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Current News & Events

King Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 16, was first celebrated in 1986. But many who wished to honor King wanted his day to be more than a play-filled holiday.They wanted it to represent all that King stood for including brotherhood, nonviolence, and reconciliation.

In 1994, Senator Harris Wofford and Congressman John Lewis co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. This Act was to encourage people of all races to volunteer in some way on this day. Want to help others but don't know how? Check out the links below for additional information. 

WSU-Vancouver Day of Service
United Way MLK Weekend of Service
Clark Public Utilities MLK Day of Tree Potting

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The Lantern Tours at Vancouver Barracks
January 28, 2017

The Lantern Tours at Fort Vancouver are a great time for the whole family. Each adult carries a lantern with a park ranger guiding the way. If you've never visited this historic sight, the Lantern Tour is a fun way to be introduced and teach your kids some local history. Additional information and tickets are available at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
 

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Recent Updates On Your HOA Board

We recommend that you use the new Forum in the Owner's area to comment and voice your opinions on this and any other subjects. To protect your idenity, you may change your username after registering.

So what is a Reserve and why do we need one?

  • Our Reserve is Underfunded.
  • $30K of planned contributions to the Fund have not been made and have been deferred.
  • Special Assessments and Debt will result if the HOA does not reverse this trend.
  • Planned Reserve fund contribution is $14K this year at a minumum.

Back in the dust bowl days of “Grapes of Wrath” fame, most foreclosures were not due to crop failure. Homes everywhere fell to the “Balloon Payment” at the end of the loan period. When you borrowed money to buy a home, you got the money upfront…. then you had a certain time to pay off the obligation. At the end of the loan period, everything was due at once, plus a bonus for whatever loan rate you accepted. Bad news if you had lost your job.

What does Balloon Payments have to do with our Homeowner’s Associations? Simple, it is the way most HOAs finance their loans. What loans, you ask? Well, the obligation to pay for foreseeable maintenance and improvements for Common areas and amenities if you don’t have the money to pay for it.

LSHOA has a failing Boat Ramp. In addition we have a Boat Dock, Boat House, Bathrooms, Park Equipment, Paving for Boat Ramp parking, etc. This takes money to maintain. The Reserve makes sure there are funds to replace these structures and maintain them. An adequately funded Reserve avoids the need to borrow funds, and strapping Homeowners with debt and interest payments.

Years ago, our HOA established a Reserve Study. It seemed prudent so we did it. Later it became Washington State Law for HOAs to have one, but we were one of the first. If you have a reserve account, then you must have a Reserve Study completed. The last Reserve Study was conducted in 2014. The board decided to use the Component Method of funding. This method spreads the funding evenly over the entire life of the assets. This avoids “sticking a huge bill” to future residents via special assessments or debt.

Reserve Analysis

Synopsis of Recent Board Meetings:
Below is the latest synopsis of the November 18, 2016 Board Meeting. There was a lot of discussion from the floor concerning how the board has decided to spend HOA funds and lack of disclosure to the neighborhood. I don’t editorialize in the synopsis, but I would appreciate hearing community opinions/thoughts about them in the Forum.
Synopsis of November 18, 2016 Board Minutes
Synopsis of October 17, 2016 Board Meeting
Synopsis of September 19, 2016 Board Meeting
Synopsis of August 22, 2016 Board Meeting
Synopsis of July 25, 2016 Board Meeting
Synopsis of June 27, 2016 Board Meeting
Synopsis of May 5, 2016 Working Board Meeting
Synopsis of May 16, 2016 Board Meeting
Synopsis of April 18, 2016 Board Meeting

ACTIONS speak LOUDER than Words...
All homeowners are encouraged to attend the Board meetings. WHY? To make sure financial decisions are made that benefit the majority of homeowners, not a minority. To find out latest board actions, please read the review below.
ACTIONS Speak LOUDER than Words!

ATTENTION Lacamas Shores Homeowners
There’s an important article regarding the HOA posted in the LS Owners section of this website, titled, Mass Exodus Signals Trouble. It’s important that all owners read this! 

Also as concerned homeowners of Lacamas Shores, we are compelled to keep the homeowners informed of the current Board’s slate of projects, activities, and actions that can have a significant impact on our community and HOA funds. Evaluate for yourself, the effectiveness of this current leadership and their alignment with our collective best interests.
Mid year report on HOA Board

Proposed Changes to the HOA/City Maintenance Agreement
Please read answer to the proposed re-negotiation of our maintenance understanding with the City of Camas.
Answer to the RLS/HOA Board Announcement, August 17, 2016

OUR OVERSIGHT OF THIS HOA BOARD MAKES A DIFFERENCE!!!
RFP Comparison

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VIEWS Archives

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.
VIEWS Archives

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Backfence

The BackFence is a neighborhood email list that allows homeowners to contact neighbors. This email list is a curtesy to our neighborhood and allows neighbors to express opinions and news to a limited audience. Please sign up to be included.
Backfence Sign-up

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Community Forum

We have created a Community Forum to allow all members of our neighborhood to express opinions, share ideas and be heard. Freedom of expression is a fundamental right and we foster creative, substantive dialogue within our community. Especially important is the right to address your critics.

We believe a open forum will allow our community to share, learn, gather information useful to address common concerns and to solve problems. When neighbors talk, solutions can be found.

The default "username" for the forum is your email address.To protect your privacy, you may choose to change your username by clicking on the update login link under the top menu, Login.
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Activities/Clubs

Lacamas Shores has many amenities and activities available to residents. Follow the links to get more information.

HAVE FUN!