LACAMAS SHORES COMMUNITY
The Camas Public Library has lots of fun activites for kids of all ages. Join Club K3 each month for fun activities for kids in grades K-3. Enjoy something different each month for parents and kids.
Another fun event is the Read to the Dog day. Kids read to Cooper, the Bernese Mountain dog. Sign up required. Join a book discussion group for 4th - 6th grades.
For information on these events and more go to: Camas Public Library Kids Page
Every month, Camas celebrates our fun and friendly downtown with a theme party. March will celebrate Lucky leprechauns, Eartha the Clown, a “Green Zone” featuring local green schools, green businesses and non-profits that care for the environment. The wearing of the green will all be a part of this fun event. Find the Lucky Leprechauns and win green prizes!
For more information: Go Green!
"The reconstructed Fort Vancouver in the evening is quite an experience, with candlelit buildings, interpreters in historical costume, and each visitor with their own lantern walking under the night sky," said Park Guide Scott Irvine, program coordinator. "When the sun goes down and the city is quiet, it is easy to envision what this place was like in the 1840s."
For more information: Fort Vancouver Lantern Tours
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The required Annual Meeting is held to inform and update homeowners about important HOA business. The meeting includes the election of new board members, the permission to conduct an internal audit and presentation of a new budget.
We held the meeting in March so that we could close the books on the previous year and be done before the tax season in March/April incapacitated our bookkeeper. “Closing the books” meant that obligations of the past year would be settled or moved into the next year’s budget. We had to do that to know what the new budget had to contain. In the past, we usually had some board members that were not able to attend the Annual Meeting. Never a problem. All we needed was a quorum of 4 board members (4 out of 7) , and of the membership (89 out of 253), for the meeting to be valid. Without the membership quorum, we would schedule a followup meeting within the next <90 days for a recount of the ballots/proxies, but we continued the meeting as a “presentation” for those members who did show up. Even though we failed to have the required membership quorum of 89, we always had enough positive votes at the originally scheduled time, enough to pass the budget, pass the “internal” audit waiver, and to elect new board members… if only we’d had sufficient ballots/proxies. So we would canvass the neighborhood for more proxies and reschedule a meeting for the public counting of the ballot/proxies.
The idea that we need to schedule the annual meeting almost three months later in the year to accommodate the “snow birds” is silly. We already have an accepted process to allow the absent snow birds to send in proxies if they cannot attend the meeting. And it takes only 4 board members to make board quorum. So why did the Board move the date for the annual HOA meeting?
I have been on holiday and missed the November and December HOA Board meetings. Now in January, nothing much has changed. Tom Kelly has removed some items from his previous Trees & Views policy. The project that began as “Trees & Views” issue morphed into the “Meadowland Park” project and is now renamed as the “Voluntary Re-Vegetation” project. Maybe these are the all same, maybe different but for sure they are all about cutting trees in the wetlands.
The Meadowland Park project has had a consultant named John McConnaughy working for the last 2 years. Mr. McConnaughy has been paid an undisclosed sum, said to be between $5,000~ $11,000. The Voluntary Re-Vegetation project has a land use attorney first authorized at the October 2017 Board meeting and who just got her fee authorization increased $5,000. The consultant and the attorney are now having joint meetings. Four of the current HOA Board members who have been boosters for these various projects are near the end of their 2 years terms and are up for re-election this next March. They will not be able to finish their projects before next March and may decide not to serve the community again. On a positive note, all the minutes for the past 2 years have been fixed up and approved… except for the annual meeting of last March. Where or when these newly approved minutes will be available to the community has not been announced. Till they are announced, you can read the synopses that I have been making from audio recordings of the HOA board meetings. It’s a bit onerous to get them done within 2~3 weeks, but I’m glad to have done it. Below is my synopsis for the January 2018 HOA board meeting
Included in the Patio Encroachment below are Surveys, HOA Board's complicity and the Revocable License Agreement.
The evidence in this whole mess is voluminous. Nothing is secret except the deliberations and reasoning of the current board. The previous artcle posted here is now a pdf document.
The VIEWS newsletter was published bi-monthly in the past. New publication dates will be announced by the current board. Enjoy reading the history of Lacamas Shores in past issues.
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