June 7, 2017

ECHPOA MEETING MINUTES FOR June 7, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Paul Ellis at 7:05 pm.

Ted Stein introduced our guest speaker, beaver specialist Sherri Tippie.  She has worked to relocate whole beaver families for the past 35 years.  She introduced Chris Canipe and Aaron Hall who are involved with the Friends of Wildlife and the Sierra Club.  ECHPOA lost the beaver pond in the floods of September 2013. We are looking into the possibility of reintroducing beavers to the wetland area.  Sherri is looking at July to move a beaver family.  Jeff Ravage of the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) will be the go between for this project.  Ted explained the hurdles and regulations we have to address before we can begin the relocation.

At 8:02 pm the regular meeting resumed.  The previous month’s minutes were on the tables to be looked over and approved.  Sarah Bowman noted that her husband’s name was misspelled on page 2, in the Corral Report section.  It was agreed to change “Allen” to “Alan.”  Motion to accept the minutes as corrected was made by Al Cook, seconded by Walt Wark.  The motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report was given by Karen Ellis.  She explained the transfer of money from the fish fund to the general fund to offset insurance premium expense as approved in last month’s meeting.  Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report was made by Tim Bradley, seconded by Sharon Alfers.  The motion carried.

May 3, 2017

Fish Fund                                          $3,606.12

General Fund                                      1,348.45

Checking Account                           $4,954.57

Income:

Membership Dues                           $  320.00

Fishing Permits                                $   175.00

Fish Food Machine                          $     25.75

Corral                                                 $   433.01

OTHER:

Donations                                         $       0.00

Building Rental                               $     50.00       Renfro

Slash                                                  $     10.00        Lederhos

Address Signs                                  $     10.00        Deming

Transfer Funds                                $  684.00*

Total Income:                                  $1,707.76

Expenses:

Colorado Natural Gas                     $     59.45        April-May gas bill

IREA                                                  $       0.00       April-May electric bill, credit balance

OTHER:

Liley Fisheries                                  $1,078.51       2017 Trout and fish food

Kathy Lower                                     $    40.00       Firewise reflective address signs

Jeff DeBerry & Bryan Murphy      $  120.00       275 gallon water tank to help haul water

Bryan Murphy                                  $    50.00       Trash dump run-basement, wood, & corral

Transfer Funds                                 $  684.00*

Total Expenses:                               $2,031.96

June 7, 2017                                                           2017=51 members, 41 with fishing permits

Fish Fund                                          $2,044.36

General Fund                                      2,586.01

Checking Account                           $4,630.37

*41.38% of $1,653.15, 2017 insurance premium, transfer from General Fund to Fish Fund

Activity Report was given by Paul explaining how involved volunteers have been.

In May we had the wetland assessment, the fish delivery, a meeting to form a steering committee about shooting range concerns, a Firewise work day, and the wildfire evacuation drill.  So far in June we have had the cleanup day at the shooting range, and hauling of slash to the facility.  We have our next Firewise work day scheduled for Saturday, June 10th.  Motion to accept the Activity Report was made by Karen, seconded by Ted.  The motion carried.

Building Report was given by Paul discussing further improvements made to the water tank storage system for the corral.  A 2 inch hose was purchased to be able to fill and empty the tanks more quickly from outside the building.  A fitting was also added for gravity feeding, instead of pumping only, from the tanks to the troughs.  Motion to accept the Building Report was made by Ted, seconded by Sharon.  The motion carried.

Corral Report was given by Paul.  Three new horses were brought in.  Bryan Murphy, who is moving out of the community, will pull out his two horses by the end of June.  Motion to accept the Corral Report was made by Sarah, seconded by Ted.  The motion carried.

Pond Report was given by Al stating all is good.  The fish food machine has brought in enough money so far this year to pay for one bag of food.  Paul has replaced the pins holding the dock to the ramp with ¾ inch bolts and jam nuts to make in more difficult to detach.  It was reported that on Friday, June 2nd, there were two separate instances where the dock had been detached and floated around the pond.  Luckily there were no injuries to the kids or vandalism done to the dock.  Motion to accept the Pond Report was made by Walt, seconded by Tim.  The motion carried.

Blog Report was given by Karen.  There were 440 hits, 9 new articles, 38 pictures and 2 new pages added.  Still above average number of hits per month.  Motion to accept the Blog Report was made by Tim, seconded by Sarah.  The motion carried.

Old Business – Our May Firewise work day was a success, and we have already accrued the number of hours needed to achieve our goal set for 2017.  The official signs for achieving Recognized Firewise Community status for 2016 have been received and posted at the ECHPOA entrance and on the Association Building.  Firewise Reflective Address signs have been delivered.  The wildfire evacuation drill was also successful with about 150 participants.  The Crow Hill Shred-a-Thon is June 24th.

New Business – Check with your homeowner’s insurance to see if they offer discounted rates for living in a Recognized Firewise Community and if you have done fire mitigation on your property.  Sarah asked about the possibly of a bench being installed at the school bus stop next to the intersection of Clark Road and Elk Creek Drive.  Everyone agreed that it would be a good idea to have a bench at the bus stop for students waiting for the bus.

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made at 8:35 pm by Sharon, seconded by Tim.  The motion carried.

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