Creekside Village Newsletter - June, 2020

Message from the Board of Directors: Taking a break. There will be no Board of Directors meeting or workshop in July. We are still around and available by phone or email. The next workshop is Tuesday, August 11, at 9:00 a.m., and the next Board meeting is Thursday, August 20, at 8:30 a.m. The Senior Center and Methodist Church remain closed, so Creekside is conducting its meetings on-line via Zoom, and owners will receive invitations by email. The Board will notify everyone as soon as we resume regular meetings. Kathy Anderson, President

Stay Alert: The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office is reporting vehicle prowls on the rise. ‘Tis the season!

Special Message from Dick Walsh and a reminder to sign up for fiber-optic internet service:
I know that many people have expressed an interest in the broadband network that Anacortes is building. It also seems that many people are just sitting by and waiting for it to happen in their neighborhood before signing on. Anacortes would really like you to show your interest to signing on when available.

First, let me sing the praises of optical fiber transmission. We moved here from a small town in Vermont. That town was of low population even by Vermont standards (600,000 people in the whole state). Our town, of about 36 square miles had a population of 900 people. Some of them even lived beyond the power lines. They did not, however, live beyond the telephone lines. The local phone company had underground copper wire lines to every home that wanted service in the whole town.

Starting about 10 years ago, the phone company began replacing ALL of the copper wires with fiber optic cable. We were fairly close to the switch building so we got our fiber optic service soon after the project was begun.  We had fantastic service until we moved here.

This was the only part of moving to Anacortes we felt disappointed in. We initially signed on with Comcast, but we are now with Frontier. The cost is more reasonable, but the speed is less usable. We can hardly wait for the Anacortes fiber optic service to go live in our neighborhood.

Now here's the rub. Anacortes does not have the "official, active" support of you out there to continue at the pace they originally predicted. What I'm asking, is for you to go to the City's website and fill out the non-binding form to "Pre-Register" for fiber optic internet service being offered by the city:

Remember, this is a NON-BINDING application form to indicate interest in the service.  Instead of waiting until the service is available here in Creekside, I'm urging you to go to the City's website and put in an application for service. The more people a cable main will serve, the less expensive per service connection the installation will be for the city. It's that simple.

Dick Walsh

For more information, see also previous posts about the Anacortes fiberoptic network.

Hospitality Events:  All Creekside community social events are on hold, with the next scheduled happy hour at The Cabana on August 12th at 4 pm. Given our vulnerable population and with no COVID-19 vaccine in sight, we can encourage and support gatherings only if they are outdoors and allow participants to maintain safe distances.

Recreational Vehicle Facility: There are four 25-foot (no power) spaces available for owners, friends, or family. These spaces are currently offered at $30 per month. If you have any questions, please contact Lee Worthy or any RV committee member. Lee Worthy, Chair

Project Updates

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Building Painting will continue thru the summer months on the Upper Lane. Peggy Noethlich, Lead

Gutters: We are getting close to contracting gutter installations on two buildings this July.  This work will inform our gutter replacement strategy throughout Creekside. Norm Culbert, Lead

Landscape:  Landscape Committee members met with Jennifer Aase, Simply Yards, to discuss their use of the weed killer product Round-Up. Some of the less toxic products on the market are not effective until temperatures climb above 70 degrees. Jennifer suggested using mulch to suppress the weeds and significantly reduce the use of Round-Up. Peg Noethlich, Lead

Yard Debris Disposal Reminder:  Every Tuesday, Simply Yards will pick up your yard debris and dispose of it free of charge. Just put plant clippings in a paper bag and place it near Simply Yards’ white bundles of grass clippings. Please no plastic.

Avoid leaving bags near the yard waste totes located outside the RV area. Although we pay for two yard-waste totes outside the RV area, the City of Anacortes charges $6.39 for each bag left next to the totes. In May, fees for extra bags totaled $211, a cost we can avoid by taking advantage of the free service from Simply Yards. Peg Noethlich, Lead

Watch your e-mail for meeting notices and invitations.