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Written By Nick Nickerson

Hello Neighbors! I hope this newsletter finds each of you well.

My term on the Board is once again coming to an end. As this will be my last Presidents Message, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank each of you for putting your trust and faith in me during the past two years. Montage at Mission Hills is truly a great place to live. While I am not able to commit the time to continue my service on the Board, I will continue to volunteer and help the Board where I can.

I’m proud of the support the Board has received from its Homeowners during the last two years. Withyour help, the Board was able to Amend and Restate the CC&Rs and Bylaws, and Adopt a new rule andfine schedule for “Leasing of Lots”. The Board has also developed options for the removal and replacement of the date palm trees that line our perimeter which will be presented for your consideration at the March 17, 2018 Annual Homeowners Meeting.


According to the Arborist Report, it is necessary to replace all 108 Date Palm Trees along our perimeter within the next 5 to 10 years. Please take a moment to read the “Palm Tree Plan Surcharge”Article presented in last month’s Newsletter. The Board hired a professional Landscape Architect to develop our Date Palm Tree Removal and Replacement Program (Program). The Program will consider the cost effectiveness of replacing the trees in-kind or if the landscape palette should or could be adjusted to reduce the number of palm trees, and/or group them in certain areas along the perimeter. The Landscape Architect has prepared three options, which range in cost from approximately $200,000 to$500,000, for the community’s consideration.

This year’s Annual Homeowners Meeting will be held on March 17, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the City of Cathedral City Public Library. Doors open at 10:00 am. By now each of you will have received a Ballot Package. Your ballot is very important. The ballots returned will be used to help establish a quorum to officially conduct the meeting, to appoint new Board Members and adopt the routine IRS Revenue Rulings along with last year’s Meeting Minutes. Please be sure to complete your Ballot and return it tothe Property Manager, or bring them to the Annual Meeting.

I look forward to seeing each of you at our Annual Meeting in March.