of the West
Forbes Wagon Creek Ranch is located on the western slope Colorado's Sangre De Cristo Mountains between 8,260/ft and 10,530/Ft. above sea
level. It is a gated, covenant protected, subdivision covering more than 17,000 acres in Costilla County. There are 404 ranch properties, which are 35 acres or larger in
SPECIAL ASSESSMENT NEEDED
The recent Spring Fire has left the ranch with many ongoing problems such as flash flooding causing extensive damaged to the roads. The US Forrest Service has informed us that these problems will be ongoing for 3 to 5 years until the vegetation has grown back thick enough to work as a barrier once again. It has also damaged the fence for 10 to 12 miles, we have had to rent heavy equipment and extra manpower to correct these problems.
The financial expense this fire has created will be ongoing for many years and though the Ranch is included in the Disaster Declaration for federal relief funds, at this time we do not know if or how much funding we will be receiving; and though our reserves are at 100% the cost of repairs could well exceed this amount. The board is asking for your consideration and vote towards a one-time special assessment amount of $200.00 to help see us through this difficult time. Be aware that this would be an additional assessment to your annual yearly assessment and if passed would be due in March 2019.
A ballot for your vote on this special assessment is being mailed. These ballots need to be returned as soon as possible as these ballots will be counted at the September 15, 2018 re-scheduled annual board meeting.
Finally, to our neighbors and friends who have been personally effected by this tragedy. Our hearts and prayers have been and continue to be with you during this difficult time.
Thank you for your consideration.
Wagon Creek Board of Directors
VIDEO OF FLASH FLOODING
AND DAMAGE REPAIR
A flash Flood heading to Cow Camp
Wayne digging out Vega Creek
PHOTOS OF FLASH FLOOD
Click the link Below
for a very good
Article about fighting
the Spring Fire
The Burned Area
The Burned Area Emergency Response Team is an interagency team that has been working on a survey of the burn area. This survey identifys the severity of the damage, potential for flash flooding and debris flow, and will provide a road map for recovery. The report has not yet been finalized, but these maps posted by the team on the InciWeb - Incident Information System give an idea of how much damage was done and the potential for further damage by flash flooding.
7/11 The fire on the west side of the pass has been declared controled and there will be no further update meetions held by the black team. The shelter at the Blanca Fort Garland Community Center closed on 7/12.
Future updates to this page will be limited to recovery information that comes available unless there is a change from the controled status on our side of the pass.
COUNTY ASSESSORS HOUSE
This is the report of house conditions prepared by the County Assessors Office. If you did not attend the notification meeting held last night 7/8, to recieve the photo of your house, you can email the county assessor to request the information. Include a copy of you ID in the email.
From Ben Doon, Costilla County Manager
I have some information for you about the ash/debris removal process and procedures. The attached Spring Fire Ash/Debris Guidance is essentially the memo and waiver from CDPHE addressing the issue. CDPHE has put modified procedures in place to deal with the potentially contaminated ash/debris instead of their normal regulations (Regulation No. 8, Part B) that deal with asbestos abatement. These modified procedures are extremely helpful compared to the usual process, though there are still regulated procedures that need to happen in order to properly deal with the ash/debris material. Please read the memo carefully and share with everyone as this information is very important. There are still ways this material needs to be handled and protocols that the people handling the debris need to follow. OSHA is now the organization that is calling the shots on how this material needs to be handled in terms of training and PPE. Please see the 3rd bullet on page 1 that speaks to that concern. I called OSHA today to understand their requirements, but I was only able to leave a message and they have not got back to me yet. As soon as I hear from OSHA about what they are requiring, I'll relay that info to you.
I am also attaching the Disposal Notification Form that CDPHE is requiring. Normal permitting requirements are being waived, but they will require this notification form.
However, I have also been told that if a home was built from 1990 to 2018 it is possible to do certain testing and submit certain documents to try and prove that no asbestos was contained in any of the building materials of the home and if that's the case, the ash/debris has the potential to be handled without following the guidelines in the CDPHE waiver memo.
A homeowner will need to work with an asbestos consultant to work through that process. I've attached a list of state approved asbestos consultant firms that can be hired to work with homeowners on this process.
Tips from the
At a meeting held on 7/19/2108, Michael Conway Commissioner of the State Division of Insurance had a few important tips.
Be sure to contact your Propane provider to request a check of your system!
To all of our customers that have homes in the Spring Creek fire area in Forbes Park and surrounding sub divisions.
The Monte Vista Coop would like to inform you that any propane tanks that have damage or suspected damages from the fire are not safe to use. We also would like to advise residents not to restart propane systems until a qualified service technician has performed a leak check. If you are a customer of the Monte Vista Coop, please call to get on our list to get your system check and/or tank set scheduled.
Call the petroleum department at 719-852-5181.
to see if it is necessary to even take action
or to let the forest recover on its own
There is a
Total Fire Ban
Do you want to change the hunting designation of your parcel? Please request a hunting authorization card and mark "hunting is permitted" or "hunting is not permitted", and mail it in!!
Change requests for the 2018 hunting season must be recieved by July 2, 2018 to be included on the 2018 hunting map. Cards recieved after July 2, 2018 will take effect in the 2019 hunting season.
To get a card, please contact the Manager at 719 379-2977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW PARKING AREA
AT THE 160 GATE
The roads committee has built a new parking area at the 160 gate (front gate) Anyone needing to park at the front gate please use this new parking area. Parking in the old parking area is not permitted.
The Trash Dumpster
is at the Summer location.
In the Fall, it will
return to the RR
Gate location for
easy access during
the snow season.
During the summer months, the Trash Dumpster is now located next to the vehicle storage lot. This dumpster is to be used for household trash only.
Signage has been posted listing items that should not be placed in the dumpster. The sign also provides information about the local trash transfer stations and recycling firms.
Motitoring of the dumpster for improper dumping using cameras will be enhanced in this location. Improper dumping can result in fines.
|Max & Helga Klepp||719 379-0100|
|Response Team Leaders|
|Kerri Gillespie||719 354-3423|
|Micheal Haney||760 486-0962|
|Ted Johnson||719 379-4032|
|David Ycedo||951 907-2123|
Colorado's emergency management website is a good source of information on Wildfires, Fire Bans flooding and other emergency situations.
Because of concern for security breach, the following procedure for the use of lock boxes was adopted by the board on 8-2-2013:
All lock boxes used by FWCR Owners must have the NAME and LOT NUMBER of the owner clearly written on them. FWCR Owners must let the management know per phone call (719-379-2977) or email (email@example.com) when the lock box is put up at the gate. The maximum time to leave your lock box at the gate is 2 weeks. Unauthorized lock boxes will be removed. Contractors are not allowed to use lock boxes.
The Slash pile site for 2018 will be at 289 Borman Dr from Kline down Borman. Signs showing the boundary for piles will be posted once spring thaw permits access to the location.
Please stack piles 8 feet wide and 8 feet high before adding to the length of the pile. This reduces the length of the pile and aids in the fall/winter burning. NO construction materials, stumps, or logs thicker than 8 inches are allowed.
1. New Cabin or Home constructed on property
2. Physical Modifications to any property:
•Tool and Storage Sheds.
•Installation of: Solar Panels, Wind Generators, Non-Portable Electrical Generators, and Power Poles.
3. Exterior Modifications to an existing Structure or Residence:
•Architectural Additions: Porches, Decks, Garages, storage or any deviation to a previously approved construction project.
Maps to find your way
Use the following link to view a google map of the area and to download a map of Forbes Wagon Creek Ranch
ANNUAL MEETING RESCHEDULED
due to the "Spring Fire"
Annual Meeting - Saturday SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM, Rodeway Inn, Route 160, Alamosa
Board Meeting - Saturday August 18th, 2018 at 9:30 AM, at the Roadway Inn on Rt 160 in Alamosa.
Board Meeting - Saturday September 15th, 2018 at 9:30 AM, at the Roadway Inn on Rt 160 in Alamosa.
Owners who wish to attend the August board meeting using the GoToMeeting service should send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your name and lot number in the request. You will receive a reply by email with a login link for the meeting.
Attendees at last year’s Annual Meeting expressed interest in being able to order apparel with the Wagon Creek Ranch logo.
Tayco Screen Printing & Embroidery located in Colorado Springs has set up the logo and is now on file. The logo shown is similar to the logo that was on the shirts provided by the Shaefer's over the many years they were at the ranch. I scanned this from a black tee shirt to give you an idea of how the logo will look. (Please ignore the quality of the scan) The color of the text can be changed based on the color of the item.
For those who are interested in purchasing shirts, jackets, caps, etc. with a Wagon Creek Ranch logo, you may go to http://www.sanmar.com/ and review all the products on which they can embroider a logo. (There are 100’s). Once you see something you like please send an email to Allison at email@example.com to get a price quote and to place an order. Reference Wagon Creek Ranch.
As we have more time we may establish a few products that we can order in quantity so we can get discounted pricing.
If you have any thoughts please let me know.
The Rio Grande Scenic RR Concert Trains will be running again this summer. Check out the entire schedule at;
Winter Access information is on the Roads Committtee Page. Wagon Creek roads are not plowed. Primary access during the winter is by snowmobiles and tracked vehicles.
Not only do you have to plan for travel within Wagon Creek, but don't forget the trip here. Use this link to check road conditions on the CDOT website. There are status reports, cameras, construction warnings and travel alerts for the highways throughout the state
Trinchera Water, you may call 719 379-3263 for service.
Weber Water in Walsenburg will be entering the water delivery busines after June 15, 2018. Weber may be contacted at 719-738-2400, or cell 719-989-0387.
For those with the capability of hauling water for themselves, you may purchase water from the Fort Garland Water District. Call them at 719-379-2660 to make arrangements.
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