Newsletter – Friends of Pinecrest (FOP)

Allen Green is the residing president of FOP and puts out a very nice newsletter. Click pdf to read

FOP E-News August 2013

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Mother Lode Internet proposes to offer high speed wireless internet to Cold Springs, Peter Pam, and Strawberry.

MLI is gathering information from cabin owners to help them plan for the service.  You can complete the survey on-line by following this link or complete the form on paper:  

MLI 108 Survey Form

Responses must be received by July 22, 2013 to be useful.  Thank you, MLI

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Notice from Strawberry Fire Department regarding Fire Extinguisers and other items

Click on PDF below.

SPOA flyer from SFPD for 2013 meeting

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Newsletter – Friends of Pinecrest (FOP)

Allen Green is the residing president of FOP and puts out a very nice newsletter.  Click pdf to read

FOP E-News June 2013


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A local Realtor has compiled some information with personal notes that is interesting to read and may be useful for some cabin owners.

Open PDF to read.

Real Estate Listings – Transactions 2013-06-24

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Weather Station in Cold Springs

Thanks to Rob Duvall, we now have access to a weather station located in Cold Springs.  See this and a few Web Cams just added by moving your mouse over the RESOURCES tab on the main page.  Don’t click on RESOURCES just move your mouse over and you will see sub sections appear.  Click on those.

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Road Conditions in Cold Springs: A Possible Grim Future – A Report to the Board of Supervisor About County Roads as reported by the Union Democrat.

DUD Roads 2013-05-31   (PDF)

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Tour the Cold Springs Water Company Facilities – July 5, 2013 10am (click pdf below)

Tour – CSW (pdf)


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The California Public Utilities Commission on April 18, 2013 approved an increase in water service charges for Cold Springs Water Company for it’s Cold Springs and Peter Pam customers (rate-payers).  This action arose from an application for a rate increase filed by the Company in April 2012 and which was the subject of a public hearing at the former Pinecrest School on May 29, 2012.

Several rate-payers raised questions over the ensuing months about the Company’s proposal and about the PUC’s own proposal.  Some financial incentives to encourage water conservation and requirements for further accountability of the company, especially for non-revenue water (unaccounted-for water), were put forward.

In the end the PUC adopted a recommendation of their staff which was modified a bit from the first recommendation:

> The existing monthly charge of $22.90 will rise 47.0% to $33.67 for the typical 5/8 x 3/4 inch meter.

> The company’s existing monthly surcharge of $3.79 to service a loan for a water tank will continue.

> The company may file – within 30 days – for an additional fixed monthly charge to recover the revenue that otherwise would have been collected had the new rates been put into effect in April 2012.  The “lost revenue” may be collected over 36 months by means of this charge.

> The existing rate for water consumed will remain unchanged at $5.45 per hundred cubic feet of water.

> The company must file annual reports with the PUC on non-revenue (“lost” or “unaccounted for”) water from 2012 through 2016.  These reports will be public documents and will provide insight to the company’s success in reducing non-revenue water.

You can read the action of the California PUC – a Resolution – by following link below.  The resolution has background, discussion, comments, and findings all of which provide some context to the Commissioner’s decision.

Cold Springs Water Rate Increase 2013-04-18


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Experimental Forest Prescribed Fire Public Information Meeting

From: Becky Johnson, Summit Ranger District, Stanislaus NF <>

Message directed to: CSPOA

The Summit Ranger District will be hosting a public information meeting about the Experimental Forest prescribed burn.  The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on April 3, 2013 at the Pinecrest Community Center (see attachment). The purpose of this public meeting is to inform surrounding communities and interested public of the Experimental Forest Variable Density Thinning Study (VDTS) prescribed burn.  Topics to be covered will include the importance of communities and prescribed burning to the Stanislaus National Forest, history  of the Stanislaus – Tuolumne Experimental Forest, the Variable Density Thinning Study (VDTS) on the Experimental Forest, location of burn units and burn objectives, and the impact of smoke to the surrounding area.  For questions regarding the meeting,  contact  Greg Marfil, District Fire Management Officer at 209-965-3434  ext. 5339.


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