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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.

UPDATED: Leak Detection on WRA Water System

Fellow Neighbors,

UPDATE: (11/14/2016) The water leakage detection project, proposed for November 14-17, has been postponed. The Board of Trustees would like to gather additional data and work with Sallal and our Water System Operator  to better determine the extent of water leakage in the Rim, and the factors contributing to water leakage, before deciding whether to conduct the project as proposed, or modify or terminate the project. We hope to have a decision  in the next few months. Thank you for your patience.

The Department of Health (DOH) requires that small water utilities perform a leak detection exercise annually, and the board submitted the report in September.  Because the estimated leak percentage was high (13%), and because the previous reports listed the value at 0%, the board decided to contract the services of Utility Services Associates to survey our water system for leaks.  This was partly to pre-empt the DOH scrutiny for the disparity in our reports over the last few years and to ascertain the leak potential of the system to ensure we are not wasting water – and our community’s money.

Starting on November 14th, and running for 4 days, a technician from the service company will be conducting the survey with our water system operator.  You may see and hear the truck around our neighborhood as they conduct the survey which involves listening to all pipe appurtenances, including each meter, at various locations around the system.

Thank you in advance for your patience, and if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the board at trustees@wildernessrim.org.

 

 

August-September 2016 Billing Update

Many of our members have been asking about the WRA billing that was for the August-September 2016 cycle, due in October.  Due to recent changes in WRA Board membership, the billing was delayed.

The newly elected officers voted to have November 18 as the due date for the August-September billing cycle.  Bills will be sent out by the end of October.  We understand that there is a short period between the billing date and the date payments are due, so members will have 45 days from the date of billing (until about mid-December) to pay their bills before late fees will be assessed.  However, payments by the due date will be greatly appreciated.    Billing will include the $13.33 bi-monthly HOA dues assessment, $8 security patrol assessment, and water usage.  The meters were read and recorded on the weekend of September 17.  Billing will reflect actual usage, not an estimation.  The October-November billing will resume as scheduled and be due on December 26.

The Board apologizes for any inconvenience to members caused by the late billing.

Website updates should happen more regularly going forward, so please be sure to check here often to get the latest updates. Please contact office@wildernessrim.org with any questions and thank you for your patience during this transition.

CANCELED – 2016 Wilderness Rim Halloween Event

Neighbors,

Due to safety concerns voiced by WRA Members and the WRA Board of Trustees, the previously announced activities for Halloween have been canceled. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of Event Committee in organizing this event and want to thank them for their dedication and creativity.

We hope you’ll all have a safe and fun Halloween!

 

The Wilderness Rim Board of Trustees
trustees@wildernessrim.org

Special Meeting of Board of Trustees – October 4, 2016

Neighbors,

The Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at the Chalet. The agenda of the meeting will be as follows:

  • Going over financials & audit
  • Water system management
  • Creating an operational “TO DO” list for Taxes, Billing Cycles, etc.
  • CLOSED EXECUTIVE SESSION – Staffing – Bookkeeper and Office Admin

The executive session will be initiated at the end of the meeting and will discuss terms hiring and terms of employment for the current WRA open positions. Any motions or actions that will be taken by the Board of Trustees will be made and recorded in meeting minutes in open session after the closed session ends.

First Meeting of the “New” Board of Trustees 2016

Neighbors,

Last night was the first meeting of the latest incarnation of the WRA Board of Trustees. There a are a few new faces and a few faces that have left the ranks. First we’d like to thank Jason Lange and Jerry Cummings for all their efforts as Trustees. They made a significant impact and we appreciate their work very much. Jason has mentioned continuing to help as time allows with the Park Committee and we’ll likely see Jerry around too. Thank you gentlemen.

Next, please welcome our 3 new Trustees. Jessica Alexander, Erin Perry and Ruston Weaver. We’re eager to get to know them better, hear their ideas and experiences and work with them to make our community all the better.

Also, per our bylaws, last nights meeting included an election of officials. Heather Larson-Paul was elected President of the Board of Trustees, Thomas Grisso the Vice President and, Angelina Holverstott was elected Treasurer. Heather, Thomas and Angelina had been acting (elected) President, Vice President and Treasurer, respectively, for the past few months to get us through to the Annual Membership meeting held last Saturday (9/17). This allows them to continue the incredible progress made these past few months and start a 1 year term in office. The only change of officer that took place last night was in electing a new Secretary. Jim Besso will begin his 1 year term in that office. We’re very thankful to Cale Sweeney for his hard work as Secretary these past few months.

Lastly, the Board President appointed committee Chairpersons. The committee Chairpersons are as follows:

Budget and Finance: Angelina Holverstott

Firewise: Board Managed (Looking for a volunteer, please let us know if you’re interested in keeping our community safe from fire!)

Communications: Mark LaPerriere

Park: Robert Beeler

Neighborhood Safety: Jessica Besso

Water Utilities: Board Managed (Looking for a volunteer, please let us know if you’re interested in keeping our water flowing and clean!)

Special Events: Lauren Lange

 

That’s all folks. Look forward to seeing you at next months Board of Trustees Meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30pm at the Chalet.