September 2, 2015 Association Meeting

NewsThe Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 PM, Wednesday, September 2nd in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  Regular monthly reports will be given along with discussion on the community property improvement projects completed during August and proposed for September.  You do not have to be a member to attend.

For more information, contact Karen Ellis at 303-514-8620.

Steps, Shelters, & Signs

So far August has been a great month for community property improvement projects!  On the behalf of every ECHPOA member I would like to give a BIG THANKS to all of the volunteers listed below who have generously donated their valuable time and money to make our neighborhood better!  From the bottom of my heart thank you!  Thank you!

Front Steps - August 2015eSTEPS – The front steps of the Association Building are now again level and much more sturdy!  Felix Beall removed the old steps, poured a concrete slab for the base, and built new steps.  Walt Wark removed the concrete frame, disassembled the old steps, and smoothed the dirt.  What’s next?  New railings and paint!  To see more pictures go to the Community Maintenance  page under the Photo Gallery menu option above.

SHELTERS – Two horse corral shelter roofs have been replaced and no longer leak!  We needed to eliminate standing water in the shelters as it could lead to hoof problems for Shelter Roof 08082015gthe horses.  Jeff DeBerry and Walt Wark removed the old roofs.  Joe Samu, with his expertise as a contract builder, lead a team that replaced the roofs in less than a day!  Team Samu included Jeff DeBerry, Walt Wark, Mary Robertson, Rick Smidt, Brad Burk, and Bryan Murphy.  What’s next?  At least one more leaky roof replaced!  To see more pictures go to the Horses page under the Photo Gallery menu option above.New Pond Sign 08152015

SIGNS – The pond regulations signs have been replaced.  The old signs had original contact information printed with many years of new names and tape stuck on top.  The new signs now have more emphasis on visible badges, and more information on rules such as fish limit, chumming, parking, and quiet hours.  Paul Ellis had the signs made and then we posted them.  What’s next?  There are 2 broken pond warning signs that need to be replaced.  To see more pictures go to the Fishing Pond page under the Photo Gallery menu option above.

Burn Permit required for any open burning

If you are thinking about having a campfire tanker-fireor wish to burn slash on your property in Elk Creek Highlands / Meadows community here are a few things you need to know:

  1.  You must acquire a Platte Canyon Fire Protection Burn Permit.  Burn Permits are issued free of charge and only need to be obtained once in a life time of a residency.  They must be picked up in person at Station 2 during business hours.  See address below.
  2. No burning outdoors of any kind is allowed during a County Burn Ban.  For specific, up-to-date information regarding Burn Bans please call (719) 836-4160.
  3. Recreational Campfires are restricted to 2’ x 2’ x 2’ and can be used at any time of the year unless there is a Burn Ban.
  4. Recreation Campfires must be on cleared ground and enclosed with rocks or a metal ring.
  5. Metal Barbeques, either gas or charcoal, chimineas, and smokers are exempt from requiring a Burn Permit.
  6. Controlled Open Burning of slash, vegetation, pine needles and clean lumber can take place only when there is a minimum of 2” (2 inches) of snow on the ground.
  7. Controlled Open Burning are restricted to 3’ x 3’ x 3’.
  9. You must call the Park County Dispatch Office at (719) 836-4121, ext. 5, each day BEFORE beginning to burn.  You will be asked for your Burn Permit number and time the burn is to begin and end.
  10. The burn site must be cleared of all combustible material to mineral soil and located at least 50 feet away from any structure or combustible material such as trees, shrubs, woodpiles, etc.
  11. An adequate water supply and / or fire extinguisher and other fire fighting tools must be readily available to extinguish your fire at all times during the burn.
  12. The burn must be attended by a competent person at all times.
  13. You will be held liable for the cost of suppression and damages caused by any wildfire that starts through negligence on your part.

Please help keep our community safe from wildfires!

Click here to see a sample Platte Canyon Fire Protection District Burn Permit.  You may not use this sample as a permit; a permit must be obtained in person from the address below.

To learn more, go to the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District website at:

Or contact:

Station #2
P.O. BOX 222
(303) 838-5853

August 15th, Fundraising Auction for Retired Deputy Chief Kingery

Scott-Kingery-3-e1435180397533-300x223Scott Kingery is a retired Deputy Chief with the Platte Canyon Fire Department.  He faithfully served his community and fellow man for 37 years.    Scott’s bravery and commitment to protecting the community he lived in placed him at the frontline of some of the most destructive wild fires in Colorado and Bailey History.  The fires included the 1996 Buffalo Creek Fire, the Hi Meadow Fire in 2000, and the Hayman Fire in 2002.  At the Hi Meadow Fire, Chief Kingery led the first team of firefighters that engaged the blaze.

On February 26th, 2015, Chief Kingery suffered two life threatening brain aneurisms.  That night he was only given a 2% chance of survival and ended the day in a coma.  Over the following four weeks, Scott underwent 9 separate surgeries and spent three months in three different medical facilities.   Medical expenses grew exponentially for him and his family.  He has thankfully made great progress, but still has more rehabilitation and struggle ahead of him.

Scott Kingery Auction full story click here.

Platte Canyon Fire Department is organizing a fund-raising auction on behalf of Chief Kingery to help with the monumental and mounting expenses that the Kingery family is facing.

How you can Help-

1) Donate an Item to be Auctioned off

  • Suggested Items- Fire Memorabilia, guns, antiques, vehicles, art, jewelry, etc.
  • Call 720-351-3438 to arrange donation

2) Make a monetary donation

  • Checks can be made out to the Scott Kingery Benefit Fund
  • Send to First Bank, 30770 Stagecoach Boulevard, Evergreen, CO 80439

3) Come to the auction on August 15th, at Platte Canyon Fire Station 2.

  • Viewing starts at 8:00 am
  • Auction starts at 10:00 am
  • Online viewing HERE

Red Cross shelter training to be offered in Park County in September

The following email asking to have it passed along was forwarded to me by Jeff DeBerry, who received it from:

Joe Burgett
Assistant Chief
Platte Canyon Fire


The American Red Cross needs more trained redcross-logodisaster services volunteers in Park County.  You may have seen an article about that in The Flume recently.  As part of the recruiting effort, shelter operation training will be offered in Park County in September.

People interested in taking the training and becoming Red Cross disaster services volunteers should forward this email back to me,, with their availability indicated below.

Shelter training takes about 7 hours and can be done all in one day, or on different days in one 3-hour block and one 4-hour block.

In the list at the bottom of this message, you’ll find the September Saturday mornings and afternoons listed, along with possible class locations of Fairplay or Bailey. In your email to me, please indicate next to each choice whether it can work for you or not (yes or no).  This kind of scheduling works best if you are as flexible as you can be about time and location.  For example, if either Fairplay or Bailey can work for you, say “yes” for both.

Responses that I get by August 1 will be considered in setting the September training date(s).    However, if August 1 passes before you get around to responding, I still want to hear from you.

If you have suggestions about specific facilities where the training can be conducted, please let me know.

Doug Constance
American Red Cross Area Lead

DATE/TIME                   FAIRPLAY            BAILEY
Sat.   9/5  9:00-noon
Sat.   9/5  1:00-5:00
Sat. 9/12  9:00-noon
Sat. 9/12  1:00-5:00
Sat. 9/19  9:00-noon
Sat. 9/19  1:00-5:00
Sat. 9/26  9:00-noon
Sat. 9/26  1:00-5:00