Thank you all for attending the 2024 Lunar New Year Celebration at the Somerset Elementary School. You can visit the event gallery by clicking HERE.
2024 SCA Annual Meeting Review: Board Business, View Protection, Covenants, and Debates
The SCA Board of Directors thanks all neighbors who joined the SCA Annual meeting on Jan 25th, and appreciates the participation and enthusiasm demonstrated. We apologize, however, to anyone offended by the language or lack of civility demonstrated by some attendees, and for the video segments recorded and posted online without permission. The 2024 Annual Meeting Presentation Slides are available to view at this link.
In addition to completing the SCA business required per the Bylaws, including approvals of the 2024 Board nominees, the 2024 Budget, the 2024 CRC nominees, and the 2023 Annual Meeting Minutes, we also heard from the Treasurer, and the Landscaping, Events, and CRC Committee Chairs, as well as guests from the Somerset Rec Club, the Bellevue Police, and the City of Bellevue. Several points of dissatisfaction were expressed throughout the meeting. Specifically, we would like to address Covenants, CRC decisions relating to View Protection, increased Legal Expenses, and the Board Nomination process. FAQ’s covering these topics and other questions raised before and during the meeting are also available on the SCA website at somerset98006.org/faq. We value and appreciate input and opinions from all Somerset residents and intend to establish more opportunities for discussion within the community in 2024.
SCA membership (payment of dues) is voluntary, and CRC decisions and rulings are not legally binding, however both support the objective of the SCA “to preserve, foster and promote the betterment” of the community we’ve all invested in. The SCA boundaries encompass 25 divisions, 2 of which do not have Covenants, and 7 ½ of which are not supported by the CRC. In divisions that voted for CRC support, the CRC’s objective is to help ensure proposed property modifications will be legally viewed as compliant with relevant Covenants.
Recorded Covenants for each division are neither governed nor enforced by the SCA Board or the CRC. We strongly recommend all residents read and familiarize themselves with the Covenants tied to their property, available on our website: somerset98006.org/covenants. Homeowners are responsible to comply with these Covenants and are empowered to legally enforce them within their division. Only property owners within each division can vote to amend the Covenants tied to their property, any interest or concerns related to changing the recorded Covenants should be pursued within your division.
View Protection cannot be altered or influenced by either the SCA Board or the CRC. While the CRC has created View Guidelines to use as a tool when reviewing cases, only the Covenants, as legal documents, can be relied on to protect the beauty of our neighborhood. The CRC monitors relevant legal proceedings and case law to incorporate court judgements when making CRC decisions related to views, but again, only property owners within each division can vote to modify the Covenants tied to their property.
Following years of minimal expenditures for legal guidance ($2,209 total from 2016 to 2022), 2023 events necessitated increased Legal Expenses, and the 2024 budget was increased accordingly. As presented in the 2023 Legal Fee Breakdown, the SCA incurred legal expenses for:
Again, thank you for your support and interest in the activities the SCA is pursuing on your behalf. We invite you to participate in SCA sponsored community events, and volunteer opportunities.
On Behalf of
Somerset Community Association
Celebrate Lunar New Year with a Lion Dance
When: Saturday, February 17, 2024 - 2:00pm
Where: Somerset Elementary School
Come celebrate Lunar New Year with your Somerset Neighbors!
The Somerset Community Association has invited an authentic lion and dragon dance troupe and Kung Fu masters to perform at Somerset Elementary on February 17 at 2:00pm. The event will include a lion dance, dragon dance with drums and a Kung Fu performance by the Shaolin master and his students! There will also be raffle prize drawings!
See you there!
Somerset Community Association
The Somerset Community Association is in need of three volunteers to assist with the yearly financial audit. The purpose of the audit is to ensure transparency and accuracy in our financial records. We are looking for individuals who are detail-oriented and have a strong sense of integrity. No financial background is required.
It would take approximately 2 hours on a Saturday at the treasurer's home. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the success of our organization. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated!
If you are interested in volunteering for this important task, please respond to treasurer@Somerset98006.org.
Join the Community Conversation on Bellevue's Comprehensive Plan 2044! The Comprehensive Plan guides Bellevue's future for the next 20 years and your input matters.
The event, hosted by BDAN (Bellevue Diversity Advantage Network) and Bellevue’s Development Department, takes place on February 8th from 5:30-8 pm at Stevenson Elementary School. The event will be free and open to the public or anyone who lives, works, learns, or visits Bellevue or who may in the future. Dinner, light presentations, information boards, and small group discussions are included in this forum.
Please visit the Eventbrite page for more information.