Semi Annual WPOA Meeting Minutes: June 2015


June 16, 2015


The semi-annual meeting of the WPOA was held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Grace Community Covenant Church.  President Cherryl Steben called the meeting to order at 7:08 PM.  In addition to Ms. Steben, board members Phil Harlan, Larry Rus, Dick Fankhauser, and Jane Stavish were present.  A total of 25 property owners were present, not constituting a quorum. The meeting was informational only and no business took place.


MINUTES:  Minutes of the previous meeting were not read.


Ms. Steben opened the meeting by introducing Andy Haub, Water Resources Director for the City of Olympia. Mr.Haub gave a presentation regarding the Log Cabin reservoir project. The project has been in planning for 12 years and is budgeted at $12 million. It will be placed on a five acre parcel just north of Wilderness. Design is scheduled to be 30% complete by fall. Construction will begin next spring and take nine months to complete. The reservoir will be 140 feet tall and 90 feet in diameter. It will be 417 feet above sea level.


TREASURER’S REPORT:  No Treasurer’s report was given.


Ms. Steben provided an overview of the Board’s recent activities, including assessing and taking action on greenbelt trees. She reported that $4,400 has been spent to date on greenbelt management and another approximately $10,000 of work is in the bidding stage. A question was raised about replanting trees in the greenbelt. Cherryl answered that we haven’t been doing that because there are enough existing trees.


Cherryl then once again encouraged property owners to put away garbage and recycle containers after pick up, to not park cars on lawns and to not dump yard waste in the green belt.


She announced that work parties are scheduled in the community from 8:00 AM to noon on June 27th, July 18th, August 15th and September 19th. Sign up lists were provided for work party volunteers. Regarding the work parties, Cherryl reported that the one in June will concentrate on cleaning up the junipers at the Boulevard Road entrance including cutting them back to make room for the bus stop and for better access to the fire hydrant.


Jane then reported that ditch cleanup hopefully will take place in August depending on authorization from various jurisdictions. Jane also encouraged residents to remove ivy from their yards and to participate in the work parties. She cautioned not to put ivy in yard waste containers as that spreads the noxious weed that much further.


Other discussions centered around the sign replacement at Boulevard Road, our participation in the Olympia Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, a report on the initiation of the Neighborhood Watch program in Wilderness, speed watch efforts, and an update on the Ashton Woods potential housing development north of Wilderness.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM.


Respectfully submitted,

Dick Fankhauser, Secretary