Ponderosa Community Club Association Manager Report
by Mary Cox
We welcome your suggestions and ideas for improvements. Our major activities are listed below.
The December 2013 Storm
- On December 17, a winter storm began which was centered in the Plain, Chiwawa, and Lake Wenatchee areas. The major impacts of the storm included more than 3 feet of snow, high winds, thousands of falling trees, power outages, phone outages, internet outages, and closed roads. The newspaper reported that this was the worst winter storm to ever hit the area. For two weeks, it was a constant struggle to keep our roads open, remove fallen trees, and deal with having no power. Specific damage in the Ponderosa follows:
- Most of the damage was caused by trees falling on power lines, homes and buildings, and automobiles.
- More than 30 homes had treetops or trees fall on the roof. The vast majority did not have serious damage, but some were heavily damaged.
- I drove around and looked for damage that could be seen from the roads. On December 27 and 28, I called members which had trees on a structure.
- I couldn’t contact some members because we didn’t have current phone numbers and/or email addresses. If you recently changed your phone or email, please be sure to update us by emailing email@example.com
- Hundreds of trees fell on member lots: thankfully, most did not hit homes.
- Power outages began December 17. Power was restored to the “lower Ponderosa” on December 21. Those along Camp 12 Road (upper Ponderosa) didn’t get power restored until December 24.
- Several additional power outages, lasting 6 hours or less, have occurred since then.
- Some power service lines to individual homes were taken down by falling trees, and the PUD is still working to restore power.
- If you do not have power, call the Chelan County PUD.
- Additional power outages could occur with each new winter storm. Be prepared by winterizing your home, and having a neighbor you can contact for help during an outage.
- Despite the power outages, the Ponderosa was able to continue to provide water to members via a emergency propane pumps which powered one well. Ken and Geno constantly monitored the reservoir levels and ran the pumps as needed.
- This was the first time we’d used the pumps in an actual emergency.
- Phone service (land lines) was out from approximately December 17 until December 28 for most members. If your landline phone is not working, report it to your phone company.
- Internet service was out for most members during power outages. It also went out from approximagely December 21 – December 28. However, some members still did not have internet on January 4. The PUD and internet companies were working on repairs.
- If your internet service is down, call your internet provider.
- Roads were mostly open, but closures occurred when trees fell across the roads. Trees fell across every road at some point during the two weeks.
- If they fell on the power lines, the PUD was called to remove them.
- Ken and Geno removed the trees not on power lines.
- Ken and Geno kept the roads plowed and repaired snowplowing equipment throughout the storm.
- Communications were difficult during the power and internet outages. Just keeping cell phones charged was challenging!
- Clean-up from fallen trees is going to be a big job this spring, for homeowners and for PCC greenbelts. At the next board meeting, clean up options will be discussed.
Water System Upgrade to New DOH Regulations and Fire Protection (details of dollar amounts and other specifics can be found in the Board Meeting Minutes and monthly financial reports.)
- Snow stakes are in place marking the water vaults. The fire hydrants are marked with flags.
- Please do not move the snow stakes – thank you.
- KRCI submitted “claims” for additional costs and additional days. The Board and RH2 are reviewing.
- For most of December, the roads have been frozen and are holding up pretty well. However, when the temperatures get above freezing, some soft spots occur. Please avoid soft spots because driving on them will make them worse. Please notify the office of soft spots. Thank you.
- Please obey the speed limit of 15 mph. It’s a safety issue for icy roads!
- Carry chains and use them when needed.
- Chelcie created the 2013 homeowner’s dues invoices (when we had power!) They will be mailed by January 11. The first half payment is due February 15 and the second half is due July 15.
- If you recently changed your phone or email, please be sure to update us with your February payment, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Year-end financial transactions and tax payments were completed.
- The December, 2012 Ponderosa financial reports will be available when all 2012 invoices and bank statements have been received. This usually occurs around the 20 th of the month.
Support to the Board of Directors and Committees
- Prepared for and attended the Board Meeting on December 8.
- Recruited volunteer members to count the ballots at the December 8 meeting.
- Updated Vern Little, Director of Operations, on a regular basis.