Category Archives: Public safety and crime

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?

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.

Burglaries in the neighborhood

Early Sunday morning, April 19, 2020, at least three townhouses in Peterkort Woods were burglarized.

It looks like the incidents occurred between midnight and 5am.   No force was used to enter homes.  One may have been unlocked.  In another case, a garage door opener was taken from a vehicle on the street and the suspect entered through the garage.

The homeowners were home at the time in all cases but were unaware of the crimes until later in the morning.

We live in a relatively safe neighborhood and burglaries to occupied dwellings, especially townhouses, are rare.  However, I would suggest the following precautions be taken.

  • Lock all the doors on your vehicles and home
  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicles (even in your garage)
  • Lock the entry door from the garage to the lower level of your home
  • Keep your porch light on at night
  • Consider installing a front entry camera

If you have been the victim of a crime, please report it to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  The non-emergency phone number is 503-629-0111.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Contact Dave Kresta (612 SW Foresta) with your name, phone number, address, and description of needs: email: davekresta@gmail.com

Phone/text(preferred): 503-442-9667
Interested in being on the response team?
If you are in a healthy, non-symptomatic household, please contact Dave Kresta and you’ll be added to response team.
QUARANTINED?
A group of PKW neighbors is available to help if your household is self- isolating. Your neighbors can help with:

❑ groceries
❑ medications
❑ mail
❑ A friendly phone call
We’ll keep our distance and leave everything at your door-step.
After we receive your request you’ll be contacted by a member of the PKW neighbor response team to confirm and make arrangements.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2018

JOIN THE PARTY

Festivities begin and end on the Great Lawn

August 7, 2018

6:00 – 9:00 PM

The best way to build a community is to know your neighbors.  We invite you to take a little time out of your busy summer and participate.

National Night Out is a program that helps build relationships and triumphs over a culture that sometimes isolates us from each other.

Our goal is to have fun and build a healthier, safer connected community.

More info on the National event: https://natw.org or contact pkwsocial@gmail.com

National Night Out flyer 2018

Mailbox on SW Morrison

One of the mailboxes on upper SW Morrison was damaged recently and is being replaced.  An inquiry to TMG produced the following response.

“It appears that someone hit it and reported it to the post office. The post office will be replacing the box…It may take a few days, even a few weeks depending on what they need to arrange on their end…”

If this is your mailbox and you have questions about mail delivery, contact the West Slope Post Office at (503)203-8705.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AUGUST 2nd

Please come meet your neighbors this August 2, 2016 from  6-9 pm for “National Night Out, a Family Event on the Great Lawn behind the Clubhouse!

Bring your picnic, chairs and blankets.  S’mores, water & Juice boxes will be provided.

There will be games and fun for all including Water Balloon Toss and Bubbles!!
Questions? Call:
Marilyn Gray 503-936-4608

for full NNO Flyer:

Flyer for National Night Out 2016

Pool safety and security

Our pool is for the exclusive use of PKW homeowners, their immediate family, their guests, and lessees with the rights of owners.

Legal users of the pool are expected to use their fob to enter one of the two pool gates.  They are also expected to wear or display  a bracelet provided by the HOA (contact TMG if you need one).

The HOA is hiring a weekend pool monitor for the remainder of the summer.  One of their responsibilities will be to verify that the people using the pool are those mentioned in the first paragraph.  Please make their job easier by showing the your fob and/or bracelet.

The pool is one of our community’s greatest assets as well as a potential liability.  Help protect it by reporting suspicious activity.

If you see someone using the pool that you don’t recognize and/or is not wearing a bracelet like yours, introduce yourself.  Politely ask them where the live.  If they are trespassing and refuse to leave, call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (503-629-0111.

For further information on the use of the pool, please see:

https://peterkortwoodshoa.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/pool-rules.pdf

https://peterkortwoodshoa.com/2015/07/11/pool-etiquette/

 

Crime Prevention

In the past couple of weeks, our neighborhood has been the victim of several thefts.  Thieves have been taking furniture and planters from the front porches of our homes.

Although most crimes have occurred over night, in at least one case, the theft occurred in the middle of the day.

I would urge all homeowners to report every crime to the Washington County Sheriff, 503-629-0111. You can request a deputy in person or you can make a report over the phone.

There are a few steps we can take to protect ourselves.

  1. Turn on your front porch lights overnight.
  2. Cable or zip tie furniture and other easy to move objects.
  3. Consider a security camera (make sure to submit an ARC request first).
  4. Keep an eye on suspicious people.  Write down license plate numbers of suspicious vehicles.
  5. If you see a crime occurring, call 911.   Call 503-629-0111 for all non-urgent police matters.

A crime prevention specialist from the Washington County Sheriff’s will be at the Annual Homeowners’ Meeting on August 8th. If you have questions or are interested in starting a neighborhood watch, please attend.

For more info, see:

https://peterkortwoodshoa.com/2015/12/08/theft-in-the-neighborhood/

Disaster Preparedness Planning

Where: At our Clubhouse.

When:  Saturday, January 9th. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm and will last until about 8:30pm.

The entire Peterkort Woods community is invited to attend. A presentation will be made covering the following topics related to disaster preparedness planning, as it affects our Peterkort Woods community.

Topics:

  • Developing a plan for a disaster, talk, plan, and practice
  • Building individual survival kits (go bags), what to include in the kit for days or weeks
  • Vehicle survival kits
  • Transportation
  • First Aid Kits
  • Food supplies
  • Water
  • Sanitation
  • Tools and supplies
  • Financial preparedness
  • Important papers
  • Security

As a community, we also need to know our neighbors and how many people live in each residence to enable rescue personnel to know who might be trapped inside should a disaster strike.  We also need to learn of any special skills/disciplines and expertise represented in our community that would be of great help should a disaster strike and we become isolated from the rest of Portland (e.g. police, firefighters, medical, security, communications, mechanical, electrical, construction, etc.)  It is also important that we know of any disabilities or physical limitations that might put certain community members at risk in an emergency.  To do this, we will be handing out a questionnaire. Completed questionnaires should be forwarded to any HOA board member.  Filling out this questionnaire is voluntary.  Once the information is gathered and compiled the HOA board will publish and disseminate the information to all Peterkort Woods residence owners.

At the meeting, we will have examples of some of the survival items that will be discussed.   Also, upon arrival at the Clubhouse, each person will be given a raffle ticket for a chance to win several door prizes.  Prizes include two survival backpacks each containing food, water, thermal blankets, first aid kits, etc; a windup emergency radio receiver; two LifeStraw water filters, and two sets of thermal blankets.  We will also be serving bottled water and trail mix snacks.

We look forward to seeing you all there on the 9th!