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Let’s Get Together and Help Each Other

A few months ago, we started a dialog about forming “PODs” in our neighborhoods to help each other out in the case of an emergency, large or small.  A POD, as we were thinking, would be a self-contained unit (a group of homes) with the function of being able to help each other out in case of an earthquake or evacuation. Here are some of the goals of creating PODs:

  • Share phone numbers and email addresses for communication purposes.
  • Draw a map of each POD and know your evacuation route.
  • Put names, phone numbers on the map and distribute to the POD members.
  • Share any special needs that a member may have (cannot drive, cannot walk, etc.).
  • Gather medications if cannot return to the house.
  • Pets that need to be cared for if cannot return to house.
  • Pets that need to be collected in case of evacuation.
  • Ability to help children in case they are at school and parents cannot get to them.

There have been a few PODs formed throughout the park, it turns out, and we would like to expand on this so that all members of our community are included and can be taken care of during an emergency.  We had our first group POD meeting last weekend. We call our POD “Lower Kiowa” and we have 11 homes.

We are looking for some people who would be willing to be POD Leaders. A leader would be the person to get things going, set up meetings, collect and share information, and just be a focal point for the small group. We have several members of the community who have volunteered so far, but we need more. If you are interested, even just a little, please reach out.  We can create this project to fit anyone and everyone.  Let’s brainstorm and find ways to be helpful so we all have a plan in the event of an emergency – large (earthquake or evacuation) or small (I can’t make it home to let my dog out, can you help?).

What do you think?  Are you in?  I think it’s a win-win without much fuss – we just need to share some information. When we get a list of people who are interested in helping, we will have a meeting and get this project going.  I’m super excited about it.  Please join us!  Contact: Dana Hartzell via email – danahartzell@verizon.net


5 Day Road Closure Comanche Trail near Assiniboine

Beginning Monday, June 25, Comanche Trail near Assiniboine will be closed from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm for approximately 5 days. If you live on Assiniboine, you will be able to get in and out via Comanche by going up the hill (no closures for you). If you use this section of Comanche as your travel path, you may want to travel the other direction for these few days. Comanche will be open each day after 5:00 p.m.

This repair will do a couple of things: improve the grade of the road so that cars and trucks do not scrape the road as they pass; and add a grate which will improve drainage for water coming down Comanche and Assiniboine. 

Our mail carrier and UPS have been notified. The Fire Department will also be notified. If you have deliveries scheduled during this road closure, please advise your carriers, mentioning they should go around that part of Comanche. The road repair contractors will work around the trash collection schedules. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. The road grade and the drainage will be much better when the work is complete. J

Thank you for your understanding and support of our community.

Chipping Program Update

There is a new Brush Chipping procedure, due to a series of difficulties with our past chipping program. The FireSafe Council has asked Chemeketa Park to try their new format.

Drive up & Drop Off

Location still the same.

Bring your material to be chipped to the playground. There will be a chipping crew waiting to chip your brush.

All of the previous guidelines are still in effect. The chipping crew won’t chip material that isn’t within the guide lines!

The Drive Up and Drop Off Chipping Program

This Saturday, April 21, 2018

8:00AM thru 3:00PM


CPMWC Planning and Budget meeting (2/17)

Capital Improvement Planning - there will be a special meeting to develop the plan for major expenses to both maintain and improve the water system, roads, and community in general. You are invited to list, understand, prioritize and set in motion the major projects around the park over the next five years.

Topics include water tank construction, water main system valve replacements, road drainage fixes, and more, much, much, more.

Join the board members and other interested community members on Saturday, February 17th at 1pm in the clubhouse to establish the priorities for park capital improvement projects.

Fire weather watch!

Santa Cruz Mountains is Fire Zone #512

Fire Weather Watch URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE from the National Weather Service San Francisco CA  921 AM PST Thu Dec 14 2017

Gusty northerly winds will combine with very low humidity values.  A dry system moving in from the north late on Friday will produce a combination of gusty winds and low humidity values. Due to these factors and the recent long stretch of warm and dry conditions, a very elevated fire weather risk can be expected particularly for higher elevation locations.

North Bay Mountains, East Bay Hills, and the Diablo Range, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Mountains and Los Padres National Forest, Mountains of San Benito County and Interior Monterey County including Pinnacles National Park- 921 AM PST Thu Dec 14 2017

FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY.

The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a Fire Weather Watch, which is in effect from Friday evening through Sunday morning. WIND...Northerly winds of 15 to 30 mph with local gusts over 50 mph. Strongest gusts will be over the North Bay Mountains and East Bay Hills. * HUMIDITY...Minimum humidity readings of 5 to 20% during the day. Nighttime maximum humidity readings of 10 to 30%. * IMPACTS...any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings.