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2016 SCA President's Message
Thank you - to all of you that turned out to the SCA Annual General Membership Meeting in January. It was a great meeting with various presentations regarding our neighborhood. Jeff Mock, our Treasurer presented the 2016 Budget which was voted on and passed. We had Sector Captain, John McCracken from the BPD addressing local traffic issues, the application of the Recreational Marijuana Store in Factoria, an update on current crime issues and how the BPD can help us. Dave Mickelson gave us an update of current Emergency Preparedness Plans and Block Watch groups. Tom Campbell presented an overview of the Covenant Review Committee, it’s role and objectives. Last but not least, Don Marsh also gave a short but informative presentation on the status of PSE’s Energize Eastside project and what CENSE is doing to stay in front of them. If you have not had a chance to attended a Community General Membership Meeting I would highly recommend it.
Thank you ALSO - to our outgoing Board Members that have made huge contributions to our community. Kathy Judkins, our outgoing President, Gayle Niendorff outgoing Secretary, Jeff Mock, outgoing Treasurer, Judy Atherton, outgoing Landscaping Chair, Gary Albert & Kenn Gennari as outgoing Maintenance Chairs. You all have provided invaluable services and experience for the good of this community. Your time, effort and care does not go unnoticed and is truly appreciated.
I’d like to introduce - the wonderful NEW members of our Board for the upcoming 2016-2017 Calendar Year. Dana Knorr has agreed to step into the VP position, Muriel Mittelstrass will take over as Secretary, Beverly Edwards has eased into the Treasurer position, Katherine Ma will work with Carol Robl as Landscaping Co-Chairs, Haresh Sangani and JD Yu will both join as Board members for the Covenant Review Committee which is Chaired by Tom Campbell. We are also lucky to have a few folks to are staying on the board to ensure consistency and leadership. Please take a moment to review the 2016 Somerset Community Association Board Contact Sheet.
Lastly, I’d like to encourage those of you who have not yet sent in your $75 Association dues to do so as soon as possible. The SCA has one of the lowest Association dues around and the Board works hard on maintaining our desirability as a community and neighborhood. This not only makes it a much nicer place to live, but also helps to maintain the values of our homes. If you have any questions as to what these dues go towards, please feel free to contact me or better yet, feel free to attend any of our monthly Board meetings as a guest. We welcome suggestions and input and are happy to share what we have planned and budgeted. Please mail your dues to : SCA, PO Box 40531, Bellevue, WA 98015. Don’t forget to add your ID# &/or address.
We have many things planned for this year, if you have interest in getting involved to we would love your help. We have many projects, large and small, some one time efforts and others ongoing. Please contact any of us on the Board for more information.
Here’s to a Healthy and Happy 2016!
Tanya Franzen-Garrett, 2016 SCA President
On behalf of residents wishing to participate in the Environmental Impact Study for PSE's huge transmission line through the Eastside (and many Bellevue neighborhoods), CENSE is sponsoring a petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/correct-flaws-in-the-energize-eastside-draft-eis?source=direct_link
Please consider adding your name RIGHT NOW, because the deadline for submission is Monday.
We only need a few dozen additional signatures to get past 500, and that would be a great indicator of the community's concern about a project that will:
* degrade our city,
* harm the environment (thousands of trees will be destroyed),
* bulldoze dozens of homes in Newcastle,
* increase risk of catastrophic pipeline fires,
* raise our electricity rates for decades.
There are better solutions to the Eastside's energy future that will deliver better reliability for less cost. PSE is fighting hard to build this project that will increase company revenues for 50 years.