December 2021
Featured Articles

KMPUD 2020/2021 Annual Report
KMPUD Board of Directors Election Results
Propane Safety Tips
Holiday Fire Safety Tips

KMPUD 2020/2021 Annual Report

The KMPUD 2020/2021 Annual Report is now available on To view the KMPUD 2020/2021 Annual Report, click HERE. The Report gives a synopsis of the year just passed and important issues the District will be focusing on moving forward.

KMPUD Board of Directors Election Results

The KMPUD Board of Directors election was held on November 2, 2021 for the purpose of electing Director Seat #3, Seat #4, and Seat #5 for full 4-year terms.

John Schroeder, Bob Epstein, and Peter Dornbrook were elected to Seat #3, Seat #4, and Seat #5, respectively, with their terms ending on December 1, 2025. To see official election results, click HERE.

Director Seat #2, was filled by the Alpine County Board of Supervisors via appointment after Doug Mitarotonda ran unopposed, with his term ending December 1, 2023

This election marks the end of Eric Richert's tenure as a KMPUD Director, having served on the Board since 2009. The new KMPUD Board of Directors are Peter Dornbrook, Bob Epstein, Doug Mitarotonda, Bertrand Perroud, and John Schroeder.

The new Board will take their Seats and elect officer positions at the December 10, 2021 Special Board Meeting. Please join the District in welcoming and congratulating new and continuing Board members and bidding a fond farewell to Eric Richert.

Propane Safety Tips

The Kirkwood Meadows PUD (KMPUD) recommends the following tips to help ensure the safe and reliable use of propane-fired home heating equipment and appliances:

  • Know the location of your propane meter and regulator, and the exterior location of the vents for each furnace and propane appliance. Snowbanks can build up and block intake or exhaust vents for propane appliances, even if the vents are located on the second floor or at roof level. If a vent is blocked, CO from the exhaust may build up in your home, eventually causing dangerous and potentially deadly CO poisoning. Blocked vents can also cause other issues such as appliance malfunction.
  • It is your responsibility to keep snow and ice from accumulating around your propane meter, regulator, and enclosure!
  • If you have not constructed a meter shed to District standards, make plans now to do so early next summer. Don't procrastinate!
  • Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and that the batteries powering them are fresh. CO poisoning can result from a malfunctioning heating unit or another propane-burning appliance, as well as from a blocked chimney. Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. Individuals who believe they may be experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning should immediately seek fresh air and medical attention.
  • Remember that an electric power outage will affect blowers and some heaters with electronic ignitions. If your propane heater does not relight after a power outage, turn the unit off for a moment, then back on. If it still does not light, call a heating professional for service.
  • Be aware that the District's propane supply contains an odorant, which smells like rotten eggs, to help you detect a propane leak. The odorant is added in small concentrations and is harmless. If you smell propane, leave the building immediately. Do not use a phone, light a match, or turn lights on or off.
  • Once clear of the area call 911 and the District. During business hours (Mon - Fri 8am - 4:30pm), call the District main office at (209) 258-4444. After business hours call the District's Electric/Propane Emergency response number at (775) 901-1656. A service technician will be dispatched to investigate. Your safety is always out top priority.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

The Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) wants you to enjoy a safe Holiday season and reminds you of the following safety tips:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heating source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters.
  • Make sure you have good working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test monthly.
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.
  • Keep your chimney clean to prevent chimney fires.
  • Store cooked ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and nearby buildings.
  • Plug only 1 heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • Don't overload extension cords. Turn your holiday lights off before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry tree can catch fire easily.
  • Keep your Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from heating sources.


Happy Holidays from KMPUD

KMPUD Board of Directors:
Bob Epstein
Peter Dornbrook
Bertrand Perroud
John Schroeder
Doug Mitarotonda
Website:; Phone: (209)258-4444; Email:
Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer


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