PSPOA and Community News
Property Owners' Association and Community News
2016 Update on Crescent Lake: We have a contractor scheduled to construct the actual dam mechanism part of the project. We are also working with the Fire District to replace the hydrant in the lake that was swept away by the flood. We also plan to change the parking situation at the TUBS and renew the signage. We hope to complete all projects in the next several months. These projects are not done for free. They are being paid for by the small $25.00 a year assessment that each of the households in Pinewood is asked to pay. By joining, you are doing your share of supporting community projects like upkeep (new picnic tables) and insurance on the Picnic area and the lake. Other projects that have used those funds over the years are: Pinewood sign on Kiowa, the bulletin board, the newspaper delivery area and the little library, and for two years the PSPOA has contributed funds to the pig roast. We sponsor a year round propane and Beetle Block co-op in the spring. Volunteers provide all of the work for these projects. We would like to ask for your continued support by joining the PSPOA, paying the $25.00 assessment, and by volunteering to help. Our fiscal year begins June 1st. There will be Board member positions available. Please plan to join us!
Please support Pinewood Springs Property Owners Association (not your ordinary POA)
It’s not too late! –Assessment for June 1, 2015 until May 31, 2016
(Estes Park Residents and renters 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. You must be a member to join the propane association.
The Fire Board is pleased to announce that our current ISO rating has been determined to be at a Class 3 for all properties within five miles of the Pinewood Springs fire station, which applies to all residences within the entire PSFPD response area. This is a significant fire protection rating improvement and will become effective on March 1st, 2016. The enclosed letter provides additional details, or visit www.pinewoodspringsfire.org.
Road Board News
Winter is here to stay for a while so it’s time for some tips. Living in the mountains comes with additional challenges.
1. The "rule" for passing on narrow 1.5 lane roads is the car going downhill yields to the car coming up. Now, if you are coming up and you have a nice place to pull over and are able to get moving again then you should yield. If there is not a safe place for either car to pull over then the downhill car should pull over as far as possible and stop to allow the uphill car to pass. This is more important in the winter as the uphill car may have issues if they have to stop on the icy road. Please, let's all be polite to each other.
2. Have proper equipment on your car. All season radials are not snow tires, they work fine in the city but do not provide enough winter traction for those of us who live in the hills. If you live in Pinewood please get proper snow tires or use chains to get around. With snow tires getting up and down to town is much safer in winter conditions which is an added bonus! Four-Wheel drive is good but front-wheel drive also works with the right tires and some practice. A rear-wheel drive with plenty of weight in the trunk and snow tires can also get around pretty good! Even with studded snow tires, light cars may have trouble on icy roads. A note about the various four-wheel drive modes: Use four-wheel drive “high” when necessary for additional traction on our roads as well as highway 36. Four-wheel low is NOT meant as a drive mode, it is designed to help when you are stuck or bogging through deep mud, crawling over big rocks and so on. A snowy day on the highway with a few inches on the road may require four-wheel high but for the safety of your transmission do not use four-wheel “low.” Please check your owner's manual to determine the top speed for your vehicle while in four-wheel high.
3. There are barrels at the worst corners and hills all through Pinewood that have gravel and either a can or an old shovel in them. Please, if you hit a part of the road that is especially slick use some of the provided gravel to provide traction. Do not be shy with using the gravel, it works best to fan it out onto the road and you will have to use more than one scoopful to do this. Since we all pay for the roads and their maintenance we do not have money in the budget for a sanding truck so it is up to all of us to work together to get the roads sanded when they get icy!
4. Cold temps and sunny days will make the roads icier than fresh snow. The sun will cause the snow to melt and then it will refreeze into ice due to the cold temps. Exercise extreme caution!!!! Here are some tips for getting around safely when the roads turn to ice. a) When coming down a hill be in your lowest gear “L” on an automatic, “first” on a stick. DO NOT wait to shift until you are in a corner or in an icy spot as that can cause you to spin out. Creep down the hill, be gentle on your brakes and gently squeeze them on and off to keep your speed low. Do not jab at them; do not slam on them, as the sudden application will cause you to spin out. Look ahead and through the corner before entering it; if someone is coming up move over to allow him or her to pass. Stay out of the downhill inside of the corner as it can suck you into a ditch. Stay high on the corners and creep around them. This goes for coming uphill as well, stay high on the corners and keep a steady speed coming uphill but be easy on the gas, you need momentum but you also need to maintain control.
b) If you lose traction coming up hill do not floor the gas and hope you can make it up. Chances are this will throw you into a ditch. It can also be very damaging to the roads as you can burn through the ice and start digging into the roadbed. This will not get you up a hill, it will just damage the road, possibly throw you into a ditch or worse, over an edge. If it happens back up to a safe spot and get out and spread some gravel for traction. If you cannot make it find a safe, wide place to park and walk up. DO NOT park at the end of a downhill or in a corner!!! This can cause a bad accident!
4. Deliveries: please do not have box trucks, vans, or cars without proper equipment try to make a delivery to your home in the winter! Many times they get stuck and block the roads while waiting for a tow truck. This is expensive for them and blocks access for your neighbors. If you must have someone come up to your home ensure that they have proper equipment. If they don't, ask them to park somewhere safe and shuttle them to your home in a smaller truck, or you may have to meet them at the Cherry Company and move the delivery into your own vehicle. Yes, it is an inconvenience, but it is one of the prices we pay for living in the mountains!
When the plows are out please give them plenty of room!!!! By design they do not plow down to the dirt as that is very damaging to our roads. Remember to drive friendly and give all of your neighbors a wave!!!
Tuesday, February 2nd, our next bi-monthly meeting is at 7:00 p.m. in the community center behind the fire station so please come to the back. All residents are welcome! As always, if you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please contact us either through the Road Board email address – Roadboard@pinewoods.us, or via voice mail at (303) 895-3848.
Pinewood Springs Community Church News
A very Happy New Year to all from your community church. We pray that God will bless you abundantly. Our annual congregational meeting will be held January 24th. We hope all members can be in attendance! As always, worship is at 10 a.m. with coffee and desserts following the service in Fellowship Hall. We look forward to seeing you! Linda Wisneski
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 OUT 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.
For more tips and information go to,
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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
A YEAR? Follow the link below for more information:
PDF BROCHURE ABOUT THE
MOUNTAIN BARK BEETLE
PDF SUMMARY OF
PDF FOR GRID PLACEMENT
PDF FOR BEETLEBLOCK ORDER FORM
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.
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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