News and Notes

***  SSRA UPDATE ***
Dear Silver Spur Ranchers Association, 
Please be advised the streets will be cleaned tomorrow morning, Saturday September 16, 2023 at 5:30 A.M. Please have your vehicles removed from the street during that time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The Board was given last minute notice.  

Thank you,
Sandra Garland, CCAM
Community Association Manager 


Emergency After Hours Call Service

The emergency after hours call service is overwhelmed, and is not able to accept any further calls. 
We are experiencing a severe tropical storm and no vendors are dispatching. It is not safe. There is widespread flooding throughout the valley and many streets are closed. This emergency is not effecting only you or your specific neighborhood.
If you are experiencing a roof leak do your best to contain the water. There is nothing which can be done today. E-mail your manager to be sure your address is on the list. Safe to say most every home in the valley is experiencing some sort of water intrusion problem. Your manager will get your address on the list.
If you are experiencing flooding in the street or common area or some other maintenance issue, please email your manager.
If you feel your life is in danger, or are experiencing a life threatening emergency, call 911.
It will take some weeks, or perhaps months, for repairs to be made following this storm. We ask in advance for your patience and understanding.
Again, please do not call the after hours service. We are experiencing a natural disaster. Today, you must help yourself. Take care and be safe and do all you can. 
Thank you.

To follow-up on Thursday’s message regarding the potential for severe weather due to Tropical Storm Hilary this weekend, I would like to provide you with some reminders and resources that you may need.
Remove furniture and decor items from your patios and balconies. It’s been suggested that we can expect winds in excess of 80 mph which will move chairs and tables. Please secure all loose items to avoid causing damage to your home or someone else’s home.
If you experience a power outage, first check the SCE or IID website. If your outage is widespread chances are a powerline is down somewhere. If not, check your breakers, get with other neighbors to see if they are also without electricity to determine what may be a root cause. If others are not experiencing an outage, contact your personal electrician.
If you see a downed tree, please avoid the area and report it to our after-hours emergency line at 760-346-1161. Depending on the current weather conditions and calls that may have already been made, landscape crews may not be able to make it out immediately. If the storm is as severe as noted on the news, it may take crews several days to get to everyone’s emergencies. Please stay clear of any downed trees for your safety. We will ask landscapers to block off these areas if they’re able.
Flooding can happen here in the desert in a blink of an eye. If you do not need to be out in the downpour stay put. Remember it’s not just overflow from our drains, but runoff from the mountains that can hit in a hurry.
If you experience flooding in your home, contact a water mitigation specialist immediately, not the HOA.
Please see the attached emergency protocol sheet. Do not leave an email or request on TownSq unless it’s for an issue that can be resolved at a later date.
When calling our after-hours service line at 760-346-1161, be sure to provide the address where the problem is located and be specific about what the problem is and the damage it is causing. Our service providers will be responding to emergency calls on a priority basis so we want to be sure we have all the important information for them to make that determination.
Landscaping is checking to ensure all debris is moved away from drains and will be shutting off the irrigation over the weekend as to not waste water.
If you are leasing your unit, please make sure your tenants are aware of these protocols and ask them to take precautions.
We are trying to help you prepare for a worst-case scenario because it isn’t often that weather of this intensity is predicted in the desert. We would rather you be safe, than sorry. Any type of storm will bring the potential of messy landscape, dirty pools, and a number of other things that can take time to clean up and get the community back to looking the way it normally does. Our service providers have multiple communities to care for and they will work to get everything done as quickly as possible. Please have patience during this process and stay safe.
Warmest regards,
Sandra Garland,CCAM®
Community Association Manager


Announcement of Regular Session Board Meeting 08.22.23
Dear SSRA Homeowners, 
The Board of Directors will hold a Regular Session Board Meeting on Tuesday August 22, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Please see the attached agenda for more information. The Zoom link is posted below for reference. Thank you. 

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Meeting ID: 859 8995 1165 / Passcode: 826995
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Thank you,
Sandra Garland, CCAM
Community Association Manager 
Dear Homeowners,

Out of an abundance of caution, we are alerting valley association residents that there is the possibility of an extreme weather event commencing Saturday and extending into next week - currently forecast to bring 5-10 inches of rain into the lower desert. We have alerted the onsite Landscape team of this possibility so that, if appropriate, the irrigation can be turned off and that their team is alerted to the possibility of landscape issues.
Again, this message is cautionary at this time - the incoming weather may be more benign than currently forecast - however it is a good idea to be prepared in any event. Please keep an eye on this situation and secure your property. 

Thank you and we wish you a great desert summer and weekend ahead! 

Warmest regards,
Sandra Garland, CCAM
Community Association Manager 

Dear Silver Spur Rancher’s Association Owner:
As you know, the Association held its Annual Meeting of the Members and Election of Directors on Saturday July 29, 2023. After tabulation of the ballots cast, Laura Medina, Cindy Schmale and Kelly Stage was elected to the Board of Directors.
Your 2023-2024 Board of Directors is as follows:
Kelly Stage, President – Two-year term
Laura Medina- Secretary/Treasurer – Two-year term
Cindy Schmale – Director/Architectural Committee – Two-year term
Tracy Shannon continues to serve as Vice President as her term expires in 2024.
The 2022 Annual Meeting Minutes were approved by the Membership, as well, the IRS Ruling 70-604 was adopted by the Membership for fiscal year ending December 31, 2023.
Thank you to all who submitted your ballots and/or attended the meeting in person.
If you have any questions regarding the Annual Meeting and Election, please contact Sandra Garland, Manager for Silver Spur Rancher’s Association at (760) 346-1161 or by email at SGarland@drminternet.com.
Sandra Garland, CCAM
Community Association Manager
On behalf of the Board of Directors for Silver Spur Rancher's Association

Jul 27, 2023 04:36 pm SSRA Annual Meeting 07.29.23
Dear Silver Spur Rancher's Association Members,
This is a reminder that the Annual Meeting and Election will take place on Saturday July 27, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. You are welcome to come in person to the Desert Resort Management office located at 42635 Melanie Place, Suite 103, Palm Desert, Ca 92211 or you may attend virtually via Zoom. The Zoom link is: 
Meeting ID: 841 3250 5148 / Passcode: 187102
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Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all. 

Sandra Garland, CCAM
Community Association Manager 

2/24/2023 - Note from the president.

As we move towards efficiency, I wanted to impart some best practices.
The best practice for communication right now is to use the Desert Resort Management provided platform, TOWNSQ. You may access it through the DRM website.
It will allow you to submit architectural requests, communicate, pay your annual dues, and view notices and documents. If you have not already set up an account, please do so at your earliest convenience. We have found it to be very efficient, and easy to use. The access for the website link is below.
As always, if you have any questions, or need help, please reach out through this website, and we will address your needs as soon as possible. Our plan is to phase this out, but we are not sure when, and we will keep it active indefinitely.

On a separate note, we have a new landscaper, who is working on restoring our common areas. If you have any ideas, or concerns, please feel free to reach out. We appreciate everyone’s patience and look forward towards the beautification and restoration of Silver Spur Ranch.
Kelly Stage

Dear Silver Spur Rancher's Association Members,

I would like to clarify an error that was sent out recently stating the membership dues are $216 a month. This was an error and the membership dues remain at $216 per year, due on November 1st. A Payment coupon has been mailed that contains each homeowner's account number. If you need assistance locating your account number, please contact our customer service center at (760) 346-1161 and a customer service rep will be able to assist you.

I apologize for any confusion this has caused. Please reach out to me if you have any questions at sgarland@drminternet.com.

Thank you,
Sandra Garland
Community Association Manager 


Remodeling? Adding On?
Please submit your request for review using this form. As part of its permitting process, the City will first look for approval by your homeowner's association. Be sure to submit your plans first to the Architectural Committee of the Board. You may find the full text of our By-Laws and CC&R's under Documents in the navigation area to your left.
Short-Term Rentals
All previously permitted short-term rentals within R-1 and R-2 zones, which includes all of Silver Spur Ranch, terminated on December 31, 2019. Residents who wish to report a problem with a short-term rental are encouraged to call the City of Palm Desert’s Code Compliance Department during business hours at 760-346-0611 or call the Short-Term Rental Hotline at 760-862-6900 (to report issues after 1 a.m., please call the Palm Desert Police Department at 760-836-3215). 
Thinking About Solar?
Here are some thoughts from the Board.
About Your Mailing Address

Please read to keep your mailing address current.

Heard Around the Ranch

Property Maintenance
Please make sure that you maintain your property appropriately. Let's keep the Ranch looking great!
Residents have asked about solicitors. Our association rules do not address solicitation, but the City of Palm Desert requires a permit for door to door solicitation. (There is an exception for school kids selling items for school fundraisers.) To register a complaint with the city, call 760-346-0611 ext. 477. If necessary, the city can follow up to investigate if solicitors have obtained permits.
Palm Desert Municipal Code
We frequently get questions not addressed in our association documents. Residents might find answers at this link: www.qcode.us/codes/palmdesert.

Eyes and Ears

Common Area Concerns
Contact Us to report damage to the common area property of Silver Spur Ranch. This includes the Silver Spur Trail median, the circle and the "island" on which our covered wagon sits.
Some homeowners have had questions regarding the use of drones in the Ranch. If you believe a drone is impinging on your privacy, we recommend that you contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at 760-836-1600 and document the time and location. A picture will also be helpful.
Streets and Other City Property
Our streets are maintained by the City of Palm Desert. To report issues or problems with streets or other public property, please call the Public Works Department of Palm Desert at 760-776-6450.
Trash Bins
It's been noted that a number of homeowners are storing their trash bins in front of their property (in front of a garage or carport).  As a reminder, our CC&R's stipulate that trash bins are required to be stored behind your home or out of view from the street. Let's all keep the Ranch looking great!

Rules of the Road

Private Drive Behind Lower Silver Spur Trail
The access road directly behind the homes on lower Silver Spur Trail is private property, not a city street. This drive is owned by the residents on Silver Spur Trail and is for their use in accessing their backyards and garages. Please respect the privacy of these owners and instruct your friends, workers and visitors to do the same.
One Way Traffic in the Circle
Please observe the counter-clockwise flow of traffic around the Silver Spur Trail circle at all times. Endangering pedestrians and other drivers to shorten your drive by a few seconds is dangerous and in violation of posted One Way signs. 

Silver Spur Ranch History

This article about the history of the development of Silver Spur Ranch recently appeared in the Desert Sun.