- President Report – April 2019 (4/4/2019)
After a crazy winter with storms and snow days, Spring does seem to be here. We’ve even had a few days where it felt like we should go to the pool. For many of us parents, Spring Break is just around the corner and we’ll blame it for the following announcement:
April Board Meeting Cancelled It’s true: we will NOT have a Board Meeting on Monday, April 8. Every April there is a challenge in getting a meeting quorum given that many of our Board members are parents with kids that tend to have Spring Breaks either the second or third week of April. This month we don’t have any Architecture projects for review and we also don’t have a quorum of 5 so we cannot conduct any other official Board business. We’ll be back at it, though, on May 13.
Dues “Town Hall” Discussion Meetings On March 13, the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) led the first of two town hall type discussions on moving to a single set of dues where all residents would pay the same dues with access to the pool and tennis facilities and where these dues would fund the operation and maintenance of all of the association’s business and assets. The LRPC is charged with investigating the implications and making a recommendation to the Board.
Part of the process is to get the opinions of the community through the survey that was conducted in December and these town hall discussions. In my view, the March 13 meeting was helpful for everyone that attended. Information was shared, different perspectives were discussed and I think everyone left with at least an understanding of the rationale to make the move to one set of dues.
At the meeting, people brought up concerns about cost while members of the Board explained some of the difficulties in managing our finances with the current structure. On a more emotional level, there also were people that spoke eloquently and from the heart about what a special place Blue Ridge is, and how we all should share in the effort to preserve the community.
In the end though, it seems like it comes down to a difference in philosophy. Those who think that Blue Ridge should keep the current system where residents can choose or not choose to be a CM+ “member” of the pool and tennis facilities and believe that they should not have to pay for something they don’t use. Those that support the move to a single set of dues believe that we are a special community with valuable assets and that all residents should share equally in all of the costs and the benefits of living here.
The meeting gave the LRPC a lot to think about and we will incorporate some of what we heard in to the next one. I encourage you to attend to give the LRPC more feedback to help them make their recommendation to the Board.
As before there will be a short presentation on the following:
- background of our current dues structure
- survey results
- rationale for the potential change to one set of dues
Then it’ll be opened up for discussion. Hope to see you there: Tuesday, April 23 @ 7:00pm – Club House.
- Association Manager Report – April 2019 (4/4/2019)
Hello Blue Ridge,
Congrats and bon voyage Alison! Alison Gray has been serving Blue Ridge as part-time office assistant for over a year and soon, will begin another life adventure in San Francisco. Since January 2018, she implemented systems for lifeguard time keeping and background checks, salvaged water damaged archives, kept facility rentals humming, and took on editor duties for the Bulletin, website, and the new 2019/2020 Directory. Alison’s high performance and trust allowed me to provide additional board and committee support and focus on neglected goals. We will miss her tremendously and wish her good luck!
Here are the highlights for current projects:
Mary Ave Tree Assessment When was the last time you enjoyed “forest bathing” on the Mary Ave trail? It’s perfect this time of year, before the trees bud out and vegetation encroaches. This greenbelt is almost 5 acres and directly abuts 30 private properties between 15th, 14th, and Woodbine Way. There’s been little maintenance over the years and an arbor assessment this month will help Blue Ridge prioritize needs. For safety reasons, the trail will be closed during this project, April 8 – 12 .
Pool Pump House We’re saving on electricity costs since installing the new energy efficient pool pump, however the noise has been a nuisance for some neighbors. The pump house was overdue for renovation and it made sense to add soundproofing and insulation to the project at the same time. Phase 1 and 2 are complete, with the final phase finished by April 30th.
Beach Park Since 1941, Blue Ridge has maintained a rental agreement with BNSF to cross the railroad tracks and enjoy the beach. Failure to use this crossing responsibly could jeopardize our agreement and beach access. Last year, we learned our current crossing isn’t safety compliant and requires a concrete pad. Bringing our crossing up to code requires coordination with BNSF contractors, the weather and of course, train schedules.
We also have asphalt repairs and maintenance planned for better weather. Along with BNSF coordination, this project will require closing the park for 1 or 2 days. The goal is to minimize impacts during high use and cabana rentals, we’ll keep you updated as we learn installation dates.
Tennis Courts The wind screens were rehung in January (thank you Ryan Brunette !), when Snowmaggedon hit and pulled down even more wind screens. A big thank you to Jamie and Ty Smith for rehanging the screens again, hopefully for the last time in 2019. After pressure washing this month, the courts will sparkle and be ready for another great season.
Pool/Clubhouse Security Cameras Over 10 years ago, 8 security cameras were installed to deter after hours swimming and vandalism. It must have worked, because I haven’t come across any incidents since. The current system is expensive and failing. A replacement system will be installed later this month at 1/3rd the original cost, no monthly fee, and much better technology.
2019 Dues Most 2019 Dues have been received – Thank you! For those that chose the payment plan – the second payment is due April 30th . As of March 11, outstanding balances were $40,613 , not including payment plans. Here’s the membership breakdown so far:
- 31 – Unpaid Memberships
- 25 – CM Payment Plans
- 20 – CM+ Payment Plans
- 9 – CM+Sr Payment Plans
- 173 – Paid CM 136 – Paid CM+
- 55 – Paid CM+Sr
“Real Estate Season” is upon us and having your dues current and understanding the assessment status of your home can expedite closing.
Key Fobs The key fob database has been updated to reflect 2019 membership levels and outstanding balances. Don’t wait for the sun to find out if your key fob is missing or no longer works, please contact us with any questions or problems.
Annual Updates Preparation for the 2019 CPA audit is complete and should commence in the next month or two. Other annual updates include seasonal employment systems, State/City/Fire/Health Dept permits, licenses and corporate filings, master insurance policies.
Happy Spring Everyone!
- Architecture Report – April 2019 (4/4/2019)
In March, the Board:
- Approved additional window installed at 1943 NW Milford Way – Van Kampen
- Approved installation of solar panels at 1990 NW Blue Ridge Dr NW – Litsey/Young
No BOD Meeting in April
- Security Report – April 2019 (4/4/2019)
Hello, everyone. I’ve recently joined the board as Security Chair. Over the past couple months, we’ve continued to experience car prowls and package thefts in the neighborhood.
Deterrence is the key! To prevent prowls and break-ins to cars parked outside, make sure cars are locked and no items are left visible to attract the attention of thieves. Lights on home exteriors, particularly those equipped with motion sensors, and cameras can help deter prowlers. These criminals operate quickly under the cover of darkness in the wee hours of the morning.
To deter the brazen daytime theft of packages left on porches, consider using a commercial mail-receiving agency or a work location for delivery instead of the home. Alternatively, shippers will hold packages for pickup at their locations upon request.
Also, as a reminder, please remember that access to the beach park is restricted to Blue Ridge residents and their guests. Key fobs are not to be shared with or loaned to others. Please contact our association manager, Michelle Morgan, to report lost fobs, to request replacements, or to report unauthorized park visitors.
- Events Report – April 2019 (4/4/2019)
We had a quiet March for Events, but we are gearing up for some fun this Spring! Thanks so much to Julie Keegan for taking on the Easter Egg Hunt again this year and to Kelly Carrithers for leading the New Resident Social.
Easter Egg HuntPlease join us on Saturday, April 20th at 11am at the Beach Park for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Ages 0-10 welcome. Please be on time, as this event doesn’t last long! Hope to see you there. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Keegan at 206-310-8752
New Resident Social (Sunday, May 19 from 4:30-6:30 pm) Join us at the Salentine’s home (1833 NW Blue Ridge Drive) for this fun event! This event is tailored to residents new to Blue Ridge over the last couple years. If you have never attended a new resident event, please come! Join your neighbors, board members, representatives from swim, tennis, and more. This is a great opportunity to learn more about community programs, activities & events while mixing and mingling over drinks and appetizers. Kids welcome – crafts and helpers provided. Not-so-new residents welcome too – come and get to know your neighbors!
Movie Night Lead? If you have any interest in leading a movie night at the clubhouse, please let me know! I can provide some guidance and assistance, I just need a family to take the lead on the evening. It is a fun way for families to get together and for kids to meet new friends in the neighborhood.
- Easter Egg Hunt at the Beach Park- Saturday, April 20th 11 am sharp!
- New Residents Social- Sunday, May 19 from 4:30-6:30 pm (See attached Flyer)
- Summer BBQ at the Beach Park- July 20th
- Fourth of July Parade and BBQ- July 4th
- Oktoberfest- September 27th
- Family Halloween Party- October 31st
- Holiday Open House-December 5th
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pool News – April 2019 (4/4/2019)
We are only 6 short weeks away from our May 11th opening day !
The pool management team has finalized our staff, so congratulations to our new and returning staff members for this summer. Swim lesson registration is now available for the Sessions 1 and 2, with the whole swim lessons schedule to be available soon! Our assistant manager, Olivia , will be in charge of all pool party reservations and will begin reserving dates and times for those starting May 1st.
Please send all pool reservation inquiries to her at email@example.com .
The pool staff can’t wait to get back in action this summer, see you all in May!
- Swim & Tennis Report – April 2019 (4/1/2019)
Tennis: Registration for adult and junior tennis programs is officially open and filling up. I’m thrilled with the response so far, but spots are still available. Registration opens to non CM+ members and non Blue Ridge members on April 1st for junior programs and April 15th for adult programs . Do not delay! Information & registration may be found here: http://tenniscentersandpoint.com/blueridge
Please remember that we also have a court reservation process for CM+ members. It’s not necessary to reserve a court to play, but it will guarantee that one will be available at your desired time. (Same link as above)
Pool:Lifeguards are hired and orientation is Friday, May 10th . The pool will open on Saturday, May 11th. New to the schedule this year is an additional adult swim time Mon-Fri from 1:15pm – 2:00pm .
Swim team:The Blue Ridge swim team is always growing!!! If you are new to the neighborhood and/or have children ages 4 through high school seniors interested in the swim team, please joins us on April 16th to learn more. Swim team signs ups will run from April 1st – May 12th. Registration may be found here: https://blueridge.swimtopia.com
We are kicking off the season with our first ALL PARENT meeting on April 16th . Historically we have only asked new swim team parents to attend, but this year we are asking ALL swim parents to attend. It’s been 11 years since we have had a full parent meeting and we are hoping that at least one parent of each swimmer will attend.
Swim team important dates:
April 16th – All parent meeting6:30pm – 7:00pm – new parents7:15pm – 8:00pm – ALL parentsMay 8th – Ice Cream Social – 6:30pm – 8:30pmMay 9th – Swim Suit Fitting – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
- President’s Report – March 2019 (3/4/2019)In this month’s column, I’d like to invite you to participate in one of two “Town Hall” sessions the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) will have to discuss the possibility of moving to one set of dues where everyone would pay the same amount and have access to the pool and tennis facilities. Many of you may have taken the Dues Structure Survey. We learned a few things from that survey and now want to dive deeper in to the concept with your input. So…….Come to the “Dues Structure Town Hall Discussion!”When: Wednesday, March 13 or Tuesday, April 30 @ 7:00pmWhere: Blue Ridge Club HouseWho’s Leading This Event?: The Long Range Planning Committee (Jane Caron, Marilyn Ernst, Josh Findley, Tony Perucca, Chair-Andrea Durbin, Ex Officio – Janet Wallace)Agenda1. Current Dues Structure & Background History2. Dues Survey Results3. Rationale for Changing – Why consider moving to one set of dues?4. Implementation Options – Pros/ConsThe Board has been struggling with this concept for years. It is not an easy proposition and it is far from a “done deal”. There are a number of pros/cons and considerations and the intent of the meeting will be to fully discuss them. We are now engaged in meaningful exploration and need and want your input.Please give us your feedback. Hope to see you at one of the meetings!
- Association Manager Report – March 2019 (3/4/2019)Shareholder Meeting & ReportsIt was great to reconnect with members at the 78th Annual Shareholder’s Meeting on February 4th. We handily achieved quorum with 44.96% returned ballots -Thank you! If you didn’t receive a shareholder report, drop by to pick one up, we’re usually in the office Mon-Fri, 9-5.Each year, three board members are up for election, familiar faces rotate off, and fresh ideas are introduced. Congratulations to newly elected board members, Marilyn Ernst and Josh Findley and re-elected board member, Brooke Walker ! With the 2019 Board in place, my focus is supporting board goals and projects. As I enter my fourth year serving Blue Ridge, I continue to be impressed with this highly dedicated and collaborative group genuinely serving the greater good.Mary Ave Tree AssessmentThe Blue Ridge Club has hired arborists to conduct an arbor assessment of the Mary Ave greenbelt. As part of the assessment, trained arborists and crew members will evaluate and document greenbelt trees the week of April 8, 2019. For safety reasons, the trail will be closed during this project. Notices have been mailed to property owners abutting the greenbelt, please reach out if you’re one of these homeowners and haven’t yet received a notice.Road ConditionsWhen the weather warms, potholes will appear causing wear and tear on your car. Reach out to the Pothole Rangers at www.seattle.gov under the Transportation tab or 206.684.ROAD (7623), potholes are repaired within 3 business days. Other road issues can email: 684-Road@seattle.gov .Irish you a happy St Patrick’s Day! ☘️
- Architecture Report – March 2019 (3/4/2019)Hi everyone,I am Eric Souder and will be our new architecture chair for 2019. I want to give a big “thank you” to Barbara Sinn who did an outstanding job over the last two years, she will be missed. For anyone looking at new projects this year, please update yourself with our process outlined on our Blue Ridge site under “Architecture” and please, please, talk with your neighbors about your project – as we all make Blue Ridge a great place to live! Lastly, please keep in mind that if you have plans for a new project, let us know as soon as possible. In order to be added to our Board’s monthly schedule, new projects need to be provided to the board two weeks before our monthly Board meeting.In February, the Board:
In March, the Board will:
- We postponed voting on the Van Kampen project at 1943 NW Milford Way till March
- We approved to have the Litsey/Young project at 1990 NW Blue Ridge Dr NW move forward to voting in March
Thank you,Eric Souder
- Vote on Van Kampen project – 1943 NW Milford Way – Additional Window
- Vote on Litsey/Young project -1990 NW Blue Ridge Dr NW – Solar Panels