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ANNUAL MEETING
  • chevron_rightWhat happens at the Annual Meeting?
    Important Decisions that affect owners are discussed and voted on during the Annual Meetings.  Presentations from the 5 Board Members and/or Committee Chairs will bring you up to date on issues, particularly access and quality of our water system.  Often there will also be displays of various activities important to the community, like disaster preparedness.  Another important activity is the elections to the SBOA Board for the next year.
     
Assessments
  • chevron_rightWhen does the SBOA implement an assessment to owners- and who pays?
    The Owners association must maintain the quality and reliability of our water system and also maintains the public use areas of the community.  We charge monthly fees for water and an annual fee by platted lot for regular operating expenses for these.  SBOA maintains two separate reserve accounts to handle emergency repairs for the two categories, usually related to capital expenses.  An assessment to owners will take place when our costs would deplete the reserve accounts.   A water systems assessment needed was announced at the 2022 annual meeting.  This assessment would be required/ charged to all owners with water shares only.   See the water planning presentation video for more information. - Click Here
Beach News
  • chevron_rightHow do I get a key to the Beach Access Lock?
    Owners may make an appointment to pick up a Beach Key.  Contact sarbeach@whidbey.com. 
     
    The new key lock was installed Saturday, October 17th,2020.   Pick up now is by appointment.  
    More Detail:
    WHAT DO I NEED to Pick up a key?
     
      COMPLETED FORM; ID! 
     
    Important:  A key WILL NOT be released until it can be verified that you are an owner, in good standing.  Good standing means you are in compliance with community standards and bylaws, and your membership dues are up to date.
     
    A form was sent with the October Newsletter and bills to all Owners/Representatives.  Bring this form with you to pick up your key.  If you live out of the area, you may authorize someone to pick up a key by sending this form with your authorization signed and giving their name.   
     
    You or your authorized representative will need ID. You or your representative will sign for the key.
     
    Questions?  Didn’t get a form?   Contact and arrange an appointment individually with sarbeach@whidbey.com. 
     
    Remember: only one key per owner residence in good standing!   Replacement key if lost is $200!  This is specifically to prevent key sharing.
     
    NOTE:  Owners may loan their key to an authorized person or representative, but will be held accountable for insuring that the beach rules, courtesy and decorum are maintained.   Violations will result in a request for the return of the key.  Refusal to return the key in such a circumstance may result in the need to re-key the system.  Should this occur, all charges for installing a new key lock and distribution of new keys to the SBOA community will be added to your membership dues. 
Board Meetings
  • chevron_rightCan I attend the Board Meetings via Zoom?
     
    Topic: SBOA Board  Zoom Meeting  3:30 pm
    Time: This is a recurring meeting on the 3rd Thursday of the Month unless listed differently in the events section.
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    Meeting ID: 841 0135 6142
    Passcode: 650105
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Community Water System
  • chevron_rightAre PFAS a problem with our water?
    SBOA PFAS Quality Report is done and we passed with flying colors! See the report! 
    Many of you will have read or heard about water wells in our region being contaminated with PFAS (per- and 
    polyfluoroalkyl substances). This type of contamination can be caused by many things, and one of the most 
    common sources is fire suppression foam used for firefighting. PFAS contamination is long-lasting because 
    the molecules don’t break down very fast. As a result, they can accumulate in the human body and create 
    health concerns. 

    For more information on this topic, here are some useful weblinks: 
  • chevron_rightWater Share Assessments
    The Owners association must maintain the quality and reliability of our water system and also maintains the public use areas of the community.  We charge monthly fees for water and an annual fee by platted lot for regular operating expense for these.  SBOA maintains two separate reserve accounts to handle emergency repairs for the two categories, usually related to capital expenses.  An assessment to owners will take place when our costs would deplete the reserve accounts.   A water systems assessment needed was announced at the 2022 annual meeting.  This assessment would be required/ charged to all owners with water shares only.   See the water planning presentation video for more information. - Click Here  The final review for the assessment will be available after the October 1st Owners meeting on the Assessment 2023 page.
  • chevron_rightCan We get a water share?
    SBOA community has 213 water shares allocated by the State of Washington.  ALL of these shares are distributed to our owners at present.  There are none currently available.  Our Board, Water Chair and Water Committee are working to apply for additional shares as soon as possible by providing details and well improvements to the state as required.  We have engaged an engineering firm to assist.  We have also finished a use review for 2 summers.  Update:  no new shares will be available in the foreseeable future.
     
     
  • chevron_rightCan I get on the water share waiting list?
    Sorry, there is no waiting list.  Occasionally, an owner releases a share back to SBOA to be re-distributed.  A lottery is then announced to all owners and conducted within a year.  
  • chevron_rightHas there been any progress with the State legislation to allow additional water hook ups in Saratoga Beach?
    Despite the recent ruling (WA Supreme Court) upholding the 1993 Municipal Water Law that would seem to reopen our and similar community's water options, state agencies still have not worked out the details. Hence, the additional hook-ups we requested a number of years ago (a petition that provided for a given # of hook-ups to be allowed immediately, followed by a yearly allotment until build-out) remains on hold. The two state agencies involved are the Department of Health and the Department of Ecology. Quin Clements of Davido Consulting has been our consultant and liaison with the state since the beginning of our quest for additional water hook-ups. On our behalf, Quin has been routinely contacting state agency officials for a definitive interpretation of the Supreme Court decision. The most recent statement of which I am aware—issued by Erika Lindsay, State engineer, Department of Health, is as follows: "…the outlook looks good for Saratoga Beach. Since we believe they [SBOA] will be a Municipal Supplier, limits on their water right will hopefully no longer be a limitation. We are still going over the ruling with our Attorney General to see what it means on a practical level so thank you for your patience while the details are sorted out. I'm sure you will agree with me that this [the Supreme Court ruling] is a huge step in the right direction." This was sent this past November.
     
    The Board will continue to press for a clear and favorable outcome, based upon our original petition and this State-level ruling.
     
    2021  Our Board Water Chair has completed a full summer (last year) of our summer usage results.  This was requested by the state to begin the application process.  Our wells have been newer pumps as well.  We are working with Davido engineering re: application for additional water shares.  No timeline is available even for the submission and thereby results as yet.
     
    When (and if) new shares are offered, owners will be notified to participate in a lottery.  The Board will set the process in place with the expectations of building a home as the priority for distribution of additional shares.  Please forward your interest in a share to sarbeach@whidbey.com .
  • chevron_rightWhat was the rationale and decision making process behind our community's Water Improvement Project?
     
    In 2003 the Board began to investigate the recurring problems the community was experiencing with the quality of our well water and with the clear evidence of failing infrastructure (leaking and in some cases broken water service pipes that had been installed in the 60s). Following an intensive review of our facilities, the Board brought forth a specific, engineering-supported proposal to the membership for their approval. Following extensive discussions, including engineer- and contractor-attended meetings, the membership voted to pursue this project, as a comprehensive Federal loan (@ .5% interest) had been secured and community questions had been answered. Subsequent to the work performed, our new treatment plant and secure piping network has resulted in vastly improved water quality, delivery rate, and conservation of this precious resource. A recent and now-rectified incident involving failed booster pumps was in no way connected with either the new treatment plant or the replaced piping infrastructure of the system.  Posted 1/10/2011
     
Good Neighbors
  • chevron_rightWhat are the SBOA guidelines for parties or home gatherings?
    GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICIES
    Saratoga Beach Owners Association
    Our Good Neighbor Policies are based on Island County Public Disturbances and Noises Standards (Title IX 9.60.030) and accompanying fine schedule (Title IX 9.60.040).   These are enforced by Island County Sheriff's Office.  Please adhere to the policies. 
     
    EVENTS AT THE HOME SITE
    ·       Island County Quiet Hours are 10:00 PM – 7:00 AM
    ·       When planning a large and/or potentially noisy event, please inform your neighbors preparing them for a noisy evening
    ·       Even though your neighbors are informed, please be considerate of them.  Keep your music and voices loud enough so you can enjoy yourselves yet low enough so the sound will not disturb others.
    ·       If you are still partying after 10:00 PM, please move the party inside. 
    ·       Fires no larger than 4’ in diameter and in a contained fire pit.  Stay with your fire and extinguish when go in the house.
     
    EVENTS AT SBOA PRIVATE BEACH
    ·       SBOA Beach closes at 10:00 PM – 7:00 AM
    ·       Please gather up your garbage and pack it out.  
    ·       Be sure to lock the upper gate after entering and leaving the beach.
    ·       Fires no larger than 4’ in diameter and in a contained fire pit. Stay with your fire and extinguish when leaving the beach.
     
     
Misc
  • chevron_rightThe Vessels Parked in Holmes Bay
    The US Coast Guard Pacific Vessel Traffic Center is located at Pier 36 in Seattle and monitors the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Rosario Strait, Admiralty Inlet, and Puget Sound south as far as Olympia. Since 1979, the U.S. Coast Guard has worked cooperatively with the Canadian Coast Guard in managing vessel traffic in adjacent waters. Through the Cooperative Vessel Traffic Service (CVTS), two Canadian Vessel Traffic Centers work hand in hand with Puget Sound Vessel Traffic Service. Prince Rupert MCTS (Marine Communications and Traffic Services) manages the area west of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. North of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, through Haro Strait, to Vancouver, B.C. is managed by VICTORIA MCTS. The three Vessel Traffic Centers communicate via a computer link and dedicated telephone lines to advise each other of vessels passing between their respective zones. 
     
    Per the Vessel Traffic Center  Located at Pier 36, Seattle – up to 4 vessels can be “parked” in Holmes Bay awaiting docking space, primarily at Seattle piers.  (Up to 6 according to federal regs)  “This time of year can be especially busy and often causes backups”, according to the Public Affairs Officer.  He further stated that the storm and the global pandemic may have added to the slow down at the docks for unloading, but it seems to be more just the time of year when arrivals of container ships come in regularly.      As the docking space opens up, the vessels will move out.   
     
    The director also called me and responded with a bit more detail to questions.  
    1.       All vessels are monitored and subject to thorough inspections by the Coast Guard, no matter where they are anchored.   Vessels in Holmes Bay would also be accepted in Seattle /Tacoma.
    2.       All vessels perhaps waiting for dock access in Vancouver, Canada would only be allowed anchorage in Holmes Bay if they had visited a US port first – usually Seattle/Tacoma for us.
    3.       Federal regulations prohibit any bilge or sewage dumping within territorial waters.
    4.       The global pandemic has certainly affected some delay in arrival and docking space for container ships.  This is a step wise process, slow downs from one port, added to the next port, etc.  In general, ships are processed/ unloaded quickly and go back out to sea.
     
    There is an ap where you can see where vessels are anchored
     
SBOA Emergency Preparedness
  • chevron_rightWhat is radio net (walkie talkie and hams) check in?
    Every first and third Thursday, 8:45 AM,  and 7:00 pm,  our Emergency Preparation Committee Captains, Board and members, representing service to  Districts A-L of the Saratoga Beach Community, check in with our walkie talkies - Privacy setting 0, Channel 1.  This practice insures we can find them and that they are charged and ready.  Join us, any resident is welcome and encouraged to participate.   Please make yourself known at the start up or the end of the checkin - Our leader will ask for any traffic and that would be a good time to 'break in".  Questions, call our net coordinator, Dorothy Kulwin, 206-819-6814. 
     
    We are part of the Whidbey Island Emergency Radio Network with a Ham Radio operator checking in with us as well.  In the case of a dire emergency - earthquake- we will be alble to stay in touch with Emergency Services.

 

 

 

 
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