Thursday, September 29, 2016


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Political Signage


Now that election time is drawing near, we would like to remind you of the regulations on sign placement within Forest Meadows

Signs placed on lots shall be no more than “24 x 24”.

No more than one “For Sale”, “For Lease”, or “For Rent” sign is allowed.  These signs and those used by contractors, subcontractors and tradesmen for advertising shall be removed promptly following the conclusion of the construction or sales activity.  No other promotional signs will be permitted.

All signs shall be single sided and placed parallel to the street, and no greater than 48” in height above the street level.

All signs shall be no closer than 5 feet from the front street paved line and on a single post.

Political signs must follow the regulations above.

They may not be posted in any of the common areas and must be removed promptly following the election.

All signs must be maintained in good repair.  If damaged signs are not repaired or replaced within one week of notice from the Association, they are subject to removal.

CC&Rs Section 8.05. Signs. No signs shall be displayed on any Parcel or posted within or upon any portion of the Common Area except such signs as may be required by legal proceedings, not more than one "For Rent", "For Lease" or “For Sale" signs of reasonable dimensions as are approved by the Board, or a committee thereof and during the time of construction of any building or other improvement, job identification signs having a maximum face area of six square feet per sign and of a type usually employed by contractors, subcontractors and tradesmen. All construction or For Sale signs shall be removed promptly following conclusion of the construction or sales activity   


Forest Meadows
Hilltop Pool will remain open- weather permitting
Meadowview Pool is closed for the season


The Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors voted to remove all water conservation restrictions at today’s Board meeting (Read the resolution here), meaning all CCWD customers are now at a 0% conservation level. This decision came after the State Water Resources Control Board made significant changes to statewide water conservation emergency regulations on May 18, which now allow water agencies to set conservation targets based on local water supplies. CCWD calculated its supplies based on the State Board’s guidelines and determined the District does not currently have a supply shortage and, even if the next three years are dry, will not experience a supply shortage.

“The updated requirements from the state reflect much of what we requested in our comments to the State Water Board as local water supply conditions are the primary consideration in calculating each agency’s conservation requirements,” said Dave Eggerton, CCWD general manager. “The action taken today would not have been possible without the incredible support from our community and the many efforts of our dedicated staff.”

For more information please follow this link


ISO Insurance Classification


January 20, 2016

Ebbetts Pass Fire District recently completed an Insurance Services Office(ISO) evaluation which has upgraded the District’s Fire Protection Classification to a 2/2X effective February 1, 2016.

This is good news and a great accomplishment.  EPFD thanks CCWD, BLS Water, CAL FIRE and all the agencies for their support and assistance to the Ebbetts Pass Fire District.  Thanks to EPFD personnel for the great work everyone has done not only to produce the data for the evaluation, but also the hours of training and documentation that went into the process.  Thank you to the communities we serve for your continued support of the Ebbetts Pass Fire District.

ISO’s Public Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies.  In fact, most U.S. insurers including the largest ones use PPC information as part of their decision-making when deciding what businesses to write, coverage to offer, or process to charge for personal or commercial property insurance. The new classifications will improve the predictive value for insurers while benefiting both commercial and residential property owners.

If you would like to know more about EPFD’s PPC classification, or about the potential effect of proposed changes to your insurance classification, or to obtain information regarding fire hydrant locations for a selected property, please call Ebbetts Pass Fire District during normal weekday business hours, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (209) 795-1646.


Cheryl Howard,
District Administrative Secretary
Ebbetts Pass Fire District


Western Pine Beetle

Since June of this year there has been an exponential increase in tree deaths from the western pine beetle in Forest Meadows. Outbreaks have been found on Heather Court, Sandalwood and Buckthorn. Trees that were green in June are now browning or completely brown. If you have pine trees on your lot, please take a look (with binoculars if you have them) at the mid tree level for pitch tubes. They will appear as random white dime sized splotches of sap and boring dust. If you see any evidence of activity, please contact a tree service or the office for more resources. Being proactive with an infested tree is likely to determine whether or not additional trees are infested and lost. More detailed information on Bark Beetles can be found on the link below.



Summer Tips for your Home 

Air conditioning tune up
The number one priority for your summer home maintenance checklist is to have your air conditioning (AC) unit tuned up. As important as getting your car tuned, your AC needs to be tuned to inspect and prevent unwanted emergencies. The tune up is used to inspect refrigerant levels, which is important for your AC to keep running cool and keep your summer electric bills low, as well as to ensure your fan is functioning well, your coils are thoroughly cleaned and there are no potential fire hazards with faulty wiring.
Homeowner tip: You can keep your AC bill running smoothly by changing out your air filters often. Experts advise changing them once a month when using your unit on a daily basis.
Roof check
Your roof should be inspected annually to ensure that you don't have any problems. Whether you have just ended your rainy season or are about to begin it.
Clean gutters
Cleaning gutters regularly will help prevent clogging and unnecessary leaks. It is recommended that gutters are cleaned twice a year: once at late fall/early winter, after all of the leaves have fallen and prior to the first snowfall, and once at late spring/early summer after flowers, seeds and blossoms are done blowing off.
Window check
Ensure that the hot summer heat stays outside by checking and maintaining your home's windows. One of the key items in window maintenance is routinely checking the sealants. Ensure that both inside and out are secured, and caulk any open areas in between. Also, check weather-stripping for any faults and replace it immediately if there is an issue. Taking care of windows will keep your home looking and feeling good.
Inspect your deck
You may have already fired up the barbecue and started grilling. However, it’s a good idea to inspect your deck for any loose or rotten boards or exposed nails. If you do notice any potential hazards, take care of them right away.
Keep your landscape healthy during the hot summer months
CCWD has lifted water restrictions, but that doesn't mean you need to drown your yard—or even water every day—when temperatures climb. Consider taking Sundays off and reduce your water use by as much as 10 to 15 percent.
Here are tips to keep your yard healthy while still conserving water
Time of Day. Water in early-morning hours before sunrise to lessen water lost to evaporation and daytime winds.
Plant Selection
Choose plants that are native to the local climate of Calaveras County. There are a variety of low maintenance plants which will add both color and vibrancy to your landscape. Bermuda and other warm-season grasses require about one-third less water than Tall Fescue grass.
Monitor Your Landscape
Make adjustments to watering times as needed. Shaded or protected areas may need less water than other zones. You may even be able to water less frequently than seven days a week.
Cycle and Soak Watering
Schedule sprinklers to water in three short cycles, each about one hour apart.
Drip Irrigation
Experts agree that running it a maximum of three days a week during warmer months is much better for plants than daily watering. The length of watering time for plants on drip systems varies depending on the type of emitter, plant types and soil conditions.
Check Your Irrigation System
Check your irrigation system weekly for broken or misaligned sprinkler heads and drip emitters, which can be prime water-waste culprits.
Upgrade Your Irrigation Clock
Replace your irrigation system with a "smart clock" and save water and money. Look for smart irrigation controllers and rain sensors that automatically shut off your irrigation when it rains.
Mow for Best Results
Each time you mow the lawn, change directions. Set your mower to the proper height to promote a healthy lawn and to reduce water use. Recommended mowing heights are 2 1/2" to 3" for Tall Fescue and 3/4" to 1 1/2" for Bermuda.
Brown Spots on the Lawn
Hand water browm spots and check your irrigation system. Lawns usually develop brown spots because of faults in the sprinkler system, such as mixed types of sprinkler heads, blocked spray patterns and improper spacing between sprinklers.
Check your sprinkler heads
Check that your heads are level to grade, perpendicular to the slope of the lawn and not watering sidewalks, walls or patios. If grass blocks the spray, trim around the sprinkler head or install a taller 3- or 4-inch pop-up. Lawn sprinkler heads should provide "head-to-head" coverage. That means the spray of one sprinkler should reach the head of the adjacent sprinkler. If your lawn looks great except for stressed areas in front of the sprinkler heads, the heads are too far apart. A device called an undercut nozzle can help. Talk to an irrigation specialist if you decide to change out the nozzle.
Check Watering system pressure
Watering system pressure also can cause brown spots. Misting and excessive drift are signs of high pressure. Low pressure displays itself with weak, short spray patterns and reduced coverage.
Combat Compacted Soils
Compacted soils also can stress your lawn. Sometimes simply aerating a stressed area and giving it a good soaking solves the problem. Purchase a hand-operated coring aerator at a nursery, or hire a professional to do the job. Aeration should be done at least twice a year.
Don’t let your lawn dry out
An extremely dry lawn becomes hydrophobic, or water-repelling. Add a tablespoon of liquid soap to a gallon of water and drench the dried area. This breaks down the surface tension of the grass, making it hydrophilic, or water-loving. Then give it a good soaking.
Water between 2 and 5 a.m. through September
This is the coolest time of the day or night, and your lawn will more effectively soak in the water you give it.
Leaf Scorching and Burning
Leaves usually are stressed for one of two reasons: improper watering or improper fertilization. Since both over watering and under watering can damage plant leaves, the best solution is to water deeply and infrequently. This allows oxygen in the soil, washes salts away and encourages deep rooting.
For most trees and shrubs older than three years, water deeply once every seven to 10 days (Run your drip system one to three hours to soak the root zone). Newer plants may need water twice as often until established. Add a layer of surface mulch 2- to 4-inches thick to conserve water between waterings and cool and enrich the soil.
Make sure you have the right fertilizer both for your specific plants and for the time of year. Some fertilizers release much faster in hot weather, increasing the potential for damage. Follow package directions exactly and err on the conservative side. Then, irrigate well to move nutrients to the soil.
Bug Damage
For a non-pesticide alternative to getting rid of aphids and other pests, spray plants with a strong blast of water from your hose. You'll knock bugs off and damage or drown many of them. Or, spray with a mild soapy water solution which will smother soft bodied insects. 3 teaspoons of dish soap added to a large squirt bottle helps get rid of pests (especially aphids). Spray both sides of your plants. Or, buy beneficial "predator" bugs like ladybugs at nurseries and set them loose to attack aphids and let nature run its course.


Being a FIREWISE Community

Could your homeowner’s insurance be reduced if your community was a FIREWISE Community?

What is a FIREWISE Community?  How can it benefit you?  What’s your role?  

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