PSPOA and Community News
Property Owners' Association and Community News
Next PSPOA Board of Director’s meeting is Wednesday, June 17th, 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Station meeting room.
It’s membership renewal time. Please use the form below. Drop a check with the form in an envelope marked PSPOA in the water drop slot at the Fire Station. To be a member of the Propane, Firewood or Beetleblock CO-OP, please pay the $25.00 membership fee by June 30, 2015.
For those of you who ordered Beetleblock, it's here. Email me for pick up arrangements at: email@example.com. I will be placing a second order for those of you who missed out on the first one. It's $69.00 per 10-pack. Place your order with a check in the water drop slot at the fire station by close of business, Thursday June 11th. Order should be in on Monday or Tuesday of the following week.
Update on the Memorial Service for Pat Clements, one of our residents and dear friend to many:
Pat Clements’s Memorial was postponed due to rain and the erosion of the bridge to their house. The status of the bridge at the time of the service could not be trusted. A new date for the Memorial has been set. It will be on Saturday, July 25th at 2:00 p.m. The rest of the info from the first emailing holds and has been included below…
As many of you know, we lost a dear member of our community on April 28th. Pat Clements passed away after a brief but brave battle with cancer. Visit www.howemortuary.com for more information and some great photos of Pat.
Since parking will be an issue, there will be shuttle service from near 900 Kiowa to the Memorial.
If you would like, bring a long stemmed flower to put in the vase to make a bouquet from all of us. Refreshments will be served. If you would like to bring a small appetizer or dessert to share please do, but it is not required…
In lieu flowers, the family requests contributions, in Pat’s memory, to the Pinewood Springs Fire Protection District for the new Fire Station fund.
Annual Membership Renewal
Membership Drive - June 1, 2015 until May 31, 2016 Pinewood Springs Property Owners Association (Estes Park Estates residents and renters are included but with non-voting rights)
Please drop a check for $25.00 (for the year), include your contact info with email addresses, in the water drop slot at the Firehouse or send it to PSPOA, 61 Kiowa Rd, Lyons, CO 80540.
FIRE WOOD CO-OP
The message below concerns the PSPOA Firewood Co-op. Please remember that to participate in the discount for both the propane, firewood and Beetleblock CO-Ops, we ask that you pay the membership fee of $25.00 by June 30th.
From the Firewood CO-OP coordinator Marcus Kurek:
Just a note to thank all of you who participated in the Pinewood Home Owners Association firewood COOP last year. The COOP began when I needed to find six others to purchase wood in order to have 10 cords to qualify for $180/cord discount from A & W Firewood. We ended up with 65 residents participating in the deal, a great beginning for a COOP! Although this was a great price for hardwood during the winter season, there were some problems that were encountered during the season. I tried to resolve the issues as soon as they arose but I realized that this did not happen as quickly as everyone would have liked. (I was not excluded from the delay; I did not get my wood until a week before Thanksgiving!!!)
Wayne, the Firewood guy, has contacted me and would like to work with Pinewood to offer another deal this season. He would like to begin the deal ASAP as to avoid orders piling up during the beginning of the season in September. However, I am concerned that we will run into some of the same issues we had last year if they are not addressed now. This is a great time to discuss any concerns and complaints residents had in last year’s offer to see if we can get the issues addressed before we move forward this year.
So, I am asking all of you who had participated last season and ran into problems with Wayne to contact me with your experiences so that I can see if I can negotiate a better environment in which to participate. Detailed emails with names and addresses, and phone numbers are great ammunition for the negotiation. SO, if you can please take the time and give me your input by Friday, 6/12, it will help all of us in the long run. Also, please confirm your interest in participating again this season.
The last time Wayne and I talked, he was proposing starting the firewood discount in June, with offering a graduated discount schedule until September. The best discounts would be earlier in the summer and gradually decrease until the beginning of the season. Pinewood residents would still get a discount if ordering in season, but they would not be as great as the June price.
Looking forward to hearing from as many of you as possible, so I can go to Wayne with clarity and direction. I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spring Run-Off was a great success. Thank you to all who volunteered and participated. Thank you Colorado Cherry Company for hosting the awards party.
Next Fire Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10th 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Station Community meeting room.
Burn Permits: Burn permits are for small diameter yard slash, no garbage or construction debris, stumps or root balls.
- Permits are valid until the end of April.
- Burn piles may be up to 10 ft diameter and 6 ft. high
- Online application is free at www.larimer.co gov.
ROAD Board News
The Pinewood Springs Road Crew, assisted by Bladeworks, worked through two weeks of extremely wet spring weather to rebuild the roads damaged in the 2013 flood. Except for Seneca Road and the far end of Kiowa all of the contracted roads have been worked on. All of the ditches have been cleaned and the roads scraped. Because of the wet conditions we have not been able to spread all of the road-base material. As the roads dry out we will continue the rebuilding by adding the road base. A number of areas on our roads are still being affected by springs and have been marked with cones. There is little we can do about them until they dry out. Kiowa and Seneca roads will be rebuilt after the bridge work is completed. We appreciate your patience while we work through these wet-weather problems.
Note that the Road Board now has a group email address. Please report any road problems or requests by email at RoadBoard@Pinewoods.us or on our message service at 303-895-3848. Board meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Firehouse. Next meeting is on July 7th and visitors are welcome; please enter through the back door.
Adult Bible Study begins at 9:00 a.m. Join us as we go through Chuck Missler's study of The Bible in 24 Hours. It promises to be another fascinating study! Worship is at 10:00 a.m. with coffee and conversation to follow, everyone is welcome.
REFLECTIVE HOUSE-NUMBER SIGNS ARE AVAILABLE
The PSPOA is working with the Fire District to get everyone’s home marked with reflective aluminum house-number signs. In the event of an emergency, it is extremely important for rescue personnel to be able to find your home quickly. For further information or questions, contact Gabi at: 823-5345 or e-mail her at:email@example.com. PSPOA members pay $8.00 per sign, and non-members $12.00. Sign prices are purposely kept low as this is not a fund-raising project, but is meant to help valley residents properly display their house numbers in order to assist emergency personnel. If you are ready to order, please download this ORDER FORM and drop the envelope through the water-payment slot at the Firehouse.
The bears ARE PUT AND ABOUT so keep your trash safe from looting and don't put it out the night before PICK-UP unless you want to clean up! Also do not leave any food in your car unless you want your car destroyed because the bears will rip anything apart to get to food!
From Gary Clements and the Division of Wildlife:
HAVE A HEART, DO YOUR PART. BE “BEAR AWARE“ THIS SPRING DENVER, Colo. - Each year in Colorado dozens of bears must be relocated or euthanized because of conflicts with humans. Often times these conflicts can be avoided by following a few simple steps. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking people to do their part to keep bears out of trouble.
Bears have awakened from their winter naps and are searching for food. Bears are always looking for easy meals and are often drawn to towns, residences and campgrounds for a quick treat. Once a bear identifies a location as an easy food source they will return over and over again, which is why it's important to not attract them to the area in the first place. Colorado, generally, has a two-strike policy for bears. The first time a bear becomes persistent in its search for food near humans, it may be trapped, tagged and taken to a remote area to be released. If the bear gets in trouble again, it is destroyed. Sometimes, however, if a bear shows very aggressive behavior on a first encounter it can be euthanized.
"Destroying a bear is never an easy decision for a wildlife officer," said Abbie Walls, public information officer for CPW in southeast Colorado. "But human health and safety is always our number one priority. That being said, if humans take just a few minutes out of their day to do what is right, we could really cut down on the amount of conflicts we have every year."
Bears are not typically aggressive towards people, but may become so if food is present. Never approach a bear--If you see a bear encourage it to leave the area by yelling, throwing rocks, or spraying water at it from a safe distance. However, if food continues to be present, they will likely return.
Follow these tips to help keep bears out of trouble:
- Keep garbage in a well-secured location and only put out garbage
on the morning of pickup.
- Clean garbage cans regularly to keep them odor free.
- If you don't have secure storage, put items that might become
smelly into the freezer until trash day.
- Don't leave pet food or stock feed outside.
- Bird feeders should be brought in at this time of year—birds
don’t need to be fed during the summer.
- If you have bird feeders clean up beneath them, bring them in
at night and hang them high so they're completely inaccessible
- Secure compost piles. Bears are attracted to the scent of
rotting food and they'll eat anything.
- Allow grills to burn for a couple of minutes after cooking to
burn off grease and to eliminate odors. Clean the grill after
- Clean up thoroughly after picnics in the yard or on the deck.
Don't allow food odors to linger.
- If you have fruit trees, pick fruit before it gets too ripe. Don't
allow fruit to rot on the ground.
- Always close garage doors.
- Keep the bottom floor windows of your house closed when
you're not at home.
- Do not keep food in your car and lock the doors.
- Talk to your neighbors and kids about being bear aware.
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In addition, please refrain from feeding any other wildlife such as foxes and deer as you will draw large predators like cougars that will stalk your house if they think they will get free food. Also, what you think is "cute" (such as bear cubs) may end up being your undoing. Besides, it's against the law to feed wildlife!
IDENTIFICATION AND NATURAL KNAPWEED
BEETLE BLOCK INFORMATION
Beetle Block packets will be available next May
ARE MOUNTAIN-PINE BEETLES HATCHING TWO TIMES
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PDF BROCHURE ABOUT THE
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PDF SUMMARY OF
PDF FOR GRID PLACEMENT
PDF FOR BEETLEBLOCK ORDER FORM
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HIGH-SPEED DSL AND TELEPHONE
SERVICES TO PINEWOOD RESIDENTS
If you are interested in receiving Qwest high speed DSL service, please send an email to Terri Tomlin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line of "Pinewood Springs request for more Qwest DSL access." Skybeam is another local high-speed (Wi-Fi) Internet service that can be reached at: 888-759-2326, or go to: www.skybeam.com. They are now offering digital-phone service as well.
COUGARS SPOTTED BETWEEN KIOWA AND ARAPAHOE
A cougar and her cub are parked in the gulley between Kiowa and Arapahoe, so be very careful when walking in that area! If you see a big feline and feel that it may be stalking you or your pets, especially dogs, please report any event to our local Division of Wildlife Officer, Suzanne Kloster, at: 303-485-0593. If you're going to walk the trails alone, carry a firearm and a large walking stick just in case!! For more information, please go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/
Nuisance Dog Issues
Many residents have contacted the PSPOA concerning wandering dogs and nuisance barking. This is an ongoing problem. If you have inconsiderate neighbors who allow their dogs to bark and wander illegally in your neighborhood, Larimer County Humane Society's Captain, Bill Porter, requests that in the event that any dogs-at-large bother you either with their howling, their physical presence on your property, if you see them chasing wildlife, or if you feel that the dogs' welfare may be at stake, please voice your concerns by calling the Larimer County Humane Society @ 970-226-3647 and report any incidents to the dispatch officers who are very familiar with the situation...It is illegal not to contain your dogs on your property and walk them without a leash unless they are under your strict voice command. Offenders can be fined and ultimately see jail time...Please click on this link to read the entire statute. For a truncated version of the statutes, please click here.
BREEZE-E LETTER ADS
As always, business-card-size ads for the Breeze-E are available. The cost is $15.00 for one issue or $50 for all six issues, and $70 a year for non-resident ads. Try it for one issue and your $15.00 will go toward a year’s insertion. The PSPOA Board can be reached via e-mail at: email@example.com.
CALL 911 FIRST
The Pinewood Springs Fire Department would like to remind members of our community to CALL 911 FIRST in an emergency. Don't call your neighbor, even if she or he is a firefighter, nurse, or medic. Don't call your friend up the road and ask him or her to call 911. And don't call a friend or relative in a neighboring town and ask them to make the emergency call to dispatch. Even a short delay can make a difference in saving a life. When you call 911, the nearest available help is dispatched immediately. If you call a friend or relative in Longmont or Lyons or Estes Park and request that they make the emergency call to 911 for you, not only have you delayed the response by calling someone else first, but also the dispatcher will note the origin of the 911 call, and may dispatch units from that area (for example Lyons or Estes Park). This could result in a serious delay in response while an agency from another district searches in confusion for an address they can't find in their district! Meanwhile, the help that is urgently needed is unable to find you!
When you call 911, your call originates from the place where the help is needed, and dispatchers will send the help nearest to you immediately. So please remember: in an emergency, CALL 911 FIRST and get help coming fast and directly. Make any calls to friends, family, or neighbors after help is on the way, or even after help has arrived. This will ensure that you get the most rapid and direct response. It could save a life!
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