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Board Meeting – September 2013

Interlachen Inc. Homeowner’s Association – Board Meeting
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Goetz Residence

Board Members Present:

Allen Johnson – President
Gary McCoy – Vice President
Lance West – Secretary
Bettianne Goetz – Membership Commissioner
Tom Burns – Roads and Park Commissioner
Ted Smits – Blue Lake Commissioner
Michelle Monson – Social Committee

Meeting Called to Order: 7:02 P.M.

Moved and seconded to approve August, 2013 minutes.

Reports of Officers and Commissioners:

PRESIDENT – Allen Johnson
The Board was pleased to welcome Metro Councilor, Shirley Craddick, and Metro Parks and Properties Director, Justin Patterson, to our board meeting to address our concerns about the cemetery soils deposited at 223rd and Blue Lake Road. Justin reported that the plans for the site have been submitted to the Mortuary Board for approval. Stage one of the plan would be to bring in goats to consume the blackberries and other growth currently on the property. The soil will then be graded and native plantings will be made. The presence of bones and other possible cemetery funerary related items has brought a heightened level of sensitivity to Metro. Currently, only the top 30 inches of soil are removed from cemeteries for grave preparation. The discovery of any bones requires the coroner to investigate, and if human, they are removed to a cemetery location for proper interment. The site was used from 2003 to 2011. Currently soils are deposited at the St. Johns Landfill. The soil will be tested for the presence of arsenic and other funerary chemicals, by an outside lab, with the involvement of the Interlachen PUD.

Justin also discussed the improvements coming to Blue Lake Park thanks to the passage of the Metro Parks levy last election. The Blue Lake Trail Project along Marine Drive is part of the funding. Blue Lake Park will receive more native plantings. Improvements are planned for the park entrance and fee collection stations. Justin also committed to attending our Annual Board Meeting next April to provide an update and to review other improvement projects coming to our area.

No Report.

SECRETARY – Lance West
No Report.

TREASURER – Roger Keast
Not Present – Excused
Roger prepared and provided the current reconciliation. Funds available:
General Purpose Fund: $20,192.39
Blue Lake Reserve: $ 7,160.11
Road Reserve: $ 5,200.00
Total Cash: $32,552.50

Approved checks # 1248 – 1250.

FIPOA/IWPUD – Liaison Commissioner – Bob Torheim
Not Present – Excused
Bob provided the following report: ‘The Interlachen PUD Board met on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 to discuss concerns regarding the cemetery dumpsite on NE 223rd Avenue and Blue Lake Road. Tom Caufield will be testing the water this week paying special attention to the arsenic levels. He will share the results with the Interlachen Home Owner’s Association when the test results are known. Additionally, another home on Blue Lake will soon be coming on the market, (21555 NE Interlachen Lane.) The PUD currently has water shut off because of a major water leak that caused extensive foundation damage. The repairs will be completed before the house goes on the market.
The owner of the empty lot on Interlachen Lane, adjacent to the retirement home on Fairview Lake, has applied for a building permit. Plans call for a 5,400 square foot home. Interlachen PUD is in discussion with the Gresham Fire Department on fire suppression requirements. There was no update on the lots encroachment into Fairview Lake.’

Tom had the wall removed at the park easement and had the play equipment pressure washed.

Bettianne delivered 1 new membership packet. She has also made an official application for Interlachen Associate members.

Reports from Committees:

SOCIAL COMMITTEE – Michelle Monson
The next event will be the Jazz event held at Al and Bettianne Goetz’s residence. There will be coffee and cookies. The camp fire event has been postponed.

BYLAWS – Gary McCoy
Gary handed out a list of proposed changes to the Blue Lake Operating Rules and the Blue Lake Boating Registration/Launching Rules. These changes are for presentation and acceptance at the annual meeting.

The Committee on Lachenview’s status has decided to leave their status as it currently is and not to change their status in the by-laws.

Old Business:

Work with IWPUD on Metro’s dumping of cemetery waste dirt on adjoining property – This matter was addressed in the President’s report (above.)

John Mellein has landscaped the corner of Interlachen and Blue Lake Park Road. A thank you was delivered in person to John Mellein for landscaping.

A thank you letter has been sent to the American Red Cross for attending the park picnic and informing the neighborhood residents on disaster preparedness.

New Business:



A public hearing will be held September 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the Holiday Inn – 2752 SE 242nd Drive. This hearing is to address concerns relating to the proposed Troutdale Energy Center.

Next Meeting:

October 7, 2013, 7:00 PM at the Burns Residence.

Meeting adjourned 8:45 P.M.