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.
≈ Comments Off on 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:
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:
As you all are aware, Rio Vista Hills was hit on July 21st with a major thunderstorm that has left our roadways covered with mud and debris with severe edge-of-road damage in many areas. 3 inches of rain fell in a span of 2 hours. People in the neighborhood say they have never in 20 years experienced such a storm. Since then, there have been additional downpours adding to the problems.
Following is our status report regarding clean-up and repair actions. Residents wishing to volunteer their assistance with these activities are urged to contact Brett Gerasim. There is much to do.
Clean-up activities will begin later this week with most areas expected to be cleaned of mud and debris no later than Friday, July 30, 2021. As more rain is expected in coming weeks, we anticipate additional clean-up work to be performed as needed later-on.
Cactus Asphalt will perform the clean-up activity this week and will utilize a crew with two kick brooms and two smaller tractors each equipped with a front loader bucket and a Gannon. The tractor operators will set the Gannon to about ½ to 1 inch above the road. The tractors will move mud, larger gravel and rock off the road. The kick brooms will follow and will clean the remainder of the mud and gravel. It has been emphasized that the tractor operators be very careful with the grading equipment to not damage our asphalt road surfaces. With this crew, it is believed the bulk of the RVH roads can be cleaned in one day. The highest travel areas of the road system will be top priority. Second priority will be lesser traveled areas that have the most problematic debris. There may be some roads with minimal debris that will not get serviced in this first phase of work.
Please drive with extra caution while the road debris is present and be especially careful and alert when the work crews are on-site later this week. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and care.
Erosion Damage on N 296th
This serious erosion site is located along N 296th Avenue just up the road North of Stevens’ driveway entrance. Sandbags have been placed around the damaged area to slow further erosion while we await a permanent solution. Warning signs are also in place. Traffic reduces to one lane nearest the hillside when passing this area. Unless we have another unusually heavy rainstorm, we believe significant further erosion is unlikely at this site and we believe the lane nearest the hillside is safe for use. Please drive with care and be respectful of oncoming traffic in this zone.
Design concepts for a permanent solution are in work and are expected to be completed by July 30. We expect a formal bid from Cactus Asphalt no later than August 6. Our goal is to start the permanent repair work as soon as we are satisfied with the design and related costs. Our goal is to have all the work at this repair site completed within the month of August.
Other Road Damage and Edge Erosion
Our priority has been to have clean-up activities in place and to have design concepts in work for fixing the N 296th erosion site. There are a vast number of additional areas along our roads where edge erosion is serious and must be dealt with. In coming weeks we expect to have a list of these additional areas needing work and will start to prioritize and plan for those repairs.
We will keep you updated regarding our additional repair plans and activities.
At this time, while the costs of all the clean-up and repairs are expected to be considerable, we believe the HOA will have sufficient funds to stay on schedule with the major road resurfacing project planned for April/May 2022. The damage caused by this storm has made it even more important to keep the resurfacing project on track for 2022.
Over this past Saturday night, the Hatfields on N 293rd Ave reported capturing video footage of an intruder apparently trying to gain entrance at the rear of their home/hangar. An unknown individual is visible in this footage. It does not appear that anything was taken or damaged and entrance to the structures did not occur. In a possibly related incident, also the same night, the Wengers further north on N 293rd have reported evidence of a foreign vehicle parked on their driveway near the airstrip. Their driveway gate was closed and locked and so it is believed the intruder gained access via the airstrip. So far it does not appear any crimes have been committed. Since no damage or thefts have occurred, reports of these incidents have not yet been filed with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). It is the individual property owner’s responsibility to do so if they feel the occurrence is serious enough.
It is the RVH Board’s policy to inform residents of concerning situations as soon as we become aware of them. In that spirit, we recommend keeping all exterior doors, windows, garage doors, pool equipment sheds, hangars, barns and storage sheds closed and locked where possible. Keep vehicles, ATV’s, equipment, etc., locked and indoors if possible.
We are reminded by MCSO that most crimes are crimes of opportunity and simple precautions can do much to put off unwanted loss.
If you witness an intruder on your property or in the neighborhood in general, if you feel it is serious enough, please promptly report it to MCSO (dial 911) and to an RVH Board member.
≈ Comments Off on Announcement Regarding Recent Power Failures
In the last 72 hours RVH residents and neighbors have experienced 2 extended power failures. In both cases an underground cable suffered a failure. The first failure occurred between the first intersection and the transformer at Miller’s driveway along 294th Avenue. The second failure took place between the transformer across from Nicoulin’s residence and the transformer at the first intersection along 295th Avenue.
Nearly 1/2 mile of temporary power cable has been laid above ground at these failure locations. There is one cable crossing 295th Avenue near the intersection.
Residents are asked to reduce speed and use caution when driving in these locations.
Please be watchful for APS work crews at either location. The power cables that serve our community are now 50 years old. When we receive information regarding line replacement action and planned interruption of service you will be informed.
Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the RVH HOA Board has determined to cancel the Annual Meeting that was to be held at the Wickenburg Community Center on Monday, January 25, 2021.
To assure that every owner receives all the information they would normally receive at the Annual Meeting, the Board will prepare a Power Point presentation just as in prior years. This presentation will contain all the pertinent information including Secretary’s report, Treasurer’s report, Road report including spending in 2020 and budget for 2021. It will include announcement of the HOA dues and road use fees for 2021. In mid-January, this presentation package will be mailed to each owner including a cover letter that will briefly summarize the salient points of the presentation and will highlight the dues and road use fees for 2021.
Owners having new business to bring before the Board are requested to please contact one of the Board members via telephone or email.
The 2022 Annual Meeting is currently scheduled to be held at the Wickenburg Community Center on Monday, January 24, 2022.