Manager’s Monthly Report March 2017

Manager’s Monthly Report

Ron Fussell our operations manager has presented this report of the operations and project updates for March 2017.
The crew responded to 18 service calls, 5 were markings and the others were turn offs, turn on calls, inspect customer shut off valves and meter re-reads. There were 21 private leaks identified by AMR. All of the leaks have been repaired or turned off. The crew has been flushing the blow offs (dead ends) and doing meter maintenance. Shelbie had 13 stock transfers in March.

During the month of March we purchased 651,508 gallons of water from CLAWA and our wells produced 1,088,369 gallons. During the month of February we purchased 474,232 gallons of water from CLAWA and our wells produced 841,393 gallons.

The total precipitation for the month of March was 1.43”.

Tank Site Update
James Owens of NV-5 has been approved to proceed with Phase 2 of the Fox Farm Tank construction project and will be meeting with Ron on May 31, 2017 with a progress report and hopefully an anticipated date for groundbreaking.
On April 25, 2017 we received written communication from James Owens that NV-5 will commence activities regarding the structural design of the tank foundations, contacting CLAWA for coordinating the interconnection modifications, land surveying of streets surrounding the tank site and completing an application for a conditional use permit for the Fox Farm site.

Update on Aqua Sierra and the SCADA System
The SCADA System is now working better and is almost bug free. Aqua Sierra has been approved to install flow switches and flow meters on both booster pumps. This will safeguard the booster pumps and also tie in with SCADA enabling us to view the booster pump flow remotely.

Update on Road Maintenance and Repairs
The Sunderland Court repaving project is complete and looks good. The Board has also brought in Engineering and Geological consultants, Ralph Wagner and Mike Broker to assess several road stabilization sites. The Board has approved these experts to submit written reports, reviews and recommendations for the structural repairs needed on approximately 6 sites in an effort to avoid future road failures.

Upcoming Annual Shareholders Meeting
The Annual Shareholders meeting and election will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at 10AM at the Lake Arrowhead Presbyterian Church on Hwy 173. We encourage all shareholders to submit their completed ballots by mail well before the May 20th meeting date unless they plan to attend and vote in person. The Board looks forward to having a comprehensive and informative shareholders meeting and we are very much looking forward to the opportunity to announce all of our past years accomplishments as well as our anticipated upcoming projects and service improvements.

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.