August 2013 District Newsletter

Posted on August 6, 2013


August 2013

Out Valley Construction Update

Progress continues with the construction of the electric power transmission line with crews working along Highway 88 near Plasse’s Resort heading west on the underground installation.  Currently they are in the Caltrans right of way where we have obtained approval for 24-hour one lane closures.  Shortly they will leave the Highway 88 corridor and be predominantly on Forest Service land all of the way to the juncture of Highway 88 and Bear River Reservoir Road.

Make sure to visit our web site for the latest construction photos.  The pictures really show the different aspects of the project and the difficult terrain.

The District Board has approved the contract for the Timber Harvest which creates the expanded corridor for the Overhead line and clears the area for the KM Green Sub-Station.  The contractor anticipates beginning construction over the next two weeks.

The contractor for the KM Green Grading and Drainage will start in August, creating the pad and the access road for the new Sub-Station.

The Board has also approved the purchase of the Steel Poles to be used in the Overhead portion of the project.  Unfortunately no poles will be ready for 2013, so all of the poles will need to be installed in 2014.  This re-emphasizes the need to complete as much of the project as possible in 2013 to make our scheduled November 1, 2014 completion date a reality.

At the August 10th District meeting the Board will be considering proposals to complete the Overhead construction portion of the project.  This is one of the last major components of the project.  As always, the public is encouraged to attend the meeting or watch it live and offer input over the internet.

 Rate Adjustments

At the August 10th District meeting the Board will be holding a Public Hearing to consider input and options related to a possible electric rate increase.  As has been reported, one of the conditions of the Rural Utilities Service loan documents is that the District produce electric revenues sufficient to pay for operating costs and fund depreciation.

The Board will also be considering calling a Public Hearing on September 1st to review and discuss a Rate Study for the Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste enterprises.  This Rate Study will discuss the potential rates for these departments over the next three years.

 Emergency Notices

The District is currently using an Emergency Notification System called “One Call Now”.  This message service delivers local emergency messages via voice, voice to text, SMS text messaging and e-mail to individuals or groups within minutes.  If you would like to be part of this complimentary notification system, you may self-register at and click the “Emergency Notices” at the right of the home page. This will direct you to the One Call Now Self Registration & Update page.  If you should have any questions, please contact Rick Ansel at (209) 258-4444 ext. 3 or via e-mail at

 Fireman’s Barbeque, Wine & Beer Tasting

More than 500 people attended the Annual Fireman’s Barbeque, Wine and Beer tasting this year.  According to most reports a good
time was had by all.  A highlight of this year’s event was of course the ceremony commemorating the ground breaking for the Out Valley project which will connect the community to the regional electric grid. If you missed this please visit

Thanks to the generosity of the Kirkwood community, the event raised sufficient funds to allow the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department to achieve their goal of purchasing a Thermal Imaging Camera costing approximately $6,000.  While this event is the main fundraising source to support our all-volunteer fire department, we view it as a community event providing the chance to catch up with friends and neighbors.  As such we welcome your feedback and suggestions as to how we might improve the event for next summer.  Please direct your thoughts and ideas to

Annual 5K/10K & Kid’s Run

This fun event has been taking place in Kirkwood each Labor Day weekend for 33 years and is planned for August 31, 2013.  Presented by the Tahoe Mountain Milers and sponsored by Kirkwood Mountain Resort and the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department, the 10K trail adventure run follows single track and dirt road 3 miles up the mountain to an elevation of 8,200 feet.  The 5K road run includes 1/4 mile of single track with a log crossing. Unique ceramic medals are awarded to all finishers.  For kids, there is a 1/2 mile and a 1 mile fun run; kids make their own medals. Event day shirts will be available for sale as long as supplies last.  The Grand Prize drawing for a Kirkwood Downhill Pass for 2013-2014 and a Kirkwood Cross Country Ski Pass takes place just before noon; you must be present to win.  Gather your family and friends and register online now by visiting  Early registration prior to August 19th costs $30; after that the cost is $35 until August 28th and event-day registration is $40.  Race day registration takes place from 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. on the deck of The Lodge.  The Kids race kicks off at 9 a.m. with the 5K and 10K to follow.  Net proceeds from the event benefit the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department.  Make plans to join us on August 31st for this event and for the 12th Annual ‘Thin Air’ Chili Cook Off sponsored by the Kirkwood Community Association (

Board Member Elections

The Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District has three Board Member seats whose terms will expire in December 2013.  If you would like to declare your candidacy for one of these three seats, the official forms of Declaration of Candidacy may be obtained from the District, or the Office of the Alpine County Clerk, Administrative Office Building, 99 Water Street, Markleeville, CA  96120, starting on July 15, 2013 and must be received by August 9, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., in the Office of the County Clerk.

Best Wishes from the Board of Directors and staff of the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District!

The Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District Board of Directors are:

Eric Richert, President

Bob Ende, Vice President

Standish O’Grady, Treasurer

Peter Dornbrook, Secretary

Bob Epstein, Assistant Secretary