CLRRA Board of Directors Monthly
R&R Annual Meeting
The R&R Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday June 9,
2018 at 2 pm in the Community Center. The meeting will include a presentation of verbal and written reports, and official business will be conducted. Registration will begin at 1 pm.
There will be refreshments and door prizes at the meeting and a BBQ immediately following the meeting (graciously sponsored by the Recreation & Hiking Committee). The BBQ
will include pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, pickles, desert, wine and beer. In accordance with our Bylaws, our quorum is 50 memberships in good standing and present
at the meeting otherwise we must reschedule it and spend additional property owner money to notify everyone by mail. We look forward to seeing you there!
Property Owners, this Holiday weekend is the busiest that I have ever seen in Crystal
Lakes! We have more and more people coming to the mountain and as we grow we need to keep a few things in mind, the primary issue is that the action of even one individual can cause problems for the
entire community. This weekend we had under age drivers, speeding,
numerous near collisions, and one rollover, please ensure that you and your guests follow the 20 MPH speed limits in the community. Additionally, many were fishing without passes, depleting the
fish stock that we pay for.
As many of you are aware, one individual stuffed a satellite dish into the compacter
causing it to short out requiring the use of an emergency on-call electrician at a cost of $700 plus the cost of driving two trucks to the dump, which brought our road work to a halt today. If
anyone knows who did this, please call the office.
This compacter is not open to the general public, it is for typical kitchen trash only
and only for property owners. If this abuse continues, we will have to increase security costs with funds we don't have, or discontinue the service. Keep in mind you only pay $38 a month
for all of the services provided in Crystal Lakes by the Road and Recreation Association. I pay an average of $192/property to Larimer County a month for almost no
Our roads and CR 73 were in great shape on Friday, but there was so much traffic that by
Saturday afternoon they were very badly damaged from all of the traffic. We need even more road base, but funds are low.
Additionally, we had property owners yelling and demeaning staff and Board
members whom were just trying to meet community needs. This will not be tolerated; in many cases, staff are your neighbors and are hard-working individuals. With this in mind, I have
asked staff to identify these individuals and report them. I will be seeking removal of privileges or a fine for the first report of this type of behavior and I will be seeking a restraining
order for any subsequent abuse. Regardless of the type of problem you encounter, your recourse is to contact a board member (politely), write a letter, or send an email detailing your problem,
or better yet come to a meeting and bring up the problem.
The pancake breakfast hosted by recreation committee was a huge success with about 200
people attending. Thank you to all of the volunteers the made this event possible.
On another note, the Water and Sewer meeting and their cheese and wine party were well
These are the kind of atmospheres we want to foster in Crystal
As of May 19, R&R and W&S no longer share any
employees, the result of W&S's decision to move their operations. Please understand that R&R employees can no longer answer any W&S questions or resolve any W&S issues and they
will refer you to W&S when asked. Property owners can contact W&S via phone (970-834-3488 for orders, 970-282-1071 for the W&S Office) or email (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org). The new address for W&S is 241 Blackfoot
Fire Pit Update
The CL RR Board mandated re-inspections of previously approved fire pits in 2015.
To date your CL Fire Pit Inspection committee has offered to re-inspect over half 0f these approved
This June we will be scheduling re-inspections for July 2018 in Filings 14 and
The committee has developed a Self Inspection form to be completed by owners prior
to inspection. By following these guidelines, you will be assured of approval. PLEASE do not
request an inspection without following the guidelines.
We have revised the fee schedule this year to a Pass/ Fail model. A Pass inspection
will have no Fee while a Fail will incur a $25.00 Fee. We hope this model will reduce Failures and re-inspections.
Please find attached your Owner Self Inspection Application for re-inspection and return
it to the CL Road and Rec office by June 30, 2018. Owners submitting applications on or before
June 30d will remain approved pending inspection. Late requests or no request will
result in non-approval and no burning is allowed. Late requests will be scheduled for August, 2018.
Please know that your CL Fire Pit Inspection committee is composed of all
men and women donated their time and treasure doing this important work.
I would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation in this important task to
enhance fire safety in our community.
Fire Pit Inspection Committee
Slash Depot Update
The slash depot opened last weekend and will continue to operate Saturdays and Sundays
from 10-4pm until October, weather permitting. We've had to make a few changes since Morgan Timber will no longer grind our slash. We plan to burn the multiple piles early next winter so we can
no longer accept anything other than slash. In the past we had a separate pile for firewood and stumps but due to the cost of cleaning up the sight at the end of the year we will no longer be able a
accept those items. Please help us keep this much needed service open by following the rules. Thank you
Message to Property Owners from John McGuire
To the residents and property owners of Crystal lakes, on behalf of the Crystal Lakes
Road and Facilities we hope you enjoyed the beautiful Memorial Day weekend. We apologize for any slight inconvenience of the trash compactor. On Friday May 26th some individual placed
illegal items in the compactor that the press was unable to handle, therefore blowing two fuses rendering the equipment useless. An electrician was brought in and fixed this issue. On
Monday May 28th (Memorial Day), the compactor was full to capacity resulting in a forced shut down of operations. Most of our residents were understanding being that Red Feather Lakes,
Crystal Lakes and the surrounding area had record breaking Memorial weekend of visitor's. Road and Facilities was not prepared for this amount of people, vehicles, and trash. We have a plan
in place changing the pick up of the trash container to every 7 days, we are also discussing bringing in an additional roll off for the 4th of July weekend. Many residents here adhere
to the rules of use for these amenities, a few do not care. As a community please remember if you see something say something.
Below is a photo of my squad from 2005 Iraq. This squad suffered a 60% death rate,
and 100% purple heart recipients. On the designated day to celebrate the sacrifice my brothers gave to this beautiful country a few residents decided it was ok to talk down to, yell at,
and berate the association staff. This behavior will not be tolerated. Instead of reflection and ceremonies for my fallen brothers, I was talked at by some as a second-class citizen, in
fact one woman announced, "I paid my dues for this, I want a refund for my dues." To you, ma'am you have no clue what paying dues really means.
CLRRA Road Supervisor
Memorial Day Recreation Update
Another successful Annual Memorial Day Breakfast was held on Saturday, May 26, 2018,
sponsored by The Recreation Committee. After an inspiring flag raising ceremony, approximately 200 friends and family joined each other in the Community Center for a delicious breakfast of pancakes,
egg bakes, fresh fruit and cinnamon rolls. Thank you to the committee and volunteers who put this together, the men that cooked those delicious pancakes, the smiling servers, and all who pitched in
to clean up after. So many positive comments from this event have been received and appreciated. Our next Recreation Committee event will be the Annual Road and Recreation Annual Dinner which will
immediately follow the Annual Meeting on June 9th. The meeting will start at 2:00 pm followed by a BBQ dinner of pulled pork, beans and coleslaw. We look forward to seeing you
Community Association Manager Thoughts
I would like to take this opportunity to summarize the past weekend's adventures.
Unfortunately we had several unpleasant occurrences some of which were beyond our control.
I understand people's frustration with the trash compactor but you must also understand
it initially went down due to someone placing items in it that it couldn't overcome. We spent a lot of money to have an electrician come up from Fort Collins to fix it and once it was running again
we were completely overwhelmed with trash which required us to lock it up on the busiest trash day of the weekend. For that I apologize. We may need to look into adding capacity in the future however
that comes at a cost and as you know we are on a shoestring budget. At some point I feel proper owner's need to face reality and agree to fully fund all of the services you seem to
After seeing the abuse of the compactor I may be forced to follow Glacier View's lead in
locking down the compacter except for certain hours so what is being dumped can be monitored. We continue to see construction debris, mattresses, cabinets, furniture, satellite dishes and ashes
dumped, all of which are fineable offenses. Doing so would be a huge inconvenience to everyone and would also add considerable expense to our operation so I implore you to report observed abuses to
the office immediately.
We had a fairly serious accident (rollover) as well as multiple instances of speeding,
underage drivers, improperly marked atv's and folks fishing without a current pass. All of this adds cost to our budget as we attempt to keep this a safe and pleasant place to enjoy the
This Board of Directors is dedicated to enforcing our policies and covenants
period! I for one intend to follow up on every report of a violation in a fair and consistent fashion. I also will not tolerate belligerent behavior towards our employees. If you have an issue
please bring it to the Board and whatever it is will be addressed rather than berating an employee who doesn't have the power to fix the issue. Being civil to one another shouldn't even have to be
asked but after what I saw last weekend I am asking.
I love our beautiful mountain community and honestly feel we have a small piece of
paradise here. A community is only as strong as those volunteers and employees who are willing to step up and help keep it strong. We are always looking for volunteers for committee assignments etc.,
and I encourage everyone to find a space that you can help contribute to the fantastic place we all love.
Acting Association Manager CLRRA