April 3, 2019 Association Meeting

The Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association monthly meeting has been cancelled for March 6th.  Our next meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in the basement of the Association Building located at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  During the April meeting we will schedule a date in May for our spring Firewise Community Work Day.  Meanwhile, we really need community support to help in our efforts to become compliant with Colorado State Water Laws and Save Our Pond from being drained!  Please visit our new Save Our Pond fundraising website at https://www.ioby.org/project/save-our-pond.  For more information, contact Karen Ellis at 303-514-8620, or CUNColorado@aol.com.

Save Our Pond – Phase 3 Begins TODAY!

We need community members like you to help support our efforts to Save Our Pond from being drained!  Everything we have done, are doing, and will do gets us closer to becoming compliant with Colorado State Water Laws.

Save Our Pond – Phase 3 Begins TODAY!
We now need to raise enough money to purchase equipment that will measure pond water levels and flow, and then be able to send the data collected to the Colorado Division of Water Resources.

We just created a fundraising website and this is the first time it is being shared!  You can now use a credit card to donate through a secure on-line payment system.

Please take a look and give what you can!  Do not feel you have to give an additional gratuity percentage as processing fees will automatically be taken out of the amount we receive.

In addition to individual donors, we need at least one more organization to also contribute and fulfill the “partners” requirement for our $50,000 grant application with the Land and Water Trust Fund Board (LWTFB).  If you know of an organization that might be interested, please share the fundraising website link above with them!

Save Our Pond completed steps and future goals:

Phase 1 – COMPLETED September 2018
Obtain enough donation money to get us through at least one year of “leased” augmentation water if needed.  Leasing water will cost about $7,765 annually.  Also, obtain at least one “partner.”  Colorado Division of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA), our first partner, donated $2,000.  We currently have received $9,223 in total donations.

Phase 2 – COMPLETED November 2018
Using only money collected from renting the first floor of the association building as a studio apartment and obtaining a bridge loan from a community member, we were able to remodel the two half bathrooms into one 3/4 bathroom and added a walk-in closet.  Total cost to remodel was $13,386.  Using the increased monthly rental income, the bridge loan will be paid in full by September and we can then begin to apply future rental income to the Save Our Pond fund.

Our new fundraising website is hosted by In Our Back Yard (IOBY).  They only sponsor non-profit organizations and have a 501(c)(3) status.  ECHPOA is a non-profit organization and now with IOBY as our fiscal sponsorship, all donations going through their website are tax deductible!  We will also continue to accept cash and checks written and sent to ECHPOA, these are not tax deductible as we do not have a 501(c)(3) status ourselves, but will also not be charge the IOBY processing fee.

Phase 4 – To be completed before October 2019
We will go back to the Park County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) to present our progress since our first presentation to them in October 2017 and again ask for the $50,000 grant money.  This money would cover the majority needed to purchase augmentation water, a one time fee, of about $77,650.  Our ultimate goal is to also use the money obtained in Phase 1 to purchase instead of lease augmentation water.  We could have up to 2-3 years to pay Headwater Authority of South Platte (HASP) for the total cost of purchasing augmentation water.

Phase 5 – To be complete before fall 2019
Work with EcoMetrics, Colorado Open Lands, and Gillilan Consulting to restore 7.5 acres of wetlands on ECHPOA community property.  This group has performed an assessment of our wetlands and determined that is a perfect candidate for their Riparian Reconnect restoration project with the $40,000 grant money they have applied for.  Their purpose is to “improve stream and riparian function and habitat benefits by restoring natural processes typical of healthy small beaver streams.”  With the guidance of Riparian Reconnect, we will be asking for volunteer labor to help restore the 10 beaver dams previously located on our property that were washed out during the floods of September 2013.