By Philip Halidman
The Sun City Home Owners Association is turning 55 years old and a party is being thrown it its honor.
The organization is inviting Sun City residents to come out for cake and ice cream for an open house 11:30 a.m to 2 p.m., Nov. 1 in the community center of their office, 10379 W. Coggins Drive.
Governing board President Jim Hunter said the event will feature drawings and nice gifts as well as give residents the opportunity to take a tour, meet the staff and learn more about the association.
One of SCHOA’s duties is to keep the community’s more than 40,000 residents educated about Sun City, he said.
“With 27,000 addresses in Sun City, every year there are a couple thousand who are new to Sun City. Those people may not be familiar with the services we offer or the great organizations we have here that make us what we are,” he said. “The birthday party will allow people to get to know us better and see what we do. It seemed like a good opportunity to have some fun at the same time.”
SCHOA’s vision includes proactively providing for the well-being of Sun City and its homeowners, treating all residents with respect and equality when addressing their needs, maintaining an open, receptive forum where all ssociation members can offer input, improve efficiencies and effectiveness in the stewardship of Sun City, and consistently increase the value and prosperity of the community.
Mr. Hunter said SCHOA manages the affairs of Sun City with the mission of providing for the well-being of the retirement community through fair and universal compliance with the Conditions, Covenants & Restrictions.
He said it is the job of SCHOA to advocate for Sun City in matters of government affairs, which included appealing a recent waste water case at the Arizona Corporation Commission.
It is also their job to enforce the 500 to 600 monthly code violations a month, he said. Citations can range from violating the age overlay of 55 years old and deed restrictions to landscaping requirements and blight.
SCHOA has four compliance officers, an all-volunteer board, about 10 committees and a small staff.
“We are not overly restrictive like some neighboring communities, but we are critical to who we are in protecting our property values and lifestyle,” he said.
SCHOA was formed in 1963 and is headed by an elected board of directors.
Ben Roloff, former president who sat on the board in 2008, said the organization has made many contributions to the community and has always been a fighter for the residents of Sun City.
In the early years of the organization, the community didn’t have street lights, fire hydrants or a fire department. SCHOA paved the way for such infrastructure. Later, during Mr. Roloff’s tenure, when code compliance was an issue, new enforcement officers were hired. Now code compliance is well above 90 percent, he said.
“From the beginning, SCHOA hit the ground running immediately and it never really stopped. It may have shifted focus from time to time, but it never stopped doing those important things like representing the residents and working with the county. Those things have been consistent,” Mr. Roloff said.