Capes News – May 2024

Election Results

We had a pretty good homeowner turnout in this year’s Director Election with 141 ballots returned out of a possible 185!  (Around 76.22% for the math geeks among us…) All four of our candidates deserve a huge THANK YOU for their willingness to volunteer their time and energy to our community!


The results are below – our two new board members are Roger Bivans and Steven Methvin.


  • Roger Bivans – 81 votes
  • Steven Methvin – 69 votes
  • Jason Scully – 64 votes
  • Cherie Plaisted – 56 votes
Let’s also give a huge “Thank you!” to our ballot counters Bob Lightell, Sheila Merritt, Susan Cournoyer and Jerrilee Anderegg. They worked hard to ensure that our ballots were counted fairly and accurately.


FYI: Highway 131 Closure

The bridge over the Tillamook River just west of Tillamook (near the radio station) will be undergoing some repairs over the next couple of weeks, so you’ll want to plan a little extra time to account for detours if you’re driving to or from town. The bridge will be closed May 6 – May 11 and May 22 – May 24 between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. During the periods of closure, you will need to take the detour down Fraser Road to Tillamook River Road.

Ice Cream Time!!!

The Bridge House Activities Committee (A.K.A. The Fun Bunch) would like you to save the date for our annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, May 25, 2024 from 2-4 pm. The HOA will supply the ice cream – all you need to bring is your appetite. As we get closer to the event and have a better idea of what the weather will be like, we’ll send out another announcement letting you know if it will be at the meadow or at the Bridge House.

Spring Clean-Up

Our Spring Clean-Up has been scheduled for Friday, May 24th through Sunday, June 2nd. Here’s what you need to know:

WHAT: Our spring and fall clean-ups are your opportunity to do a little yard work without having to worry about what to do with the debris. We will set up 5 collection areas throughout the neighborhood where you can discard your leftover plant material and other woody debris, and we’ll dispose of it for you.

WHEN: The clean up will run from Friday, May 24, 2024 through Sunday, June 2, 2024.

WHERE: The collection sites will be marked with orange stakes (or cones) as follows:

  • The front of Lot #115 on Fall Creek Drive. (East side of the road, just south of 475 Fall Creek Dr.)
  • The Meadow (where Capes Drive, Capes Loop and Capes Point all come together)
  • Tract F on Capes Drive (the northernmost point of Capes Drive, right at the point where the road makes a 180° turn)
  • Tract N on Promontory Lane (near where the observation platform used to be)
  • Near the tennis court

Here is a map for the more visual among us. The sites are marked with a big, red X:

WHO: Josh Vance of His Glory Landscape Care and Home Maintenance will be organizing the collection sites and disposing of the debris. He is also available to assist with any yard maintenance or tree trimming that you would like (at your expense). Josh can be reached by telephone (503-812-5716) or email (


All woody debris (trees and tree limbs) should be limited to NO LARGER THAN 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER. Anything larger is your responsibility and should not be taken to a clean up site.
Please remember that this is for “clean up” and not “clearing”. If you are clearing or significantly thinning a vacant lot, disposal of large amounts of trees will be your responsibility. (Our budget will not handle the disposal of an entire forest. Sorry!) If you are not sure whether or not what you are planning to remove constitutes a “large amount of trees” then it probably does…but feel free to contact the office and make sure!

Debris must be taken to one of the staked sites in order to be disposed of as part of the Spring Clean-Up. If for some reason you need Josh to collect debris directly from your lot, it is your responsibility to contact him and let him know. If the debris meets the criteria for items #1 and 2 above (it’s less than 4 inches in diameter and is not a significant number of trees) he will still include it with the HOA disposal items, however, you will be billed for any time/labor charges incurred while collecting the debris from your property. Our contract/arrangement with Josh is for setting up and clearing the 5 collection areas only. Anything above and beyond that requested by a homeowner will need to be done at that homeowner’s expense.

Water, Water…Everywhere?

Imagine coming into your home at The Capes for a relaxing weekend and opening the door to a flood. Sadly, this has been known to happen from time to time as water heaters fail or aging pipes break. The resulting damage can be extensive and can take weeks or months to repair…sometimes even longer, if you’re dealing with a reluctant insurance company. The Capes HOA recommends that all owners install monitoring devices that will notify you of significant, undetected water leaks; some devices can even work via WiFi to alert you to unusual usage and shut off the water themselves. These devices can be installed during construction (if you’re building now or getting ready to build) or retrofitted post-construction. While we can’t recommend any particular device or contractor, we encourage everyone to work with a licensed plumber to determine the best solution for your home.

Additionally, the Capes Board and its volunteer committees encourage all community members to prepare their homes with emergency essentials not only for significant events , but for small-scale incidents as well, such as short-term power outages. You should know where your water shut-off is located and have the tools to turn the water off if needed.