Reserve Water Usage and Rehabilitation Study 1-10-2021

January, 2021

Reserve Bridge Update. I’m sure we al appreciate finally getting winter snow and are enjoying the beautiful winter landscape. Unfortunately this has delayed replacing the bridge until mid February. 

The board intended to replace the bridge in late fall but was faced with the challenge of locating and purchasing two new 40′ utility poles. We approached LPEA and asked if they would sell us these poles. We waited for a management decision. When we finally got an approval, they didn’t have poles in stock. When they got them in stock, we then had to wait for them to be delivered. This used up about 3-4 weeks. We now have the poles. 

Our other challenge is that our two contractors (Tim Nistler and John Serwe) have to coordinate their schedules. Rest assured, this will get done as soon as possible.

RPOA Maintenence Committee

December, 2020

Reserve Bridge. The old reserve bridge will be removed and replaced with a new bridge in January 2021, by the end of the month. RPOA Maintenance

September, 2020 

Reserve bridge.  We will be repairing the bridge in November when the creek is dry.  In the meantime, please be very cautious when crossing the bridge as the treads are loose.

Ponds.  We consulted with Ben Bain, the Weed Control Manager, from La Plata County in order to identify the plant material growing in our ponds so we can treat it properly.  According to him, the ponds behind George and Ron Davis contain Milfoil, which need to be treated with an herbicide.  This will be done next week.  The rest of the four ponds contain Nitella, which he described as an advanced form of algae.  This algae can be raked out after the ponds are drained.   We’re planning to get a volunteer group together next spring to rake it out before the irrigation is turned on.

Gardens.  Based on the feedback from the annual meeting about poor maintenance and lack of esthetic quality, we created a garden committee (Linda Philp and Len Schmeltzer) to work on resolving these issues.  They toured all the gardens and created a specific report on each garden, as well as a summary of recommended actions.  When the Board meets to create next year’s budget, we will create a budget, plan and timetable for implementing their recommendations, starting next spring.


July 19, 2020, tentative date for Annual Meeting rescheduled from early June due to COVID-19. 

Garage Sale: 2020 annual June sale will be rescheduled for a later date.

January 29, 2020: CodeRED – Sign up for Emergency Notifications for La Plata County
CodeRED Alert System – The Community Emergency System
is used by the Emergency Communications Center to notify residents and businesses of critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions. With this system  
a geographic area can be selected to send messages to those within that area.
This system was very valuable to residents of The Ranch during the 416 Fire in 2018.



December 6, 2019 Urgent: A neighbor at The Ranch received the following message from residents at Rockwood “Just wanted you all to be aware that a couple encountered very aggressive coyotes while walking their dogs yesterday.  The coyotes came very close, were not afraid, were bold, and apparently hungry.  Please be aware and take precautions when you are out and about.” Additionally a mountain lion has been sighted in that same area.


We have discovered Water Hemlock plants growing along several water ways in the Ranch.   These plants are extremely poisonous.     Also known as Beaver Poison, Brook-Tongue, Carotte a’ Moreau, Children’s Bane, etc…

Waterhemlockis considered to be the most poisonous plant growing in North America.  All parts of the water hemlock are toxic and can cause death in as little as 15 minutes.

Water hemlockgrows in marshy, swampy areas of meadows; and along banks of streams, pools and rivers.  Accidental poisonings usually occur when water hemlock is mistaken for edible plants such as artichokes, celery, sweet potatoes, sweet anise, or wild parsnip.

Identifying Water Hemlock:  A perennial plant that grows to a height of 3 to 7 feet tall.  The leaves are up to 15 inches long, alternately-arranged, and tri-pinnately-compound with numerous 2 to 5 inch ovate leaflets. They are also sharply tooth.  The leaf veins terminate at the bottom of leaf serrations and not at the tips, which helps to identify this plant.

Flowers are white and tiny, have 5 petals and 5 stamens that grow in umbrella like clusters 2 to 8 inches across.  The plant flowers in spring or early summer.  The stem is branching, smooth, hollow and often with purplish-green striations. It has a tuberous root with rootstalks that are multi-chambered and contain a yellowish oily liquid.  This poisonous liquid is said to smell like raw parsnip.

              Please tell your children not to pick or play with the flowers.

More Information:Online, search for WATER HEMLOCK.  There are numerous sources from which information can be obtained. Also, see water hemlockvideos on youtube.

Note:  We are seeking professionals to remove these plants from the Ranch.