On 11/22/2023 the Board conducted a special meeting to discuss the 2024 budget. The budget was voted on and approved by the Board. There will be a budget ratification meeting held on December 10th @ 4:30pm at the Timberlake Library in Belfair. All property owners are encouraged to be there. A letter was mailed out to all property owners.
*** ADDENDUM TO LETTER ***
This is NOT a vote on raising dues (dues are determined by the budget). This is a meeting to discuss with the community the budget that the Board created and voted on. This budget is ratified unless a majority of the total votes in the association (not just the votes of the members present at the meeting) reject the budget.
BATA HOA Board meetings will be held the second Sunday of the month at the Timberland Library. Time of meetings has been changed to 4:30pm. All homeowners are welcome to attend.
Yes, you can shoot on your property in Washington because there are no state laws that restrict this. However, depending on where you are, local authorities may have their own rules.
This is because in Washington, counties, cities, towns, and other municipalities are allowed to effect ordinances affecting the ownership, buying, and selling of firearms.
The only way to find out what they are is by contacting the local sheriff’s office for more information. Once you are in the clear, you can then set up a shooting area.
The top things to pay attention to are:
For you to enjoy target shooting, you need to ensure that your property meets the stipulations set out. According to the Washington State Legislature, these include:
There are also rules when it comes to picking a target. You can only use a target commercially or domestically made for the purpose of target shooting. You cannot use the following as targets:
You are also not allowed to shoot half an hour after sunset or before sunrise
Washington does not have a castle doctrine law in place but it does have stipulations concerning the use of lethal force. You can use lethal force when you have certain belief that you or those around you are in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm. This is according to an article by William K. Kirk Attorney at Law.
The danger of great bodily harm must be that which if not stopped could lead to extensive physical damage or death. Thus, lethal force is only applicable if your life is in danger and not in protection of property, whether it is your home, car or place of business. You are required to stand down in these situations unless your life is at risk.
As you store your weapons at home, you need to keep in mind the safe storage laws that were enacted in Washington to prevent community endangerment. Leaving your weapon haphazardly can constitute a felony. According to the NRA-ILA, these felonies include:
Punishment can include prison time. People not allowed to access weapons may include felons, children and those who are mentally ill.
Shooting on your property in Washington is dependent on whether there are any local laws that prohibit the same. This may be in form of distance rules, noise ordinances or outright restrictions. The best way to be safe is to contact the sheriff and find out whether there are any laws you should know about.
BURN BAN UPDATE - In accordance with a policy of the Mason County Commissioners to be consistent with the Dept. of Natural Resources and restrict certain burning activities when the National Fire Danger Rating System is at a “High” level, effective 1201 AM on Friday July 7, 2023, recreational burning (campfires, cooking, including charcoal grills and pleasure fires in a concrete, rock or steel ring) shall be prohibited on all Mason County lands not under DNR or Federal jurisdiction. Please note that Residential and Land Clearing burning were restricted in June which means no type of open burning will be permitted in the County. Your cooperation in helping keep Mason County fire safe this fire season is appreciated.
If you have any animals on your property, please make sure they are properly contained (fenced, caged, chained, etc.) There have been several issues with loose dogs in our neighborhood. If you are walking outside on the roads or in the woods, it is a good idea to carry bear mace or wasp spray for protection. In addition to a few escaping farm animals, we also have bears, cougars and coyotes in the area.
One method of filling a pothole is to break the edges around the hole with a flat pick straight down. Rake debris from the hole. Fill the hole with the larger rock about 3" deep, and then seal it with the smaller gravel. You can use your truck tire if possible and run it over a few times to pack it down. Rake the excess to smooth out. The hole then becomes part of the road. Make sure to warm up your back a little before shoveling.