New Pruning Program

Per homeowner requests, A new Pruning Program is going to be implemented this next year, which will change the schedule and amount of pruning done.


  • 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.

More Safety Alerts – Country Club warning and reminder to stay safe on the streets

On December 22nd I sent out an announcement of recent robberies in our neighborhood.  Below are two more Safety Concerns:    Please see two articles below:


From the Country Club:

(Hopefully you all received this announcement from Kim at the country club.  We are asking all of our residents to be aware and to report suspicious activity).

Charbonneau Residents:

The CCC office has received numerous reports of a woman knocking on doors asking for a ride to get medicine or for cash to pay for medicine. Some residents report she has a child with her.

For your safety, please do not give her a ride and CCC suggests not giving her money. Although she is not committing a crime by asking for help, residents should call the police non-emergency number (503-655-8211) immediately if the child seems distressed or is not clothed properly, or the woman refuses to leave your property.

The woman is a guest of a tenant at Haven Apartments. The Wilsonville Police Dept. is aware of this situation.

From a resident of Charbonneau with a concern for walkers safety:

FYI on two occasions on the same day I was driving out Fairway Drive. On both occasions it was dark and I drove up on couples walking too far into the middle of the street, walking with the traffic, and dressed in dark clothing.  I actually saw one of the couples only at the last minute.
No flashlight, no concern of where they were in the street, no reflection material on their clothes.  Big time accident waiting to happen.
Mick Hergert

Yard Debris – New information to be more in compliance with Charbonneau HOA’s

To be more in line with other HOA’s in Charbonneau, and being good Stewards of your CHOA  Dues, the board has decided to no longer provide yard debris or Christmas tree pickup by our grounds-keeping staff (Garron Grounds).  To that end:

  • Garron Grounds will no longer pick up Yard Debris.


  • We suggest all residents  use the debris containers provided by the garbage service (currently Republic) for their landscape trimmings.
    •  Republic provides the lawn debris can to all customers for free.  If you do not have a can please contact Republic to obtain a can.


  • Those without a can or with excess debris (more than your debris can will hold) can put a filled black garbage bag next to their garbage can for pick up.  Republic Services will charge $6 per bag for this pick up as trash.


  • Collection of Christmas trees or other debris (trash) found in the planting or parking areas will be billed to the homeowner at the rate of $51.50 per cubic yard/per hour.
    • This is what Garron charges your HOA for  removal of excess  Debris, which is then paid out of your dues.  (An extra Black garbage bag @$6. per bag is a much more economical choice).

Stay alert and report any suspicious activity

According to the Country Club, this last Sunday there were three robberies of Christmas decorations from outside of residents homes in Charbonneau.  Outdoor Christmas lights and a wreath.

The cost of these items was not great, however, we ask that you call the Wilsonville Police if you have been robbed or noticed any activity around your home,  so that a record of events can be documented.  It may be that these were just pranks, but we do not want any escalation because of a perceived lack of concern.

Please report by calling:Emergency Dispatch 503-655-8211, this is the non-emergency number

There will be no 2016 CHOA Christmas Party

For the past few years, your volunteer HOA Board has put on a Christmas Party.  Unfortunately, this year, because of scheduling conflicts we were unable to put on the Christmas party this year

We hope to see you all in April 2017 for the Annual Meeting, until then…..

From your whole Board, we wish you a joyous and blessed Christmas and New Year


Chuck Robertson

Mike Tewell

Ty Kuhns

Ron Reiter

Rosemary Ricken

Ralph Martin

Jan Landis

Sandie Maki

Bob Barnum

Eric Hoem has volunteered to Coordinate our Disaster Preparedness program

Meet Eric Hoem

Meet Eric Hoem

Thank you Eric for volunteering to fill such an important  position in our CHOA community

Eric and his wife Shirley have lived in Charbonneau 11 years.  Shirley and Eric were married in September of 2005 at the Portland Yacht Club and moved to Charbonneau the next month, in October of 2005.  What a great way to start a new life together.  Together they have 4 children, each of them have two sons.  They have four grandchildren, two boys and two girls.  The oldest grandson is a a sophomore at OSU, and the youngest grandchild is in kindergarten.

Before Eric retired he taught at Mt Hood Community College full time for 32  years  and another two years part time.  While at Mt Hood, Eric also served two years in administration at the Dean level.

Eric enjoys hiking in the back-country and has a love for photography, he says he is an amateur at best.  Shirley and Eric love to travel; and have been to over 30 countries on all the continents except Antarctica and hope to see many more.  Traveling has given him an appreciation of  all the similarities and differences in human cultures, which he finds interesting and enriching.  I would bet that he has some beautiful pictures of their travels.

Finally, Eric is a climb leader with the Mazamas, Portland’s mountaineering club, and has summitted the major mountains in the Pacific NW and Northern California.  One of the requirements Eric needs to keep current as a climb leader is Mountaineering First Aid and Accident Management, which should help with our Disaster Preparedness.  Eric, of course, hopes never to have to use those skills in Charbonneau, but one never knows.

If you see Eric, please thank him in advance for using his knowledge and time to help us make our Disaster Preparedness program successful.

Shutting off your water can avoid costly repairs

♦If you are planning to leave for more than a few days it is a good idea to shut your water off.


Per Cricket Taylor, City of Wilsonville, Utility Billing Specialist  (503) 570-1531

A customer can contact the City to have their water service turned off at the street prior to starting the process of properly winterizing their home. If the customer would like the City to turn the water off, they  will need to fill out a temporary stop service form. There is a $35.00 fee for this service and the form is located on the City’s website. The monthly utility bills will be reduced to only base fees until the service is restored.


All customers should also take extra care when turning on an irrigation system for the first time after the winter months. An outdoor watering system with 60 pounds of pressure and a leak 1/32 of an inch in diameter, about the thickness of a dime, could result in an extra two units of water consumed in approximately one week.

 Normally, I would include the form or at least the website link, but I am on the East Coast and this is not an option.

Please Contact Steve Chinn if you need help

Chief of Police speaks to parking problems

Chief Jeff Smith attended our last meeting to discuss parking on the streets.

There continues to be a problem of vehicles parked on our narrow streets.  Chief Jeff Smith agreed that this was a real safety issue, especially in the event of an emergency vehicle ability to travel to a resident in need of help.  There is also the issue of visibility when there are walkers where a parked vehicle may prohibit visibility of a car traveling down the street.

There are currently “No Parking” signs on our streets to inform residents that there is no parking.  Any sign that you see on a street means the whole street  is a no parking zone and not just where there is a sign.

Because there is a lot of construction in Charbonneau the fact that sometimes a construction vehicle will park on the street was discussed.  This should be for unloading or loading only, and for as short a time as possible.

If you see any vehicle parked where it should not be:

  1. Neighbor to Neighbor have a conversation
  2. Call Emergency Dispatch 503-655-8211, and inform the police of the illegal parking so that they can ticket or remove the vehicle
  3. Call Steve Chinn 503-312-0927


Pool Map and Board Meeting Minutes

Feedback from CHOA Website Posts:

Residents need to know where all pools are located in the CHOA neighborhood

Included below is a map of the CHOA neighborhood, with pools highlighted in Blue and the Red golf course highlighted in Green. An existing map was used to create this pool map, so it is not perfect. We will try to get a map included on the website, under maps, before next years summer season.

Here is a link to the map for printing:
Pool location map

Feedback from the Survey:

Residents want to be able to read minutes from board meetings

All minutes from board meetings are posted on the Website under Minutes.

On the minutes page you will see a table of contents for past board minutes.  In the upper right hand corner of the document, you will see a box.  If you click on the box the document will open.  Scroll down to the end of the document and you will find both the minutes from the August meeting and a draft of the September minutes.

We encourage everyone to attend your board meetings.  Board meetings are held at Pool house C on Lafayette street, the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am.  The next meeting will be October 12th.

Stay tuned: A separate post will include results from Chief Jeff Smith visit to the September board meeting and results of a discussion of parking rules.

What to do if you see someone where they should not be

On Sunday morning at 6:30 AM a possible homeless man was observed sleeping inside the pool area at Winchester.

If you see anyone that seems suspicious in your area, please call 911.

You can also call First Response during the hours of  8pm – 3am 503-207-5300


After calling 911, please contact Steve Chinn at or 503-312-0927