July 23, 2013

Elliot Farm Homeowner’s Association Meeting

July 23, 2013

The HOA meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM by president, Dale Prior.  Also present were Chris Rodriguez, Gordon Hill, Sean Bauer, Joy Church, Captain Mike Proulx of Fire District 40, and Shirleann Nold.

Minutes of the June meeting were approved as read.

Captain Mike Proulx of fire district 40, emphasized summer  safety including:  the risk of children falling from open or screened windows, children and pets left in cars parked in warm weather, and the “stop, drop and roll” technique to be used if clothing catches fire during barbecues and campfires.  Barring an emergency, fire district 40 fire trucks will be at the tot lot again this year for our neighborhood’s “National Night Out” on Tuesday, August 7th.  He also reminded us that Renton River Days will be held this coming weekend.

There was no report from the King County Sheriff.

Joy Church, bookkeeper, updated the financials, which are on track for the year. The budget should be the same next year with no increase in dues. We are still paying down a street light credit.  Delinquent dues are being collected on foreclosed homes.  There have been three foreclosures.

The Gables has new neighbors at 15794 141st Pl., SE, the James Hyun Kwan family.  Welcome.  Dale has templates for the packets sent to newcomers and they will be distributed in person with information about the HOA.  The new HOA collection policy has been posted on the website.

Gordon reported on progress with Malone’s. There have been many positive comments on the entry and sport court improvements at Woodward.  There is still more to be done regarding the trees at the Gables entry.  The issue with water at the tot lot is still to be resolved.  Is drainage or absorption the right way to go?  Discussion of the net at the sport court centered on over – tightening.  It was suggested that a clip may be needed to prevent that.  We are looking at a possible re-surface of the sport court next year.  Any major improvements to community facilities must be brought up to code to be covered by our insurance policy.

Sean Bauer, of Woodward, was unanimously approved as the new architectural chair. Several properties have been greatly improved since the initial walk-about this spring.  All homeowners need to be reminded that any improvements (exterior paint, fences, sheds, tree cutting) need to be approved before proceeding.  This month there were 2 shed approvals and one heat pump approval. We are also reminded that there is a pressure washer available at a nominal fee for use on driveways and sidewalks, if needed.  Contact Chris (Vicepresident@elliottfarmhoa.org) via the HOA website.

Jim Nold reported that a yield sign will be installed in Woodward.  King County denied a stop sign was needed as the road configuration is slightly different than in the Gables.

The annual homeowners meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 27th.  All residents are greatly encouraged to attend.  Budget requests should be submitted in advance.  The HOA currently has 3 directors serving a 3 year term.  Dale Prior has been a director for most of the association’s history.  Chris has been nominated for another 3 year term.   Gordon is currently the third voting director.  Residents are encouraged to turn out and to get involved to make this a well-run community.  Many residents have lived here for over 13 years but have never attended a community event. It would be awesome to have every home represented.   Everyone’s input is welcome and many hands would lighten the load.

Respectfully submitted,

Shirleann Nold, secretary

Our next big neighborhood event is Tuesday, August 7th when we celebrate “National Night Out” on the tot lot at 7PM.  This is a great opportunity to meet and greet your neighbors and was very well attended last year.  Chris will be responsible for the ice-cream and the fliers posted on mail boxes.  Shirleann will look into getting 4 laminated signs printed for reader boards at the entries with a pocket for changeable dates and time.  All residents are encouraged to participate.  The better we know our neighbors, the safer our neighborhood will be.