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2018-2019 Snow Removal Strategy

Each year we reach out to communicate with our members about Valley snow plowing and deicing activities. We also always address why we do, or do not, plow and sand every street.

Our snow plow staff follow a thorough well-designed plan that is focused on opening and sustaining access to the significant majority of residents, with the least risk: this is the Number 1 Goal.  This also includes providing access for emergency vehicles.  Our snow plow map can be located and viewed on our SVCA Web Page, under resident resources, bottom of page under Maps; 2019 Snow Maps or by clicking HERE.

The biggest hazard staff encounters is abandoned cars left on the road; they are a serious risk to everyone; when discovered, these must be towed. If you find yourself stuck on the road in your car, notify Security tell them where the car is, the type of vehicle, and give them your contact information.  If possible, leave a note at your car that is clearly visible and readable from the outside.  Imagine the weather problem, the number of calls Security gets; work with us. In an event of this type, Security dispatchers will become inundated with calls for help, in advance, we ask for your patience.

When we encountered more than 1 dozen cars abandoned on Sudden Valley drive last year, we instructed our tow company to tow cars to one of our lots rather then taking them to the tow companies impound lot. This is an option and courtesy we can employ when we know the owner’s name.  Without knowing they are a member; the car goes to the impound lot.

Security is the best way to communicate with staff during snow events, especially on weekends and after hours.  

What is our status today? The Association has shifted 2 of our 5 work vehicles into their winter snow plow configurations, fully outfitted them, and staged them for response. The balance will be converted over the next 3 weeks, or sooner if weather threatens.  Maintenance, Turf Care and Security are conducting their annual training and drills in preparation for that 0-early-30 phone call that will surely arrive.

The snow plow crews are comprised of Maintenance and Turf Care staff.  Snow plow shifts may start as early as 4:00 in the morning and can extend until 7:00 at night.  At the end of each shift, the vehicles receive maintenance, are refueled, re-loaded with supplies, and staged for rapid start in the morning.  Our re-loading crew is our pit crew; they are trained to safely and efficiently re-fit these vehicles, so they can get back on the road as quickly as possible.  

As we have for the past several years, the Association has purchased large bulk supplies of Ice melt available for purchase by members at the Admin Office during regular business hours. 

Security can be reached at 360-319-8200 – 24/7/365

Admin can be reached at 360-734-6430 Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Traffic Update/Restriction: Road Closure 8/16-8/17 Sweet Clover

Traffic Update: updated 8/16/18 8:33 PM

When?             Thursday, 8/16/18 through Friday, 8/17/18  8 a.m. to  5p.m.

Where?            9 Sweet clover Lane 

What?             Sweet Clover Lane will be closed due to construction activity . Flaggers and signage will be posted by the contractor.

Contact Bruce Bishop at bruce@suddenvalley.com or 360-724-8000

Traffic Update & Restrictions: 9 Lookout Mountain 7/9/18

Traffic Update: updated 7/6/18 10:30 AM

When?             Monday, 7/9/18     7:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Where?           Partial Road Closure on  Lookout Mountain 

What?             Concrete Pour at 9 Lookout Mountain will require partial road closure to allow                             trucks and support vehicles at the pour site.  

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

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 

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.