Traffic Safety In Our Community

In response to comments at our last HOA Board meeting concerning speeding in our community, we requested the Ferndale Police Department (FPD) to deploy a speed monitoring radar trailer to collect vehicle speed data.  They put the requested trailer on Monument drive from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on the following dates:  18-19 March and 21-22 March.  The attached data file provides the results (click HERE to activate link to file).  In addition, the FPD has provided the following assessment and conclusion:

(QUOTE) The data shows the majority of vehicle traffic in your neighborhood traveling at a very reasonable rate of speed.  The average speeds were around 17 – 18 mph.  There were a few speeders but most were in the 26 – 30 mph range and with the exception of Friday, none traveling more than 31 mph.  As is typical, the speeds on Friday were slightly faster but it does not appear that the neighborhood has a speeding problem. (UNQUOTE)

These findings notwithstanding, the HOA Board of Directors will continue to monitor traffic conditions within our community and take appropriate and necessary steps to ensure the safety of our residents.  If you note a vehicle speeding or otherwise causing unsafe conditions, please contact the Ferndale Police Department, providing as much detail as possible (date, time, description of vehicle, description and location of incident, etc.).

Protection Of Our Common Areas (Revised 2 April 2019)

Most recent revisions are in italics.

It is gratifying to see so many dogs walking their owners on our walking paths through the wonderful expanse of Natural Growth Protection Areas  that surrounds our homes.  But with this privilege comes responsibility.  These areas are a joint protected development project of the Washington Department of Ecology and the Army Corps of Engineers.  Their rules state that “as a protected wetlands and nature habitat, walking is permitted only on prepared pathways and boardwalks.  No human (homeowner or otherwise) or pet of any such individual is permitted off the designated paths”.  The only exception to this rule is for the crews hired by the Corps of Engineers to conduct periodic maintenance of the areas which are not the responsibility of the Meadows-Ferndale Homeowners’ Association (e.g., paths and bridges).

We must ensure that we fulfill the “protection” role that comes with our freedom to use the area for recreation.  This means staying on the paths so as not to disturb either the natural growth or the critters that might inhabit the area.  It also means keeping all pets on leashes at all times and cleaning up after ourselves and our pets.  No littering or deposit of organic waste.  As a matter of fact, this applies equally well to all of our streets and walkways.

The Homeowners’ Board of Directors is considering the installation of waste bag dispensers and deposit containers at the walking path “trail heads”, but such a step would not be without drawbacks:  the dispensers and containers would require maintenance and upkeep.  They would incur a cost to the community and could be visually intrusive.

The “bottom line”:  please help protect and maintain our neighborhood’s common areas and ensure that they remain a valuable asset to our community and our lifestyle.

Street Lights

In the event of a street light outage in our community, you should get the pole number that is stenciled or labeled on the pole — then report the outage and pole number to Windermere Property Management through the “CONTACT” menu button on this web site.