22 May 2020: Road work will be started this morning beginning at the top of Hillside Dr. and continue to the intersection of Hillside Cr. on Loop Road. Please reduce the traffic and only go down this stretch of road if necessary. The road WILL be treated so please drive slowly if you have to drive through the treatment product.
Posted on: Mary 11, 2020
FLMD Statement about Coronavirus
Forest Lakes Metropolitan District offices will be closed to the public through, Sunday, May 31st, 2020. The extension of the District closure is in support of federal, state and local agencies’ efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. All essential operations will continue and there will not be any disruption to your water, sewer, road maintenance or trash services. During this period, customers can still make payments via our website or by dropping payments off at the Admin Office or at the Mailstop (FLMD Drop Box). In the case of an emergency, please call 970-884-2925 and a District representative will respond appropriately. The District will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and respond as necessary.
District staff are practicing social distancing to keep employees healthy and safe. These measures allow the District to continue to our services that meet all safety and regulatory requirements.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water, and water system treatment processes remove or destroy 99.99% of all viruses. For more information on COVID-19 and drinking water, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html or https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater.
For more information about the state’s response to COVID-19 please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/.
The May 12th Board of Director’s Meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom due to continuing coronavirus concerns. The Zoom access information is shown below for this meeting.
However, for all upcoming meetings, we invite you to go to the specific Agenda to seek the specific details about the meeting, i.e., whether it will be held via Zoom, whether it will be held at the Pine River Library, etc. This information is also on FLMD Events calendar.
Board of Director’s Meeting
Tue, May 12, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Meeting ID: 817 6552 1694
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We want to thank each and every one of you for having the interest and taking the time to become Directors for the Forest Lakes Metropolitan District.
The new Directors are Derrick Martin and Mark Rushfeldt, and the continuing Director is Shauna Unger. Each will serve 3-Year terms. Curious how all of the candidates faired and whether the Ballot Initiative to finance the relocation of the new office to Forest Lakes Subdivision faired? That information is attached.
The Meet and Greet for the new Board of Directors Candidates took place on April 19th at 3:00 pm, and FLMD sends out a very special thanks to Charissa Hannigan, Liz Oetter and Greg Coit for making this informative event happen. They volunteered their time to take this on and it is dedicated residents like them that helps make Forest Lakes Subdivision the awesome community that it is. Now, many people were unable to participate via Zoom and to hear the perspectives of the candidates, so we are posting the audio file on our website! Please take a few minutes to hear what they had to say since on May 5th you will be voting for 3 new Board Members.
Thank you to all who have registered for FLMD e-billing, we appreciate it greatly!
If you have registered and haven’t been able to view your bill, you should be able now. Although you may only be able to see your balance due until next billing cycle, at that time you will be able to view your bill in detail.
Thanks again for your patience while implementing this new feature to our billing program. I recommend continuing card billing for the first month, thereafter please contact FLMD admin to discontinue receive utility bill in the mail.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Those of you who are interested in our e-bill service but haven’t registered yet, you will need the following information:
5 digit pin number located at the very top-mid portion of utility bill
4 digit account number located in left top corner of of utility bill
Last 4 numbers of your social security
If you have multiple accounts, each one will have to be entered separately.
*Registration errors are mosting because of typos and incorrect account/pin numbers. If you are logging on the make corrections. You will need to allow 24 hrs from your first attempt before logging back in. Also, if you’re updating an email address please notify FLMD office at @email@example.com
Forest Lakes Metropolitan District posts on their website, in the Admin office and at the Mailstop a list of those items that residents are prohibited from disposing at the Trash and Brush/Slash piles. Those lists include, appliances, carpets, construction waste, mattresses, tires, furniture, electronics, batteries, hazardous chemicals, etc. When those items are illegally dumped, the burden falls on Forest Lakes Metropolitan District to properly dispose of these items and this can become very costly to all residents. District personnel has on multiple occasions witnessed many people (via video surveillance and in person) blatantly disregarding those prohibitions and dumping those items anyway. In several cases, District personnel can positively identify the perpetrators, but the absence of Board-approved penalties did not exist and therefore could not be enforced. On April 14, 2020 (Resolution 2020-07, effective on April 15, 2020) , the Board approved the following graduated list of penalties for positively-identified perpetrators that disregard the terms of their Key Fob Agreements, or otherwise violate the rules related to trash and brush/slash pile service:
- First Infraction – The District Manager will send the perpetrator a WARNING letter stating the infraction and reminding them about the rules related to the terms of their Key Fob Agreement.
- Second Infraction – Payment of a $100.00 non-compliance penalty fee that will be added to the resident’s next month’s bill. Key Fob and Trash and Brush/Slash pile privileges will be revoked for 60 days. The District Manager will send the perpetrator a letter stating the infraction and the above penalty and enforcement action. If the perpetrator refuses to pay the penalty fee, it will be added to their next month’s bill, and current late fees and delinquent interest charges shall be assessed. After the 60-day revocation period, the resident will sign a new Key Fob Agreement and will pay the applicable charges to get a replacement Fob. Monthly trash fees will continue during this time.
- Third Infraction – Payment of a $200.00 non-compliance penalty fee that will be added to the resident’s next month’s bill. Key Fob and Trash and Brush/Slash pile privileges will be revoked for 90 days. The District Manager will send the perpetrator a letter stating the infraction and the above penalty and enforcement action. If the perpetrator refuses to pay the penalty fee, it will be added to their next month’s bill, and current late fees and delinquent interest charges shall be assessed. After the 90-day revocation period, the resident will sign a new Key Fob Agreement and will pay the applicable charges to get a replacement Fob. Monthly trash fees will continue during this time.
- Fourth and Subsequent Infractions – Payment of a $300.00 non-compliance penalty fee that will be added to the resident’s next month’s bill. Key Fob and Trash and Brush/Slash pile privileges will be revoked for one year, unless the Board determines, in its discretion, to permanently revoke the resident’s Key Fob and Trash and Brush/Slash pile privileges. The District Manager will send the perpetrator a letter stating the infraction and the above penalty and enforcement action. If the perpetrator refuses to pay the penalty fee, it will be added to their next month’s bill, and current late fees and delinquent interest charges shall be assessed. After the revocation period (unless privileges are permanently revoked), the resident will sign a new Key Fob Agreement and will pay the applicable charges to get a replacement Fob. Monthly trash fees will continue during this time.
Forest Lakes Metropolitan District remains committed to addressing issues in our subdivision related to our Mission; Life, Health and Safety; and Quality of Life. While issues related to our Mission and Life Health and Safety remain at the forefront, fortunately we do have funding to try and provide some significant Quality of Life Improvements in our Recreation Budget that target making this subdivision a nicer place to live.
With that, we have developed a Four Year Masterplan (2020 – 2023) that will make our parks areas more usable, and safer for residents to connect and to enjoy the outdoors. What are our 3 parks? The 3 parks are defined as Lake Simpatico, the Community Center Park and the park on Meadowbrook Drive. These ideas are currently being reviewed by our Board of Directors, but we also encourage your comments also. Attached are the ideas broken out by park.
FLMD will be conducting work around the lake path. The scope of the work includes machinery being used on the path to rebuild the path running around the lake. Work is expected to be done by close of business Monday, please refrain from using the path around the lake until the work is completed. Check back at the website for updates as it will be posted here if the work is completed sooner.
Given the current environment with the COVID-19 pandemic, conducting public meetings in person is out of the question and it is definitely not in the best interest of any of us at this time. In order to comply with The Open Meetings Law, we will conduct our upcoming Board of Director’s meeting(s) using Zoom. We suggest that you download the Zoom icon to your phone, PC or laptop in order to access the meetings from these items.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate with new processes that will hopefully ensure everybody will have access to these important meetings now and in the future.
**For all future zoom meetings please refer to FLMD events calendar for details.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District through their newly created Eastern La Plata County Incident Management Team (ELIMT) is looking for Coordinators to help their Neighbor-to-Neighbor (NtN) initiative soar to its fullest potential. You might ask why this information is on FLMD’s website? The reason is because Forest Lakes Subdivision remains the largest subdivision in Southwestern Colorado with over 2,000 residents and we know that this pandemic has surely not reached its peak yet.
Additionally, we all know that nationwide our emergency medical systems are becoming taxed beyond belief and in many cases are not able to support the demand that is being placed on them. The NtN Program is a support system that leverages community resources with the overall emphasis on reducing the need for already limited emergency services. Interest in learning more? Interested in becoming a NtN Coordinator for the Forest Lakes Subdivision? If so, read through these documents and feel free to reach out to the Easter La Plata County Incident Management Team to become a Neighbor-to-Neighbor Coordinator.
As a result of the “The Stay-At-Home Order” from Colorado Governor Jared Polis and the advice of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our recreational parks at the Community Center and on Meadowbrook Dr. have been closed.
As soon as The Stay at Home Order is lifted, they will be reopened. We too appreciate your patience with all of the actions we all have to take to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
FLMD would like to remind residents to please observe the dump rules. We do not accept appliances, tires, etc. If you have to question if you can throw it away in the dumpster please refer to the sign at the trash site by the stairs. FLMD would also like to remind residents that organics like pine needles DO NOT belong in the dumpster, please see the earlier announcement about alternative sites to dump organics.
Forest Lakes Metro District accepts used motor oil for disposal. Oil must be clean (no dirt, antifreeze, water) and motor oil, other forms of oil are not acceptable like cooking oil! Drop off is free, please put used oil by main shop entrance (at dumpster site) in sealed containers.
As you know, FLMD Board of Directors voted on January 14, 2020, to obtain approval from the residents during the May 5th, 2020, election to vote on the financing for the office relocation from 271 N. Mountain Ave, #107 to Forest Lakes Subdivision.
As part of this, the District has developed a list of objective Pros and Cons statements to help educate the residents on any issues that we as the District see as part of this initiative. We are sure that you will come up with others. You’ll note, that we have separate PROS and CONS lists, and we have one that is consolidated for those that prefer to see the PROS and CONS comments side-by-side. Please take the time and read the documents you prefer and provide comments via e-mail directly to the District Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 27, 2020. Thank you.
Forest Lakes Metropolitan District is currently open for business and we have developed a Continuity of Operations Plan that will help ensure our essential services continue to the best of our ability while we as a nation combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff remains ready, willing and able to provide day-to-day resident services such as roads maintenance, operations of our critical water and wastewater treatment and distribution systems, accounts billings and payments, etc..
With that being said, we ask that our residents work with us to reduce face-to-face interactions as much as possible during this public health crisis by calling FLMD to make an appointment if you need to come into the office. Please feel free to continue calling our office with inquires, so we can address any questions of concerns you may have.
For payments, continue using the drop boxes at the Mailstop or at the main office on Mountain View Drive, and you can also make credit card payments by calling our main office at 970-884-2925 or through our website.
These changes are an effort to implement social distancing, the most effective measure against the spread of disease by reducing close contact between people in order to slow community transmission of COVID-19.
Our next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for April 14th and the “Meet and Greet” the new Board Member Candidates” is scheduled for April 19th. We will keep everybody posted as to the status of these two events. Thank you for your patience!
The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is real and as of today, there is currently no vaccine to combat it. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this deadly virus. What do you do if you get exposed? What Resources are available to assist you? Please view the attached presentation from the Special District Administration to learn ways to protect yourself and your families.
For questions on how the coronavirus may or may not impact water and waste water systems: https://www.epa.gov/
Many people enjoy feeding wildlife because it allows them to have closer contact with these animals. Often they think they are helping the animals to survive, they could not be more incorrect. When wild animals begin to depend on humans for food, their foraging skills diminish. When young wild animals learn to depend on humans for food, they become less experienced in foraging and consequently less likely to survive. Furthermore, wild animals that are accustomed to food provided by humans commonly lose their fear of people. Animals that are unafraid of people will approach them for food and are sometimes mistaken for as rabid, or otherwise ill and subsequently killed for the perceived threat. They also become easy targets for people who mean them harm. An instinctive wariness of people is important for a wild animal’s survival.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife also shares many insights on why feeding wild animals is a bad idea: https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/
MARCH 18TH UPDATE:
LPEA’s Forestry Specialist will be removing whole trees and cutting limbs from trees that are impacting their electrical distribution system in the next couple weeks
They are currently attempting to contact as many residents as possible in the vicinity of where they will be cutting trees. Our posting on the website will hopefully get the word out to everybody else.
*Please note that the wood will be available to Forest Lakes residents at no cost. Where practical, the live tree branches will be mulched and returned to the forest.
We need your help! Please remember that in order for us to provide snowplowing of your road, we are asking that you not park or store items including vehicles and trailers within the road right of way, which is sixty (60) feet wide. In other words, your items must be parked or stored on your property, not on District property. If you have items within this area, please remove them as soon as possible. Also, your covenants restrict parking within the road rights-of-way and provide for a twenty five-(25) foot front setback area which the District utilizes for snow storage in years of heavy snow.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter!
Effective 11/01/19, Monday Trash Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturday Trash Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
REMINDER: Please abide by all posted signs regarding garbage and slash drop off. Garbage facilities are for household refuse only and the slash pile is for yard material. Do not leave trash in front of the dumpsters and do not use garbage facilities for items such as: appliances, tires, carpets, construction waste, mattresses/furniture, batteries, hazardous chemicals, etc.