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The Sudden Valley Community Association’s Maintenance Staff will be operating the Community Clean Green station for residents this summer. This is a drop-off only service.

The purpose of Sudden Valley’s Clean Green program is to provide Sudden Valley residents with a local area to dispose of compostable vegetation. The Clean Green site is located at the Sudden Valley Gate 5 Overflow Parking Area, across from Gate 5 on Lake Louise Road. Starting Saturday, May 1, 2021 this year’s hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

CLICK HERE to view the 2021 Clean Green Calendar

Items for Disposal:

  • Limbs
  • Organic materials (Cones, leaves, etc)
  • Weeds
  • Sod & grass clippings

Clean Green program is dedicated to compostable vegetation. This year the program will accept “clean” metals for free.

Items that CANNOT be accepted include:

  • soil
  • rocks
  • gravel
  • construction materials
  • chemicals and paints
  • batteries
  • electronics
  • household trash, plastic, glass, furniture, etc.

Clean metal does not have oils, gases, or other harmful contaminates associated with it such as TVs or refrigerators. 

2021 Firewise

The SVCA Maintenance Department will be conducting 2021 Firewise from April 19th to May 10th. This is a 4-week program dedicated to cleaning up from winter storms and reducing the fuel for wildfires near structures.


  • Stack piles of trimmed or fallen branches perpendicular to the street, in a neat pile, acceptable pile sizes are between 5′ – 10′.
  • Please try to stack them so they all point the same direction with thick end facing the street.
  • We can accept branches from 1” to 7” in diameter. Branches need to be at least 2’ in length so they can be chipped.
  • We cannot accept garbage, dimension lumber, cones, small debris (leaves), ferns, twigs, and blackberry vines as they will clog chipper.

If you have items that are too small for chipping, they can be dropped off at the Clean Green location on the scheduled disposal days from May-September. Clean Green information will be sent out & posted as we get closer to May.

PLEASE refrain from completing this form UNTIL your branches are out and ready for pickup:



Sudden Valley Community Association is a 1,500-acre Homeowners Association situated in a forest setting with 3,000 homes and more than 40 miles of hard surfaced roads.  Our Maintenance department is seeking to fill a full-time Maintenance Lead position. The position will support the department manager and lead our HOA’s maintenance team in maintaining buildings, grounds and road infrastructure. This Lead position also assumes the Maintenance Manager’s duties when the incumbent is on special assignments or off site.

The successful candidate will have a solid background in installation/repair skills for carpentry, dry wall, painting, electrical, plumbing and in the operation of equipment such as a backhoe, frontend loader and 1-ton dump trucks. The work environment ranges from indoor building maintenance to clearing fallen trees and plowing snow during storms. Overtime is required when needed in the support our community during weather events and varied job tasks. 

Our HOA provides a health care package, paid vacation, paid sick leave and paid certified Traffic Control training. The Maintenance staff are progressive thinking, team orientated and dedicated to the Sudden Valley community.

Basic Qualifications:

Four years maintenance Lead responsibility        

Washington State Driver’s license

High School Diploma or GED                             

Pass pre-employment drug screening

Computer literate                                 

Working knowledge of WAC 296-800-100

Trade School Diploma is a plus                          

CDL is a plus

Please contact with your resume and coverletter explaining why you’d be a great fit for this position. SVCA is an equal opportunity employer.

Free Wood Chips

CVC bucket truck tree-trimming

On Monday, May 11th, Maintenance started the capital-funded 2020 Vegetation Control project. This year, they started at the intersection of Sudden Valley Drive and Berry Wood Court and will work towards the intersection of Sudden Valley Drive and Honeycomb Lane. This section of road is a heavy canopy of tree limbs overhanging the storm water ditches and road surface, so they expect to have a lot of wood chips once the limbs have been cleaned up. These limbs will be run through the large mobile woodchipper and the chips blown into a special dump truck on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The Maintenance team is offering to deliver a free truck load of wood chips to residents who want to register for them. As the truck is filled with wood chips, deliveries will be made in the sequence that the requests are received. The offer is limited to a full truckload of chips, about 4-5 cubic yards. Partial loads of chips are not feasible for delivery. There is the option of neighbors getting together and sharing a single truck load of chips from a central location.

To register, send an e-mail to with the following information:

  • Address where the chips are to be delivered.
  • Name of the person making the request.
  • A contact phone number.
  • A contact e-mail address.
  • A description of a specific, well-marked spot, where the wood chips can be dropped off. Please note that the delivery truck is large and cannot drive over lawns or dump the chips on the road or in a ditch.

A hard copy of your e-mail will be given to the Team’s Lead so that they have the specific information to make your delivery.

Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home period, we will not be able to take phone requests because of limited staffing for phone support.

The Maintenance team will call one or two days ahead of the delivery to let residents know that they are close to having the wood chips delivered.

If you have a question please call Bruce Bishop, SVCA Maintenance Manager at (360) 724-8000.

CVC Maintenance Team

2020 Firewise Request Sign-ups

The SVCA Maintenance department is ramping up for the 2020 Sudden Valley Community Fire Wise program! The Fire Wise program has served residents in the past to help clean up winter storm debris, so we are again offering this annual free service to our community in all gates. Residents are encouraged to participate, to work together with your neighbors and to offer help to other in need. 

The full month of March is dedicated to accepting requests so that community groups can pitch in together to continue to mitigate wildfire risks. Starting the first week of April, the Maintenance Department will begin picking up the pre-scheduled roadside branch piles. See the schedule at the end of this article. 

Gather up all the woody fuels from around your neighborhoods and set them curbside for free chipping by Association staff. This simple act will reduce fuels in your neighborhood and mitigate wildfire risk to our entire community. We encourage neighborhood participation! 

Instructions: Stack piles of trimmed branches and woody fuels perpendicular to the street, in a neat pile, no more than 5 feet high by 10 feet wide, with largest diameter ends toward the road. Do not randomly toss branches or make tangled stacks; it creates more work for the chipping crew and slows down the process. Larger piles may not be picked up. 

Once your materials are set in place, chipping service requests can be submitted using one of three methods: 

1. Preferred method – send an e-mail to “” requesting branch pickup / chipping / chip delivery. The e-mail must include the property owner’s name, email address, property address, and a contact phone number.

2. In person at the Administration Office – fill out a written request form which includes the property owner’s name, email address, property address and a contact phone number. A form is at the end of this article or you can Download Form ( from Sudden Valley Website, call the Administration Office at (360) 734-6430. Your request will be placed on a list. Please do not call the Maintenance shop. 

Please note that we will only be able to provide this service to those who have submitted requests prior to March 27th. The requests will be used to plan and schedule the SVCA Maintenance staff’s curbside chipping starting April 1st so that we can be completed by Friday, April 24th. Maintenance will start work at Gate 13 and finish in Gate 5 over these four weeks. A map is available at showing the approximate pick up schedule. 

Service Criteria: 

• Branch pile must be stacked next to the firm surface of the road with the branches 

• Perpendicular to the street 

• The crew cannot work across ditches or access private property 

Branch diameter: Tree limbs from 1⁄2 inch up to seven (7) inches in diameter 

Branch length: Minimum of 2-foot long. Maximum: Unlimited 

Maximum branch pile size/lot: 10-foot-long by 10-foot-wide by 5 feet high 

WOOD CHIPS: Please mark the location where wood chips are to be left. 

• Requests must be submitted no later than March 27, 2020 

What we cannot chip: 

• Yard waste, twigs, ferns leaves, brush, bramble berry vines, etc. These items will clog the chipper. 

• Manufactured lumber (2 x 4s, plywood, etc.) 

Free Wood Chip Delivery: 

By popular request, SVCA staff will deliver the chipped wood to a resident’s home as it becomes available during the month of April. We will deliver one (1) 5-yard truck load on a first-requested basis, while supplies last. This delivery service is included on the Fire Wise service request form. 

We will keep information flowing using email blasts (if you haven’t signed up yet, please do so at, social media announcements, and the Sudden Valley Community Association website. We need word-of-mouth, grassroots discussions to spread across our beautiful valley to make it healthier, more beautiful and safer for each resident! 

Sudden Valley Community Association and Fire Wise are committed to partnering in safety. This is evident in the SVCA responses to Fire Wise requests for help in the past. Spring is coming, so roll up your sleeves and let’s work together! 


2020 Firewise Pickup Schedule 

Firewise Request Form:

Firewise Map:

PSE Planned Asphalt Repair

POTELCO, Inc. is still on schedule to make final repairs to the asphalt road and parking surfaces that were disturbed during the 2019 PSE project in Gate 2. Work will be done by AA Asphalt on Marigold Drive, Ridgefield Condos, Ranch House Condos, Center Condos, and Orchid Court will start on November 4th, 2019 and continue that week until all of the locations are completed.

Upcoming PSE Work scheduled in Gate 2

October 15th, 2019:

Marigold Drive [8:00 a.m.] – Add topsoil and straw to exposed dirt areas.

Orchid Court – Add topsoil and straw to exposed dirt areas.

Ranch House Condos [10:00 a.m.] – Check/top-off cold patch locations.

Morning Beach Drive: Add topsoil in area of the underground vault.

Estimated start time for inspection and topping-off existing road cold patch – 12:00 p.m. Work will occur in sequence listed.

West lane of Marigold by Center Condos: Top-off cold patch in settling areas. Compact as needed.

Valley View Court to Orchid Court (Ridge Field Condos): Inspect and top-off cold patch areas.

October 16th, 2019:

Morning Beach Drive: Starting about 9:00 a.m., re-work river rock by vault for added erosion control.

Questions or concerns about the above schedule/work may be directed to JTH, Jason Handy, at (360) 421-7091.

October Clean Green Event

In response to several requests for one more Clean Green day, Maintenance will staff a Saturday Clean Green activity on October 12, 2019. The location of the event will be changed to an area across from the entrance to Gate 5.

Directions (see map above for references)

  • Take Lake Louise Road to Gate 5.
  • Turn into the road side parking area across from Gate 5’s entrance.
  • Follow the signs to the Clean Green staging area.
  • Maintenance staff will be at the Clean Green site to provide directions on where to off load vegetation.

As with the summer Clean Green program there are guidelines to be followed:

HOURS: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Vegetation will be accepted for a minimal fee. Check or cash in the exact amount please. Staff will NOT be able to make change.

  • $10.00 per vehicle load, up to 2 feet high, 4 feet wide and 8 feet long.

Mixing of vegetation listed below cannot be accepted.

  • Tree limbs and trees must be separated from other vegetation
  • Grass sod and yard dirt must be separate from other vegetation.

Maintenance is often asked what size trees and tree limbs can be disposed of during Clean Green. The following is a general guide.

  • Tree limbs up to 7 inches in diameter, no length limit
  • Tree trunks up to 7 inches in diameter, no length limit

The Clean Green program is dedicated to compostable vegetation. Items that CANNOT be accepted include, metals, lumber, construction materials, chemicals and paints, batteries, electronics, household trash, plastic, glass, furniture, etc.