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Nov 26

APS Open House Informational Meetings

Posted to Association News by Adam Rosen

Earlier this year, APS brought a plan forward to generate power substations and power lines north of the Vistancia community.

Many of you attended their open house informational meetings in May to voice your concerns over the project that would bring power lines through your view to the north. As a result, APS developed the next stages of their plan.

The proposed alternatives, which were mailed to all homes in the community earlier this month, contain a couple routes that could be a visual distraction from the beautiful desert and mountain views all Vistancia residents have come to enjoy. Line 4 in the photo below calls for a 69 kV power line directly north of the CAP Canal, through Vistancia and extending a couple miles east and west of our community. Line 7 impacts future phases of the overall Vistancia community.

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APS will hold three open house informational meetings this week to receive input on their proposal, and you can have your voice heard by attending one of the meetings.

Meetings are scheduled for:

Tuesday, Nov. 27
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Desert Oasis Elementary (17161 W. Bajada Road, Surprise)

Wednesday, Nov. 28
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Vistancia Elementary

Thursday, Nov. 29
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Lake Pleasant Elementary

Comments can also be submitted directly through the comment form, by email to APS Siting Consultant Stephen Eich, or by calling 888.352.4365.

If you’re unable to attend the meetings, there are still ways you can have your voice heard. Submit your comment by email to tell them you oppose the APS north Peoria siting project plan.

There is strength in numbers. The more comments APS receives regarding this issue the more likely they will be to choose a plan that preserves views and home values. Send in your comments, copy your legislators, and attend the open house!

Dec 13

Frost-Sensitive Flower Maintenance

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Adam Rosen

Last week we discussed some flowers that are more prone to frost damage than others. After reading, you may have discovered that you have frost-sensitive flowers planted in your yard. These flowers will need extra care in order to help prevent frost damage during these cooler months.  

  • Do NOT cover flowers with plastic sheeting.
  • You should cover with cloth sheets, burlap, or cardboard boxes.
  • In the case of potted plants you can use a bucket or another pot over the top of the plant to shield it from the cold. 
  • Watering the flowers prior to the freeze can help prevent frost because moist air is warmer than dry air.

“What if my flowers are already damaged?”

  • Damage to the plant often depends on the severity of the freeze. If the leaves and stems have frozen, it is unlikely you will be successful in saving the plant. If only minor damage has affected the leaves, the plant could be saved.
  • Damaged leaves can provide protection to the healthy leaves beneath them. Consider waiting to prune dead or damaged plant material in order to protect the rest of the plant.
  • Once the threat of another freeze has passed, prune back dead material to allow healthy leaves and flowers to grow.

Dec 13

Get Your Holiday Shopping Done on Parent’s Night Out

Posted to Peoria News by Adam Rosen

Rio Vista Recreation Center will be hosting a parent’s night out from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.

Drop off your kids and head out for some last-minute shopping. Kids will enjoy pizza, crafts, rock climbing, games and more. The cost is $10 per child for Rio Vista pass holders and $5 for siblings. Contact Rio Vista Recreation Center to register at 602-773-8600.