FALL 2021 Newsletter
We hope this Fall Newsletter finds you well. We are dedicating this newsletter to our longtime employee, Steve George, who recently retired. We also extend our thanks to all the tireless efforts of emergency personnel who limited the reach of the Caldor Fire.
Please plan to attend our Annual Homeowners Meeting next Saturday, September 18 at 11 am, held virtually again this year. This is the link to the meeting: https://www.kvpoa.org/september-zoom-link. You may also find it on the homepage of the KVPOA website under “more.”
Please read this whole newsletter to make sure you’re in the know about Kingswood Village Property Owners Association (KVPOA). Your KVPOA Board of Directors (Board) has been busy these past six months! This newsletter give more information about what we have been doing, including new liability insurance that increases our coverage to ~85%, wildfire prevention efforts and our first homeowners work day led by Jim Anderson, our webmaster Susie Holway’s additions to our website, reminders from our Property Manager David Stirling, reminders to follow the KVPOA rules and regulations, and Tahoe local info about transportation and trails.
Your Board represents you. As we approach elections for new board members and our Annual Homeowners Meeting, I want to personally thank you, the homeowners, and fellow board members, for your efforts this past year. Thanks to your collective work, our insurance situation is better than the past few years, we are being proactive with making our property firesafe, and we are working diligently with our Property Manager to enforce the rules. This is a team effort, so thank you, for being a part of that team.
Finally, I extend a particular thanks to fellow board members. Thanks to you, our board meetings reflect our commitment to civility and respect. That is an accomplishment you can be proud of and reflects your true efforts as leaders!
THANK YOU, STEVE!
Steve George recently retired after serving 23 years Kingswood Village’s maintenance crew. We so appreciated Steve’s smile, his readiness to help, and his efforts to keep Kingswood Village the special place it is today.
Your Board recently approved giving monetary retirement gift to Steve in recognition of his years of service to KVPOA.
For those of you who have known Steve through the years and would like to add an individual gift to his retirement and/or a personal note to Steve, you may send a note, gift card and/or check to Steve George by mailing it to KVPOA, P.O. Box 815, Kings Beach, CA 96143
VICE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – Jim Andersen
Good News: In June, your Board approved new insurance coverage through Menath Insurance of Incline Village. Ron Wright is the new broker and is an expert on issues confronting POAs like ours. The policy covers damages up to $65 million, a huge increase over the previous coverage of $37.7 million. It also adds up to $10 million in demolition costs and up to $10 million in new construction costs (sprinklers, shear wall, etc.) not covered in prior policies. Thank you to homeowners who gave us names of brokers to contact. Thanks to your suggestions, we are better positioned with our new policy.
Reminder: Please take the necessary steps to maintain your own, personal property policies and to meet with your own brokers to assure you have the right amount of coverage needed for your individual properties.
Firewise Community: A Firewise Community is a certification granted by the National Fire Protection Association to communities that have made great strides in reducing threat from wildfires. The North Tahoe Fire Protection District (NTFPD) performed a wildfire risk assessment on June 16. On July 27 the Board took action to accept the wildfire assessment and commited to follow Public Resource Code 4291, the State of California statute requiring homeowners to create defensible space around their property.
Defensible Space Workday: On August 14, 20 volunteers from Kingswood Village, and 5 of our neighbors on Cambridge Dr., filled two 30-yard dumpsters with slash (tree trimmings, bushes, pine needles, etc.) removed from our property. Chief Steve McNamara, from NTFPD, and our own Jason Gibeaut, Division Chief for Northstar Fire Department, provided their insight and expert advice on how to make Kingswood Village as safe as possible. A special thanks goes out to Chief Gibeaut for all the guidance he has provided for our Insurance Committee and during the cleanup event.
Thank you to all the volunteers for taking time out of their busy schedules to make our community safer. We all worked hard, but we had fun as well. And it is certainly enjoyable and rewarding to meet other members of our community. Also, thank you to Safeway, who donated $50 in drinks and chips, and our local Subway, who donated sandwiches for all of our volunteers. If you happen to stop by either store, please take the time to thank them in person.
We plan to have more workdays, so please stay tuned!
Fire and Safety Info on the Web: There are three new tabs on the KVPOA website: Emergency Preparedness, Defensible Space, & Short-Term Rentals. Please take time to take a look. All homeowners are encouraged to take the important step under the Emergency Preparedness tab and sign up for Placer County Alert. This network notifies people - via phone - if you are in an area threatened by fire. It includes instructions on the proper routes of evacuation as well as other crucial information regarding an emergency.
MANAGER’S REPORT -- David Stirling
For fire safety fireplace ashes must be emptied into the suspended red metal cans near the dumpsters; even if you think those ashes are stone cold! Do not place an ash can directly on the wooden deck boards; doing so is an extreme fire hazard! Be sure to place a brick, paver, or other noncombustible barrier under the can. Failing to do so could result in a Safety Violation which carries a $500 fine.
Firewood stored on your decks is limited to a ¼ cord per deck in a staggered formation. A ¼ cord is three, six-foot long rows, no higher than the deck railing. You may not store wood on entry porches or any other common area.
Please have your furnaces inspected before winter! A failure could lead to frozen pipes and costly water damage. When leaving your unit for any length of time, secure all doors, windows (especially the loft), and have your thermostat set no lower than 55 degrees. Along with checking your furnace, now is a great time to check smoke detectors, co2 detectors, fire extinguishers, and dryer vents.
Dumpsters are for household trash only! Furniture, appliances, televisions, couches, lumber, and construction material are your responsibility to haul to the transfer station. If you see what you suspect is illegal dumping you can help by discreetly taking a picture of the vehicle license plate and email it to me.
The Boat Lot will close October 15 and will reopen next May. Any unauthorized vehicles or trailers left in the lot will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Living in a safe community means we all need to follow the rules. In the past year, KVPOA has issued and collected fines totaling over $2,000; the previous year, no fines were assessed or collected.
Please tell your personal guests, family members, friends, and property managers that everyone must obey the rules. A few examples include no open flames of any kind, no smoking on the KVPOA property (outdoors), quiet hours, occupancy limits based on unit size, renters may not bring dogs, and securing the bear bar on dumpsters.
Your Property Manager and President have been reaching out to local property managers to make sure short term renters follow the rules. Please do your part to help!
Many of you have probably seen the new TART Connect vans in Kingswood Village parking lots, and all over the North Tahoe area. TART Connect ran a pilot program from May until Labor Day to help reduce traffic in the North Tahoe area, and to help connect visitors and residents to the TART. You can download the TART Connect APP on your phone or call their number, and they will pick you up wherever you are and take you anywhere within the zone in which you are picked up. The vans will not take you from one zone to another, but drive anywhere within a zone.
At the time of this publication, TART Connect plans on continuing their service during the winter months from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Summer hours were full day. Vans were very busy this summer, and the program will most likely continue next into the future.
NEW TRAILS IN NORTH TAHOE AND TRUCKEE
Moonshine Ink, an independent newspaper since 2002 for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, featured an article on visions of an expansive and connected network of trails that are becoming realized, hooking up communities and trail systems. The following are five of those trail systems, in various stages of completion. Some of the agencies and foundations making these trails possible are the Truckee Trails Foundation, Tahoe Donner Land Trust, Placer and Nevada Counties, Tahoe National Forest, and the Truckee-Tahoe Airport, and Tahoe Donner.
Donner Lake Rim Trail: A 22- to 24-mile loop trail along the mountains and ridges around Donner Lake. Twelve miles of the northern section was completed in 2019 connecting to the Tahoe Donner trail system and the Overland Emigrant Trail.
Five Creeks: A loop or network of trails on U.S. Forest Service land between Truckee and Olympic Valley, west of Highway 89. This trail is conceptual, and the forest service is currently conducting vegetation studies.
Waddle Ranch Preserve: A network of trails in Martis Valley up to 14 miles long. These trails have new single track trails that complement about nine miles of existing double-track and fire road trails.
Verdi Ridge: A new series of looped trails east of Boca and Stampede reservoirs that will be approximately 71 miles. It has been approved and building could begin soon. There are 35 miles of existing non-motorized trail that will be reclassified to allow class 1 e-bikes. It will connect to the Overland Emigrant Trail, and may connect to the Connected Communities project and Peavine Peak trails in Reno.
Pines to Mines: 72 miles of new and linked trails between Truckee and Nevada City that are under environmental review. It would connect Donner Lake Rim Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and may one day stretch as far west as Napa.