2014 Spring / Summer Report
So far this has been a very interesting year. We had a very light snow season followed by a damp early spring. This weather pattern leads us to a pair of important issues. First, the road conditions and status, and second, the coming fire season. Both are discussed below.
Our roads are in relatively good condition due to mild snow year and plowing the slush late in the season. Plowing the slush reduces the melt water flow down the roads and thus reduces ruts. The roads have been inspected and two required repairs have been completed. Our spring road raking has been delayed by the wet road conditions, and will be completed as soon as conditions permit.
At this writing it is cool and raining, so the fire danger is very low. However, the spring rains will cause the grasses and weeds to grow very quickly. The grass at my place has grown at least 2 inches in the past week. Our area will dry out all too soon, and then we will have a real wildfire danger. Please be aware of and obey all fire regulation this summer. The best plan is to limit all outdoor fires to your cooker. In the last 11 years we have had at least 4 serious man made fires. In addition we have had several that were not so serious. Fires here are really bad business, let us all be responsible and limit fire to the times when the ground is very white.
The roadbeds were sprayed with Sahara last fall and, per our published procedure are not scheduled for spray this fall. It is too early in the season to determine how effective the spray treatment was. However, past results have been excellent. Roadside weeds will be watched closely and broad-leaf spraying will be used as required later in the summer. Usually the roadside growth is rapid and it is impossible for the road manager to know the status of all roads. For this reason if you notice excessive weed growth inform any member of the board so timely corrective action can be taken as necessary.
The only satisfactory collection condition is 100% collected. This being said, reality will prevail and we can state that we are in relatively good shape. Last year’s accounts receivables are about 96% collected. By collection standards this is very good, but we continue to pursue that last 4%. You will notice, when you receive this year’s invoice, it allows payment in Canadian Dollars. This is a service to our Canadian owners, and the value is adjusted for exchange rates and bank costs. See the website for the exact details.
Due to substantial legal costs incurred responding to a threatened frivolous lawsuit by a handful of owners, required road repairs, and heavy snow in the 2012-2013 winter, we have been forced to dip into the reserve fund. The fund stands at about $40,000 while the plan is to attempt to maintain $47,000. The fund will be increased to $47,000 with this years collections by reducing budgeted expenditures for the 2014-2015 year.
This year the Annual meeting will be held on Saturday June 21st at 2:00PM. The meeting will be held at the Plaza Restaurant on Main Street in Oroville, WA.
May all of you enjoy the beautiful spring and summer here in the highlands.
Last Reported Road Conditions
Dry and dusty. Drive with extreme caution.
Please keep your speed down to help minimize damage to our roads.
-- last update August 5, 2014
In order to insure a smooth building process, the Okanogan County Planning Department has produced a one page guide "Developing Your Dream". The document provides a basic outline of the process to be followed in developing your property.
Currency Exchange Notice
As a service to our Canadian lot owners, the invoices issued on June 1st of this year will include an option to pay in Canadian dollars. The invoice will show the amount due for both U.S. and Canadian currencies. The Canadian amount will include the $160.00 annual assessment plus $5.00 service charge imposed by our bank for processing Canadian transactions with an exchange rate of 0.88 which will be guaranteed through June 30, 2014 (assessment due date). After that date, the exchange rate may be changed if necessary, to reflect exchange rates then in effect. We hope that this change will make paying the annual assessment a little easier for our Canadian owners.