July 2013 District Newsletter

Posted on July 15, 2013

NEWSLETTER

July 2013

Construction Begins!

On June 17th construction of the Underground portion of the Out Valley project began here in Kirkwood.  After the first week of construction, Q&D Construction had laid the necessary conduit from the Powerhouse to the Meadows condominiums.  Installation along Kirkwood Meadows Drive should be complete by the second week of July with repaving to be completed the following week.

After that, Q&D Construction plans on starting up to the West of the Silver Lake Bridge and heading towards Bear River Resort.  Q&D Construction plans to complete the installation of the majority of the conduit and all of the direct bury sections during 2013.  In 2014, Q&D Construction will complete the conduit installation, pull the cable and complete the necessary testing.

The District has several related projects out for bid at this time.  The KM Green Sub-Station Grading and Drainage proposals will be opened on July 1st and considered by the Board on July 7th.  Bids for the Overhead Steel Pole material procurement will be opened on July 15th.  The Overhead Construction proposals will be opened on August 5th with possible Board action on August 10th.

Construction pictures will be posted on our website on a regular basis.  Should you have questions regarding the project please contact the District at (209) 258-4444.

Volcano Service

With the beginning of the Out Valley project one of the challenges facing this project is the possibility of impacting some of Volcano Communication’s copper and fiber optic lines that serve Kirkwood.  While we have had numerous meetings with Volcano both in the office and in the field in an effort to identify Volcano’s alignment and areas where relocation of their lines or trench sharing will occur, the prospect of disrupting their service is inevitable.

Interruptions will consist of two scenarios between now and November 1, 2013:

Scheduled Interruptions

Existing underground fiber optic transmission lines will be temporarily rerouted to avoid conflict in certain locations between Bear River Road and Kirkwood along Highway 88.  These scheduled outages will be very short, lasting approximately one hour per event. We will post a schedule of these interruptions on our web site (kmpud.com).

Unscheduled Interruptions

Existing fiber optic lines damaged without temporary lines in place may occur.  These outages could take between 24 and 48 hours to restore services.

Volcano services that may be impacted include:

•        Basic Telephone Service including Long Distance

•        Internet Access

•        Cable TV

•        Cellular Services

Volcano Communications and the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District will continue to work closely to coordinate and monitor construction activities to insure interruptions are kept to a minimum.  Should you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact either the Volcano Communications Group at (209) 296-7501, or the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District at (209) 258-4444.

Electric Rates

One of the covenants in the Rural Utilities Service loan documents is that the District produce revenues sufficient to pay for operating costs including depreciation and to pay the debt service.  As anticipated, the District will need to raise rates this summer to insure that we maintain sufficient revenues to meet these covenants.  The District’s Board will be discussing this increase at their regularly scheduled meeting on July 7th and again at a Public Hearing to be held on August 10th.

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, please be advised that 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.

On September 29, 2012 the Board passed an Ordinance changing from By-Seat elections to Director At-Large elections.  Under this new method, candidates may run for Director without designating an office or seat and the candidates who receive the greatest number of votes District-wide as there are directorships will be elected to serve on the Board.  This year Election Day falls on November 5, 2013. Please let the District know if you have any questions.

New Website Launched July 1, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the new website, www.kmpud.com, is scheduled to be launched on July 1st.  We hope you will find it easier to navigate to locate the information you are interested in.  This site will continue to allow you to pay your bill online, access Board meetings, review meeting minutes and keep up to date with projects the District is working on.  This is still a work in progress, so please check back often for new information.  We plan to implement the second phase of the project later this summer.  This next step will provide you with a secure customer login, access to participate in the Community Directory and other functionality.  We welcome your feedback on the new website.

Defensible Space

Our Fire Chief, Rick Ansel is trained to perform defensible space inspections following the process established by the State of California.  Homeowners may contact him at (209) 258-4444 extension 3 to schedule an appointment to meet with him.  In advance of scheduling an inspection there are some steps that you and your neighbors may consider taking to prevent the chance of a wildfire spreading onto your property.  These include removing dead or dying trees and shrubs along with cutting dead branches from the trees on your property.  It is also a good idea to remove tree limbs that are touching your roof.  The limbs and dead wood can be cut into four to five foot pieces and left near the roadside edge of your property for the Chipper program this fall.  The effectiveness of a Defensible Space inspection improves when the entire neighborhood takes preventive measures.

Energy Conservation Tips

Spend some time planning for winter during the summer and fall months in order to save both energy and money during the winter months.  Tune up the heating system in your home to ensure that it operates efficiently to save money, energy and the environment.  If you are going to be away from your home for extended periods unplug electronic devices or use a smart power strip.  As your incandescent bulbs burn out, replace these with compact fluorescent light bulbs which use 75% less energy.  The bathroom in the home is the largest consumer of indoor water with the toilet using as much as 26% of household water.  Switch to low flow toilets.  Practicing good household conservation habits saves money, energy and the environment.

Upcoming Events

July 13:  Death Ride – Volunteering at the Carson Pass rest stop benefits the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department.  Call Fire Chief Ansel to sign up.

August 10: KMPUD Board of Directors Meeting 8 am

August 31:  Annual 5K/10K & Children’s Run.  Net proceeds benefit the KVFD.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         www.tahoemountainmilers.org for more information.

August 31:  12th Annual Thin Air Chili Cook Off from 12:00 – 5:00 pm.

September 1:  KMPUD Board of Directors Meeting 8 am

 

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