PURPOSE OF POLICY
It is the policy of Cascade River Community Club (CRCC) to minimize the exposure of members and their guests to the harmful nuisance and effects of excessive noise, and to control the level of noise in a manner which promotes the use, value, and enjoyment of property; sleep and repose; and the quality of the natural environment that characterizes Cascade River Park.
Each member has the responsibility to control excessive or disturbing noise emanating from their property, or from their use of the Park, to include noise created by guests, whether the owner is present or not.
It is the general policy to follow the Skagit County Ordinance outlined in Chapter 9.50 of the Skagit County Code. This may be found attached to this policy as an appendix. CRCC’s Nuisance Noise Policy is in alignment with the aforementioned Skagit County Ordinance.
Enforcement of the elements of this CRCC Nuisance Noise Policy is not dependent on the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, however it does help support our own policy and the CRCC Board or its delegates may, at times, pursue both our policy and the ordinance should the need arise.
A general “noise curfew” is in effect from 10:00pm until 7:00am, during which time noise which is alarming or loud should be avoided. Excessive noise can be an issue at any time of the day; however, it should especially be avoided during curfew hours.
Examples of a few of the more common sources of excessive noise within the Park are generators, loud parties that extend into the evening, loud music, loud ATV’s or other vehicles, and use of chainsaws or other power tools late
into the evening or too early in the morning. Being as CRCC is “off-grid” we have a particular need to use generators for power. Generators cause significant concern within the park and members are encouraged to take measures to avoid having to operate them during the noise curfew. Battery banks, installation of a muffler and/or baffling, or simply leaving them turned off are all recommended. Even during non-curfew hours, generators should be made as quiet as possible, and not run for extended periods if their noise is considered bothersome.
Members who have a concern about noise are encouraged to make friendly, neighborly contact with those responsible for the noise and attempt to gain compliance. In all likelihood, those making the noise may not be aware they are disturbing anyone, and a polite conversation may be all that is needed to resolve the issue. Failing resolution, a complaint to the Park Caretaker can be made. The Caretaker(s) may, at their discretion, make inquiries at that time or defer to another time. Complaints made to the Caretaker(s) will be reported to the Board, and will include actions taken in pursuit of resolution. Further, a complaint sent directly to the Board of Directors (email@example.com) is an option, but resolution may not be as swift as with either of the options already outlined.
The Board of Directors will determine if a violation occurred, and based on the circumstances, if the violation warrants ‘recording’. Recording will result in an official record of a violation of this policy. Violations will result in a written warning issued by the Board to the member for the first violation in any 12-month period, with second and subsequent violations resulting in a fine of $100. Any unpaid fines after 60 days notification will result in a lien being placed on the subject property (or member’s longest-held property or numerically lowest property if the violation is not directly related to noise emanating from a property).
In cases of persistent or extreme violation of this policy, the board at its discretion may levy without further notice a fine not to exceed $500.
Collection measures, if required, will be taken in the same manner as delinquent dues and assessments.
Members subject to a recorded violation have the right to appeal by requesting to speak at a Board of Directors meeting to explain the circumstances and request mitigation or cancellation of the recorded violation. The decision of the Board subsequent to this appearance is final.