Cell Phone Tower
Photo courtesy of Yelm-based photographer Guustaaf Damave
Former Clearwood Community Board member Valerie Cawley has given the Yelm Community Blog permission to print her letter exchange with the Clearwood Community Assn. Board last week on one facit of the cell tower issue.
Is the Clearwood Community Assn. Board hampering knowledge on the propsed cell tower from being disseminated to the members? You decide:
1. Letter from the Board to Mrs. Cawley:
July 17, 2007
The Association has received calls at the office from Clearwood members that you are knocking on doors
soliciting your agenda ([against a] cell phone tower) and they are upset.
Please refrain from doing this; you can only solicit for the Heart Fund, Cancer Fund, Boy Scouts etc, Please
read the Red Book Pages 9-10, item 7 in regards to soliciting.
Clearwood Community Association
Violation Committee of the Board of Directors
2. Letter from Mrs. Cawley to the Board:
July 18, 2007
Subject: Letter dated July 17, 2007
Dear Mr Hintze
It is my understanding that complaints are usually reviewed before Violation letters are mailed.
A review of the complaint that I have been “knocking on doors soliciting my agenda (cell phone tower)
may have saved the community a $0.41 stamp, and your time. It did not happen!
You refer me to a section of the Red Book concerning “Solicitation”! I am aware of the CC&Rs for Clearwood
Community Association, and I suggest that the Board’s interpretation, with regard to soliciting, is flawed.
I see nothing in the Rules and Regulations that prohibits free speech, the right to assemble peaceably to discuss common interests, or the right to petition. Members have every right to discuss any issue at any time or place.
Solicitation is clearly defined as “commercial” or “sales”. Neighbors discussing up-coming elections or handing out flyers does not fall under these categories. This is not a “Banana Republic”!
If I feel the need to knock on doors in the future, I consider it my right to do so. If members of our committee wish to knock on doors they also have that right. This is our First Amendment Right under the Constitution. I refer you to The Bill of Rights.
I think you will find that the problem is with the Board and how it choses to its interpret the Red Book.
If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to call me.
3. Further quoitng Mrs. Cawley,
Here is the bylaw regarding “solicitation” as it appears in our CCRs;
Red Book (Rules and Regulations) Pages 9-10, Item 7
Quote, “No solicitors shall be permitted within Clearwood. The preceding sentence shall be interpreted as follows:
a) To prohibit commercial soliciting (by members or non-members) seeking to promote sale of commercial products or services.
b) To prohibit soliciting by non-members within Clearwood for donations or sales of items on behalf of any non-profit charitable, religious, community welfare or similar organizations.”
THAT IS BASICALLY IT, but they clarified above items (a & b) as follows:
c) to NOT prohibit soliciting of donations or the sale of items, by members, on behalf of non-profit charitable, religious, or limited to, Heart Fund, Cancer Fund, and recognized fund raising groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Lions, Kiwanis, or local Fire Dept.
The “Solicitation” concerns as stated in the original CCRs was solicitation for money or services not sharing of information.
From the Yelm Community Blog:
The Clearwood Community Board has sent out ballots regarding Resolution No. 2007-02-06 on cell towers being allowed in the Community.
Community property owners received their ballots enclosed with their Clearwood Summer Newsletter on Saturday, July 14th.
Ballots must be mailed by August 10th or dropped off at the Clearwood Office by August 15th.
P.S. If you are renting, contact the owner of your property!
YOUR VOICE MATTERS, SO PLEASE VOTE!
While Cindy Teixeira’s Nisqually Valley News story and Clearwood Board President attempted to make my comments the issue and sidestep important points in this debate, both the pros and cons of a cell tower in the Bald Hills Community have staked their cases to the Clearwood Community members. My previous comments stand unchanged, recorded here previously for all to read and discern for themselves. Scroll down to May 19 & May 14, 2007