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March Board Announcements

Dear Wilderness Rim Neighbors,

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is affecting all of us. The health and well-being of our community is of paramount concern. Whether or not the virus is quickly contained we should all do our part, until it is contained, to limit unnecessary social contact. The board, in consultation with the association management company, has been planning for contingencies that may arise in the community as a result of the spread of COVID-19. Along those lines, here are some items that the board wants to relay:

1. Social distancing: neighbors who are using the park need to take necessary precautions, especially when around the playground equipment. Please use common sense and make sure you wash your hands regularly. If you are sick, please think of your neighbors and self-quarantine at home.

2. Following the CDC guidelines which recommend against gatherings of 10 or more people, the WRA Annual Easter Egg Hunt has been cancelled.

3. The WRA board voted to grant payment extensions on payment of the February water bill to accommodate owners facing a financial hardship caused by the current health crisis.

4. The board and committees are meeting over teleconference until the COVID-19 situation changes. If you are interested in joining remotely, please contact trustees@wildernessrim.org.

5. Please make sure your water meter is accessible with nothing blocking it for your water meter reading this weekend (March 20-22).

6. With the extra time at home, you might have the opportunity to do yardwork. If you remove sticks, fir needles, leaves, and other potential fire fuel from your property, please let the Firewise committee know the activity and amount of time. The community can reach its minimum hours goal for Firewise with your help.

The board plans to communicate to you mid-April with any updates after the monthly board meeting. If you have questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly at trustees@wildernessrim.org or contact Agynbyte at service@agynbyte.com or 425-747-0146. You can also connect directly with neighbors via social media such as Nextdoor and Facebook. Thank you all for your understanding and community involvement. We are here to help each other during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Jim Besso, President
WRA Board of Trustees

2020 WRA Election Results

Neighbors,

Thank you to all who voted in the 2020 WRA online election. With the COVID-19 restriction this year, the board chose to have online voting.

Trustees and Issue Vote:

Percent Voted: 33.22%

IRS Income Resolution: Passes 165 – 14

2019 Minutes: Passes 170 – 8

Candidate Vote Totals:

Rick Acosta – 165

Mike Kenyon – 121

Dan Summers – 116

Steve McDonald – 3

Marc Allen – 3

Jessica Besso – 2

Joyce Jansen – 1

Matthew Rourke – 2

None of the above – 1

Wes Erikson – 1

Melanie Foister – 1

Mike O’Niel – 1

Quorum Only Votes: 30

Paper Ballots: 2

ARC Vote:

Percent Voted: 31.00%

Candidate Vote Totals:

Jessica Besso – 125

Mike Kenyon – 118

Joyce Jansen – 5

Ernie Henrie – 3

Kitty Lynch – 3

Donna Campbell – 3

Cindy Yarnchak – 3

Lara Erikson – 2

Mia Buse Stone – 2

Melanie Foister – 2

Matt Rourke – 2

The following each got one vote: Chuck Kunesh, Mike Sterkel, Donna Greathouse, Ben Larson, John Kiske, Mark Smith, Matthew Rourke, Alan Bruckner, Doug Greathouse, Thomas Grisso, Brian Hawley, Katie Fiedler, Wes Erickson, Brad Summers, Jerrad Adams, Danny McCamish, Steve McDonald, Tawna Krieble, Jordan Berry, Sam Hernandez, Laurie Farmer, “Owner’s in the A frame two houses down from ours – towards the creek”

Quorum Only Votes: 44 Paper Ballots: 2

After consulting with legal, it appears that only the top two vote-getters for ARC would be elected, as the write in candidates “did not receive the affirmative approval of a majority of the owners who participated.”

Thank you again to all who were elected and participated in the process. If you would like to be a part of the board in the future, or on current committees, please contact trustees@wildernessrim.org. Board meetings are usually the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm and open to all members.

July 2019 Announcements

(also sent to all owners with email communication on 7/29/19, the same day as statements/bills were emailed)

Dear Wilderness Rim Owners:

  1. Call for Board candidates!   Want to make a difference in your community?  One way is to volunteer to serve on the board of trustees.  Meetings are once per month and benefits include opportunities for personal and professional development as well as opportunities to meet your neighbors and influence the community in constructive ways. Your ideas for the betterment of the community may be enacted. You may submit your neighbor and/or yourself as a candidate for the ballot by Wednesday, August 21st to trustees@wildernessrim.org. 
  2. The WRA Annual Meeting kickoff will be Saturday, September 7th and the Annual Meeting will be Saturday, September 21st.  Please check your mail for the official notice in the coming weeks.
  1. The WRA 2019-2020 Budget was ratified at the June 19th special meeting.  Current monthly financial statements are available on the owner portal under the documents section. The assessments that were formerly billed separately have now been combined.
  1. Summer is here which means water conservation and fire protection.  Some tips for ways to save water outdoors: Use a broom to clean the driveway or patio, instead of the hose or power washer.  Consider drought-tolerant plants to manage summer dryness.
  1. There have been some fish hooks left on the shores of Brewster Lake that small children have found.  Please remind your kids who are fishing to pack out all their gear. Thank you for helping keep the Rim a safe and fun place to live and play.
  1. The June-July water and assessment invoice payments need to be RECEIVED by Agynbyte by August 30th to avoid late fees.  Please adjust your bank bill paying schedule or check mailing schedule to allow for at least 7 business days to process.  Water shut-off tags will be hung for members 45 days or more past due in September.  You can sign up for automatic payments and check your balance online.  Questions? Contact water@wildernessrim.org.
  1. The WRA issued its annual Water Quality Report and the water is good! More details are online and the 2018 report is at https://wildernessrim.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/2018-Water-Quality-Report.pdf.

Thank you!

Agynbyte LLC – on Behalf of the Wilderness Rim Board of Trustees
(425) 747-0146 | f. (425) 747-4169
www.agynbyte.com

An Update Concerning the 2019 Annual Meeting

It was brought to the WRA Board’s attention that the annual meeting should have been scheduled for July this year.  This change was made as part of the multitude of bylaw amendment ballot items from the 2018 Annual Meeting.

With changes in administrative procedures and confusion caused by challenges to the 2018 election process, the new date for the annual meeting was overlooked.

After consulting with the management company and WRA’s attorney, the advice is that we can move forward in good faith and with no harm to the community by holding the meeting in September as in prior years.  This will give owners as much notice as possible.

The annual meeting will be held on Saturday, September 21 at 10am at Cascade Park, and the kickoff meeting to open the election process will be on September 7th.  If you would like to get involved or have any questions or comments, please contact trustees@wildernessrim.org.

May 2019 Announcements

Dear Wilderness Rim Owners:

Please note the following information for your records:

  1. The WRA 2019-2020 Budget was mailed to all members this month and is posted in the owner portal.  If you did not receive your copy, please contact service@agynbyte.com.  There is no action requested of members unless you want to attend the budget ratification meeting, and there is no budget increase proposed.  Some points that the board wants to highlight:
    • The mailing satisfied the new Washington State law for member notification.  In the past, the budget and annual financial statements were presented together at the annual meeting in September.  Because of the new law, the timing changed.  The fiscal year ends June 30 and begins July 1.  Current monthly financial statements are available on the owner portal under the documents section.
    • The assessments that were formerly billed separately have now been combined.
    • The “3-Minute Executive Summary” is from the most recent reserve study, which is also available on the owner portal.  This is completed each year to satisfy Washington State law.  The board and management have reviewed current reserves and contributions and determined that funding is sufficient for the common areas.
  2. Tenants and Landlords: Because WRA is a homeowners’ association, communication (including billing) is to the owners of each lot in Wilderness Rim.  As an owner, you are responsible for all bills.  The WRA Rules and Regulations for the Water System do not provide for billing tenants.  Tenant contact information should be provided to Agynbyte in case of water emergencies.
  3. Summer is almost here which means water conservation and fire protection.  Some tips for ways to save water outdoors: leave the grass clippings on the lawn. They’re 90% water and provide nitrogen.  Also, water after 7:00 p.m. or before 10:00 a.m. to avoid excessive loss to evaporation.
  4. The April-May water and assessment invoice payments need to be received by Agynbyte by June 28th to avoid late fees.  Please adjust your bank bill paying schedule or check mailing schedule to allow for at least 7 business days to process.  Water shut-off tags will be hung for members 45 days or more past due in July.  Questions? Contact water@wildernessrim.org.
  5. Community garage sales are happening around the Rim Saturday, June 8.
  6. Board positions currently available.  Want to make a difference in your community?  Volunteer to serve on the board of trustees.  Meetings are once per month and benefits include opportunities for personal and professional development as well as opportunities to meet your neighbors and influence the community in constructive ways. Your ideas for the betterment of the community may be enacted.  Contact trustees@wildernessrim.org.

 

Thank you!

Agynbyte LLC
14711 NE 29th Place, Suite 101
Bellevue, WA 98007-7690
(425) 747-0146 | f. (425) 747-4169
www.agynbyte.com

PSE Pole – Comment Period Ends April 8, 2019

The Board of Trustees was recently notified that PSE intends to install a new 110 foot pole, which will include equipment cabinets and six antennas for Verizon Wireless. Should you have any questions or concerns, owners are encouraged to contact the County directly using the contact information provided in the notice links below or Michael Kulich (206-477-9375, Michael.kulish@kingcounty.gov). The comment period ends on April 8.

WILRM SEPA Notice

SEPA document for proposed land use

Evaluation of Compliance with FCC Guidelines

King County Franchise Fee Update

On August 1, 2018, Judge Samuel Chung made an oral ruling granting a summary judgment in favor of the utilities. WRA is waiting on the written ruling and probable appeal by King County. The BOT will decide going forward if there is an appeal to suspend collection of KC RoW Rent until the appeal is over. The original $6.11 will be held in reserve.

Post WUC meeting, Mike Kenyon meet in person with King County Councilwomen Kathy Lambert to discuss Judge Chung’s ruling. She confirmed the Council is waiting for the written ruling and followed by Council’s legal staff recommendations as to the possible appeal.

On September 4th, Judge Chung signed his ruling. The Seattle Times reports that King County plans to appeal to the Washing State Supreme Court. See link for article.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/judge-rejects-king-county-plan-to-charge-utilities-rent-for-use-of-roads/

WUC recommends a letter campaign to King County Executive Dow Constantine mailto:kcexec@kingcounty.gov Main phone: 206-263-9600 Fax: 206-296-0194.  Please let Executive Constantine know no new fees, taxes, rent for Unincorporated King County before Wednesday, October 3rd.   Thank you.

2018 Annual Meeting Election Results

Here are the preliminary results from the 2018 Annual Meeting.  The vendor will be sending the full report of the results early next week.  An attorney will need review options to resolve the interdependence of the four voting items (2.2, 2.2.1, 4.3 and 4.6), one of which did not pass.  Invitations have been emailed to the top vote recipients for the Board and ARC.

TOTAL BALLOTS CAST:   124  (20% of membership)

WRA 2018 Annual Meeting Results