Capes News – May 2019


Annual Meeting – Election Results

Our annual meeting of homeowners took place on Saturday, April 27th with approximately 45-50 in attendance and over 90 proxies received! Items of discussion included the recent storm drain issues and repairs, upcoming 2019 capital projects, resolution of an HOA/homeowner mediation issue over trees and views, reconstitution of the Landscape Committee (just add water and stir!), an update on our Quarter of Giving initiative, and a review of the HOA finances. (Meeting minutes will be available soon!) Homeowners were also invited to introduce their own subjects of interest during a brief open forum. One subject that sparked a lot of discussion during the open forum was The Capes’ rental policy. [The following link, a report by the Oceanside Neighborhood Association Committee on Short Term Rentals dated December 1, 2018, has been provided by Colby Howe, a Capes HOA member who spoke at the annual meeting. The link is being shared at the request of the member in response to questions at the meeting.  The Board has no position on the particular position advocated by the homeowner. ]

A big part of the annual meeting is the Board of Director elections. This year we had 4 candidates running to fill 3 available seats on the board. Scott Newcombe and Claude Zeller were reelected and will continue to serve as Vice President and Secretary, respectively. The third chair, previously held by Petra Shapiro will now be filled by Tony Ogden. Honorable mention goes to our 4th candidate, Louie Bancroft, who only missed it by *that much*! Thanks to all four of our candidates for their willingness to volunteer their time and energy to serve our community!

Quarter of Giving Featured Organization – CARE

Last month we introduced you to the local non-profit organization Community Action Resource Enterprises, Inc. CARE provides a number of essential services to the Tillamook County area: emergency services like utility assistance, homeless services, one-time rental assistance, gas vouchers and bus tokens, prescription assistance, they operate the warming centers for the homeless on those cold winter nights, various housing assistance programs, they operate two assisted living facilities, they run the Healthy Families program (a home visitation program that teaches healthy parenting skills)…the list goes on and on! We will continue to collect donations for this organization through the end of June. 

The Capes will have a team participating in the annual CARE Knock Down Poverty bowl-a-thon on Saturday, May 4, 2019. If you’d like to show your support for the team (and more importantly, for CARE) by donating for this event, you can follow the link below to donate by credit card OR you can email your pledge amount to Jenny Green ( and CARE will contact you to collect your pledge after the event. Thank you in advance, and thanks so much to those who have already donated!

Shhh…It’s Quiet Time!

Another homeowner discussion topic that came up at the annual meeting was on the subject of noise…

As summer approaches, it seems like a good time to remind everyone that “quiet hours” here at The Capes are between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am. This means that during those hours, no noisy activity should be taking place. This is especially true if you are out and about in the neighborhood in the wee hours, perhaps returning boisterously from a night of bonfires and libations down on the beach. It has come to our attention that some (very) late night beachgoers occasionally utilize the path that passes through the canyon and up past Cottages #1 & 2 and #3 & 4 and have been known – on occasion – to awaken the poor cottage owners as they pass by loudly singing what can only be described as “drunken sea shanties.” Going forward, out of consideration for those who may be sleeping, please restrict all drunken sea shanties to more respectable hours of the day and/or to your YouTube channel (and for goodness’ sake, send me the link)!

Additionally, while I both envy and commend anyone with the self-discipline to get up daily and run before the crack of dawn, if you are using a headlamp to light your way, please be mindful of where you are shining it. Cottage owners have reported being abruptly awakened by a headlamp to the face on more than one occasion as an early morning runner passes by at around 5:00 am. Thanks in advance for your consideration! (Oh, and uh, hey, by the way…you do know there are bears and bobcats and coyote out there in the dark, right? #welcometothejungle #mightwannawaitfordaylight #staysafeoutthere!)

Upcoming Social Engagements to Note

Mark your calendars, Capers – our next social event, the annual Ice Cream Social, will take place Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 2-4 pm at the Bridge House. All Capes owners and their guests are welcome to join us for ice cream, fun and frivolity. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors! Also coming up in the not-too-distant future is our annual Independence Day Weekend BBQ. That will take place at the meadow (where Capes Drive, Capes Loop and Capes Point all come together) on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from Noon until 3pm. The HOA supplies the burgers, dogs (and all the fixins’), soda and water…all you need to bring is a side dish to share (and any “adult beverages” that you might like to drink).

If you would like to volunteer to help out with either event, please contact the office. We are especially in need of a brave volunteer to take charge of the July 6th BBQ. Unfortunately, your Resident Manager will be out of the country from June 23 – July 6 and will not be available to coordinate the event.

“Trash” Talk

If you have any hazardous household waste just laying around that you need to discard, here are the Hazardous Waste collection dates for 2019: May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5, December 7 (none in November). You can take your hazardous waste to the Tillamook Transfer Station at 1315 Ekloff Road in Tillamook on any of those dates between the hours of 9am and 1pm ONLY. (Please note: they do not accept ammunition, explosives or medical waste.)

If you have OIL BASED paint that you need to discard, it must be recycled during one of the hazardous waste collection events. Per City Sanitary Service’s last newsletter, if you have LATEX paints that can’t be reused or stored, you can pour the leftover paint into a cardboard box with shredded paper or kitty litter, allow it to solidify and then discard the box into the trash.

The Broom Is Back.

It’s that time of year once again when the dreaded Scotch Broom with its distinctive yellow flowers begins to rear its ugly head everywhere you turn. Townhome and Cottage owners – if you notice any of this invasive, noxious weed growing on or around your lot, please let the office or the landscapers know. Single-family homeowners and undeveloped lot owners – it is your responsibility to maintain your landscape and keep it clear of scotch broom. Now is the easiest time of year to spot it and get rid of it!