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That is the dictionary.com definition of the term Esthetics, “having an sense of the beautiful” around us. The Twin Lakes Homeowners Association and its Board of Directors continues to believe that one of the most important functions of a Homeowners Association is to encourage its members to maintain and improve the beauty of their yards and homes in the neighborhood. Concerns have been raised however that improvements need to be made on how this happens.
The Board of Trustees has voted and approved a motion to enact a 90-day moratorium on the billable cost and interest charged on all ongoing Esthetics fines. During this moratorium, a complete review of the Esthetics process, procedures and application of enforcement will be undertaken. The end result of this review will be a system that is more open, fair, uniform, codified, understandable and effective. This process will also be brought into full compliance with the current Revised Code of Washington Rules, (aka the RCW’s, which are the State laws that pertain to all Homeowner Associations.) The RCW’s state that fines shall be “reasonable”, and “explained” to the homeowner. Going forward perhaps a simple face to face visit or a personal phone call from the HOA Esthetics committee to those deemed to be not in compliance will be all that it takes to resolve most issues.
In the same way, the HOA Esthetics committee reminds homeowners that during this time-frame any homeowner with an outstanding fine on their account has the right to an Opportunity to Be Heard meeting with the Board of Trustees which can be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for both parties. The intent of these hearings is to meet together and see if any current fines and ongoing violations can be resolved, to the satisfaction of both parties.
We hope to “restart and reboot” the “Enhanced Esthetics Process” on May 1, 2018. However, any new violation that occurs prior to this time will be documented, the homeowner notified with the expectation that the infraction will be corrected immediately.
The Board of Directors will keep you informed of these proposed improvements as spring draws closer.