Graffiti on Meadows Entry Sign

Someone has spray-painted some obscene graffiti on the “Meadows” sign at the entry to our community from Thornton Road onto Monument Drive.

This act of vandalism has been reported to the Ferndale Police Department. They have advised us that there was a similar incident on Church Road.

We are researching was to remove the graffiti from the stonework and hope to take care of this very quickly.

The Board hopes you are all doing well.

President, Meadows-Ferndale HOA

Wetland Easements vs Trails

We have two types of rocky or graveled areas in our wetlands.  One type is for the walking path. These are for our use and enjoyment. The other type is not for our use.  They are access and maintenance easements for the OFFICIAL USE ONLY of maintenance crews and other officials who may need access — such as first responders for emergency response should there be a fire or health emergency in the wetlands. Our use of these access and maintenance easements is forbidden by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington State Department of Ecology who jointly set the rules for our stewardship of the wetlands. For us to go on those trails is essentially TRESPASSING.

To view a document that contains a chart to clarify this issue, please click HERE.

Thank you.

Your Board of Directors

 

WA Sec of Health Face Mask Proclamation

The Washington State Secretary of Health has issued a proclamation explaining and clarifying the requirements for face coverings.

To see the proclamation, click HERE.

Survey of Split-Rail Fence(s)

On Friday, 26 June 2020 representatives of  Windwood Landscape Inc. will be surveying our split-rail fences in order to help us develop a plan for maintenance and repair.  They should not require access to your lots, but will be walking along the fenceline just inside the wetland areas. If you have any problems or reservations about this, please let us know through the Board email address at the bottom of the homepage of this website.

Stay well.

 

 

Wetland Maintenance

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

A team of workers from Squalicum Mountain Ecological Restoration, the company that maintains our wetland areas, will be on-site starting Friday, June 12th.  Given how much growth we’ve had over the last few weeks, they expect to be working for 4-5 full days. Let’s hope they have good weather.

ARC Requirements and Application

The link below is to a document with a reminder of the need to submit an application to the Architectural Review Committee for certain changes or improvements to your lot or house exterior.  The document provides specific guidance for the ARC requirements or references to where they can be found.

The process is simple and the turnaround time (from submission of application to reply from Board) is usually only a few days.

To open this document, click HERE.

Ferndale Outdoor Watering Restrictions

PURPOSE:  To announce the fact that The City of Ferndale is re-imposing watering restrictions for Summer 2020.

The dates of these restrictions are from June 1st through September 15th.

To view this document, click HERE.

Landscaping & Irrigation Proposal: Input Comments & Board Responses

The landscaping irrigation system for the Meadows community was installed only in the area of Phase 1 near the Thornton/Monument entrance. The lack of irrigation elsewhere is creating a problem for the grass and trees in the planter strips along the roads.  The Board is examining options to fix this problem and has solicited inputs from owners and residents.  This input and the resulting Board replies are provided in the linked document.

To view this document, click HERE.

2020 Mid-Year HOA Board Status Report

The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted the Board’s ability to have open meetings and inform the owners and residents of their activities through meeting participation and meeting minutes.

We have therefore decided to publish a 2020 mid-year status report.

To view the report, click HERE.

Facebook vs Website

The attached memorandum is intended to clarify the role of Facebook in our community and the relationship between Facebook and our website.

To view this document, click HERE.

Spraying in the Meadows

Information about what and why of the spraying in our wetlands and planter strips (between road and sidewalk).

To view this document, click HERE.

Message from HOA Board Re: Coping with the Coronavirus

A message from your President (no, not that one – from your HOA President)

These are difficult times for all of us, but “this too shall pass” and we will emerge victorious and stronger than ever if we follow a few simple rules.  Most of the good rules you have already heard and I’ll try not to repeat them.  Here are mine (in no particular order):

  1. Obey the guidance from our healthcare and political leaders. We may not like the guidance, but a coordinated team effort is always better than a “go it alone” effort.  This is no time for maverick behavior.
  2. Look out for each other – within the constraints of Rule #1. There are many ways to help our neighbors.  Maintain contact:  email, text, phone – even face-to-face conversation, but remember to keep your distance.  Help out where you can:  groceries, mail, yardwork, trash can positioning, etc.  There are lots of opportunities.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help or offer help.  We are a community.  I’m pleased to say that a lot of this is, in fact, happening.  Your Board is aware of many examples of neighbors “reaching out” to each other.  Keep up the good work.  This will make us stronger as a community and perhaps we can find a way to celebrate when it is all behind us.
  3. Stay informed and avoid both misinformation (mistakes) and disinformation (deliberate deceit). Unfortunately there are a lot of people in our world who are either not careful about the information they pass along or relish the idea of fomenting fear and confusion.  A case in point is the idea that some elements of the National Guard have been activated for the purpose of enforcing a proclamation of martial law.  Unequivocally not true.  Some National Guard units have been activated and federalized under US Code Title 32, which gives operational control to the states, but retains financial responsibility at the federal government level.  Their purpose is to support local authorities in other than law enforcement activities (mostly logistics).  Law enforcement by federalized military personnel is specifically banned by the Posse Comitatus Act.  Other examples include people selling magic elixirs that allegedly combat the virus – but they don’t.  Some are harmful – even deadly.  Also selling products that never arrive.  Sadly, far too many examples.  Be vigilant.
  4. Stay healthy. Try to maintain a schedule (this reportedly helps manage the anxiety that comes with “cabin fever”).    Get some sunshine.  We have a very nice walking path and the weather is trying to cooperate.

Finally, I’d like to provide copies of two recent documents distributed by the WA State Governor’s office (click on title to activate):

  1.  WA State Guidance about Essential Workers and Activities
  2.  WA State Proclamation 20-25:  Stay Home Policy

Above all:  know that we are here for each other.

Be vigilant and careful — and stay well.

Chuck Millard

HOA President