Our mailing address is:
High Woodlands Homeowner's Association
P.O. Box 772
Kirkland, WA 98083-0772
Next Board Meeting:
The next meeting will be Monday, March 5th at 7:30PM, at Robert Frost Elementary School Library
Board Meeting Dates
Mark your calendars! Board Meetings are generally held the first Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. Most Board meetings are held at Robert Frost Elementary School Library unless otherwise noted. All homeowners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
- March 5
- April 9
- May 7
- June 4
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- Easter Egg Hunt: Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, March 31st at the park. This is for children and grandchildren of homeowners through age 12. In order for this to happen we need volunteers who will help with set up, clean up and of course stuffing the eggs. Frances Clarke has agreed to co-chair but needs a partner since her family is unable to attend the hunt. If you are willing to help her in any capacity, please contact her at 360 561-6242.
- Community Picnic: We are looking for a volunteer to head the Community Picnic. In the past few years the picnic has not happened because there was no one to organize it. If you like the picnic and want to bring it back please contact Crystal Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org. The date has not been set and the summer is pretty open so you can select a date that works for you. If there is no interest we will drop the event.
Discounts on Your 2018 HOA Dues
Invoices for the 2018 Homeowners Dues have been sent to you, but we found after they went out our cover letter was not included as expected. This cover letter was to share with you that again in 2018 we are offering an Early Payment Discount of $10.00 if your Homeowners Dues are paid in full before February 15, 2018. In addition we are also offering a Senior Discount for those owners over the age of 62. The discount of $30.00 can be taken with the final payment in full of your 2018 dues. We ask that you provide some kind of documentation to support being over 62 as we have so many homeowners and cannot track who is and is not over 62. We apologize for the confusion this may have caused you. Please feel free to reach out to the board if you have any questions on this topic.
In the last couple of months, there were several car break-ins in the neighborhood. If you see anything suspicious, don’t hesitate to call 911. Yes, most of us don’t like to because we don’t want to be a bother, but err on the side of caution. At the same time, if you are a victim of a break-in or car prowl, you need to report it even if the loss is not significant or the culprits are long gone. The police non-emergency number is 425-577-5656. Or you can file an on-line report. Police patrols are based on patterns such as the number of such calls and reports.
Reminder — No Outdoor Burning
Outdoor burning is not allowed at any time in the City of Kirkland. This includes yard waste, garbage, construction debris, trash, etc. The City does not restrict the use of barbecue grills or fire pits. This ban is effective at all times, not just during air quality alerts when the air is stagnant.
Swim Team Manager Needed !!
While summers at the High Woodlands pool might be far from your mind in winter, we want you to think about summer league swimming as the High Woodlands Dolphins is looking for a new team manager.
The swim team manager acts as the liaison among all the people involved with summer swim team – coaches, families (parents and children), the swim team board, and the Midlakes League – to make the team run successfully. Right now, the team has a fantastic and experienced board that handles much of the detail work, lessening the work load for the team manager. The team manager’s job begins in mid-March as we start planning for the season. Practices begin in mid-May, with meets starting in mid-June. At this point, the prep work is complete, and the team manager’s concerns are day-to-day operations to make sure practices and meets run smoothly so the kids have an enjoyable season, which wraps up in July.
For the past few years, the swim team has averaged about 100 children, from ages 5 to 18, from about fifty families. Many families are High Woodlands residents, but we do have families from outside the neighborhood participating. The team manager must be a High Woodlands homeowner. It is a job that can be split between two people.
Volunteering as the team manager is a great way to be involved with the High Woodlands community. Over the years hundreds of children have participated in summer swimming and loved it. Even as adults, many former High Woodlands swimmers talk fondly about their summers spent on the Dolphins swim team. It is a volunteer job with a lasting impact. If you have any interest at all – even just a small amount – please contact the High Woodlands Swim Team at email@example.com. We’d be happy to let you know more about the job.
It is imperative that we find a team manager – without a team manager, there will be no swim team.
High Woodlands continues to have a few neighbors come and go each month. Our Hospitality Team enjoys welcoming new neighbors officially with information and a small gift. We encourage all residents of High Woodlands to be an important extension of our team by reaching out and welcoming new neighbors as well as saying a kind farewell to those who depart. The Hospitality Team is a great friendly addition to our neighborhood, but YOU have the privilege of being an ongoing neighbor to new homeowners in our special community. Thank you for being the neighbors who make this an incomparable place to live! If you would like more information about the Hospitality Team, please contact Dulcy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
High Woodlands is 50 Years Old!
This year marks High Woodlands' 50th birthday! One of our neighbors, Dulcy, had the opportunity to hear memories and stories from an original homeowner. Her story is here. Please enjoy.
Electronic Delivery of the Newsletter
For those of you who wish to access our neighborhood newsletter electronically as soon as it is posted, you can receive an email message that it is available with a direct link to the newsletter on our website. We will also continue to deliver a paper copy of the newsletter to your door step. To subscribe, click on Newsletter. Then click on Subscribe. Type in your email address and click on "Submit Your Information". Then you will be sent an email with a link to confirm that you want to subscribe. Your email address is secure and will not be shared with anyone. You may also unsubscribe at any time.
City to Help Reduce Speeding on 117th and 119th Avenues NE Through Our Neighborhood
The recent fatal accident in our neighborhood at 119th Ave NE and NE 144th St is a serious reminder of the need for all of us to drive safely by adhering to the speed limit, coming to a complete stop at stop signs, and being observant of the many children, walkers, joggers, and bicyclists on our streets and sidewalks.
Prior to this tragedy, the City of Kirkland had proposed making changes in the signage and striping along 117th / 119th NE between NE 140th and NE 153rd Streets. This was the result of High Woodlands homeowner Sally Batson and her neighbors bringing pressure to bear on the City to address ongoing speeding and traffic issues, particularly on 117th near NE 142nd.
The City completed three traffic studies along this street and has had input from the Kirkland Police Department, as well as input from some area residents. The City will be installing the new signs within the next several weeks, and is looking at options to fund the road markings, either in 2014 or 2015.
All High Woodlands residents should: 1) contact Kathy Robertson, Kirkland Neighborhood Traffic Control Coordinator, at email@example.com or (425) 587-3870 and express your strong support for this proposal. There are funding issues, and the more citizens who insist on this, the greater chances of something happening. I know we’d like to see more, but this is a start.
And 2) contact Corporal Lapaki Zablan of the Traffic Unit at the Kirkland Police Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 587-5344 and request more frequent and consistent enforcement of the speed limit on 117th / 119th NE. This is becoming a basic safety issue in our neighborhood and the more of us who request police presence, the greater the likelihood of their responding.
Also, for specific speeding incidents about which you do not want to call 911, do not hesitate to call the police non-emergency number: (425) 577-5656. Another useful tool is to send an email to email@example.com. This will also establish a record of your communication.
Local Crime Information
It's extremely important to call the police if you see anything out of the ordinary. Be aware of people knocking on doors claiming to be lost or acting unusual. The Kirkland Police have recently made available crime mapping data where you can go online to see recent crimes in the neighborhood. Go to CrimeMapping.com, click on Washington State, then select Kirkland Police. This online tool allows you to be more aware of what type of crimes are occurring in the area. You can also customize your search by date, area, and crime type.
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A solicitor from a company called EcoFirst Pest Control (http://www.ecofirstpestcontrol.com) has been bothering folks in the area. He ignores "No Soliciting" signs, and has been acting very rudely. Eco First Pest Control company does not have a City of Kirkland business license or solicitor license (they must have both). If you see them, please call 911 and say that there is an unlicensed solicitor who is acting rudely, and could they please send an officer to talk to the person. Be sure to note the solicitor's description, the address where you see them, and their direction of travel, if possible.
A person has been in the neighborhood claiming to be from ADT Security. He wears a jacket with ADT on it. The fact is ADT has told us that they NEVER employ door to door sales/marketing people. Its a scam and everyone needs to be cautious. It could be a rouse to see which houses have security systems. If they come to your house call ADT at 800-369-0996 to report the incident. You may also want to call the Sheriff's department.
Door-to-door solicitation is allowed in Kirkland City limits with a valid City-issued business license [and solicitor permit]. The City must be given dates and times of solicitation, company identification, and the names of the solicitors. To verify if a solicitor is licensed by the City, call the Licensing Division at (425) 587-3140.