FALL CLEAN UP – October 12-14
Be sure to mark your calendars for the Picacho Hills Fall Neighbor Cleanup on Friday October 12 through SundayOctober 14. Our thanks to South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) for providing complimentary dumpsters for disposal of items too large for the regular trash pickup. PLEASE, NO FOOD OR HAZARDOUS WASTE.
Dumpsters will be on Via Norte/Vista Hermosa and Renoir Drive near the tennis courts.
FALL CANDIDATES FORUM OCTOBER 15
Come join us for the Candidates Forum—your chance to meet the candidates important to us all!
The Picacho Hills Property Owners Association will hold its Candidates Forum on Monday, October 15th, starting at 5:30 pm at the Picacho Hills Country Club. The forum, focusing on local and regional candidates, will bring Democrat and Republican candidates together where we can hear them address the issues and questions important to our community. Candidates from both parties who have been invited to attend include:
- US Congress, District 2: Xochitl Torres Small (D) and Yvette Herrell (R)
- NM State Auditor: Brian Colon (D) and Wayne Johnson (R)
- County Commissioner #1: Lynn Ellins (D) and John Zimmerman (R)
- County Sheriff: Kim Stewart (D) and Todd Garrison (R)
- Public Regulation Commissioner, District 5: Stephen Fischmann (D) and Ben Hall (R)
- State Representative, District 39: Rodolpho Martinez (D) and Lee Cotter (R)
Walt Rubel, editor of the Las Cruces Sun-News and Professor Christa Slaton from the NMSU Department of Government will moderate the forum. Approximately 100 local residents of the Picacho Hills Community are expected to attend the event and will be given the opportunity to address questions directly to the candidates. Don’t miss this important evening!
Artists of Picacho Hills Holly Day House – November 16, 17
The Artists of Picacho Hills are ready for their annual Holly Day House. Find that perfect gift for the person who deserves something special. Parking is accessed from May Avenue. A raffle of artists’ creations will benefit Mesilla Valley Hospice.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE BEGINS
October 1 marks the beginning of our membership renewal drive. Tell your friends and neighbors about our varied public services to our Picacho Hills Community – the Merchant Discount program, the nonpartisan political forums, the safety meetings with DASO representatives, the Neighborhood Watch program, the Master Landscape Design Plan, landscape improvement in many common areas of the hillside, the fall and spring clean up initiatives, etc. There’s a lot going on and you can be a part of it by sending your check for membership. Here’s the form you need to fill out – Membership and Directory Form.
We’re always looking for volunteers to join the Board of Directors and/or any of our committees. See the “Committee” page of the newsletter for more information. We’d love to meet you and work with you!
DID YOU JOIN US FOR THE PRIMARY CANDIDATES FORUM ON MAY 21?
A crowd of nearly 100 attended to hear candidates for local offices speak before the June 5 primary elections. Hope you didn’t miss it!
Paul Maxwell, organizer and member of the Board of PHPOA said: “This bipartisan forum was a great opportunity for our community to meet the candidates in these important primary elections. It was also an opportunity for the candidates to meet and hear from their potential future constituents, learning what issues are important to us. I think this is a great example of how the PHPOA works to extend beyond just our local neighborhoods and get our interests out to the local and regional leaders.”
This event was sponsored jointly by PHPOA and Picacho Hills Country Club, just another example of cooperation for the good of Picacho Hills!
Don’t Forget About the Merchant Discount!
Use your hot pink 2018 Merchant Discount card at over 50 merchants in our area. 2019 cards will be sent to new members beginning in November. Be sure to keep a list of our Merchants on hand so you can take advantage of every discount!
Need to Renew Your Membership? New to the area?
The 2018 Directories have been mailed. This service is just one of many brought to you by the hardworking volunteers of PHPOA. Speaking of volunteering, tell your friends and neighbors on the Hill about our good work for the neighborhood of Picacho Hills. Who are we and why should you join us? Read on!
The PHPOA’s mission is to help maintain our property values and communicate issues that impact our community. PHPOA also addresses safety concerns and undertakes projects to enhance the beauty of our area. In case you are not familiar with this organization’s good work, here are some the projects completed in recent years:
- Redesign of the “Y” intersection of Barcelona Ridge and Picacho Hills Drive
- Repainting and improvement of landscaping around the monument at the entrance to Picacho Hills. Retention of landscape company to maintain landscaping
- Payment of cost of sign lighting, installation of cost-efficient lights
- Repair and reinforcement of tiled street signs and repainting of posts
- Repainting of Picacho Hills Country Club sign, as well as signs near the club
- Contact with the County re: safety concerns, causing the County to repair curbing on Picacho Hills Drive plus damage on other streets; restoration of reflective signs on the curve of Picacho Hills Drive
- Implementation of Neighborhood Watch program in cooperation with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office. Payment for all Neighborhood Watch signs and their installation
- Involving the Town of Mesilla and County Fire Authority on improving Emergency Medical Response time
- 2017 Landscape Project – PHPOA paid for the Master Landscape Plan and collected donations for landscaping in front of the Doña Ana Water fencing at Fairway Village, up to the first cul-de-sac on the north side. Planned landscaping will occur this year at the corner of Fairway Village/Picacho Hills Dr. and the south side of Picacho Hills Drive
The PHPOA also provides these services:
- Maintenance of the PHPOA website (picachohillspoa.com)
- Three newsletters a year communicating PHPOA concerns and activities
- Welcome Bags to new residents
- Merchant Discount Program with participating merchants
- Communication with Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (DAMDWCA) on issues concerning homeowners in Picacho Hills
- Safety meetings with Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office personnel to discuss community issues
- The annual April Great American Cleanup, arranged by the PHPOA with Southwest Central Solid Waste Authority, plus another Cleanup Day in October
- A directory of all Picacho Hills residents including names, addresses, contact information, updated annually
- Landscape maintenance of Picacho Hills Drive from Fairway Village to the triangle at Barcelona Ridge Road, extending north to Via Norte
The cost of a PHPOA membership is $70/year, a small price to pay for being informed about so much going on in Picacho Hills! A membership form is provided in each newsletter and on the website. Sign yourself up, or give it to your neighbor. Remember, send the membership form with your check so we have your updated contact information. And please write clearly so we don’t have to “interpret” your email address!
Thank you in advance for your support of PHPOA’s valuable work for homeowners in Picacho Hills.
The Fall 2018 Newsletter is now available! Each issue contains a articles dealing with a number of relevant topics including public safety, water company projects, the landscaping project, as well as updates on many other subjects. Click here to view the current copy.
Need more information? The newsletter is published three times per year–Winter, Spring, and Fall. It is distributed to PHPOA members via email. In addition, it is available for downloading from this website, and printed copies are available in the Picacho Hills CC clubhouse. If you know of anyone who is unable to access any of these outlets and would like to have a copy, please contact us through this website and let us know. We will make sure that a copy is available to them.
Master Landscape/Streetscape Plan
The Picacho Hills Master Landscape/Streetscape project is a reality! Phase ONE planting began on August 29, 2017, screening the Doña Ana Water security fence with Moonglow Juniper, Oleander, and Texas Sage. Our plan is to proceed up the hill as funding permits. As you drive by, please notice your donations at work as we beautify our neighborhood. A huge thank-you to our donors!
Several HOAs have made significant contributions. Many individuals have already made donations, but we hope that all residents of Picacho Hills will consider how important landscaping is to their property values and potential saleability of their home. This is a multi-year project that cannot be possible without your donations. (We are registered with the NM Attorney General as a fundraising entity and all donations can and will be used exclusively for landscaping.)
Checks made out to PHPOA Landscape Fund can be dropped off at the Club or mailed to PHPOA, PO Box 51, Fairacres, NM 88033.
Merchant Discount Program
Our Merchant Discount list is posted on this website for your convenience. Please take your 2018 PHPOA Merchant Discount card with you when you visit our merchants, in order to get the discounts. We are currently in the process of updating all merchant contracts and printing membership cards. The updated list is renewing daily, so be sure to check it periodically for the service you need. We are pleased to welcome several new merchants. Our most recent new vendor is Turquoise Teepee, a specialty store with accessories, clothing and gifts for “those who don’t mind being noticed.”