Manager’s Monthly Report May 2017

Manager’s Monthly Report

Ron Fussell our operations manager has presented this report of the operations and project updates for May 2017.
The crew responded to 14 service calls, 5 were markings and the others were turn offs, turn on calls, inspect customer shut off valves. There were 6 private leaks identified by AMR. All of the leaks have been repaired or turned off. The crew has been exercising valves and doing meter maintenance. Also Chris is welding the loader chains in preparation for the winter snow season. A new diaphragm metering pump for chlorine injection has been installed by the crew and we are working on adjustments to meet the chlorine demand. On June 20, 2017 the Chevy was picked up with the new utility bed installed and the staff is very pleased. Now the crew will have both tolls and parts needed for repairs available on the truck and they won’t have to return to the shop every time they need a tool or part. Shelbie had 6 stock transfers in May.

During the month of May we purchased 409,530 gallons of water from CLAWA and our wells produced 1,270,475 gallons. During the month of April we purchased 418,431 gallons of water from CLAWA and our wells produced 1,152,559 gallons.

The total precipitation for the month of May was 2.5”.

Tank Site Update
James Owens of NV-5 has been approved to proceed with Phase 2 of the Fox Farm Tank construction. In this phase they have completed the foundation and structural design. The new pipeline configuration on Altamont and Sycamore to create a second pressure zone is 50% complete. The Conditional Use Permit is in progress and the community letters of support will be ready for distribution by the end of July. The Board hopes to have a face to face meeting with Mr. Owens by the end of July to ask questions and clarify the timelines.

Well #3 Project
On June 20, 2017 the AVMSC Board passed a motion to have Harich Enterprises rehabilitate Well #3 to reduce the amount of Iron going through the treatment plant and clogging the filtration system. The Well will be rehabilitated and re-piped and a sounding tube will be installed. It is also recommended that a VFD be installed to slow the Well pump down so that we can flow more than one well through the treatment plant at the same time. The VFD will also improve the pump efficiency thus reducing our Edison costs. This upgrade will be considered after the Well is rehabilitated and we will solicit bids for this installation separately.

Update on Road Maintenance and Repairs
Mike Broker of Independent Geotechnical consultants and Ralph Wagner have assessed several of our road issues. Ralph has submitted recommendations for 3 repair sites and Mike Broker has submitted recommendations for 3 additional repair sites. They were prioritized and the most critical has been identified and a RFP has been distributed to three contractors for bid proposals. The Board plans to have all bid proposals in before the July Board meeting and we plan to award a contract at that time for the project. Ron will also assess which projects can be completed in-house and our staff will complete as many of the smaller projects as possible before the Fall weather commences.

Green Waste and Bulk Item Pickup Reminder.
A reminder that the Green Waste Collection date is the last Thursday of the month from April through September. Bulk Item pick up is by appointment only. Please call the office at 337-4259 to schedule your bulk item pickup. Please check the website
AVMSC.COM for all program requirements and schedules.

Mountain residents have expressed concerns about the airplane noise and the FAA rerouting commercial airliners over Lake Arrowhead. A shareholder submitted a copy of the Mountain News article regarding the aircraft noise and the environmental chemical impacts affecting our mountain and reducing all of our property values. We will have Shelbie acquire the petition and we request both shareholders and residents come to our office and sign the petition.

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.