April-May 2019 Newsletter

“Neighbors Helping Neighbors Be Better Neighbors”

Hello Neighbors! 

We have some exciting events coming up this spring and hope you will join in!

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Please come check our website for updates, events, newsletters, meeting minutes and so much more!

Monthly Board Meetings, starting at 7 pm, are held the second Monday of each month, at the Fire Station located on Wright-Bliss Road.  We encourage all to attend.

EASTER EGG HUNT

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be at Pete Rix Park (on 134th Street)  on Saturday, April 20th beginning at Noon.   It is open to all Community children under age 12.

There will be two age “hunting” groups  (1) up to age 6 and (2) age 7 to age 12.  We ask that all parents assist in getting their children into the correct group.  The younger group will start first, and then the second age group will be allowed to start.  Please be patient.

Depending on how many children show up, there may be an egg limit.  If that’s the case the children can help others find eggs.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR PRIZE EGGS!!  Only one prize egg per child and the child must be present to accept a prize.

ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN-UP!!

Saturday and Sunday, April 27th & 28th at McGowan Park (end of 142nd Ave) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am until all dumpsters are full, or 4:00 pm, which ever happens first.

Rules are simple:  Only one (1) load per lot will be allowed until 12:00 noon on Sunday.  If the dumpsters are not yet full at that time, then any lot – on a first come basis – may bring another load until all dumpsters are filled.  Please check in prior to dumping your rubbish. To check in you will need to know your lot number or your address as identification.  Only community members may participate.

NO household garbage (food waste, etc.), yard waste, animal waste, tires, car batteries, microwaves, TVs or any electrical appliances, computers, printers or fax machines, or paint cans  (unless the cans are dried out), or any type of accelerants are allowed.  To ensure proper disposal, rubbish will be checked prior to dumping.  If you have any questions about what is allowed to be dumped, please check with the attendants before unloading.  Metal items (i.e. appliances, lawn mowers, etc.) are to be placed on a separate trailer.  Please Note:  You do not need to be current in your assessments in order to come to the Clean Up, and if you know a member who has rubbish, but is unable to bring it due to medical issues or lack of a vehicle, please call Ed Nielsen (253)-884-2713 prior to the clean-up so we can make pickup arrangements.

KIDS ANNUAL FISHING DERBY

Sunday, May 19th at Pete Rix Park on 134th Street

Our first fish drop will be on May 8th and the lake will be closed from that day until the day of the Fishing Derby.  Signs will be posted and the Lake will be monitored to ensure a fun experience for all!

The fishing derby is open to all children between the ages of 5 to 17 years old.  A special fishing activity is set up for children UNDER the age of 5.  

CHECK IN:   STARTS AT 8:00 A.M. (PETE RIX PARK on 134th Street)

FISHING:  9:00 A.M. TO NOON

WEIGH IN TIME: 11:00 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M

PRIZES – AWARDS:  12:30 – 1:00 P.M.

LUNCH:  STARTS AT 12:30 P.M.    We are providing food, so hope you can stay!

R U L E S:

  • ONLY THE CHILDREN CAN FISH.  (Adults can fish after 12:00 noon.)
  • THE CHILD MUST SET THE HOOK AND REEL IN THE FISH BY HIM OR HERSELF.  AN ADULT MAY HELP WITH CASTING THE LINE AND NETTING THE FISH.
  • THEY MUST KEEP AND BRING IN THE FIRST THREE FISH CAUGHT.
  • THEY MUST LIVE IN LAKE OF THE WOODS OR BE ACCOMPANIED BY A RELATIVE OR FRIEND WHO LIVES IN LAKE OF THE WOODS.
  • ALL CHILDREN MUST HAVE LIFE JACKETS ON IF THEY ARE ON THE WATER.

Note: According to Washington Dept. Of Fish and Wildlife all fishermen – age 15 and older – must have a fresh water fishing license.  This applies to anyone fishing on our lake, despite the fact that it is a private lake and we purchase the fish. While the licenses are required by the State, we lack resources to check for compliance.

Helping the Neighborhood be Beautiful

Gardening Plots – we have a community garden area off of 142nd Ave.  All community members are invited to use this area.  Please contact David Tyler at (253) 884-9951 or <tyler@wsucoug.net> for more information.

Getting it cleaned up – We love our neighborhood and want to see it looking better every month and it is improving!  Keep up the great work!  To this end we continue the quest to get the message out about eradicating garbage, and unlicensed or inoperable vehicles, unused trailers (campers, 5th wheelers) that violate our Protective Covenants & Restrictions, etc. from our community’s roads, properties, and parks.  These eye sores lower our property values, as well as the beauty of our neighborhood.

Unlicensed/inoperable vehicles, trailers, campers & 5th wheelers, and garbage accumulated on lots falls under the direction of the Compliance Committee, and in some cases, the Architecture Committee.  The non-compliant properties are sent a notice and the property owner given 30 days to clean up their property or make arrangements with their liaison to clean it up. If the property isn’t cleaned up (or arrangements made) the Compliance Committee takes the matter to the Board for approval to fine the property owner $100 per month, per issue (and per car) until the property is cleaned up.  FYI:  the fine for having a 2nd dwelling on your property is $500 per month per dwelling.  If you have received a notice, PLEASE read it to find out 1) the issue, 2) who your liaison is and 3) how to contact them.

If you have vehicles/trailer/campers that you do not want but are not sure how to get rid of them, here are some options to have these removed from your property without cost to you.  You must have the title to the vehicle for each vehicle you want towed away.   Check out the possible resources below:

The Clunker Junker Tacoma (they pay cash for Junkers)

Tacoma, Washington, 98401

(888) 383-4181

support@theclunkerjunker.com

https://theclunkerjunker.com/junk-car-removal/state/washington/tacoma

Junk Car Boys Tacoma (they pay cash for Junkers)

(253) 426-3635

All Recovery Auto Sales (they pay cash for Junkers)

(253)255-6044

https://www.allrecovery.net

Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (free tow away and tax deduction for donation)

1-877-999-8322

https://www.v-dac.com/

BY THE WAY:  If you see litter in front of your home, please pick it up.  Litter is not just ugly; it can also be unsafe for children and animals.  Property owners are responsible for the 25’ in front of their home – beginning at the center of the road.  Thank you for caring about your property!

Volunteers are needed!  We have many community projects that need people to complete for our community.  Please contact a Board member (see list of members below) if you wish to help out with upcoming projects.

HOA House Keeping Items

Snow removal – just a few weeks ago we had a major dump of snow, creating some messy road conditions.  The board received calls requesting snow removal.  Since the roads in Lake of the Woods are country roads, the HOA does not have the equipment to do snow removal. 

Need some help during bad weather? – for those in our community who might needs some assistance during bad weather or power outages,  please contact the Board with your name, address and a phone number immediately.  Your information will be put on a “CHECK ON  LIST” so we can make sure you are okay in time of trouble.

HOA Fees – if you need to pay your monthly fees, you can contact HOA Community Solutions (our bookkeeping service) directly at (253) 985-3812.  Our Account Manager is Janet Biggs. 

Architecture Committee – Planning on doing some changes around your property?  GREAT!  But first, please contact the Architecture Committee if these changes include: remodeling, building or moving a home, shop, shed, storage unit, carport, garage or fence on your property, we ask that you please get approval first which will ensure you do not end up inNon-compliance which could result in a fine and a need to remove unapproved work for failure to seek pre-approval..  This is a quick and easy process.  Just do a general drawing of what you want to do, send it to Lanny at Fallingrocks@outlook.com with your lot number or address, or call him at (253) 878-0369 to set up a date and time for him or one of the other members to come by for a quick review.  We try very hard to get you a quick turn around on approval so you can get started on your project.  If you have more in depth questions regarding why this rule is in place please contact Lanny above. 

Water Meters – Please DO NOT tamper with them.  In the winter, bags of saw dust are placed on them by the maintenance team to protect them against freezing.  Do not turn the water on/off at the water meters. Doing so can break or damage them, which will cost the property owner money for repairs, a fine or both!  To shut off water,  please use the shut off valve in or at your home.  If you need to utilize the water meter itself you must first call DAVID TYLER at 253-884-9951.  He will either do it or give you permission. Under the terms of the Patriot Act, it’s a federal offense to tamper with a water system. 

** COMMUNITY SECURITY **

We all deserve to live in a safe community.  To that end, we do not allow any illegal activities within the Lake of the Woods neighborhood.  The Sheriff’s department has told us, as a community, we should call them every time there is a problem as this is how they learn of illegal activities within our area.  They want to do something about it and they need us to alert them.  If you notice anything that looks suspicious, please call the non-emergency number for the Peirce County Sheriff at (253) 798-4721 AND REPORT IT. 

Please Note – As your Board of Directors we do not have the authority or experience/expertise to handle criminal/emergency matters.  In case of an emergency or life threatening situation please call 911!

Blue Line Protective Services- For noise complaints, parking complaints, loitering, or suspicious activity or to report other violations of community rules, please call Blue Line Protective Services’ non-emergency dispatch at (877)-572-8765 between the hours of 6 pm and 5 am, including weekends and holidays.

2018 Board of Directors

Tanya Michaels – President 

 (253) 884-2088

Lot 3-156

David Tyler – 1st Vice Pres.

(253) 884-9951

Lot 6-297

Ed Nielsen – 2nd Vice Pres.

 (253) 884-2713

Susan Thompson – Secr. 

 (253) 303-0132

Lot 2-110

Mary Day – Treas.

Tinker Jolliff

 (253) 884-4477

Lot 4-184

Greg Anderson

 (253) 432-4703

Lot 1-031

Garrett Lebby

 (520) 370-2496

Lot 2-104

Karen Gore 

(425) 761-3632

Lot 2-80

(253) 313-0227

Lot 3-148