June 2013 District Newsletter

Posted on June 5, 2013


June 2013

Out Valley Power Line Project: 

The Underground portion of the project will begin in early June right here in Kirkwood! The trench will go along Kirkwood Meadows Drive from the Powerhouse to the north side of Highway 88 and should be back filled within two weeks. For this year, the conduit and sectionalizing cabinets will be installed with the cable pull slated for 2014. The majority of the Underground conduit, cabinets, vaults and direct bury line will be installed in 2013 with the cable pulls, testing, etc. scheduled for 2014. This action sets in motion this major construction project with the goal of bringing electrical power to Kirkwood from the national grid by November of 2014.

Proposals for the Overhead portion of the project will be considered in early July with the Sub-Stations going out to bid later this summer.

Additional information will be posted on the website and is available by contacting the District office at (209) 258-4444.

You can attend any District Board meeting in person or watch them live over the internet (kmpud.com), offer questions/suggestions (via email:  kmpud@volcano.net), and receive real time responses from the Board; or watch the meetings after the fact over the internet and offer input at any time.  Your participation in the decision making process is strongly encouraged.  Should you have any questions, please contact the District at kmpud@volcano.net.

Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) Barbeque and Wine Tasting

We are excited to kick off this summer by hosting the Annual Kirkwood Valley Fire Department Barbeque on the Village Plaza on Saturday, July 6th.  This is a chance to catch up with friends and to contribute to the main fundraising event that helps to support the fire department.

The fund-raising goal for this year is ambitious; the KVFD needs a Thermal Imaging Camera that costs approximately $8,000. Thermal imaging cameras pick up body heat and are normally used in cases where people are trapped and rescuers cannot find them. Thermal imaging cameras can also be used to pick up areas of heat behind walls and ceilings to help firefighters find hot spots or an extension of fire.

The fun begins July 6th at 3:30 pm and includes live music featuring Dave Myers’ band, Out of Bounds, a live and silent auction, activities for kids, wine tasting, beer tasting and delicious food prepared and served by community members.  To help better plan for our food purchases this year, we have added online ticket purchase; buying tickets before June 24th reserves your $40 ticket, after that date the price will be $45.  Purchase your tickets today by visiting our website (kmpud.com) and clicking on the appropriate link. If you won’t be in Kirkwood on July 6th, you can use this link to make a donation to the KVFD. Another way to secure your attendance and receive the discounted rate for this popular event is to return the registration form included with this newsletter no later than June 24th.

Dumpster Available

The District will once again provide a 20 yard trash dumpster during the July 6-7th weekend for use by homeowners to dispose of large items such as mattresses, furniture, beds and some appliances (no refrigerators please) FREE OF CHARGE!.  The dumpster will be available starting on Friday, July 5th and will be located in the Lower Chair 7 parking lot near the Community Services Building. Please do not overload the dumpster or place items on the ground next to it.

Defensible Space

Concerns about fire danger surface each year as the snow melts, and particularly this year after a drier than normal winter.   The State of California has established a Defensible Space Inspection, a process that is used to evaluate homeowner’s properties and hopefully prevent the chance of a wildfire spreading onto the property.  Homeowners may access www.fire.ca.gov  to find information on how to protect their home.  Our Fire Chief, Rick Ansel, is trained to perform these inspections using the state form 42-91 and homeowners may call him at (209) 258-4444, extension 3 to schedule an appointment to meet with him.  During the inspection he will identify specific actions homeowners can take on their property.

Please look for more information on fire safety, fire inspections and the Chipping Program during the Annual Barbeque and Wine Tasting on July 6th

New Website to Launch July 1st, 2013

We are pleased to announce that our new website will be launched July 1st.  Access the new design at our existing URL (kmpud.com) and follow the appropriate link.   The new design is easier to navigate to find information you are interested in with the improved search functionality.  It will support access to your bill online, bill pay capability and serves as a resource to learn about the projects the District is working on to improve services for our customers.  It will be easier for you to stay in touch with the issues facing the Board by viewing the meetings on the site or regularly reviewing the meeting agendas and minutes.  Plus you can track the progress on the Out Valley Project.  The site will feature a secure customer login to support bill payment as well as access to the Community Directory. 

Customer Service Survey

The District takes pride in serving the Kirkwood community and strives to provide high quality services.  In order to assess how we are doing in meeting your needs we have developed a brief customer survey so that you can provide feedback.  It will only take a few minutes of your time to complete.  We plan to send the survey out via email early in June and it will also be available in paper form at the various meetings over Homeowner Weekend.  The District will compile the results and share these over the Labor Day weekend in the Board meeting planned for Sunday, September 1st at 8:00 am.  We will also share what we learned from you, our customers, in the September newsletter and on our website.

Upcoming Events

July 6 – 7:  Homeowner Association Meetings (various times)

July 6                        12 – 1:30 pm     KCA Annual Meeting:  Red Cliffs Lodge

July 6            1:30 – 3 pm       Town Hall Meeting with Kirkwood Mountain Resort:  Red Cliffs Lodge

July 6                        3:30 – 6 pm       KVFD Wine, Beer Tasting and Barbeque:  Village Plaza

July 7                        7:30 – 9 am       President’s Council:  Red Cliffs Club

July 7                        8:00 – 11 am     KMPUD Board Meeting:  Community Services Building, Loop Road

Consumer Confidence Report

Enclosed please find the Consumer Confidence Report for calendar 2012. Per State regulations (Title 22, Chapter 15, Article 20) and law (California Health and Safety Code, section 116470), the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District (District) is required annually to produce a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) to report on the safety and quality of the community’s drinking water.

As a water system manager, the District is a guardian of the quality of your drinking water supply and of the public health in your community. It is important to communicate to District customers, the source of their water and what is in the water they drink. CCRs help consumers make informed choices that affect the health of themselves and their families. The reports also encourage consumers to consider and appreciate the challenges of delivering safe drinking water. Educated consumers are more likely to help protect their drinking water sources and to understand the true costs of safe drinking water.

If you would like any additional information regarding the data included in this enclosed report or any other District operation or function please contact the District at 209-258-4444.


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