Dear Barrington Heights Homeowner,
We hope that each owner has now had their power and internet restored, after the recent snow and ice event we experienced a few weekends ago. This was one of, if not the most, devastating storms to ever hit West Linn. Due to the elevation and exposure to wind, the Barrington Heights community was hit especially hard. As a result, the governor issued an emergency order and several counties were operating under disaster response. The City of West Linn responded by first opening all roads within Barrington Heights, to allow at least one lane for emergency vehicles and owners to access homes. In some cases, the city had to use a snow plow to be able to clear a lane through the debris in the street, primarily caused by downed street trees and trees on owners’ properties.
Most homeowners are pleased to have had the community cleared so quickly, and the association is grateful for the city’s response, as this saved many homeowners thousands of dollars in tree and debris removal. We also recognize that some owners did incur expense to have their hazardous street trees removed as quickly as possible, as the street was being blocked. It is important for all homeowners to know that the association was not involved, or notified, of the actions taken by the city in their emergency response efforts that resulted in the removal of street trees and storm debris. Under the circumstances, everyone was operating with the knowledge they had and doing the best that they could, given the conditions.
As we have heard some concerns regarding the removal of the street trees, we forwarded the city’s response to those inquiries in our previous communication. Moving forward, our primary focus will be to make every effort to communicate with all owners as we learn more information from the City of West Linn. To our knowledge, decisions on next steps have not yet been made, as the City is still focusing on the initial clean-up. Our current understanding is that the City of West Linn will be conducting stump removal, planting of street tree replacements, and sidewalk repairs where needed. The Board of Directors and The Management Trust are taking a proactive and communicative approach with the City of West Linn, as we recover from this event. We fully recognize that this storm was shocking and devastating to all of us in Barrington Heights. Many owners suffered damage to landscaping, homes and cars. Thankfully, there were no reported injuries as a result of the damage.
We will get through this, and are absolutely looking forward to stumps being ground out, new trees planted, and sidewalks repaired. If we can be of any assistance, especially by answering specific questions or concerns, please reach out to our community manager, Madison Castillo, at The Management Trust by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please continue to stay safe and well.
Barrington Heights Board of Directors
As follow-up to our most recent email update regarding the damage to the trees in the community caused by the snow and ice event, we received some additional information from the City of West Linn and wanted to inform all homeowners. The public right of way including the sidewalk, street trees, and roadway are all the property of the city. By City Code, the adjacent property owner has the responsibility to do routine maintenance of the sidewalk, street tree, and landscaping that fronts their private property. This assignment of regular maintenance responsibility is consistent with other cities throughout the Portland Metro area. By having property owner’s complete adjacent maintenance, taxes are kept low. To clarify further, the street trees are the property of the city, not the homeowner, thus there will be no compensation for property you do not own.
Please understand that this is not a regular event or time of the year. In fact, this event is considered once in a lifetime and will likely be remembered as one of the greatest natural disasters to hit West Linn of all time. Thousands of trees were damaged and uprooted by the ice storm. This damage goes beyond the obvious physical destruction visible to the untrained eye and has impacted trees on a level that are often not immediately visible. The city has contracted with skilled, experienced, and certified arborists to review the condition of every tree as the city goes through our initial sweep of cleaning up damage. Nobody wants to remove healthy trees as this serves no purpose. Only hazard trees are being removed. After this initial cleanup of the city, a more detailed analysis will take place which could result in the removal of more trees. Tree removal is not taken lightly but is often necessary to re-establish a health more resilient street tree canopy. The city’s staff is working to document all tree removals and locations. The staff will also be working in the future on stump removal. This inventory of removals will form the basis for setting policy on replacements and a future restoration plan. No trees will be replaced until a thorough review of the whole city can be completed and policy set on replacements. Additionally, these replacements will likely not begin until late fall or winter.
The city has a staff of 6 full time people in streets dedicated to a city of almost 27,000 residents, so their response will be a little slow in comparison to what you might be accustomed to by private companies. We ask that you alternatively contact our managing agent, The Management Trust, with any questions or concerns so they can be routed to the appropriate party. Our community manager is Madison Castillo and can be reached via email at email@example.com or by calling (503) 670-8111 x5222.
Barrington Heights, in West Linn, Oregon, offers luxury homes in a quiet and secure neighborhood. Views of the Willamette River, Mt. Hood, and the beautiful Willamette Valley are some of the pleasures of this magnificent place that we call home.
All homeowners are members of the Barrington Heights Association of Homeowners. The purpose of the Association is to maintain and enhance the property values in our community. We believe that enjoyment of homeowner property, positive social interaction, as well as consistency of high standards of construction, maintenance and appearance are key factors contributing to high property values. Our Association is managed by a five-person board of elected representatives.
We hold all meetings on the first Wednesday of every month (February – December).
Our 2021 Meeting Dates are as follows:
|February 3||May 5||August 4||November 3|
|March 3||June 2||September 1||December 1|
|April 7||July 7||October 6|
All meetings start at 6pm. Please visit https://www.barrington-heights.com/ for up to date meeting details.
Owners are encouraged and welcome to attend.
If you have not done so already, please visit https://my.managementtrust.com/ to sign-up for an online account with The Management Trust. Please be sure to add your email address under “My Contact Info” to receive email communication from Management.
We have many neighborhood committees to maintain the vitality of the community and new volunteers are always welcomed. Would you like to participate in the operations of Barrington Heights? Contact Madison Castillo for more information.
- Architectural Review Committee (ARC)
- Common Area Maintenance Committee
- Website Committee
- Newsletter Committee
- Holiday Lighting Committee
- Landscape Committee
- Directory Committee
- Welcome Committee
- Social Committee