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September 27th Board of Directors Meeting

The Somersett Owners Association (SOA) Board of Directors (BOD) open meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27th at 5:30 PM in the Canyon View Room at The Club at Town Center (TCTC). The BOD meeting agenda may be accessed by clicking the following link:

September 27th BOD Meeting Agenda

The Board Meeting Packet for the September 27th Meeting has not yet been made available on the Association website.  This Packet usually contains additional details with regard to agenda topics, thereby providing homeowners with a broader base of information for any questions or comments they may have.  If made available before the Meeting, details will be published on this website.  Alternately, those interested may log onto the SOA website at, click on the SOA/Committees & Meetings Tabs and look under “Board Meeting Packets” to see if it is available.




September 18th BOD Meeting Summary

Following is a recap of issues discussed and or approved at the September 18th Somersett Owners Association (SOA) Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting. This was a special meeting called for the primary purpose of opening bids for: 1) repair of the hillside and rock wall failures caused by the winter storms, and 2) redesign of The Club at Town Center TCTC) swimming pool facility.

Hillside and Rockery Wall Repair

Bids were received and opened from two contractors as follows:  1) Granite Construction at $2,032,663, and 2) SMC Construction at $2,329,007.  After some discussion with Seth Padovan (SOA Consulting Engineer), the BOD approved accepting the Granite Construction bid subject to verification it meets the Request for Proposal requirements.  Due to some potential interplay with the SOA Landscaper, Reno Green, the BOD approved a not to exceed price of $2,100,000.  Work will be broken down into three separate projects as follows:

  • SBE Hillside (Woodcrest Court Area) Repair  – $348,656
  • Timaru Court Area Rock Wall Repair – $1,105,436
  • Trail Ridge Area Rock Wall Repair – $578,571.  This involves damage adjacent to the Country Club’s 4th fairway. Since some of the damage is on property leased to the Country Club, per the lease agreement, the Country Club would be liable for these repairs. Discussions are underway with the Country Club with no resolution to date. However, a 50%-50% split appears to be appropriate.

It was noted that some of the required repair work is on homeowner property, and that the SOA attorney “reach-out” to Homeowner attorneys to resolve any issues.

How the above projects are to be funded has not yet been determined.  The Finance Committee is looking at funding via Reserves, Debt Funding Fees, and/or Special Assessments and will provide a recommendation to the Board. It has been determined that the required repairs are not covered under the SOA’s insurance policies.

TCTC Pool Redesign

The BOD had previously approved one of several pool redesign options presented by retained architect Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative (OLC).  The price for the approved option was estimated at $278,000. OLC subsequently submitted the approved project option to several contactors to bid on.  Unfortunately, no bids were received. The BOD is now considering options for moving forward on this project without engaging in a further bid process.  This includes direct negotiations with the original pool constructor and/or others who may not have been contacted by OLC. The BOD hopes to obtain closure on this project in time for construction to begin upon annual closure of the pool facility.

Sierra Canyon ARC and Somersett AGC Approval Process

The BOD approved a notification (letter) to the Sierra Canyon Board that advises requests for property improvements by Sierra Canyon owners must first be submitted to the Sierra Canyon ARC for approval, and if approved then submitted (by the owner) to the Somersett AGC for follow-on approval.  If not approved by the Sierra Canyon ARC, then no submittal to the Somersett AGC will be entertained.  This notification will also be sent to all Sierra Canyon owners immediately following notification to the Sierra Canyon Board.

Dell Webb Parkway East Landscape Improvement

The BOD approved two proposals from Reno Green for landscape improvements along Dell Webb Parkway that fall under SOA responsibility.  Cost for the two projects totaled ~$30K.

Sierra Canyon Town Hall Meeting

The following public email submitted by Joe Bower, Sierra Canyon Owner, for re-publication on this website:

Good morning, Sierra Canyon. 

Many of you may recall an email sent last week concerning the cancellation of Bingo due to a Town Hall Meeting scheduled for the same day. Of course, this has led to a lot of questions from Sierra Canyon residents. 

Here are just a few details about the “Town Hall” Meeting:

Date:              September 28, 2017

Time:             5:30 p.m. 

Location:       Sierra/Tahoe Room

Presenters:   KLS Management

KLS Management is part of a group who has purchased land West of Sierra Canyon and is proposing to build homes in the area. The presentation will focus on a proposal to build a connecting sewer line and have various proposals they would like to discuss. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer period. 

This is a “don’t miss” meeting. The construction that may happen to the West will have a significant impact on Sierra Canyon. Issues concerning dust, traffic, use of Sierra Canyon streets, and areas adjacent to Sierra Canyon should all be part of the discussion. 

If you have any questions, we highly encourage you to bring them with you to the meeting. We’re sure the presenting group can answer any questions you have. 

Thank you all, and have a great weekend. 

Dennis O’Brien,
Communications Coordinator  
Sierra Canyon Association

September 18th Board of Directors Meeting

Somersett United

The Somersett Owners Association (SOA) Board of Directors (BOD) will be conducting a special meeting on Monday, September 18th at 5:30 PM in the Canyon View Room at The Club at Town Center (TCTC).

 Purpose of the meeting is to open vendor bids for 1) Rockery Wall and Hillside repairs resulting from winter storms and 2) the TCTC Pool Redesign Proposals.

 Cost for the repair work  is expected to be in the $1.0M range, which raises the following questions:

  1.  Coverage under SOA Insurance policies
  2. Availability of Reserve Funds
  3. Impact on Homeowner Assessments
  4. Country Club Liability (some rockery wall damage is on SOA property leased to the Country Club)

Not sure as to what extent these issues will or will not be discussed at the meeting.  However, as in all BOD open meetings, owners will have the opportunity to comment or ask questions.

August 23rd BOD Meeting Summary

Somersett United

Following is a recap of issues discussed and or approved at the August 23rd Somersett Owners Association (SOA) Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting. The “Board Meeting Packet” for the August 23rd meeting is now available on the SOA website.  This packet contains informative details on many of the agenda topics and may be accessed by logging on to your account and clicking on the “SOA/Committees & Meetings” link.  For example, the SOA and TMPF Sponsorship Agreement, the TCTC Pool Redesign Schematic, the FSR Management Agreement Addendum, the revised Assessment Collection Policy, and Back Nine Access and Easement documents discussed below are all available in the August 23rd packet.

SOA Committee Reports

  • West Park Committee    Apparently the funds available from the Reno Parks Department are insufficient to construct a Park that would have the amenities that Somersett residents will want to use and be proud of.  In this regard, the Committee is looking at conducting community-wide fundraising efforts to obtain additional funding via Corporate sponsorships, individual donations, community events, etc. To accomplish this, the Committee recommended utilizing the non-profit Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) to conduct the fund-raising activities. A proposed “Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement” between the SOA and TMPF was presented.  The SOA approved the plan subject to TMPF’s fees not exceeding that contained in the proposed agreement.
  • None of the other SOA Committees submitted recommendations requiring Board action or approvals.

Old Business

  • Hillside and Rockery Wall Repair Projects    Plans and specifications have been completed with vendor bidding process expected to be completed by mid-September.  No update on liability for the rockery wall failure on land leased to the Somersett Country Club.
  • Canyon9 Pond Cleaning    Vendor bids were opened and successful vendor selected.  Price was $151K. 
  • TCTC Pool Redesign    A schematic design for the pool redesign concept previously approved by the Board was presented and approved.  Vendor bids based on this design are expected to be completed and reviewed at a special BOD meeting currently targeted for September 18th.
  • Management Agreement Addendum    The Board approved an addendum to the First Service Residential (FSR) Management Agreement calling for an additional $250/month fee.  This regarding Town Center CC&R management services to be performed by FSR. 

New Business

  • Environmental Consultant    As a result of the swallow nest eradication fiasco, the BOD approved the hiring of an Environmental Consultant to address SOA common area “Natural Resources Protection” issues.  This to ensure that work performed on SOA common area properties is in compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Somersett Liquor Addendum    The Board approved an addendum to the FSR Management contract that resolved a liability issue associated with TCTC liquor license, subject to legal review.
  • New Collection Policy    The Board approved a revision to the Assessment Collection Policy (SOME.0014.04) for Somersett Homeowners. Major change was the addition of a new article addressing “Active Military Service” regarding protections afforded military service personnel under Nevada Senate Bill 33.
  • Back Nine Access and Easement Agreements    Four parcels of land along back Nine Trail are recorded as having a strip of land owned by the SOA.  These Access and Easement Agreements grant parcel owners usage rights to the SOA land with the condition that they are responsible for its upkeep.

The Ulitimate Dance Party by SNPAA

The following memo by Joe Morabito posted in support of the Sierra Nevada Performing Arts Association (SNPAA).

Hello:   The Sierra Nevada Performing Arts Association is pleased to invite you to our annual Reno Tahoe Music Festival on September 8 & 9.  This year our venue is the Greater Nevada Field near downtown.   Since when we have held our Festival in the past many people got up and danced to the music, this year we made this event a big Dance Party.  Details below.  Join us for great music everybody loves, food and drink for a really fun evening.   Tickets can be purchased in advance on line at for $20 each, or at the gate the night of the event for $25.  As usual, the monies we earn will be used to support the Performing Arts in Northern Nevada and to provide Scholarships to talented students graduating from our local high schools pursing university education in the Performing Arts.  Invite your friends and neighbors for a great night out under the stars.  

 P.S.  If you would like to purchase a 10’ by 10’ booth to advance your business or charity, just contact me by email, or my cell phone below to reserve your space.   Booths for non-profits are $350, or for businesses $500 for both nights. 

  • Joseph Morabito  –  President
  • Sierra Nevada Performing Arts Association
  • +1.949.500.0753 Cell

Containment Wire Violations

The following email sent to Sierra Canyon Owners – Provided by Joe Bower, Sierra Canyon Owner

Somersett has advised Sierra Canyon that they are going to start enforcing containment wire violations in Sierra Canyon. However, they will not start enforcing for about a month. My hope is by getting this e-mail out, anyone in violation will be able to correct it prior to Somersett enforcing it and therefore will not receive a violation letter. Please see below for the containment wire guidelines for your convenience and review:

In Section 3.7.1 General Guidelines, it says:  “Neighborhood homes at Somersett utilize split rail fencing in side and rear yards. Dark green vinyl coated 16 gauge containment wiring, with see-through opening dimensions not less than 1 inch by 1 inch or to exceed 2 inches by 4 inches, is the only approved containment wire that can be used to line two rail and/or three rail split rail fencing. Wire must be attached to the inside face (side NOT exposed to public view). Wire must cover the full height of the fence, from the ground to the top rail. Wire may not extend above the top rail. No other screen fences are allowed.

Also in Section 3.7.2 Fence Details, it says: “Having containment wire on your fencing is not required; if you wish to install it, the guidelines are as follows: Dark green, brown, or black, vinyl-coated, 12-16 gauge, containment wiring, with see-through, square/rectangular openings no less than 1” X 1”, is the only approved containment wire that can be used to line two-rail and/or three-rail split rail fencing. The wire must be attached to the inside face of the fence (side not exposed to common property). The wire must cover the full height of the fence from the ground to the top rail. Wire may not extend above the top rail. For additional screening, a second offset layer of matching containment wire may be installed up to the rail below the topmost rail (i.e. Three-rail fence may have a second offset layer up to the second rail). The second layer of wire must not extend above the rail below the topmost. Prefabricated vinyl coated “garden fencing” (larger openings leading down to smaller openings) will also be accepted, as long as the smallest opening dimension is not less than 1”X 1”. Plastic fencing, poultry netting, and any non-vinyl-coated wiring are expressly prohibited.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding regarding this matter.

Kylee Joseph, Assistant Community Manager Sierra Canyon Association.

August 23rd Board of Directors Meeting

The Somersett Owners Association (SOA) Board of Directors (BOD) open meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (sorry for the late notice) Wednesday, August 23rd at 5:30 PM in the Canyon View Room at The Club at Town Center (TCTC). The BOD meeting agenda may be accessed by clicking the following link:

August 23rd BOD Meeting Agenda

The “Board Meeting Packet” for the August 24rd  Meeting has not been made available on the SOA website.  This is unfortunate as the Packet usually contains additional details with regard to agenda topics, thereby providing homeowners with a broader base of information for any questions or comments they may have.

Verdi Today

To see what’s happening development-wise with our neighbors to the West, click on the following to access a new post on the REreno website entitled “Verdi Today”:

REreno – Hardcore Real Estate News



SOA SWOP Workshop

On August 7th, SOA Board member Ryan Burns conducted a strategic planning workshop at TCTC.  Workshop participants consisted of Board members, Committee members and Management (FSR) staff.  One objective being to assist in the establishment of Association goals and provide Budget and Finance Committees with information to support preparation of the SOA’s 2018 budget.  This was not intended as a decision making workshop, only one to generate useful information in support of future planning steps and decisions by the Board.

 In conducting the workshop, Mr. Burns used the SWOT analysis technique, a structured planning method to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats facing the Association. Participants were divided into four groups and assigned to generate meaningful information for each of these categories, which were then presented and discussed in SWOT matrix format.  Elements of which were then assigned to various entities (Board, Committees, or Management staff) for follow-up.

 Suffice it to say that numerous diverse items were presented and discussed for each of the SWOT elements (mostly Strengths and Weaknesses) , which were too numerous to describe here. Obviously, subsequent filtering will be required to focus on those elements which best support future planning activities and Association goals.

 Homeowners were invited to attend the workshop and provide opinions/comments at the close of the meeting.  Few were in attendance and only one provided opinions on the following: 1) The SOA needs to form a Committee to come up with a plan or plans for what to do with the Country Club land in the event the Country Club defaults on the Lease Agreement, 2)  The SOA should be looking at ways to utilize the water rights included in the Country Club Land and Water Rights Purchase Agreement to its financial benefit. suggested there is more water available here than will ever be used for Association and Country Club usage, and 3) Both Canyon 9 and Country Club Maintenance Costs are too high, that design changes geared to reduce fairway and green sizes could significantly reduce maintenance costs.

Overall a well conducted workshop with good results from enthusiastic participants.  What remains to be seen is how these results are followed up on in future planning sessions.