PMA Board Meeting

The Pinebrook Master Association Board Meeting is scheduled for November 11th at the Gorgoza Water Company Building. Due to a full agenda and time constraints, discussion on trails and parking passes will not be possible. If you wish to discuss these matters please make time for the scheduled Pinebrook Trails Zoom meeting scheduled for November 18th at 7:00 p.m.,

REDUCE YOUR WATER USE

It’s no mystery that Utah is in extreme drought and experiencing the hottest temperatures on record. Pinebrook is fortunate to be serviced by Gorgoza Mutual Water Company, which is arguably one of the best water distribution systems in the State of Utah. While their system is exceptional, it is ultimately up to the shareholders to use their water wisely:

  1. Reduce your usage inside and outside your home: Water use triples between winter months and summer months, and the vast majority of that increase is simply to keep turf grass green. It’s ok if your grass browns a bit, and doing so will save a significant amount of water every month. Maintenance staff for the Ecker Hill Park and Pickleball Park (PHOA properties), have been instructed to cut water use to the point of browning this summer.
  2. Watering Schedule: Gorgoza is advising watering no more than three days a week: EVEN addresses Monday, Wednesday and Friday and ODD addresses Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. NO WATERING ON SUNDAY. Water only at night or early morning and never during the day. Gorgoza reserves the right to implement further mandatory restrictions as the summer progresses. Gorgoza is monitoring individual usage through their AMI system and shareholders will be notified of high usage and/or potential leaks. Fines may be issued for uncontrolled and excessive water use.
  3. Spring Water Sales: The purchaser has been notified that deliveries will be restricted. For those of you wondering about the quantity of spring water being delivered; the amount of water used by Gorgoza Water Company shareholders in 24 hours during the summer is approximately the same quantity of spring water delivered in two months. On an annual basis, spring water sales are only a fraction of the total production of Gorgoza’s system. However, the revenue generated is about seven times the class A shareholder rate and has funded infrastructure improvements for the past several year as well as the newly implemented AMI (Advanced Meter Infrastructure) System.
  4. WaterSmart: Please sign up for the WaterSmart app to monitor your water usage in real-time. It’s easy, free and has features that’ll help you detect leaks and reduce water usage which will also reduce your monthly water assessment. For more information and to sign up please follow this link: https://www.gorgozawater.com/watersmart/.

It’s going to be another long, hot summer so it is important that everyone does their part. Thank you for your cooperation!

Planned Control Burn of Slash Piles in Summit Park Open Space:

 

Public Notice-

Planned Control Burn of Slash Piles in Summit Park Open Space: 

Under the direction of the Summit County Fire Warden and Alpine Forestry, Basin Recreation has scheduled a control burn in Summit Park Open Space starting Monday, December 14 through Friday, December 18.  Burning operations strictly conform to all required county permitting, ideal weather conditions and air quality regulations to ensure public and resource safety. Piles will be burned promoting District forest health and fuel reduction goals.  The area will remain open during burning. Contact Jessica@basinrecreation.org with any questions.

Planned Control Burn of Slash Piles in Toll Canyon Open Space

Under the direction of the Summit County Fire Warden and Alpine Forestry, Basin Recreation has scheduled a control burn in Toll Canyon Open Space starting Wednesday, November 11 through Friday, November 13.  Burning operations strictly conform to all required county permitting, ideal weather conditions and air quality regulations to ensure safety. In total, one hundred sixty-six (166) slash piles will be burned, promoting forest health and fuel reduction goals.  The area will remain open during burning.

Fire Safety Update

The Pinebrook Fire Safety Committee (PFSC) has been very busy this year.  The PFSC’s accomplishments so far in 2020:

  • Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan finalized and filed with the state government
  • Firewise USA application filed to obtain Firewise certification for Pinebrook
  • Professional foresters presently working to create fire breaks and reduce fuel on ten acres of Pinebrook Master Association and Pinebrook Homeowners Association open space
  • Four fire safety volunteer days held to reduce fuel on Pinecrest Drive, Canyon Drive and Canyon Drive Court
  • One community-wide education event held
  • Evacuation planning and communication discussions with Summit County and local fire officials in progress

To learn more about the PFSC’s activities and plans, visit:  https://www.pinebrookmasterassn.org/fire-safety/

To join the fire safety email list and receive communications about the PFSC’s activities including its volunteer and education events, or to contact the committee with any questions or concerns, please email:  pinebrookfiresafety@gmail.com

Pinebrook Private Trails, Open Space and Parking Issues

The majority of the natural surface trails, parks, trailhead parking areas and open space in the Pinebrook development are private, for the exclusive use of Pinebrook Master Association (PMA) members.  We are experiencing an increase in the public (non PMA members) parking in our private parks and trailhead parking areas, and trespassing on our private trails and open space.  We believe that the increased use of our private trails by the public is due to: (1) information posted on the Internet and in smartphone apps that either classifies our private trails as public, or makes no distinction, leaving interpretation to the users – we request corrections whenever we identify these issues; (2) Park City area residents (non PMA members) who think they are allowed to use the trails because they have friends who are PMA memberswe have been educating these trail users that they are trespassing on private property unless they are accompanied by their resident friend; (3) the general increase in trail use during COVID-19 and recent parking restrictions that have been implemented in Summit Park and Sun Peak due to congestion at their trailheads; (4) the online posting and use of Pinebrook crags for rock climbing by non PMA members, and their creation of a renegade access trail from Canyon Drive; and (5) poor public access to Hunters Trail of Mid Mountain resulting in Pinebrook trails and parking being used by the public – Basin Recreation in partnership with the PMA Trails Committee are addressing this issue with trail realignments and new construction.

The PMA has volunteers posting flyers on vehicles parked in or adjacent to our trailheads and parks, and the volunteers are interacting with the trail users to help educate them.  The issuance of parking stickers to PMA members has been discussed, however, the PMA has not yet decided to implement this method, since Summit County allows parking along the shoulder of the road near our private trails.  The PMA plans to add additional signage that clarifies that all trails with a Pinebrook Master Association logo are private trails to which Summit County Ordinance 710 applies.

A Pool for Pinebrook

A committee has been formed to re-explore the viability of building a membership based non-profit pool club for Pinebrook Master Association members on land adjacent to the Pinebrook Park. Whether you previously placed a deposit to indicate your household’s serious interest in joining the pool, you are new to Pinebrook and want to learn more, or you would like to assist the committee with this initiative, please contact the committee at pool4pinebrook@gmail.com. Please look for additional information from the committee in the near future. 

Opportunity for HOA members to get assistance with weed control.

Dear Summit County Land Owner,

The Summit Cooperative Weed Management Area (Summit County CWMA) in cooperation with the Summit County, Park City, and Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District, have been awarded two competitive grants from the Utah State Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) to map and treat three class 1B state noxious weeds: diffuse knapweed, garlic mustard and yellow starthistle and two class 2 state noxious weeds: Russian knapweed and spotted knapweed.

Please help us contain the spread of these high priority invasive plants by participating in this area wide management effort. If you have any of these noxious weeds on your property and would like to have your property treated free of charge by licensed contractors, sign up via the link below and:

  • Sign and submit this consent form by May 31, 2020 to get on the schedule early. Submissions after May 31th will also be considered but may not be treated in the first rounds of treatments.
  • Please submit a separate consent for each lot you own. 
  • Learn how to identify these five noxious weeds both as a rosette and when in flower (see attached fact sheet).
  • Pull any flowering garlic mustard plants prior to free herbicide treatment of rosettes.
  • Monitor, pull, and bag or treat with herbicide any missed or newly germinated plants 2-3 weeks after treatment and throughout the growing season (May to November). Infested areas must be monitored for a period of 10 years to deplete the seed source.Please note: If garlic mustard and/or spotted knapweed are growing in ornamental or landscaped areas, you must control these yourself as the contractor will not treat these areas.
  • Educate and promote control of these weeds with neighbors and community groups;
  • Agree to allow a contractor to enter your property to treat these weed infestations using a selective herbicide free of charge;

Your personal information will not be shared.

For more information please visit

Summit County Weed Divison

**Special Note** Funding is limited and priority for treatment will be given first to open space and public properties, private properties adjacent or connected to open space and public properties by recreational or wild game trails. Once these properties are treated, treatment will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please also note, you are receiving this letter because your area has been designated as a high priority for control of these noxious weeds. Treatment of garlic mustard will occur spring to early summer and again in the fall of 2020. Knapweeds and yellow starthistle will be treated midsummer through fall of 2020.

A professional licensed weed contractor will be in your neighborhood this spring and fall to both map and treat these noxious weeds with the appropriate herbicide. If you wish to be notified with a more specific treatment timeframe, are a beekeeper or have an autoimmune condition, Please contact Sara Jo Dickens at jo@ecologybridge.com.

**In light of the current COVID 19 situation, contractors will not come to your door to check in, instead, we will post treatment areas weekly on our Facebook page (Summit CWMA UT). The contractors will use darker temporary blue dies to show where they have sprayed and place a neo-green lawn flag in your front yard.

FIRE SAFETY WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE PERFORMED DURING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 30TH IN UPPER PINEBROOK

Pinebrook Master Association and Pinebrook Homeowners Association have contracted with Summitt Forests of Ashland, Oregon to do fire prevention related work on two of our community owned properties.  Tree removal work will be performed on eight acres adjacent to upper Pinebrook Road and lower Canyon Drive (from Buckboard to Canyon Drive Court), and Oak Brush removal work will be performed on two acres between Canyon Drive and Hitching Post (adjacent to Dan’s Crest Trail).  The objectives of these projects are fuel reduction and creation of fire breaks.  Once started we expect that the larger project will be completed within 3-5 days and that the smaller project will be completed within 1-2 days.  If you have any questions about this work, please send an email to David Geffen at dgeffen.pinebrook@yahoo.com and Don Brownatdonb@utahskies.org.  Please be on the lookout for the work crews and please use caution when driving near these work areas or using the trails near these work areas when work is being performed.