Block Watch Program Update
We’ve launched the Block Watch program in our neighborhood, and I’m happy to report things have gone very well. While this program doesn’t mean we’ll never again have any break-ins, I don’t know of any yet. And for the sectors that have held kickoff meetings, attendance has been very good, and neighbors have enjoyed connecting with neighbors. We have three King County issued Block Watch signs placed throughout the neighborhood. As President, I’d like to thank our leader in this activity, David Henrich, and the 6 Block Watch Captains (and their spouses) - Shannon Paige, Ed Frazelle, Gail Orendorff, Chuck DeSmith, Mark Ward, and Justin Works. Let’s continue to keep our neighborhood a safe and friendly place to live.
Front Entrance Revitalization Coming Soon
Work is scheduled to begin soon to revitalize the common areas at our front entrance. Improvements will be made to the area around the entry sign, the center island, and to the area immediately north of the entry. The weedy section at the north end will be cleaned up and landscaped. Mike Radice and Gail Orendorff are the Fairwood Firs project leaders.
Tree Pruning Scheduled
An arborist from Trelstad Tree Service recently inspected all the common areas and parks and recommended several trees for removal or pruning. Some trees will be removed for safety reasons while others are being pruned to improve their appearance. The area behind Douglas Fir Park will see the most activity, as there will be several tall cottonwoods and alders removed. Each of the other parks and common areas will see some activity. The work is scheduled to begin Thursday, Dec 10.
RVs and Covenants
Some residents have recently commented to the Board that they are seeing a few Recreational Vehicles in our neighborhood, and they’ve wondered if the covenants have been changed to allow RVs. The answer is that RVs are not permitted per Article VI, Section 3 of our covenants. However, a resident may request a variance from any covenant. This is the case for the residents of Lot 5, who requested and received a variance to keep a small RV in their driveway, and they provided a compelling and legitimate need to keep the vehicle in their driveway. Similarly the residents of Lot 51 requested and were granted a short term variance to allow them to park their RV in their driveway to allow them to repair their RV (this vehicle is now gone). These are the only two variances recently granted. To qualify for a variance requires a truly compelling reason, and simply saving money is not a compelling reason. If you would like to request a variance from any covenant, please prepare a written statement and deliver it to any Board member. Please note that it is of course acceptable to have visitors park their RV in the neighborhood for short periods of time if they are visiting someone in the neighborhood. But if you see any other RVs in the neighborhood, these are out of compliance and are not allowed.
Annual BBQ to be held Sunday, Sept. 13
Neighbors and family members are all encouraged to come out and enjoy the 2015 annual BBQ and Social. It will be held in Grand Fir Park from 3:00 - 6:00pm. There will be lots of tasty food to eat, games to play, various contests for your amusement, plus this is a great chance to meet your neighbors and catch up on things. There might even be a visit from a RFD firetruck, if it’s not in use fighting fires! If you’d like to bring a favorite dish to share, please do so, but bringing food isn’t a requirement. We hope to see you there!
2015 Annual Walk-Through Set for Saturday, Sept. 12
Each year the Architectural Control Committee conducts a walk-through the neighborhood in which we assess each household’s compliance to the Covenants and overall appearance of each property. This year the assessment will occur Saturday morning, Sept 12, starting at 9:00am. If you have any potential non-compliance items, like bushes hanging over the sidewalk, this would be a great time to rectify the non-compliance. Each household will receive a copy of the completed review page for their own property. If you’d like to participate in the review, please send Vince Capelli a note using the email address for Vince on the FFHA website.
2015 Annual Meeting minutes and presentation are availableThe Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who attended the 2015 Annual Meeting held this past February. The meeting minutes have been posted to the website under the Quick Links section. The President’s presentation is also posted in the same section. This is the presentation that was actually not presented due to technical difficulties, but you might enjoy checking it out. It includes info about our neighborhood, past and future events, and even has a few photos of residents and their children hard at play.
Meet our New Treasurer
Hi. My name is Bill Sexauer and I’m your new Treasurer. It’s a job I also had from 2001 to 2008 so I mostly know what I’m doing. There have been some changes that I’m learning about but that won’t take too long.
I was born in St. Louis but mostly grew up in a suburb of Detroit. During the Korean War my Dad was recalled to active duty by the Air Force so the whole family moved to Roswell, NM, for the duration. Then we returned to our same house, which we had rented out while we were gone.
Dad went to work for Boeing in 1961 so we moved to Seattle. In 1965 I got a summer job at Boeing, then converted to a permanent employee at the end of the summer. I finished at the UW in 1967 with BS in Chemistry but decided to stay at Boeing where I was working as an electrical engineer. I finally retired at the end of 2011. A 46-year summer job!
Special Thanks to Outgoing Treasurer Britt WardThe Board and our community would like to give a really big THANK YOU to Britt Ward for her service as Treasurer the past 3 years. The job of treasurer requires great diligence and reliability. In addition to processing annual dues payments, the treasurer also prepares and maintains the annual budget, pays the bills, works with the insurance company, provides info to mortgage companies for each home sale, and participates fully with the Board of Directors at monthly meetings. Thank you Britt!
Easter egg hunt will be on April 4thPlease mark your calendars; you won't want to miss it. Many thanks to Chuck DeSmith for once again volunteering to organize this fun, and always well-attended event.
When: Saturday, April 4th, 2 pm
Where: Noble Fir Park (The one with the new play structures)
Neighborhood Dads traditionally stuff the eggs with candy the evening before the event at Chuck DeSmith's house (18207 141st Ave SE on April 3rd at 6:00pm). If you'd like to participate, please contact Chuck. Hope to see you there!
2015 Goals Set at February’s Annual Meeting
The annual meeting held February 17 was an enjoyable evening of information sharing about our community. Attendees met old friends and new neighbors and enjoyed great refreshments provided by the Social Committee. Issues that the Board and committees dealt with in 2014 were reviewed - these included major sprinkler repairs and upgrades, final installation of playground equipment in Noble Fir park, installation of basketball hoops at Grand Fir park, and continuation of popular events like the Easter Egg hunt, Picnic and BBQ, and Halloween night festivities.
Plans for 2015 include a relaunch and update of the Fairwood Firs website, revitalization of the front entryway, and continuation of the fun social events. If you’d like more info on how you can get involved as a committee member or in any other capacity, please just ask one of the Board members or Committee heads. New participants are always welcome!