Archive for the ‘FYI’ Category

Below is information regarding the Public Alert System which will keep you up to date on any important things going on in and around our neighborhood.  CLICK HERE to download a pdf of the information below…

What is a Public Alerts System?

It is a system used to send emergency messages with information and/or instructions via voice messages to telephones, text
messages, and e-mail. The system already includes most landline phones; however you would need to self-register internet/
VoIP phones, mobile phones and e-mail addresses.

Notifications are sent based on the geographic location of the problem; which means you will only receive notifications based
on the proximity of your address to the emergency incident. However, some notifications may be more regional.

When might I expect to be notified?

You will receive a notification in cases where emergency action may be necessary. You may receive instructions on what
measures to take during a disaster, or you may receive information and instructions about a hazardous situation near your
home.

Who will call me?

Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA), your 9-1-1 Center, is responsible for maintaining and
activating this system for emergency use, as requested by emergency responders in Washington County. If you receive a call, it
will come from one of these agencies, not an outside vendor.

Who should self-register?
• Citizens that don’t have landline phones
• Citizens that wish to receive notifications on mobile phones and/or via e-mail
• Citizens with special needs

What phone numbers are already in the system?
Most landline telephones*, both published and non-published are included in our system for the WCCCA service area. This
includes all of Washington County as well as the parts of Clackamas County that are served by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue,
which includes the cities of West Linn and Wilsonville.

Mobile phones and internet/VoIP phones are NOT in the system.
*Please see the list of participating landline telephone providers at the end of this document.

Is there a fee for this service?
No, this a free service provided by WCCCA, your 9-1-1 center.

Will my information be released to anybody else?

No. Your information is stored in a secure database and will not be released to third parties. Avtex, as developer and manager
of the CityWatch Online web site, has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its data and prevent unauthorized access
to information maintained by Avtex. These measures are designed and intended to prevent corruption of data, block unknown
or unauthorized access to our systems and information, and to provide reasonable protection of private information in our
possession.

Will I receive solicitation calls or e-mails?
No.

Can I register more than one mobile phone or e-mail address?

When you self-register, you can enter up to three phone numbers of any type (landline, mobile or VoIP) and two e-mail
addresses. However, if you register three telephone numbers, the system will not necessarily call the second and third
numbers. After the emergency message plays, you will be asked to press 1 to confirm receipt of the message. If you press 1,
the system will not attempt to call any additional numbers. If you do not press 1, or if your phone goes to voicemail, the call is
not considered confirmed and the next number will be attempted. Please confirm receipt of all emergency messages and
make sure to inform everyone who lives at your address about the emergency.

Where do I sign up?

www.publicalerts.org

List of participating landline phone providers:

Allegiance
Advanced Telcom Group
Century Link (FKA Qwest)
Comcast
Electric Lightwave
Embarq
Eschelon Telcom
911 ETC
Global Crossing
Frontier
Level 3
MCI
McLead USA
OGT Telecom
TCG
Time Warner
XO Communications

Remember you need to submit an ARC form for approval. ARC stands for Architectural Review Committee and it is what keeps our neighborhood from having boats parked on front lawns, livestock in back yards as pets and houses in a rainbow of colors.

SO, before you hire the painter and let them buy the house colors, fill out this short form, attach the swatches and send it to us.  If you are pressed for time, feel free to scan the paperwork and swatches (in color of course) and email them as well as mailing hard-copies to our management company.  The board will do it’s best to give you the thumbs up quickly.

DOWNLOAD THE ARC FORM

Mail ARC forms to:

Bluestone & Hockley Real Estate Services
Attn: Meghan Marre
9320 SW Barbur Blvd. Suite #300
Portland, OR 97219

Enjoy the warm weather, and let us know if you plan to do any major outdoor house painting this summer!

- your board of volunteers

We received this email today and thought we’d pass it along…


My name is Jeff Mori. I am the Patrol Commander with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. I am sending you all this ALERT due to an increase of portable GPS units being stolen from vehicles.

If you have a portable GPS in your vehicle, please remove it from plain view when you park your vehicle. We will continue to aggressively patrol your neighborhoods for suspicious persons.

Commander Jeff Mori
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Division
215 SW Adams Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 846-2515


It’s a great reminder to lock your doors and keep all valuables out of sight – many car break-ins are crimes of opportunity.

When is the last time you looked at your roof?  Our homes have  been around long enough that if you haven’t done any maintenance on your roof, you could be at risk of loose shingles and permanent damage if you don’t deal with the moss.  Or as one neighbor put it – she either needed to do something about the moss or sprinkle flower seeds up there and let the whole thing bloom!

I found a website - www.AskTheBuilder.com – that had some information about what moss & algae can do to your roof and some options for removing it.  You can do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you.  But we do recommend you go outside and check the status of your roof – it’s certainly cheaper to deal with moss than replace a roof!

Speaking of Moss… April is a great time to deal with moss in your lawn… we’ll give you some tips for that later!

– Your HOA Board

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 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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