July 4th Association Meeting Cancelled – August 1, 2018 is next meeting

The Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 1, 2018, in the basement of the Association Building located at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  The July 4th meeting has been cancelled because of the holiday celebrations.  Have a safe, fire free and happy 4th of July!  Look for further details of the August meeting in next month’s announcement.  For more information, contact Karen Ellis at 303-514-8620, or CUNColorado@aol.com.

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A Little Free Pantry is coming soon to our neighborhood!

Written by Victoria Brahe

In our beautiful mountain community, it’s hard to imagine that some of our neighbors may not be getting enough to eat, but statistically, it is likely. According to Hunger Free Colorado:

  • Nearly 1 in 10 Coloradans (10.3%) struggle with hunger, not always having enough money to buy food.
  • Nearly 1 in 7 Colorado kids (14%) may not always know when or where they will get their next meal.
  • In a room of 50 older adults, 3 of them (5.8%) are facing hunger in Colorado, and forced to make choices between purchasing groceries or medication.
  • Nearly 1 in 6 Colorado households with children (16%) report food hardship, an inability to afford adequate food.

One way many communities across the country are choosing to help their neighbors is by building Little Free Pantries. These are based on the Little Free Library concept of “nourishing neighborliness” that stared in Arkansas.

Last year, the ECHPOA Association and the property owner approved a Little Free Pantry to be located adjacent to the bank of mailboxes on Miners Way. The challenge in our neighborhood is bears of course, and many bear-resistant options were considered—all quite costly. Enter Craig’s List where I found this 500# steel cabinet for just $120:

    

Our grandsons picked up the cabinet and brought it to our patio where it sits until the foundation is complete. Builder Troy Heineman from Burland volunteered to construct the foundation. He poured a 700 # concrete pad which you can see between the mailboxes and the bulletin board. Next, he will lay cinder blocks on top of the pad. The idea is, that cabinet is not going anywhere!

While that is happening, Harris Park artist Jennipher Cunningham volunteered to do some lettering and a bit of painting on the cabinet while it is at our house. Once those things are complete, we will figure out how to get the cabinet to the foundation! True that’s no small thing, but we’ve gotten this far!

Once we get the cabinet up, our ECHPOA pantry will include food and non-food items for both people and pets! We cannot include any fresh food because of the bears. Non-perishable examples include canned/boxed/bottled soup, vegetables, beans, fruit, rice, pasta, baby food, and pet food. Non-food examples include personal care items, paper goods, and cat litter.

The Little Free Pantry motto is, take what you need, leave what you can. The idea here is that neighbors keep the pantry stocked. An easy way to make a contribution is to pick up an extra can of vegetables when they are on sale for example, and drop it off at the pantry when picking up the mail. I will be able to supplement stock somewhat with donations from the Mountain Resource Center and the Rotary Club of Conifer.

I do not have a completion date at this time but will keep you posted here. If you have any questions or comments about the pantry, you can reach me at victoriabrahe@gmail.com. Thank you all for support of this project! Everyone has been wonderful, which makes me feel great about living here.

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Reminder – 7th Annual Paper Shred-a-Thon

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Expanded Horse Corral Gate

A second horse corral gate was installed on June 2nd.  This expansion now creates a double gate which will make it much easier for the boarders to pull the large trailer hauling the two 250 gallon water tanks through for delivery to the water troughs.  Many thanks to Jeff DeBerry, Patrick McCrary, Paul Ellis, Walt Wark, and Kristin Barber for making this happen!  Much appreciation goes out to Patrick and his new tractor with a post hole digger attachment!  To see more pictures go to the Horses page under the Photo Gallery menu option above.

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June 6, 2018 Association Meeting

The Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in the basement of the Association Building located at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.  We will have a guest speaker from waveGUARD™ Corporation to discuss their Exterior Wildfire Defense System.  We will also discuss our bathroom remodel progress and our next grant partnership presentation to “Save Our Pond.”  You do not have to be a member to attend.  For more information, contact Karen Ellis at 303-514-8620, or CUNColorado@aol.com.

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Guest Speaker for the June 2018 Association Meeting

There will be a guest speaker from waveGUARD™ Corporation at our next ECHPOA meeting on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 pm.  waveGUARD™ is an Exterior Wildfire Defense System.  When the flame detector is activated, a wave of water and fire retardant covers your home and property all at once.  This mixture of water and fire retardant is distributed by sprinkler heads placed at specific locations on the roof to ensure 100% coverage of the structure and a 25-40 foot perimeter around the structure, depending on the rotor sprinkler heads used.  The system will discharge this mixture for a minimum of 20 minutes and a maximum of 1 hour or until the water tank empties.  Water tanks will hold 550-1550 gallons of water.  The solar charging system has a power reserve of 2-3 weeks when the utility power is shut off.  The fire retardant injected into the water supply is non-toxic and biodegradable, safe for all animals.  It is possible for neighbors within 1000 feet to share one central system to lower their individual costs.  waveGUARD™ Corporation is located in Lakewood, Colorado and Randall Land is the President.  To learn more, go to their website at www.waveguardco.com.

With the Harris Park Shooting Range fire burning so close to our community last week, attending this meeting to learn about how we might protect our properties becomes even more important!  Many thanks to Imara for arranging this presentation!

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Harris Park Shooting Range Fire

by Joyce Deming

As many of you know, a fire started on Thursday, May 10, at the Harris Park Shooting Range.  Fortunately, the fire was limited to under 25 acres and 100% contained over the weekend.

The potential for a catastrophic forest fire caused by shooters at this Range has long been a concern for many Elk Creek Highlands and Meadows residents.  In March of last year, Brian Banks the District Ranger for the South Platte Ranger District, met with ECHPOA to listen to our concerns.  He indicated that the Forest Service had neither the money nor the staff to properly manage and patrol this area.

In a recent Fox 31 news story about the Harris Park Shooting Range fire, it was reported that Mr. Banks is working with Park County and other agencies on a plan to transform the shooting area into an official shooting range.

Whether you are in favor of an official shooting range at Harris Park or would like to see the range shut down all together, now is the time to let your opinion be known.  Here is contact info for the Forest Service, County Commissioners, Matt Mauro, the Fox 31 news reporter, Lance Hernandez, Denver Channel 7, who covered the Range clean up on March 30, and our state Representatives and Senators.

Forest Service:

Brian Banks, District Ranger
South Platte Ranger District
Pike/San Isabel National Forest Cimarron/Comanche National Grasslands
19316 Goddard Ranch Ct
Morrison, CO 80465
p: 303-275-5612
bbanks@fs.fed.us

Erin Connelly, Forest Supervisor
Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands
2840 Kachina Drive
Pueblo, CO 81008
p: 719-553-1400
econnelly@fs.fed.us

Park County Commissioners:
P.O. Box 1373 Fairplay, CO 80440

Mike Brazell, District 1
mbrazell@parkco.us
Phone: 303-884-1655

Dick Elsner, District 2
delsner@parkco.us
Phone: 719-836-4209

Mark Dowaliby, District 3
mdowaliby@parkco.us
Phone: 719-836-4211

News Agencies:

Matt Mauro, KDVR Fox 31
Matt.Mauro@KDVR.com
He covered the Shooting Range Fire
http://kdvr.com/2018/05/11/forest-service-neighbors-concerned-about-shooting-area-at-harris-park

Lance Hernandez, KMGH Denver 7
lance@thedenverchannel.com
He covered the Shooting Range cleanup on March 30
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/foothills/volunteers-to-meet-saturday-to-clean-up-spent-casings-trash-targets-at-harris-park-shooting-range

State Representative and Senator for our area:

James Wilson – (Republican), House District 60
james.wilson.house@state.co.us
303-866-2747
https://leg.colorado.gov/legislators/james-d-wilson

Kevin Grantham – (Republican), Senate District 2
kevin.grantham.senate@state.co.us
303-866-4877
https://leg.colorado.gov/legislators/kevin-j-grantham

U.S. House of Representatives for our area:

Jared Polis – (Democrat), Congressional District 2
https://polis.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep
202-225-2161

Senators for the entire state:

Bennet, Michael – (Democrat)
261 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
202-224-5852
www.bennet.senate.gov

Gardner, Cory – (Republican)
354 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
202-224-5941
www.gardner.senate.gov

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