CC&Rs.

The roles and responsibilities of an HOA board member and how to assure the association's business is conducted in an efficient and professional manner.

Understanding an association's requirements with regard to the Federal Fair Housing Act and other federal laws. Also learn the importance of amending an HOA's governing documents.

Contact Information

Bruce Wall 
Program Coordinator
P: 480-312-7898
bwall@ScottsdaleAZ.gov 

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