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April 5, 2013

Keep Fort Huachuca’s housing community beautiful

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Jolene Cooper
Mountain Vista Communities

Mountain Vista Communities and the Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office encourages residents to pick up The Fort Huachuca Scout newspaper delivered to post housing each Friday to find out what’s going on in their community and to keep the neighborhoods clean.

Mountain Vista Communities, or MVC, takes pride in the appearance of the housing areas and surrounding neighborhoods. Since privatization in 2009, reports of the high quality of living on Fort Huachuca have continued to increase.

MVC staff regularly assess the neighborhoods in search of anything that may be unsightly such as bulky items, debris or clutter around the homes. While monitoring, MVC personnel look for homes that may be in violation of housing policies.

Recently, MVC created a policy administrator position to better enforce these policies and to regularly observe the housing areas. It will soon become common for residents to spot her slowly driving the streets and taking note of any home in violation. She will also regularly walk neighborhoods to get better visuals on backyards that can be obscured from the street view to ensure all pets are within policies, weeds and grass are maintained, and nothing is out of order.

“One of the bigger issues I’ve seen is people parking in the rocks and also this time of year people are leaving holiday décor up longer than the allotted timeframe,” said Robin Mitchell, MVC policy administrator.

There are several trailers and RVs parked at or near the homes, which is a violation of housing policies as well. An option is for the residents to take the trailers to the MWR storage facilities on post or to park them inside of their garages. In some instances, MVC allows temporary parking to those simply loading or unloading for a trip or for a brief visit from Family. Call the housing office to request permission for temporary parking in the housing areas at 515.9000.

Another frequent violation spotted in the housing areas is residents leaving issues of “The Fort Huachuca Scout” unread and in their driveways instead of reading and recycling them. Failure to pick up the newspaper from a yard or driveway can result in a minimum fine of $25.

“The fine will cover the cost of having our staff survey the area then return for a follow up inspection to see if the offending resident has complied with our notice in the allotted time, in addition to the cost of labor to have MVC clean up the littered papers,” said MVC Assistant Community Manager, Shellie Cerecke.

There is a misconception that Mountain Vista Communities has chosen to subscribe the residents to receive a weekly issue of The Scout. While MVC does fully support the newspaper, the distribution is strictly maintained by the Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office.

“The Scout is full of information that both residents and people living in town can use,” said Cerecke. “But, if you chose not to read the paper, we just ask that you recycle it to help keep our community looking clean.”

The Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office recently conducted a Facebook poll to find out if Fort residents preferred a centralized newsstand versus door-to-door delivery. The response was in favor of centralized newsstands in the neighborhoods.

“We are working closely with our newspaper contractor to provide centralized newsstands in each of the neighborhoods,” said Angela Camara, Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Officer. “In the meantime, I would encourage residents to pick up our latest issue and see what they might be missing.”

In addition to parking and littering violations, Fort Huachuca pet policies are strictly enforced by housing. MVC understands that pets are considered a part of the family. However, it is necessary to limit the number of animals living at each home in order to maintain the desired appearance and condition of the homes and surrounding community.

Every resident is entitled to have two pets. The animals must be micro-chipped and registered with the post veterinarian office. There is a restricted breed list, and pet owners need to confirm all animals are approved with MVC before keeping pets in their homes. With the weather warming up it is also imperative for pet owners to pick up all waste regularly. All animals must be leashed while in public, and pet owners must pick up waste in yards and while out on walks.

It is a top priority for the entire staff to maintain the appearance of Fort Huachuca’s housing community. This is no easy task with over 1,100 homes. MVC officials ask that residents call in anything that looks unappealing, unsafe, or that is in violation of MVC resident guidelines. All reports are kept anonymous.
The MVC policies are explained in the “Resident Guidelines and Community Handbook.” This can be found online at www.mountainvistacommunities.com.




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