Fuel Breaks, Healthcare, and Wastewater, Oh My!
Here’s an overview of some upcoming community meetings:
Clearing Cutting On County Roads 17 & 4 Planned
If you live off Mountain View Drive – also known as County Road 17 (CR17) – you’ve probably heard the hub-bub over the “Fuel Break Project 2014,” concerning the clear cutting of trees along the road. The project also includes a portion of County Road 4, more commonly known as the “road out to Turquoise Lake.”
There is a meeting scheduled to discuss the details and answer questions regarding the project slated to begin mid-August, on Tuesday, June 17 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in Room 401 at the Colorado Mountain College, Climax Molybdenum building. Here is an overview of the plan:
The Colorado State Forest Service has written a grant on behalf of Lake County for a Fuel Break Project, commencing August 18, along CR 17 at the north end of Leadville, running east/west for three miles, and also includes CR 4 south of CR 17 east/west for one mile [time permitting]. During that time, Lake County Road and Bridge will assist cutting crews from Xcel Energy and Colorado Correctional Industries to handle road closures and slash removal.
Leadville/Lake County residents will be afforded the opportunity to obtain firewood by permit [Free]. Details on the firewood acquisition for residents will be available at a later date. The fuel break will cut only lodge poles pines and NOT aspen trees for a maximum 50 feet from the center line along CR17.
The following questions and answers were provided by the Lake County Office of Emergency Management’s Public Information Officer Susan Matthews.
- Who is conducting the Project?
o Xcel Energy under power lines, work being completed by Asplundh.
o County Road and Bridge, in-kind work to remove slash.
o Juniper Crew from Colorado Correctional Trail Crews.
- What is the Project for?
o Fire Mitigation, creating a fuel break either side of CR 17 and CR 4 by removing lodge pole pines, but NOT aspen trees
o Slash from the tree cutting operation will be removed, and the trunks of trees will be available without charge to residents, however, permit will be necessary to haul away
- Where is the Project area?
o Within CR 17 right-of-way (ROW) defined as 100’, or approximately 50’ from center of the road, CR 4 ROW defined as 80’, or approximately 40’ from center of the road. Current survey is underway, with temporary stakes marking the property lines (not the cut lines) placed until the final survey is complete, anticipated several weeks out. Final survey results may require slight movement of temporary stakes based on exact location of private property lines.
o Trees will not be removed from private property
- When is the Project scheduled to commence?
o August 18 is the start date, with anticipated completion in three weeks hence. CR 4 will also be finished if the time-frame allows, weather and conditions prevailing.
- How is the Project being conducted?
o State Fire Assistance Grant, written and obtained by the Colorado State Forest Service
o Lake County Road and Bridge, as in-kind match to the grant
o Xcel Energy covering the cost of removal of trees under power lines
- Why is the Project being conducted? Who will benefit?
o HELP SAVE LIVES: Residents, Fire Fighters and First Responders
o Help to reduce the spread of wildfires to assist all homeowners’ safety
o Increased visibility for safer traffic flow on affected County Roads 17 and 4
o Greater sunshine to aid ice melt in winter
o Opportunities for residents to obtain FREE firewood for home heating
o Protect power lines
o Help protect approximately five square miles of the urban interface
REMINDER: A presentation followed by a question/answer time is planned for Tuesday, June 17, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in room 401 in the Climax building on the Colorado Mountain College campus. You are urged to email your written questions by Monday, June 16, to the Lake County Office of Emergency Management, CR17fuelsmitigation@gmail.com.
Next Hospital Meeting on Weds, June 18
St. Vincent Hospital (SVH) will be holding its next community meeting next Wednesday, June 18 from 7-9 p.m. in the Lake County Courtroom. The topic for this second community meeting will be Hospital Management.
The evening will begin with a presentation by Gail Findley from the Colorado Hospital Association about the challenges facing rural healthcare. Then the moderator will read written questions concerning hospital management which will be answered by Mike Mullins of Quorum and members of the hospital board and management team.
Time will be set aside at the end of the meeting for the audience to mingle with the speakers to ask follow up questions and engage in additional discussion. For questions concerning this meeting, please contact SVH Community Relations Manager Karen Rinehart at 719-486-7135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Hearing Regarding Septic Systems & More!
In a recent phone interview, Jackie Littlepage, Director of Environmental Health/Health Inspector with the Lake County Public Health Agency, explained that this hearing is – in short – a requirement of the state to come into compliance on the minimum requirement for all septic systems to be professionally engineered systems. This new regulation would apply to new builds and remodels only at this point.
To read up on what is being adopted, go to the county website: LINK. Or to have your voice heard, attend the meeting on Monday.