Board of Trustees Meeting | February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021 – Agenda

The regularly scheduled Scott Lake Maintenance Company Board of Trustees meeting will be held Thursday, February 18th at 6:00 PM on Zoom with an option to dial-in by telephone for audio only. This meeting is open to SLMC members who would like to observe the meeting.

*SLMC Member Comment*

Registering to Speak: Individuals wishing to speak during the SLMC Member Comment will need to register their request with the SLMC Office at (360) 352-4787 or email before 4:00 PM on the day of the meeting. Each speaker will be allowed three (3) minutes to speak.

Submitting Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted to the SLMC Office at Written comments received by 4:00 PM on the day of the meeting will be read aloud during the SLMC Member Comment.


Thurston County Emergency Management provides sandbags to West Thurston Fire for redistribution, as a resource to help protect areas and limit damage during flood situations. There is a limited supply of these sandbags still available at the Scott Lake Maintenance Company Community Center parking lot located at 2631 114th Way SW. Members of the Scott Lake area are encouraged to utilize this free resource. If you are in need of sandbags to help with flooding please feel free to come by the Community Center parking lot and pick some up.

For more information and helpful tips on steps to take before, during, and after a flooding event check out Thurston County Sandbag Priorities.


There have been numerous reports of water discoloration in various areas. It is very normal for natural occurring minerals to build up and release periodically either in the distribution lines or private plumbing.

Due to the increasing number of complaints, we will be flushing the service lines in various areas this afternoon. We encourage residents who are experiencing discolored water to flush their lines as well.

The water discoloration will very likely get worse before it gets better as the minerals are passing through and being flushed from the lines.

Normal water use is authorized.


The Scott Lake Sharing Table located at the Community Center is an excellent community resource that many of our residents enjoy. It is a great way for neighbors to share with each other when they have garden produce or plant material in abundance.

We would like to remind community members that the Scott Lake Sharing Table is for garden produce and plant material only. If you place items on the table, it is your responsibility to ensure that items are picked up or removed within 48 hours.

Scott Lake Maintenance Company recognizes that the generosity of community members expands far beyond the garden produce and plant material allowed on the Scott Lake Sharing Table. We encourage you to reach out to other groups in the area that can more appropriately accommodate a variety of items, or to share through posts in the various Scott Lake Community group pages such as Scott Lake Community Family Support Group, Scott Lake Community Page, and Scott Lake Open Forum

Some of the other local resource groups include:

Buy Nothing Tumwater (South) Group

Thurston County Food Bank at Littlerock United Methodist

Thurston County Medical Equipment Bank

United Way of Thurston County

NOTICE: Scott Lake Facilities – Rental Reservations & Day Use Areas

•The Scott Lake Maintenance Company office is open by appointment only for in-person transactions. If you need to conduct in-person business with the office, please call in advance to make an appointment (360) 352-4787.

•Scott Lake Maintenance Company will not be taking rental reservations for the use of the Community Center or the Park Shelter until further notice

•Park Restrooms will remain closed. Sani-Cans are available for use at the Park and Baseball Field.

•The Park and Baseball Field are for day use only, from dawn until dusk.

Scott Lake Maintenance Company strongly encourages all users of our day use facilities to adhere to current Safe Start Phase 3 requirements including: wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart, and limiting social gatherings to 10 people or less.

To All Scott Lake Residents and Visitors

May 23, 2020                                                     UPDATED

To All Scott Lake Residents and Visitors

As a result of precautions due to COVID 19 and associated concerns, the following measures will take place immediately regarding access to the Community Center.

  • Annual Meeting Scheduled for June 20, 2020 has been cancelled.
  • All Community Center Rentals have been cancelled or suspended through June 30, 2020.
  • All Club Meetings at the Community Center have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Access to the Scott Lake Community Office will be restricted with the request to call or email the office with any questions or needs at the above number or email address. 
  • Reservations scheduled beyond June 30, 2020 may be cancelled based on social distancing that is outlined by Governor Inslee.

We appreciate your support and understanding of these changes while we all work through the current safety measures being instituted.

Thank You
Scott Lake Maintenance Company

Property Owner Information form

Please return the Property Owner Information form recently mailed to you.

We are working hard to improve the emergency and non-emergency notification process for all property owners and residents in Scott Lake. The information you provide is critical to the success of this effort.

If you have misplaced your Property Owner Information form, please contact the Scott Lake Maintenance Company office immediately. The office number is 360-352-4787 or email to Another form can be downloaded from here or is available for your pick up or it can be mailed to you.

Thank you to all who have returned their property owner information.

We can’t make a plan and move forward without this information and your quick response is very much appreciated.

Scott Lake Board of Trustees

Don’t Forget to Flush… Your Hot Water Heater

HotWaterHeaterFlushing your water heater is an important maintenance step to ensure you get the most out of your water heater.  By keeping your water heater clean from sediment buildup, you help ensure the maximum life is reached from this important home appliance.

To help you flush your water heater properly, please refer to the instructions below, provided by Paul Robischon, Manager of Washington Water Service.

How to Flush Your Water Heater

CAUTION: When flushing your water heater there is danger of being scalded.  Be careful and keep children and pets away during the procedure.

Water heater manufacturers recommend flushing sediment from your storage type water heater periodically.  How often your model needs to be flushed depends upon the quality of the water in your area.  Areas with high mineral content will have to flush more often.

What is sediment, and why is it a problem?  The sediment is sand or other grit from a well, or any other material that has gotten into the municipal water mains.  Sediment can also come into your home after the water company flushes out their lines.

Over time, your heater can accumulate this sediment consisting of sand, gravel, grit, and various mineral deposits.  This buildup can reduce the amount your water heater holds, create a variety of interesting noises, and reduce the efficiency of your unit.  The buildup of sediment at the bottom can harden and sometimes clog the drain valve.

Cleaning this sediment out of your water heater is not particularly difficult; here is how to do it.

  1. If your water heater is gas, set the gas valve to “Pilot” to prevent the burners from coming on while you are flushing it.  If your heater is electric, be sure to turn off the circuit breakers.  With an electric water heater, if the water level drops below the heating elements, and the thermostat turns the elements on, the heating elements will probably burn out quite rapidly.
  2. Connect a heavy-duty garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.  Make sure the outlet of the hose is in a safe area away from pets and children.  It can be very hot and can scald quickly.
  3. Close the shut off valve on the cold inlet to the water heater.
  4. Carefully open the temperature/pressure relief valve at the top of the tank by lifting the lever.  Leave the valve open.
  5. Open the drain valve at the bottom of the heater allowing the water to flow out through the garden hose.  If the sediment is clogging the drain valve then try closing the temperature/pressure relief valve and turn the cold inlet valve back on to “power flush” the sediment out.
  6. In some cases, the sediment hardens into large chunks that can block the drain valve.  If so, then wait until everything cools down, remove the garden hose from the drain valve, remove the valve if necessary, and use a long screw driver to break up the clog.  This is a very messy procedure.  Once completed, re-attach the hose and continue flushing.
  7. Drain the tank completely.  With the drain valve still open, close the pressure relief valve and turn the cold water inlet valve back on. This will scour the bottom of the tank and flush the sediment out.  Flush the tank until the water runs clear.  When the garden hose runs clear, you are finished.
  8. Close the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and remove the garden hose.
  9. Close the pressure relief valve at the top of the tank if it is still open, and turn the cold inlet valve back on.
  10. Open a hot water faucet in your house, and let it run until no air bubbles come out.
  11. Turn the heater back on, and with gas units re-light the pilot if necessary.

Washington Water Service