Reminder- please remember to follow the Rules for the Pools

Please note that we are fortunate to have Pools close by with all this hot summer weather.  With the heavy use of the pools, we wanted to remind everyone to please remember and follow the Rules for the Pools to make this a pleasant experience for all involved.  The most important thing is to be considerate of others enjoying the pools with you.

Is your House Electrical Panel Safe?

Please note that one of our neighbors had an issue with their electrical panel and we wanted you to be aware in case you are in this situation also.    It appears to apply to Charbonneau homes that have not been significantly renovated.

Here is the note:  “We are having some electrical work done and the electrician pointed out that our electrical panel is on a Federal recall list and a safety and fire hazard.  The panel was made by the now-defunct Federal Pacific. An article about its panels is attached”. (see link below).

“We are having our panel replaced in the coming week.  The cost is $1845 which could be a surprise and burden for some residents.  In any case, I thought you should know, if you didn’t already”.

These Federal Pacific electrical panels are the same ones we replaced at the CHOA pools last year.

What to do if you spot Honey Bees in CHOA

Please note that Honey Bees have been spotted in CHOA.

Here is a note from one of our neighbors – “Yesterday, Sunday May 27th…….Memorial Day weekend I was sitting by the F & G Pool about 4:00 when I noticed a swarm of bees on the side of the pool house.  They just appeared and swarmed for 30 to 60 minutes and then gathered on a bush to rest.  I thought they looked like honey bees (and they were).  I know that we shouldn’t destroy bees……….just report them.  Well, on Memorial weekend you can imagine how hard is was to get ahold of anyone for a non-emergency call.  Finally, I was in touch with “Debbie” in Woodland Washington (Preservation Bee Keeping) who gave me a local # (503-649-8577).  A very nice lady came out and was very happy that no one had tried to destroy the bees.  She gathered them in a box and asked if she could leave it over night, since as the weather cools most of the bees will get in the box.  She came before 7:00am this morning and took her bees”.

In addition, there is a Daniel Kovac who also works with bees.  He can be contacted is 503-628-1236.

Please do not destroy Honey Bees.  Please call one of the two numbers in this Post if you see Honey Bees.

Crane Fly Application this Weekend

We have noticed some areas of crane fly in the lawns marked by green on the map below. They will be treated this weekend and it is suggested you keep your animals off the lawns in these areas this weekend.

Be Aware and Be Safe

Please note that a Coyote was spotted April 24th on the Golf cart path next to Red 6 coming from the direction of F&G pool.  A Coyote was found dead later that day on the road to Langdon Farms but we are not sure this was the same animal.  Please be careful with your pets.

In addition a resident of Charbonneau Village woke to find someone shinning a light into her bedroom window.   If you experience suspicious activity please respond as follows:

  1. If you feel in danger call 911

  2. If you see something that does not seem “right” but you don’t feel in danger: between the hours of 8:00 pm and 3:00 am call First Response 503-207-5300.
    c. During the day 7:00 am to 8:00 pm call Steve 503-312-0927 or 503-682-0234
Please note that we appreciate each homeowners role in keeping our neighborhood safe.

CHOA Alarm Proposal Fails

As you know, the Board of CHOA conducted a vote of homeowners on whether you wanted to amend our Bylaws to eliminate the requirement that CHOA provide monitoring of alarm service to homeowners.  If passed, this would have resulted in each homeowner being responsible for payment of the monitoring of their own security system and your monthly HOA fees would have been reduced by $13 each month.

We have a total of 228 homesites with each home getting 1 vote.  In order to amend our Bylaws, we needed 75% approval or 171 yes votes.  We received 157 Yes votes and 38 No Votes with 33 homes not voting.  Therefore, we did not get enough votes to pass this measure.

The Board still feels like this is the right approach and may try another vote in the future.

Please let us know if you have any questions and/or need more information

New Guidelines for Using Rec Hall C

Please note that we have a great free resource here for CHOA neighbors to use.  All we ask is you follow the Guidelines for using Rec Hall C as noted below.  Please note that you need to get approval to use Rec Hall C in advance of your event. Please note also that this replaces the old form in the Information Directory  (we are in the process of updating the directory).

Charbonneau Homeowners AssociationCArea Recreation (Rec) Hall


Recreation & Amenities Located on Lafayette Way, the “C” Pool Rec Hall is free for the

use of members of our own Homeowners Association. It is large enough to facilitate a

large family gathering and handy for games and meetings. Anyone wanting to use the

hall must fill out a request form located under the calendar tab on the web site. The hall

must be used by homeowners in the CHOA area and their guests. There is no smoking in or within 10 feet of the hall.

  1. A limit of 50 people shall prevail for any event inside the building. The homeowner must be present during the event.
  2. Parking shall be confined to guest parking slots unless prior arrangements have been made with individual residents for the use of their driveways. Parking is not allowed on the street.
  3. Reservations for the Rec Hall do not include the pool area or swimming rights unless special permission is given by the CHOA board or Rec Hall Manager.
  4. If permission is granted to use the pool, wet bathing suits, etc. will not be allowed in the building. Standard pool rules shall apply and be enforced by the homeowner.
  5. The understanding is that the furnishings and equipment are to be used with reasonable care; any damage must be reported.
  6. Before leaving the building after any event, the homeowner shall be responsible for cleaning up, replacing furniture as found on arrival and turning off the lights and fans.
  7. Any equipment brought to the Hall for an event shall be removed before leaving the building.
  8. All garbage must be removed from the area by the homeowner and not dumped in the restroom garbage container.
  9. Meetings of committees or the Association’s Board of Directors, scheduled to be held in the C Rec Hall, shall have precedence over other uses of the building.
  10. Unless specifically authorized in advance by the Association’s board, the Hall may not be used for commercial purposes.
  11. Use of the back patio is strictly limited to the concrete slab and caution should be given to errant golf balls. Insure door is locked upon leaving.
  12. Upon approval of your request, you will be required to sign this agreement that states any damage by a guest will be solely the responsibility of the homeowner requesting the room.
  13. The homeowner who is requesting the room is responsible, before and after the event for any of their guest who become intoxicated and any of their actions.
  14. Drop this signed agreement in the box on Boones Bend Road labeled CHOA.
  15. Upon acceptance of the request, the entrance code will be given to the homeowner.
  16. By signing this agreement the homeowner acknowledges that he/she has read and understands these rules and regulations and will comply with them.

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Homeowners printed name                                                                 Date




Reminder- The Great Oregon Shakeout is coming October 19!

Please note that the “Great Oregon Shakeout” is coming October 19th at 10:19 am.  This is an exercise to test our preparedness for an Earthquake.  You can learn more about this event at :  Please see the great informative video on this site.

Please note that the recent earthquake activity in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
Oct. 11 – 4.5 quake off Vancouver Island.
Oct. 12 – 3.4 quake near Toppenish, WA.
Oct 13 – 4.5 quake off the Oregon coast near Bandon.
Oct. 14 3.4 quake near Vernonia , OR.
Oct. 17 – 3.4 quake near Goldendale, OR.

All this earthquake activity is fairly common in our region.  Does it forecast the Big One?  No one knows for sure, but scientists think that we are overdue.  In any case, it’s best to be prepared.

More information about earthquake activity can be found on the apps “QuakeFeed,” or  “QuakeWatch.


Please do not feed the wildlife

Please do not feed any of the wildlife we have here in Charbonneau.  This includes:

Geese, Ducks, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Deer, Coyotes, Skunks and any other wild animal you might come across in our neighborhood.

Wild animals that are fed by humans can lose their fear of people and become aggressive when they don’t get food as expected.

While it is fun to watch the wildlife in our neighborhood, please remember they are wild and designed to find their own food.  So please enjoy them but don’t feed them!

CPR and AED Training available to CHOA members

Please note that representatives from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue provided basic CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and use of our new AED (Automated External Defibrillator) on August 30 located in Rec Hall C.  10 of your neighbors attended.  We would like to offer this class again if there is an interest from other neighbors.

Also- please note that there is an app- PulsePoint that lists all of the AEDs in Oregon.  Please download so you always know where there nearest AED is located.

Here is a basic overview of the training for CPR:

Before Giving CPR
1  Check the scene and the person. Check to make sure the scene is safe, tap the person on the shoulder to see if they’re OK, and look for signs of rhythmic, normal breathing.
2  Call 911 for assistance. If there’s no response from the victim when asked if he or she is OK, call 911, or ask a bystander to call for help.

3  Begin compressions. If the person is unresponsive, perform hands-only CPR.

How to Perform Hands-Only CPR
1  Kneel beside the person who needs help.
2  Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest.
3  Place the heel of the other hand on top of the first
hand, then lace your fingers together.
4  Position your body so that your shoulders are directly over your hands, and keep your arms straight.
5  Push hard, push fast. Use your body weight to help you administer compressions that are at least 2 inches deep and delivered at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute. (Just be sure to let chest rise completely between compressions.)
6  Keep pushing. Continue hands-only CPR until you see obvious signs of life, like breathing, another trained responder or EMS professional can take over, you’re too exhausted to continue, an AED becomes available, or the scene becomes unsafe.

Here you can see your neighbors practicing CPR and using the AED. The AED walks you through the process. All you have to do is follow its directions.

Please let us know if you would like training in CPR and the use of the AED and we will schedule additional training sessions.