The Hot Springs Village Board of Directors met on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, for the second Discussion Session of the year. The purpose of this article is to publish the links for all of the articles regarding this meeting in one place. This article also contains some additional information not included in any of the other articles. No votes are taken at Discussion Sessions. Interesting side note: February 2 was Ground Hog Day.
Sitting at the meeting table:
Board Members: JoAnne (Joanie) Corry, Chair; Tucker Omohundro, Vice-chair; Chris Jones; Gary Belair; Pamela (Pam) Avila; Robert (Bob) McLeod
Staff: Kelly Hale, General Manager; Coreena Fetterhoff, Corporate Treasurer, and Controller; Katrina Heap, Administrative Assistant to the GM
Other staff present at the meeting:
Todd Noles, Common Property, Forestry, and Wildlife Manager; Jason Temple, Director of Public Services; Chris Boutzale, Superintendent of Water and Wastewater
At the beginning of the meeting Board Chair, Joanie Corry, introduced the new General Manager, Kelly Hale.
Click here to read HSVPOA Emergency Reserve Funds & Fixed Asset Funds Discussion.
Click here to read the IPS Beetle Presentation and Discussion.
Click here to read about the Asturias Water Line Replacement Discussion.
Click here to read about the Road Crack Sealing Discussion. 49.00
Click here to read Cedar Creek Water Treatment Plant SCADA System Discussion.
Click here to read the Discussion where the Board Reconsiders Inherited Properties Buy-in Fee.
Bruce Caverly shared some more information on Forest Management. Mr. Caverly said a decision will need to be made regarding slash.
History – “When we started the Forest Management Plan back in 2005 and 2006, it took us about two years to put it together. That process was:
We cleaned approximately 150 subdivisions out of 332 total HSV subdivisions.
“I can’t tell you how many tons of wood came out, but it was all standing timber. Not downed timber.”
“When we cut live timber, we cut the top off the tree and that is called slash. We left the slash on the ground and we cut it to within three feet of the ground, which was a requirement of the forester that we used.”
“Today we generated about $1.2 million in that plan over the 12 years that it was in effect. That money went into the general fund.”
“The decision you will have to make, going forward, is do you want to remove the slash or do you want to leave it on the ground at three-foot level or lower? The reason I say that is, if you take the slash out, you are going to eat up all the money that you generate from sales of timber.”
“Timber sale price when we started was at $50 a ton. Today it is probably around $22 to $25 a ton. The amount of money you get [make selling timber] is going to be eaten up by cleaning up slash. That is a decision you have to make, whether you want to leave it on the ground or do you want to remove it, with any plan that you use.”
Jason Temple Updates the Community and Board About the Expected Inclement Weather
We have staff on standby with two sander trucks that will probably be sanding the bridges and roads starting tomorrow morning (Thursday, February 3) at approximately 5:00 a.m.
We expect the weather to continue, with possible icing. Whenever you have icing, there is a chance of losing power. We encourage the residents to prepare for a loss of power.
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