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Important and Useful Info For Owners

Please scroll down on this page to view information on a number of important subjects and links.

Monthly Board Meeting Tuesday January 18, 2022  7:00 – 8:00 p.m., via Zoom

Contact Eric Sprengel at Snake River HOA Management if you would like to join into the meeting and/or have an issue to discuss. Erik will respond with a link to the Zoom meeting.

Check the “Board Meetings Page” to see the agenda.

The ANNUAL OWNERS meeting is coming up March 15.

UPDATE: TDS 1 Gbps fiber installation for Saguaro Canyon to begin?

Jan 15, 2022: We have had no further input from TDS Contractors regarding the initial start-up schedule. Below is the information provided to us in November:

This initial phase will install the subdivision feed fiber deep underground from the SOUTH side of McMillan (northwest corner of the Copper Basin entrance) northwards to the SOUTHWEST corner of Red Horse and East Painted Hills Street, where a distribution pedestal will be placed.

The installation requires a deep lateral bore northwards, 36 inches BELOW the lowest level of the Lemp Canal, which parallels McMillan and the front of our subdivision. Any visible construction disruption should only be at these two ends at the Copper Basin side of McMillan, and at the S/W Red Horse/E Painted Hills intersection. The utilities easements are between the Red Horse street curbing and include the parkway and sidewalk areas. Keep in mind this work is accomplished by horizontal deep underground drilling equipment and should not affect surface areas between the bore points noted at the above noted intersections.

This initial phase is slated to take 2-3 days and will start soon. Check this site for the actual start date.

Additional phases, which will include actually boring and distribution into individual streets and residences in Saguaro Canyon will be done next year in 2022. We will try to keep a running status on this website, as advised by the contractors.

This project is good for Saguaro Canyon as it will support internet, streaming, and other a/v services up to 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps), which is 10 times more than the best standard service available from Sparklight now, which is 100 Mbps.

Learn more about TDS Fiber at:



Landscape Committee and Idaho Landscape have been busy!

Over the last few weeks the Landscape Committee and Idaho Landscape have been very busy cleaning up and enhancing the islands along Red Horse, our subdivision primary entrance and exit points!

New/replacement plants, shrubs, and cacti have been added where older vegetation has worn-out or died.

The new additions are three Blue Beak Yucca ( 4′-5′), eight Rostrata “Brakelight” Yucca (3 gallon size), eight Color Guard Yucca (3 gallon size), eight Prickly Pear (1 gallon size), eight Pink Texas Salvia (3 gallon size), and two Butterfly Bushes (3 gallon size).

The first island turning as you turn in from McMillian onto Red Horse has been cleaned up and renovated as follows:

  • Removed all dead dwarf blue grass and other dead ground cover

  • Replaced the weed barrier

  • Planted 1 Pompas grass, some Color Guard Yucca, Brake Light Yucca, and Prickly Pear

  • Placed 1 large red sandstone boulder in NE corner of planter

  • Replenished crushed red rock there and in other areas up front

Saguaro Canyon Subdivision is a very large subdivision with many common areas that are constantly changing given our extreme weather, water resources, and environmental conditions. Many thanks to Kathy Lamson and the Landscape Committee for constantly monitoring our common areas around the subdivision and taking action to keep all looking fresh and healthy, which in turn keeps all of our properties looking good and desireable!

If you see any common area landscaping issues that need to be addressed, please let us know via the “Contact Us” page on this website, or contacting Kathy directly.

Again, thanks to all who volunteered in the trash clean-up project around the McMillan side-walk/Lemp Canal areas.

Sparklight (aka CableOne) giving up email service

If you have a name.cableone.net email address from Sparklight, Sparklight has notified their customers that they are shutting down their email service in this Treasure Valley area as of November 4, 2021. There have been ample notices on this from Sparklight (including to myself). CableOne.net email addresses WILL NO LONGER WORK and archive emails will be deleted as of November 4, 2021. See info from the Sparklight website at https://support.sparklight.com/hc/en-us/articles/360053681314-Sparklight-Email-Retirement . You are encouraged to use alternative email services of your choice such as gmail. BE SURE TO SAVE OFF ANY EMAILS/DOCUMENTS STORED IN THEIR CLOUD FOLDERS OR THEY WILL BE LOST FOREVER!

If you (Saguaro Canyon Subdivision Resident) are affected by this, please inform erik@snakeriverhoa.com of your new/alternate email address such that Snake River HOA can continue to send you notices (only as necessary) regarding HOA issues or events.

Saguaro Canyon gated pool area and pools are closed for the season.

More information regarding the pools can be found on the “Pool Info” page of this website.

IRRIGATION WATER IS OFF for the winter season.

Settlers Irrigation District (SID), who supplies our subdivision (and many others) with irrigation water, has shut off the irrigation water for the fall/winter 2021 season, and until spring of 2022.

See the complete notice here https://settlersirrigation.org/

It is strongly suggested that you have your sprinkler pipes blown out (with air) before the winter freezes occur, typically beginning in November. The hard freezes that occur in our area frequently during the winter season can freeze pipes that are buried in the ground down to 12-15 inches or more. There are many services around the Treasure Valley area that will blow out your sprinkler pipes. Also a good idea to empty out your garden hoses and unhook them from your house faucets.

Committee Positions Filled

The August 17 Board Meeting resulted in open positions being filled in the Architectural and Landscape Committees. Thank all of you new members for stepping up to help out in these very important committees. Click this link to view the full Board and Committee members and positions. New additions are shown in blue.

Dog Poop: If it is your dog => Please pick it up!

Taking your dog(s) for a walk? PLEASE pick up your own dog’s poop and take it home with you or deposit into the Sub garbage cans!

Carry POOP bags with you, however poop-bags are usually available at various stations around the Sub. Bags and garbage service are paid for by Saguaro Canyon Subdivision Owners = YOU! 

It’s no fun to see and come across POOP that has been left careless owners.

PLEASE help to keep our Sub free of dog poop! Also, if you see litter laying around..please pick it up! 

Stray animals (including cats) and endlessly barking dogs: What to do?

Animal control for Saguaro Canyon falls under the State of Idaho Humane Society as noted at https://idahohumanesociety.org/animal-control/animal-laws/

Please refer to their Animal Control FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

If you know who the cat/dog/whatever belongs to, we first suggest that you discuss with the owner. Otherwise contact the Idaho Humane Society at  208-343-3166 as noted at https://idahohumanesociety.org/animal-control/contact-us/

2021 Owners Meeting Presentation

View the presentation from the March 30, 2021 Home Owners meeting by clicking this link.

The 2022 Annual Owners Meeting Will Be Held in Q1 2022.

Snake River  HOA Property Management Drive-bys: Potential Residential Violations

Worried about getting one of those compliance letters from Snake River HOA Management?

Drive through observations by Snake River occur 2 times per month during the summer months!

View a list of property issues that may be observed during Snake River HOA Management regular Drive-throughs.


Saguaro Canyon Sub Library!

Located on the front corner of the POOL HOUSE, near the Parking Lot!  Take a book! Leave a book!  Free!


Watch out for children! Drivers be cautious and watchful!

Speed limits in Saguaro Canyon are 25 miles per hour MAXIMUM!    

And if that School Bus Stop sign is out: you MUST STOP! It is state law!



Unfortunate but true, according to AAA. Read more here.

Do you really need to be in that much of a hurry?





Streetlight Outages

Streetlamp not working on your street or in the subdivision? You can easily report a specific streetlight issue by using the MERIDIAN CITY INTERACTIVE MAP BY CLICKING HERE. Simply find the light/lamp location on the map and click on it.

The decorative street lamps along Red Horse (designated in the yellow/gold color) up to Joshua Tree belong to the Subdivision and are maintained by the Subdivision. Contact Eric@SnakeRiverHOA.com if one of the lamps along Red Horse is not working.

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. 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. PLEASE REPORT ANY SAGUARO CANYON ISSUES DIRECTLY TO ERIK@SNAKERIVERHOA.COM. Feel free to use the CONTACT US page on this site to ask questions.

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.

  • 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

Pool Area Security

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.

In 2019 a new high-resolution video security system has been installed that monitors, records, and provides us with a visual that clearly individuals who choose to make use of our property illegally or causes vandalization. Three additional cameras were added in 2020, that provide great views of the entire pool area.

Cameras monitor the gate entrance area, both pools, and the fireplace den 24-7. This system will also help in the event any unfortunate accident occurs within the area, providing us with a historical visual record.

More information about the pool is available on the “Pool Info” page.

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.

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.

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!