Category Archives: Safety, Security & Compliance

Burn Ban restrictions Effective 12:01 a.m. July 13, 2018:

  • Rule burning (small debris disposal fires normally allowed when following specific rules) are not allowed in Snohomish, Island, Skagit, Whatcom, and San Juan counties.
  • Written burn permit burning also will no longer be allowed in Snohomish, Island, Skagit, Whatcom, and San Juan counties.
  • Campfires may be allowed in approved designated campgrounds. Always check with local campground hosts before lighting a campfire.
  • DNR is also increasing restrictions on outdoor burning on public lands. Campfires are still allowed in approve fire pits and to please be extra cautious during these very dry conditions.

For more information regarding restrictions, click HERE.

Traffic Update & Restrictions: Little Strawberry Bridge Closure 7/9/18-7/12/18

Traffic Update: updated 7/5/18 8:50 AM

When?             Monday, 7/9/18 – (estimated) Thursday, 7/12/18     8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where?           Little Strawberry Lane Bridge

What?             Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District will be making planned repairs to pipes underneath the Bridge on Sudden Valley Drive near Little Strawberry Lane. Through traffic will be detoured on Little Strawberry Lane. 

Contact Norm Smith at norm@suddenvalley.com or 360-746-8437 

Pool Progress

Pool work is progressing.  Workers have removed the deck around both pools and hammered the existing plaster removing loose and peeling pockets of plaster in preparation for new plaster application.  Work is quite active at both sites with lots of work to make the pools ready for an anticipated July 15th opening.  Lots of effort going on to bring these pools up to new condition.  Simultaneously, Maddie Ottley, the SVCA Recreation Manager is working hard with the Department of Health to ensure all of the health and safety pool requirements have been achieved and will be in place to obtain our new permit.  The photo shows many areas where weakened plaster was detected and removed during this phase of the refurbishment.

Reading Trail Vandalism – Reward Offered

The WCLS, with permission from the Association, posted a wonderful “Totem Tale” along the Lake Louise trail. They were pages of an illustrated storybook posted every few yards for children to read as they walked along the trail. This was a temporary display until the end of June. Yesterday, the signs were found vandalized. Some removed, some destroyed.  The Association is an avid supporter of the Library in our community, and is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the identification and arrest of the vandal. Please contact Norm Smith at norm@suddenvalley.com with any information you might have.

Neighborhood Watch

Sudden Valley and the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office will hold an informational meeting to discuss forming a Neighborhood Watch program in our Sudden Valley Neighborhoods.  All Sudden Valley Residents that are interested in this program are invited to attend this meeting. Details are as follows:

Date: June 13th, 2018
Time: 7 PM
Locations: South Whatcom Fire Authority Station #22 (Sudden Valley)
2050 Lake Whatcom Blvd, Bellingham, WA 98229

Since its beginnings, Neighborhood Watch has grown from an “extra eyes and ears” approach to crime prevention to a much more proactive, community-oriented endeavor providing a unique infrastructure that brings together local officials, law enforcement, and citizens for the protection of their communities.

If you have any questions please email Norm Smith at norm@suddenvalley.com

Hope to see you there.

Road Work Starts Tomorrow in Sudden Valley

Starting Wednesday, June 13, 2018, our 2018 road repair activities begin. Work includes patching roads and clearing storm water ditches in preparing for later in the summer micro-sealing in Gates 1, 2, 9 and 13. We can all expect some traffic delays while a road or pot hole is patched. Traffic control will be provided at locations where delays may occur.

The planed areas for work through the first part of July 2018 are as follows:

Wednesday, June 13th through Monday, June 18th.

  • Re-routing traffic exiting the Rotunda mailbox site
  • Windward Drive, directly below the Rotunda: Re-establish the storm water ditch
  • Windward Drive, directly below the Rotunda: Improve storm water drainage to culvert.
  • Windward Drive exit at Lake Whatcom Boulevard: Road repair
  • Windward Drive entrance at Lake Whatcom Boulevard: Pothole repair

Tuesday June 19th through Friday June 22nd

  • Cold Spring Lane: Re-establish a storm water ditch
  • Morning Glory Drive: Road surface patching

Monday June 25th through Wednesday June 27th

  • Western Lane: Road repair

Thursday June 28th through Monday July 2

  • Polo Park Drive: Bridge drainage maintenance

Tuesday July 3rd through July 6th

  • Marigold Drive: Road repair
  • Barn View parking lot, temporary pothole repairs

Update on Vehicle Prowler Arrested in Valley this Morning

The person arrested for car prowling in Gate 3 today was charged with Vehicle Prowling in the 2nd Degree which can be a gross misdemeanor or a felony, depending on prior history.  This person was armed, had drugs in possession, and was well equipped to search, break in, and do harm.  It is important to reinforce to our members, this is a matter best left to the Sheriff’s Department and to our Security.  The Association asks all of our members, please, if you see anyone engaged in suspicious activity, immediately report it to the authorities and do not approach the individual.  Safety first.

Car Prowler Arrested In Valley Last Night

Early this morning a Gate 3 resident contacted the Whatcom Sherriff’s Department reporting suspicious activity outside their home involving their car.  The Sherriff’s Dispatcher contacted Sudden Valley Security notifying them of the situation, tasking them to cordon the area, monitor and report. Sherriff’s Deputies arrived at 4:15 am, circled the area, stopped an individual and then shortly took that person into custody departing the valley at 5:00 a.m. this morning.  We thank the membership for being aware, reporting, and enabling the process to work to a successful end today.