March 2021
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Save the Date: KirkwoodVIRTUALSummerFestival
New KMPUD Board Member
Propane Safety
Safety Around Electric Transformers
Sign-up for Automatic Bill Pay
Public Awareness Message: Propane Gas Systems

KirkwoodVirtualSummerFestival
SAVE THE DATE: JULY 3, 2021

The annual Kirkwood Summer Festival, a fundraiser for the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD), will again be Virtual for 2021. We had fun last year and hope to do the same again this year! The community came together last year and raised $135,870 and KVFD purchased the much needed Squad 93. A BIG thank you to all who helped make this possible!!


Now we face an enormous challenge, and as Neil Young sang "it's gonna take a lotta love" from the community. KVFD needs a new Fire Engine, as the current one is 35 years old. Despite the Engine looking shiny, and red, it's time to start raising money for a new main Engine. The price tag is $650,000 for just the Engine and does not include the equipment that goes onboard. Watch this KVFD Firefighters' Video to see all of the equipment needed to outfit the current Engine and Squad 93.

The objective is to raise $100,000 this year, knowing it will take a solid 6+ years to raise the money. KVFD will also apply for Grants and apply to foundations to supplement the fundraising.

To be transparent, here's the dilemma:

  •  If the main Engine requires a major repair, KVFD has no back-up main Engine, severely limiting the capability of KVFD to fight any fire in Kirkwood.
  • A new Engine will enable KVFD to respond to a significant fire in Kirkwood (on the scale of the powerhouse fire in 2010 or the Vail Employee Housing fire this past fall, 2020).
  • The current Engine would become a back-up, enabling KVFD to respond to simultaneous emergencies, along with the smaller Squad 93.


This is our largest fundraising effort in over 30 years. As the community grows with more full-time residents, our fire department needs to grow as well, in order to keep us safe from fires and other emergencies. There were 54 homes purchased in 2020 compared to 9 purchases in 2019. We have a lot of great new folks and a "lotta love" in the community of Kirkwood!

We thank you in advance for your generosity and your partnership in giving back to the community that we all love.

Thank you for reading,
The KirkwoodVIRTUALSummer Festival Committee

P.S. Feeling the love already? Can't wait until this summer to give? Join us now by DONATING. We are always looking for volunteers to help with the Summer Festival. Let's knock this challenge out of the Valley!

Questions or Want to Volunteer:
Please contact Jessica Gillies at
jgillies@kmpud.com or (209)258-4444

New KMPUD Board Member

Please join the District in welcoming our new Board member, John Schroeder!

At the December 12, 2020 Board of Directors meeting, one of the District's long-standing Board members, Standish O'Grady, submitted his resignation. A call went out to the community seeking applicants to fill the vacant Director seat and several community members submitted letters of interest. At a Special Board of Directors meeting held on Saturday, January 23, 2021, John Schroeder was appointed by the four remaining Board members to fill the vacant Director seat. The KMPUD Board of Directors wants to thank everyone who submitted a letter of interest and congratulate John Schroeder on his appointment!

If you're interested in attending KMPUD Board of Directors meetings, we encourage you to do so! Regular Board of Director meetings are open to the public and take place on the second Saturday of each month at 8:00AM. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all District meetings take place via video/teleconference on Zoom.  Board meeting information and Agendas are posted on the bulletin board near the General Store, on KMPUD.com and emailed to customers that have selected to receive Board Meeting Notices through their account on KMPUD.com. If you have questions regarding Board meetings or need help signing up to receive Board Meeting Notices, please call the District office at (209)258-4444.

Propane Safety

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

  • Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and that 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 vent. 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 prompt medical attention
  • Know the location of your propane meter and regulator, and the exterior location of the vents for each furnace and propane appliance.
  • When there is snow accumulation, clear any accumulation from the outside vents of your furnace or other propane appliances. This allows air flow necessary for safe operation. Blocked vents can lead to a dangerous build-up of CO or cause heating equipment to stop working.
  • If the snow around your propane meter is deep, you should clear the area, providing a path for District personnel who may require access. Please work carefully around your propane meter. Keep snow blowers and plows away from the propane meter and avoid piling snow on the meter and associated piping.
  • Remember that an electric power outage will affect blowers and newer 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 the phone, light a match, or switch anything on or off. Leave the door open, and once clear of the area call the District at (209)258-4444 from your cell phone or a neighbor's phone. If calling after hours, the District's Electric/Propane Emergency response number is (775)901-1565. A service technician will be dispatched to investigate the odor immediately. Your safety is our top priority!

Safety Around Electric Transformers

Electric transformers are located throughout the valley and are used to deliver electricity to our customers. These transformers have green enclosures that sit on top of a cement pad mounted on the ground. They are readily visible in the summer, as shown below.


In the winter transformers get buried in the snow, and because they are warm, snow caves form around the transformer that are often not visible from above. Be on the lookout for warning signs and rope lines that indicate a transformer is buried below. Please be aware of your surroundings and do not approach buried transformers or allow your children or pets to play in the area of a buried transformer.

Sign Up for Automatic Bill Pay

Automatic bill-pay is an easy and secure way to pay your bill. Download the Automatic Bill Payment Form HERE.  Please call the District office at (209)258-4444 if you have questions.

Public Awareness Message
Propane Gas Systems

1. PURPOSE AND RELIABILITY OF THE PROPANE PIPELINE
The propane pipeline system in Kirkwood is owned, operated, and maintained by the Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District (District). The pipeline system is designed to distribute propane to customers, which is commonly used for heating and cooking. The District's pipeline system runs underground from a bulk distribution plant on Loop Road and extends to the property line of connected properties.
The District's responsibility is limited to its transmission pipelines and facilities. Service laterals are the responsibility of the District from the transmission pipeline to the property line of each retail service customer. The property owner is responsible for maintenance and protection of any and all pipelines or facilities located on the retail service customer's property. Meters are maintained by the District, while meter protection is the responsibility of the property owner.

2. OVERVIEW OF THE HAZARDS OF THE PIPELINE AND PREVENTION MEASURES USED
Propane can leak from pipeline facilities damaged due to corrosion, outside force, natural events, or equipment failure, etc. Because propane is a flammable commodity, propane leaks, under certain circumstances, have the potential to cause harm.
The District's propane system is leak-surveyed every five years. All hazardous leaks are repaired. All main valves are inspected annually to ensure they are operable. The propane system is patrolled on a routine basis to ensure that hazardous conditions such as atmospheric corrosion, improper care of discontinued services and exterior customer lines, inadequate support of meters and pipeline components, etc. are noted and corrected. Potentially hazardous conditions on customer-owned lines and equipment are referred to the property owners for correction, when discovered. There is a cathodic protection system that protects the steel pipe in the system from corroding, and this system is also monitored regularly to ensure its effectiveness. District-owned steel pipe is limited to the liquid lines at the bulk distribution plant on Loop Road.

3. INFORMATION ABOUT DAMGE PREVENTION
The propane pipeline system is susceptible to damage due to outside forces such as those caused by excavation, vehicular traffic, or excessive loads placed on meter assemblies. The main source of excessive loads on meters in the Kirkwood Community is snow and ice. Snow and ice buildup on customer-owned above ground equipment, such as risers, pipes, regulators, and valves can cause excessive loads on these components which can lead to dangerous leaks or equipment failures. Please take measures to protect your propane service and keep the meter and all associated equipment clear of snow and ice at all times. It is important to ensure that snow is removed regularly from roofs or decks above the propane service to avoid the potential for the roof or deck to collapse and damage propane equipment.
The greatest risk to underground propane pipelines is damage caused during excavation. Even a minor impact with the pipeline could cause a dent or damage to its coating, resulting in a leak. Notify the District and other utilities before you dig by calling USA NORTH at 811/1-800-227-2600.
In addition, restricted access to main valves and meter set assemblies could result in severe consequences in the event of an emergency. Do not park vehicles near propane meters or pipelines that are not protected by barriers. Do not remove meter supports or place heavy items on top of meter set assemblies. Do not allow snow and ice to build up on or around meter set assemblies or meter sheds.
Please notify the District of propane meters that are vulnerable to vehicular damage or are in need of supports. Residents should also notify the District of any other potential hazards they notice.

4. HOW TO RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND TO A LEAK
Odor: Propane is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-toxic. An additive (Mercaptan) in the propane gives it a distinctive odor (similar to rotting eggs or sulfur).

Vegetation: Propane leaking from an underground pipeline can destroy vegetation by starving the roots of air and water. An unusual dry patch of vegetation, within an otherwise green area, could indicate a below ground leak.

Sound: A blowing or hissing sound could indicate the presence of a propane leak.

Fungus-like Growth: Propane leaks in valve boxes, manholes, etc. may develop a fungus-like growth that is white in color.

In the event of a suspected leak, do not light items such as matches or cigarettes, or use any device that may generate a spark such as electrical switches, telephones (cell and landline phones), doorbells, automobiles or other engines, etc. Extinguish all flames, evacuate the building to a safe distance, and turn off propane if feasible. To report a propane leak, call (209)258-4444, or after hours (209)296-8668 and inform appropriate qualified personnel of the situation and the location of the leak. Do not make the phone call from the area where the propane leak is present.

5. HOW TO GET ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For additional information, contact the District at (209)258-4444.

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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