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 4th 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 4
- April 1
- May 6
- June 3
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Pool Employee Application Forms
Please return your application form to Crystal Lee by March 31.
Easter Egg Hunt Volunteers
Our annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, April 20th 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 chair again. She did a fabulous job last year and she said it was because of her terrific volunteers, she really appreciated all the help. If you are willing to help her in any capacity, please contact her at 360-561-6242. Keep in mind 3 hours of service will earn you a credit on your HOA dues, (credited at the end of the year).
Swim Team — Secure Your Spot!
Mark your calendars -- April 1st the High Woodlands Dolphins Swim Team will begin registration for the Summer 2019 season. Homeowners, please register your swimmer on time for several reasons. Keeps practice lanes less crowded, more races for a swimmer at a meet, plus you get the early registration fee. We have several families outside the neighborhood to fill in where we need but last year there were several homeowners who showed up the first week of practice to join. By then spaces had been filled. If your swimmer decides not to swim you can get a full refund the first week of practice. Secure your spot if you are on the fence. The Dolphins are a fun, competitive summer league swim team who practices at the High Woodlands Community Pool. Practices begin in mid-May, with meets starting in mid-June. The season wraps up in mid to late July. By the end of March, our website will be updated with this year's registration info. Visit the Dolphin's website at https://www.teamunify.com/Membership.jsp?team=rechwdwa, follow the links from the pool information page on the High Woodlands Homeowner's Association website, or google “High Woodlands Dolphins.”
We are again receiving an increasing number of complaints about speeding in the neighborhood. It does appear that enforcement has decreased over recent months. To get action, you need to report this to the police through their non-emergency number (425-577-5656). Or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you see a particularly dangerous situation, call 911. And encourage your neighbors to do the same. The more people who report speeding, the better the chance of increasing enforcement. It is amazing the number of cars that blow through the electronic radar signs at 35+ mph, particularly on 119th. The best speed retardant is for all of us to drive 25 mph. Amazing the effect on the speeding vehicle behind you.
New Board Members
We would like to welcome David Yates and Dulcy Hernandez to the board. We appreciate their willingness to serve our community as Vice President and Architecture Chair respectively.
We again ask: "If you see something, say something." Specifically, call 911 or the non-emergency number (425-577-5656) if you observe suspicious activity in our neighborhood. There have been incidents of packages stolen from porches, mail box thefts, and car prowls, as well as an attempted break-in while the owners were at home. Our park and the wooded area in the ravine are secluded enough to shelter illegal activity, especially at night.
The HOA board has been all over this in attempting to keep our neighborhood from becoming a haven for those homeless looking to put up a tent in the woods. We need your help though, especially from those homeowners who border the park and wooded areas, in being extra observant and reporting anything suspicious to the police.
Adopt a Storm Drain
If you have a storm drain close to your house consider adopting it this winter by keeping it clear of debris. A great job for kids and young people to help keep the neighborhood looking good and draining well.
Parking on Street is Limited to 24 Hours
Please be aware that according to the Kirkland Municipal Code, a vehicle (including a boat, car, and RV) can park no longer than 24 hours on a residential street. We now and then get complaints about this. To report a violation, call the Kirkland Police Department at (425) 587-3400 (non-emergency line) or submit an online Complaint Investigation Request at: City of Kirkland Complaint Investigation Request
From our experience, the police do issue tickets which can be pricey. Please make alternate parking arrangements if you need to keep a vehicle long term at your residence.
There was a report recently of a bobcat in the vicinity of NE 144th. According to the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, bobcats are more common than most people realize. Bobcats appear to be using suburban settings more often, although due to their reclusive ways, they are not often seen. Because of this elusive nature and caution around humans, we normally do not see them around. In areas occupied by humans, these cats typically limit their activity to night hours.
This is a good reason to not leave pet food outside and to make sure your garbage cans are secure. And do not let small pets out at night.
They have been completely refurbished! The new surface makes for a very enjoyable game. Please come use it soon. We do ask that you and your children refrain from riding bikes on the court.
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.
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, email@example.com.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.