Saturday, May 27, 2017


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Forest Meadows Hilltop and Meadowview Pools are opening for the Season on Saturday May 27th (weather permitting)

Our ever-popular Bunco Bash will return

on Saturday, June 17 at Hilltop Clubhouse at 10:30 a.m.

This year it will be catered by Murphys own Lila & Sage

The Menu is as follows:

Frittata with Green Onion, Cherry Tomato, Fresh Corn and Sharp Cheddar

Niman Ranch Ham, Spinach, and Gruyere Strata

Fresh Berries and Brown Sugar Honey Cream

Mixed Field Greens, Arugula, Orange Segments, Cherry Tomate, Red Onion, Avocado and Feta with Cilantro Citrus Vinaigrette

Blueberry Cornbread Muffins with Oragne Butter Cranberry Ginger Scones

And includes "bottomless" Mimosas!

Prepayment of $25 per person will be required by June 7

Prepay  prior  to  June  1  and  receive  a  complimentary  ticket  for  our  raffle prize(s).

Please make checks payable to FMOA and submit checks to:

Jill Hively
698 Dogwood Drive
Murphys, CA  95247

(209) 728-9901 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Tree Mortality Program:

Property owners or renters with dead or dying trees within 200 feet of any habitable structures may be interested that the Calaveras Foothills Fire Safe Council is now broadcasting the word about $175,000 in recent funding it has secured through CAL Fire State Responsibility Area (SRA) Tree Mortality Fund Grant Program grants.

According to council spokesperson Bill Fullerton, “To get the most bang for the buck, we are trying offer a cost-share to the homeowner.” Available on the group’s website, application forms must be filled out, mailed and received in-house at the council office by May 22.

Rebates Available of up to $2,100. Due to the limited funds Fullerton says that the postmarks will be used to number the applications as they come in. Those that meet the criteria will be assigned lottery numbers and a drawing will select the final participants.

Fullerton expects this process to be complete by early June. Those who receive approval letters will get directions to hire a licensed tree professional and follow certain rules in order to receive reimbursements of up to $350 per cut tree for up to six trees.

Not only must the trees be within 200 feet of a habitable structure to be covered by the grant rebate, they must also be larger than 18 inches in diameter and 54 inches from ground. Besides dropping and limbing the tree(s), the tree pro must also chip or remove all the slash and materials six inches or less in diameter. The process also requires the approved applicants to shoot before and after photos and allow a ranger to make a site visit.

Free Chipping Program:

The Calaveras Foothills Fire Safe Council has secured grant funding through the Pacific Gas and Electric CEMA Grant Funding to provide a no cost residential chipping program.

The council has a year left on its two-year $150,000 SRA grant that provides free “door-to-door” chipping services to Calaveras residents on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fullerton however expects that the remaining funds may be spent by the end of summer, especially as the fire season approaches and folks address in earnest the clearing of defensible space of up to 100 feet from structures and 30 feet from access roads. “In a nutshell, for those homeowners or property owners that have done or are doing their due diligence to make their property fire safe, the program gives them an alternative to burning,” he shares.

Please see the application for specific instructions . Fullerton estimates the wait time from application approval to seeing a chipping contractor show up onsite as about two weeks on average. Owners of any size property are eligible for up to a half-day of chipping. “A typical residential lot will take us maybe an hour to chip three or four piles, so a half a day of chipping is a considerable amount,” he states. Depending on the applicant’s preference the contractor will then either broadcast the materials across the property or pile it back up.

Leaves, pine needles and yard clippings are not eligible for chipping.

For more details on both programs call 209 728-8785, or visit  , where you may also download applications. Although chipping assistance program applications may be emailed, those for the tree removal cost-share must be sent via the US mail to Calaveras Foothills Fire Safe Council, P.O. Box 891, Murphys, CA 95247.





       Barks and Wine!


Bring your dog and come socialize with other dog lovers at the FMOA Dog Park (located just past the guard shack on Lupine Lane)
Friday's 4-6PM starting May 5th (yes, we changed to Friday)
Wind down the week or kick off the weekend with some canine fun
Bring your own drinks and snack, we will have tables and chairs set up
Don't forget tennis balls and other throw toys, the dogs love to run
Call Debby Klein for more information





The CHP is notifying all people, who are blocking the entrance, at the front gate and waiting for someone to let them in, that they are not to block the roadway. In addition the CHP will start issuing tickets for a few violations options of either 22504(a) or 22400(a) to name a couple.

Please tell your guests that they are not to block the entrance, we are sure they would rather hear it from you than the CHP.


Absolutely NO DOGS are allowed in any part of Hilltop and Meadowview Parks
including walkways, lawn, and parking lot areas


 Tips for Springtime 

The milder days of spring are a perfect time to do a thorough spring cleaning and perform some home maintenance. After a long winter, it is a good idea to spend time on preventive measures to help maintain your home and property throughout the year. Tasks such as cleaning out your gutters, checking for dead trees and branches and cleaning and inspecting home mechanical systems, such as heating and air conditioning equipment, can make spring a season of safety.

Cleaning and maintenance of your home should be done inside and out. Although the tasks are different, ensuring all the elements of your home are in good working order can help keep your family safe and your maintenance expenses lower over the long run.

Inside Your Home

Here are a few things inside your home that should be inspected to ensure they are in good condition:

  • Electrical Outlets and Cords: Check electrical outlets and cords throughout your home for any potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords also should be checked to make sure they are not overloaded.
  • Fire Extinguishers: Check your fire extinguisher at least once yearly, including the hose, nozzle and other parts, to make sure they are in good condition and that the pressure gauge is in the “green” range. If necessary, move your fire extinguisher to an accessible place.
  • Air Conditioning: Before turning it on for the season, have your air-conditioning system inspected and tuned up by a professional.
  • Water Heater: Check for leaks and corrosion.
  • Furnace: Clean or replace your furnace filter.
  • Dryers: Dryer lint can build up inside the vent pipe and collect around the duct. Clean both the clothes dryer exhaust duct and the space under the dryer. Use a specialized brush to clean out the vent pipe. Lint can also build up inside the dryer enclosure and should be cleaned and serviced by a professional.
  • Smoke Detectors: Daylight savings time was the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.  Set a reminder for next year. Inspect each smoke detector to ensure all are in working order, and make sure to test them monthly. Ideally, there should be at least one smoke detector on each floor of your home, including the hallway or area outside of each set of bedrooms, and one within each bedroom itself. If necessary, install additional smoke detectors as needed.
  • Light Bulbs: Check each light bulb in every fixture for the correct recommended wattage and replace any burned out bulbs. Also, consider replacing all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent or LED bulbs to reduce energy and the amount of heat produced.

Outside Your Home

The cold winter months can do damage to your house as well. Here are a few things outside your home that should be inspected to ensure they are in good condition:

  • Roof: Check for any damage from snow or ice, including damage from ice dams, and make any necessary repairs to reduce the possibility of leaks.
  • Gutters: Clean leaves and other debris from gutters and downspouts to keep water flowing and reduce the possibility of water damage. Reattach gutters that have pulled away from the house. Run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage. If leaks exist, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak.
  • Siding: Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure. If wood is showing through, sand the immediate area and apply a primer coat before painting. If paint is peeling, scrape loose paint and sand smooth before painting.
  • Deck and porches: Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and deterioration. Open decks and wood fences need to be treated every 4-6 years, depending on how much exposure they get to sun and rain. If the stain doesn’t look like it should or water has turned some of the wood a dark grey, hire a deck professional to treat your deck and fence.
  • Landscape: This is a natural for spring home maintenance. Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures. Limbs and leaves can cut into your home’s paint and force you to have that side of the house repainted. A little trimming can save a lot of money and time.
  • Window and door screens: Clean screening and check for holes. If holes are bigger than a quarter, that is plenty of room for bugs to climb in. Patch holes or replace the screen. Save bad screen to patch holes next year. Tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint. Replace broken, worn, or missing hardware. Wind can ruin screens and frames if they are allowed flap and move so make sure they are securely fastened. Tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
  • Sprinklers: Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads. If there is an area of your yard that collects too much water or doesn’t get enough, run the sprinklers to figure out the problem. If it’s not something you can fix yourself
  • Trees: Visually inspect trees for damage or rot. Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
  • Walkways and Driveways: Repair any cracks and broken or uneven surfaces to provide a safe, level walking area.
  • Prevent mosquitoes. In recent years, we’ve become more aware of the potential danger mosquitos can pose to our health. “West Nile virus and Zika virus are just the latest diseases caused by these winged pests. The best way to prevent mosquitos around your home is simply by getting rid of any standing water. Walk around your property. If you see anything or any area where water stands, fix it, tip it, get rid of it or maintain it regularly.

A little home maintenance in the spring can go a long way to keeping your home safe 



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.


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?  

Additional information for FIREWISE communities may be found at and


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