itwasntme's picture
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I believe it would be a great idea to issue reusable wrist bands to each resident and their family members. These bands would be required to be worn at all times while at the pool. We have to get a handle on outsiders visiting our pool. We residents pay good money to live here and I would say the majority of us moved here because of the pool. If these others would like to swim in our pool, they can move here and pay the same rent as we do. We really need to get a handle on this situation.

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Clyons McKinley Employee

Now that is a GREAT idea! I can't believe I didn't think of it first... ha-ha. Seriously, that is an awesome idea. We are actually running out of pool passes so I need to order an alternative in the very near future. If we had one color for residents and another for guests that had to be picked up from the office, that would make our job of checking that much easier. Thank you for the idea, I am going to send an email to our corporate office now to see if we can get the ball rolling in that direction.

We are checking the pool a couple of times a day now to make sure everyone is legitimate. It is amazing how many people we have kicked out that didn't live here. We deal with this every year, but you are right, this year it has been considerably worse. Trust me when I say this frustrates me just as much as my residents.

Thank you for caring and please never hesitate to call even after hours if we need to be made aware of an issue. Most people just assume someone else is calling and we don't hear about things until after the fact.

Have a great weekend,
Cheryl

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Yogizilla

Cherly's team has definitely been very vigilant about the pool situation but I agree that pool wrist bands are a great idea since they are visible, easily accessible, and cost-effective. I don't think there should be a guest limit per resident but there certainly needs to be some print material that reminds people to be responsible for their guests. I, for one, do not go to the pool as much these days because I don't like the crowd and some of our kids have even been threatened by some of the older, yet very much immature, pool dwellers.

The good news is that the noise levels have come down quite a bit and the convoys of unidentified vehicles have also become more rare. I know that we have suggested parking as opposed to assigned parking, which is great, but it'd be nice if a friendly reminder goes out to all residents asking that guests use opposite-side parking, especially when there are large gatherings. Little things like that can become tiresome quickly.

Back to the topic at-hand, I vote for blue wrist bands. ;)

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itwasntme

I am looking forward to this situation be rectified though. You are right, Cheryl and her team has done a good job of stepping things up, but these non residents are smart and will show up just after the office closes.

Cheryl, could you guys also put up very visible signs on each pool gate entrance that reinforces the fact that the pool is available only for Ridgecrest residents and their guests and that all others will be prosecuted for trespassing? I know it may seem harsh, but that way these "outsiders" won't be able to say they didn't realize they couldn't swim in the pool.

I look forward to seeing the pool situation fixed.

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Yogizilla

I concur. Disclosure manifests itself in many ways but just because you gave someone a written notice or mentioned something once or twice doesn't mean that it has fully registered. Some folks need bright signs that practically jump out at them in order to realize "hey, maybe I should stop doing this".

My kids reported another incident of "adult interaction" last night (you can call me for the details of this and similar events, Cheryl.. I don't think this is a proper channel for such open discussions) and, sure enough, the really bad stuff is saved for the later hours of the day. I just don't want to see hands being forced and the pool closing earlier. Heck, I wish the pool could be open later for those of us that work night-shift jobs or have unusual schedules. Alas, the few ruin privileges for the many.

It may also be prudent to set up some sort of neighborhood watch and make it clear that it is in place. In this manner, there can be a chain-of-command and we don't have to rely on McKinley staff or our courtesy officer as much. People may behave differently if they know there is constant vigilance. This can be an overall fix for several of the issues that have seem to worsen this year.

Last but not least, it'd be prudent to have more mixers and community events that allow us to get to know our neighbors. Surely, it'll require some investment by McKinley but I'm sure residents can chip in somehow. Maybe we can do a big BBQ and throw in some raffles and such. People can bring snacks and things that can raffled off (perhaps items that are in good condition but are no longer needed). In this manner we can identify the new faces of our community and keep an eye out for anything that could be suspicious.

Granted, this sort of approach may lead to paranoia and preemptive reports but it's better to be safe than sorry. With the premiums we pay, there is certainly an assumed lifestyle that is to be expected. I feel that Ridgecrest should be welcoming yet treated as a closed-gate community. All residents should feel safe here and not have to worry about little nuances like non-residents littering the areas and being obnoxious.

In any case, there are many cost-effective and even free solutions that can add value to the experience here at Ridgecrest. We shouldn't wait for situations to escalate or dismay to increase for simply measures to be taken. So much has changed in the past year and I know that I, for one, would love to meet some of the new residents. I've always liked the feeling of a tight-knit community here and I think that's what we're really fighting for here.

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Clyons McKinley Employee

Thanks for noticing guys! I actually enjoy the evening "Pool Raids", JK! But I do have to say I enjoy telling these guys that don't live here that they are not welcome on our property. The word has gotten out that I do make surprise visits so there have been fewer invaders. But you are right, they are smart, they will wait a little while and come back. That is ok too; I am not letting up until they know we will not tolerate it! I am researching the bands now along with the signs to post at both gates. I am working on a few other ideas as well. But in the mean time, you guys will see me around. I was extremely pleased at 9:30 tonight to see a few "RESIDENTS" relaxing and enjoying the pool and hot tub as it was meant to be enjoyed by our hard working residents that pay for this amenity.

Yogi, call me the next time your son sees these people at the pool, I am minutes down the road. Click on the On Call option and have the guys call my cell. I also spoke with my courtesy officer today regarding this issue. He is keeping a close eye out in the evenings as well. He can actually arrest them on serious charges for this type of behavior in public and in the presence of a minor.