LACAMAS SHORES COMMUNITY
Camas First Fridays always have fun themes with entertainment for the whole family. June's theme, Poker Tour and Game Night includes something for everyone.
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Lacamas Shores's annual garage sale will be held on Saturday, June 3. This is the only sanctioned garage sale in our neighborhood and advertising, combined with word of mouth, has resulted in large crowds each year.
For those who haven’t witnessed this annual event, be prepared for a lot of car and pedestrian traffic. To participate, all you need to do is gather up your “stuff” and open your garage door at 8:00 AM. The shoppers will be waiting for you!
Lacamas Shores typically has a preview sale for homeowners on Friday evening starting at 5:00 PM. This has proven to be a popular event for many neighbors who will be busy on Saturday and it gives them a first shot at the good stuff. If you choose to participate in the Friday evening sale, let your neighbors know by posting on NextDoor.
The Portland Annual Rose Festival is already underway. There is so much for the whole family to see and do this time of year. Upcoming Starlight Parade (June 3) in downtown Portland is a special treat with lighted floats, marchers from all around the area including Camas and Vancouver. Parade usually starts around 8:30 but get your seat early as more then 325,000 spectators are expected.
There is also a Junior Parade on June7 at 1:00 pm in the Hollywood District of Portland. Kids decorate themselves and bikes entertaining the crowds.
The very popular Grand Floral Parade will be on June10 at 10:00 am. This is definitely one of the best parades in the country. Find out more about the parades and all the other fun events, go to rosefestival.org.
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After the annual meeting (2017/03/18, a Saturday), Catherine posted the election results on the Community website the next Monday. The next Friday morning, I read on the “official“ HOA website that the 2017/2018 budgets were… APPROVED! What happened? Here is what I understand from the meeting:
How does the HOA board justify the change? I asked the board this question and so far, they have not responded. So, I’ll guess that they used Washington State RCW 64.38.25. <http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=64.38&full=true>
Here is what is going on. The state wants to normalize all CC&Rs and Bylaws for HOAs in the state of Washington. Good idea, about time. However, our governing documents have been around for many years and most of the state’s corrections begin with the words, “(1) Except as provided in the association’s governing documents or this chapter…”. And since our governing documents specify the majority percentages and quorums needed for meetings and votes, I don’t think these corrections involve us. Perhaps the latest corrections do supplant our CC&Rs, I don’t know. But I will not subject my community to the distress and legal costs of finding out.
Here is some things that are clear in RCW 64.38.025:
I don’t think a budget category for a useless project (Meadowland Park) is that bad in itself, just useless. I do think ignoring the clear intent of the community to de-fund a needless expense is wrong. I think considering the Reserve Fund just “a pile of money we can spend anyway we like” is cause for removal from the board of directors.
Below is the latest synopsis of the January 16 Board Meeting. I generally don’t editorialize in the synopsis, but sometimes comments require clarification. My comments are in red. If you would like to comment or post your opinions/thoughts, please post to the online Forum.
Synopsis of January 16, 2017 Board Minutes
Synopsis of February 13, 2017 Board Minutes
Synopsis of all 2016 Board Meeting Minutes
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!
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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