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!

Pinebrook Trails Update

If you live in one of the Pinebrook Master Association communities, you have hopefully received the latest trails newsletter in your mailbox.

Last year the Trails Preservation Subcommittee (TPS) of the Pinebrook Master Association (PMA) Trail Committee was formed in response to growing complaints from residents about the dramatic increase in use (and abuse) of Pinebrook’s private trails and private parking areas by hikers, dog walkers, and mountain bike riders who don’t live in Pinebrook and are not guests of Pinebrook residents. 

To read more, or if you did not receive the printed trails newsletter, here is a digital version.

Pinebrook Master Association Spring Clean-up.

Dumpsters and wood chipper will be provided by the Pinebrook Master Association and Pinebrook Homeowners Association again this year from Saturday, May 29th to Sunday, June 6th.

They will be in the usual location in the parking lot of the Pinebrook Park. In the past few years, use of the dumpsters has increasingly been abused by non-residents, landscape companies, after-hour dumping in the parking lot (not in the dumpsters), and dumping of toxic and hazardous materials. Crews may implement additional screening and security measures this year to help control and manage the cleanup efforts. Continued abuse could ultimately lead to discontinuation of this highly valued service. Please:

1.) Do not invite your friends in neighboring communities to use Pinebrook’s dumpsters.

2.) All disposed materials must be placed in the dumpsters and wood stacked in marked locations for chipping. Do not dump truckloads of debris in the parking lot for the crews to pick up and dispose of in the dumpsters.

3.) If you hire a landscape company to help with spring cleanup, please make sure they are only acting on your behalf. They are not allowed to dispose of waste and debris from other customers in other neighborhoods.

4.) Do not dump anything toxic or hazardous! NO paint, paint rags, tires, propane tanks, chemicals, needles and medical waste, batteries, etc. Save those for Summit County’s Hazard Material Collection events instead.

5.)  Do not dump mattresses or box springs

6.) If you are unable to haul your trees or branches to the park to be chipped, you will need to contact a private chipping service or the Park City Fire District to sign up for their free mobile chipping service. Their schedule will fill quickly, so don’t delay. NEITHER THE PHOA OR PMA PROVIDE MOBILE, CURBSIDE CHIPPING SERVICES.

A Pinebrook Pool for 2022

Over the last four months, the Pinebrook Pool Committee has been working to bring a new non-profit membership-based pool facility to Pinebrook to be built on a parcel of land adjacent to Pinebrook Park. Because the pool facility cannot be built with homeowner association funds, it must be member funded and can only be built if there is enough interest (ideally 200 Pinebrook households).  During the week of December 14th all homeowners within our homeowner association should receive a postcard in their mailbox with information on the project. The postcard provides some basic information, and more details, including information on how to become a member, can be found at the pool website at pool4pinebrook.weebly.com.  There will be virtual information sessions on January 12th and 14th (see details on the pool website). Signed membership agreements and deposits need to be submitted by January 31st, and initial memberships will be limited to the first 200 received.  A waitlist will be established if more than 200 signed membership agreements are received.  Please send any questions to pool4pinebrook@gmail.com after reviewing the pool website.  

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. 

Pinebrook Master Association Fall Chipping

(for tree limbs and brush only)

This year Pinebrook will be holding a fall chipping weekend.  Members of Pinebrook Master Association (that includes everyone that is a member of the Pinebrook Homeowners Association) may bring remaining tree limbs (eight inches in diameter maximum) from their property to Pinebrook Park for chipping:

   Friday October 9th: noon to 5pm

   Saturday October 10th: 9am to 5pm

   Sunday October 11th: 9am to noon

Dumpsters will NOT be provided as part of the chipping program  and none of the following items will be accepted:  building materials, metal, stumps with dirt or debris, weeds or grass clippings. 

Chips from this event will be available for pickup during the hours above.

The parking lot will be closed after hours on Friday October 9th and Saturday October 10th.