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Landscaping Dos and Don’t

When people talk to me about why they love living in Peterkort Woods, they frequently mention how beautiful the landscaping is. When people complain about the conditions at Peterkort Woods, landscaping is also number one.

It’s hard to please 223 homeowners.

It is one of our most visible assets. When it looks nice, it increases the beauty and value of our homes. When it doesn’t, it is hard to see anything else.

This is why the builder spent so much effort in the landscape design of our community. It is why the Board of Directors spends an inordinate amount of time and resources on landscape issues.

If you want to be part of the process to improve our landscaping, here are some tips.

Do

  1. Learn about our landscaping. Talk to a Landscape Committee person or one of the Board of Directors. See landscape website for more.
  2. Join the committee.
  3. Come to a Board of Directors meeting.
  4. Fill out a landscape request form. see contact instructions

Don’t

  1. Alter the landscape yourself. see PKW CCRs especially 5.16. This means: no yard art, no planting, trimming, removing any item in the beds around our homes.
  2. Complain directly to the Landscapers. If you have an issue with them, contact the Board.
  3. Dig. Besides being prohibited (see #1), you could damage the sprinkler system or hit a utility.
  4. Trim the trees. (see #1)

Do you agree or disagree with my list? Have any questions, comments, or concerns? Let me know by filling out a contact form.

COMMUNITY CLEANUP DAY May 14th, 2022

FOLLOW UP: We had 20 volunteers at our cleanup day. They were from-

Windwood 14

Morrison 4

Taylor 2.


If you would like to participate and have not already sent a response, please do so now. This will help lunch and project planning.

When: Saturday May 14th at 900am to noon (lunch provided)

Where: meet at the Clubhouse, 10353 SW Taylor Street

Residents of Peterkort Woods will gather on May 14th to tackle a few maintenance and landscape projects. The scope of the work will be determined by the number of volunteers.

In the past we have picked up trash in the surrounding community, cleaned our mailboxes, and removed invasive ivy, This year’s priority is getting the pool area ready for the May 27th opening. There are also a couple of small landscape projects.

If you have not already done so, please RSVP so we can gather supplies and plan lunch.

May 14, 2022

Peterkort annexation

Owners of townhomes in Peterkort Woods should have received a letter from the City of Beaverton regarding the annexation of some property owned by the Peterkort Company.  The land in question is adjacent to but does not include any land owned by Peterkort Woods HOA.

According to the Cedar Mills News (https://cedarmillnews.com/article/1021-devt-news-west-union-gas-station-peterkort-annexation/) “The assignment of the applicable City of Beaverton zoning and land use designations upon annexation will not eliminate the existing trail or natural resource designations on the subject property.” That means any kind of development is unlikely.”

According to the article, Peterkort Company’s stated reason for the annexation request “was to consolidate all their area holdings under one jurisdiction.”

 If this annexation is approved, it will have no direct effect on PKW other than to bring the city of Beaverton closer to our property. 

A public hearing on the matter will be held remotely on October 27, 2021 at 630pm.

Public comments can be directed by email to lsmith@beavertonoregon.gov or mailboxcddplanning@beavertonoregon.gov or in writing to the project planner at PO Box 4755, Beaverton, OR 97076.

Community Safety and fun at the pool

I have posted two articles in the past regarding how to act at the pool and how to respond to inappropriate behavior. You can read them here: Pool etiquette and Pool safety and security.

In the past week there have been two incidents witnessed at the pool that were not reported until it was too late to confront the violators.

Both incidents involved people climbing over the fence to gain entry, then letting others in. The first incident also involved sitting on the pump room roof after drinking Rainer beer (so 4 violations total).

I am posting security photos of the suspects. Let me know if you know them. (I apologize for the quality of the images. I will replace them with higher resolution images when I can.)

For minor violations, I would suggest talking to those involved. If you are uncomfortable doing this, report it to AMS as soon as possible with as many details as possible. If they are a resident and used their FOB to gain entry, the Association can figure out who they are and have a discussion with them.

If they did not use a FOB to gain entry and are violating other rules (like sitting on the roof) assume they are trespassing until you know otherwise.

If it is criminal behavior, including trespassing, call the Washington County Dispatch non-emergency line 503-629-0111. If it is life threatening, call 911.

This advice applies to other suspicious behaviors in our community, such as people looking in vehicles or on porches, drug use late at night in the common areas, people following delivery vehicles, etc.

Look out for your neighbors and their property by saying something when you see something.

Questions, comments, concerns?

Annual Homeowners’ Meeting 2021:

updated 8/9/21 11pm

The Peterkort Woods Homeowners’ Association held its Annual owners meeting on August 9th at 630pm.

This was an in person meeting at our clubhouse.

Two Board positions were up for election.

The following candidates were elected:

  • Barb Purdy– Board member since 2019
  • Murray Jenkins– owner since 2006, current Chair of the Gutter/Downspout Committee.

Barb Purdy

Murray Jenkins

Owners also passed a resolution regarding the 70-604 ruling.

Following the homeowners meeting, the Board held a brief organization meeting to elect officers. The following assignments were agreed to:

  • President- Robert Phillippi
  • Vice-President- Murray Jenkins
  • Treasurer- Barbara Purdy
  • Secretary-Harriet Linville
  • Member at Large-Michael Hildenbrand

Window seals failing

If you are an original owner in Peterkort Woods, your JELD-WEN windows have a lifetime warranty. According to a customer service representative I spoke with, this warranty transferred to secondary owners but was only good for 10 years from the original installation.

I am aware of 5 homes in our community that have dealt with failed window seals  this year.  One original homeowner has completed the installation of new windows from Jeld-Wen.  Two original homeowners are in the process of obtaining new windows (including this author).  The other two homeowners are not original owners and are not covered by the warranty.

My process started when I noticed what I thought was a haze on the outside of the window.  A contractor for the HOA was doing some warranty repairs on the outside of our house and confirmed that the haze was inside the windows.  In his opinion, the seal on the window had failed.

I filled out a form on JELD-WEN’s website and requested an inspection. After several emails back and forth, they located the original purchase order for my windows and set up a virtual inspection.  

During the original request for service and the inspection, I also reported that most of my windows were very difficult to open and shut.

Following the inspection, I received a message that a window was going to be delivered to a technician next month and it would be installed at a later date.  There was no mention fixing the opening problems.

I will give a full report when the process is completed, but there are a few things I have learned that may help.

The warranty mentions “skilled labor” which is only good for two years. According to the warranty : “Skilled labor” refers to tasks where specialized technical knowledge, experience, methods or tools are required to properly identify, diagnose and/or correct product-related issues. This is the reason they gave for only providing a virtual inspection.

When I asked about “regular” labor to install the window, I was assured this was included. My neighbor (also an original owner) was told he had to find his own installer.

Also be advised that you will be responsible to removed any shutters, blinds, or other items obstructing access to the windows.

During the virtual inspection you will have to give the inspector access to your smartphone or tablet. You will have to take several measurements and you may have to use a few tools.

Below is a photo of the window in question. It is clean on both sides. the streaks and haze is in-between the panes.

Update June 28

The failed window has been replaced at no cost to me.

The Jeld-Wen technician also worked on six other windows that were hard to open and shut. The majority of the “adjustment” was to lubricate the locks and the inside of the window frames. No parts were replaced.

The tech did remove several windows to inspect them. He does not recommend that owners do this. Other than that, he did not do anything that homeowners could not do themselves

In my opinion, the windows are now only moderately easier to open and shut. They technically function but are more difficult to operate than I think is reasonable. If you are paying for replacement windows, I can not recommend this particular model.

I will say that Jeld-Wen Customer service and the technician ‘Tim’ were very professional and easy to work with.

Jeld-Wen will not be doing any work outside of warranty at this time. For that, I would recommend Culver.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Pool 2021

The PKWHOA Board of Directors is working diligently to ensure the opening of our pool in 2021.  There are two factors affecting how and when this will happen: mandates from The Oregon Health Authority and Washington County regarding pool operations, and repairs to the pool restrooms water supply.

As of April 23, 2021, Washington County is in the High-Risk category regarding COVID-19. Among other restrictions, occupancy in the pool area would be limited to 15% of maximum capacity. According to OHA, “Public Pools and Spas must remain closed in Extreme Risk Level counties…” They also reported, “the next assignment of risk levels will be announced May 4 and take effect May 7.”

As of April 24th, the cause of the leak to the pool restrooms has been discovered and plans have been made to repair it.  The contractor is hopeful that the job will be completed in the next two weeks.  The water to the pool and the clubhouse cannot be turned on until this is done.

The opening of the pool will be on the agenda for the next Board Meeting on May 10th.

Update April 28th: The water is back on. The pool deck above the repair should be restored in the next few days.

Also, it looks like Washington County will remain in the “High Risk” category for the next couple weeks.

Update May 11th:

At the HOA Board meeting last night, the PKWHOA Board of Directors approved several motions in preparation for a potential May 28th opening. A pool monitor will be hired, days and hours of operation will be limited, and maximum occupancy will be reduced. All in accordance with state mandates.

County risk status and the HOA’s ability to comply with COVID restrictions may push back this date.

Update May 28:

The pool opening has been pushed back until at least the first week of June.

Washington County has moved to ‘Lower Risk’ status. We can operate at 50% capacity but are still required to have a monitor in place whenever the pool is open. The monitor should be able to start as early as next week.

There was a mechanical failure this week with the pool pump. A part had to be ordered and will not be available until at least June 1st.

Update June 4

The part for the pump will be installed next week. The Pool monitor will start today. The pool deck and BBQ areas will be open with restrictions. Owners should have received a notice with details.

Until restrictions are lifted:

Pool area is open noon-8pm Friday-Monday

Residents only (no guests)

50% capacity

social distancing enforced


June 25

The pool is scheduled to open today!

June 29

The restrictions placed on our pool by the State and County are set to expire on June 30th. Normal hours and use should resume on June 30th at 8am (pending any changes by Washington County)

There will still be a pool monitor on site during peak hours as there has been in years past.

An email blast will go out to owners who receive their notices in this manner. If you are not receiving any of these notices, please contact AMS ASAP.

Any questions?

This article will be updated if the situation changes. Homeowners should receive a notice with more details.

Pool 2020

Updated September 14th

Homeowners should have received a letter or email on June 22 detailing the Board’s discussion on this topic. If you have not received this notice, contact  AMS.

An update was sent July 20th.

The pool opening was contingent on Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas Counties all being approved for Phase 2 and our Association’s ability to meet all of the County and State requirements.

For information on Washington County’s COVID-19 response, see Washington County reopening. (updated July 8) 

As of September 14th at 415pm, there is no indication that Washington County will apply for phase 2 any time soon. The tri-county area is still failing to meet two of the six public health indicator benchmarks required before moving to phase 2. (See OHA)

For more information on Oregon’s requirements for swimming pools Phase 2 pools

The PKW Board decided against spending HOA monies preparing for an opening that may not even be possible this summer.

The bottom line is, the pool will not open this season.