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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

 

 

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

 – 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 Administrative Coordinator, who manages the office, mails out bills, does bookkeeping, and handles a relentless stream of daily emails, calls and other tasks.
  • 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 nearly $750,000 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 WRA Office;
  • 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.  WRA is not a government entity.  It is a private business.

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 would have to be supplemented by a management company and your dues would increase dramatically.

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 Janet Faunce, WRA’s Administrative Coordinator, at office@WildernessRim.org.

 

 

Leash Law

Please remember that there is a leash law in effect for all of Wilderness Rim. This is not only for other people’s safety, but for the safety of you and your dog as well. If you see a dog that is loose, please call Animal Control at 800-325-6165, then 67387.

11.08.160 Dog control zone – Wilderness Rim community. Under the provisions of this chapter, there is created a dog control zone in the following described area:

Wilderness Rim Division No. 1 (Vol. 82, pages 48, 49 and 50); Wilderness Rim Division No. 2 (Vol. 84, pages 95, 96, 97 and 98); Wilderness Rim Division No. 3 (Vol. 90, pages 60, 61 and 62), all recorded in volumes of Plats, Records of King County, Washington. (Ord. 4909 § 1, 1980: Ord. 4385 § 1, 1979).

Title 11 – ANIMAL CONTROL

            11.08.030  Dogs at large prohibited in dog control zones.  It is unlawful for owners, residing within a designated dog control zone, to allow their dogs to be at large or without restraint, except that this section shall not apply where the dogs are engaged in obedience training, lawful hunting activity, lawful competition sanctioned by a nationally recognized body or a local chapter thereof, or lawful training in preparation for such hunting or competition, are working dogs engaged in the herding of livestock, or are working dogs engaged in sanctioned search and rescue activities. (Ord. 11150 § 3, 1993:  Ord. 3548 § 3, 1978).

At large” means to be off the premises of the owner and not under the control of the owner by leash; provided, that an animal within an automobile or other vehicle of its owner shall be deemed to be upon the owner’s premises.

“Lawful training” means to be engaged in training on the premises of the owner or on the land of another person by permission, or on public land that is set aside for training or is open for hunting or trapping; provided, that the dog is accompanied afield by the owner or trainer.  A “no‑shooting” area shall not be interpreted to mean a “no-training” area.

“Leash” includes a cord, thong or chain not more than fifteen feet in length by which an animal is physically controlled by the person accompanying it.

“Restraint.”  An animal is considered to be under restraint if it is maintained and remains within the property limits of its owner or keeper.  (Ord. 3732 § 3, 1978:  Ord. 3548 § 2, 1978).

2017 Annual Membership Meeting: Results

Neighbors,

Thank you to all who attended today’s annual Membership meeting.  The ballot count for the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting ballot was 178 – one of the highest voter turnouts in our history, a testament to the  online voting system. While the online voting could have gone smoother, we didn’t have nearly as many issues as last year, and we continue to head in right direction. .

Now to the meat of the matter: Here are the results for the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting Ballot (178 total votes; 166 online plus 12 manual).

 

Ballot Approvals:

PASS – Approve the 2016 Annual Meeting Minutes – Yes: 155, No: 14.
PASS – Approve the 2017-2018 Budget – Yes: 129, No: 35.
PASS – Approve $36 per lot special assessment for security patrol – Yes: 121, No: 55.
PASS – Approve $100 per lot homeowner dues – Yes: 109, No: 68.
FAIL – Approve Expenditure of up to $15,000 to Assess Water System – Yes: 81, No: 95

ByLaw Amendments (66% approval – 119 yes votes – needed to pass).

 

FAIL – Bylaw # 2.5 – Legal Expense Control – Yes:  49, No: 83
FAIL – Bylaw # 2.6 – Legal Expense Control – Yes:  57, No: 76
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.1.1 – Number of Trustees – Yes:  62, No: 69
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.1.2 – Term and Term Limits – Yes:  75, No: 55
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.1.3 – Definition of a Member “in good standing” – Yes:  74, No: 57
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.1.14 – Appointment of Trustees to Vacant Positions – Yes:  72, No: 61
FAIL – Bylaw 3.1.18 – Trustee Resignation – Yes:  85, No: 48
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.2.3 – Presence at Meeting for Voting – Yes:  88, No: 45
FAIL –  Bylaw # 3.3.6 – Officer Duties – Yes: 66 , No: 67
FAIL – Bylaw # 3.3.7 – Staffing – Yes:  66, No: 65
FAIL – Bylaw # 4.3.0 – Annual Meeting Quorum – Yes:  42, No: 90
FAIL – Bylaw # 5.2.6 – Advisory Committee Term – Yes:  70, No: 63
FAIL – Bylaw # 5.2.6 – Advisory Committee Removal – Yes:  71, No: 60

 

 

Board of Trustees

Alan Bruckner 73
Ryan Fiedler 128
Thomas Grisso 137
Mike Kenyon 111
Heather Larson 128
Brad Summers 69

Write In Results
Subject to nominee acceptance of the appointment to fill the available 3 positions. If a nominee declines, the next nominee in line will be offered the position.

Joyce Jansen Total 4
Matt Rourke Total 4
Steve McDonald Total 4
Ben Larson Total 3
Brian Mogridge Total 3
Brian Warren Total 3
Donna Greathouse Total 3
Janet Sailer Total 3
Jordan Berry Total 3
Kathy Hyland Total 3
Chris Rosko Total 2
Ernie Henrie Total 2
Jaime Oberg Total 2
Joe Tradii Total 2
John Greer Total 2
Lenny Stoltman Total 2
Michael Pena Total 2
Steve Miller Total 2
Sunnie Kelly Total 2
Veronica Webber Smith Total 2
Cammy Cirhan Total 1
Courtney Fastenau Total 1
Dave Latourette Total 1
Jason Fisher Total 1
Jeff Mika Total 1
Jim Besso Total 1
Julie Warren Total 1
Julio Iglesias Total 1
Mark LaPerriere Total 1
Michael Faoro Total 1
Stuart Paulus Total 1
William Tribble Total 1

 

ARC Committee

 

Jim Besso 126

Write In Results
Subject to nominee acceptance of the appointment to fill the available 5 positions. If a nominee declines, the next nominee in line will be offered the position.

Steve McDonald Total 3
Alexis Danshita Total 2
Jerry Cummings Total 2
Matt Rourke Total 2
Steve Miller Total 2
Alan Bruckner Total 1
Art Farash Total 1
Brian Mogridge Total 1
Cathy Mika Total 1
Donna Greathouse Total 1
Janet Sailer Total 1
Jeannette Mandanas Total 1
Jeff Mika Total 1
John Smith Total 1
Joyce Jansen Total 1
Karen Goldenburger Total 1
Kathy Hyland Total 1
Katie Fiedler Total 1
Kim Huffaker Total 1
Mia Buse-Stone Total 1
Scott Fastenau Total 1
Silvia Lezama Total 1
Susann Hussels Total 1
Sylvia Salais Total 1
Thomas Grisso Total 1
William Tribble Total 1

Advisory Committee

 

Donna Greathouse 96
Joyce Jansen 91

Write In Results
Subject to nominee acceptance of the appointment to fill the available 3 positions. If a nominee declines, the next nominee in line will be offered the position.
Brian Mogridge Total 4
Jim Besso Total 4
Janet Sailer Total 3
Lenny Stoltman Total 3
Steve Miller Total 3
Dave Yarnchak Total 2
Jessica Besso Total 2
Joe Tradii Total 2
Stuart Paulus Total 2
Wil Chromey Total 2
Amy Mogridge Total 1
Andrea Jensen Total 1
Art Farash Total 1
Ernie Total 1
Jaime Oberg Total 1
Jerry Cummings Total 1
Karen Goldenburger Total 1
Kristen sweeney Total 1
Mike o’neil Total 1
Richard smith Total 1
Ryan Fiedler Total 1
Steve McDonald Total 1
Thea Tiryakioglu Total 1

 

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the voting, and an extra thank you to those who helped set up, break down, manning the BBQ, verify the counts, and assisting in making this community a better place!

 

Being a Good Neighbor

Recent nice weather has led to an increase in member complaints. Nearly all could have been resolved by members following Rim Restrictive Covenants and Architectural Guidelines, King County Ordinances, or by talking to their neighbors and working with them to resolve the issues. Issues included:

  • Dogs Barking and Off Leash. Dogs and children have recently been hurt or harassed by dogs off leash in neighborhoods or in the park or greenbelt. Dogs must be on-leash at all times in Wilderness Rim. Members have also been disturbed by loud barking dogs. If your dog is a barker, keep them inside or get a barking collar from a pet store. The Board does not have the power to intervene. Dealing with barking and off-leash dogs is a legal action handled by King County. If you cannot get your neighbor to quiet their dog, please contact King County at http://kingcounty.gov/safety/regionalAnimalServices/~/media/safety/regionalAnimalServices/documents/AnimalComplaints.ashx.
  • Bright Lights on Houses. Several members raised concerns about very bright house lights that light up the neighborhood and make it difficult for nearby neighbors to sleep at nights or enjoy the stars. According to Architectural Review Guideline 8.9.1. Lighting. “Outdoor lighting shall not be intrusive on neighboring properties or roads.” If you have a bright light, consider a lower wattage bulb, a smaller, less intrusive light fixture, or a security light. Also, consider turning off the light when you go to bed at night.
  • RVs and Camping Trailers. RVs and large trailers have popped up everywhere. Although great for camping, they are now taking up space on roads and some are being used for long-term living in the Rim through hook-ups to septic and propane tanks. Restrictive Covenant 7 prohibits the use of a trailer or RV as a residence either temporarily or permanently.

Bottom line – Treat others as you would like to be treated!

2017 Annual Meeting: Board of Trustees Requests Nominations and Pro and Con Statements

The Board of Trustees of Wilderness Rim Association request nominations for positions on the Board of Trustees, Architectural Review Committee (ARC), and Advisory Committee. The Board is also asking for pro and con statements for proposed ballot approvals and bylaw amendments.

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, ARC, or Advisory Committee, please submit your name and a short statement (a paragraph or two) as to why you want to be on the Board, ARC, or Advisory Committee. If you would like to write a pro or con statement, limit it to a few paragraphs. Submit your name and statement of qualifications, or pro/con statement, by email to office@wildernessrim.org, by mail (WRA, PO Box 315, North Bend, WA 98045), or hand deliver to the office drop box behind the Cascade Park Chalet. Nominations and statements must be received by the Office by August 11, 2017. This information will be included in the ballot information provided to the members later in August.

The duties of the Board of Trustees are to ensure that our common resources are managed in compliance with all the applicable laws, such as the Revised Code of Washington, and in the best interests of the membership. The number of Trustees who shall manage the business affairs of the Association is 11. Two trustees are currently serving three-year terms, thus nine positions are open.

The Architectural Review Committee, also known as the Architectural Control Committee, is responsible for assuring the compliance of Association members and Wilderness Rim residents with the Wilderness Rim Restrictive or Protective Covenants as applied to members’ lots; maintaining records of construction and improvement plans; drafting or amending Architectural Guidelines, which then must be approved by the membership; and educating the membership about the Architectural Guidelines. Members serve for one year, and the Committee shall be composed of at least three, but not more than six members.

The Advisory Committee is responsible for advising the Board of Trustees about current issues that may be subject to the Association’s governing documents and continuing resolutions. The committee shall be composed of at least two but not more than five members. To be a member of the committee, you must have completed a minimum of three years on the Board of Trustees and have served as an officer for at least one of those years.

 

 

Upcoming King County Hawkweed Control in Wilderness Rim

King County Noxious Weed Specialist, Ashley Gould, will be in the Wilderness Rim Neighborhood the first two weeks of June controlling Orange & Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum & Hieracium caespitosum).  Orange & Yellow Hawkweed are invasive plants that can invade grassy areas and displace desirable native species.  Both hawkweed species are Class B Noxious Weeds and are required to be controlled in King County.  Want to learn more about Orange & Yellow Hawkweed?  Visit http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/water-and-land/weeds/BMPs/hawkweed-control.pdf or email Ashley at  agould@kingcounty.gov

Hawkweed

Additional Homeowner and Security Dues to be Billed in Late May

Last July, the Board decided to invoice members for their Association homeowner dues and security patrol dues every two months, rather than in a lump sum in July, as was done in the past. However, these dues were not invoiced when bills were sent out in late July 2016, as the transition to billing these dues every two months had not yet been approved by the membership. Thus, an extra set of dues will be invoiced with the May billing cycle so that there will be a total of $80 assessed for homeowner dues and $48 for security patrol dues for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2017. Your homeowner dues in May will be $26.68 and security patrol dues will be $16, twice what they were in prior bills this fiscal year. The Association apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause members.

We also ask those who drop off their payments at the Association Office or mail their payments to the Association to send their payments directly to Sallal. Their address is Sallal Water Association, P.O. Box 378, North Bend, WA 98045. In addition to providing water to Wilderness Rim, Sallal also is responsible for member billings and payments.

Water Leakage Survey

Based on water meter readings in recent years, the amount of water lost in our water system between where the water enters the Rim and where it reaches homeowner water meters has been calculated as high as 17%. Several factors could account for this loss, including flushing of fire hydrants, use of water by street sweepers, broken or faulty meters, and broken pipes. To get a better idea of water loss, Association volunteers and Sallal Water Association (Sallal) employees read meters on March 18 and April 1 to get a better idea of water loss over a short period of time. Based on the survey, estimated water loss was about 25%. To help determine where water leakage may be occurring, a leakage study will be done by Utility Services Associates and our water system operator in June (tentatively June 5-9). There may be some traffic diversions and short-term water shut-offs during the study period.