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Special meeting results from July 26, 2016

Here are the results of the Special Meeting of the Membership called by the members for the purpose of adding and removing trustees from the board, held on July 26, 2016.

TOTAL BALLOTS CAST:   173  (28% of membership)

Results for questions concerning the removal of trustees:

Number Question Result Percentage
Q1 Retain the Board of Trustees Failed to Achieve Majority 43% Yes / 43% No
Q2 Remove Donna Greathouse as Trustee Approved 55% Yes
Q3 Remove Ernie Henrie as Trustee Approved 54% Yes
Q4 Remove Joyce Jansen as Trustee Approved 60% Yes

 

The following members are elected to the board of Trustees as a result of the candidate elections:

Jason Lange (Elected – 81 Votes)

Kelly Koechel (Elected – 74 Votes)

Jerry Cummings (Elected – 71 Votes)

Robert Beeler (Elected – 66 Votes)

Cale Sweeny (Elected – 64 Votes)

Jim Besso (Elected Write-in – 26 Votes)

The Board of Trustees now consists of the following members: Thomas Grisso, Heather Larson-Paul, Angelina Holverstott, Wil Chromey, Mark LaPerriere, Jason Lange, Kelly Koechel, Jerry Cummings, Robert Beeler, Cale Sweeney, Jim Besso.

Congratulations to the newest board members, and the Wilderness Rim Association thanks the members who participated in this process.

There is a special meeting of the Board of Trustees for the purpose of recording the ballot results, electing officers, voting on check signers and chair/co-chair persons of committees is set for Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

(Note) All new board member positions are for 3 year terms. Some trustees have elected to have their terms limited until the Annual Meeting in September and rerun for a 3 year position.

WRA Office Hours Tuesday, Wednesday

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Please contact us at office@wildernessrim.org with any emailed concern or leave a voicemail message at 425-888-0087.  You may leave payments and any documents in the drop box next to the office door.

 

June 7, 2016 Announcement

Residents of Wilderness Rim—

Jessica Besso has announced her resignation as the Administrative Coordinator for the WRA, effective June 6th, 2016. Her strong organizational skills and passion for our community will be missed. Jessica has spent nearly two years in the Wilderness Rim office lending her expertise and dedication.

We are saddened to lose such a valuable member of the team and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Urgent Request to Reduce Water Use

UPDATE:  July 1, 2016:   The new pump is in, both wells are working.  Banners reminding us to reduce water us are down.  Thank you to everyone who helped with this conservation effort.  Sallal Water Association CWSO Denny Scott expressed his gratitude for our support and cooperation.  He said it helped and made this process much easier for them.

June 7, 2016 Update to Water Conservation Notice

Residents of Wilderness Rim—

We have learned from Sallal Water Association that there will be a delay in replacing the well pump that has failed. It will be the end of the June before it is repaired. We are relying on a single well that is functioning at three-quarter capacity so the total water supply is reduced by more than one-half.

Remember, this is not a water quality issue. Our water is as safe as ever.

Sallal has asked in particular that we reduce as much as possible outdoor water uses. These would include watering the lawn, car washing, pressure washing, filling your hot tub or pool.

We recognize the hot weather will make some of this a challenge and ask that you just try to do what you can to help out in this situation.

Activities such as steam cleaning carpets should be delayed if possible until after the first of July.

Your family needs to make decisions about where water use can be reduced inside the home.   Fewer loads of laundry, and more diligence on general water saving behaviors we already know are helpful can make a significant difference when many households make an effort.

We appreciate your consideration in this situation and will update this website as new information is available.

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URGENT – WATER CONSERVATION NOTICE

Friday, June 3, 2016

Residents of Wilderness Rim—

Please be advised, Sallal Water Association, which supplies water to Wilderness Rim, has informed WRA today that one of the two supply wells is currently inoperative. Additionally, the remaining well is not functioning at capacity.

Residents are urged to conserve water immediately until further notice.

Sallal Water Association estimates the necessary repairs will be completed by the end of next week.  WRA is actively working with Sallal to expedite this matter and will provide updates as they become available.

Please limit your consumption of water to necessary use until the issue is resolved. WRA will post all updates to the community website: www.wildernessrim.org, neighborhood bulletin boards, and the WRA Facebook page to keep everyone informed.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email the WRA office at: Office@wildernessrim.org or call 425-888-0087.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Wilderness Rim Association – Board of Trustees

What Is Wilderness Rim Association?

Wilderness Rim Association (WRA) is a homeowners’ association and water provider for people who own real property in Wilderness Rim.  These people are “Members” of the Association.  WRA is a non-profit corporation, and like all corporations, it has a Board of Directors which WRA calls a Board of Trustees.  The size and functions of the Board are defined in the WRA Bylaws.  The Board of Trustees manages the Association’s business for the benefit of the entire community as unpaid volunteers. These individuals are generally elected by the members but open positions may be filled by appointment of the Board to serve until the next election of trustees.

WRA MANAGEMENT TEAM (Volunteers from the community are listed below, and as of 2018, WRA hired Agynbyte, a management company to assist in the operations of the Association).

 – BOARD OF TRUSTEES  

WRA’s trustees work to ensure that our common resources are managed in compliance with all of the applicable laws, such as the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), and in the best interests of the membership. They also are simultaneously motivated to keep all dues as low as possible.

Considering the legal implications of each issue is important to the decision-making process. Should the Board run afoul of the RCW (or federal laws, like OSHA regulations), the Association may be sued.  Legal actions are very costly to the membership, who pays these legal bills.  A good Board is constantly vigilant.

– OFFICERS  

At the Board meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting of the Membership each year, the first duty of the trustees is to elect officers.

The Board has four officers, who have specific duties as described in the Bylaws:

  • President

Runs the meetings and guides the Board

  • Vice President

Fills in when the president is unavailable

  • Secretary

Directs maintenance of business records

  • Treasurer

Directs maintenance of financial records

The officers and trustees oversee the day-to-day operations of the Association’s business. They sign documents such as contracts and work with WRA’s attorney, accountant, and other professionals.

 

COMMITTEES 

The WRA committees are where the action takes place.  In between Board meetings, the committees carry out their functional duties as described in the Bylaws. The newly-elected president appoints most committee chairs.

A Board meeting largely consists of committees’ status reports and voting on their proposals.  WRA has five standing committees, which are defined in the Bylaws:

  • Architectural Review
    Approves member’s lot improvements
  • Budget and Finance
    Accounting
  • Communications
    Newsletters, bulletin boards, website
  • Park
    Cascade Park and greenbelt management
  • Water Utilities
    Water system management

The Board typically re-establishes several special committees each year:

  • Annual Meeting
    Prepares and conducts annual membership meeting
  • Firewise
    Coordinates activities with the national Firewise communities
  • Neighborhood Safety
    Liaison with our contracted King County patrol officers
  • Special Events
    Holiday parties, game nights, Rim Run, etc.

Any member in good standing can be a committee member, including being a committee chair.  Trustees are expected to be active on at least one committee.  The Budget and Finance Committee is always chaired by the Treasurer.  The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) members are elected directly by the membership and elect their own chair.

The Board is responsible to the membership for every decision it makes.  Every decision is discussed, voted on, and recorded. The Board meeting minutes are available upon request and in the members-only section of the WRA website.

– STAFF  

WRA has year-round staff.

  • The Meter Reader, who regularly checks each water meter in Wilderness Rim, both for billing and to monitor equipment.

ASSET MANAGEMENT

The Board is responsible for protecting the assets of WRA, including, but not limited to:

  • Bank accounts containing over $800,000 of the membership’s money
  • Water system
  • Cascade Park

These multi-million dollar assets improve your quality of life and increase the value of your home.

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MEMBERSHIP PARTICIPATION IS CRUCIAL

Membership responsibilities and goals include the following:

  • Reading the WRA governing documents (Articles, Bylaws, Covenants, Water Regs);
  • Providing current contact information to the Agynbyte;
  • Paying annual dues, including water fees and other charges on time;
  • Voting at membership meetings;
  • Participating in association functions; and
  • Encouraging community.

Even though all WRA meetings and events are publicized on the WRA website calendar, many members have not attended any WRA meeting or event.

Many WRA members may not know what the Board really does.  In a way, that’s good as it implies that everything is running smoothly.  However, it could be bad if it means that a few people are working voluntarily for the benefit of the whole community with little support or encouragement. Also, it could mean that the Board is making decisions with very little community input.

Some members may assume incorrectly that the Board performs functions related to crime control, road maintenance, flooding mitigation, or even animal control. Those functions are King County government services.

Changes in the demographics of Wilderness Rim have caused a drop in volunteer participation, but the demands and expectations of the community have increased.  The community needs individuals to step forward to ensure that the water system and other assets are protected, maintained, and secured.  Only this will protect the value of YOUR HOME and keep business management costs controlled.

When the Board is filled with cooperative trustees who focus on their responsibilities to the membership, meetings run smoothly and produce excellent results.  Diversity of ideas and experience on the Board often lead to more carefully considered decisions. Working efficiently and making wise decisions with lasting benefits is very rewarding to those who serve as well as to the membership.

When the Board is understaffed, the trustees might not perform their duties effectively.  This could cause important obligations to be neglected and result in financial waste.  Without enough trustees, the Board was supplemented by a management company.

BENEFITS FOR YOU:
There are significant personal benefits to serving on the Board.

  • You will have opportunities for personal and professional development by learning about business, accounting, law, water systems, park maintenance, leadership, and communications.
  • You will have opportunities to learn how extraordinarily wonderful our little corner of the world is and how hard your neighbors have worked to ensure it stays that way.
  • You will have opportunities to meet your neighbors and influence the community in constructive ways. Your ideas for the betterment of the community may be enacted.

If you’ve read this far, it may be time to stretch your comfort zone.  Work with your WRA team who takes pride in making a difference in your community.  Show your gratitude for the generous efforts others have made on your behalf by joining the ranks of your neighbors who have already said, “yes!”

To get started, just go to:

https://wildernessrim.org/calendar and see what’s going on, then, send an email to trustees@wildernessrim.org.

Ditch and Culvert Work on South Loop Starts Soon

We have received the letter below from Wendy Kara, with King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.  She has told us that this work may start within a few days.

Dear Wilderness Rim Association,

 This e-mail is to inform you of some maintenance actions that King County is planning for your neighborhood as soon as we can get the King County construction crew scheduled.  This is work that is being done under the FEMA and State grant to reduce flooding in your neighborhood.  Today the state gave us the okay to move ahead with this work and King County Roads let us know that they have an opening in their schedule starting this week and we are planning to get this work on their schedule while we have the opportunity.  Please let us know right away if you have any questions about this work.

Reconstruct roadside ditches and clean out driveway culverts along portions of SE 175th Place and 424th Ave SE

Raise infiltration pond maintenance access road and connect to existing berm to the northwest

 I’ve attached plans that show the location of work to reconstruct the roadside ditches as we proposed in our grant proposal.  Plans can be confusing to read, but if you look at the attached ditch work plan, sheet 2 shows with cross hatching the location of the ditch work.  The sheet 6 shows the ditch side slopes which will typically be approximately 1.5:1 or 2:1 and the depth will be approximately 1-1.5 feet deeper than current ditches.   [Wendy’s attachments are available from the WRA office by request.]

 I’ve also attached the plans for raising a portion of the pond maintenance access road and connecting to an existing berm next to the infiltration pond behind the house at 17316 424th Ave SE to provide flood protection to the three homes (lots 1010, 1020 and 1030) northwest of the pond access road.  The berm connection will involve about 3 feet of fill and the maintenance access road will be raised approximately 1-1.5 feet in the areas that need to be raised.  [Wendy’s attachments are available from the WRA office by request.]

 The more typical pond maintenance may also be done at this time, though that hasn’t been confirmed yet.  The larger excavation/maintenance project to be done under the grant will likely happen next year.

Let me and Tim Kelly, our project engineer, know if you have questions.

 Wendy Kara, P.E.

Engineer III, Capital Services Unit
Water and Land Resources Division
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
201 S. Jackson, Suite 600
Seattle, WA, 98104-8355

206-477-4723

Cedar Falls Construction June-July 2016

Detour

Starting June 6 2016, Sallal Water Association will be replacing water pipelines on Cedar Falls Road from the Riverbend entrance up to 160th Ave SE.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane for 30-40 days.  Residents are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes such as the Uplands to avoid the traffic jams on Cedar Falls during this time.

SVT Now Has Routine Bus Routes in the Rim

SVT Route Loop

Snoqualmie Valley Transportation (SVT) now has regular bus service in Wilderness Rim for $1 per trip. The new Cedar Falls Loop Service will pick up residents along the main WR loop six times per weekday.  The bus also travels to Rattlesnake Lake during the summer. Please check out the newly updated www.svtbus.org website for more information and route timetables.  Morning routes arrive here at 7:14, 8:14 and 9:14 and in the afternoon at 1:14, 2:14 and 3:14 stopping first at the fire station and then at the Chalet five minutes later.

SVT Bus Time Table