Manager’s Monthly Report January 2017

Manager’s Monthly Report

Ron Fussell our operations manager has presented this report of the operations and project updates for January 2017.
The crew responded to 12 service calls, 2 were markings and the others were turn offs, turn on calls, inspect customer shut off valves and meter re-reads. There were 19 private leaks identified by AMR. All of the leaks have been repaired or turned off. The crew has been sweeping up cinders between storms to keep the roads safe. We will be reading water meters weekly during the winter months most likely we will return to our bi-weekly reading schedule this Spring. Shelbie had 9 stock transfers in January.
Updating the equipment, the Chevy has been repaired and the small plow has been installed on it. We are waiting to have the body leveling kit installed. The cinder truck will get the plow attachment assembly installed and the Dump Truck has had the 2” Ram replaced. Currently we have 4 vehicles available to plow snow and once the cinder truck is equipped with the plow assembly we will have 5 vehicles.

During the month of January we purchased 1,302,268 gallons of water from CLAWA and our wells produced 805,340 gallons. During the month of December we purchased 861,920 gallons of water from CLAWA and our well produced 700,097 gallons.

The total precipitation for the month of January was 19.5”.

Variable Frequency Drive
The Variable Frequency Drive will be delivered on Wednesday February 22nd and the electrician will be preparing for the installation of the VFD. Aqua Sierra will send their staff to be here Monday February 27th through Friday March 3rd to assist in the installation, programming and training for the AVMSC staff. Harich Co, WT Electic and Preferred Pump Inc., the manufacturer of the VFD will also be here to assist in the installation and programming of the VFD. Our booster pumps will be shut down for the period from 2/27 – 3/3 to allow for the installation and programming of the VFD so we will be on CLAWA water for that one week period. The VFD will allow us to reduce our Edison costs, better regulate the flow into our holding tank and out to our Sycamore tank and extend the lifespan of our booster pumps.

AVMSC 5 Year Proposed Estimated Budget
Our Treasurer, Priscilla Williams has compiled an estimated proposed 5 year planning budget for AVMSC. She will be discussing this budget at the Annual Shareholders Meeting in May. AVMSC continues to operate in solid and progressive financial shape. We always operate within our budgetary limits and we are continuing to increase our overall reserves while we upgrade and improve our plant, equipment and expand our services to the community. Priscilla will outline and elaborate on all of our planned and proposed projects at the Annual Shareholders Meeting in May so we encourage all shareholders to attend the shareholders meeting and become active in the exciting developments, projects and improvements that your Board of Directors and the AVMSC staff have planned for the coming years.

Update on the Recycling Program
First, the Recycle Bins outside the AVMSC yard will be removed as of March 6, 2017. Please note that any recyclables need to be put into the Blue Recycle barrels and they will usually be picked up on Tuesday’s. However, if there is a holiday or a snow day the pick up date will be Wednesday. During snow day events it is best to call the office at (909) 337-4259 as both trash and recycle pickup may be delayed for more than one day depending on weather conditions.

We recently had a meeting with Henry Herrera, a Cal-Fire Forester 1 regarding brush clearing, fuel reduction and chipping services provided by Cal-Fire and the Fire Safe Council. The State has recently freed up some money for Cal-Fire to provide these services in fire prone mountain areas. Laura Dyberg is the administrator for our local Fire Safe Council and Henry provided access phone numbers for Cal-Fire, The Fire Safe Council as well as contact numbers for other agencies such as Edison and San Bernardino County agencies. Henry also provided brochures and written materials on identifying bark beetle infestations and agencies and programs to help with diseased and hazardous tree removal. Shelbie has the brochures and materials available to all shareholders at the front desk in the office. We hope to have Laura Dyberg make sure that Arrowhead Villas is put on the list to receive the Cal-Fire and the Fire Safe Council services for brush clearing, fuel reduction and chipping beginning in Spring and Summer. We encourage all residents to contact these agencies if they are concerned about diseased or hazardous trees in the community.

Ron has commended both the staff and the residents for their diligent efforts toward water conservation which has exceeded the Governor’s 25% reduction rate. He would like to encourage our shareholders, renters and visitors to continue in their conservation efforts. In the coming months Ron and the staff will offer the residents new opportunities for further water conservation.

Over the past several months the mountain and the Villas has received an exceptional amount of precipitation. In January 2017 alone we received 19.5 inches of precipitation. We are very grateful for the rain and snow that we have received, however, on February 8, 2017 the State Water Resources Control Board issued a memo extending Southern California’s Water Conservation Regulations and Prohibitions against wasting water.
Although we have had one wet winter season so far and this has helped to ease the drought effects the State anticipates that our drought conditions, especially in Southern California, will return and may last for many years.
Recently the office has received numerous calls and questions about lifting our current building moratorium. We have no plans to lift our building moratorium anytime within the foreseeable future as water availability is only one of the factors influencing our need for a building moratorium. Our problems with inadequate off-street parking, access for emergency vehicles and the difficulty for our snow plow operators to find places to safely push the snow are all results of past over-development in the Villas. Also, our current full time residency is approximately 40% – 50% but if that were to expand to potentially 80% – 90% we would not have the water or the facilities to supply our community. So the moratorium will not be going away and we request that people not call the office regarding this issue going away.

The company encourages shareholders, vacationers, visitors and renters to continue to visit the different areas of this website for good information such as the By-Laws, Company Mission Statement, Calendar of Events, some rules and regulations, the Annual Water Quality Report and a list of phone numbers for associate local agencies including LACSD, the Sheriff’s Dept., Fire Dept., Animal Control, Building and Safety and the Edison Company. The office can be contacted at or by phone at 337-4259.