As for the facilities around The Resort…
There’s a big project for this year, one that’s as unglamorous as it is important: upgrading the sewer system.
While The Resort’s sewer connects to the city system at the street, all the plumbing within the park it’s the park’s responsibility. The goal of any plumbing, particularly the sewer, is that residents never have to think about it. But, for those who are interested, here’s how it works.
Sewage generated within the park flows into a holding tank, known as a vault. From there, the waste then has to be lifted to meet the city system that runs near the street. There are two motors that lift the waste, the two working together to maximize efficiency, but also providing a fail-safe in case one stops working. Motor failures had become too common — unlikely objects find their way into the pipes and end up getting stuck in the pumps and burning out the motors. So management committed to a major upgrade. The electrical panel for the system was replaced and two higher-power motors were installed, ones that are designed so that nothing can get stuck and cause a burnout.
In addition, there’s plenty of routine maintenance going on during the summer, including repainting the light poles and parking stripes, adding granite to the desert landscaping, new flowers, and lot cleanup. And there’s work on the softball field, as described by Mike Hacker: “This summer we’ll add 25 tons of dirt for the infield. And I want to till it first and then add some sand so won’t be so compacted. Then in September, we’ll plant the new grass. We also have a verticutter which we’ll use for the ball field.”
Also, half the tennis courts and pickleball courts will once again get a refresh, with cracks filled and new paint. (Why half the courts? Each half gets refreshed every other year. That way half the courts remain open during the work.) Further, the pickleball courts will be getting new LED lighting over the summer.
RENTS: A fresh comparison
Every year, the management team does a rent survey, comparing costs for some of the nearby parks. Unlike Silveridge and The Resort, most other parks have separate fees for water, sewer, and trash, and they require residents to find their own cable television and internet providers. In order to do an apples-to-apples comparison, those costs are added in (or, in the case of cable and internet, conservatively estimated) to create a total cost comparison.
The chart below shows how Silveridge and The Resort compare favorably to other nearby parks.
Remember as you view these, that SR and TR are among the most spacious in the area – some nearby parks have more than double the number of units per acre. (Further, the rates for the nearby parks do not reflect their price increases for the new season, while the costs for Silveridge and The Resort have been updated for the new season.)
The goal of the ownership group is, as Al LaCanne puts it,
“We continue to strive to be the best value for the money.”