A neighbor just let us know about a new bug in town… and in their barbeque. Our neighbor had this to say, “I’ve been finding dozens of these bugs in our back yard.  They seem to especially like the inside of the bar-b-q.  Anywhere dark and dry.”  Then they kindly gave us a link to an article at KATU.com which begins…

First it was bed bugs, now another “creepy crawly” is invading Pacific Northwest homes.

The first “brown marmorated stink bug” to show up west of the Appalachian Mountains popped up in Portland’s Ladds Addition neighborhood in 2004. From that single specimen six years ago, Oregon’s population of these pinky-fingernail-sized bugs has grown to tens of thousands in the newest conservative estimate from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE… full details about the what, where they are from and what is being done to stop them.

If you have other information to share with the neighborhood, please email the board. Thanks again for letting us know about this.

In case you don’t live within the notification zone for new construction projects or don’t exit the neighborhood via Evergreen to Thompson, you might be unaware of the Proposed Development of TVF&R Station 68. This will impact some neighborhood homeowners more than others.

The meeting for the community to learn more and give input on the proposed TVF&R fire station is this Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 7 pm at Findley Elementary School.

CLICK HERE to download a pdf of the documentation received in the mail. Details of the goals and procedures for the meeting, as well as contact information for questions or concerns, are in the pdf. (The meeting date is incorrect, so please note the information above.)

Yesterday 2 bobcats – about the size of a 3 year old – were spotted on Pinion Hills Rd heading to the wetlands.  The neighbor that saw them contacted the Washington County non-emergency number (503-629-0111) to report it.  They asked her to contact the Oregon State Department of Wildlife, which will be done today.

Even though we live in a very developed area, there are bobcats and coyotes that will sometimes wander the streets.  Just a good reminder to be on the lookout and not let small children or pets wander unattended.

If you ever have any information that would be of help to the neighborhood, be sure to email us so we can put it on the blog.  board@willowcreekheights.org

Be safe!

In case you don’t live within the notification zone for new construction projects, letters began arriving today regarding the Proposed Development of TVF&R Station 68 – currently in a neighborhood about a mile down Thompson.  This will impact some neighborhood homeowners more than others but we wanted to share the information with anyone that might have mistaken this for junk mail.  If you are in the zone to be notified, you should have received a new information packet with the return address of “The Angelo Planning Group”.

THE MEETING DATE AND PLACE HAS CHANGED.

The meeting is now on October 14, 2010 at 7 pm at Findley Elementary School.

CLICK HERE to download a pdf of the documentation received in the mail. Details of the goals and procedures for the meeting, as well as contact information for questions or concerns, are in the pdf.  (The meeting date is incorrect, so please note the information above.)

In case you don’t live within the notification zone for new construction projects, letters began arriving today regarding the Proposed Development of TVF&R Station 68 – currently in a neighborhood about a mile down Thompson.  This will impact some neighborhood homeowners more than others but we wanted to share the information with anyone that might have mistaken this for junk mail.

The original Neighborhood Review Meeting (not sponsored by our neighborhood – but by the county and TVF&R) was scheduled for Monday, September 27, 2010 at 6:30pm in the Cedar Mill Library.

THE MEETING DATE AND PLACE HAS CHANGED.

The meeting is now on October 14, 2010 at 7 pm at Findley Elementary School.

CLICK HERE to download a pdf of the documentation received in the mail. Details of the goals and procedures for the meeting, as well as contact information for questions or concerns, are in the pdf.  (The meeting date is incorrect, so please note the information above.)

Below is a map showing where the proposed station will be.

In this season of home improvements, gardening projects and house painting the board thought it would be a good time to remind you about the ARC process and why it is good for everyone in the neighborhood.  Our homes have held their value better than many other neighborhoods in the Portland area, in part because the neighborhood continues to be a beautiful community.  Not a fresh and controlled-by-the-builder group of homes, we are a maturing neighborhood whose guidelines help keep things looking groomed and consistent.

Before you have your home painted, before you do major changes to your landscaping or before you add any structures to your front or back yard, you need to submit an ARC Form for approval.

This approval process serves two purposes:

  1. It helps ensure that nothing is done that would severely differ from the rest of the neighborhood.  There are no Easter-egg purple homes with lime green trim, for example, that would make selling a home near it much harder.
  2. The approval process also protects you from potential disputes with your neighbors.  If you have approval to add an arbor, for example, to your property and your neighbor becomes upset when construction begins, you will have the proof that it is approved by the neighborhood so no issues will ensue.  If you did not have approval and the neighbor complained, there could be a chance that construction would need to stop – costing you time and money.

So please, complete the information and give us some time to review, don’t send paint samples the night before your painter arrives.  The ARC committee and board are volunteers and need time to coordinate with each other and their daily lives.

Find the forms and more detailed information here: http://willowcreekheights.org/arc/

Thank you!

This is an interesting, and local, example of why you should watch out for your belongings, report suspicious behavior and report missing packages, not only to the shipper but to the authorities…

Washington County Sherrif’s Office – News Release

215 SW Adams Ave MS-32
• Hillsboro, OR 97123-3874
• (503) 846-2700
www.co.washington.or.us/sheriff

Sergeant David Thompson Released: Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Public Information Officer Case No.: 10-512109
Phone: (503) 209-5613

Thief Lands in Jail When He Tries to Sell Stolen Ladder to Detectives


Summary of Event

A man who was released from jail only days before, attempted to sell a stolen ladder back to the man he stole it from. The victim contacted detectives who were waiting for the suspect when he showed up to sell the ladder.


Full Details

On Tuesday, August 03, 2010, at about 1:55pm, Kevin Gilman was arrested for burglary and theft based on an on-going investigation by Sheriff’s detectives concerning the theft of ladders and a burglary in the Cedar Mill area of unincorporated Washington County.

Mr. Gilman was fist contacted and arrested on July 28, 2010, when he was found with a ladder that did not belong to him. The victim in that case saw Mr. Gilman with his ladder and detained him until deputies arrived and arrested him.

On August 03, soon after Mr. Gilman was released from jail, the same victim received a call from him asking if he was still interested in purchasing a ladder he’d listed on Craigslist. Mr. Gilman had evidently checked his prior voice mails and didn’t realize his call was to the same person who assisted in his earlier arrest. The victim contacted Sheriff’s investigators and a time was arranged for undercover detectives to meet with Mr. Gilman. Detectives then contacted Mr. Gilman and purchased 3 newly stolen ladders from him prior to taking him into custody.

Mr. Gilman told investigators that he was employed by a painting company as a marketer. This position required him to walk through the Cedar Mill and West Sylvan neighborhoods trying to solicit prospective customers. Mr. Gilman said that sometimes he would see delivered packages on porches while he was making his rounds. If he felt no one was home he would steal the package.
He also stole ladders, often placing them next to empty houses for later retrieval. On one occasion Mr. Gilman said he found a home unsecured and entered the house when he didn’t receive an answer at the door. He then stole a guitar and DVD movies which he later pawned.

Detectives believe that there may be many victims who only reported a package theft to the delivery service and not to the authorities. Some people may not have reported the theft at all. Detectives are encouraging people who have had property stolen to call non-emergency dispatch and report the theft.

After conducting the investigation, detectives determined that Mr. Gilman had sold most of the property he had stolen.

His bail has been set at $100,000.

Do you have dead spots of grass ruining your lawn?  This fungus seems to hit many in our neighborhood on a yearly basis so we thought we’d share what to look for and how to fix it.

A fellow homeowner says that he applies the following to his lawn once or twice a year, at the first sign of trouble:

Spectracide Immunox Lawn Disease Control Systemic Fungicide Concentrate Ready to Spray
Model # HG-61017W-3
Home Depot Store SKU # 189221

Here’s to healthy lawns in the neighborhood!

– Tara Reed

Hi everyone!  This is Tara Reed typing – I’m a new member of the Home Owner’s Association board and have self-appointed myself as the “Communication Coordinator”.  I spent Friday and Saturday putting flyers on every door in the neighborhood to let you know about our newly designed website… and was met with a confused look and “We have a website?” by any neighbors I happened to meet.

I am happy to see that some people are logging on and checking it out!

We have plans to add a “community” page – but want some input from the community about what you’d like to see there.  Garage sale ads? Neighbor-owned businesses and referrals? Social gatherings?   Leave a comment and let us know!

And please – feel free to come to one of the monthly meetings and get involved.  Issues you are confused about? Come ask and we’ll explain. Things you’d like addressed or considered? Come let us know.

This is a great neighborhood and can only get better with more involvement!

Look forward to hearing from you!

– Tara

P.S.  If you are selling your house, be sure to let your realtor know about the new site – there are nice neighborhood stats and links they can use to help market your property!

On April 9, 2010, a letter went out from the HOA management company regarding the trees in the mow strip (between the curb and sidewalk). Did you read it? I sure hope so – but if not, here are the things you need to know.

WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE TREES?

The trees in the mow strip are the homeowner’s responsibility, not the neighborhoods. The neighborhood takes care of all 67 trees on Kenny but not on every street.

PRUNING YOUR TREES

The trees need to be pruned from time to time to keep their shape and make sure people can walk down the sidewalk without having to duck under tree branches. We also need to make sure that emergency vehicles have clearance if they ever need to respond to an emergency. (Let’s hope they don’t, but we need to be prepared.)

All street tree canopies need to be pruned to at least 7 ½ feet above the sidewalk and at least 11 feet above the street.

If you aren’t sure how to prune your trees, download the pamphlet from the Portland Parks & Recreation pamphlet “Pruning and Care of Young and Mature Trees”. This pamphlet has a lot of good information pertaining to the care and maintenance of trees.

TREE ROOTS CRACKING SIDEWALKS

As the original trees are aging, they are becoming too large for the mow stripas and the roots can lift and crack the sidewalks. If the sidewalks are lifting or cracking due to your street tree, then it will be your responsibility to repair the sidewalk.  If you notice that your sidewalks have tree root damage you will need to fix the sidewalk and/or curb and replace the tree so the roots don’t continue to cause damage.  Or you might want to be proactive and replace your tree before that happens.

APPROVED TREES

The Willow Creek Board of Directors has approved the following for street tree replacement: Canadensis Cercis (aka Eastern Red Bud or Canadian Red Bud), Acer Griseum (Paper Bark Maple) and Cornus Kousax Nuttallii (Dogwood). Any replacement tree MUST be a minimum size of 15 gallons. Please remember to submit an ARC request prior to replacing your street tree — see links below.

APPROVED GROUND COVER PLANTS

The Willow Creek Board of Directors has approved the following for ground-cover replacement: Irish Moss, Wooly Thyme, White Creeping Thyme, Blue Star Creeper. Please remember to submit an ARC request prior to replacing your ground cover — see links below.

CLICK HERE to get the ARC APPLICATION

CLICK HERE to get a copy of the letter sent on April 9, 2010

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