Weekend Fire Danger

Posted: 9/1/2017 6:45pm


To the community of Chemeketa Park,

Over the next few days we will be facing extreme temperatures in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In addition to all of the current extreme heat safety advisories. We must not forget the increase in FIRE DANGER. Currently: EXTREME. The news has been reporting on the many fires in the western United States. Additionally, “The National Weather Service” has issued Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches for many parts of the Bay Area including the Santa Cruz Mountains.

While you are there. Check out CAL FIRE’s website. There is tons of great information on Fire Safety, Defensible Space, Preparation and Fire Evacuation! 

The Santa Cruz Mountains has had several fires of note over the last few years. Now is the time for added vigilance by continued and diligent fire safety practices and reporting

Be Prepared, Be Aware and Be Fire Safe over this Holiday weekend.


Special Notice to Chemeketa Park Residents Regarding Road Work

Posted: 5/4/2017 4:10pm


(UPDATE: Road work has been moved back one week to being on May 15th)

Road repairs are scheduled to begin on May 15th in the Park.  Repairs will begin on Comanche Trail at Nez Perce (the north end).  The road will most likely be closed between 7:30 am - 5:00 pm each day. It is not clear yet if the road will be accessible after the work each day.  We will keep residents updated and informed via the website, so please check back. Estimated time for repair is five days.

Road repairs on Comanche at Delaware are scheduled to begin on May 22nd. Estimated time for this repair is at least a week.  The two other road projects are scheduled sometime after these first two repairs are completed (grate at Asininiboine,  and Walla Walla).

Please drive slowly and be aware of the workers helping to rebuild our roads.  Thank you for your patience.


Notice of the annual general meeting - June 4th, 2017

Posted: 5/4/2017 3:18pm


NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING with proposed bylaw changes to be held on June 4, 2017

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Chemeketa Park Mutual Water Company will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Clubhouse.  Members must be in good standing either to vote or to assign a proxy.  Signed proxies may be presented to the Board Secretary at the meeting or beforehand.

Bylaws may be repealed or amended only by the Membership at a General Meeting.  This year, the Board of Directors has two changes to consider at the annual meeting.

A community member proposed changing to the bylaws to remove Section 2.6.3.  The Board does not recommend making this change, but agreed to present the request to the membership for consideration.

Section 2.6.3  Any Member who has reached the age of 62 years and who resides in his or her qualifying dwelling shall be entitled to a 10% reduction on all regular monthly assessments levied by the Corporation.

The financial impact of this change would be additional revenue of $5,342 for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  This is a revenue increase of 1.8%.

The Board recommends changing Section 5.1.5, which describes road projects that require prior approval by the Board of Directors.  It was pointed out that this section requires approval only for the specific activities listed, which are installing a pipe, drain or conduit.  The Board recommends adding sub-section, such that approval shall be required for all maintenance and improvement projects.

Section 5.1.5  Approval required.

  •  No person or agency, whether public or private, shall construct or install any pipe, drain or conduit along, under or across any roadway or make any excavation or cut therein for such purpose without first obtaining permission to do so from the Board by mail, email or by appearance at a regular monthly Board meeting. 
  •  Approval shall be subject to agreement between applicant and Board as to methods and procedures to be employed.  The Board shall provide guidelines for performance of such work.
  •  The provisions of this paragraph shall apply to all public utilities, including any company providing electricity, gas, data or telephone service.
  •  No person or agency shall perform road maintenance or road improvement work without first obtaining permission to do so from the Board of Directors.


2017-05-01 Annual Meeting Notice.pdf


Special Notice to Chemeketa Park Residents

Posted: 10/22/2016 10:15pm


Starting sometime after October 23, 2016 and ending before November 9, 2016, there will be tree and brush clearing along Ogallala Warpath, Comanche Trail, and potentially other streets in Chemeketa Park.

Chemeketa Park has been awarded a grant from PG&E for defensible space and evacuation route clearing of brush and trees that will assist emergency crews to enter the park and for us to exit the park in the case of a fire emergency. The goal is a minimum 12. roadway width and 14. overhead clearance for all streets.

All residents are asked to help in these fire safety efforts by trimming shrub areas along your roadsides and throughout the community. An area for excess shrub material will be provided at the Clubhouse during this time. Please haul debris safely to the Clubhouse area for chipping.

Please be advised that during this time, your normal routes of travel in and out of the park may be blocked and your travels delayed. Please be patient and plan ahead.

Let.s pull together and make our community safer!


Santa Clara FireSafe Council Press Release

Posted: 6/28/2016 11:27am


June 27, 2016
For immediate release

Santa Clara County FireSafe Council is about to start work on a CALFIRE funded wildfire prevention project to create a fuel break along Highway 17 near Redwood Estates.

The vehicle fire on Monday that escaped into the forested slopes below dozens of homes was exactly the scenario that residents in the area and firefighters feared.

In 2014, Redwood Estates homeowners wrote to Caltrans and CALFIRE to raise concerns about the fire hazard along the highway due to many dead trees that have been accumulating on the hillsides, as well as frequent car fires.

Since then, the FireSafe Council has been working with CAL FIRE to fund and develop the project, coordinating with Caltrans, the California Conservation Corps, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Santa Clara County Parks, Redwood Estates Services Association, and others.

The project will create a fuel break by removing combustible vegetation above the southbound side of the highway, such as invasive broom as well as over 100 dead trees.  

In April, the FireSafe Council was awarded a $99,000 grant from the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund. Work will start in July.

The grant funds are to help residents who live near the highway between Bear Creek Road and Summit Road with their fuel reduction work. The FireSafe Council will coordinate Caltrans to do dead tree and brush removal in the highway right-of-way below the homes.

"This project is needed to address significant tree mortality due to bark beetles, sudden oak death, and drought stress. We look forward to working with the FireSafe Council and our partners in Caltrans and the CCC to help mitigate the risks of wildfire in this very vulnerable area," said CAL FIRE Unit Forester Ed Orre.

"It is urgent we get started," said FireSafe Council Programs Manager Patty Ciesla. "So much attention is going to the Sierras where pines are dying in huge numbers but we are also vulnerable here. We are all worried about dead trees locally and this fire has our attention. Our Lexington Hills area manager had to evacuate her home in Redwood Estates, which was only a short distance from the flames," Ciesla said.

Advocating on behalf of the grant to fund the project were several legislators including state Senator Jim Beall, whose district includes Redwood Estates.

"The FireSafe Council.s project will be a big step toward preventing a potential catastrophic wildfire that could destroy homes and wildlife," Beall said. "I am glad that I could play a role in urging CAL FIRE to approve the grant funds for our area."

An informational workshop will be hosted by Senator Beall on July 26th in Redwood Estates. Project information will be available at  For more information, contact Patty Ciesla, Programs Manager, at 408-354-7279 or


Santa Clara FireSafe Council Press Release 06-27-16.pdf


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