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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Pond changes for Spring!

Thanks to Paul Ellis, Walt Wark, and Ed Montgomery, the dock was launched on April 15th.

 

 

 

May 5th, Paul and Karen Ellis mounted a new, second Life Ring and Rope at the east end of the pond, re-mounted the fish food dispenser near the dock, and emptied all the trash cans.  Thanks to the corral people for dumping the trash bags!

The delivery of new fish to stock the pond will be within the next 30 days.  To view more pictures, go to the Fishing Pond page, under the Photo Gallery menu option above.

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Seasonal Part-Time Job Opening

The Bailey Slash Site is seeking an attendant for the 2018 season.  The hours are: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9am- 3pm, May through October.  This position involves public interaction and education.  The Bailey Slash Site is a community service to aid residents in completing fire mitigation on their properties.  This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who enjoys social engagement and has interest in forest health and fire.  Pay is hourly and commensurate with experience.  Applicants must be able to pass pre-employment background check and have reliable transportation.  The Bailey Slash Site is a cooperative venture of the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (a 501 (c) (3) non-profit) and Park County.  CUSP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  If interested, please contact:

Jeff Ravage
North Fork Watershed Coordinator
Coalition for the Upper South Platte
http://www.cusp.ws/
(719) 838- 9619
ravage@cusp.ws

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Colorado Fire Danger!

Fire Danger!  The state is so dry!  Snow and rain fall have been well below the average for the whole season.  Thank goodness for what we received in April as we almost caught up to last year’s snowpack, but is still below the average.  Snowpack is what melts and fills up our creeks and ponds.  Unfortunately, today marks the “normal peak date” for snowpack.  Now we can only hope for a long rainy season to help prevent any wildfires from spreading quickly through all the dry vegetation!


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Park County Residents can purchase annual fishing permits

Note – Residents living within the Elk Creek Highlands and Meadows subdivisions may still obtain their ECHPOA membership and fishing permit with 4 badges for only $65.  For more information go to:
https://echpoa.wordpress.com/fishing-pond/fishing-permits-for-park-county-residents

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Firewise Community Work Day & Monthly Association Meeting

Firewise Community Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th.  It will begin at 9 a.m. with a 15 minute mitigation training presentation, assess the needs of our neighbors, and then develop a plan of action.  The Elk Creek Highlands/Meadows Property Owners Association will provide lunch, please contact us to let us know you will be there.  Monthly Association meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 2nd.  Progress on all current projects will be discussed.  Meet in the basement of the Association Building located at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey, for both events.  For more information, contact Karen Ellis at 303-514-8620, or CUNColorado@aol.com.

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