LWHA January update from the Board

Happy January, everyone.  Here’s the latest on the Woodlands!

Garbage Survey Results:  A few weeks ago, many of you responded to a survey about a centralized garbage structure.  The results of the survey are as follows:  

  • 34 responses
  • 8 non-responses
  • Of the responders:
    • # of built lots; 29
    • # of unbuilt lots: 20
    • # of full time owners: 8
    • # of part time owners: 18
    • # of neither full or part time: 8
  • Survey Question: … would you be interested in participating in community-wide garbage and recycling service at Liberty Woodlands?
    • # of Owners that answered Yes: 25
    • # of Owners that answered Maybe: 5
    • # of Owners that answered No: 5

Based on this response, we estimate that a monthly cost per household would range from $26-31. However, I would like to reiterate that there are a number of moving pieces in this effort, so those numbers could change. However, because of the overwhelmingly positive response to this, we’re going to continue to study this with the intention of putting a plan into motion by the time the snow melts.Looking for a new friend? Consider joining the Woodlands Board! We are on the lookout for new members! As president, I can confirm this is the most high-performance, well-run board in the Methow, possibly in the state, maybe the universe. But in all seriousness: if you’re a new owner and looking to meet your neighbors, or simply want to get involved in some really interesting issues affecting you and your property, please reach out to me. We would love to have you join us.

Sewer Readings A few months back, I emailed you all about some irregular sewer meter readings that the Department of Health took issue with. I’m pleased to say that we now have several readings back in the normal range. Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks.

Dog Poop. It matters. Leaving dog poop in our forests and open spaces may seem like no big deal – after all bears, deer, cougars, elk all poop in the woods. But these wild animals do not carry pathogens and bacteria because they are not consuming dog food. Wild animals eat resources and nutrients from their ecosystem, returning those same resources and nutrients to the same ecosystem. Our dogs are fed extremely nutrient-rich foods from a bag, and then depositing those alien nutrients into nature.One gram of dog poop can contain up to 23 million fecal coliform bacteria (www.cleanwatercampaign.com), as well as carrier of whipworm, hookworms, roundworms, parvo, coronavirus, giardia, salmonella, cryptosporidium, and campylobacter. That nutrient-dense dog food means poop is super rich in nitrogen and phosphorous—the same ingredients found in fertilizer. Our melting snow washes that festering stew right into our water sources including the Methow River, polluting our streams and rivers that can lead to algae blooms. Leaving poop on the forest floor also promotes the growth of invasive plant species. And many of us strolling our Woodlands often inadvertently step on a pile!

Please, keep our Woodlands healthy and poop-free and bag your dog’s poo. And also make clear to your renters the importance of bagging their pet’s poo!

Dark Skies and Exterior Lights: to the extent you can, please turn ’em off! Keep our dark skies dark. Thank you!

OK, that’s it for now. Happy 2021!

Jordan Gevers
LWHA President

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