PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE - Jack Ottini
This is our first Newsletter for 2006 and I hope all
residents had a great Holiday season. We
lost two Board members Preston Rider and Mary Lynn Tucker whose terms expired.
Both will be missed. New
Board members are Ron Arntson and Mike McCarty.
Please cut and save the list of Board members with their phone numbers, email address, and committee assignment. Please put it somewhere near your phone for future reference. Remember, calling the Country Club, Golf Shop, or the Maintenance Building will only delay reaching the Board Member you are trying to contact.
Temple update (on 132nd Avenue S.E.) The City of Kent held a hearing the first week of January. The building cannot be used as a Temple because the requirements they agreed upon have not been fulfilled. They face a $500.00 fine each time they use it. They will be allowed to finish landscaping and other items on the building.
The windstorm at the end of December blew down over 30 trees. When this happens our first priority is to make the roads passable. Some of our residents helped clear the roads with their chainsaws. Craig Benson and his crew returned to help. I really appreciate their help. The last of the branches was picked up by the third week of January.
When the gatehouse
computer crashed some of the gate card data was lost.
Due to this some of the cards may be deactivated.
The computer, software, and programming have been decided upon.
I’m sure this will take care of many of our problems with the gates.
I don’t know if we have had more than normal amount of solicitors in the community, but you do have the right to tell them to leave, tell them that solicitation is not allowed in the Country Club unless approved by the Board. You can ask for their City of Kent permit, they must carry and display that license on their person. Even if they have it they must still have the Board’s permission. You can call the Guard at the gate or the Kent police. However, the Board of MVMA will still allow the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or school organizations access. The above listed groups have members whose families live inside Meridian Valley.
Everyone needs to
obey the stop signs and speed limits.
- Mike McCarty
Thanks to Mary Lynn Tucker for her
timeless commitment to the Board. Her
concise transition instructions and expertise in financial matters will make it
easy for me to take over this position.
The liability insurance renewal is in process, as well as the annual review for the 2004 Federal Income Tax return to be prepared by Shannon & Associates.
Two major projects were done in 2005.
1) The water under the road surface of 144th Avenue S.E.
caused erosion. A previous attempt
to repair was not successful. A new
French drain and catch basin were installed.
2) The storm drain system was inspected by the City of Kent. We have 306 catch basins, ninety-eight had to be cleaned and
twenty-one needed repair work. Almost
20 tons of sand and debris were removed.
The main resident’s gate has been rebuilt, however the foundation support needs to be strengthened so it won’t break apart. The north gate is next on the list to be rebuilt and upgraded. The ditch on 256th has been realigned and made deeper.
We are busy cleaning storm debris off the streets and common grounds. Keeping the storm drains unplugged is an on going job with all the rain..
- Ron Arntson
As a new member on the MVMA Board I look forward to addressing any
concerns or issues you have relative to the subject of Common Properties.
Due to our recent storms (wind/rain) Chris Rodwell has been busy performing the cleanup tasks relative to fallen branches and leaf accumulations. We lost many trees during the big windstorm and we appreciate the timely work that was done by Chris and also a special thank you to Craig Benson and his staff for their cleanup support. Our new landscaping efforts for the entryway islands for all three gates should get under by the end of March. We have signed an agreement with Little Joe's Tree Service to do some miscellaneous tree pruning and removal work.
Because of the ongoing wind and rainstorms we are experiencing considerable debris build-up on the grates that cover our storm drain catch basins (306 total catch basins in Meridian Valley). We ask for your help in keeping these grates clean and free of any debris. Thank You!
- Terry Lavery
& Janet Lewis
As we begin
the New Year, the Architectural Committee would like to welcome all the new
residents to our community. Spring
is just around the corner and with all the rainfall we have experienced in
December and January, our yards and shrubs will be in blossom before long.
Weeds are popping up already, if you have yard service, consider
contacting them early so that you’re on their schedule.
Several letters went out last year reminding people to weed and trim back
trees and shrubs – get a jump start on your yard.
The Homeowner’s Association recently had all of our storm drain catch basins cleaned and the contractor removed almost 20 tons of debris. This is an expenditure that we are all paying for out of our annual homeowner dues. It would be prudent for all of us to trim back our trees and shrubs from the curb, and rake up and dispose of any leaves and/or debris that falls within the general perimeter of our homes. We would also request that homeowners and/or their landscapers refrain from blowing the yard waste onto the roads, which inevitably, this waste makes its way into our storm drains. Your dues pay for the cleaning of the storm drains – let’s keep our maintenance costs down so that your dues don’t increase.
We would like to commend the quality of the two ongoing construction projects currently in progress within our community. They have abided by all of the Architectural Committee’s requests and are keeping their properties clean and free of construction debris.
Please remember that if you are planning on doing any major landscaping, exterior painting, remodeling, roof replacement (partial or complete), or a satellite installation, you must first obtain the approval from the Architectural Committee. All requests must be in writing and delivered to the MVCC office, or you can email the Architectural Committee Chairpersons, email addresses noted above. All remodel or major landscaping projects must include blueprints, drawings, or a detailed sketch. Please allow adequate time for Architectural Committee review; we meet the first Wednesday of every month.
This year’s committee member’s are: Frank Wisdom, Jeff Korn, Mike McCarty, Randy McClaflin, Lin Payton, Marisa Connors, Trish Lavery, and Stuart MacDonald. I’d like to thank each member in advance for his/her participation and for the hard work that is required to keep this community an appealing place to live and raise a family.
DID YOU KNOW that in our DORs under Article VI, Section 6 (o) -
Incomplete Improvements: The
member shall not permit the exterior of any improvement to be constructed on the
lot or condominium unit to remain incomplete for a period longer than one year
from the commencement date upon which construction of the improvement was
commenced unless they have first obtained the permission in writing of the
developer or association. In
essence, you have one year to complete your project once commenced.
An extension, if needed, must be obtained in writing from the
Architectural Committee. However,
the Architectural Committee recommends all projects being completed within the
stated year timeframe.
MVMA WEBSITE -
Slightly more than 30% (137) residences
(425 total) in MVCC have registered as participants of the MVMA Website.
Slightly less than 60% (243) have supplied e-mail addresses and are on
the e-mail distribution list. On occasion we have used the distribution list to
inform of a closure, security issue, but try not to use too frequently.
One of hardest things is keeping updated and accurate as people change
their e-mail addresses and do not inform us, or do not make the changes to
continue as a website participant.
Website has private (requires a password) and public sections. The public contains: Board Member listing, Architectural Committee listing, Help Page Access Problems, and MVMA Newsletters. The private section of the Website contains: Monthly Board Proceedings (Minutes), Board Policies, DORs & Bylaws, Forms (Architectural requests, Gate Card Request, Absence Form, and Resident Feedback).
MVCC GENERAL MANAGER
– Craig McCrone
Hello Meridian Valley
Homeowners from the Meridian Valley Country Club!
In addition to Proprietary Golf Memberships we currently have Playing
Memberships, Associate Memberships, and Social Memberships at very attractive
prices. Proprietary Golf Memberships are currently selling for $2,400 with half
dues for the remainder of the year. Please
contact the office for Membership information 253-631-3131.
Also, our renovation project is going to begin in earnest in early April which will mean a great deal of activity coming in and out of the main gate. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during construction.
GATE OPERATING HOURS:
MAIN GATE: accessible 24 hours
NORTH & SOUTH GATES: accessible with cards 4:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
MERIDIAN VALLEY MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION BOARD 2006
|Dale Mjelde||Vice President & Security||253-630-2281|
|Mike McCarty||Treasurer & Facilitiesemail@example.com|
|Terry Lavery||Architectural Committeefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jan Lewis||Architectural Committeeemail@example.com|
|Ron Arntson||Common Properties & Secretaryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cheryl Havener||Office Manageremail@example.com
|Homeowner’s Office Hours
Monday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00