Next area of Charbonneau where the City of Wilsonville will be replacing the sewers and storm drains

Some of you may have received  letters from the city describing  the next area of Charbonneau to be included in the sewer, water and storm drain projects. This April through August the city will be replacing sewers and some storm drains. The project which effects CHOA will be starting on Boones Bend at its first intersection with French Prairie down to Fairway, then up Fairway to 8065 SW Fairway Dr.

Since Boones Bend and Fairway Dr are well traveled roads I thought it would be good to let everyone know about the coming construction.

Construction will start April 17th, there will  likely be no access to Fairway Dr from the French Prairie 1st entrance into Charbonneau, think about taking the 2nd entrance to Charbonneau if you need to visit anyone on Fairway Dr, especially between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm from April 17th through August 2017.

There may be a shortage of guest parking during the day on some of Fairway Dr and Boones Bend as those who live on Fairway may need to use the guest parking areas during construction.

Access to more information can be found at http://www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/651/Charbonneau-High-Priority-Utility-Repair

 

April Board meeting will be held on 4/12, in addition to the Annual meeting on 4/24

In past years we have not had a monthly meeting in April, instead we hold an annual meeting at the end of April

 

Because we were unable to meet during the month of March and have more agenda items than can be discussed after the Annual meeting, we have decided to meet on April 12th at 10:00 am at Rec Hall C on Lafayette St.  This will be in addition to the Annual meeting scheduled for April 24th, at 7:00 pm at the Country Club.

 

As always you are invited to come to the monthly meeting and we strongly encourage you to attend the Annual meeting.

Reminder: March 29th – CHOA Disaster Preparedness Meeting

 

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

4:00 PM

POOL HOUSE C

LAFAYETTE WAY

 

Are you a new resident to CHOA in the past 12 months?

 

OR

 

Have you been unable to attend the

meetings for our residents about the specific protections and procedures established by your preparedness team?

 OR

Are you interested in helping out at the neighborhood level in the event of a disaster?

We focus on EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS and provide the information you need to be self sufficient for the time period first responders WILL NOT be able to reach us.

  

CONTACT Eric Hoem, CHOA Disaster Preparedness Coordinator

 erichoem@comcast.net.

CHOA Board members needed, find out how you can get involved

Make a difference in Charbonneau

TO:  CHOA HOMEOWNERS

Have you ever thought “I sure would like to have input on what happens in my neighborhood?”

Homeowners interested in serving on the Charbonneau Homeowners Association (CHOA) Board of Directors should submit a letter on interest and qualifications to CHOA, (P. O. Box 219, Wilsonville, OR. 97070) no later than April 1, 2016.  The Nominating Committee will meet with applicants in early April.  Board Director terms are for three years.

If you have questions or for more information, email Chuck Robertson chuck.carla75@gmail.com

New page on our Website dedicated to Emergency Preparedness

 

Check out our new page.

All the information that you need in the event of an emergency:  Links to Articles, Family Plans in the event of a emergency and City of Wilsonville information.

See more information on this page, in the next few months from Eric Hoem, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, like what the CHOA plan, what you need to know, what you should have on hand.

If you would like to know even more attend the meeting on Thurday, March 30, 2017, 4:00 PM, POOL HOUSE C, LAFAYETTE WAY or Contact Eric at  erichoem@comcast.net

Meet Eric Hoem

 

Reminder: New Pruning program starts in March

As you may recall a post was sent out in December to inform you of a more robust pruning program.  

Details:

  • All window-viewing areas and overgrown plants will be cleaned up.
  • Fertilization will be changed so that plants will be green and nice looking, but not growing out too much.
  • Because this is a new program some of your plants will possibly look bad for a while until they grow new foliage
    • If you don’t wish to be part of this pruning, you have the option of being on a No Prune list and that means you will need to do your own pruning and haul it away.
    • Every one will be pruned alike. If the home owner wants one shrub pruned or not too much off another shrub and so on PLEASE CONTACT STEVE CHINN (503-682-0234) not the Garon’s Grounds employee.
  • Specific concerns can be brought to the attention of Steve, who will work with Ralph  Martin to seek the best course of action.

Are You Ready? Come to CHOA Disaster Preparedness Meeting

 

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

THURSDAY March 30, 2017

4:00 PM

POOL HOUSE C

LAFAYETTE WAY

 

Are you a new resident to CHOA in the past 12 months?

 

OR

 

Have you been unable to attend the

meetings for our residents about the specific protections and procedures established by your preparedness team?

 OR

Are you interested in helping out at the neighborhood level in the event of a disaster?

We focus on EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS and provide the information you need to be self sufficient for the time period first responders WILL NOT be able to reach us.

  

CONTACT Eric Hoem, CHOA Disaster Preparedness Coordinator

 erichoem@comcast.net.

Busy Squirrels

Have you noticed how busy the squirrels are?

Ground-dwelling squirrels are busy creatures. During the four to five months of spring and summer, they are feverishly raising a family of four to 14 kits, while at the same time trying to put on layers of fat. They will need that fat to get them through the next eight months of true hibernation where body temperature, heart rate and breathing all drop significantly.

The good news, like beavers, ground squirrels  are ecosystem engineers. As squirrels create extensive tunnels underground, they move and aerate tons of soil. This in turn improves water infiltration, reduces soil compaction, improves soil fertility and increases plant production. Their digging also brings buried seeds to the surface, improving plant diversity.  So looks like they could be good for our course

PREVENTING AND ADDRESSING CONFLICTS

Here are a few suggestions that make living with squirrels easier.

  • Per previous articles on this site – Don’t Feed Squirrels

Squirrels that are fed by humans can lose their fear of people and become aggressive when they don’t get food as expected.  Many of you might remember the squirrel down by the putting green who was very aggressive with trying to find food in golf bags

  • Remove bird feeders if squirrels are a problem. (Remember to use the right bird seed if you have a bird feeder)
  • Eliminate Access to Buildings

Squirrels without young can be encouraged to leave attic spaces by introducing light and noise, such as a radio. Human presence is often enough to cause the squirrel to leave.

There is a rumor in Charbonneau that a fire was caused by a squirrel getting into an attic and chewing through wiring.  This is just a rumor, but we still need to do our part in  home protection, so that there are no easy openings for squirrels to access

  • Repair or replace loose or rotting siding, boards and shingles.
  • Close openings to buildings with heavy 1/4 to 1/2 inch wire mesh.
  • Cover the dryer vent with a commercial vent screen designed to exclude animals without clogging lint.
  • Install approved roof-vent caps that are designed to exclude squirrels.
  • Trim limbs and trees to 6 to 8 feet away from buildings to prevent squirrels from jumping onto roofs.
  • Remove vines or other plants that provide a squirrel a way to climb structures.

 

It’s fun to watch the wild life in our neighborhood, but remember they are wild and designed to find their own food, so please enjoy them but don’t feed them and protect your home.

  • Disclaimer: I used the joke of a squirrel asking for food to get your attention, but it was just that, a joke not an endorsement to feed them

Happy Spring

 

 

Check your insurance = Make sure you are appropriately covered

Back in October of 2016 a post was sent to warn all homeowners of the danger of burst pipes and the precaution of shutting off your water when you are not in residence.

With the recent cold spells, we did have a house where the water pipes burst.  Unfortunately for the home owner, they had not obtained the correct dual homeowner insurance coverage.

Your HOA has a policy (Condominium/Association Policy) for all of our homeowners as part of the requirement to live in an HOA.   This coverage is through State Farm and covers your home and garage structures, but not your personal property.  The State Farm policy has a deductible of “In case of loss for All Perilof $10,000.  Water damage would come under “All Peril”

All homeowners should purchase a separate policy covering contents and other items not physically attached to the structure.  Please check with your insurance agent to make sure that you are appropriately covered, and that your Separate policy will cover what is not covered by the Association policy. Specifically, consider a rider to your contents coverage for structural damage up to $10,000 that will cover your deductible on the CHOA insurance policy.