A big Thank You to everyone who attended the 16th annual Somerset 4th of July Parade and Picnic! The weather cooperated and 600 hot dogs were served by the Somerset Community Association.
A special thank you to the Bellevue Police and Fire Departments for leading our parade again this year!
Another special Thank You to our grill team: Bellevue City Councilmember Janice Zahn, City Council candidates Paul Clark and Betsi Hummer. And the Somerset Rec Club team led by president Michael Ketchum! And also Thank You to City Council candidate Mo Malakoutian for helping with the prize drawing.
Thank you to all the wonderful Somerset volunteers who made this event happen.
Mark your calendars now and save the date for Tuesday, July 4th for our 16th Annual Somerset Community Association Parade and Picnic in the Park. It’s a great day for neighbors to get together, have lots of fun and celebrate our country’s independence.
We will have prizes for the best costume (most traditional, most original, and most patriotically adorned family) and best decorated transport (bike, wagon, scooter).
We will gather beginning at 10:30am in the Somerset Rec Club lower parking lot at the corner of Somerset Boulevard and Somerset Drive (4445 Somerset Boulevard). The walking parade along Somerset Drive starts at 11:00am and the route is about 0.8 miles, ending at Forest Hill Neighborhood Park. As always, fire engine 104 and Bellevue Police will lead the parade and join our picnic. A great chance for the little ones to see a fire truck up close and high-five a policeman!
Then it will be time for BBQ hot dogs (including veggie dogs), chips, drinks, and dessert for all, hosted by the Somerset Community Association. We are planning for field games and other fun. Honey buckets with hand washing stations will be available at the park. Things will wrap up around 1:30pm, giving us plenty of time to rest up for the evening fireworks! The city is allowing bouncy houses again, so if all goes well this popular attraction will make a comeback!
After the event, please share your photos with email@example.com. Like every year, we will be publishing the best photos in our fall edition.
Please bring the entire family! This is a wonderful way to celebrate and honor this great country. Donations welcome. Hope to see you there! (Check Somerset98006.org for up-to-date information.)
Note: This event is only for Somerset residents and their guests.
Want to get involved in your community? Join us for some fun and easy tasks at the annual 4th of July party! Visit https://somerset98006.org/july4 to see the complete list of jobs and easily sign up online. We are also looking for High School volunteers, this is a great chance to earn volunteer hours!
The Summer 2023 of our Somerset Sun Newsletter is now available.
All residents should have received a copy in their mailbox.
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Dear Somerset Neighbors:
Summer is a busy time of the year for the Covenants Review Committee (CRC), and its members have been working diligently. As a standing committee of the Somerset Community Association (SCA), the CRC is comprised of three SCA Board members and two non-board members, all of whom were appointed directly by the SCA. The SCA is kept informed of CRC activities through monthly board reports, and oversight is maintained by three SCA Board members serving on the committee.
The CRC assists Somerset residents in matters regarding interpretation and compliance with the terms of the Covenants in the Somerset area; it has a duty to consider all remodel applications that it receives. It is the CRC's responsibility to apply the Covenants in a fair and unbiased manner. This requires a delicate balancing of owners' vegetation rights, housing construction rights, and view rights. The CRC has thoroughly researched and examined, with legal counsel, the issues relevant to the consistent application of the Covenants, including pertinent court cases. The CRC process in doing so is deliberate and more transparent than the previous norm. Each application is carefully considered by all five CRC members before they take a vote and render a decision.
In a couple of recent/current remodel cases, several opposing neighbors teamed up and tried to preempt the CRC decision by threatening legal action and/or the removal of SCA Board members before the CRC could issue a decision and in one instance, before the final plans were even submitted. Neighbors' input, pro or con, on a remodel application is legitimate and useful. However, threats of legal action, threats to remove SCA Board members, and other extreme reactions in an effort to preempt the CRC from the completion of an independent and unbiased review could particularly undermine the legitimacy of the result the reactions were intended to obtain.
The Washington courts have supported this position. The decision in Riss v. Angel, a Washington Supreme Court case, illustrates what can result from actions to prevent an ultimate CRC decision that might — or might not — be an approval. Sending threats to obtain a particular CRC result is liable to result in unintended legal and financial consequences for those participating in or ratifying the unreasonable or arbitrary decision.
If you’d like to read the Riss case, you can access it here:
We want to assure you that the CRC acts as a neutral third party in all the applications it reviews. It acts as an advocate for all Somerset residents and for the Covenants themselves. The CRC will execute its duty conscientiously and ensure its decisions are considered sound. If, for example, an unhappy remodel applicant or a neighbor challenges future decisions in court, the CRC is confident these decisions will be found to have been made reasonably and in good faith.
The CRC members appreciate and welcome the involvement and input they receive from neighbors in all cases, and they carefully review and consider all materials received. If you have any questions about the procedures or the information in this article, please contact the CRC at CRC@somerset98006.org. Thank you for supporting the CRC process for the continued beauty and value of our Somerset properties.
Covenants Review Committee
Somerset Community Association
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