Historically on July 4th in the evening we have a crowd on the South Beach by the offices celebrating and lighting fireworks. During the day, the beach is full with kids having a great time swimming and hanging out. This year we will be serving hot dogs, burgers, chips and water from 2:00~4:00pm at the beach. At the same time, Governor Inslee has decreed that face masks are mandatory outside when social distancing of 6’ cannot be maintained. The HOA is not responsible to enforce such decrees, but we want everyone to be safe, and if you desire, celebrate Independence Day. With regard to fireworks, there has not been any restrictions announced yet, and we strongly recommend that you do not use fireworks in the wooded areas – it’s hot and dry, and we don’t want a fire. On the 4th of July, please feel free to come to the South Beach, and shoot your fireworks over the lake. Of course, you are responsible for any risks or damages you cause, and please make sure you clean up when you are done. Pierce County has announced rules and safety guidance (https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/3893/Fireworks)regarding fireworks, which apply to Palmer Lake. Please note that the fireworks discharge times for unincorporated Pierce County is July 1 ~ July 3 10:00am to 11:00pm and July 4th 10:00am to Midnight. Please have a great 4th of July!
In October of 2019 the members of Palmer Lake Beach Club (PLBC) made Bylaw changes to clarify and strengthen the PLBC policies and rules regarding property upkeep and construction approval. These changes included a process of notification, fines and appeals. On May 30, 2020, the membership approved the first policy document, which is effective June 1, 2020. Please take the time to review this policy document, which is found in the HOA section of this website.
Just as a reminder, the annual dues billing has been sent out, and all dues were due on July 1, for FY 2020-2021. If your dues are paid after July 30th, the membership's rules require us to charge a late fee equal to the dues amount. Please pay on time, and please note the membership does not allow us to waive late fees. Even if you do not receive an invoice, you are still obligated to pay the dues ($150 per year), and you can pay your dues without an invoice, by sending a check to PLBC (ensure it has your property address or PLBC account number on the check). Please pay on time. You can mail payment to our mailing address (check or money order, no cash please).
As we move forward with the lake overflow drainage project, we are also soliciting member participation in a Community Development Committee (CDC). The CDC needs your help to make recommendations on how to improve the community. For example, building a nice play area with play equipment on South Beach after the drainage project is completed is one idea that has been floated. In order for the Board to take proposals to the membership, we need to hear the voice of the community, and the first step is to use the CDC. We need your participation and voice. If you want to join the CDC, please send an email to PLBC with the subject line "CDC", and you will be added. To be on the CDC, you need to be an owner in good standing.
The locks on the bathrooms at both ends of the lake are push-button code locks. The codes are changed regularly, and the new codes are emailed to all members who have registered their email. This reduces unauthorized access problems. Please click on the "register your email" tab at the top to complete the form and register your email.
As your HOA continues it's collection actions on past due accounts, effective 10-24-2019 the cost of Liens applied to past due accounts will increase from $185 to $244.50, reflecting the increase in filing costs by Pierce County, as well as HOA bookkeeping costs. In the coming weeks, all accounts which are past due $600.00 or more will have liens recorded on their deeds, consistent with historical collection policy.
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