News Alerts & Announcements
Hilltop Park Children's Playground (June 28, 2018)
Hello from your Parks, Pools & Events (PP&E) Committee:
The greatly anticipated time to re-open the Hilltop Park Children’s Playground has arrived! All new playground equipment designed for ages 5 through 12 is now open for your enjoyment. Come on over to the park with your children and have some fun.
Official dedication and plaque in memory of Judy McCarroll will be presented at the Annual Membership Meeting on July 28 in appreciation for the many hours of hard work she contributed to make the new playground happen.
Many thanks go to the maintenance crew for all of their hard work in getting it installed!
Shipment of additional swing set and spring rider equipment was delayed and will be added when it arrives.
Hilltop Park Children's Playground (September 4, 2018)
The final pieces of equipment are being delivered today. The maintenance crew will be working to get the pieces installed and open to the association as soon as possible.
Thanks for your patience and understanding while we complete the project. Also thanks for the positive feedback on the equipment that was installed.
Reflective Delineators on Buckthorn Drive (September 12, 2018)
In an attempt to increase road safety, as a test, we have installed reflectors on Buckthorn Drive from the 4 way stop to Hilltop Park.
We are encouraging feedback – whether it is good or bad. Please email your comments to the office
Hilltop Park Children's Playground (September 21, 2018)
The remainder of the Children's playground equipment at Hilltop Park has finally arrived and the playground is now fully installed!
Come and bring your kids to check out the new spring riders and swings or have a little jam session on the bongos.
Road Reflectors (September 21, 2018)
As part of our “Road Reflector Test” on Buckthorn, changes are in the works in response to owner feedback. Several of the tall white deflectors we taken down and replaced with shorter green units. Additional work will be done next week.
Feedback on the shorter deflectors is welcome and should go through the office.
This project is an effort to improve community safety.
Your Roads Committee
Update to Hilltop Park Children's Playground (October 2, 2018)
The swingset currently has 4 regular swings. We are waiting for 2 toddler swings to be shipped here so we can install them. Thank you for your patience.
TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System (October 3, 2018)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) on October 3, 2018 (today). The WEA portion of the test commences at 11:18 AM California time, and the EAS portion follows at 11:20 a.m. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.
The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.
Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 11:18 p.m. PDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert" and text that says:
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (October 8, 2018)
Fire crews are fighting to surround a wildfire. It scorched thousands of acres in Solano County and sent smoke drifting across the Bay Area.
The Branscombe Fire started at 11 Sunday morning. The fast moving brush fire scorches thousands of acres and burned structures in Solano County. High winds whipped the fire across 4,000 acres in just a few hours. Firefighters confirm one home and a barn burned, as well as some cars. People were evacuated from the hunting grounds for duck clubs.
The fire is 70-percent contained.
Fire watch crews were on scene throughout the night. Strike teams are also available should there be any flare-ups.
No word yet on the cause of the fire.
Smell Smoke? (October 23, 2018)
California State Parks in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CAL FIRE) have begun prescribed burns that started Monday, October 22 in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The goal is to complete 302 acres this fall. All 302 acres were previously thinned, reducing the fuel loading, and allowing for a safer and more controllable broadcast burn. Much of this work was funded through Propositions 84 and 1 grants from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, an agency of the State of California Click Here for more information
FMOA has a supply of sand and bags to fill - grab a shovel and come down to the Gallery parking lot and fill up the sand bags for your use
Broken Water Pipe (December 16, 2018)
There is a large water break near our front entrance (on the adjoining property). CCWD is aware of it and is working on it--it appears to be several different breaks in the same area. (you'll recall this is the pipe that is supposed to be replaced next year). Wanted to let everyone know in case your water pressure suffers.
Dick Christensen of SGM (January 2, 2019)
Dick Christensen, longtime golf pro at the Forest Meadows golf course, passed away on December 22. He would have been 84 this January 1st.
Dick was a PGA teaching professional and a friend to many in the Forest Meadows golfing community. He was a constant presence at the golf course, happy to be involved in what he loved.
The FMOA board and staff sends condolences to his sons Jeff and Jon, two of the principals in Sierra Golf Management, and the rest of his family. We will update everyone with any other information as we receive it.
Sandalwood Drive Road Closure (January 4, 2019)
Sandalwood Drive will be closed over the weekend from Forest Meadows Drive to Fox Glove Court. This is due to the golf courses (SGM) dead trees and the high winds expected over the weekend.As these trees are on SGM's property, the association is unable to cut these trees down. The Board feels that is is in the best interest for the community to close this section for the safety of our residents. The road will be re-opened after the winds have subsided Monday (1/7/19) of Tuesday (1/8/19).We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.Thank you,
Board of Directors
Sandalwood Drive Road Closure Update (January 9, 2019)
Sandalwood Drive will remain closed from Forest Meadows Drive to Foxglove Court throughout the week due to the ongoing storms and the hazard the dead trees on the Golf Course property pose.
PLEASE DO NOT MOVE THE BARRICADES OR DRIVE THROUGH THIS AREA. THE BARRICADES HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE FOR YOUR SAFETY.
As these trees are on SGM's property, the association is unable to cut these trees down. The Board feels that is is in the best interest for the community to close this section for the safety of our residents.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.Thank you,Board of Directors
MEASURE A INFORMATION FROM EBBETTS PASS FIRE DISTRICT
The Ebbetts Pass Fire District has been running in a deficit and can no longer operate at its current level, starting July 1st, 2019.
Currently, the District takes great pride in its ability to be able to provide a high level of Advanced Life Support, Ambulance Transport and Fire Protection services to our citizens. The District is able to accomplish this because of two Special Taxes that our voters approved by over two-thirds majority. However, these two taxes were flat fees with no annual increases. Each was designed to fund its program for a period of 10 years. The District, through several cost saving measures, has been able to stretch these funds to last 15 and 20 years. However, the special tax budget is no longer sufficient to support these programs. This year we have a $398,913 deficit. This is without any funding for Capital outlay (replacement of equipment).
The Cost of nearly everything has increased over the past 20 years. These costs are outside of our control. Our data reflects a 2.4% annual increase in expenditures over the last 15 years. This has resulted in our budget shortfall.
EPFD Management and Employees have worked very closely together to manage the provided funding and to extend the lifespan of the Special Taxes, including concessions from the employees group, restructuring our Fire Station loan payments, reducing health care costs by joining a JPA, leaving the Assistant Chief Position vacant since 2011 and freezing our capital outlay (Not purchasing new items such as Fire Trucks, SCBAs, and Heart Monitors), to name a few. We have also actively sought and exhausted all existing avenues for alternative funding including grants.
At the end of this fiscal year we will no longer be able to use The District’s Reserve funding and our lack of Capital purchases has left our fleet aged and worn out, in need of replacement (our newest Type 1 Fire Engine is 25 years old).
Without additional funding going into the next fiscal year we will be unable to fill the required daily personnel openings and effectively go from 2 ambulances each day to 1, frequently. This will also effect our ISO Class 2 Rating. This rating change could result in increased insurance rates and a decrease in availability of homeowners insurance.
EPFD created a Focus Group to establish several different options for moving forward with a Special Tax and to determine what level of service the community would support. The Focus Group met and spent several hours with community members before having our Townhall meeting. At the Townhall meeting we explained the financial problem and the impact it could have on our community. We then requested the community’s input by a written survey of what they thought was the best option for moving forward.
The Community’s Choice
The community requested that EPFD not only continue to provide the current service level, but they also recommended that we increase staffing on our Paramedic Fire Engine from 2 persons each day to 3 persons each day. This greatly affects the ability of the District to provide resources throughout our District during peak emergency times. EPFD would also continue to provide a minimum of 2 Advanced Life Support ambulances with no Out-Of-Pocket transport expense to our citizens. The community also requested that we include an annual increase and for that annual increase to have a sunset in ten years.
The Special Tax
This new Special Tax would be in addition to our existing Special Taxes:
• A $134.00 for improved parcels
• With an annual increase of $6.28 for ten years.
• A $43.10 for unimproved parcels
• With an annual increase of $2.42 for ten years
What is the Tax Measure exactly? What will it provide? Cost?
What will this funding provide?
• Avoid a reduction in service level beginning July 1st 2019 keeping 2 ambulances on everyday
• It will fully fund the Advanced Life Support Programs (Paramedic Engine and Ambulance) and ensure their sustainability.
• Reinstate a Capital Outlay plan (New heart monitors, safety equipment, Fire Engine)
• Rebuild our District Reserve Fund
• Add 3 Firefighter Paramedics (1 per each shift). This 8th position will be used as a 3rd firefighter on Engine 5, or an automatic Paramedic for a 3rd Ambulance when needed, or to deploy on Code 5 assignments more often, or to avoid staffing challenges to keep 7-0 on duty 365/24/7
How much does this new Tax Measure cost?
• $134 dollars per household annual increase ($11.17 per month)
• Grand total when combine with existing Tax Measures $262 Annually
• Unimproved lots $43.10 dollars per lot annually ($3.59 per month)
• Flat annual increase of $6.28 per year is the estimated inflation trend for improved lots and $2.42 per year for unimproved.Please contact Ebbetts Pass Fire District if you have any questions or concerns (209)795-1646 EPFD@EPFD.ORG www.facebook.com/EbbettsPassFireDistrict
Measure A has passed with 84% in favor
Measure A has passed with 84% in favor. Thank you to all of you that voted. Please have your Measure A signs removed from your property by May 20th.
Attention all bocce enthusiasts and players!
Come join your friends and neighbors for our Third Annual Memorial Day Bocce Tournament on Sunday, May 26 beginning at 3:00pm.
Couples and single players welcome! Teams will be assigned by the Bocce Tournament Committee, so please submit your name(s) by Wednesday, May 22 to be included in this very fun and well-attended event.
Bring along a lawn chair for seating and viewing. The two lucky team winners will be the keepers of the traveling trophies until next year’s tournament!
A potluck will follow the tournament, so please plan to bring a dish to share and beverage of choice. Plates, cups and utensils will be provided.
Please call Lisa Titus (890-7830) or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the May 22 deadline. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet up with old friends and perhaps meet some new ones.
Front Entry Gate
Many of you are aware of the recent problems with our front gate. It has been determined by the gate vendor that the loops (detects your car and opens the gate) to the gate have been the issue with the gates not functioning properly and they need to be replaced. The loops are located underneath the asphalt at the track to the gate. Since we are replacing the asphalt, gates and guard house starting next month, it is not cost effective to have the loops replaced to the old gate. The vendor is looking for a temporary solution and the Board will be discussing their options tomorrow at the Board meeting. and add your own text.
Forest Meadows Hilltop and Meadowview pools
Forest Meadows Hilltop and Meadowview pools will remain closed during Memorial Day Weekend due to the late rainy season. We are hoping to be able to open them on June 1st weather permitting.
We have installed new entry gates at both pools. They require a pool gate card for entry. They are locking gates which are locked 24/7.
Please review the notice "RECREATION RULES AND GUIDELINES" included in the Views Newsletter that was sent out last week, which explains the procedure to obtain the new "Recreation/Pool Card(s)" for this year. You will need to pick up the Pool Gate Card(s) at the Office. If you are not able to come in during office hours, which are Monday thru Friday 9 - 4 (holidays excluded), we will be opening the office this Saturday, May 25th from 10 am until 2 pm and next Saturday, June 1st from 10 am until 2 pm to facilitate picking up the cards for those of you who are only here on weekends. The office will be closed on Monday, May 27th for the Memorial Day Holiday. If you cannot make it into the office to pick up your cards, please contact Deanna Ghirardelli at (209) 728-2511.
Bocce Tournament Re-schedule
Memorial Day bocce tournament and BBQ scheduled for May 26th has been postponed due to weather. It will be rescheduled for Sunday 9/1/19, Labor Day weekend.
Forest Meadows Hilltop and Meadowview Pools
Forest Meadows Hilltop and Meadowview pools are scheduled to open on June 1st, weather permitting.
We have installed new entry gates at both pools. They require a pool gate card for entry. They are locking gates which are locked 24/7.
Homeowners will need to bring the signed form in or give the signed form to their renters to pick up the Pool Gate Card(s) at the Office. If you are not able to come in during office hours, which are Monday thru Friday 9 - 4 (holidays excluded), we will be opening the office on Saturdays through June from 10 am until 2 pm to facilitate picking up the cards for those of you who are only here on weekends. We have extra forms in the office to sign if you have misplaced yours. If you cannot make it into the office to pick up your cards, please contact Deanna Ghirardelli at (209) 728-2511.
July Golf Cart Parade
Ken Woznak is organizing a Golf Cart parade to celebrate the 4th of July.
The purpose of this email is to see how many people are interested in decorating and parading their carts around the community. If you don’t own a cart, beg, borrow or steal one to join us!
ALSO, the FMHOA will be sending an email to all residents with info on the 4th of July BBQ to follow at Meadowview Park
PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL Dianemiller176@comcast.net IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE PARADE
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All Burning Suspended Below 3,500 Feet Started Monday, June 10th at 8am.
San Andreas, CA...Effective Monday, June 10, 2019 at 8 a.m. burning will be suspended in Zone 1, which is the area below 3,500 feet in elevation in Tuolumne, Calaveras and eastern Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties.
It is your responsibility to check burn day status by calling your local Air Pollution
Control District with jurisdiction over your area. Calaveras County: (209) 754-6600
For more information on burning, visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.
Follow us on Twitter: @CALFIRETCU
and on Facebook @CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
4th of July in Forest Meadows
Absolutely no fireworks of any kind are allowed in Forest Meadows due to fire hazards.
If you have rental property in Forest Meadows, it is very important that you let all of the renters staying in your home know.
All Fireworks are illegal in the Ebbetts Pass Corridor. Ebbetts Pass Fire District has also posted this on their big Amber Alert sign coming up Highway 4, just past the stop light in Murphys.
If you see or hear any fireworks in the community please call the Sheriff's Department immediately. 209-754-6500
Please see more information in this link:
Front Entry Project Update
As you probably have noticed, the Front Entry Project has yet again been delayed by the contractor due to underlying water issues.
The new start date has been moved to Monday, July 15th.
Front Entry Project
The front entry re-paving project will begin on Monday, July 8th
Contractors will be moving dirt and trees to make room for the 3rd traffic lane entering Forest Meadows.
There will be traffic control in place. This part of the project will take about 3 months.
Please allow a little extra time and drive slowly when driving through the construction zone.
Front Entry Project Update
You remember Murphy’s Law right? Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong…..Well, that seems to be what’s going on with the Front Entry Project.
We have (2) major issues that have stopped the project:
After USA had marked for utilities, the contractors found after digging, that the main water line to the community would be directly under the ADA compliant parking spot’s slab of concrete and not where USA had marked it. CCWD requires that you are 2 ft. away from a main line. So the architect and Project Manager are working on a solution to this issue.
Also, after USA had marked for utilities, the contractors found that the main line for the community is also not where it is suppose to be. The main line under the asphalt is very old and all the wires are bare. The contractor PG&E will be here today to look at this issue also before they proceed.
Please always obey traffic control. We will keep you informed as we go along.
Major Traffic Jam in Angels Camp
8/16/19 11:00 a.m. - We just heard that there is a major traffic jam in Angels Camp due to a power line coming down in the 300 block of Main Street. Reports are that traffic is backed up for miles on Hwy 49 and PG&E crews will have it repaired sometime late this afternoon.
CCWD Algae Bloom in Effluent Pond on Sandalwood
The Calaveras County Water District recently conducted testing for harmful algal blooms (HABs) in all water supply sources for its drinking water systems, and the results showed no HABs were present. Tests were also performed in a reclaimed water storage pond on Sandalwood Drive in Forest Meadows, and those results were initially reported incorrectly by CCWD to be absent for harmful algae. Upon further analysis, it was determined the Forest Meadows effluent pond does contain harmful algae and is not safe for human or animal contact. The prevalence of HABs is a relatively new development in the area, and the District is working with the Calaveras County Department of Environmental Health and the State Water Board to better understand the causes and respond appropriately. CCWD is releasing this information to correct to the press release it sent out on September 5, 2019, and apologizes for any confusion caused by initial reports regarding the Forest Meadows effluent storage pond.
To see the complete release please visit the following link:
Roadwork on Dogwood Drive
9/9/19 Starting Friday, September 13th, contractors will be gearing up to install (2) drains on Dogwood Dr. During the week of September 16th through September 20th Dogwood Dr. will be down to one lane at times. Please drive carefully in this area while work is going on.
PG&E Forecast WebPage
9/26/19 We wanted to provide information to you regarding PG&E's emergency power shut off information. These websites have their current information. We are in zone 8.
You can also visit their Safety Action Center website.
Or, their Weather Portal to view real-time weather information.
Forest Meadows Pools
9/29/19 The weather has cooled. Hilltop and Meadowview Pools are now closed for the season.
Holiday Decorating Contest Results
Forest Meadows is looking very festive! Thank you to everyone who participated. Following are the winners from the Home Decorating Contest judging that occurred on the 12th and 13th. Click here for the results
Thursday FMOA Happy Hour @ HTCH
1/7/2020 Come join your neighbors for Happy Hour on Thursday at the Hilltop Clubhouse at 4 pm.
Newcomers are Welcome!
This is a potluck event so bring something to share. The theme for this week is Italian. There will be Italian Wedding Soup as the entree.
Please RSVP to Ken Woznak 209-890-7533 or email@example.com
Thursday FMOA Happy Hour @ HTCH
1/15/2020 Come join your neighbors for Happy Hour on Thursday at the Hilltop Clubhouse at 4 pm.
Newcomers are Welcome!This is a potluck event so bring something to share. The theme for this week is Southwestern/Mexican. There will be enchiladas and chili as an entree.Please RSVP to Ken Woznak 209-890-7533 or firstname.lastname@example.orgClick here to have your email address removed from our mailing list
Front Entry Update
1/17/2020 The revised plans for the guard house have been at the County Planning Dept. since November. We have now been notified by the County that the plans will be reviewed by the end of January.
In case you did not attend the Town Hall meeting on November 9th, the Architect, Andy Flies, was present to explain what the issues were at the front entry. The biggest issue is that CCWD and PG&E both have lines underground where the original placement for the new guard house was to be built. These underground utilities were not previously located by CCWD and PG&E. The consensus was to move the guard house over to be clear of all underground utilities as a less expensive option compared to moving the CCWD & PG&E lines.
If/when we get the approval from the County, we should be able to start the guard house in February.