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Feb 15

Garage Door Warning

Hi everyone,

I am writing this email because I’d like to inform you about your garage door so that you won’t make the same mistake we did.

There are two springs (coils) at the top of your garage door that enable it to open.  They act as a counterbalance to the weight of the door which allow you to open the door manually and allows a less powerful motor to be used.

These springs have a finite life, and when one breaks, it makes a LOUD snapping noise.  If you look at the springs (see attached photo; look at the two springs on the right, formerly one spring), you will see that one of the springs has broken into two pieces. 

About a month ago I heard such a noise coming from our garage.  I went to investigate, but knowing NOTHING about the garage door mechanism, I didn’t even look carefully at the door and found nothing out of place in the garage in general.  So I shrugged, thinking, “that was weird. “

 A garage door with two springs can continue to work for a little while with only one working spring, but it is hard on the motor.  (This has been confirmed by both the technician and the internet.)

Since we didn’t know there was anything wrong, we continued to use our garage door, until this past Sunday, when the door wouldn’t go up more than a couple inches.  It took three people to open the door so that we could get one of our cars out of the garage.

I googled garage door problems and one of the possibilities was a broken spring.  I finally looked at the door mechanism and found the two springs at the top.  I saw that one was broken.

It is a dangerous job to replace the springs, and a garage door specialist should do it.  We called Overhead Door company and the guy fixed it in less than 1 and ½ hours.   It cost 293 dollars to have both springs replaced and the door serviced.  The technician recommended that we have our door and motor serviced every so often (ideally annually) just like we have our cars and furnace tuned up periodically.

At any rate, now you know a LOT more than I did about what to do if you hear a LOUD snapping noise coming from your garage, or if your door is operating sluggishly, you will know to look for a broken spring. See attached photo. 

Best wishes,


Feb 14


Tonight’s BINGO has been cancelled.

Jan 15

Condo fees revisited

Oops….I made a slight mistake

B Unit owners – The correct 2019 Condo fee for your unit size is $389.00, NOT the $388.00 I mentioned in the first email.
D-1 Unit owners – The correct 2019 condo fee for your unit size is $414.00, NOT the $413.00 I mentioned in the first email.
I apologize for this mistake, I was looking at the wrong sheet.
Since most of you are set up with an ACH from your bank, our accountant will make the adjustments.
For those that write checks, please pay the new amount starting next month.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 360-319-3238, or email me at [email protected]
Thank you,
Toni Whitmyre VACCA Treasurer

Dec 22

Condo Fees 2019

2019 Condo Fees

The 2019 Budget was ratified on Wednesday, December 19th.   The new condo fees, that take effect on January 1, 2019, are:

Unit Size           Amount

A                        $ 378.00

B                        $ 388.00

C                        $ 406.00

D-1                    $ 413.00

D-2                    $ 442.00

E                        $ 514.00

F                        $ 550.00


If your fee is automatically taken out of your bank account the change will be made by our accountant.

If you pay by check please pay the above amount starting in January.

Thank you,

Toni Whitmyre

VACCA Treasurer

Nov 30

VACCA Handyman

If you see this gentleman around the Village, it’s O.K. because he is our Handyman Peter Bemment.

Nov 08

PSE Home Evaluation

Puget Sound Energy provides a free service to homeowners. They will come out to your unit and evaluate your home’s energy efficiency, all for free. They evaluate many parts of your home’s energy efficiency, including insulation, heating and cooling, lighting, etc. They will even replace older light bulbs with new efficient LED bulbs for free.

The best way to schedule your appointment is to call the number below (probably the easiest way) or go to the website below (if you prefer filling out an online form instead of talking to a person).

If you prefer to speak to someone directly to schedule, modify or cancel an existing appointment, or to receive more information on the program, please contact 1-855-973-1575, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Home Energy Assessment:

You must have your PSE account number to use either of these approaches. If you don’t know the number, it is on your monthly bill. If you don’t have a bill handy, you can call PSE customer service (1-888-225-5773)
and they will tell you your account number if you give them the name on your bill, your address, and the last four digits of your social security number.

Aug 10

Clean Windows in the Pool & Spa

Thanks today to the industrious helping hands of Linda, Katie, Rita, Carol, David and Diane, the windows are crystal clear for your swimming and spa pleasure.We are very fortunate at VACCA to have a pool and spa facility with so much open natural light.Treat yourself, take a dip in our pool and cool off!

P.S. The volunteer efforts by the committee team saved VACCA at least $300 in professional fees.

Paul J Grey

Jul 01

Swim Program

Since we have a renewed swimming pool and hot tub I would like to invite residents to a new swimming exercise program on Mondays and Wednesday’s at 10:30 – 11:15 A.M.
This will be instructed by volunteers Tracy and Chris at no cost. We will start on Monday July 2nd and Wednesday the 4th, and continue on a regular schedule. If you are interested please join us at the VACCA pool to work toward better health.
Any questions feel free to call. Nettie jungers 360-387-5713

Jun 28

Wood Shop

Please attend to your projects.
Items left in the wood shop for over thirty days will be considered abandoned. They will be available for any use or be discarded.
Please ask Roy or Ron K. before donating or leaving items in the wood shop.

Roy Teeter 360-380-4097

May 22

B & R Phase Concept


B&R has broken painting down into five phases that roughly, but not totally, mirror the VACCA original construction phases.  The plan divides the total number of buildings into the five near equal groups to be painted over five years.  (See the phase groupings on page 3).  The purpose of phasing is to spread the cost of painting all of our buildings over five years.  This phasing concept is also generally used with siding, window and garage door projects covered by replacement funding.  The Reserve Fund contributions we make each month reflect this concept to ensure we have needed funding available before each project begins.  We are currently in Phase II of the painting cycle.

Painting is our buildings’ primary protection against the elements and must always be in good order.  The paint we use is of excellent quality and is expected to last seven years or more.  Our phased approach is five years of painting (the five phases) and two years off.  That is, we have a seven year cycle with most of the expenses for the major projects spread over five of those years


Our painting contracts include the painting of all exterior surfaces and are bid that way.  Since siding, windows and garage doors, when replaced, also require painting, B&R tries to make sure this work is done prior to painting for each phase.  This ensures the work is included in the general cost of painting for that phase.  If done outside of a planned phase (e.g., emergency replacement), we incur an added cost to have them painted, which can be substantial.  Therefore B&R focuses on completing necessary siding, window and garage door replacements prior each phase of painting.  It is also why painting is scheduled later in the year (in addition to the weather being better) to allow for the completion of those projects.

Note that “emergency” repair and replacements will occur when needed and will incur the additional cost of painting unless it happens to fall into a current phase before scheduled painting has begun for that phase.


Just as painting protects siding, siding protects a building’s sub-structure.  Siding is crucial to a building’s structural integrity and with proper maintenance reduces the risk of costly sub-structure repairs over the long term.  In the past, rotten siding has, at times, been painted over which led to expensive repairs and replacement of not only siding but building sub-structure elements.  This is why B&R now includes a siding assessment in our five year painting cycle.  Any siding that will not protect the sub-structure until the next cycle year for that phase (i.e., seven years) will be replaced in the current cycle.  This is a judgment call by B&R with input from siding experts.  Any replacements required between cycles will be accomplished following our emergency process.


To a limited extent window replacement is also linked to the painting phases.  Phases I & II of the current five phases are complete.  Phase III replacements are planned for 2019.  However, since phases I & II were done before our new guidelines, B&R plans to review both of those phases yet this year following the new guidelines.  Any additional new windows in Phase I or II buildings identified as needing replacement under our new guidelines will be addressed by next year’s budget (we have no non-emergency window replacement budget remaining this year).  It is our desire to get any new window replacements identified for Phase I & II buildings replaced in 2019.  However, this will depend on our normal budget process which also must accommodate Phase III window replacements.

Garage Doors

As with siding and windows, garage doors in each phase will be assessed and as necessary will be replaced during the phase for that group of buildings to gain the benefit of reduced painting costs.  Similar to siding and windows, any emergency replacements will incur added painting costs.


The sixth year of the current cycle is 2022; no major painting, siding, etc. is planned for this year or 2023.  Currently, the basic plan is the entire cycle will start again in the next year - 2024 (every seven years).  So in this case, 2024 would be Phase I of the next painting, siding, etc. cycle. 

Note – the amount of siding requiring replacement should diminish significantly after the current cycle because we are replacing anything we can with Hardie Board which lasts for a very long time.  Similarly, since the original wood garage doors are being replaced with metal doors, replacements should be significantly reduced after the current cycle.  This will all be taken into consideration during our Reserve Study and yearly budget creation processes.

Phase Groupings
(defines which buildings are included in each phase)

Phase I (completed in 2017)            Phase II (to be completed in 2018)         Phase III (planned for 2019)

1.            4881   A & B NVL                              1.   4851    A & B   NVL                         1.           4630    A & B  VD                  

2.            4878   A & B NVL                              2.   4850    A & B   NVL                         2.           4625    A & B   VD                

3.            4877   A & B NVL                              3.   1230                WVL                        3.           4600    A & B    VD                

4.            4874   A & B NVL                              4.   1229    A & B   WVL                        4.           4585    A & B   VD                

5.            4871   A & B NVL                              5.   1220    A & B   WVL                        5.           4563    VD

6.            4868   A & B NVL                              6.   1217    A & B   WVL                        6.           4553    A & B   VD                

7.            4867              NVL                              7.   1205    A & B   WVL                        7.           4550    A & B   VD                  

8.            4866   A & B NVL                              8.   1202    A & B   WVL                        8.           4425    VD

9.            4864   A & B NVL                              9.   4750    A & B   VD                           9.           4409    A & B   VD                

10.           4863   A & B NVL                              10. 4743    A & B   VD                           10.           4380    A & B   VD              

11.           4860   A & B NVL                              11. 4720    A & B   VD                           11.           4377    A & B   VD                

12.           4858   A & B NVL                              12. 4711    A & B   VD                           12.           4355    A & B   VD                

13.           4856   A & B NVL                              13. 4843                VD

14.           4855   A & B NVL                              14. 4650    A & B   VD

15.           4852              NVL                              15. 4645    A & B   VD

Phase IV (planned for 2020)                (Phase V (planned for 2021)                 

1.            4848              VD (CH)                        1.   1153    A & B   EVL                             

2.            4350   A & B VD                                2.   1150    A & B   EVL

3.            4315   A & B VD                                3.   1223    A & B   EVL

4.            4310   A & B VD                                4.   1230    A & B   EVL

5.            4259   A & B VD                                5.   1301    A & B   EVL

6.            4220   A & B VD                                6.   1339    A & B   EVL

7.            4201   A & B VD                                7.   1354    A & B   EVL

8.            4143   A & B VD                                8.   1379    A & B   EVL

9.            4121              VD                                9.   1427    A & B   EVL

10.           4103   A & B VD                                10. 1430    A & B   EVL

11.           4039   A & B VD                                11. 1495    A & B   EVL

12.           4005   A & B VD                                12. 1498    A & B   EVL