October 2021
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KMPUD Board of Directors Election
Caldor Fire
Green Waste Container

Solid Waste & Recycling in Kirkwood
Winter Preparations

KMPUD Board of Directors Election

The Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District (KMPUD) Board of Directors Election will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. All registered voters in Kirkwood will receive a ballot in the mail. Ballots were mailed out on Monday, October 4. Whether you live on the Amador County or the Alpine County side of the Valley, ballots will be returned to the Alpine County Clerk via mail or at the ballot drop box located at the Alpine County Clerk's office at 99 Water Street in Markleeville, CA. Ballots that are returned by mail must be post marked on or before Election Day. Ballots received after Election Day with a valid post mark will be counted and added to the total. Voters can also vote in person at the Alpine County Clerk's Office on election day. Polls will be open on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 from 7:00am to 8:00pm. If you would like to register to vote, follow this link: Register to Vote
The deadline to register to vote in the KMPUD Board of Directors election is Friday, October 15.

Caldor Fire

The Caldor Fire Started on August 14th, 2021 near the community of Grizzly Flat in Eldorado County and has burned 221,775 acres, with 91% containment. The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation. As many of you have seen on social media posts, the fire is still actively burning in the Caples Creek drainage area near Kirkwood. We expect the fire to continue to burn until we see significant rain or snow. Along Highway 88 fire crews are still in the area working to put out smoldering stumps and logs where possible. Helicopter support is still present utilizing water drops and fire retardant in the wilderness.

The Community's support for the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department (KVFD) during the ongoing Caldor Fire continues and has been amazing! To date, KVFD has received over $140,000 in donations. Thank you and we will let you know in the future how your generous donations will be used to support KVFD.

CALDOR FIRE INFORMATION:

Green Waste Container
ATTENTION HOMEOWNERS
ROADSIDE CHIPPING SERVICE SUPSENDED THIS SUMMER

Thank you for your proactive efforts in removing vegetation from your properties! This year, the Board approved providing green waste containers as an alternative to roadside chipping until equipment can be replaced or a contractor is secured. The District tried to hire a contractor for this summer but due to high demand throughout the region, none were available.

Homeowners have done a great job clearing their properties and three containers have already been filled and removed. Green waste containers will continue to be available at the District's Transfer Station on Loop Road. Please only dispose of green waste in these bins and do not leave piles at the transfer station.

The Green Waste container is for yard waste only for the following items:

  • Garden Trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Plants (remove any dirt from around the plant)
  • Small Wood Scraps
  • Tree Limbs (less than 3-inches in diameter)
  • Branches
  • Shrubs
  • Willows

This container is not intended for non-vegetation items, contactor use or for residents who are not solid waste customers of the District. If you have questions, please call the District at (209)258-4444.

Solid Waste & Recycling in Kirkwood

Recently, District Staff has seen excessive debris, paint, and other prohibited items dumped at the KMPUD Transfer Station located on Loop Road. The District would like to remind you that items listed below are prohibited from being discarded at the KMPUD Transfer Station and must be taken to an appropriate facility outside of Kirkwood. Dumping of prohibited items at the KMPUD Transfer Station creates more work for District Staff and increased costs for pick-up and disposal which could translate to increased Solid Waste fees for District customers.  Please ensure that you're not disposing of any of the prohibited items listed below at the KMPUD Transfer Station.

KMPUD Transfer Station Prohibited Items:

  • Paint
  • Highly Flammable or Explosive Waste
  • Raw Sewage
  • Radioactive Waste
  • Infectious or Contagious Material
  • Dead Animals
  • Car and Truck Batteries
  • Household Appliances (e.g. refrigerators, washers and dryers, dishwashers)
  • Heavy Metal Items (e.g. auto parts)
  • Tires
  • Tree Stumps and Logs
  • Carpet or Floor Coverings
  • Debris generated from construction, demolition, remodeling, or repair projects. (e.g. lumber, concrete, bricks, cinder blocks,

If you have a Contractor performing work at your property, the Contractor is required, at its expense, to provide a dumpster at the work site to collect solid waste generated from the work and to make arrangements for the disposal at a landfill or transfer station located outside of Kirkwood. Please also remember that outside of the dumpsters located at your HOA, the only place Kirkwood Homeowners are permitted to dispose of solid waste is at the KMPUD Transfer Station located on Loop Road.

Orange bags for disposing of your recyclables are provided by ACES Waste Services and can be picked up at the District office, located on Loop Road, Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. Place all of your recyclables in these Orange Bags then dispose with your regular garbage. The Orange Bags are then sorted out at the ACES Waste Services facility in Ione, CA and sent to a large recycling center.

Acceptable Recyclables

  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Aluminum & Tin Cans
  • Glass Jars & Bottles
  • Plastic Bottles & Containers
  • Gift Wrap

Unacceptable Items

  • Broken Windows & Mirrors
  • Styrofoam Food Waste
  • Waxed Cardboard
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Single Use Plastics (plastic bags, straws, plastic wrap, food packaging)

If you have questions or concerns, call the District office at (209) 258-4444.

Winter Preparations

Fall is in the air and now is the time to get your house ready for winter before the snow flies.   Please note that all driveway snow removal contracts are now incorporated into your HOA's snow removal contract. As you have in the past, you will still be able manage snow removal and let the District know when your Kirkwood home is occupied through your account on kmpud.com. Below are some other important items which may need to be on you winter prep check list.

  • Know where your water shut-off is and ensure that it is accessible.
  • Give your heating system a test run so you know it will work properly when you need it.
  • Replace the filter on your furnace.
  • Make sure chimneys and fireplaces are cleaned.
  • Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Buy an extra snow shovel and put it in an accessible place.

KMPUD Board of Directors: Eric Richert - President; Bob Epstein - Vice President; Peter Dornbrook - Secretary; Bertrand Perroud - Assistant Secretary; John Schroeder - Treasurer
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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