November 2020
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Kirkwood Goes Live - 6th Anniversary!
Why Is There A Berm Of Snow In Front of My Garage?
Winter Storms and Parking Advisory
Renewable Electricity and Propane Offset Program
Ash Disposal

Kirkwood Goes Live - 6th Anniversary!

November 1, 2020 marks the sixth anniversary of the District connecting to the electric power grid and turning off the diesel generators at the Powerhouse. The 5-megawatt Powerhouse generators remain on standby if the Out Valley electric line experiences an interruption, which has occurred on several occasions throughout the past year due to PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The District still holds a perfect record of no power interruptions during lift operations since connection to the grid.

More than a decade of effort from key members of the Kirkwood Community and District Staff, followed by two years of construction has afforded Kirkwood a reliable source of electricity. The vision of a connected Kirkwood began in the early 2000's and became a reality on November 1, 2014. Thankyou to all who worked so hard to bring electricity to Kirkwood, with a special thankyou to past and present Board Members who would not rest until the vision of a connected Kirkwood became a reality.

Pictured below, current and previous KMPUD Board Members Bob Epstein, Peter Dornbrook, Bob Ende, and Eric Richert take part in the Out Valley Electric Line Groundbreaking Ceremony, July 2013.

Why Is There A Berm Of Snow In Front Of My Garage?

If you have a driveway in Kirkwood and contract for snow removal services from the District, you might be wondering why there is a berm of snow left in front of your garage door after snow removal operations are complete. Snow removal operations are dangerous and can potentially cause property damage if not performed with care. Inevitably, over the years, accidental property damage has occurred during snow removal operations, costing the District a substantial amount in insurance claims. In an effort to reduce property damage, it is the policy of the District to train snow removal operators to remain a safe distance from your house and garage door. As stated in your private driveway snow removal contract, "The District will attempt to maintain necessary distances, as determined by District personnel, from structures and snow stakes for the safety of operators, equipment, and to avoid possible damage to private property." Depending on the snow load in your driveway, keeping this safe distance can result in a berm of snow left in front of your garage door. If you need help removing the snow berm, and would like to hire someone to hand shovel, please follow this LINK to the Kirkwood Service Providers list on the District website.

Winter Storms and Parking Advisory

As we move into the 2020-21 winter season, the District wants to remind everyone about snow removal operations and guidelines for parking your car.

What can I expect in a severe storm?
Kirkwood can experience severe storms where the rate of snowfall exceeds the ability of District equipment and Staff to remove it. During these extreme conditions, Snow Removal Operators will implement emergency plowing and use all available equipment and Staff to help clear the roadways to maintain at least one lane width of emergency access. After roads are clear Staff will begin to focus on clearing occupied residences. During severe storm events it is imperative that you mark your vehicle with orange snow stakes as vehicles can become completely buried and invisible overnight. Snow stakes are for sale at the District for $10 each, while supplies last; call the District office at (209)258-4444 to arrange purchase. Please refer to the Winter Parking Advisory information below for a complete guide on how to park your car during and after a storm.

Winter Parking Advisory
* Avoid parking on the street, park in your driveway or paved parking pads. If you MUST park on the street overnight because there is no space for you in your driveway or on a parking pad, plan on moving your vehicle as soon as possible the following morning.
* If you MUST park on the street during a storm, stake the four corners of your vehicle with orange snow stakes (for sale at the District office); these will be easiest for operators to see in the dark in a blizzard
* When you park on a paved parking pad, be sure to pull in so that your entire vehicle is past the snow stake line. This is an imaginary line passing between the snow stakes that District Staff has placed on the sided of your street to guide the snow removal operators.
* Please dig out your vehicle and move it within 24-hours after a storm so that the operators can clear your driveway and the parking pads.

Snow Removal Equipment
Snow Removal Equipment is dangerous, please stay away! Remember that operators can't always see you, your children, your pets, or your vehicles, so please do not approach equipment or block an operator with your vehicle. If you need to communicate with an operator or have questions or concerns, the only safe, appropriate way to communicate with an operator is to call the District office at (209)258-4444. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. If calling after hours, leave a message an our customer service staff will return your call and address your concern as soon as possible.

Renewable Electricity and Propane Offset Program

Thank you to everyone that participated in the District's Renewable Electricity and Propane Offset Program this year! You have ensured from September 2019 through September 2020 that 100% of the electricity you used came from renewable sources and 100% of the carbon emissions generated from your propane use was offset. This was achieved through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for electricity use and the purchase of Carbon Offsets for propane use. RECs are purchased from suppliers of renewable energy, such as wind and solar farms, each credit representing renewable energy production. Similarly, the purchase of Propane Offsets pay for carbon reducing projects in California equal to the emissions generated from combustion of propane. The propane offset project you are supporting is the McCloud River Improved Forest Management Project, located 20 miles southeast of Mount Shasta. Through conservation-based management of commercial timberlands, this project creates a return on investment through sustainable forest management and increases the total carbon stores and timber stocking on the site over time. Other benefits such as protection of local water quality and habitat protection for sensitive species are achieved while timber is extracted to support the local economy. This project is approximately 9,000 acres and is the largest working conservation easement west of the Rockies, ensuring 15 square miles of forest and 8 miles of the famous McCloud River will be forested and productive in perpetuity. Click HERE to learn more about carbon offsets and the McCloud River Improved Forest Management Project. If you would like more information about the District's Renewable Electricity and Propane Offset Program, click HERE or call the District office at (209)258-4444

Ash Disposal

If you have woodstove ashes to dispose of please use the District's dumpster labeled "Hot Ashes Only" located at the KMPUD Transfer Station on Loop Road. Be fire safe and never assume ashes are out as embers can remain hot and flammable for a very long time. Always place hot ashes in the designated dumpster for disposal and NOT with regular garbage. In 2015 the ACES garbage truck that serves Kirkwood caught on fire, possibly due to ashes mixed with regular garbage. Fortunately, KVFD was able to extinguish the fire and there were no injuries and the truck drove away with only minor damage. That incident serves as a reminder that ashes can remain hot and flammable for a very long time and must be kept separate from regular garbage. If you have any questions, please call the District at (209)258-4444.


KMPUD Board of Directors:
Eric Richert - President; Bob Epstein - Vice President
Standish O'Grady - Treasurer; Peter Dornbrook - Secretary; Bertrand Perroud - Assistant Secretary
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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