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Water Rates to Increase

Wilderness Rim Association (WRA) purchases its water from Sallal Water Association (Sallal). In 2016, WRA paid Sallal about $11,125 per month for water. Sallal recently notified the WRA Board of Trustees (Board) that Sallal was increasing the monthly fee to $13,855 per month, or nearly 25%. Sallal stated that the increase reflects rising costs since the last rate update in 2011, as well as a one-time adjustment for the cost of hiring a new field operator. On January 18, the Board met and passed a motion to increase the Base water rate from $36 to $44.82 beginning at the end of March to cover the cost of the wholesale water rate increase. The Base rate covers water usage from 0 to 200 cubic feet per billing period, which means that all residents will pay the increased fee, regardless of total water use. The fees for water use above this rate will remain the same. For water rates, see “WRA Water Rate and Fee Schedules” at https://wildernessrim.org/legal.

2014 Holiday Light Contest Winners

Over 200 homes had lights on them this year!  Thank you to everyone who shared some cheer this season with their neighbors, and thank you to our sponsors:

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Eleven adults and nine kids helped judge the winners based on curb appeal, use of color, content, and volume of lights.  The competition was fierce, but here are the homes that won gift certificates to Boxleys or Ace (and the grand prize winner gets to ride in the fire truck next week!):

1st Place:   17007 426th Ave SE

17007 426th Ave

2nd Place:  17403 SE Cedar Falls Rd

17403 S E Cedar Falls Rd

3rd Place:  17436 426th Ave SE

17436 426th

4th Place:  17404 426th Ave SE

17404 426th

Also honorable mentions:

16827 426 Ave 43305 432nd 42805 se 170th pl 17014 427th 17320 426th 42406 S E 169th 42766 Se 173rd pl 42921 175th17335 428th ave se 17212 428thpl se 17004 426th

 

 

If you haven’t already, take a drive around the Rim to see the excellent displays before Christmas!

Office Administrative Coordinator Hired

Wilderness Rim Association is pleased to announce the hire of Jessica Besso as the WRA Administrative CoordinatorJessica joined the team officially on July 24th.
 
Jessica brings over 16 years of experience in accounting, auditing, and customer service. Her capabilities include small business accounting, internal and external audit fieldwork, and project management among other skills desired for this position.  As the Office Coordinator, she will be responsible for day-to-day tasks for the association as well as performing the accounting functions.  With her CPA and CFE licenses and her prior experience on WRA committees including Water Utilities and Budget & Finance, Jessica has excellent knowledge of WRA business processes.   
 
We are excited to have Jessica’s expertise in the office and she is looking forward to serving her neighbors well.  The future is looking bright for Wilderness Rim! 
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July 2014 Annual Meeting Ballot Election Results

TOTAL BALLOTS CAST:   91  (15% of membership)

ELECTED TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES – Three Year Term 

Chris Hardy
Ben Larson
Jeff Sowell

ELECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE – One Year Term

Jessica Besso
Steve McDonald
Doug Greathouse
Fernando Platin, Jr.
Leslie Kreher
Matt Rourke

1)    Approve the 2013 Annual Meeting Minutes YES 89%
2)    Approve the Feb 2014 Special Meeting Minutes YES 86%
3)    Approve the 2014-2015 Budget YES 84%
4)    Approve Assessment for Security Patrol for 2014-2015 YES 64%
4a)  Should #4 pass, vote for the 2014-2015 amount per lot: $40 YES 73%
5)   Authorize capital expenditure to replace the Chalet roof without         special assessment (Bylaw 3.2.6): YES 75%
Amendments to WRA Bylaws require 67.67% to Pass
6) Bylaw Amendment #1:           Intro  Reference to RCW 64.38 Passed 90%
7) Bylaw Amendment #2.2          Voting By Mail Passed 94%
8) Bylaw Amendment #3.1.1       Board Powers and # of Trustees Passed 70%
9) Bylaw Amendment #3.1.2      Trustee term limited to one-year Failed 43%
10) Bylaw Amendment #3.1.7      Limit Check Signing Term Passed 88%
11) Bylaw Amendment #3.1.8       Prevent Trustee Compensation Passed 93%
12) Bylaw Amendment #3.1.13    Strengthens criminal act penalty Passed 81%
13) Bylaw Amendment #3.1.15    Protects WRA from trustees violating Bylaws Passed 80%
14) Bylaw Amendment #3.1.16    Protects WRA from trustees violating Bylaws Passed 77%
15) Bylaw Amendment #3.1.17    Candidate assurance of Bylaw compliance Passed 83%
16) Bylaw Amendment #3.2.4      Clarifies trustees’ responsibilities Passed 85%
17) Bylaw Amendment #3.2.5      WRA Real Property provision Passed 78%
18) Bylaw Amendment #3.2.10    Compliance with RCW Passed 92%
19) Bylaw Amendment #3.2.11    Requires audit every 4 years Passed 87%
20) Bylaw Amendment #3.3.0      Restricts officers from acting without Board Failed 53%
21) Bylaw Amendment #3.3.2      Restricts V.P. from acting without Board Failed 53%
22) Bylaw Amendment #3.3.3      Restricts Sec. from acting without Board Failed 57%
23) Bylaw Amendment #3.3.5      Limits secretary to one officer position Passed 82%
24) Bylaw Amendment #3.3.6      Limits officers to chairing one committee Passed 76%
25) Bylaw Amendment #4.1.0      Timing of Annual Meeting to Sept. Passed 81%
26) Bylaw Amendment #4.1.1      Requires CPA for financial reports Passed 85%
27) Bylaw Amendment #4.3        Clarifies quorum requirement Passed 84%
28) Bylaw Amendment #4.4        Changes Board meeting to third Wed. Passed 90%
29)  Bylaw Amendment #4.5       Announcing special meeting of the Board Passed 91%
30) Bylaw Amendment #4.6        Clarifies Vote By Mail procedure Passed 88%
31) Bylaw Amendment #5.1.6     Updates communication methods Passed 91%
32) Bylaw Amendment #5.1.9     Clarifies Committee responsibilities Passed 87%
33) Bylaw Amendment #5.1.10   Request for Proposal procedure Passed 84%
34) Bylaw Amendment #5.2.2     Clarifies trustee financial duties Passed 89%
35) Bylaw Amendment #5.2.3     Adds Website to Communications Passed 92%
36) Bylaw Amendment #7.1       Clarifies Vote By Mail Passed 90%
37) Bylaw Amendment #7.2       To comply with RCW Passed 80%

 

 

 

Fishing Derby July 12th

Bring your pole and see what you can catch! Awesome prizes for top 3 fishers!

Children fourteen and under are invited to fish for Rainbow Trout from the shoreline of Brewster Lake. Prizes will be awarded for the three longest Rainbow Trout caught. If there is a tie, the fisher-person with the heavier fish will be the winner.

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The derby will start at 7 a.m. Please register at the picnic shelter before going to the lake.   Weigh-in will be at 9:30 a.m. to determine the winners. Prizes will be awarded during the Annual Meeting. Please review the Washington Fishing Regulations to ensure you are in compliance with state law.

OFFICIAL RULES OF THE WILDERNESS RIM FISHING DERBY

 Please use common sense and courtesy and respect to others and your surroundings. Below are the “official rules” for you.

RULES

1.)     All rules of Cascade Park apply. The Wilderness Rim Association (WRA) does not condone wading or other water contact.

2.)     Eligible participants include children 14 years old and younger.

3.)     All participants must register before fishing.

4.)      Registration begins at 6:45AM in the picnic shelter. Participants must be registered by no later than 9:00AM.

5.)      The Fishing Derby officially begins at 7AM (No fishing before)

6.)     The official measuring of fish for the derby closes at 9:30 AM.

7.)      Fishing boundaries include the dry portions of the shoreline of Brewster Lake. Fish must be caught from shore.

8.)      One fishing pole per child.

9.)      Parents may help children, if needed. Try to let kids fish as much as they can.

10.)   A maximum of 5 fish may be caught with at most 3 recorded per participant during the derby.

11.)   All fish caught must be taken to the registration table for official measurements. Please weigh-in fish right after you catch them. You are encouraged to release fish under 6 inches.

12.)   Fish not released back to Brewster Lake in a healthy condition must be removed or properly disposed of by the fisher, so as to avoid creating a nuisance at the park or to surrounding properties.

13.)  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd longest fish will be awarded to registered participants. Weight will break a tie.

14.)  All registered participants are eligible for a raffle prize drawing.

15.)  All registered participants not recording a fish caught are eligible for a separate drawing.

16.)   All prizes will be awarded at the end of the fishing derby during the WRA Annual Meeting, around 10-10:30AM

17.)   Winners of the derby and raffles need to be present to claim their prizes.

18.)   Winners must be present to claim prizes from the raffle.

19.)   Participants are limited to winning only one raffle prize during the Fishing Derby.

20.)   All ties will be broken first by weight, and then subject to a random drawing.

21.)   All prizes must be accepted as awarded and have no other surrender value.

22.)   All decisions made by event coordinators are final.

23.)   The participant that guesses closest to the total number fish caught in the Fishing Derby will win a prize. In the event that there is a tie, then there will be a drawing or coin flip to determine the winner.


Prizes include a fishing pole, tackle boxes, and bait for future fishing adventures!

 

How Many Ballots?

The 2014 Annual Meeting is almost here and the ballots are already coming in.  How many do YOU think there will be this year?  Put your guess in a comment below, and the closest member will win a prize!

 

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2014 Annual Meeting – Ballot Q&A Sessions

Question 1 – Is there a standing resolution to not hire someone in the Rim?

A: Rim Residents can apply for positions per the 5/8/13 Board decision.

 

Question 2 – Who submitted which Bylaw amendments?  Is there a way to make the process more transparent in future years?

A: Anyone may know who submitted the amendments (we can put the list on the website if desired).  We can work to improve the process with member feedback.

2014 WRA Membership Ballots Are in the Mail!

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Look for yours soon!  Here are the items mailed (with supplemental information) in case you just can’t wait:

https://wildernessrim.org/2014-annual-meeting-of-the-wra-membership

2014-annual-meeting-documents (Requires Member Login) 

Three sessions for members to learn more about the items on the Ballot are scheduled at the Chalet for:

Saturday,     June 28,     10:00 a.m.

Tuesday,      July 1,     7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 9,         7:00 p.m.

Please join your neighbors for a discussion of what these changes will mean to the Association.  All homeowners are encouraged to review and understand the changes before voting.

Please contact amc@wildrim.org if you have questions or comments.

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