November 13th at 10:00 am Board Meeting Agenda

2019 November CHOA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday – 11/13/19 10:00 AM

 

10:00AM – Welcome and Call to Order

  • Note for guest: Please remember this is a board meeting, guest are not to interrupt unless asked to speak by the chairman. If you do have a concern, it is best to put your concern in writing prior to the board meeting so that the board will have time to thoughtfully consider your concern. – Thank You

**Minutes from October Meeting Approval –ALL

**Treasurer’s Report –Sandie Maki

 

10:15 AM Open Forum

  • Questions from Resident Attendees – 2 minutes top per person
  • Questions from “Ask the Board”

 

Old Business

  • Additions to Rec Hall agreement- All – Was sent to everyone for review by email on 10/14
  • Chimneys and Brick Walls– Report from Steve/Ron – Letter sent??
  • Report on efforts to address street safety –Jan

10:30 am – New Business

  • Other items from the Floor– All
  • October Shakeout – Eric Report – 10 minutes
  • 2020 Budget planning – Sandi
  • Pool A & B –Color Report?
  • ACHPayment for Dues – Email was sent out on 11/5 – All
  • Range use of Pool – Need to vote on this – Sandie

 

To keep for further discussion

  • Process for informing for next painting – paint chips available, etc.
    • Send out information 1 year in advance
    • Have Database and Chips on the Rec Hall bulletin board
    • Ann to send a note to new owners about paint color change
  • Reserve Study Painting Account/New software options? Report from Reserve study Committee- Doug and Packard – Will be given in December
  • Finishing of Rec Hall Bathroom –review bids, select committee to manage this- – Committee Report – Roger McGarrigle – Possible Bid Solicitation consideration – Feedback needs to be given to Roger for vote in January

 

 

*Executive Session (as needed) –* Need to vote to move to executive meeting

October 9th at 6:00 pm Board Meeting Agenda

2019 October CHOA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday – 10/9/2019 – 6:00 pm

6:00 PM – Welcome and Call to Order

  • Note for guest: Please remember this is a board meeting, guest are not to interrupt unless asked to speak by the chairman. If you do have a concern, it is best to put your concern in writing prior to the board meeting so that the board will have time to thoughtfully consider your concern. – Thank You

**Minutes from September Meeting Approval –ALL

**Treasurer’s Report –Sandie Maki

 

6:15 PM – Special Guest from Wilsonville – Patty Nelson

  • Speed of cars on Fairway/Boones Bend-review of feedback to Slow Down signs
    • What can we do about Speed and Parking problems?
    • See Michael Carr’s answers to some questions below in Green – see attached 

Old Business

  • Additions to Rec Hall agreement- Doug and Randy
  • Neighborhood Watch – Report from September 21st Meeting –Jan (with handouts)
  • Finishing of Rec Hall Bathroom –review bids, select committee to manage this- – Committee Report – Roger McGarrigle – Possible Bid Solicitation consideration
  • Chimneys and Brick Walls– Report from Steve/Ron

7:00 PM – New Business

  • Other items from the Floor– All
  • Emergency Preparedness – Eric Report – 10 minutes
  • 2020 Budget planning – Sandi

7:30 PM – Open Forum

  • Questions from Resident Attendees
  • Questions from “Ask the Board”

 

To keep for further discussion

  • Process for informing for next painting – paint chips available, etc.
    • Send out information 1 year in advance
    • Have Database and Chips on the Rec Hall bulletin board
    • Ann to send a note to new owners about paint color change
  • Reserve Study Painting Account/New software options? Report from Reserve study Committee- Doug and Packard

 

*Executive Session (as needed) –* Need to vote to move to executive meeting

September 11 at 10:00 am Board Meeting Agenda

2019 September CHOA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday – 9/11/2019 – 10:00 am 

 

10:00 AM – Welcome and Call to Order

  • Note for guest: Please remember this is a board meeting, guest are not to interrupt unless asked to speak by the chairman. If you do have a concern, it is best to put your concern in writing prior to the board meeting so that the board will have time to thoughtfully consider your concern. – Thank You

**Minutes from August Meeting Approval –ALL

**Treasurer’s Report: Water Bill update –Sandie Maki

 

10:15 AM – Old Business

  • Speed of cars on Fairway/Boones Bend-review of feedback to Slow Down signs/ plan for City of Wilsonville visitor at our October meeting- All
    • Lots of response to the Post – from wanting to reduce speed, to ordering more signs (see new business), to speed bumps
  • Parking on Fairway update- plan questions for City of Wilsonville visitor– All
  • Additions to Rec Hall agreement- Doug and Randy
  • Neighborhood Watch – Training to be held September 21st
  • Finishing of Rec Hall Bathroom –review bids, select committee to manage this- New bid – Consider a Committee to decide?

11:00 AM – New Business

  • Feeding of wildlife-feedback on Post- Jan
  • Other items from the Floor– All
  • Chimneys and Brick Walls– Steve/Ron
  • Request to keep the Pool open past the 16th– Steve/Jan
  • Request for more signs-Missing Signs – Down to 1 on Fairway and 3 on Boones Bend
  • 2020 Budget planning – Sandi
  • Disaster Preparedness information – October 17th – Great American Shakeout

11:30 AM – Open Forum

  • Questions from Resident Attendees
  • Questions from “Ask the Board”

To keep for further discussion

  • Process for informing for next painting – paint chips available, etc.
    • Send out information 1 year in advance
    • Have Database and Chips on the Rec Hall bulletin board
    • Ann to send a note to new owners about paint color change
  • Reserve Study Painting Account/New software options? Report from Reserve study Committee- Doug and Packard

Please Read – Important information on increase of Rodents and Possible Water problems

Please help CHOA maintain our livability.  RATS have been seen and confirmed around (and in some cases below) some houses

We believe this is due to residents feeding the wildlife.

There is only one birdseed that can be used that will not attract Rodents

Janet MCGarrigle did some research to find out what to do:

 I called Backyard Bird Shop where we have been purchasing bird seed for quite a while.  We have only had trouble with one bold squirrel which we have been turning the hose on to scare off.  We have been diligent about cleaning off any spilled seed from our deck surface.  However, we agree that we now need to take further steps.  I learned today  there is a birdseed available that squirrels, rats, skunks, raccoons, and other mammals will not eat – but birds love it.  It’s called:

“HOT MEATS” may be found at:

Backyard Bird Shop

22000 Willamette Drive

West Linn, Or

503-303-4653

 

We do not want Rodents to overtake CHOA, please store your birdseed, that you may already own, in heavy duty containers with lids, clean any left over seed off of decks, etc.

***Golf information:   The golf course is putting in updated irrigation controllers, this MAY cause a disruption in the irrigation around your house.  Have Patience, it will come back on.  In the interim call Steve (see info below) and plan on hand watering until the system is fully upgraded

Steve Chinn
schinno@gmail.com
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 219, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Telephone:
(Cell) 503-312-0927 – (Office) 503-682-0234

There is an Alligator in my pool (and now ants)

The Ducks have decided that some of our pools are new ponds for them to play in.  Ducks are fun, except when they leave reminders of their visit.

To help keep the pools clean of “debris” we  recently purchased an Articulating Alligator to see if this device would discourage the ducks.  The pool we chose to trial the alligator in was F&G pool.  Unfortunately, the Alligator was viewed as a toy and ended up in pieces in the surrounding yard.

Karen Siegel was able to reassemble the Alligator so that we can continue to use it.

Please if you see the Alligator in your pool, it is not a toy.

I know that for some the Alligator can be a temptation.  If you need to, you can remove the Alligator device while you are in the pool.  Ducks don’t usually land when people are present.  Just remember to put the Alligator back in before you leave.

 

Thanks for your help.

While we’re on the subject of keeping our pools clean………

Remember, there is no eating in the pool area.

We do have a service that helps keep our pools clean and usable.  That said, food debris attracts ants and other wildlife.  In addition to the regular pool cleaning service paid for out of your HOA dues, treatment for ants is an extra cost that should not be needed if food is only consumed in areas outside of the pool.

 

 

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

 

 

Be aware that Vermin have been seen in the neighborhood

A Rat was seen by Ralph Martin (CHOA Landscape Director) on a bird feeder just inside a courtyard on Fairway Dr.  Please do not feed the ducks throwing birdseed in the grass!  I personally (Jan Landis, CHOA communication Director) have seen an increase of duck activity, including excrement all over our patio.

According to Ralph, if many residents are feeding wildlife, outside of the CHOA policy, it may be why we are seeing rats and recent sightings of the coyote.  Ralph has personally  seen a coyote 3 times around F&G pool area in the early evenings!  With the added concern of the rats, who now have crossed over from Louvonne to Fairway this must be addressed.  Thank you!  Ralph

 

Policy regarding feeding of wildlife in CHOA Neighborhoods (May 14, 2014):

 

  • Feeding of wild animals, for example, geese, ducks, squirrels, and deer in all areas outside your home, including your courtyard, is prohibited.
  • Birds may only be fed inside a homeowner’s courtyard with a feeder hung above the ground.
  • Homeowners should only use cracked birdseed or a seed mixture called No Waste®
  • Homeowners may feed hummingbirds inside their courtyard and in common areas outside of the courtyard with a liquid feeder hung above the ground.
  • Offenders of the above policy will be given one oral warning. Subsequent offenses will be enforced in accordance with CHOA’s Enforcement Resolution 2013-002.
  • A fine of $25.00 could be issued.

Do you have a Skunk problem in your neighborhood?

SkunkIf you do have a Skunk Problem, here is information that may help

Signs of skunk damage may include:

  • Holes in lawn: small and cone-shaped; 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
  • Skunk tracks: five toes on each foot with visible claws.
  • Pilfered trash cans

Skunk Removal and prevention

(Source Purdue University and Wildlife Damage blog)

When skunks are living or rearing young under buildings, attempts to destroy them may result in the release of their noxious scent.

  1. Seal all possible entrances along the foundation, but leave the main burrow open.
  2. Before attempting removal, sprinkle a liberal amount of flour or a similar substance in and around the entrance.
  3. After dark, check for tracks to determine which openings they used as exits and the number of skunks involved.
  4. When the animals have left, close all possible entrances with sheet metal or hardware cloth to avoid reentry.
  1. Reopen the entrance the next day for 1 hour after dark to allow any remaining skunks to exit before permanently sealing the entrance.
  1. Remove unused pet food and water bowls at night and keep lids on trash cans to aid in discouraging skunks. Since skunks prey on the rodents that are attracted to scattered bird seed, take bird feeders in at night or attach a catch-screen to the bottom of the feeder.
  2. Fencing usually keeps skunks out of the yard; however, they will sometimes dig under. To prevent burrowing beneath a fence or other structure (sheds, decks, etc.), attach a 3-foot wide heavy gauge wire mesh screen to the bottom of the fence so it extends >24 inches outward. Secure the screen to the ground with garden staples and backfill over the mesh with rock mulch.

What if you meet the Skunk?

Deodorizing You, Your Pets and Your Clothes (From MrsClean blog)

This solution loses effectiveness almost immediately, so it cannot be stored and you will need to make a fresh batch whenever the skunks attack.

Store a sealed bottle of hydrogen peroxide and a small container of baking soda (separately) up in your cupboard so you’ll be ready in case of an emergency.

  • 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide (from drug store)
  • 1/4 cup of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent

Mix together the hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. This is extremely effective at removing skunk smell and is actually recommended by chemists and proven to be highly effective. The hydrogen peroxide and baking soda work together to neutralize the odor, while the degreasing action of the dishwashing liquid help to remove the oily substance that contains the odor causing chemicals.

  • Remove clothes immediately and wash them in the hottest water possible. Use the strongest laundry soap you haveIt may take a while, but the smell will go away.
  • If you are the victim, hop in the shower and cover yourself liberally with the homemade skunk odor recipe above.
  • Wash pets right away using the same recipe. It’s safe for everyone.
  • Rinse completely.

Deodorizing Outdoor Items

Skunks don’t just spray people and pets, they spray your outdoor items, too. Skunks like to mark their territory, just like many other animals do. Favorites can include tires, corners of a home, a tree…it doesn’t really matter where it is because if you can smell it, it is definitely an issue.

 

Bleach was the best method for deodorizing outdoor items that had been sprayed

  • One part bleach
  • Nine parts water

Make sure to rinse the area thoroughly with water after scrubbing because bleach is caustic and will damage or disintegrate that it is left on over time. (Do not use bleach on paint)

*MrsClean (http://www.housecleaningcentral.com/en/cleaning-services/mrs-clean/about-us.html) is a housecleaning professional in Redland Washington.

 

 

Facts about Skunks if you are interested:

Skunks are a member of the weasel family. They vary in size (most are house cat-sized) and appear in a variety of striped, spotted, and swirled patterns—but all are a vivid black-and-white that makes them easily identifiable and may alert predators to their pungent potential.

Average Size: 20 – 30″ long (including the tail); 6 – 10 lbs.

Average Lifespan in the Wild: 2 4 years

Skunks usually nest in burrows constructed by other animals, but they also live in hollow logs or even abandoned buildings. Skunks are extremely adaptable and thrive in many different habitats, as long as food and shelter are available. Because they rarely travel more than 2 miles from their established dens, a skunk will typically settle down within 2 miles of a water source.

Mother skunks give birth to litters of two to ten young each year, usually in May, but can birth as late as early June. The babies follow their mothers around for several months, leaving in late July or early August.

Spray:A skunk’s spray is an oily liquid produced by glands under its large tail. To employ this scent bomb, a skunk turns around and blasts its foe with a foul mist that can travel as far as ten feet (three meters). The odor can be detected up to 1.5 miles.

When a skunk is being chased by a predator first they will exhibit threat behaviors, stomping their front fee and hissing. Next they will spray an atomized cloud, that the predator will run through. Finally they will spray a stream directed at the predator’s face.

Digging: Skunks have strong forefeet and long nails which make them excellent diggers. They dig holes in lawns, gardens and golf courses in search of food like grubs and earthworms. When no other form of shelter is available, they may even burrow under buildings by entering foundation openings.

What they eat:Skunks are opportunistic eaters with a varied diet. They are nocturnal foragers who eat fruit and plants, insects, larvae, worms, eggs, reptiles, small mammals, and even fish. Skunks primarily eat insects, especially harmful to agriculture.

Disease Transmission (source Purdue University):Skunks are a primary source of rabies in many areas of the United States. Human and domestic pet contact with skunks should be avoided. If it is necessary to handle a skunk, take all precautions to keep from being bitten or scratched. Several other types of diseases and parasites affect skunks such as distemper, mange, fleas, ticks, lice, roundworms and tapeworms.