HOA RESPONSIBILITY WITHIN COF STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY

The City of Ferndale (COF) right-of-way for public streets through our neighborhood is measured 30 feet in both directions (right and left) from the street centerline. This includes the curbs, the planting strips and the sidewalks. The HOA responsibilities within the COF right-of-way were unclear, so the Board of Directors engaged a COF Public Works supervisor for an on-site, person-to-person discussion.

The notes from that meeting are at this LINK.

Bicycles on the Trail System

The attached memo is intended to clarify the issues surrounding the use of bicycles on our trail system. To view the memo, click HERE.
The short version: the Board made a mistake about whether bicycles are allowed on the trail: non-motorized bicycles ARE allowed. We apologize for our error and the confusion it may have caused.

Planting Strip Maintenance and Renovation

The attached memo is provided to inform you of the status of Planting Strip maintenance and renovation in The Meadows. To view the memo, click HERE.
We hope it is helpful. If you have any comments or questions, please send them via the HOA email.

Revised Board Meeting Schedule

The Board has changed its bi-monthly meeting days from the third Monday of every other month to the fourth Monday of every other month. For more information about this change, click HERE.

ARC Process

With the coming of spring and (soon) summer, we expect a surge in applications to the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). Please remember that most additions and changes to the external features of lots and houses are subject to review by the ARC. The vast majority of changes will be minor and therefore summarily approved, but they must be reviewed and approved regardless.

An article to assist with understanding the process has been posted HERE.

Friberg Annexation

The City of Ferndale is considering the annexation of 110 acres (11 parcels) of land across Thornton Avenue from our Meadows Community. This property will be zoned for residential and (potentially) small business development. What we know about this project at this time is provided in our report, which may be accessed HERE.

Thornton Heights Residential Development

The Board recently received a “Notice of Development” from the City of Ferndale (COF).

The development is called Thornton Heights and is on the south side of Thornton Road between Pacific Heights Drive and the Eagle Ridge Elementary School — just east of the access road to Bender Park and the water tank. The parcel is 3.98 acres and will contain 10 residential lots.

The COF notice may be accessed HERE and annotated Google™ maps of the area may be accessed HERE. The callouts and overlaid graphics on these maps are not official and have been estimated by the Board.

The development is still in the “plans and hearings” stage and no actual “breaking ground”, or development dates have been announced. The Board will track this development and will provide information to HOA members as it becomes available.

Beavers in the Meadows

Over the past several months there have been numerous sightings of beavers and beaver damage in our Native Growth/Wetland areas. The Board has studied the issue extensively and would like to share our findings via the linked Information Sheet.

To view the Information Sheet, click HERE.

NUBGAARD PROJECT UPDATE

The project to develop a residential community immediately to the east of us has been renamed by the City of Ferndale from Nubgaard to Church Hill Ranch. The following one-paragraph update on the progress of that project was acquired by the Board on February 23, 2022 from AVT Planning, who is assisting the City with planning and managing the project.
We have acquired all City, State and Federal Permits, finalized our contract with Ram, and intend to have our pre construction meeting with the City later this week or early next week.  Ram intends to start construction in the next 2 weeks.  For the first portion of the project (and really throughout most of the project) primary construction access will be from Sievers Way, not Chloe Lane.   We will stay in touch and as the work moves toward Chloe Lane and the Meadows we will let you know so you can inform your HOA members.
FYI: The reference to “Ram” in the text above is for Ram Construction General Contractors LLC, the company developing the infrastructure for the Church Hill Ranch community. The Meadows Board is working to schedule a meeting with Ram during March to learn more about the project and will pass along whatever is learned.

 

Salt, IceMelt, and other De-Icing Agents

The following information was adapted from an article by KATU-2, the ABC affiliate in Portland, Oregon.

The late December and early January snowstorms prompted the wide-spread use of de-icing agents. A commonly used term for such agents is “Ice Melt” which actually denotes a family of chemical products. These products can be a quick fix for the perils of winter ice, but they also have a downside. Consumer Reports says there are plenty of reasons to take care with how much ice melt you use –– and exactly how you use it.

Regardless of brand, all ice melts are basically one of three compounds: sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, or calcium chloride. They work slightly differently but they’re all salts, which are highly corrosive and can cause considerable damage if not used carefully. For example, salt can seep into porous pavement, damaging walkways, driveways, and roadways. Plus, it can damage other things such as your car(s), your grass and plants, and your pet’s paws – to name just a few.

So, what is the best way to minimize potential damage? Start by using less. Mixing in an abrasive such as sand means you’ll use less salt without losing traction. Layering also helps. A thin layer before a storm and then another thin layer during the storm can be effective while using less overall.

Be cautious about ice melts that claim to be less damaging, environmentally friendly, or safe for pets. Many such products are coated, but once applied the coating will wear or wash off, and you’re left with just salt anyway. One way to mitigate the pet problem is to set up a “rinse tray” at your entrance, so that after a walk you can wash any salt from your pet’s paws.

Consumer Reports also says it’s equally important to scoop up the salt and dispose of it properly once the ice melts so it cannot continue to harm your property, your pets, or your ecosystem. This means that you should not leave the salty mush on your driveway or walkway. But do not scrape or wash it onto your lawn or into the gutters from which it will wash into the storm drains and ultimately into the ecosystem. Scrape it up and dispose of it properly.

BOTTOM LINE: We suggest that you avoid using these chemicals. If you must, please use them sparingly and clean up properly afterward.

Thanks for your attention to this matter.

/S/ MFHOA Board of Directors

 

DEALING WITH SNOW AND OTHER STREET-RELATED ISSUES IN THE MEADOWS

The attached memo hopefully clarifies the role of the HOA Board for street-related issues in The Meadows.
[You may access the memo HERE]
Bottom line: the HOA has no authority to act in cases of problems related to public/city streets. If there is a street-related problem (e.g., snow, water, storm drains, parking, speeding), the affected owner/resident should contact the city. The Board has been advised by legal counsel to not get involved with such problems.
We regret the inconveniences that occurred during the recent storm(s), but we must stay within our jurisdictional limits.
  Regards,
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Natural Growth Protection Area Upkeep and Maintenance

FYI

A team of workers from Aqua-Terr Systems Inc (ATSI) will be working in our Native Growth Protection Areas (sometimes called “Wetlands”) for the next several weeks. ATSI is the environmental specialist that oversees our management of these areas to ensure ecological soundness and compliance with the rules laid down by the Washington Department of Ecology and the US Army Corps of Engineers (DOE/COE). Their specific tasks for this visit include:
(1) trimming the bushes along the split-rail fence lines to prevent their encroachment into the adjoining residential lots while simultaneously protecting the fence and sight lines into the native growth areas; and
(2) planting and/or relocating trees to achieve compliance with the mitigation plans mandated by DOE/COE.

If you have any questions about, or issues with, what you see them doing, please contact your board through the the following email address:

meadowsferndalehoa@gmail.com

/Your Board of Directors/

Landscapt Committee Report: Planting Strips

As discussed in the OCT/FALL newsletter, the Board has empowered a committee to help determine what to do with our planting strips. These are the strips of soil between the roadways and sidewalks. They are intended for grass, trees and other decorative items. Ours are not in particularly good shape. Hence the committee.

To view the committee report, click HERE.

Since receiving the report the Board has commenced working with vendors to define final implementation The implementation plan will be provided at a later time.