July 16, 2018 Board Meeting

The meeting was brought to order at 7:07 by Jeff Miller.

  • Motion
  • Proposed by:      Keith Hendrickson
  • Seconded by:     John Tomlinson
  • Motion made:    To Approve April 15, 2018 minutes
  • Approved:           Yes

A letter (see below for a copy) was received by many Crest homeowners from Frank and Debra Parsons (174th Ave SE) expressing their extreme frustrations regarding Earl Soushek. Earl owns the 17 acres accessible from 176th Ave. who has had questionable business practices. The board discussed the situation but has limited authority beyond raising awareness among members and directing complaints to the appropriate King County Authorities. The letter from the Parsons is included as an appendix to these Board Minutes.

Janet Gunlach gave the Treasurer’s report.

Three homes are soon to be renovated and put on the market. Now is a good time to talk up Crest as an aviation community and encourage pilots to move to our community:

1) Bob Johnson’s house; 29902 SE 176th Ave. SE

2) Rosemary Smith’s house; 17607 SE 297th Pl

3) Jan Mitchel’s house; 17614 296th ST.

Jeff Miller and the Documents Committee have received first drafts of documents from Ledger Square Law firm regarding airport purchase/operation. John Tomlinson reported that there were two documents in draft form:

  • Homeowners Association Agreement (tying individual property to airport ownership)
  • By-Laws (necessary update to accommodate airport ownership)

Line by line discussion of the Association Agreement followed to assist the Documents Committee in evaluating the first draft. Much boiler-plate verbiage was eliminated as it does not apply to our situation. One important proposal: A sufficient number of homeowner signatures on the Association Agreement should be required to trigger the agreement. Another session with the attorneys is expected soon. The Board expects to have 2nd draft documents ready for discussion with homeowners at the general meeting/picnic.

The picnic is scheduled for Sunday, October 7th. Eric Eversole has made his hangar available. John Tomlinson has agreed to preparing an updated power point presentation.

We plan to have elections at the annual meeting on October 7th. Doug Matuska has expressed his desire to retire from the Board.

A neighborhood Garage Sale is scheduled for July 28th.

Motion

  • Proposed by:      John Tomlinson
  • Seconded by:     Keith Hendrickson
  • Motion made:    To Adjourn the meeting
  • Approved:           Yes

Respectfully submitted,

Robbi Broussard


12 in Attendance at Broussard’s Home

Board Members present:

  • Jeff Miller (2012), President                        Telephone 253-639-1915
  • John Tomlinson (2013), VP
  • Robbi Broussard (2012), Secretary
  • Janet Gundlach  (even year), Treasurer
  • Keith Hendrickson (2017)
  • Andy Karmy (2017)
  • Molly Littlefield (2012)
  • Leone Tomlinson
  • Dick Broussard

Board Members absent:

  • Doug Matuska (2012)
  • Mark Owen (2017)

May 1, 2018

Dear Neighbors:

My husband and I have lived in the Crest Air Park area for 24 years. We live outside the homeowners association area but we want to make you aware of a problem we are ALL facing.

A man named Earl Soushek, at 29517 176th Ave SE, Parcel #0121059017, purchased this 17 acres of land back in 2006. He also owns a business named Crest Development LLC. The property is zoned as Residential. He has a permit with King County to build a house with attached garage and a 12,210 sq ft detached garage. Over these 12 years, he has barely started his house, and his detached garage is nothing more than a very large, unsightly, unfinished metal frame. He also has an accumulation of debris/building materials that have been laying around for years.   He seems to be using this land as a staging/storage area for his trucks and equipment. Why else would he want such a huge detached garage? He starts up his diesel trucks and heavy equipment in the early morning. He lets them idle awhile, pouring large clouds of diesel smoke into the air. The trucks come and go but the heavy equipment runs on the property all day long.

Mr. Soushek is causing great distress for those of us who border his property! My husband and I have planted trees to block the view of the mess but we hear all the noise from his trucks and other heavy equipment and smell the diesel smoke day after day after day. We can no longer use our own backyard, open our windows or plant a vegetable garden because of the noise and pollution. We run electric fans to help block the noise we still hear inside. He could be bringing down the property values for all of us by operating his business out of a zoned Residential area. We invite you to come to the cul-de-sac at the end of 174th Ave SE and see for yourself.

We have sent a letter of complaint to King County. If you would like to do the same, the address is: Code Enforcement – Department of Permitting & Environmental Review, 35030 SE Douglas St., Ste. 210, Snoqualmie, WA 98065-9266. You can also call 206-296-6680 during regular business hours. For instructions on what to include in a complaint visit the King County web site: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/permitting-environmental-review/ce/complaints.aspx                       Your complaint can be confidential but you must state that in your complaint.

Mr Soushek should not be operating or staging his business out of this property. This is a Residential neighborhood. We all have the right to live in peace and quiet. When one of our neighbors takes away our peace and quiet, we must work together to preserve our community. If anyone knows another way to get results from King County, please come forward with that information.

We also invite members of the Crest Flying Acres Homeowners Association to get involved. Many of your members are enduring the truck traffic and noise on 176th Ave SE.

Thank you for reading this plea and we hope it will cause many of you to contact King County to help us.

Sincerely,

Frank and Debra Parsons       cell # 206-718-2799  

 

April 15, 2018 Board Meeting

FAHA Board Meeting April 15, 2018

The meeting was called to order by Jeff Miller at 7:14.

Doug Matuska brought the two new windsocks that he had ordered for Rikki at Crest Airpark, displaying the new airport name. As the cost for the windsocks is being paid for by Board members, and not from FAHA dues, board members can reimburse Doug directly, at a suggested amount of $25 each. Doug plans to rent a “cherry picker” from Home Depot to install the windsocks.

Our guests from the last meeting, Neil and Marty Bryant, were encouraged by conversations during the January meeting. Jeff Miller spoke to their new neighbors, Keith and Susan, who had similar concerns about airport access. They told Jeff that they are likely to join the community, which is encouraging.

Kudos to Andy Karmy and John Tomlinson for their work on the website. A conversation with a realtor on the Lunde residence elicited comments of “brilliant”, “clean”, and “professional”.

Motion

  • Proposed by:      John Tomlinson
  • Seconded by:     Keith Hendrickson
  • Motion made:    To Approve January 15, 2018 minutes
  • Approved:           Yes

Janet Gundlach—Treasurer’s Report. As requested by John Tomlinson, Janet produced a report listing lot owners, lot description, and ….

Janet has sent out reminders to owners who have yet to send in their 2018 FAHA HOA dues (about 18).

Janet has also been watching for homeowners who may not have paid the Airpark dues. At least one homeowner was reported as unpaid by the Airpark, but had a cancelled check to prove otherwise.

For March: $1260 in income, no expense, leaving a balance of $36,292.40.

A $2984.83 billing for Ledger Square services will be paid in April.

Motion

  • Proposed by:      John Tomlinson
  • Seconded by:     Andy Karmy
  • Motion made:    To accept the Treasurer’s report
  • Approved:           Yes

Janet read a “History of Crest”, which she helped to write a couple decades ago. Andy Karmy will try to include it on the FAHA website.

John Tomlinson, Andy Karmy, and Jeff Miller met with attorneys from Ledger Square on March 23, 2018. One of the objectives of our board members was to familiarize the law group with who we are (homeowners) and what we want to do (own and operate the airport). A second objective was to have them provide a rough estimate of the cost. Our group was pleased that they came with examples of other airports and associations that showed they had knowledge of our situation. They also estimated around 40 hours of work, which eased John Tomlinson’s mind as something we could afford. They also suggested that they would like to offer a set bid as opposed to hourly billing. The group discussed voluntary vs. mandatory participation. This is not a traditional HOA; the LLC owns it, then the homeowners tie into it. Shasta (full-partner) has the structural mind and Jason listens to her opinion. John sent out a visual as to the anticipated structure.

John Tomlinson brought up the upcoming fly-in that Logan Shepherd of Normandy Aircraft is planning to host on June 2, 2018. John wondered if we should offer homeowner assistance: wheel BBQs, provide garbage cans, parking? According to the website/facebook page, 39 plan to attend and 216 are interested. This could impact FAHA residents, so an email will be sent out to homeowners to give them a heads-up.

Logan Shepherd, who rents the hangar owned by Norm Grier at the south end of the airport, worked on the rotating beacon. He has reported that he has had trouble with one homeowner. The board discussed the need to have the walking path markers more visible…perhaps with concrete poured around the monument.

Motion

  • Proposed by:      John Tomlinson
  • Seconded by:     Keith Hendrickson
  • Motion made:    To Adjourn the meeting
  • Approved:           Yes

Respectfully submitted,

Robbi Broussard

12 in Attendance at Broussard’s Home

Board Members present:

  • Jeff Miller (2012), President                        Telephone 253-639-1915
  • John Tomlinson (2013), VP
  • Robbi Broussard (2012), Secretary
  • Janet Gundlach  (even year), Treasurer
  • Doug Matuska (2012)
  • Keith Hendrickson (2017)
  • Andy Karmy (2017)
  • Drew Anderson (2015)
  • Leone Tomlinson
  • Dick Broussard
  • Debbie Karmy
  • Shawn Selander

Board Members absent:

  • Molly Littlefield (2012)

January 15, 2018 Board Meeting

FAHA Board Meeting January 15, 2018

The meeting was called to order by Jeff Miller at 7:07.

Jeff introduced our guests to the Board and brought them up-to-date with the recent decision by the FAHA Board in late December to move from HIP Lawyers to Ledger Square Law. A check for $2500 was sent to them to retain their services. Their rates range from $325 to $250 per hour.

The minutes of the last FAHA Board meeting on December 11, 2017 along with the ”Digital” meeting concerning change in legal representation were sent to all board members prior to tonight’s meeting. A correction was made to the number of members present (10) at the December 11th meeting.   “Digital” meetings may occur in the future, however Jeff and John would like to allow advance notice with a window of time.

Motion

Proposed by:      John Tomlinson
Seconded by:     Drew Anderson
Motion made:    To Approve both minutes, as corrected
Approved:           Yes

Neil and Marty Bryant were invited to share the unique concerns that the two homeowners north of 288th have concerning safety for aircraft crossing to the airfield. Currently there are no airplanes operating out of the two homes concerned. Locked gates, the height of fence posts (for low-winged aircraft), traffic safety, were discussed. The Bryant’s are concerned that their easement may not be viable after 2025 and would like to know if there are any guarantees that FAHA can make that would ensure that their rights. Andy suggested that there are several options for improved safety for aircraft crossing the busy road, including lights (similar to the ones by the railroad crossing) which might be controlled through an I-pad or cellphone. Jeff assured the Bryants that the Board will do everything possible to enable residents north of 288th to continue flying.

Kudos to Andy Karmy and John Tomlinson for their outstanding job on the revised FAHA Website. Who is the kid with the goggles? It’s John Tomlinson’s grandson in the Littlefield airplane. Andy would like additional articles and photos for the website.

Janet Gundlach, Treasurer’s report. In 2017, we had Income of $4275 (dues) and Expenses $8360.98:

  • Accounting fees $275
  • Post Office $108
  • License $10
  • Postage $56.15
  • Newsletter $31.28
  • D&O Insurance $902
  • Legal $5712.50 (includes $2,500 prepaid retainer)
  • CPA $1147.50
  • Picnic $108.55
  • Bank $10

Since expenses exceeded dues income (and will continue with our need for legal guidance regarding By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation for airport purchase), the Board discussed an appropriate amount for 2018 Dues and Assessments. The dues would remain unchanged at $40 per year and an assessment of $100 was agreed upon. This assessment is expected cover the majority of legal fees for the year although not guaranteed. We won’t know what to expect until we get an estimate from Ledger Square Law later this year.

Motion

Proposed by:      Robbi Broussard
Seconded by:     John Tomlinson
Motion made:    To bill $40 for 2018 annual dues with an additional assessment of $100
Approved:           Yes

John Tomlinson passed around documents spelling out requirements for LLC’s, including annual reports, filed with the State, bank accounts, and annual meetings. He reiterated our need to get updated By-Laws started. A committee, composed of Andy Karmy, Jeff Miller, John Tomlinson, and Mark Owens was created to begin a review and update to Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation.

Old Business: Doug Matuska needs to approach Rikki for the measurements of a windsock replacement. As explained to our guests, the windsock will be paid for by the Board members individually, and not out of FAHA money.

Motion

Proposed by:      Robbi Broussard
Seconded by:     Keith Hendrickson
Motion made:    To Adjourn the meeting
Approved:           Yes

Respectfully submitted,

Robbi Broussard


15 in Attendance at Broussard’s Home

Board Members present:

  • Jeff Miller (2012), President                        Telephone 253-639-1915
  • John Tomlinson (2013), VP
  • Robbi Broussard (2012), Secretary
  • Janet Gundlach  (even year), Treasurer
  • Doug Matuska (2012)
  • Keith Hendrickson (2017)
  • Andy Karmy (2017)
  • Keith Littlefield (2012)
  • Drew Anderson (2015)

 

Guests present:

  • Leone Tomlinson
  • Dick Broussard
  • Neil & Marty Bryant
  • Bob and Diane Murphy

 

December 26, 2017 Board Meeting via E-mail

FAHA Board Meeting (Conducted via E-mail) December 26, 2017

These minutes are for a virtual meeting conducted via e-mail starting December 16, 2017 and ending on December 26, 2017.

The meeting was initiated by the distribution of comments to the board from Jeff Miller and John Tomlinson (attached e-mail dated 12/16/2017) about their positive impressions of the Ledger Square Law firm after meeting with them. Jeff Miller’s e-mail included a Fee Agreement and Engagement Letter with Ledger Square Law as an attachment.

Subsequently, John Tomlinson made a motion (attached e-mail dated 12/23/2017) to engage Ledger Square and asked for a second and a vote via e-mail.

Motion

Proposed by:      John Tomlinson
Seconded by:     Robbi Broussard
Motion made:    To engage Ledger Square Law, P.S.
Approved:           Yes, 7; No, 0; (2 absent)

Yes:

• John Tomlinson (proposed motion)
• Keith and Molly Littlefield (via e-mail)
• Robbi Broussard (via e-mail)
• Andy Karmy (via e-mail)
• Doug Matuska (via e-mail)
• Jeff Miller (proxy John Tomlinson)
• Janet Gundlach (verbal)

Abstain:

• Drew Anderson
• Keith Hendrickson


Board Members Present via E-mail:

Jeff Miller, President
John Tomlinson, Vice President
Robbi Broussard, Secretary
Janet Gundlach, Treasurer
Keith Hendrickson
Andy Karmy
Keith and Molly Littlefield
Doug Matuska
Drew Anderson

The exchange of e-mails ended on December 26, 2017. Attachments follow.



Jeff Miller and John Tomlinson E-mail Review of Meeting with Ledger Square Law

Dear Board Members – Please recall our meeting Monday evening included discussion of looking for

new lawyer representation. John Tomlinson offered a lawyer recommendation from a property
management firm he has a professional relationship with. That said, the recommended lawyer was
Jason Whalen the lead lawyer in a small legal group based in downtown Tacoma. Contact was made
with Jason by phone on Thursday and a meeting set up for today, Friday. All officers were consulted
prior to a meeting time being set. John and I were available all day Friday with alternate dates to be the
middle of January . Both Janet and Robbi had prior commitments for a Friday meeting but both
encouraged the early meeting date to help move us forward.

Jason Whalen, Clemencia Castro-Woolery, and Shasta Kelley (all lawyers with the firm) met with John
and myself in their offices starting at 9:30 am and ending 10:20 am. Jason and his support staff are a
breath of fresh air. They are quick to understand our situation and goals. They are creative in their
suggestions for solutions. They are collaborative in their problem solving. I can recommend that we
proceed with Jason Whalen as a lawyer to represent our interests. The attached document is a
statement of engagement and fees. Please review it and contact John Tomlinson regarding your
comments. I will be out of town until the 28th of December.

Best regards, Jeff Miller

—–

From: flyingts@comcast.net
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:06 PM
To: Andy Karmy; Dick & Robbi Broussard (dickandrobbi@comcast.net); Doug
Matuska (dgmatuska@netzero.net); Drew Anderson
(g.drewanderson@comcast.net); Jeff Miller; Keith Hendrickson
(n7968g@gmail.com); Molly Littlefield (mollyflittlefield@me.com); Shawn
Selander (smselander@gmail.com)
Subject: Contact with Ledger Square Law, P.S.
Attachments: Fee Agreement and Engagement Letter.pdf

I concur with Jeff’s assessment (see below). In under an hour the legal team at Ledger Square Law firm
in Tacoma had a greater grasp and far more imaginative ideas than the HIP firm had after the many
hours they invested to date. I am extremely confident that we can get a quality product from these
folks. Attached is a fee agreement and engagement letter that clearly articulates how they approach and
bill for their work. To me, their letter illustrates the kind of results I expect to see from Ledger Square.
We received nothing like this from the HIP firm.

jt


John Tomlinson E-mail Motion to Engage Ledger Square Law, Call for Discussion and Vote 12/23/2017

From: flyingts@comcast.net
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2017 7:26 AM
To: Andy Karmy; Dick & Robbi Broussard (dickandrobbi@comcast.net); Doug
Matuska (dgmatuska@netzero.net); Drew Anderson
(g.drewanderson@comcast.net); Jeff Miller; Keith Hendrickson
(n7968g@gmail.com); Molly Littlefield (mollyflittlefield@me.com); Shawn
Selander (smselander@gmail.com)
Subject: Motion to Proceed with Ledger Square Law, P.S.

Importance: High

Hi folks,

Hopefully by now you had a chance to read our comments and look over the engagement letter. At this
point, Jeff and I are proposing that we retain Ledger Square Law to act on our behalf. Our understanding
from our initial meeting is that their initial body of work will be to review relevant materials and provide
rough estimates and guidance for the next steps. My recollection is that they thought this would involve
5 to 10 hours.

Given that the holidays are here, Jeff and I concluded that we should get board approval via e-mail since
we are unable to meet at this time. Thus, I am making a motion to contract with Ledger Square Law to
act on our behalf to create the necessary organizations to purchase the airport, assist with issues related
to the collection of funds and oversee the execution of the settlement when needed. I am asking for a
second to this motion (more than one is acceptable) and your individual votes via e-mail either in favor
or against the motion. I am voting in favor and have Jeff’s proxy to vote in favor. Please contact me
should there be any need for discussion.

I plan to print a copy of the engagement letter upon approval (assumed) and sign it prior to leaving town
in early January. I will leave it with one of the other officers to obtain the other three signatures.

Please respond as soon as practical.

Regards,
John Tomlinson
FAHA Vice President

December 11, 2017 Board Meeting

The meeting was called to order by Jeff Miller at 7:15.
Minutes from the last board meeting on October 9th, along with “Objectives and Tasks 2017 thru 2018”, and a copy of email sent to Pat Hanis (November 30, 2017) had been sent out to board members for review prior to tonight’s meeting.

The meeting was called to order by Jeff Miller at 7:15. (See attendance at the bottom.)

Minutes from the last board meeting on October 9th, along with “Objectives and Tasks 2017 thru 2018”, and a copy of email sent to Pat Hanis (November 30, 2017) had been sent out to board members for review prior to tonight’s meeting. A motion was proposed to approve the minutes.

Motion

Proposed by:      John Tomlinson
Seconded by:     Keith Hendrickson
Motion made:    To Approve the minutes of October 9, 2017
Approved:           Yes (unanimous)

Treasurer’s Report, Janet Gundlach:  a check in the amount of $206.25 was sent to HIP on November 8, 2017.  A billing of $902 for D&O Insurance through State Farm Insurance was discussed.  Other organizations have found this coverage invaluable in our sue-happy world.

It was suggested that Survey Monkey, an on-line survey tool, might be helpful to solicit homeowner opinions regarding the airport acquisition.  Short, focused surveys of approximately 10 questions could be helpful to inform the board as well as fellow home owners as to consensus opinions prior to crafting new Articles of Incorporation and bylaws.  More discussion is required to define goals.

Jeff Miller shared an article from the December 2017 issue of AOPA Magazine, “Simply the Best” about an airport owned and operated by a New York flying club.  Contact was made with the chief flight instructor/manager (and sole employee) and their treasurer.  The interest is in the similar business model including hangar rentals and gas sales.  The difference is its ownership by the flying club. Further contact could be useful to consider best practices ( www.williamsonflyingclub.com )

Jeff Miller proposed that we shift our perspective to encourage members to think in terms of being ready to buy the airport in 2025 (emphasis on 2025).   John Tomlinson disagrees with this change in tack, citing that it is time consuming, and that we have two tasks: 1) organization and 2) funding. A discussion followed about establishing savings accounts to encourage a disciplined savings plan for members. John Tomlinson said we would be better served with an escrow account with underlying contracts to control the funds, not a savings account.  The idea of helping members with saving plans was dropped.

Janet reminded us that a newsletter will need to go out to homeowners in January.  The Board will need to decide what figure would be appropriate for FAHA dues and assessment, considering the legal expenses that will certainly be forthcoming.  The favored suggestion: $40 dues (no change) and a $60 assessment.  The discussion was tabled for review next meeting.

John Tomlinson and Andy Karmy have been working on updating the FAHA website.  They scrolled through each page, eliciting comments and suggestions for improvement:

  • Move the By-Laws from page 1 to a separate page (maybe named “Legal”).
  • The map of the Crest property takes up too much room.  Maybe have it on the first page only.
  • Include phone numbers for all FAHA Board members.
  • Include a list of past FAHA Board members.
  • Add the Treasurer’s report.
  • Add a Bulletin Board where homeowners can post notices, i.e. “house for Sale”.
  • Have rolling photos on the home page.
  • Have the map in a pull-down tab.
  • Have the website “Mobile Friendly”, which could be useful for realtors (and folks under 40).

Andy showed an example of the website for Mount Rainier Chapter 326 EAA, which also contains a blog of articles written by members. Both Andy and John recommend moving to DreamHost (away from GoDaddy) as a host for ease of use and cost both.

Motion

Proposed by:      Keith Hendrickson
Seconded by:     Janet Gundlach
Motion made:    To switch FAHA web hosting from GoDaddy to DreamHost (using Andy Karmy’s www.Karmy.com)
Approved:           Yes (unanimous)

Old business:  Doug Matuska is waiting on Rikki to supply the diameter dimension (18” or 24”) before ordering a personalized windsock.  Also, not sure how we might install the windsock lacking a boom truck.

A tentative date has been set for the Next FAHA Board meeting:  January 15th at 7:00.

Motion

Proposed by:      Keith Hendrickson
Seconded by:     Andy Karmy
Motion made:    To Adjourn the meeting
Approved:           Yes (unanimous)

 

Respectfully submitted,
Robbi Broussard


10 in Attendance at Broussard’s Home

Board Members present: Guests:
Jeff Miller (2012), President
John Tomlinson (2013), VP Leone Tomlinson
Robbi Broussard (2012), Secretary Dick Broussard
Janet Gundlach (even year), Treasurer
Doug Matuska (2012)
Keith Hendrickson (2017)
Andy Karmy (2017)
Keith Littlefield (2012)
Board Members Absent:
Drew Anderson (2015)