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Important and Useful Info For Owners

Happy and Safe 4th of July to all! 

Remember that Idaho ONLY allows “safe and sane” fireworks, which are defined as “fireworks that stay near the ground and do not exceed more than 20 feet in diameter”. All other fireworks are illegal. If used, and cause damage to properties, you can be held personally responsible and liable. See the BLM restrictions and  MERIDIAN FD Brochure , and Meridian Fire Department Posting

About Nextdoor

Just to point out about the Saguaro Canyon Nextdoor social site: Nothing against our neighboring subdivisions, but the site is NOT by any means exclusive to the Saguaro Canyon Subdivision residents or boundaries. Anyone can join and post on this social media site: resident or ??.  Just keep this in mind when you are posting or responding to a post. The Saguaro Canyon Subdivision HOA Board does NOT regularly (or even often) monitor or respond to posts on Nextdoor. Your best source of information is this website, or coming to the monthly Board meetings. Feel free to use the CONTACT US page on this site to ask questions.


Already this 2019 summer we have had more than one undesirable and unacceptable disturbance in the pool area caused by unruly and unsupervised under-age young people. Activities included drinking of alcohol, inappropriate behavior, profanity, and disrespect for adults, families, and our pool rules.

Our new security system is doing a great job of capturing these occurrences, and believe it, is doing a great job of capturing footage of the offenders. And also believe it, the video will be used to take appropriate actions.

In addition to irresponsible attendees, a big part of the problem is illegal entry: too many pool users are letting too many people in without their being keyed in. Groups of young people are being let in, and often when no person will take responsibility for trying to keep the groups in line. A few guests (up to 6) of a legitimate key-card resident is acceptable, but ALL are expected to abide by the pool rules (posted by the showers). If rules are being broken it is expected that attendees at the pool will do their best to stop the abuse. If things get out of hand, please call the Meridian Police non-emergency line at (208) 888-6678. If it is a medical emergency or serious danger, call 911.

Remember that the pool belongs to the Saguaro Canyon Subdivision property owners..it is your pool. It is expected that if you are a pool user, you will do your best to help insure the rules are obeyed. Think of it this way: how would you want attendees to act in your own back yard pool? If issues happen, deal with it the best way you can. Encourage other adult attendees to assist you. 

Report violations or violators to Erik@snakeriverHOA.com. If the offense is serious enough, report it to the Meridian Police at their non-emergency number (208) 888-6678. If it is emergency status, call 911.

Also remember that the pool closes at 10:00 p.m. Users are expected to be out of the pool area by that time, otherwise is treated as trespassing.

Board Members Update

After 6+ years of great service as President, Dave Bethke has left the Board and is leaving our subdivision. Thank you very much Dave for your outstanding dedication and service. We wish you great success and happiness in the future.

Jock Summers, a 12 year resident of Saguaro Canyon Subdivision and past Board Vice-President, has re-joined the Board as Director. Please welcome Jock back to the Board. View the entire Board staff on the Board Members page.

If you are interested in being on any committee help run, plan, and maintain this outstanding subdivision, please submit a completed nomination form to Erik at Snake River HOA.  Attendance at monthly Board meetings is highly recommended.

Email Address on file at Snake River?

Occasionally Snake River needs to quickly send out important and urgent messages to our owners. Please be sure your current email address is on file at Snake River HOA Management. Send to erik@snakeriverhoa.com . Your email addresses will be kept private at Snake River HOA Management and never be used for spamming or ads.

Email to Owners Test:

The following email went to Saguaro Canyon Owners (to the email list on file) on March 29.


Residents have expressed an interest in receiving occasional emails as an efficient means to be made aware of Saguaro Canyon Subdivision (SCS) Board plans and actions. This is not to replace our new website that provides extensive up-to-date coverage, but partially to drive more residents to the website to become more “in the know”.

As a result, Snake River HOA Management (SRHM) will be sending a “test” email soon to test out the system. The email, after a brief introduction, will basically contain the following message:

In using this process, the SCS Board and SRHM Management realize the concerns that you may have:

  • We will not “spam”. Emails will be limited to perhaps 1 per quarter, most likely a short newsletter style, unless there is some very important reason to send additional emails such as an emergency in the area.
  • Only SRHM will have access to the email address list. The SCS Board has no interest in having the list.
  • Your email addresses, either in part or as a whole, will NOT be passed beyond SRHM.
  • Only the SCS Board can generate/trigger SRHM to push out emails.
  • Emails will NOT contain advertising and will strictly be limited to SCS business and events
  • You may opt out of emails from SRHM by contacting erik@snakeriverhoa.com, but this is not advised as you may miss out on important information about the subdivision

At this point SRHM only has a partial email address list of owners. Although the SCS Board or SRHM cannot require your email address, we encourage all owners to reply with their current and correct email address to erik@snakeriverhoa.com. The email addresses should be for the main property holder or property holders only.

So that a more inclusive list can be created, at different events this year (such as the pool opening), we will be attempting to add to our list. We realize that we will not be able to collect email addresses for every property. Please feel free to forward the email to your Saguaro Canyon Subdivision friends and neighbors in case they are not getting the email directly.

If you have received this email and you are no longer an SCS resident, or if the email address on file is not correct for you, please inform erik@snakeriverhoa.com.

Thank you

Erik, on behalf of Dave, Jason, Cora, Ed, and John

Update 4/20/2019: The results of the email broadcast revealed that Snake River has 275 valid owner email addresses out of 423 properties. The Board will continue to strive to encourage more owners to participate. The list will only be used to broadcast important information, in lieu of expensive postal services. Please communicate your email address to erik@snakeriverhoa.com if you have not already.

Latest Irrigation Info:


WATERING SCHEDULE The irrigation system is designed for use based on a rotation system. The system is not designed to allow all homeowners to water at the same time. If too many homes irrigate at the same time, especially during the peak use time of 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., the pump station will produce low pressure and volume and may shut off.

Your watering time is based on the last number in your house address number. For example, if your house address ends in a 3, you can water at 3:00 a.m. OR 3:00 p.m. You may water for a maximum of two (2) hours. Odd numbers water on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays. Even numbers water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Each homeowner must set their sprinkler controller to begin watering at a start time to coincide with this schedule. https://settlersirrigation.org/Pages/Watering-Schedule

Check http://settlersirrigation.org/ for full details.


Pool Area Security

Last year (2018) we unfortunately experienced vandalism and illegal entry (trespassing) in the pool area. Unfortunately, our video surveillance system was not up to par to be of any help to assist with identifying the culprits.

First off, let there be no question: entering the pool area during the off hours is trespassing and can not be tolerated. Trespassing, and trespassing causing damage to the property are punishable offenses. Repairs are expensive (coming out of HOA revenues) and could jeopardize the future use of the pool for all.

This year a new high-resolution video security system has been installed that will monitor, record, and identify individuals who choose to make use of our property illegally. The system is connected to the internet, allowing for quick access and identification of activities. Cameras will monitor the gate entrance area and both pools 24-7. This system will also help in the event any unfortunate accident occurs within the area.


2019 Common Area Fence Repairs

Common area fencing in the front of the development on the cross streets of Red Hill is under way, starting with the areas between Handel and Ocelot.

Owners in those areas who will be affected by this maintenance should have already received notification (by postal mail). The fencing company work as quickly as possible to do their work and replace these fences. Owners are encouraged to pull any vegetation/landscaping away from the existing fencing. Orange plastic temporary divider material will be put in place by the contractor, however this material will not be strong enough and is not intended to keep dogs in or out, so dog owners should contain their animals for the few days that their property will be affected.

For any questions contact erik@snakeriverhoa.com


2019 Residential Properties Fence Maintenance

With the aging of this community, the residential fences are the first to show the telltale signs with leaning posts, broken fence slats, and staining. To keep our subdivision looking at it best, homeowners are required to keep their surrounding fences looking sharp.

The ONLY approved fence stain is Behr 501. There no other option, and alternate brands attempting to imitate Behr 501 do not work. Behr 501 can be purchased at Home Depot.

Power washing of the fence prior to re-staining has the best results for a fresh look and long-term effect.


General Maintenance and Common Issues

Note: all notations below are a very short summary of what is covered in the Saguaro Canyon CC&Rs or By-Laws. Refer to these documents for all details

Home Painting

Given the long hot summers and cold winters experienced here in Treasure Valley, typically our homes need to be completely repainted every 6 – 8 years. The hot sun quickly burns and fades any paint.

If you are repainting with exactly the same paint color scheme, you do not need to fill out an architectural form.

If you are repainting with a new color scheme, you must send a COMPLETED ACC FORM to erik@snakeriverhoa.com. Be sure to describe the plan (where each color will go, i.e. trim, main, etc.) plus any details, and include paint color swatches and brand/color names. The Architectural Committee will evaluate and respond quickly. The ACC form can be found on the Documents pull-down menu at the top of the page or by clicking here.

Structures, Landscape Changes, Fencing

The addition of ANY new structure, fencing, or major landscape change on the residential property MUST be approved by the ACC. This includes storage sheds, concrete/patio concrete/structures/covers, arbor/pergola/etc. The ACC Design & Landscape Standards document describes requirements, limitations, and process regarding these kinds of changes. You must send a completed ACC form to erik@snakeriverhoa.com. The Architectural Committee will evaluate and respond quickly.

Parking: Autos, Trucks, RVs, Trailers, Boats

Saguaro Canyon streets are under the jurisdiction of the Meridian City code enforcement. The city code for vehicle parking of any kind on a Meridian City street is 72 hours. The streets are PUBLIC streets and Saguaro Canyon Subdivision or its owners have no control over who parks in front of your house. Call Meridian City Code enforcement if you have issues with cars parked in the streets in your neighborhood.

Saguaro Canyon homes were typically constructed with three-stall garages such that all cars and vehicles can be parked inside of those garages. Parking for extra vehicles of any type in driveways is limited to 72 hours.

RVs, Trailers, Campers, Boats, etc. may ONLY be stored within the standard fencing of the property IF vertically they are BELOW the fence line, unseen from the street and neighbors. Storage for vehicles taller than the fence MUST by requested from the ACC by completing and submitting an “RV-Trailer Variance Application”. The firm requirements are many. All surrounding neighbors must approve.

Report Street Lamp Outages

With the exception of the decorative street lamps along Red Horse Way that are actually maintained by Saguaro Canyon HOA, the larger street lamps in Saguaro Canyon are maintained by the City of Meridian.

Meridian has a great interactive map for reporting street lamp outages. Go to http://cityofmeridian.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4cc16cacca4c4a35a5222ef29e830087 . Locate on the street map the exact lamp that is out and click on the (X) that marks the location. This will send a message to Meridian maintenance and it will be repaired.

Street/pavement Issues

The streets in Saguaro Canyon are under the jurisdiction of the Ada County Highway Department (ACHD). This includes the street storm drains in the streets. Contact erik@snakeriverhoa.com with any issues.

25 MPH Speed Limits

All subdivision streets are clearly marked for 25 MPH. Random Radar check occur.

You MUST stop for school buses when they are stopped with lights flashing and signs out. Keep Saguaro Canyon children safe!

Report any emergencies to 911!

It is also our responsibility as home owners to report anything that appears to violate any terms of our CC&Rs, so it can be addressed quickly. We owners, as well as the Board and Snake River HOA want to keep our properties and common areas within the subdivision looking at their peak!