Policy
SNAG ISLAND MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION
 
The Snag Island Maintenance Association performs a variety of functions such as road repair, right of way maintenance, collection and disbursement of the Association’s funds, and monitoring adherence to the Covenants.
 
Annual meetings of the full membership are held in April and Board of Trustee’s meetings are held as needed.  All members are welcome to attend the board meetings and should contact one of the Trustee’s to be notified of the next meeting.
 
A copy of the Covenants and Restrictions follows and some of the highlights are as follows:
 
            1) Natural Area - This is the most common cause for confusion concerning the Covenants.  The 25-foot “natural area” should border all property lines, except on the waterfront plus whatever additional “natural area” is required to bring the total to 1/3 of the entire lot area.  Please note that the “natural area” should remain undisturbed as opposed to some green belts, which allow clearing but restrict buildings.  Also, the property line adjacent to the road right of way is usually unmarked.  The 25-foot “natural area” begins at the edge of the road right of way, not the edge of the pavement.  The road right of way is 60 feet wide.  (approximately 55 feet from road center = edge of natural area)
 
            2) Permits - A separate permit is required for each of the following:
                        A) Clearing (including major tree removal)
                        B) Building construction.  See Article IV of Covenants.
                        C) Fence construction.  See Article V of Covenants.
 
A permit application form may be obtained from a Trustee or from Lynne.
 
 
 
SNAG ISLAND
MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION
 
POLICIES
&
PROCEDURES
 
(Supplement to the Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and CCR’s,
not a replacement.  If there are conflicts, the
Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and CCR’s shall prevail)
 
 
 
SECURITY GATE/CODES
It is not possible to leave the Snag Island Gate open for
events due to security issues. 
 
1.  You may pick your 4 digit personal code, if you wish one, which you should treat as you do the keys to your home.
 
2.   If you have a regular service person or company, a service code can be issued to you.  It is not to be used outside of regular business hours.  If you are building or remodeling it is
      recommended the code be changed when the project is finished. 
 
3.   If you are having an event at your home/property, please contact the Snag Island office for an event code.  This code can be used for one day and then it will be taken out of the keypad.
 
 
 
PUBLIC EVENTS
 
Public events which have an open public invitation (such as garage sales, charities, etc.) are not allowed on Snag Island. This policy has been adopted to protect the privacy and security of Snag Island residents.  In the event the above policy is not met, Snag Island reserves the right to refuse access to the public/parties trying to obtain access for such an event.   The owner will be notified and responsible for added security expenses related to the violation.
 
LARGE PUBLIC EVENTS
For other large events (such as weddings, etc.) which are by invitation only, the owner must contact the Snag Island Association office to obtain an event code for invited guests to use for access to the event.  The owner will be responsible for any damages to Snag Island property.   (February 2015)
 
 
 
MAIN GATE/LOITERING
 
The Board of Trustees of the Snag Island Maintenance Association has adopted the following policy to govern loitering and unsafe activities in the area of the Main Gate and Guardhouse at the entrance of Snag Island.
 
Loitering, skateboarding and like activities are not allowed in the Main Gate and Guardhouse area due to safety considerations regarding the operation of motor vehicles and the automatic gate.  Individuals and/or groups shall not park nor loiter in the area of the guardhouse and/or gate.  Loitering is defined as remaining in the area of the guardhouse and gate with no particular reason, nor purpose to be there
 
The purpose of this policy is to help safeguard the welfare of the residents and guests of Snag Island.  
(Revised September 2015)
 
 
 
 CONTROL OF COMPANION ANIMALS
 
Definitions:
 
Companion animal—-currently this is the politically correct term for what was formerly called a “pet” animal.  This term excludes wild animals.
 
Visiting companion animal—-one that belongs to a human visitor to a Snag Island property or has been left with a Snag Island property owner for temporary lodging.
 
The Snag Island Maintenance Association does not regulate companion animals and will not participate in attempts to resolve disputes involving companion animals.  Property owners, residents, and guests on Snag Island are required by law to comply with Pierce County Animal Services rules and regulations.  Companion animals are the responsibility of their respective owners.  Snag Island property owners are responsible for companion animals visiting their property.  In the event of a complaint involving a companion animal, the parties to the dispute should make a good faith effort to resolve the matter by means of direct personal communication.  If this approach fails, the complainant may report the matter to Pierce County Animal Control Services. Dangerous or potentially dangerous companion animals should be reported immediately by the complainant.
 
In summary, companion animal complaints should be directed to Pierce County Animal Services.  In the event of animal attack or bite, call 911 and request a response from the Pierce County Sheriff.   (March 2010)
 
 
 
CAMPER / RV PERMITS
 
A permit is required for a temporary dwelling
(1 ONLY: camper, trailer, RV, or tent) that will remain on any property for more than 2 weeks and less than 90 days.  In no case will a permit be issued for any time in excess of 90 days or for more than one dwelling.  A permit will be issued if the owner of the property issues a promissory note in favor of the Snag Island Maintenance Association in the amount of $500.00.  This note will help cover the cost of legal action should it be necessary to insure removal.  The promissory note shall be returned when the dwelling has been removed.  (Dec. 9, 1991)
 
 
 
SIGNS & BILLBOARDS
 
No signs or billboards are allowed on Snag Island or along Snag Island Dr. E.  One exception to this policy is the use of Real Estate “For Sale” signs. To ensure privacy and security, all Real Estate signs are required to contain “By Appointment Only”, and sellers are required to make maximum use of the “appointment only” concept.  A maximum of two Real Estate signs may be used; only one sign on the road side of the property, and only one sign on the water side of the property.  Signs are not to exceed 30”x30” and mounting post not to exceed 6’ tall.
(Revised August 2009)
References:  Articles of Incorporation, Article II, paragraph 13 CCR’s, Article I,II, IV.
 
 
 
FENCES
 
Fences have been and will be discouraged.  Please see Articles IV and V of the Covenants and Restrictions of Snag Island.  Fences are considered a structure and require a permit.  Fence permit applications must be reviewed by the entire Board of Trustees and approved by a majority.
 
 
 
VACANT LOT SECURITY
 
Unauthorized parties on vacant lots can occur during any month of the year.  Snag Island security will attempt to monitor this activity, but the most effective method of controlling it consists of a few simple preventive steps.  The Board asks that you keep a few tips in mind to help keep Snag Island safe and enjoyable for all residents and invited guests.
 
If you have a vacant lot, please restrict access to the property with a gate or a chain and post your property as private property.  If you do notice unauthorized activity on your lot or your neighbor’s, please contact Snag Island Security at 862-4242.
 
 
MOTORIZED VEHICLES & UNLICENSED DRIVERS
 
Only persons with a valid driver’s license may operate motorized vehicles on Snag Island roadways.  Motorized
vehicle includes any/all type(s) of vehicle(s) powered by either an internal combustion engine or electric motor.
(Revised Oct. 27, 2004)