Open Letter to Members and Residents

To the Members and Residents of the Wilderness Rim Association,

The Board of Trustees is writing this letter to update you on a couple items related to the management of our Association, the volunteer run Board of Trustees, and the various committees associated with the Board of Trustees.  As you likely are aware, the WRA HOA is self-managed by a volunteer group of 11 trustees, 4 of which hold the 4 officer positions.

The current board is operating with too few volunteers for the amount of work we are hoping to accomplish.  The Board of Trustees (BOT) currently has 2 un-filled seats (which could be filled immediately with volunteers that meet the requirements, according to the HOA bylaws).  Additionally, we are lacking committee chairs for the park committee and the communications committee, and very much need regular contributors to all committees.  Without adequate committee participation, the workload falls to individual trustees or committee members, which is leading to the imminent burnout of some of those members.

Without immediate change, the board is likely to see resignations of trustees, which would likely create difficulty completing basic day-to-day operations of the HOA, including: paying of bills, performing required financial reporting and auditing, preparing the upcoming annual budget, preparing for the upcoming annual meeting, writing articles for the newsletters, submitting water test reports to the Department of Health, ensuring water leaks are fixed, etc.

The board is currently exploring two avenues to address these concerns.

The first, and the main reason for this letter to you, is to try to recruit willing and able volunteers to help run the business of the HOA, either as a trustee or as a committee member.  We are looking for professionals that can maintain a businesslike attitude, and tactfully navigate the environment of running a business that involves friends and neighbors as stakeholders.  We also need these volunteers to have the time available in their lives to commit to attending 1-2 meetings per month, as well as helping out with tasks throughout the week.  As a benefit, the volunteers will be rewarded with valuable experience that can be put on your resume, as well as serving and getting to know your community on a deeper level.

The second option being explored by the BOT, is researching and seeking proposals from professional, 3rd party HOA management companies, that would take over a majority of day-to-day tasks involved with running our HOA.  We have solicited 4 initial proposals so far and have also met in-person with 3 of these companies.  We will be sending out a formal RFP to these companies in the coming weeks.  If the board elects to move to contract with one of these outside companies, this would likely happen early in the next fiscal year, which starts on 7/1/18.  This would very likely impact the annual HOA dues to all members but would also reduce the number of hours required by volunteers on the BOT, as well as likely improve the service level to all members related to various aspects of interacting with the business and community functions of the WRA.

To be clear, the current board does not believe that the status quo is a viable option, and we either need more volunteer manpower and/or we need to move forward in transitioning our self-managed BOT to a 3rd party management partner.   Please consider whether you have the skillset and time to volunteer.  We do understand that volunteering isn’t for everyone, but either way, we do want to hear your thoughts on the topics outlined above.  We are asking for you to please send your thoughts to the WRA BOT via email, to: or via snail mail to: Wilderness Rim Association PO Box 315, North Bend, WA 98045.  Please do not reply to this letter via social media, in-person discussion at the WRA Office, or telephone, as we wish to keep track of all feedback, and we want to ensure we all hear what you have to say.

Thank you,

Your WRA Board of Trustees

Chipping Spots Still Available

It’s not too late to get on the list for free branch chipping through the Firewise program.  Chipping is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Please call the WRA Office at 425.888.0087 or email with your lot number and contact information.  Chipping is done on a first come-first serve basis.

Firewise Sponsors Chipper Day

WRA members again will have the opportunity to participate in free chipping of downed branches.  This will be provided on a Saturday in the Spring on a first come first served basis.  Branches must be stacked on the roadside shoulder by your home.  For more information and to be included on the list, please contact or leave your account and telephone number with the WRA Office at 425.888.0087.

Illegal Waste Disposal

Illegal Dumping is the improper disposal of waste as defined by King County.

One of our community members has been dumping bags full of cat litter and feces along our roads in Wilderness Rim. This is occurring along 168th Street and 422nd Ave SE as you approach the exit from the Rim through the Uplands. Additionally, we are seeing the bags of waste well into the Uplands. Neighbors have picked up in excess of 25 bags of waste in the last month or two.

If you see anyone littering or dumping anything in the Rim, please contact King County at their Illegal Dumping Hotline and do your part to help stop inconsiderate neighbors from turning our neighborhoods into dumping grounds. You can call the King County Illegal Dumping Hotline at 206-296-SITE (7483), toll-free 866-431-7483, or file your report online:

Notice of King County Utility Rate Increase

On November 7, 2016, the King County Council passed Ordinance 18403, by a vote of 7 to 2 (Mr. Von Reichbauer and Mr. Dunn dissenting), creating New Section 6.27.080 of King County Code. This new code section requires franchise utilities,    consisting of electric, gas, water, and sewer, to pay a fee to the County in return for the right to use their right of way. The King County Facilities Management Division is currently creating administrative rules to implement the Ordinance.

More information, including the draft rule and a comment form can be found at the following website: 

The WRA WUC recommends contacting members of the King County Council to share your thoughts about this new fee.  Councilmember Kathy Lambert is the District 3 representative encompassing Wilderness Rim and surrounding communities. Councilmember Lambert can be contacted via email at  or by phone at (206) 477-1003.  The deadline for comments is 5:00 PM, December 7, 2017.

If the current proposed fees are implemented, it will increase every utility bill you receive by $5.00 (minimum) to $???? per month.

High Water Usage – Causes and Troubleshooting

Faucet Money
There have been some complaints from WRA customers that water usage totals are high for the summer months.  Here are some things to consider.

August and September were very dry, and a lot of folks watered their lawns and gardens during that period.

Under an average water pressure for a home:

  • A 1/2-inch garden hose delivers about 9 gallons of water per minute.
  • The standard 5/8-inch garden hose delivers 17 gallons per minute.
  • Larger hoses, such as a 3/4-inch hose, use up to 23 gallons per minute.

We are billed by cubic feet.  One cubic foot is about 7.48 gallons.

If you have a standard 5/8″ hose, and you water your lawn…

  • In 15 minutes, you’d use about 255 gallons (34.1 cf)
  • If you water 1 time a day for 6 days during a week, you’d use 1530 gallons (204.5 cf)
  • if you do that for a 4-week month, you’d use 6120 gallons (818.2 cf)
  • Over two months, that’s 12240 gallons (1636.4 cf)

This doesn’t count normal, every day usage for showers, (~5 gallons/minute, according to the CF Watershed) dishes, drinking… It all adds up!

If you think your meter was read incorrectly, you can check your meter against the read value on your bill.  The system flags values it thinks are erroneous, but mistakes can happen.

If you think you have a leak, then it might be worth getting it checked out.

The WRA office has toilet dye strips available to check your toilets.

Other WRA articles to help you with water problems:
How to Compare Your Water Use to Average Neighbor

Toilet Troubleshooting

Five Ways You Might Be Wasting Water Around the House