2019 Coupon Books

2019 coupon books for membership fees are expected to arrive before January 1. The monthly payment option is only available to members who maintain a current account status.

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Coupons cover the membership dues and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan payment amount. Water usage fees are invoiced separately by mail every other month. See a breakdown of member fees here.

Members have three options to pay dues:

Pay Annually - $796
Due by January 31

Pay Semi-Annually - $398
Due by January 31 and June 30

Pay Monthly - $66.34
Due on the 31st of each month.

2018 AGM Voting Results

The Annual General Meeting was held at the Scenic Estates Clubhouse on August 25.


Board of Directors (for three open positions)

  • Ben Twigg: 76 votes
  • Paul Dempsey: 69 votes
  • Sharleen Peitsch-Tyerman: 46 votes
  • Ken Swanson: 33 votes 

At the board meeting following the AGM on August 25, the Directors elected the President and Vice President, and appointed the following offices:

  • President: Paul Dempsey
  • Vice President: Doug Cash
  • Administration: Sharleen Peitsch-Tyerman
  • Finance Chair: Ben Twigg
  • Communications Chair: Jeff Smith
  • Water and Operations Chair: Doug Cash
  • Treasurer: Leslie Dempsey

2019 Budget and Dues


Approve: 71 | Disapprove: 6

The proposed Budget will maintain dues at $725 per year, having a total income of $382,595 and expenses of $382,597. Dues do not include the DWSRF loan, RTS, and water usage fees.

Audit of financial statements of the 2018 Fiscal Year


Approve: 57 | Disapprove: 21

An audit of the 2018 fiscal year to be performed in 2019. The estimated cost of an audit for 2018 fiscal year is $8,000.

Appeals Court rejects petition for rehearing

The judicial panel of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has unanimously denied a petition for panel rehearing and rehearing en banc. Read the complete order here. 

Proving that he is truly incapable of taking no for an answer, Charles Ortego requested a rehearing by the same three-judge panel that rejected his claims and a rehearing en banc (by the entire Ninth Circuit) on July 5, 2018, which is rarely granted even in meritorious cases. 

According to LISECC attorney Jessica Goldman, "The only avenue for review remaining is a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.  At this point, this case concerns only issues of state law and there is zero chance the Supreme Court would accept review."

Scenic Estates water system gets 10-year Gold Award

From left: Isaac Colgan, Leslie Dempsey, Kevin Southworth, & Jolyn Leslie

From left: Isaac Colgan, Leslie Dempsey, Kevin Southworth, & Jolyn Leslie

Lummi Island Scenic Estates (LISE) was awarded the Gold Certificate of Achievement by the Washington Department of Health today. Regional Engineer Joyln Leslie presented the award to Operations Manager Kevin Southworth, along with LISE President Leslie Dempsey and Treatment Plant Operator Isaac Colgan.

To qualify for the Gold award the water system must exceed turbidity removal standards and have no violations with the Department of Health for at least 10 years. 

There are only seven rapid rate filtration water treatment plants in the State of Washington that currently qualify for the Gold (10-14 years) and Platinum (15 or more years) award. LISE is the smallest system this select group. The performance of rapid rate filters for turbidity (particle) removal is a key element in protecting consumers from microbial contaminants and maximizing public health. 

Lawsuit is over - LISECC won!

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has completely affirmed the decision of Judge Lasnik in US District Court in favor of the defendants Lummi Island Scenic Estates Community Club (LISECC) and rejected the appeal of Chuck Ortego and other plaintiffs.

The district court properly determined that LISECC has continuing authority to govern all of the properties comprising Lummi Island Scenic Estates.

The district court properly granted summary judgment in favor of the Defendants on the breach of fiduciary duty claim. Plaintiffs supplied no evidence to suggest that the directors failed
to act “reasonably and in good faith” in their stewardship of the water system.

The district court did not abuse its discretion in denying Plaintiffs’ motion for sanctions. Plaintiffs provided neither the authority to support sanctions nor a meaningful explanation of why sanctions were warranted.

Help Scenic Estates win Wildfire Grant!

Thanks to Frankie Small, our Firewise coordinator, Lummi Island Scenic Estates has a chance to win a $500 grant to help Wildfire Preparedness at the Clubhouse and Marina. 

Please vote for the grant

You can help Scenic Estates win this grant by voting at NFPA. The contest is limited to one vote person, per day until March 2, 2018

We are a wooded community our Clubhouse is surrounded by trees reaching up hill, is at the bottom of a hill, and the surrounding vegetation really needs to be brought under control. Trees need to be limbed up and underbrush made manageable.

Scenic Estates is on the side of a steep incline and our neighborhood slope has been described as a "chimney" for fire to sweep up the mountain.

Our plan would be to have a work party to do this on Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (Saturday, May 5). The grant would help Scenic Estates rent a chipper to help with the clean up. Some of our members have worked hard to Firewise their own lots, but we really need all the help we can get to prepare for wildfire.

2017 Firewise work party at the marina

2017 Firewise work party at the marina

Permitted species of brush, limbs, and wood chips will be delivered to the Lummi Island Heritage Trust Aiston Preserve to help reclamation.

Scenic Estates has been working with NFPA Firewise USA since 2003, the second site in Washington to be recognized as a Firewise Community. 

2018 Member Information

Members are now receiving their 2018 Membership Fee Invoices. Enclosed in this envelope is the 2018 member letter and contact update form. Members can also update their contact information, sign up for email updates, and add an additional contact on the LISECC website here.

Also included in the mailing is a Lummi Island Community Association (LICA) phone directory listing form for updating the island phone book contact information. This form is optional. We have included this as a courtesy to LICA as we feel this is a benefit to our members.