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.

Save the Date- Murphy’s Green Grand Re-Opening- Monday August 20th at 6:00 pm

Please note that we are having our Grand Re-Opening for the new Upgraded Murphy’s Green on Monday, August 20th at 6 pm.  Stay tuned for additional details!

CHOA Welcomes Lady Bugs

Please note that Garron Grounds will again be placing Lady Bugs in the large leaf Maples and Linden trees for aphid control.   The “ladies” can eat up to 50 aphids a day and are a safe and natural method for aphid control.

The lady bugs are placed in the trees in the evening hours in small bags.  They move out of the bags into their new homes where the food supply is plentiful.   So if you see the little bags in the trees please don’t remove them.  

CHOA Board looking for new Board and Committee Members- Correction

Please note that the last Post on this topic was not correct.  Ty Kuhns  resigned  from your CHOA Board.  The Post said he retired.    Sorry for the confusion-  Barry

Ty- thanks for your great service to the Board.

We are seeking additional Board members, ideally someone with some legal background.   That is a wish, but certainly not a requirement.

In addition, we are looking for neighbors who would be willing to join our Committees.  Current Committees include:

  • Rec Hall C
  • Pools
  • Landscape
  • Moss Control
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Architecture
  • Social

While the Board meets monthly, the Committees meet on an ad hoc basis as needed.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer positions, please contact Steve Chinn at or 503-682-0234.

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.

Charbonneau Country Club to host reception June 2nd at 3:00 for medically trained residents

Please note that the “Charbonneau Country Club Emergency Preparedness Committee invites you to join them for a glass of wine and catered hors d’oeuvres at a social gathering for medically trained residents (i.e., nurses, doctors, paramedics).  This gathering will take place on Saturday, June 2nd, at 3pm on the Garden Terrace at the Country Club.  Please RSVP by May 25 to Karen at 503-694-2300 or  Please pass this invitation on to your Charbonneau neighbors who are also medically trained.  We look forward to seeing you there”.


How much does CHOA pay in Earthquake Insurance?

At the Annual Meeting, the question was asked about how much of our recent premium increase in Insurance was related to Earthquake Coverage.

We heard back from Jay Puppo (our Insurance agent).   He said that 38% of our yearly premium is for earthquake coverage.

If you have further questions please connect with Jay at:

Jay Puppo State Farm Agency

Bus 503.582.8181

See more about our Emergency Plan at this link. Click here.

Sprinklers will be turned on this weekend

Please note that we will be running the sprinklers on Saturday night (May 12th) and Monday (May 14th) at 50% because of the hot weather which is forecast. This isn’t the start of full-time watering.  That won’t start till the pumps go in the river probably late May or early June.

Per the Golf Course- ” We usually wait until were comfortable that the river levels won’t rise.  We think we can have the river pump operational within the next 1 – 2 weeks.  In the meantime, water as needed to maintain what you have, but encourage your landscapers to be judicious, I don’t think anything in the 10-day forecast will necessitate mid-summer type irrigation.

We’ll let you know when we have the pump in the river, we’re currently working through a couple logistical issues, but should have those resolved shortly”.

Danny Vandecoevering

Golf Course Superintendent

Spring Snail Alert

Spring is here – and so are the snails who love to dine on our leafy green plants, especially hostas.  Garron has treated with an initial application of snail and slug bait. We are recommending that homeowners continue treating their plants to defeat these pests.


Reminder- CHOA Annual Meeting- Monday April 30th at 7:00 pm

Please remember that Monday April 30 at 7:00 pm is the CHOA Annual Meeting.

Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for Monday 4/30/18 at 7:00 pm at the Charbonneau Country Club.   Please plan to attend this important meeting

Planned Agenda:

  • Introduction of  Current Board Members
  • Election of New Board Members
  • Minutes from 2017 Annual Meeting for approval
  • Financial Report
  • Updates and Accomplishments
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Homeowners Open Forum

We will have coffee and cookies, so it will be both a good time and an informative time.  Please be sure to attend.