Due to poor weather conditions, this meeting has been cancelled.
Hi Everyone,I can tell you that as of 8:00 this morning 30” of snow has fallen at SLS. Some snow removal has been done but at the rate it is falling, catching up is going to take days, and that is provided it stops snowing. I can’t speak to the condition of Spider Lake road or Turnbull Road right now, but I do know they are low priority roads for clearing. There have been a couple of short term power outages.
Unless there is an exceptional and rapid turn around in the weather, I would not advise travelling to The Springs.Allan MainprizeManager, SLSR
Staff will continue to clean-up common areas of the park and remove branches from any sites where a tree has fallen and been removed. All other site clean-up is the responsibility of each shareholder.
Campers are reminded that all trees are the property of Spider Lake Springs Holdings Inc and may not be harvested or cut up for firewood without staff approval. Logs will be utilized for park improvements or milled into lumber for park projects.
The park has employed the services of a wildlife control company to deal with issue of bank damage at the ponds. It has been determined that muskrat are excavating the dens in the pond banks. These dens pose a safety risk to anyone walking around the ponds. An individual could step on a den, lose footing, fall or trip and end up being injured.
It has been necessary to employ both live capture and lethal traps. All pets must be on-leash at all times, as stated in the rules, but with lethal traps deployed in the ponds it is important to be more vigilant and responsible with your pets. The lethal traps are only in the ponds, under or partially under water; live capture traps are employed entirely above the water.
Please do not tamper with or otherwise touch any of the traps or any animals caught in the traps. The traps are to be set, reset, or moved by the trapper ONLY.
Ensure that children in your care are supervised and aware of this process. Ensure they know not to touch any of the traps.
I still strongly recommend that the pond edges be avoided until we have concluded this work and repaired the damage. If you fall through a den please report it to a staff member immediately.
A message from Al Mainprize, Park Manager
Everyone is billed the same for maintenance fees each year. These fees cover the operating costs for the park, ie: staff, water, garbage and recycling collection, and electricity to operate the water and sewer pumping stations, pumps that aerate the ponds, electricity to the washrooms and laundry, other buildings, the water slide etc, etc. In 2019, there is a $100.00 increase to cover increases in these operating costs.
Electricity charges noted on your invoice are based on your usage. Each lot has a meter and is read by park staff in October each year. Here is an explanation of the two lines describing an owner’s Hydro charges.
The first hydro charge is an adjustment charge for the previous year. This number, in kWh, is based on what you were estimated to use in 2018, (you paid this amount on last year’s bill), plus or minus what you actually used. As an example, lets say an owner’s use is estimated and billed in 2018 at 2038 kWh but actual use (as per the meter reading in October) was 2,144 kWh. The adjustment amount is based on the difference between 2038 and 2144, or 108, so the billing adjustment is 108 x 0.130=$14.04. The charge per kWh in 2018 by BC Hydro was 13 cents (0.130). In 2019, there was an increase of .05 cents per kWh from 2018, now 13.5 cents (0.135) per kWh.
The second charge billed is your estimated use for the 2019 season and is based on an average of your actual use for the past three years. If you were to start using less electricity, this estimated use over three years would decrease your estimated use charges. But should you use more, your average over the three years will increase.
Please email the treasurer directly with any questions regarding your invoice, email@example.com.
It’s official, the 2019 maintenance fees were mailed earlier this week. If you don’t receive yours by Jan 15, please email your current mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment is due by April 30, 2019.
If you know another owner who moved in the past year, please let them know, thanks.
Power was successfully restored to the entire park by 3pm on Christmas Eve. I have left several messages with several tree service companies, understandably they are incredibly busy and I have yet to hear back. We are currently working on clearing trees that have fallen in lots, where we can safely do so ourselves. The emergency exit has been cleared of the trees across it.
I am requesting that anyone coming in to clean up a site please take tree debris directly to the burn pile.
I must remind campers that the green space surrounding the park is all privately owned, and the removal of any trees, or parts of trees, for any reason is unlawful. I have already heard from the property owner of the eastern boundary. There is no buffer zone in B or C, site boundaries are the property boundaries of SLS.
Clean-up will be a long process, please have patience with us as work to restore the park. There are around 100 trees that we must contend with, half of which require professional removal.
There is every reason to believe that power will be fully restored to the park today. Hydro crews (three trucks plus arborists) are in right now (11:45am) working in D-section. As soon as they complete their work we will begin activating infrastructure over time. The water will be turned back on to the washrooms today. Staff have purged the water storage tank and replenished it with fresh, chlorinated well water. The main gate will be closed and set to standard operation. The treatment plant and one pumping station will be activated today, with the rest to follow on Boxing Day and after.
There will be no update again until the end of day on December 26.
I hope everyone is warm and dry enjoying time with family, friends, and loved ones.
Hydro crews have partially restored power to the park. The upper section of the park is live, the lower half is not. The line is still down between D-24 and D-37 and that supplies power to the lower half and septic field. This means that the septic field and one sewer lift station are still without power. Unfortunately, the washrooms and laundry must remain locked and the water must remain off until all infrastructure is operational.
BC Hydro has a crew assigned to repair that portion, but no estimate for when it will be done.
The park is still without power, and there remains no timeline for its restoration. Spider Lake Road has been cleared of trees and is open. The gate will remain open until Hydro crews have repaired the downed lines in D-section.
Many emails have been answered and, as previously mentioned, any campers with specific concerns can contact me directly at email@example.com and I will reply as soon as possible.
Over the next two days, as staff and myself, take time for the holiday and our families, be assured that I will still answer emails, and note all concerns. I know ‘The Springs’ is many people’s happy place and we are working hard to keep it that way.
If you haven’t heard from me personally, it means your structure(s) have likely not suffered serious damage. Every site in the park has been impacted, some with just bits of tree debris, and others considerably more. We have made two nearly complete passes of the park and believe we have seen all of the major damage and contacted those site owners. It is entirely possible that we have missed things, I really hope we haven’t, but the park is over 60 acres. There are still sites in the closed section (D-24 to D-37) that we have been unable to fully inspect, I do apologize to those site owners but can not put anyone at risk until BC Hydro has repaired the lines and cleared the trees.
I have not contacted campers with fence, tarp, or gazebo damage, but will be doing so starting on Boxing day. We will be clearing any fallen trees from sites and hauling away branches but can not rake up small debris. Please consider that if we spend just 5 minutes per site, it adds up to over 25 hours to complete the park, not including common areas. Clean-up is going to take a considerable amount of time.
I will be compiling a list of all of the compromised trees in the park that require professional removal. These are any trees that have not fallen but have damaged root systems which no longer effectively anchor them to the ground, there are many.
I want to wish everyone a good holiday, and send my thoughts to anyone still without power at home.