Manager’s Monthly Report September 2017

Manager’s Monthly Report

Ron Fussell our operations manager has presented this report of the operations and project updates for September 2017.
The crew responded to 17 service calls, 7 were markings and the others were turn offs, turn on calls, inspect customer shut off valves. There were 12 private leaks identified by AMR. All of the leaks have been repaired or turned off. The crew is crack filling and doing meter maintenance and the crew has paved over 12 tons of asphalt in various locations. Chris has completed welding the loader chains. Shelbie had 12 stock transfers in September.

During the month of September we purchased 1,301,520 gallons of water from CLAWA and our wells produced 950,358 gallons. During the month of August we purchased 1,194,930 gallons of water from CLAWA and our wells produced 1,054,031 gallons.

The total precipitation for the month of September was 0.53”.

Tank Site Update
James Owens of NV-5 will be here on November 2, 2017 to review the drawings and specifications, and the approach on the bidding/selection of the tank manufacturer/erector and the general grading and piping contractor.

Well #3 Project
The VFD panel for Well #3 has been installed and Aqua Sierra along with Harich Enterprises and WT Electric have everything running in unison with SCADA. As an overview of our water acquisition and storage facilities we have completed work on the Treatment Plant and we have rehabilitated Well #3 and installed the VFD and have everything programmed by Aqua Sierra on the SCADA System. Within the next year we plan to have a new electrical panel installed on Well #5 and we will attempt to have Well #7 rehabilitated and reinstated and put back on-line. Within the next 18 months to two years we plan to have the Fox Farm tanks constructed, installed and on-line. Once this is complete all of our water resource assets will be complete and we will plan and budget for regular on-going maintenance for the overall water system.

Update on the Booster Pumps
Aqua Sierra has everything running properly with the booster pumps. Ron has done some cost estimates and so far the projections show that we are saving approximately 40% on our Edison costs as a result of the replacement of the booster pumps and the VFD to regulate water flow to the main tank on Sycamore.

Update on Road Maintenance and Repairs
The priority #2 road repair site at 561 Community has been paved over and stabilized with 5 tons of asphalt by our crew which should prevent any road failures until next year when a more permanent job can be completed similar to what we did at 503 West Victoria.

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.

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.