Traffic Alert – 3/29 – 4/2/22

On Tuesday, 3/29,  thru Saturday, 4/2, one of our landscape contractors, Trees for Needs, will be working along our roadways. They will be cutting back vegetation and clearing lines of sight throughout Rio Vista Hills.

When approaching and driving through the work areas, please drive slowly, be patient and be alert to the movement of personnel and equipment. The crews will do their best to minimize delays to traffic.

Thank you,
Brett Gerasim

RVH HOA President

Alert – Proposed USAF Overflight Changes

Dear Rio Vista Residents and Neighbors,

This information has just recently come to the RVH HOA Board’s attention.  The Board believes this is a concerning issue requiring your immediate attention as you will read below:

The local Air Force (Gladden Military Operations Area) is proposing to increase training flights to 24 hours a day and lower the flight floor from 5000 ft. to 500 ft. This includes supersonic jets that would be flying over our neighborhood.

You have until March 4th to submit your comments on this proposal. This is an urgent issue for the quality of life in our community so please ASAP go to the web page: www.ArizonaRegionalAirspaceEIS.com and complete the comment form:

1.     Click on the word “COMMENTS” in the upper right corner and the EIS form will upload immediately

2.     Fill in your name, address 

3.     Fill in the COMMENT section or upload a File of your comments (We have provided a separate file that you can use to upload or modify and upload. File name: MOA Expansion-File.docx. It is available in the Residents Only Section.)

4.     Check the box “ I am providing specific information, research, or analysis(es) relevant to the Proposed Action.”

5.     Click “SUBMIT”

Feel free to use any of the following comments:

1.     The proposed flight floor of 500 ft is not in agreement with the established Air Force floor of 1000 feet over neighborhoods (AICUZ program).

2.     The lower flight floor raises the danger level for the many dirt landing strips throughout the Gladden MOA, including the Rio Vista Hills airport.

3.     The lower flight floor also raises the risk for collisions with the Medevac Helicopters that transport critical medical patients, including their flight patterns over the Rio Vista Hills community.

4.     The increase in jet noise, including sonic booms, over neighborhoods has a number of potential serious health and environmental consequences:

a)     “In November 2019, Massachusetts General Hospital published a study finding a plausible mechanism linking excess aviation noise to cardiovascular effects”, including stroke and heart attacks (Current and Prospective Research of Noise Impacts on Health HMMH Noise News | Volume #2 | March 2020 ; https://www.lawa.org/-/media/lawa-web/environment/lax-community-noise-roundtable/noise_ management_presentations/2020/noisert_200311-aviation-noise-news.ashx/).

These findings support an earlier European study. (Aircraft Noise and the Risk of Stroke.  Dtsch Arztebl Int.  2019. 116:237-244. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31092311/)

b)     “Aircraft noise is one, if not the most detrimental environmental effect of aviation. It can cause community annoyance, disrupt sleep, adversely affect academic performance of children, and could increase the risk for cardiovascular disease of people” (Aviation Noise Impacts: State of the Science. Noise Health. 2017. 19: 41–50. Aviation Noise Impacts: State of the Science).

Aviation Noise Impacts: State of the ScienceNoise is defined as “unwanted sound.” Aircraft noise is one, if not the most detrimental environmental effect of…

c)     Aircraft noise has also been linked to depression, particularly in the elderly. (Aircraft noise control policy and mental health: a natural experiment based on the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA). J Epidemiol Community Health.  2021. 75:458-463. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33148682/).

d)     Therefore, as reviewed in a), b), and c), increased aircraft noise has negative impact on the quality of life of neighborhood residents. This includes increased utilization of medications for sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and cardiovascular issues. (The role of aircraft noise annoyance and noise sensitivity in the association between aircraft noise levels and medication use: results of a pooled-analysis from seven European countries. BMC Public Health. 2021. 21:300. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33546655/).

e)     The proposal to increase flights to 24 hours also has significant negative impact. “Data suggest that night-time aircraft noise can trigger acute cardiovascular mortality. The association was similar to that previously observed for long-term aircraft noise exposure.” (Does night-time aircraft noise trigger mortality? A case-crossover study on 24,886 cardiovascular deaths. Eur Heart J.  2021. 42:835-843. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33245107/).

f)      The increased noise will lower property values, for which the Air Force offers no compensation.

g)     The impact of significantly augmented Air Force activities also requires an analysis of the potential impact on environmentally sensitive regions and species, as well as companion animals and livestock. This is an area of research that needs to be considered for potential negative impacts:

                             I.         A review of the effects of aircraft noise on wildlife and humans, current control mechanisms, and the need for further study. (Environ Manage2003. 32:418-32.A review of the effects of aircraft noise on wildlife and humans, current control mechanisms, and the need for further study – PubMed).

A review of the effects of aircraft noise on wildlife and humans, curren…Military and civilian aircraft overflights are an issue that may impact the quality of life for millions of Unit…

                            II.         Military Flights Threaten the Wilderness Soundscapes of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. (Northwest Science, 94:188-202. 2020. https://complete.bioone.org/journals/northwest-science/volume-94/issue-2/046.094.0208/Military-Flights-Threaten-the-Wilderness-Soundscapes-of-the-Olympic-Peninsula/10.3955/046.094.0208.short).

Rio Vista Hills HOA Board

RVH Board of Directors Meeting – 2/23 @ 7PM

A meeting of the Rio Vista Hills HOA Board of Directors has been scheduled for 7 PM Wednesday, February 23 at the Gerasims’ home.


The agenda for this meeting has not yet been established.


If you are not a member of the Board and wish to attend this meeting, please contact Bill Owens (510-813-9792) to see if space is available. Guest seating is very limited.


Regards,
Bill Owens

RVH HOA Secretary

2022 Annual Meeting Cancellation

Dear Rio Vista Hills HOA Members and Neighbors,

Due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19, the Board has decided to cancel the public meeting again this year.

As we did last year, to assure that every owner receives all the information they would normally receive at the Annual Meeting, the Board will prepare a PowerPoint presentation just as has been presented in prior years.  This presentation will contain all the pertinent information including Secretary’s report, Treasurer’s report, Road report including spending in 2021 and budget for 2022. It will include the announcement of the HOA dues and road use fees for 2022. This presentation package will be mailed to each owner no later than the week of January 24th .

Owners having new business to bring before the Board are requested to please contact one of the Board members via telephone or email.

The 2023 Annual Meeting is currently scheduled to be held at the Wickenburg Community Center on the fourth Monday in January 2023.

Best Regards,
The RVH HOA Board
January 7, 2022

Traffic Alert – Erosion Repairs on N. 296th Ave – 1/6/22

The work at the erosion sites on N 296th Ave that was supposed to happen on Monday, January 3rd, failed to occur. The work crews from Cactus Asphalt showed up, but the cement and rock deliveries failed to happen.

We have been informed that the rock delivery is now expected on January 6th . Please be on alert that work crews may be present at the erosion site on N 296th Ave on that day and possibly on subsequent days. Cactus has been unable to confirm a delivery date for the cement grout that remains to be applied to the rock spillway.

Lacking the ability to forecast these materials deliveries, we can only ask that you please be prepared for the presence of work crews at that site without notice. The Board will provide you with updated information as soon as we have it.

When approaching and driving through the work area, please drive slowly and be patient and be alert to the movement of personnel and equipment. The crews will do their best to minimize delays to traffic.

Thank you,
Brett Gerasim
RVH HOA President

Traffic Alert for N 296th Ave – Monday, 1/3/22

On Monday, January 3rd, work crews from Cactus Asphalt will be on-site to complete their work at the erosion sites on N 296 th Ave. A cement truck and workers will be present for a portion of the day to add a grout mixture to the new rock spillway. Also, additional riprap will be added to the gutter along the road edge opposite the spillway. The work is expected to be completed the same day. The crews will do their best to minimize delays to traffic.


Residents are requested to please reduce travel speeds and use caution when approaching the workers and equipment.


Thank you,
Brett Gerasim
RVH HOA President

Traffic Alert – 12/7 – 12/17

APS unexpectedly started work this morning on a line replacement project.

The project begins approximately at Jim Stevens’ driveway and extends up 296th Ave to Mike Reilly’s driveway. The project is scheduled to be completed around the 17th, but difficult digging may extend this estimate. Traffic control personnel are in place.


As always, residents are requested to please reduce travel speeds and use caution when approaching the workers and equipment.

Thank you,
Brett Gerasim
RVH HOA President

Reminder: Upcoming Crack Seal 11/3 – 11/4

Reminder: On Wednesday November 3 rd at 8 AM, work crews from Cactus Asphalt will be on-site to start the crack sealing repairs to all the RVH roads. The work is expected to be completed by 5 PM on Thursday November 4th.

The exact route and sequence of operations will be determined by the work crews at the time the work begins. It is suggested residents plan on minimizing their use of the roads on those days to the extent possible. The sealant, which is a hot rubberized polymer mixture, will be set to drive across within 15 to 30 minutes. So please be patient. The crews will do their best to minimize delays to traffic.


Residents are requested to please reduce travel speeds and use caution when approaching the workers and equipment.


Your patience with these needed repairs is appreciated.


Thank you,
Brett Gerasim
RVH HOA President