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4th of July Festivities In Somerset
Mark Your Calendars & Save the Date for Saturday, July 4th.
This year will be our 9th Annual and given that the 4th falls on a Saturday this year it will likely be bigger and better than ever.
What to expect:
Food: BBQ hot dogs, chips, drinks, otter pops, desert bites
Prizes: for best costumes, such as most traditional, most original, most patriotically adorned family
Games: field games, bouncy house/castle
Music and more ....
*Please bring a suggested donation of $3.00 per person.
2015 SCA President's Message
On behalf of your very active SCA Board volunteers, I wish to thank the 842 homeowners who have paid their $60 annual dues as of May 23. We still need more dues payers to meet the 2015 budget. The 842 members will receive the 2015 Directory soon.
Be sure to check out the new plantings at the main entrance. Signature Landscape will have planted the summer color plants by the time you receive this letter. Judy Atherton and her committee have selected sun tolerant impatiens which should create a stunning display of color for the entrance.
If you are selling please inform your realtor to refrain from placing open house signs in the landscaping. This also goes for garage sale signs or any other signs. The signs will be removed and discarded. All signs that are placed properly must be removed at the end of each day and replaced the next day if needed.
Jing Zhang, our website board member has changed our website to be more user friendly and up to date. Go to http://somerset98006.org, you will see a drop down menu in the upper left corner. Click on it and you will be able to access the Covenants for your area and the Covenant forms you will need to turn in if you are getting a new roof, solar panels, painting your home, installing a new fence or deck or other structural changes. The Covenant Review Committee needs these forms turned in before you start a project.
Join your neighbors for the SCA sponsored 9th Annual Saturday 4th of July celebration with the Kids and Family Walking Costume Parade and BBQ starting at 11:00 a.m. and ending at the Forest Hill Park just off Somerset Drive on SE 51st Place. This park is a hidden secret in Somerset to many homeowners. You will love it once you see it. Once again Tammy Alford is chairing this event. She has a wonderful team who volunteer each year. Some of her team members are not going to be in town this year so if you can help please contact Tammy at 746-2454. We cooked over 600 hot dogs last year so you can see this is a popular event. A suggested donation of $3.00 a person would be welcomed to offset the cost of this large event. See the ad in this issue of the SUN. Family members of Somerset residents are welcome to join us. Dogs on leashes are allowed if they get along with children and other dogs.
Jeff Mock, our current SCA Treasurer will be retiring from the board in January after the Annual Meeting on January 21, 2016. If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering for Treasurer Jeff would like to help transition the new volunteer before January. A retired person with experience with finance would be best. Please contact me at 425-260-4324 if you could help us out. The board meets once a month on the second Thursday evening except for July. August is a social potluck with no meeting. We meet at a board members home with a social time at 6:30 and the meeting at 7:00. Tom Caterson has resigned from the board due to extended family issues. We are hoping that someone would volunteer to take Tom’s place and help Steve O’Donnell with communications and coordinating the SUN articles. The SUN is published four times a year. We have a paid editor so this person just reminds board members to turn in their articles and then proofreads and approves the printer’s layout before printing. Contact Steve if you would like to help out. 206-953-6483.
Energize the Eastside continues to be a big issue for Somerset. Please help CENSE with the fight to keep 135 foot towers from going through Somerset. Make your donation at www.cense.org/donate See an update on our fight in this issue. This project as planned so far will affect all of Somerset’s home values.
Many of your neighbors have installed Solar Panels this year. I had mine installed on April 27-29th by NW Wind and Solar. Don Marsh had more panels installed by A & R Solar in March. These are the two Washington companies doing most of the work in our area. If you do not have trees shading your roof I recommend that you get bids from the two companies. There are many incentives right now including a Federal tax write- off. Even on cloudy days my panels are generating more kwh’s than I use. The extra kwh’s will be banked for winter use and I will still get an annual rebate check from PSE for the power they are buying from the kwh’s my panels generate. I should have a total payback on my investment in 5 or 6 years. Solar Panels add value to your home when you sell it. You must also turn in a form to the Covenant Review Committee before you have the panels installed and they must have a black frame in Somerset. The silver frames reflect. Your roof must also have a lot of years remaining since it must be in good condition for this project.
I hope to see you on Saturday, July 4th.
2015 SCA President
Somerset Community Association
"Neighbors Helping Neighbors"
"Neighbors Helping Neighbors"