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.

How?

Per Cricket Taylor, City of Wilsonville, Utility Billing Specialist

taylor@ci.wilsonville.or.us  (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 schinno@gmail.com

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 isno parking.  Any sign that you see on a street means thewhole 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

 

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 schinno@gmail.com or 503-312-0927

Report from Mick Hergert – Another Scam to be aware of

Report from Mick and Donna Hergert

Donna and I received a phone call this a.m. from our oldest grandson who suddenly went to New York to attend a wedding.  While there he rear ended someone, broke his nose, and was issued a DUI.  He had one phone call to make after the emergency room and booking at the police station.  Didn’t want to have us tell his parents. Real fishy.  We got a call 10 minutes later from an attorney in NY giving us details of how we can “spring” the kid out of jail.  Of course it meant sending $$ to him. I knew it was a scam pretty quickly as I have read about the “grandparents scam”.  So, for all the grandparents in Charbonneau take warning.

Mick
The scammers claiming a broken nose and therefore sounding nasally, did explain the change of voice.  However, Mick stated that they know their Grandson and know that he would never go on a lark trip to NY for just his friends wedding and so they called him immediately and of course he was at work.
Bottom line is always good to check the facts of any phone calls you receive

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.

Coyote spotted near Fairway Dr and F&G Pool

A coyote was spotted on the path by F & G pool and walking across Fairway Dr at the parking area near 8225 SW Fairway Dr.

Please be careful with your pets and small children

 

 

IRS Phone Scam – What to do

Neighbors Jan Crawford and Jesse Taft recently received a call from Scammers reporting that they would be sued by the IRS.

 

Please do not respond to any call from the IRS, make a note of the phone number if you can (most of us have this information on our phones) and report to the IRS so that they can pursue the Scammer

Per the IRS site:

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or atwww.tigta.gov.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

Additional information about tax scams are available on IRS social media sites, including YouTubeand Tumblr where people can search “scam” to find all the scam-related posts.

New Residents DISASTER PREPAREDNESS THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2016 3:30 PM

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2016

3:30 PM

POOL HOUSE C

LAFAYETTE WAY

 

Are you a new resident to CHOA in the past 6 months?

 

OR

 

Have you been unable to attend the

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

 

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.

 

You will also learn the CHOA procedure to follow immediately following an earthquake AND what will be done to help you and how you can help your neighbors.

 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT FOR JANUARY 28

By Monday January 25

 

CONTACT Janet Moore, CHOA Disaster Preparedness Coordinator

 

503 694-6461

or

janet.moore2u@gmail.com  

Safety Announcement: Adult Cougar tracks found at 32035 Boones Bend Rd

Sunday Morning, January 3rd, these tracks were spotted in the snow at 32035 Boones Bend Rd.

Craig O’Conner is the owner of the property. Craig took the photos of the tracks and researched them. He talked to hunters  and went online with the Measurements and it was determined these were the tracks of an adult cougar.

All residents need to be concerned about their pets and their own safety. Please get the word out to your neighbors especially those who have pets.

Thank you