April 2021
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 KirkwoodVIRTUALSummerFestival
Donate to KVFD While You Shop
KMPUD Completes Loan Payments
Winter Update
Public Meeting & Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

KirkwoodVIRTUALSummerFestival

KirkwoodVIRTUALSummerFestivalwill take place at 5:00PM on July 3, 2021. All proceeds benefit the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), a 501(c)(3) Corporation. Our goal this year is to raise $100,000 towards the purchase of a new Type 1 fire engine. Type 1 engines are equipped with high-capacity pumps, and carry a variety of hoses and tall ladders and other essential equipment needed during emergencies. KVFD currently has two Type 1 engines that are 35 and 15 years old, respectively, therefore it's time to start fundraising to purchase a new one.

SHHHHH! It's a SURPRISE!
In this year's virtual summer festival video, we'd like to surprise our firefighters with a little Kirkwood community love. And we need YOU to help. Here are two ways:

Share Your
Do you have a story - sweet or heroic- about our Kirkwood Volunteer Firefighters? We want to hear from you!! Please send an email to Jessica at jgillies@kmpud.com with a quick summary by April 30th. She'll get back to you to arrange a having your experience recorded for the video. If you wish to remain anonymous, no worries, just say so and we can tell your story for you.

Show Your
Calling all Kirkwood Kids! Create a work of art for our Kirkwood Firefighters. Send us a picture by email to jgillies@kmpud.com, and we'll include it this year's Kirkwood Summer Festival Video!!!!

Don't have story to share or a work of art to show? Don't worry! You can still show our firefighters your love by donating an auction item or making a monetary donation.

We love that our community has so many diverse talents and a multitude of connections to businesses throughout Northern California and Nevada. So c'mon! Our firefighters would be delighted if you can donate a handmade item or can ask your company or local business for a donation. Handmade crafts, Kirkwood art, outdoor gear, wine, gift cards, etc. will be graciously accepted and appreciated. Please contact Jessica at jgillies@kmpud.com with your donation ideas by April 30th and she'll make sure you get the form to help you though the process.

Donate to KVFD While You Shop

Your online purchases can benefit KVFD through AmazonSmile and eScrip. AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support KVFD every time you shop on Amazon. Next time you shop on Amazon login to your normal account through https://smile.amazon.com/, select Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department as your recipient, and start shopping. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to KVFD (look for the notation "Eligible for AmazonSmile Donation" on each product). Please note that donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

Another way to donate to KVFD while you shop is through eScrip. eScrip is a California based corporation that has partnered with a wide range of online and local merchants who contribute a percentage of your purchases to your favorite non-profit. KVFD joined eScrip in 2016 to give you another opportunity to support the fire department. If you have already registered at escrip.com, thank you, your purchases have benefitted KVFD. If you have not joined eScrip and you shop online or in person with Amazon, Target, Nordstrom, and hundreds of other online and local merchants across California and the country, visit https://www.escrip.com/howitworks/ to learn more and start earning money for KVFD while you shop.

KMPUD Completes Loan Payments

Congratulations, KMPUD rate payers! At the March 13, 2021 Board of Directors meeting, the Board unanimously voted to pay the remaining balance on one of the District's USDA RUS FFB (United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utility Service Federal Financing Bank) Loans. This loan was originally funded in October 2014 in the amount of $100,000 and is the first of thirty-four separate RUS loans associated with the Out Valley Electric Line project to be paid off.

Winter Update

The District measures snowfall each winter season from October 15 through May 15 at the Community Service Building located on Loop Road at approximately 7800 feet in elevation. The graph below shows season-to-date snowfall through March for the past six winter seasons.

Public Meeting and Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements

On Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District (KMPUD) Board of Directors will hold a Public Meeting to solicit public comment regarding the intent of KMPUD to apply for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding for the purpose of completing Wastewater Treatment Plant Replacement and Rehabilitation Improvements.

PUBLIC MEETING
9:00AM on Saturday, April 10, 2021
Zoom Login: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81628648937
Dial-In: (669)900-6833 and enter Meeting ID# 816 2864 8937

In 2018 the District retained an Engineering Firm to conduct an assessment of the Wastewater Treatment Plant buildings and equipment and to provide a prioritized list of improvements needed to ensure the Wastewater Treatment Plant will remain reliable and fully compliant with state requirements. The first priority was replacement of the main Wastewater Treatment Plant building roof, which was completed in 2019. In order to fund other critical repairs, the District performed a Rate Study through an accredited consultant and a public hearing was held on June 13, 2020 to hear public comments on a proposed rate adjustment. The Board passed the proposed rate adjustment which continues to provide for critical repairs, including but not limited to repair and painting of interior and exterior walls, replacement of treatment equipment , addition of an emergency storage tank, and replacement of electrical equipment and equipment control hardware. While the recent rate adjustment is providing funding for critical repairs, additional funding is needed to complete large repair and replacement projects.

History of the KMPUD Wastewater Treatment Plant:
The original Wastewater Treatment Plant was built in the early 1970's and updated in 1982 with a new treatment system and building, which is the building you see today on Loop Road. Since 1982, the current Wastewater Treatment Plant has suffered the effects of Kirkwood's harsh winters and is in various states of deterioration. In 2004 the main building was expanded and most of the mechanical equipment was replaced in order to install a new treatment system capable of meeting  more stringent treatment requirements and to increase treatment  capacity. In 2013 that treatment system was replaced, however the existing mechanical equipment was not replaced and it now reaching the end of its useful life. Due to the age of the mechanical equipment, there have been problems with frequent equipment failures resulting in increased maintenance costs. Pictured below is the Wastewater Treatment Plant as it stands today, in need of repair.

KMPUD Board of Directors: Eric Richert - President; Bob Epstein - Vice President/Treasurer; Peter Dornbrook - Secretary; Bertrand Perroud - Assistant Secretary; John Schroeder, Director 
Website: www.kmpud.com; Phone: (209)258-4444; Email: info@kmpud.com
Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer

 

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