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ARTICLE VII: MAINTENANCE OF THE COMMON AREAS AND COMMON MAINTENANCE AREAS DELEGATION OF MANAGEMENT
Section 1. Maintenance of Common Areas. Maintenance of the Common Areas and Common Maintenance Areas and all improvements thereon shall be the sole responsibility of the Association and shall include, but not be limited to, maintenance of the Common Areas and Common Maintenance Areas. All maintenance of Lots and Residences located on Properties shall be the sole obligation of the Owner, provided, however, the Association may, from time to time, provide certain common maintenance of Lots and Residences as may be determined to be in the best interests of all Owners. The Association shall maintain and regulate the use of Common Areas for the benefit of each Lot within the plat and shall do all things necessary to preserve and maintain the Common Areas for the purpose intended. It shall be the responsibility of the Association to maintain Tract "H" and any improvements thereon to preserve the value of said Tract "H" for the use and enjoyment of the Members of the Association in accordance with all restrictions and limitations established for said Tract "H" through this Declaration, the laws and ordinances of King County, Washington, and all other applicable statutes and regulations. The Declarant, during the development period, and the Board following the development period, shall have the exclusive right to establish use and operation standards for said Common Areas to preserve the value and desirability of said Common Areas for the enjoyment of the Members of the Association.
 
Section 2. Responsibility, for Maintaining Common Maintenance Areas. The Association is responsible for maintaining and preserving the character of areas designated on the face of the plat as Common Maintenance Areas, or as defined in this Declaration as Common Maintenance Areas. Common Maintenance Areas have been set aside for landscaping and community identification purposes.
 
Section 3. Repair of Common Areas and Maintenance Areas. Any damage to the Common Areas or Common Maintenance Areas or improvements thereon, including landscaping plantings, fences, berms, etc., by the Owners or their children shall be repaired within one (1) week by the Owners who (or whose children) caused the damages. If the damage cannot reasonably be repaired within one week, the time for the Owner to repair the Property shall be extended to the time reasonably required to repair the Property, provided that the Owner promptly begins, and diligently pursues, the repair of the damage. If such repairs are not made timely, the Association shall execute the repair and the Owner will be obligated to immediately pay the Association or its designee for the repair. If the Owner fails to promptly make payment for such repairs, the Owner will be charged interest at the rate of 12 percent (12%) per annum on the payment due, the payment due shall be a personal liability of the Owner, and the amount of the payment due shall be a lien on the Owner's Lot.
 
Section 4. Maintenance of Planter Islands. It shall be the responsibility of the Association to maintain the planter islands in cul-de-sacs within the plat and the entry planter islands.
 
Section 5. Native Growth Protection Easements or Tracts. The Association shall not permit any structures, filling, grading or obstruction to be placed beyond the building setback lines or within the Native Growth Protection Easements or Tracts unless the Association obtains the approval of the County Department of Public Works and the King County Department of Building and Land Development. No decks, patios,' out buildings, or overhangs shall be permitted beyond the building setback line or within the Native Growth Protection Easements or Tracts. Unless the Association obtains the approval of the King County Department of Public Works and the King County Department of Building and Land Development, neither the construction of fencing nor the clearing or removal of trees or vegetation shall be permitted within the areas of the Native Growth Protection Easements or Tracts. Dead trees or vegetation growing within the Native Growth Protection Easements or Tracts which present a threat to life and property due to decay or other natural causes may be removed upon obtaining the approval of the Association. In the event of any conflict between this Section and the terms of Article VI, Section 5, the terms of this Section shall control.
 
Section 6. Management. Each Owner expressly covenants that the Board and the Declarant, during the development period, and the Board, after the development period, may delegate all or any portion of their management authority to a managing agent, manager or officer of the Association and may enter into such management contracts or other service contracts to provide for maintenance of Common Areas and Common Maintenance Areas and any portion thereof. Any management agreement or employment agreement for the maintenance or management shall be terminable by the Association without cause upon 90 days' written notice thereof; the term of any such agreement shall not exceed three (3) years, renewable by agreement of the parties for successive periods of up to three (3) years each. Each Owner is bound to observe the terms and conditions of any such management agreement or employment contract, all of which shall be made available for inspection by any Owner on request. Any fees or salaries applicable to any such management, employment or service agreement shall be assessed to each Owner.