Remember to fill out your survey!

Remember to fill out your filling out formECHPOA 2014 Survey!  Completed surveys may be mailed to ECHPOA, 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey, CO 80421; scanned and emailed to; dropped in the box on the front of the Association Building; or, BETTER YET, bring it to the next monthly Association meeting on Wednesday, May 7th, at 7 PM in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  You do not need to be a member to attend monthly Association meetings!

Elk Creek Pond – Water Quality Measurements

By Paul Ellis

Pond Water Quality 4-6-2014hJoyce Deming and Vic Hahn measured oxygen levels at the fish pond on again on Sunday 4/6/2014.  My wife, Walt Wark, and I were lucky enough to watch and help a little.  I have included both sets of measurements below so we can compare the measurements from the first and second effort.  It appears the measurements are similar and the oxygen in the water may be on the rise.  Thanks again to Vic and Joyce for doing this highly technical set of measurements!

To see more pictures of our measuring, go to the Fishing Pond page under the Photo Gallery menu option above.


Mar-Apr 2014 graphs

May 7, 2014 Association Meeting

NewsThe Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 PM, Wednesday, May 7th in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.

Mike Brown, a candidate for Park County Sheriff, will make a presentation. He will then remain after the meeting to field comments and questions.

It is also possible that a representative from the Division of Wildlife will share information about beavers. The beaver dam on our property on Elk Creek was washed out during rain storms last year.  The Association wants to rebuild the dam for an additional fishing pond. The moose in the area would also put it to good use. Is it possible for beavers to help in the rebuilding?

Regular monthly reports will given from committees and officers.

Remember to turn in your “survey” form soon!

For additional information, call Ken Perdew at 303-838-7768.   See the blog from Karen Ellis at ECHPOA!

“Blood Moon” Lunar Eclipse, I was one of those people that stayed up last night until 1:30 am just to see the “Blood Moon.” During a lunar eclipse the earth passes between the moon and the sun, casting a shadow on the moon. During an eclipse of the sun the moon passes between the earth and the sun, blocking the sun. It is much easier to see a lunar eclipse than an eclipse of the sun as you do not have to protect your eyes from sunlight damage looking at the moon versus looking at the sun.

At around 11 pm last night I noticed how bright it was outside with the light from a full moon. The earth began to cast a shadow on the moon at about midnight, by 1:15 am the moon was in full shadow, and it was rather dark outside. It was a perfect night to see the lunar eclipse, not a cloud in the sky, the moon was a little bit to the south and mainly overhead. However, I cannot say I noticed the “blood” color that the news spoke about, maybe just an orange tint. One explanation I read was that there has not been much volcanic activity around the world to affect the earth’s atmosphere. It is the refracted sunlight through the air quality that would cause the color effect.

Last night was the first of 4 lunar eclipses that will take place over the next 17 months. Mark your calendars for the next 3; October 8th and again next year on April 4th and September 28th.

To read more go to Channel 9 News:

Picture above was obtained from ABC Channel 7 News:

Colorado Snowpack Continues to Impress

Even though we had quite a bit of snow fall in March, it will come in second to February as the “snowiest” month of the year for Colorado. The statewide snowpack level continued to increase in March, became very close to the high level we had in 2011, and stayed well above the levels for both 2012 and 2013. With the warm spring days we have had during the past few weeks, the snowpack has been melting; therefore, the current peak date for this year was April 8th. The good news is that statewide, and with the storm we had this week, we are 116% above normal.

What is the difference between Bylaws and Covenants?

By-laws are official rules which an association Readingadopts and apply to the association owned, or community, property.

Covenant is considered a legal contract, or agreement, between privately owned property within a subdivision and the developer.

By-laws state how the HOA will be run and contains information on voting processes, quorum requirements, provision for holding meetings, election requirements, and other operating guidelines.

Our by-laws were written and may be amended by a majority vote of the ECHPOA Board of Directors.  The current revision was dated in December, 2010.  The ECHPOA Board and Membership exist for the purpose of maintaining and improving the community property for the enjoyment of its paid members.  Paid membership gives a person the right to vote on these decisions.  Owners of real property located within the subdivisions may become a member by paying yearly dues.  The money collected from membership dues is used to furnish for its members; facilities for meetings, social parties, fishing, boating, boarding of horses and outdoor sports.  Therefore, only members shall use any waters, properties, or facilities owned by the ECHPOA.

Covenants running with the land” is used to impose restrictions tied to the use of the land regardless of the owner.  Covenants cannot be separated from the land or the land transferred without it.  Original owners as well as each successive owner of the property is either subject to its “burden” or entitled to its “benefit.”

Our covenants were written and filed with the Clerk and Recorder of Park County in December, 1970, by the Tatum-Reese Development Corporation for the Elk Creek Highlands / Meadows subdivisions.  These covenants can NOT be amended without “written consent of the owners of 75% of the privately owned land included within the boundaries of the subdivision.”  In order for these covenants to be enforced “it shall be lawful for any person or persons owning real property in the subdivision to institute proceedings at law.”  The members of the ECHPOA have formed a consensus that they will NOT try to enforce the covenants, but can provide a forum for discussion of covenants issues if that is desired by the property owners.

In summary, the ECHPOA by-laws are rules that state how to run the meetings, how approximately 20 acres of community property will be used, and can be changed by the Board of Directors.  The ECH covenants are legal restrictions tied to privately owned land within the subdivisions, filed with the county, and need 75% written consent of land owners to be amended.

The Association did NOT create, and can NOT amend the covenants.  It would require 75% of the landowners petitioning Park County.  Paying the ECHPOA yearly dues will have NO effect on the ECH covenant restrictions.

To read the By-Laws of the Elk Creek Highlands Property Owners Association, or Declaration of Protective Covenants for Elk Creek Highlands Subdivision, go to the Legal Documents page under the About ECHPOA menu option above.