Category Archives: General

Successful Step Forward Resolving Area Z Concerns

Sudden Valley took a significant step forward successfully addressing long standing Area Z environmental issues this last month.  While the Association has known for years of the existence of underground fuel contamination at Area Z, a resolution to the issue has been elusive to the Association due to multiple starts and stops.

Compounding the contamination issue, multiple projects over time deposited construction debris which compounded the problem because that accumulated dirt constituted the potential creation of wetlands above the ground where the contamination was known to exist.

While the Washington Department of Ecology has purview over the contamination, the Army Corp of Engineers has jurisdictional authority of designation of water in the United States.  The Association has been working to resolve the total Area Z issue, and has now received Jurisdictional Determination from the Army Corp affirming that five areas in Area Z are not Wet Lands, and two small area are so designated.  This action is complete.

In parallel, while working with the Army Corp to obtain the Jurisdictional Determination, we assembled a comprehensive set of Area Z records and presented that data (some going back to the 1970’s) to environmental contractors who evaluated our records identifying data gaps.  This contractor has initiated a field investigation to test and analyze ground water and soils to quantitatively assess the nature and extent of any remaining petroleum contamination.

The next phase is simply to summarize the data and prepare a plan to achieve remediation with the state.  That plan will incorporate current and future potential uses of the land at Area Z.  Let us hope the samples are positive.  If you have any questions, please contact the Mitch Waterman at

The Area Z Draft Wetland Map can be found HERE

The Regulatory Branch Letter can be found HERE

Candidate Ballot Lottery

On the first Tuesday after Labor Day each year, the Nominations and Elections Committee (N&E) conducts a Candidate Ballot Lottery to select names for placement on the Annual General Election.  The deadline for submitting applications is 4:30 pm on that Tuesday which is immediately followed, in general, by an open meeting where applications are opened, members are vetted to ensure they are in good standing, and then the names are placed into a box to be drawn by a community member in the open meeting.

N&E Committee members are responsible for confirming the packet information, making the slips of paper with each candidate’s name, and loading the box.  Staff vets the candidates and records the meeting notes.  All of this is performed in front of the assembled members who are in attendance. 

First, names are drawn for the Board of Director (BOD) candidates, followed by the Architectural Control Committee and lastly, N&E.

As it happens, last night (Tuesday September 5th) while drawing names for the BOD candidates, a name called on the 6th draw had already been called on the 2nd. Another name was drawn from the box, at which point the proceedings were challenged and called to halt. Only one name per candidate is permitted to go into the lottery, and an error had been made by placing one person’s name twice.  A quick call to Legal Counsel confirmed that the first count was considered corrupted by a flaw, and the count had to restart from the beginning.  N&E reviewed all the names, placed the paper slips back into the box and recommenced and completed the ballot lottery.

While this was an oddity, the entire process, not including vetting candidate’s member status, was performed in front of some 30 people with complete and total transparency.  This was an excellent example of partnership between the independent N&E Committee, Association Management, and the membership.

Important Safety Freebie


Important Safety Freebie:  Hello folks!  Sudden Valley has partnered with the American Red Cross and South Whatcom Fire Authority to participate in the Home Fire Campaign – a nation-wide effort to reduce potential injury and death  from home fires.  Red Cross volunteers will inspect and install smoke alarms in our homes for free!  To top it off, they offer quick and knowledgeable service and will even help you develop a home evacuation plan.  Please, sign-up today to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to meet some basic safety needs for free!

When?                                Sign- up Deadline  is 9/27  

Install and Inspection Dates are:  10/7 and 10/8.

How Do I sign-up?               

You may sign-up at the SVCA Administration Office in the Club     House (sheet at front counter), call (360) 733-3290 ext. 0, or email a Red Cross Representative at:

It’s fast, FREE and it’s easy!

2017 Call For Candidates!

The 2017 Elections are just around the corner. Consider adding actions to your concerns, give wings to your ideas, become an active member of the Sudden Valley Community Association and become part of the solution.

Board of Directors has 5 open positions

N&E Committee has 5 open positions

ACC Committee has 3 open positions


Candidate application packets are available at the Admin Offices or our homepage. Click the 2017 AGM Button for forms.

For more information, contact