Mobile Home Park
1302 West Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713
I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends. It’s the holiday season once again and we would all like to say THANK YOU for being a tenant at Desert Pueblo Mobile Home Park! Please enjoy the box of See’s Candy our Office Staff is passing out with this month’s Rent Statements.
Once again, we have Javelinas in the Park. Please remember that wild animals are always looking for food, water and shelter and will return to those areas where they can find what they need. In March 2018, our Newsletter (see attached) gave you a lot of information about not feeding the wild birds and wild animals. Shortly after the Newsletter went out, the wild animals disappeared, which proves that by not feeding them, they will move on. Approximately 3 weeks ago the Javelinas returned. Please do not feed the wild birds and wild animals.
In October, while I was in the Park, I found quite a few mobile homes that have attached a wire from their awning to their neighbor’s awning and to the next neighbor’s awning and so on. This wire was attached, so that Christmas lights can run from mobile home to mobile home. When the Christmas lights are removed, this wire is hard to see and very dangerous for maintenance workers and vendors, if they are carrying a ladder or something tall. This Newsletter is a 30-DAY NOTICE to remove that wire that runs from awning to awning, after the Christmas lights are removed in January 2019.
On-Call Security Position Available
We currently have an on-call Security position available for various shifts. If you’re interested, please contact our Chief of Security, Judy Johnson, Tuesday through Thursday, 6 AM to 3 PM at the guard house.
Small Pool Colsure
The maintenance staff would like to remind you the small pool is closed December 1st through March 15th. The large pool hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. November 1st to March 15th. During the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday, we will re-open the small pool for two weeks on December 19th and close it on January 2, 2018.
Neighborhood Watch & Tree Trimming
Ron Johnson would like to remind you: “Neighborhood Watch Annual Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 4:00 PM in the large clubhouse. Those interested in being part of our incident response team should arrive at 3:30 PM. Everyone is encouraged to attend to answer questions you may have and to provide your feedback for the future direction of the program. Sign-up sheets are in the large clubhouse so we can be ready for all those attending.” If you have any questions, please contact Ron Johnson at Lot 144.
Arapahoe Tree Surgeons are currently trimming the trees throughout the Park. Please stop by the Park Office and check the master tree list to verify if your tree will be trimmed or removed. If your tree is not on the list, please fill out a tree request at the Park Office. As a reminder, we do not maintain or trim fruit trees, Arborvitaes, Italian Cypress, Mexican Palms, cactus or bushes.
The holidays are upon us and your families and guests will be visiting. Children are not permitted at any time in the adult areas; large clubhouse, large pool or shuffleboards area. Please accompany your guests at all times, especially the grandchildren. In the past, we’ve had grandchildren that were not accompanied by an adult driving a golf cart, skate boarding in the drain ditches and/or parking areas and swimming at the small pool. Tenants are responsible for the actions of their guests and the safety of others.
The staff is having problems with vehicles parking in the streets. The Park’s Rules and Regulations state “8. VEHICLES…No parking in the streets. No vehicle of any kind (golf cart, car, van, pickup, motor home, etc.) can be parked in the yards on the rocks. All vehicles must be parked in the driveways. Management will provide a limited area for parking travel trailers, campers, trucks and excess cars etc., with a separate charge made for such parking.” The streets are not wide enough for two cars to pass if a car is parked on both sides of the street. Please advise the Park Office if you are parking in the street due to a delivery, loading or unloading, or if a vendor is working on your mobile home. Please do not park your own vehicle or allow your guests or care givers to park in the street, in your rocks, on an empty lot, in your neighbor’s driveway who has left on vacation or in the driveway of a home that’s for sale. Please have your guests, caregivers and/or vendors park in your driveway. If there isn’t room in your driveway, have them park their vehicles in the parking lot at the large or small clubhouse. You can then give them a ride to your mobile home.
As most of you are aware, we have had an increase of wildlife in the Park, some of which is related to the current ADOT project on Interstate 19 and Ajo Way. The most recent animals are Rattlesnakes, Raccoons, Javelinas, Bobcats and Coyotes.
On February 20th, I spoke at great length with the Arizona Game & Fish Department. She informed me that wild animals are always looking for food, water and shelter and will return to those areas where they can find what they need. She asked if Desert Pueblo has any tenants that feed birds or wild animals. I informed her that we have many tenants that feed birds and feral cats. She stated that ARS 13-2927 makes it illegal to feed wildlife and we also spoke about the exception of feeding birds in that statute. She informed me that if you feed birds from a bird feeder and the bird seed drops to the ground, then you are illegally feeding wildlife as noted in “13-2927. Unlawful feeding of wildlife; classification A. A person commits unlawful feeding of wildlife by intentionally, knowingly or recklessly feeding, attracting or otherwise enticing wildlife into an area…” She went on to say that when bird seed drops to the ground you are feeding the birds, rodents, Javelinas, Raccoons and any other animal that eats plants and seeds. The animals that eat plants and seeds entice additional wildlife to enter the Park and are food for Snakes, Bobcats and Coyotes. In addition, tenants that feed feral cats provide food for rodents, Javelinas and Raccoons, which entices additional wildlife to enter the Park and are food for Snakes, Bobcats and Coyotes. She informed me that Javelinas like to eat succulents, vegetables and plants with flowers. On the bulletin board you will find two lists of Javelina Resistant Plants that she forwarded to me. She also stated tenants that feed birds must use a hanging bird feeder with a tray, so the seeds do not drop to the ground. Tenants must also empty that tray if any seeds drop on it, so those seeds don’t fall to the ground. She went on to say, “if anyone refuses to comply with ARS 13-2927, please report the unlawful activity to our dispatch at 623-236-7201.” In closing, she gave me permission to work with Animal Experts and have the Javelinas removed from the Park and relocated elsewhere.
Since February 20th, I have spoken with Animal Experts on several occasions. They have three (3) other companies ahead of us that are scheduled for Javelina removal. The cost for trapping and relocating the group of seven (7) Javelinas that have been coming into the Park is $2,500.00 to $9,000.00. I will let you know when Animal Experts can help us and what the process will require. We also have a Raccoon that is causing damage at Space #38. Animal Experts will begin working with us on March 1st to set traps, capture and relocate the Raccoon. In addition, they informed me that bird feeders with trays are called Seut Feeders. They can be purchased at Wild Birds Unlimited, which has two locations in Tucson, with many types of Seut Feeders.
The Desert Pueblo Staff surveyed the Park on February 22nd. They found a multitude of bird feeders, plates and saucers of water and a tenant that had two large storage bins of animal food behind her mobile home.
As you are aware, the Javelinas and Raccoons have been causing damage throughout the Park by smashing through tenants skirting, to find shelter. They have a steady supply of food by eating the bird seeds, plants and cat food. As the lady stated from the Arizona Game & Fish Department, wild animals are always looking for food, water and shelter and will return to those areas where they can find what they need. Please help us by not feeding the wildlife. Please work with us to stop the wildlife from enjoying their life at Desert Pueblo.
From my family and the staff at Desert Pueblo Mobile Home Park, I hope you all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Kim C. Wilkins