2014 Fall / Winter Report
As we enter November it seems that fall has finally arrived. We have had significant rain, but no heavy frost or snow. In fact, at my home I have only seen one very light frost to date, the forecast implies that will change soon. Winter is coming (that sounds like something from a TV show), anyway winter and several other subjects will be discussed below.
SNOW REMOVAL AND OTHER WINTER TOPICS
Again this year Eldon Hunt will be our snow plow coordinator and Tim's Enterprise will be our snow removal contractor. Our plow rules remain unchanged: We plow with 4 or more inches of snow on the road. We do not plow if a storm is in progress or expected within 24 hours. Circumstances may require that we alter these rules at the discretion of Eldon. We have over 35 miles of road and Eldon can not know the conditions at all locations, therefore we request owners call Eldon (509-485-2200) to report your local status if necessary. Do not call our contractor as all work orders are from Eldon only. Plowing of driveways can be contracted separately directly with Tim's Enterprise.
As winter approaches our roads will become icy, and care is required. Prepare your home, vehicle and yourself for winter storms and conditions. At times, it is possible that your road may be closed for a few days. If at all possible, do not drive on unplowed roads as compressed snow will increase the formation of ice that will be with us until a thaw.
FALL ROAD WORK
Our fall road work is complete and our roads are in excellent condition. This years maintenance consisted of three tasks. First, three new culverts were installed. The need for these culverts became apparent after the heavy rains this summer. Second, culverts were cleared and rock basins were added where necessary. This task also included manual road rock removal in several areas. The manual removal improved the character of several of our worst roads. Finally our roads were raked, in some places very heavily, to repair damage from the rains as well as usual ware and tear.
FINANCIAL STATUS AND COLLECTIONS
As planned, we have cash on hand to restore complete funding of the reserve fund and perform all scheduled tasks through spring road maintenance. We have reduced the long term accounts receivable to $6000 associated with only 6 members. This years collections are in line with our usual status at this time, but we still are $17060.00 short Please, those of you that have not paid your $160, please remit as soon as possible so that we can continue to provide you with an excellent set of roads.
Enjoy the winter season, take care, and use only all-wheel drive vehicles.
Last Reported Road Conditions
Road condition are hazardous due to snow and ice. Plowing operations have been completed. Drive with extreme caution.
Please keep your speed down to help minimize damage to our roads.
-- last update November 30, 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.