General meeting was held on Saturday, April 24, 2010

General meeting was held on Saturday, April 24, 2010

P. O. Box 620
Lukeville, Arizona 85341


A General meeting was held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Cholla Community Center. President Michael Dugan called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM. There not being a quorum present, motion was made, seconded and approved by the membership to adjourn. The meeting was then reconvened at 9:05 AM.


A motion was made, seconded and approved to dispense with reading the minutes of the General Meeting held on Saturday, April 25, 2009.


The Operating Budget for the year 2010 – 2011 was sent to the membership in the Newsletter prior to the meeting. The board asked the membership to approve the suggested budget maintaining the yearly dues at $200.


There were 14 new members since the last meeting. Mr. Dugan asked for a motion to approve the memberships. Motion made, seconded and all new members accepted.


The general assembly was asked to vote for President, Vice President and Treasurer. Current President, Michael Dugan was running again and Ray Flinn also ran for President. Vice President Pat Sledge and Treasurer Helen Dahlstrom were unopposed. There were 3 – 3 year terms and 1 – 1 year term to be filled on the board. Seeking those seats were incumbents Pete Pisciotta and Tom Clark as well as Gretchen Ellinger, Blaine Fletcher, Bella Howard, Steve Willis and Laurie Weber. Valente Cornejo was unopposed for Mexican Representative.

Mr. Dugan had all candidates stand and be introduced to the audience.


Prior to giving a report of the Board’s actions during the year 2009 – 2010, he praised Barbara Damman for the great job she does every year in maintaining a wonderful library that is available to everyone in Cholla. He also gave thanks to the volunteers manning the Membership tables helping hand out ballots and proxies.


In the absence of Chairman Pat Sledge, Mr. Dugan reported work that is ongoing at the Clubhouse. Everyone had seen the Palapa and the work done on the southeast corner of the clubhouse and Mr. Dugan said there would be some more work done, possibly during the summer. He reported on the new cabinets to house the media equipment and the two cabinets to be used by OBSC and CBSC. He explained that anything done structurally or for the benefit of the Vecinos would be paid by them and the two cabinets for the clubs would be paid by them.
He reported that the speakers were being updated in such a way that if drywall or some other type of material were used to hide the bare beams, nothing would have to be changed to do that work. He also told the audience of plans to upgrade the kitchen in the future not only for convenience but safety.

Mr. Dugan also reported on the roof which at some point in time will need to have major work done to it. Termites are continually working on the wood even though it has been sprayed.

He also brought up the fact that members can rent the building .He mentioned the Busfields who were at the meeting and said they had rented the facility to celebrate their 50th anniversary. People were told to make sure it was available for their event, rent it, get a permit and they will be given the necessary information needed to use the building.


Chairman Gene Court reported that the old playground equipment has been replaced by steel equipment brought to Cholla by two kind gentlemen. He also got a call from someone shopping at Home Depot to tell Mr. Court they had Polyurethane at $5.00 for 2 ½ gallon. Mrs. Court did more painting, everything looks good and the park is being used almost every day.


Chairman Pete Pisciotta was absent due to being stuck in Europe after a Volcano eruption grounded planes so Mr. Dugan brought everyone up-to-date on the contract to grade roads, main and internally as well as the one that goes out of Cholla to Rocky Point. Grading is usually done during the week but as the weekend hits with traffic from the States and Rocky Point, they do get worse. Due to some heavy rains, a lot of caleche was brought in to correct the damage.


Chairman Jim Niblack reported several years ago the Police Station was dark a lot of time at night due to no police force being here full time. Now he hears that there are a lot of police out here all the time. The Vecinos hired security people and there was a drop in burglaries. The security people live in Cholla and have an interest in what happens here and make quite an impact.


He suggested that members check the HOA website because there is a lot of information available from people who have had a problem as well as how houses might be secured and opinions of what people think should be done in securing Cholla.

There was a long discussion about calling the Cholla police and no one is there, which emergency phone number to use when trying to get in touch with the Rocky Point police.
Mr. Niblack said there is a number that rings into the Sonoran Dispatch Center for the State of Sonora and they will dispatch someone to Cholla. There is the 060 emergency number that can be called and 066 is the highway emergency number. There was a long discussion about other emergency numbers that could be used and the possibility of a language barrier. There was a suggestion that emergency numbers be printed in the next Newsletter and Mr. Dugan said that would be done, but it has been done before. Gretchen Ellinger said Toto is very generous in giving out his cell phone number as are some of the other policemen in Cholla.

It was suggested that a policeman be at the Vecinos meetings every month to tell what has gone on in Cholla. Mr. Niblack told the person that a written report is given to Mr. Dugan regarding burglaries and other problems. People were reminded that the Vecinos do not pay the police. They are Penasco Police and are paid by them since Cholla is a part of their territory. We can’t tell them what to do but the Security force is contracted by the Homeowners through the Police.
The two security people are Memo Green and Arturo Arvizu who both live in Cholla and the reason they were hired is because they have lived in Cholla a long time and they know everyone and if someone should or should not be at the houses in Cholla.

Everyone was urged to have a neighborhood watch in their area and take care of each other.


In the absence of Chairman Jerry Ketelhut, Jr., Mr. Dugan reported that during the past year Mr. Ketelhut went to the City and a private garbage company and got numbers to find out what they would charge versus what the Vecinos are doing now. There was a difference in costs but there was also a difference in what they would be doing compared to what Mr. Arvizu and his crew do. After a lot of discussion it was decided that the for each member’s $50 that goes toward the garbage pickup, we were better served as a community to continue using a member of our community who is also a member of our association.


Mr. Dugan reported that the Vecinos brought water to the community but occasionally there are problems with the flow due to broken lines, and the condos being filled and using more water. He suggested to people who are in Cholla during the week to take advantage of filling their tanks prior to the weekend.

He reported that the Vecinos are starting to look at getting a water tank down by the stand pipe that would give our community a reserve of a certain amount of days in case something happens.
There is now a water reserve that has accumulated due to everyone taking water out of the stand pipe paying when they fill up, so the Vecinos will have money to build a tank without using reserves.

Mr. Dugan said the only thing left was unfinished business or new business and there was nothing to discuss.

Since there was no more business to report, the President asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting and open it up to the floor for questions and answers. Motion made, seconded and meeting adjourned at 9:45 AM.

Respectfully submitted,


Shirley McDonald, Secretary



Gretchen Ellinger told of a new school in RP and there is no tuition for children and young people attending. There is a horse show beginning at 6 PM and the cost of admission is 200 pesos for adults. They will have entertainment and food and tickets are available at the door. She also gave directions to get to the horse facility which is located on the road to Caborca.
Proceeds from the show will benefit the school.

Ron Stimpson was in attendance at the meeting and he spoke on behalf of the earthquake victims in Mexico where so many people had lost everything. He was asking for help on their behalf and would take whatever was donated back to the area..

Someone asked if CFE had accepted the electrical system in Cholla. Mr. Dugan said it was his understanding that they had with the exception of certain areas but he will check on it by the Sunday meeting.

Barbara Damman wanted everyone to know there is a Library that the Vecinos provide for the members. She told everyone where it was located and said she would have it open after the meeting for those who wanted to check it out.

There was a question as to how people would find out the election results. Mr. Dugan said they would be available at the Regular Meeting on Sunday at 9:00 AM.




President: Mike Dugan

Vice President: Pat Sledge

Treasurer: Helen Dahlstrom

Board Members:

3 year terms: Pete Pisciotta
Bella Howard
Laurie Weber

1 year term: Tom Clark

Mexican Representative: Valente Cornejo

2010 – 2011 Budget: Approved – Will remain at $200.00