MPMA Board Special Session & Newsletter

MPMA Board Special Session Announcement

To: VGC Phase Leaders and interested homeowners

From: Dick Cook, MPMA acting president

The MPMA Board will meet Tuesday 2 May at 6:00 pm at Baker Boyer Bank, Plaza Branch Conference Room in special session. Key issues will include a response Phase 10’s formal succession proposal, filling the board position vacated by Ray Goff, and adjournment to executive session to continue Phase 14 exit negotiations.


South of the Creek Volunteer Day, Tree/Limb/Brush Clean-up, was a Success

by Ray Goff

Our sincere thanks to the 40 Homeowners who turned out to help with the VGC Volunteer Day clean-up along the walking trail south of Garrison Creek on Sunday April 30th. We had substantial amounts of storm and winter damage with many broken cottonwood limbs and trees. We also took advantage of the volunteer labor, e.g. Scott Towslee to get us off to a great start on removing dangerous cottonwoods along the walking trail. We still plan to have Town & Country Landscaping in later this year for the second year of removing some of our highest-priority, dangerous cottonwoods along the walking trail. We will have the large piles of limbs we made chipped when Town & Country is in later this year – but this super effort by all of our neighbor volunteers will save the Villages an estimated $5,000 vs. having Town & Country do the work. The work done in the last week will also simplify Roger Williams and my mowing south of the Creek this summer.

Another example of why it’s so GREAT living in the Villages.. THANKS VOLUNTEERS!!

Ray Goff
South-of-the-Creek Committee


Architectural Review Committee

by Michele Wollert

1. Spring and summer bring more guests to the Villages.  The volunteer members of the Architectural Review Committee (ARC)  need your help in remembering that overnight parking for guests should be in driveways, not the street.

Also, please remember that guests, residents, and service vehicles may park short-term on the street during the day, but they must park ONLY on the side of the street that is reserved for temporary parking.  Signs indicate which side of the street is for temporary day parking.  Fire hydrants and mail boxes should never be blocked.

These parking restrictions are a safety issue to protect clear and quick passage of emergency vehicles (ambulances, police cars, and fire trucks) on our narrow and winding streets. It is not an arbitrary rule meant to annoy or inconvenience our residents and guests.

2. Every Spring, ARC undertakes a review of the homes that may need new paint, roof maintenance, or other obvious repairs.  Reminder letters will be sent to those homeowners by the end of May.  Gary’s Paint in Walla Walla (2nd and Poplar) has most of the Villages approved color samples to view, so check there first. You can change your house colors, but the choice must be approved by Doug Botimer, who knows what colors are within the ranges that coordinate with existing house and fence colors. There is only one approved white trim color (C-3) and Gary’s Paint has that formula.

Many thanks for your help in keeping the Villages safe, clean, and beautiful. Contact ARC at this email with your questions or requests:


Block/Crime Watch Program for the Villages

by Daryl Schreiner

I am in the process of contacting Sgt. Benfield to set a time date and place for the orientation and organization of a Crime Watch Program for the Villages. At this point I am shooting for the week of the 8th of May and will be in contact as soon as I can firm this up.


Walla Walla City Council signs off on shift for homeless camp
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Walla Walla’s homeless camp near the city golf course will be moved to the City Services Center across the street from police headquarters and operate as a sleeping center, the Walla Walla City Council voted 6-0 in a packed meeting Wednesday night. Read more..


A Playground for Fort Walla Walla Park

Rogers Junior High Advanced Studies, and Mrs. Wessman’s first and second grade class have spent the past year and a half working to build a playground in Fort Walla Walla Park. These 8th graders have written multiple grants, presented to boards and businesses, and learned that they are capable of more than they thought. Read more..