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Hello from your Parks, Pools and Events Committee,

We hope you have been enjoying all of our wonderful facilities this summer.  Forest Meadows is lucky that we have so many diverse activities to offer.  We want to especially thank our wonderful maintenance staff who have kept our parks in such wonderful shape.  The PP&E Committee meets at 1:00pm on the first Tuesday of every month.  We welcome anyone who would like to join us and get involved!

SOLD OUT! Get out your muumuus and Hawaiian shirts and attend the August 26, Luau.  The fun begins at 6:00 pm. The Polynesian menu will be catered by Lila & Sage; Parks and Pools members will be selling Lori Meisenbach’s fabulous Mai Tai’s, beer and wine; we will provide water and lemonade as part of your dinner and entertainment. Please do not bring any glass bottles or glasses into the pool area. SOLD OUT!

Sue Friedman is collecting money from all luau participants.  Please get your $28.00 per person, to Sue, by August 15.  Sue’s address is 1015 Forest Meadows Drive, Murphys, CA 95247.  Her email is dellett41@comcast.netSOLD OUT!

 

DATE CHANGE for the September, PP&E sponsored Bocce Tournament and barbecue over the Labor Day Weekend.  Saturday has been canceled. There are not enough  participants to start the tournament on Saturday, so both the tournament and BBQ will be on Sunday.  It will be a potluck with everyone bringing their own meat, drinks and a side dish.  You don’t have to be in the tournament to participate—just come and cheer on your favorite team!  Contact Tish Chung (chungtish@gmail.com) or Diane Miller (dianemiller176@comcast.net ) to enter the tournament. 

 


 

Forest Meadows Hilltop and Meadowview Pools
are open for the Season (weather permitting)

 

 

DID YOUR LOT PASS VIP INSPECTION?

FINAL INSPECTIONS START ON JUNE 26TH

   

 


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 www.calaverasfiresafecouncil.org . 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 www.calaverasfiresafecouncil.org  , 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 
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

209-890-7060

 

 

 

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

 

Summer Tips to Stay Cool and save Energy

We live in a climate where it cools off at night.  Turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping. Then, by simply closing your blinds in the morning, you can block the sunlight from coming in and elevating the temperature indoors and capture the cool air.  Leaving your blinds open or windows uncovered throughout the day can let in a lot of unwanted heat.

Install window coverings to prevent heat gain through your windows

You could replace your blinds with something that blocks the light better by getting solar blinds with UV protection. But a medium colored drape with a plastic backing has been shown to reduce heat gain by over 30% and is a low cost option.

Operate Your Thermostat Efficiently by setting your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer

A programmable thermostat makes it easy to keep the temperature at a warmer than normal setting while you are away from your home, during work hours, or on vacation.  Lower the thermostat setting to 78° only when you are at home and need cooling.  Setting your thermostat at a colder setting when you turn on your air conditioner will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.

Using Fans to Cool Your Home

If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. Turn off ceiling fans just like you would turn off your lights when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.

Exhaust Fans

When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom exhaust fan to remove the heat and humidity from the room.  Install an exhaust fan in your laundry room and make sure that the fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).

Don't Heat Your Home with Appliances and Lighting

On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.  Keep the refrigerator doors closed whenever possible. Also, avoid placing hot items in the fridge – let them cool to room temperature first.

Install Efficient Lighting that Runs Cooler

Only about 10% to 15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consume results in light—the rest is turned into heat.  Take advantage of daylight instead of artificial lighting, but avoid direct sunlight which has a heating effect.

Household Appliances

For laundry, run larger loads. This way you can get your clothes cleaned and dry in one load, rather than a few smaller ones throughout the week that all produce similar amounts of heat. The extra time for a larger load is also more energy efficient than two or more loads of smaller sizes, but similar durations. When you do dishes, load them full and consider air drying.

Activities that generate a lot of heat, such as running a computer, burning open flames, running a dishwasher, and using hot devices such as curling irons or hair dryers even stereos and televisions causes heat buildup in your home.

Using any appliance that creates heat makes your air conditioner work even harder in the summer. While you’ll still need to use your oven to cook and your dryer to do laundry, if you stick to using them in the evenings or sparingly, it will help with overall costs and keeping heat to a minimum.

Lower Your Water Heating Costs

Water heating can account for almost 20% of the energy consumed in your home.  Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F).  Take cooler showers in the summer. If the water is too hot it creates excessive amounts of steam. Besides the heat that is now in the air, your air conditioner also has to work to remove that moisture so it can properly cool the air. By dropping the temperature of the water a few degrees, your water heater won’t have to use as much energy to heat the water and your A/C won’t have to work as hard to remove the heat.

Energy efficiency can help meet the country’s growing demand for energy just as well as oil, gas, coal, uranium or renewables can. It is the fastest, cleanest and most economical energy resource we have.

 


  

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.

EBBETTS PASS FIRE DISTRICT

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.

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7421.html

 


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 www.FIREWISE.org and www.readyforwildfire.org.

 
 


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