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Forest Heights Homeowners Association Monthly Newsletter


<ul><li><p>S U M M E R C O N C E R T I N T H E P A R K </p><p>J oin us on Saturday, August 8th, for a summer concert in the park featuring The Mayfield Four. This local quartet will perform classic jazz, modern jazz and bosa nova during an early evening concert overlooking beautiful Mill Pond. This event marks the first concert in the park for Forest Heights residents. We hope this concert will become an annual tradition an evening where friends and neighbors can get together and enjoy a picnic dinner overlooking Mill Pond all while listening to some great local musicians. </p><p>Date: Saturday, August 8th </p><p>Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm </p><p>Location: Mill Pond Park </p><p>What to bring: Blankets, low beach chairs and a picnic dinner! </p><p>The Mayfield Four was formed 10 years ago through a community college jazz improvisa-tion course taught by Cliff Waites. The band </p><p>began playing outside of class and always at the home of guitarist (and Forest Heights resident) William Langford, who lives on Mayfield Road. Band members include: Mark Carleton (bass), Jay Johnson (saxophone), Randy Johnson (keyboard), Dave Grasser (drums) and William Langford (guitar). </p><p>The band has played for school auctions (including Forest Park), various local fundraisers and benefits (Portland Chapter of the American Kidney Association and Friends of Trees), a summer concert at Portland Center for the Performing Arts and other venues. The band shares a love for both traditional and new jazz and play a variety of music ranging from bebop and bossa novas from artists such as Kenny Burrell, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. </p><p>pinnacle press NEWS AT FOREST HEIGHTS </p><p>AUGUST2010 </p><p>F E A T U R E D C O L U M N S </p><p>A S K T H E E X P E R T W o r k e r s a f e t y o n M i l l e r R o a d i s t o p p r i o r i t y . &gt; &gt; r e a d m o r e </p><p>A R C U P D A T E S T h e A R C h a s n e w s u b m i s s i o n r e q u i r e m e n t s f o r y o u r h o m e i m p r o v e m e n t p r o j e c t s &gt; &gt; r e a d m o r e </p><p>A S K T H E M A N A G E R M a n a g e r S t e p h e n H e r r a n s w e r s y o u r q u e s t i o n s . &gt; &gt; r e a d m o r e </p><p>G O G R E E N T h e G o G r e e n c o m m i t t e e p r o v i d e s a n u p d a t e o n t h e c o m m u n i t y s o l a r p r o g r a m . &gt; &gt; r e a d m o r e </p><p>Summer Concert in the Park 1 </p><p>Solarize Forest Heights Follow up </p><p>2-3 </p><p>Ask the Manager: Speeding Sign on Miller Rd. </p><p>4 </p><p>4th of July Recap 5 </p><p>Upcoming Community Events </p><p>8 </p><p>Save the Date: International Fall Festival </p><p>9 </p><p>Ask the Expert: Working Safety on Miller Rd. </p><p>10-11 </p><p>Your Neighbors Voice: Community Garden Task Force </p><p>12 </p><p>Lincoln High School Bus Transportation Update </p><p>13 </p><p>Guest Column: Portland Water Bureau </p><p>14 </p><p>ARC Updates: New Submission Requirements </p><p>6-7 </p><p>Dog Day Afternoon in the Heights </p><p>16 </p><p>COME TO MILL POND PARK ON SATURDAY AUGUST 8TH FOR A FREE CONCERT FEATURING FOREST HEIGHTS OWN MAYFIELD FOUR. BRING YOUR PICNIC DINNER AND ENJOY AN EVENING OF JAZZ RIGHT IN FOREST HEIGHTS. </p></li><li><p>Page 2 </p><p>Solarize Forest Heights Recap </p><p>T he Solarize Forest Heights program closed on the 13th of July with 63 enrolled residents. The price per Watt was fixed at $6.85 compared to a market price of $9.00. For a 2 kW system, this drops the price from $18,000 to $13,700 - a discount of $4,300. Solar assessments have already begun with about 12 assessments scheduled per week. You may see the Imagine Solar assessment team on roof-tops on Tuesdays and Thurs-days. The initial set of contracts have been delivered and ARC reviews will likely begin in a week. If you missed out on the program but would like to explore your options, please get in touch with Imagine Energy and make sure you let them </p><p>know that you are a Forest Heights resident. They will be able to provide you with current pricing for Forest Heights residents. Just as our residents and neighbors were getting ready for their solar assessments, the State of Oregon announced a change in tax credits that affects all solar projects in the state. The tax laws were changed on July 1 and announced on July 15. The new law that went into effect immediately, changes the way credits are computed and affects the Solarize Forest Heights project. Prior to the change, a 2kW system was eligible for $6,000 in state tax credits resulting in a net cost of $1,140 for the system (based on the enrollment of 63 resi-dents). Now, the same system is eligible for $3,570 in tax credits (50% of the amount left after the Federal tax credits and Energy Trust incentives are taken) resulting in a system cost of $3,570. </p><p>Forest Heights Homeowners Association 2033 NW Miller Road Portland, Oregon 97229 Phone: 503.297.9400 Fax: 503.297.9408 Office Hours: MondayFriday 9:00 am5:00 pm </p><p>Email: </p><p>Vision Statement To create and foster excellence in community, environment and quality of life. </p><p>Board of Directors | 2010 Eric ButterfieldPresident </p><p>Michael FletcherVice President </p><p>Sherrill CorbettSecretary </p><p>Ric BartonTreasurer </p><p>Stuart Roberts </p><p>Mark Sanzone </p><p>Joseph Schutz </p><p>Association Staff Stephen K. HerrGeneral Manager email: </p><p>Sharon AigerOffice Administrator email: </p><p>Molly McManus OliverCompliance Coordinator email: </p><p>Kimberly MonacoMarketing, Communications &amp; Event Coordinator email: </p><p>Richard MetzgerMaintenance Supervisor </p><p>Juan GuerreroMaintenance Team </p><p> Continued on page 3 </p></li><li><p>Page 3 </p><p>In order to maximize the state tax credits, one would need to have a system at least 3.36 kW in size at a net cost of $5,598. For residents that were expecting to install the smallest system (2kW), the change now increases the net cost by $2,430; for those that were planning on a system 3.36kW or larger, the prices are not impacted. We hope that the efforts to close the revenue shortfalls do not have a detri-mental effect on the environ-mental goals of the state. For more information on the pricing as a result of the tax credit change, please visit the Imagine Energy/Solarize Forest Heights site at: </p><p>~ Devidas Gupta, G2 Committee Chair </p><p>and Forest Heights Resident ~ </p><p>Continued from page 2 </p><p>Specializing in custom stone fabrication from concept to completion, we can bring your vision to reality. </p><p>We invite you to browse our website and be inspired. For your free estimate, contact us We will be happy to help you realize your dream. </p></li><li><p>Page 4 </p><p>T he Safety Streetscape and Transportation Committee (SST), under the direction of Chairman Mark Sanzone and Speed Task Force Member Jay McAlonen, worked with the City of Portland to relocate the Speed Reader Board (SRB) from Cornell road to Miller Road. This was accomplished last month with a nominal cost to the association. The SRB is the property of the city and maintained by the City of Portland Department of Transportation. </p><p>The city is monitoring and evalu-ating the effectiveness of SRBs in several communities. Data is being recorded by this speed device and will be used by the city for future traffic studies. </p><p>Currently there is no plan to install these SRBs on other Forest Heights streets, however if this one proves effective, the SST Committee may approach the board to allocate funds for additional SRBs to help deter speeding on other streets within our community. </p><p>Special thanks go out to the City of Portland staff that made this joint project a reality. </p><p>So watch out speeders your information is being recorded. </p><p>ASK THE MANAGER I saw the speed sign on Miller Hill and was wondering how I can get a speed sign on my street? </p><p>Are you curious about things going on in our community? Do you ever wonder about something you see while walking or driving through our neighborhood? Do you have questions about issues that impact Forest Heights? Heres your opportunity to get some answers! Our General Manager, Stephen Herr, will answer your questions about Forest Heights each month in this article. </p><p>If you are wondering about something, chances are others in our community are curious about the same thing, so do us all a favor and send in your questions. If Manager Herr cant answer the question, hell find someone who can! Please email your questions to with Ask the Manager in the subject line. Questions received by the 10th of each month will be answered in the newsletter the following month. </p><p>Quote of the Month A sense of curiosity is natures original </p><p> school of education. - Dr. Smiley Blanton </p></li><li><p>Page 5 </p><p>A N N U A L 4 T H O F J U L Y C E L E B R A T I O N S T I L L G O I N G S T R O N G A F T E R 1 0 Y E A R S </p><p>J uly 4th, 2010 marked the 10th year that the Forest Heights community has gathered together to celebrate Independence Day. This annual event, considered one of the hallmarks of living in Forest Heights, has ranged from BBQs and parades to Fun Runs and fireworks shows. While the man-ner in which we celebrate the 4th has changed over the years, the one constant in each years event is the gathering of the Forest Heights community to celebrate together. </p><p>This years event kicked off with a Parade Across the Stage. Kids dressed up in their favorite 4th of July costumes and paraded themselves across a dance floor for an opportunity to win prizes in the Most Patriotic, Most Creative and Best Dressed categories. </p><p>Following the Parade Across the Stage were a variety of games for kids and grown-ups alike including gunny sack, boxer shorts and three-legged relays and multiple rounds of tug-of-war. </p><p>With the assistance of our DJ, many residents learned (or re-learned) popular dances includ-ing the Hustle, the Hand Jive and the Macarena. </p><p>Desserts and beverages were served, and the evening was capped off by a 15 minute fireworks show over beautiful Mill Pond. </p><p>The Community Activities Committee would like to thank all who attended and helped make the 4th of July an exceptional day in our community. Special thanks to our volunteers who assisted the HOA staff throughout the night. </p><p>If you have comments or suggestions about the Annual Fourth of July celebration, please email them to: </p></li><li><p>New Submission Requirements </p><p>The ARC recently made changes to the submission process for paint color changes and landscape plans. The intent is to provide the committee with enough information so they can make decisions on these applications the first time they are submitted. </p><p>Paint Color Changes Applications for paint color changes now require the homeowner to paint a 4 x 4 section of all colors used in the project (this includes trim, door color, etc) on a section of the home visible from the street before submitting the application for review. </p><p>Landscape Plans Applications for landscape plans now require the homeowner to review and then submit a Landscape Plan Checklist along with other required materials. </p><p>A R C H I T E C T U R A L R E V I E W C O M M I T T E E ( A R C ) U P D A T E S </p><p>Applications lacking the required elements noted on the checklist will be deemed incomplete and returned to homeowners. </p><p>Both the ARC application and Landscape Plan Checklist can be found at or in the HOA office. </p><p>Items Requiring ARC Approval </p><p>While most residents know a new house plan or whole yard landscaping plan require ARC approval, many homeowners tell us they werent aware they needed approval for other activities. Here are some examples of projects that require ARC approval (many with no fee) prior to implementing: </p><p> Exterior home repainting, even when using identical colors </p><p> Re-roofing Replacement of windows </p><p> Landscape revisions or additions, including minor plant changes </p><p> Fences Golf putting greens Decking material changes (i.e., moving from wood to compos- ite decking material) </p><p> Tree removal on your lot, if the tree is six (6) inches in diameter or more at chest height </p><p> Temporary installation of a portable storage container or dumpster at your property </p><p> Screening garbage and recycling bins with fence or plant material </p><p>The ARC meets on an as-needed basis; during the summer months, the committee is meeting every other week. The next meeting is always published on the main page of the FHHOA web-site. Please build-in the ARC approval process into your home project time line. </p><p>Unsure of whether your project needs ARC approval? Contact Molly Oliver, Compliance/ARC Coordinator by phone at 503-297-9400 or by email for clarification. </p><p>The Architectural Review Committee announces two new ARC submission requirements that could impact your home improvement projects. </p><p>Page 6 </p><p>C O M P L I A N C E C O R N E R </p><p>continued on page 7 </p></li><li><p>Page 7 </p><p>reporting streetlight issues to report a streetlight outage or an on/off cycling issue, please email the FHHOA office at: or call 503.297.9400 </p><p>Many ARC Applications Are Reviewed at No Cost </p><p>Repainting with identical colors, requesting tree removal on your lot, placing a POD or dumpster on your property or screening trash/recycling bins with fencing or shrubbery are all ARC applications reviewed without a fee. The fee schedule for other appli-cations is found on the ARC applica-tion. </p><p>Revisions to Approved Plans </p><p>Once an application has been approved, any changes or revisions to the approved plan need to come before the ARC for approval. There is no fee for bringing the first revision to the ARC; subsequent revisions will incur a separate charge. </p><p>ARC Approvals Are Valid for One Year If work has not been initiated within a year of ARC approval, plans must be resubmitted to the committee before work can begin (ARC Guide-lines, Section 2, 2.2, CC&amp;Rs, Article VII, 7.10). </p><p>Did you know? </p><p>When reporting a street light issue, please provide the FHHOA office with the following information: </p><p> Nearest address to streetlight pole or the best description possible </p><p> Confirm whether light is out completely or cycling on and off </p><p> For ease of identifi-cation, we request that a ribbon be tied to the pole at eye level. This ribbon will be removed and discarded when the streetlight is fixed. </p><p>Continued from page 6 </p></li><li><p>Page 8</p><p>Concert in the Park Sunday, August 8th Time: 5:00 pm 7:00 pm Location: Mill Pond Park See page 1 </p><p>Free Landscape Workshop Sponsored by the Portland Water Bureau </p><p>Tuesday, August 10th Time: 6:30 pm Location: TVFR #27 3130 NW Skyline Blvd. See page 14 </p><p>Harvest Share Saturday, August 28th Time: 10:00 am 12:00 pm Location: FHHOA Office See this page </p><p>International Fall Festival Saturday, September 11th Time: 4:30 pm7:30 pm Location: Mill Pond Park See page 9 </p><p>Upcoming Community Events </p><p>neighborhood harvest share </p><p>Did your garden yield too many </p><p>tomatoes this year? Do you wish you </p><p>had fresh zucchini...</p></li></ul>