Monthly Archives: September 2016

Chipper Days 2016: Oct 30—Nov

Chipper Days 2016 will be here soon.  If interested, please read the following information carefully.  There have been many changes from last year’s Chipper Week.

As an official Firewise Community, we are offering our third Firewise initiative for 2016: Chipper Days. The Firewise Pruning Workshop and street address sign program were designed to facilitate this, and priority will be given to those participants. Otherwise, it will be on a first come/first served basis upon receipt of your $20 co-pay for MCA members.

BACKGROUND & FUNDING: In 2015, Chipper Day became Chipper Week, which lasted 10 days. It was overwhelmingly successful, with emphasis on overwhelming. It served 117 homeowners, with piles that took from 15 minutes to 5 hours to chip, services valued at $10,000. Last year, King County Parks donated 4 days of chipping, then Brian Olson of Olson Outdoor Improvements heroically completed the job, giving us a very good deal. He was paid by a federal grant from the U.S. Congress, which allocates funding to the Forest Service to support projects like this. This grant was administered through King County’s Forestry Program.

Although King County Parks cannot offer their services this year, we are grateful to be receiving a $1500 grant provided to King County Forestry from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, under the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, Title III. We are equally grateful to be receiving $1500 We are equally grateful to be receiving $1500 from Washington Firewise Community Small Funds Grant from Washington State Department of Natural Resources. In all, that amounts to only $3,000 in grants. So we need to require a $20 co-pay to make this happen.

LIMITS: Due to limited funding, we need to limit the number of participants to 100 and the size of piles. Your $20 co-pay and MCA dues will cover chipping of a single row of branches up to 4-ft high x 8-ft wide (cut ends) x 10-ft deep. Branches must be less than 10-ft long and less than 6” in diameter. No rope, nails, metal, rocks, plastic, or lumber. This is a $225 value.

THE DETAILS (please read and comply!):
•  Firewise Community Chipper Days will be held October 31 — November 4.

•  The MCA sponsors and funds this event.

To Be Eligible:

  1. You must be up to date with your 2016 dues. If you have any questions about your 2016 membership status, contact Lisa Lux
  1. You must have an easily visible street address sign by the side of your driveway (a reflective, two-sided MCA-sponsored signpost — or your own sign)

Once Eligible, Now What?

  1. Register for Chipper Days: 
  • Contact Debbie Bartlett with the following information: Name, Street Address, Phone number, email, and whether you want the chips from your pile, a 12-cubic yard truckload of chips or no chips?
  • Debbie’s contact information: Email:    Phone:  425-961-0037
  • Deadline:  5:00 PM on October 16th
  1. Submit your $20 co-pay
  • PayPal to   or
  • Mail to:   MCA, P.O. Box 476, Issaquah, WA 98027
  • Deadline:  5:00 PM on October 16th
  1. Finish making your pile of branches
  • Stack branches by the side of the road with the cut (fattest) ends facing in one direction.
  • Deadline:  October 28th
  1. Assess the size of your pile

a. If larger than the 4’x8’x10’ size listed above (see LIMITS section):

  • Contact Brian Olson, if emailing, attach a photo of your pile; include a yardstick (or tape measure set at 3-ft) for reference:  Email:; phone:  206-605-8839
  • He will tell you the additional charge and bill you separately. As long as you are a Chipper Days-registered MCA member, the rate will be $50 per additional 4×8-ft pile. Pile portions in excess of 4×8 will not be chipped otherwise. Usual minimum charge just to show up for chipping of any amount would be $150 outside of this event for MCA members. For all services offered by Olson’s Outdoor Improvements, see
  • Deadline:  October 28th

b. If your pile is no larger than the 4’x8’x10’ size limit, you do not need to contact Brian Olson.

  5. Print out and Post ‘Flow Number-House Number’ on your pile. 

  • ‘Flow Number-House Number’ will be assigned and emailed to you the week of October 24th.  For example, #21—14985.  Put the Flow Number—House Number print-out in a Ziploc bag to protect it from rain and post it on your pile.
  • Post by October 30th
  1. Report hours worked
  • Contact Debbie Bartlett: Email:    Phone:  425-961-0037
  • Report number of hours worked trimming, clean-up, and moving your piles to the roadway. The federal and DNR grants are cooperative/cost share grants; our share is “paid” with volunteer hours that go toward making our community “Firewise” and safer.This is important!
  • Debbie’s contact information: Email:; phone:  425-961-0037
  • Report by November 4th


  1. Before October 30th, clear dead brush and dry branches from the forest floor. Prune shrubs and limb-up trees to remove ladder fuels and dead material. Prune trees 6’—10’ from ground (but leave at least ½ the tree with live limbs). Pruning of trees and shrubs creates mini fuel breaks. See  When removing branches, be sure to leave the “branch collar” intact.
  1. See the linkon Tree Pruning for helpful information.  The following links also provide helpful information on pruning, see:
  1. When trimming, be safe. Branches can be heavier than they look, and trimming equipment is extremely sharp. Keep your distance from the chipper crew when they are working. They are the experts, and like us, don’t want anyone to get hurt.
  1. Stack branches next to the road so the cut (fat) ends point toward the road. This makes it easier to handle when chipping. Have your cuttings stacked no later than Sunday, Oct. 30th.  Assure that no rope, nails, metal, rocks, plastic, or lumber are in the pile.  Make a note of time spent cleaning, trimming, and stacking – it is this “volunteer” time that allows for our cost-share grant funding. Include time you spent this year removing debris from your roof and gutters.
  1. Through the week, the crew will work their way along our streets from pile to pile. Chips not wanted by homeowners will be donated to Mirrormont Park for trail and edging improvements and other landscaping.
  1. Be sure to sign up early to ensure you are part of this event!
  1. The success of this project depends on everyone complying with the above. Please respect the time that MCA volunteers are putting into organizing and implementing this.

Fire Authority Ballot Measure: Q&A with Fire Chief

At 7 PM, prior to our MCA Board meeting on Tuesday, October 4th, at Mirrormont clubhouse, Eastside Fire & Rescue Chief Jeff Clark will speak about the proposed fire authority for King County Fire Districts 10 and 38. Fire District 10 serves May Valley, Tiger Mountain, Mirrormont, Preston and the City of Carnation. Fire District 38 covers the unincorporated areas around North Bend and Snoqualmie. The fire agencies contend that working together will reduce costs, maintain emergency service levels, and improve efficiencies for taxpayers long-term. We encourage you to attend to ask questions and hear more about the proposed Fire Authority ballot measure.

Mirrormont Tour of Historic Homes

The MCA is sponsoring the first Mirrormont Tour of Historic Homes on September 18th. We will meet at 11:00 AM at the Mirrormont Clubhouse (25500 Mirrormont Drive) for light refreshments and an introduction, then carpool to homes built in the early days of Mirrormont. Only Mirrormont residents are invited to attend.

One of the unique features of Mirrormont is the diversity of architectural styles, from A-frame chalets to ramblers, built from 1962 to 2016. Each house has a story. Some have been carefully tended, others were neglected for a time and then lovingly restored. We are excited that the most famous house in Mirrormont will be included on our tour. The House That TV 7 Built was advertised for six months on the J.P. Patches’ show, toured by 3000 people per weekend, and then auctioned off to the highest bidder in 1964 to pay for ads and the house. It was the first chalet in Mirrormont built by developer Rod Loveless.

Organizers are Windermere realtor Kellie Batali, who lives just across Mirrormont’s boundary, and MCA President Linda Shepherd.


Traffic Talk

Come dialogue with Issaquah City Councilmembers Mary Lou Pauly and Stacy Goodman about traffic issues on Issaquah-Hobart Rd: Monday, Sept. 26th at 7:00, Mirrormont Clubhouse (25500 Mirrormont Dr). Stacy is Council President and a former 17-year resident of Mirrormont, so she has personal experience with our traffic challenges regarding trucks and long commute times. They both realize that this is a regional problem and want to seek solutions that benefit us, as well as Issaquah residents within the city limits.