Shelter Bay News Archive
This page contains items that remain of interest, but no longer timely.
- The Advisory Vote on the New Lease Proposal was approved by a margin of approval of 68.9%. (Posted 7/15/15.)
- The Safety Committee has provided some facts on Shelter Bay Vehicular Traffic if you're curious. (Posted 5/6/15.)
- Don Newby, Laurie Wishkoski, and Hermann Wolz were elected to the Board. Full 2015 Election Results. (Posted 5/2/15).
- Joint Statement from Shelter Bay and the Swinomish Tribe on the Master Lease issue. (Posted 12/18/14.)
- Presentation (in Member's Only section) for the Town Meeting held on Wednesday March 11, 2015. (Posted 3/11/15.)
- You can now submit a Incident-Concern-Complaint form online! Just go to the Forms page, click the Online Incident-Concern-Complaint link, complete the form and click "Submit." The Shelter Bay Office will immediately receive your form and begin the process of resolving your issue. (Posted 12/30/14.)
- A web page for the Community Visioning Plan has been put up in the Members Only section of the website. Stay tuned as more content is provided as the Plan evolves. (Posted 10/22/14.)
- Let’s Support La Conner’s Waterfront Park Project! Please see the vision for the Conner Way Waterfront Park Project for illustrations and donation information. (Posted 6/25/14.)
- The Shelter Bay Community Water System Consumer Confidence Report for Calendar year 2012 is on the web. (Posted 6/25/14).
- It has been brought to our attention that Firefox users may see this message near the top of the screen when attempting to open the Newsletter: "This PDF document might not be displayed correctly." Then to the right of that message, you are given the opportunity to open a different reader (preferably, Adobe Reader). In addition, one may set the default reader to be Adobe Reader. Just go to Tools, then Options (or Firefox, then Preferences, on the Mac), then select Application. Find "Portable Document Format (PDF)" and select Adobe Reader. This should work, and you should not have problems in the future opening the Newsletter with Firefox. (Revised 4/28/14.)
- Walking Path — Town Meeting. On Thursday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m., a Town Meeting was held in the Clubhouse to discuss the alternatives for a walking path through or along the golf course. See the Town Meeting presentation (in the Members Only section). Also see the Walking Path Task Force Report. (Revised 5/27/14.)
- Anne Hays, Pat McGarry, and Vanessa Finch were elected to the Board. Full 2014 Election Results. (Revised 5/4/14).
- As part of its outreach program, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) made a presentation at the November Board Meeting. We are providing the PSE presentation here for those who were unable to attend the Board Meeting. Be sure to check it out for the latest updates on PSE’s Safety & Preparedness, Northern Energy Team, Power Generation in Skagit County, Infrastructure Improvements, Energy Efficiency, and Community Outreach Programs. (Posted 12/4/13.)
- Read the Walking Path Task Force Report (in the Members Only section). It has been updated to include the cost estimates at the last page. (Revised 12/13/13.)
- There is a link to the Marina Business Plan on the new Marina Renovation page found in the left-hand side navigation links under Marina Pages. (Posted 12/20/13.)
- See article (below) on getting rid of Tent Caterpillars (Revised 6/25/14.)
- The Tellers Report for the May 4, 2013 election has been posted. (Posted 5/4/13.)
- Information for the 2013 Rent Adjustment – Special Membership Meeting/Election scheduled for February 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. (Posted 1/23/13.)
- The Marina Survey Report has been posted in the Members Only section of this website. (Posted 11/21/12.)
- We have placed the Swinomish Police Vacation Security Request on the Web Site. As you are aware, the Swinomish Police will check private residences on the reservation while a resident is away for vacation. It is required that the resident fill in a request form and hand deliver this to the Swinomish Police Department. Residents can download the form, and upon completion can deliver it to the Police. (Posted 8/31/12.)
- Teller's Report for the May 5, 2012 election. (Posted 5/5/12.)
- Annual Reports for the manager, treasurer, and each of the committees for the past three years. (Posted 5/5/12.)
- See the Community Safety page for a piece on MyStateUSA, a community notification system. (Posted 3/6/12.)
- The Safety Committee has prepared some material on how to keep from getting burglarized. You may also access it by going to Community Safety, from a link on the Safety Committee page called Safety Tips of the Month under Safety Articles, or under the links on the left side of all pages: Administration, then Committee Pages, then Community Safety. The material comes largely from burglars. (Posted 1/3/12.)
- Article on Road Sanding and Plowing Priorities (located on the Utilities page). (Posted 12/3/11.)
- There is now a page explaining the Shelter Bay Utility Infrastructure. There is a link to this page under Administration on the left side of every page as well as under Quick Links, above. (Posted 9/8/11.)
- You will also find an FAQ page, explaining the items on your monthly Shelter Bay bill. (Posted 9/8/11.)
- The Shelter Bay Community Water System Consumer Confidence Report for Calendar year 2010 is on the web. (Posted 6/24/11).
- The Swinomish Tribe has completed work on the Tribe's Climate Adaptation Action Plan, which represents the culmination of two years work toward this under a project funded by the Administration for Native Americans. The final document is now available on the Tribe's Climate Change web site — here's a link to the site: http://www.swinomish-nsn.gov/climate_change/project/reports.html (Posted 12/7/10.)
- Swinomish Tribal Police Chief Larry Schlicker and Assistant Chief Glen Hutchins provided a presentation on the resources and services their Department provides at a Community Town Meeting held on November 10, 2010. If you’re interested in what they had to say, please see the meeting notes at Town Hall Meeting with Tribal Police. (Posted 11/19/10.)
- The Quilt Presentation article will be an insert to the newsletter. (Posted 11/22/10.)
- 2010 Spartina Control. During the week of July 14th, state licensed aquatic herbicide applicators from the Swinomish Tribe will be conducting spraying of Spartina plants on tidelands and other aquatic areas in Shelter Bay. There are no restrictions on post-application uses of the sprayed area, including fishing, shellfish gathering, crabbing and swimming. Read more about the Swinomish Tribe’s program in the attached report. (Posted 7/7/10).
- We have an audio recording of the presentation on the Swinomish Tribe cultural values and history. (Posted 9/10/09.)
This seems to be a fruitful year for those pesky tent caterpillars! While they do not pose a specific health hazard to people, they are somewhat of a general nuisance. Shelter Bay Community does not have a specific policy with regard to Tent Caterpillars, but the Greenbelt Committee has agreed to give permission to Shelter Bay residents to help with this situation, allowing them to go into the Shelter Bay greenbelts and parks to take steps to eradicate the tent caterpillars.
If you are so inclined to deal with the caterpillars, please bear in mind that safety is paramount to any actions taken. If the caterpillar tent is too high to safely reach, then please don’t put yourself in harm’s way to try to treat it.
Attached is a link to a WSU website that provides a summary of the caterpillars with recommendations for treatment. Please bear in mind that burning of the tents is not safe, and Shelter Bay has a “No outdoor burning” policy. Bagging and disposal is the preferred approach for getting rid of the caterpillars.
Thank you for your interest in our community.
VoIP Telephone Service
from Hermann Wolz
Many of you have contracted for your telephone service using Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP) which is readily available if you have a
high speed internet service. This can be via your cable provider, over
DSL service, or a stand-alone system such as Vonage or Magic Jack.
There are many advantages to VoIP, and the biggest of these is the fact
that VoIP is considerably less expensive than conventional hard wired
telephone service, especially taking into consideration that most
services such as Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, and Caller ID etc. are
in the base price.
However, there are a few disadvantages and cautions that one must consider when using VoIP. First and foremost is the fact that should your high speed internet connection fail, you have no telephone service. This failure can be due to a failure at the ISP (Internet Service Provider) service or because of a power outage. Conventional wired telephone service remains active during a power outage as the power for hard wired telephones comes from the central office and not your home electrical system. The second caution in using VoIP is “911” calling. Unlike hard wired telephones, VoIP needs to know physical address in order to route your 911 call to the nearest emergency calling center. You should insure that the “911” service information (your address) is properly registered with the VoIP provider.
There are many articles on the Internet pertaining to VoIP. All you have to do is Google “911 and VoIP.” One other note: remember that if you have all cordless phones in your home and you loose electrical power, these phones will not work regardless of the service.