All posts by Scott Rush

Scotch Broom Clean-Up Day

Who:              Crystal Village homeowners

When:           Saturday April 30     9a – 12p

Where:          Meet in commons area between CV1 and CV2

Why:              Prevent fire damage and control noxious weed

How:              If you have long-handled pruner or a Scotch Broom    puller,  bring them, otherwise we have some extra tools to share

Questions?   Contact Jeff Barth 253.630.9656

1st Quarter 2016 Board Meeting

The first quarter Board meeting will be at the Rush’s home (16608 Crystal Dr. E.), 3:30 pm, Saturday, 20 October.

All CVHA Homeowners are invited.

Agenda:

  1. Introduction of new Board members.
  2. Election of officers
  3. Water manager report
  4. Board  procedures – Review of Board decision making process,    External and internal communication
  5. Treasurer report
  6. Budget update
  7.  Dangerous tree removal, identify and prioritize
  8.   Introduction / discussion of six year budget development
  9.   Document paperwork responsibilities of water manager and  Board.
  10. Create guide for future Board members to follow to do required reports / paperwork.
  11. New Business

Suspicious Mail Box Activity

 
It was report on Friday, 15 January, there was a silver Honda Civic with customized taillights and 3 people, hanging around the mailboxes at CV1 and CV3. The driver was a female with orange/red dyed hair highlights and 2 male passengers.
 
If you see this vehicle around the Villages, try to get the license plate number and report it to 911 as suspicious activity.
 
You may also want to be sure to check for your mail daily.
 

Continuing Burn Ban

Update (9/14): The burn ban is no longer in effect.

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Our community is still under a Stage 3 Burn Ban.

Conditions have not improve and remain critical.

Please remember to remind any renters or guests that may be using you home to not have any outdoor fires of any kind. The full DNR news release is below.

DNR currently has a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands through September 30, 2015. See Commissioner Goldmark’s Statewide Burn Ban Order. Why does DNR have a burn ban? In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires during extremely hot and dry summer months, DNR will issue a burn ban. When the burn ban is in place, it will prohibit outdoor fires on all state, county, city, and private land under DNR fire protection. Human activities are the number one cause of destructive wildfires. These wildfires are dangerous and becoming more costly. Restricting those activities helps reduce the likelihood a fire will start. What IS allowed during the burn ban? Liquid gas stoves and propane stoves that do not use solid briquettes. Camp stoves and lanterns with attached pressurized gas canisters. Solid fuel and citronella candles in metal or glass containers. Propane gas camp stoves or propane campfire pits used for campground or backcountry use. What is NOT ALLOWED during the burn ban? Recreational fires Fireworks of any kind. Any incendiary devices, such as exploding targets, sky lanterns, or tracer ammunition. Charcoal briquettes Lanterns, stoves, and Tiki torches that use non-pressurized liquid gas or fuel. Solid fuel candles that are not enclosed within a metal or glass container. It is YOUR responsibility to know the burning rules. If you plan to burn, know the rules. For state laws governing DNR regulated burning, see Chapter 76.04 RCW. For DNR administrative rules, see Chapter 332-24 WAC. What are the consequences for starting a wildfire during a burn ban? A violation of this burn ban is punishable as a crime. In addition to criminal prosecution, DNR may pursue civil actions against any person whose negligence is responsible for starting or allowing a fire to spread. If your fire escapes, you will be responsible for paying for people and equipment for fire suppression as required by Chapter 76.04 RCW. – See more at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/programs-and-services/wildfire/outdoor-burning/burn-bans#sthash.AWYlgvBI.dPVpjRh0.dpuf

3rd Quarter Board Meeting

The 3rd quarter CVHA Board meeting will be Saturday, 01 August, 9am at Scott and Bernie Rush’s  home in CV 1,   16608 Crystal Dr. E.

All homeowners are invited. It is a great way to meet the Board members and  hear about all the current CVHA  issues.

There will be two Board positions opening in January 2016. If you think you might be interested, come and see what we do, and if you would be interested in serving on the Board.

Office supplies needed

We are trying to better organize the Water system files. If you have any of the following items you would like to donate, please email  Scott at cvhapres@gmail.com

– Standard file cabinet file hanger metal frames

– File folders, hanging type

– 3 ring hole punch

– Standard size 3 ring notebook binders

– Legal size  notebook binders

– Clipboards

 

Elk Warning

There have been a number of reports of an aggressive elk with its calf in CV 1 and 2.  Usually the elk in our Village are really passive and easy going. This may be an isolated incident, but remember, they are big, wild, and unpredictable. Be especially careful with your children and dogs. We don’t want to have a tragedy because of an overprotective mother with her calf.

Water meter information and update

Current status: The last water meter installations will be completed this summer.

Your meter is in a concrete or plastic meter box at the property line. If you are unsure where your meter box is located, please contact CVHA at cvhapres@gmail.com.

You may need a small screwdriver to open the meter flip cover. The water meter can be used to check for leaks on the homeowner side of the box by turning off all water in the house and looking at the meter. If the small silver dial is turning, then water is being used. Even a leaking toilet will cause the small dial to turn. The large red pointer reads in gallons, it will move from say 5 to 6 as one gallon of water is used. If you have a leak please repair it, as even a small leak can add up over a year. If your dial or small silver wheel is moving and you cannot discover why, please email CVHA at cvhapres@gmail.com. We will have someone contact you that will be able to help find the problem.

If you have a water emergency, the water can be shut off to the house at the meter box by turning the valve located before the meter. This valve is easily recognizable because there is an arrow engraved on the top of valve that show flow direction. In the closed position, there are two holes that will align that allows the valve to be locked in the off position. It is very easy to turn, but a small crescent wrench or medium size pliers may be used. If you need assistance, email CVHA, and we will gladly come by to show you the procedure. No great amount of force is needed to perform this operation and since the apparatus may be damaged by excessive force, email if you have any problems.

The meter boxes themselves rely upon freeze protection by being partly installed below the ground freezing level. This allows air, warmed by the ground, to circulate in the box and keep the meter from freezing. The meter itself has a pop off bottom that will release to prevent any damage to the meter itself should it freeze. At first, insulation was put in the box to insure freezing  would not occur. It is now the 2nd winter without insulation and no freeze damage has occurred. If the you (the homeowner) is more comfortable installing insulation, you may do so.

The homeowner should keep the area around the meter box free of vegetation and the box free of obstruction. This will make it easier to find the box and perform any maintenance or reading of the meter.

Currently, the meters are being used to monitor for leaks or verify leaks that are on the home owner’s side of the meter. Once all the meters are installed we will begin tracking water loss by adding all the individual water meter usage and subtracting that from the source meter at the pump house. This data will be used for WA State reporting purposes as part of the Water Use Efficiency Program, also known as the Municipal Water Law.

05/26/2015, g.castellane