April 4, 2018


The meeting was brought to order by President Paul Ellis at 7:05 pm. The minutes of the last meeting were handed out to be reviewed.  There were no additions or corrections.  Motion to accept the minutes was made by Ed Montgomery and seconded by Patrick McCrary.  The motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report – Karen Ellis reported that it was the first time since she had been Treasurer that there was no reported income, noting that some rental income had been received early and had been included in last month’s report. The annual insurance bill was paid.  Motion to accept the report was made by Bill McCormick and seconded by Walt Wark.  The motion carried.

March 7, 2018
Fish Fund                                           $  2,951.97
General Fund                                         6,716.81
Save Our Pond Donations                  4,246.00
Checking Account                            $13,914.78

Membership Dues                           $         0.00
Fishing Permits                                $         0.00
Fish Food Machine                          $         0.00
Corral                                                 $         0.00
Donations-Save Our Pond             $         0.00
Building Rental                                $         0.00      ($2,500-$102=$2,398 remodel/gen. fund)Total Income:                                   $        0.00

IREA                                                   $     130.45      January-February electric bill
Colorado Natural Gas                      $     149.11      February-March gas bill
CHUBB Insurance                            $  1,645.00      Property and Liability annual premium
Park County Combined Courts      $     158.00      Summons – Plaintiffs Felix and Starks
Doug Tamminga                               $     102.00      Park County Building Permit Application
Total Expenses:                                $ 2,184.56

April 4, 2018                                                           2018=47 members, 33 with fishing permits
Fish Fund                                           $  2,951.97      ($500 secured for Save Our Pond)
General Fund                                        4,532.25      ($300 secured for Save Our Pond)
Save Our Pond Donations                 4,246.00
Checking Account                            $11,730.22

Activities Report – The Firewise Kickoff will be Saturday, April 28th at 9:00 am. Karen will send out an email blast, and post an article on the blog, asking for volunteers and locating neighbors who need help with mitigation.  Paul would like one more person to volunteer to be on the Firewise committee.  He would also like to conduct some Firewise training before Kickoff.  At least 6 members attended the Black Forrest Fire meeting at Platte Canyon FD.  Their hours are being counted towards being recognized this year as a Firewise community.  They discussed the aftermath of the wildfire that hit their area and the years it has taken for recovery.  Motion to accept the report was made by Ed and seconded by Karen.  The motion carried.

Building Report – The five windows upstairs in the Association Building have been replaced. Member Joe Morris supplied the windows and installation free of charge in memory of his late wife.  The kindness of our Bailey neighbors is amazing.  A thank you note will be sent.  The building permits have been approved and the bathroom remodel is progressing.  Motion to accept the report was made by Walt and seconded by Bill. The motion carried.

Corral Report – Jeff DeBerry and a friend spread the manure and tilled the pasture. Patrick has purchased and is donating the grass seed to be spread.  Patrick will bring his horse in after it is Vet checked.  Motion to accept the report was made by Patrick and seconded by Walt.  The motion carried.

Pond Report – The ice is gone. Paul has contacted several groups seeking partners to help fund ‘Save our Pond’.  He has sent a summary of our pond conservation project to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.  The Izaak Walton League of America has said they are willing to look into matching our donated funds.  We have begun discussions with Steve Murphy, Harris Park Metropolitan District, on possibly forming a partnership to utilize our assets towards solving both of our water issues as they already have water rights and augmentation water.  Paul is still waiting to hear back from Trout Unlimited.  We now have some options.   Dave Wissel, Park County Assessor and member of the Park County Land and Water Trust Fund Board, told Paul to be sure and reapply for their grant money as soon as we have obtained other partners. Park County Road Department had brought in dirt and covered the east end of the drainage pipe that goes under Elk Creek Drive from the pond to the creek and extended the road. Paul had called them and they came back out and uncovered the end so that water could flow through.  There was a discussion that this might also show their ownership of the levy should the pond ever need to be drained.  Karen contacted Liley Fisheries to ask about our gill lice problem.  She was told that it can be found in most Colorado ponds, it is impossible to eliminate as it is easily reintroduced on the feet of birds, replacing rainbow with brook trout is far more expensive, the fish are safe to eat, and higher water temperatures and low water flow will increase the problem. Karen reordered rainbow, yellow, minnows and fish food to be delivered sometime this spring.  Motion to accept the report was made by Patrick and seconded by Bill.  The motion carried.

Blog Report – Karen reported number of hits were again the highest in 1.5 years. There were 456 hits, 6 new articles, 3 new pictures, and 3 new pages.  Motion to accept the report was made by Ed and seconded by Patrick.  The motion carried.

Old Business – There was no old business.

New Business – Crow Hill Insurance will hold their 7th annual “Shred-a-Thon” on Saturday, June 16th from 9 am-12 pm. Karen added a Member Recommended Businesses page to the blog.  She also posted a blog article with a link to the Harris Park Shooting Range Channel 7 News story.

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made at 7:59 pm by Walt and seconded by Patrick. The motion carried.