Winter is fast approaching and has hit BSR pretty hard twice already this Fall making it difficult to drive in and out. We hope you’ve already done any necessary winterizing. We highly recommend four-wheel drive vehicles only until the snow and ice from the recent storms melts off.
Winter Restrictions will go into effect soon–typically around Thanksgiving (plus or minus a week). We won’t know for sure when until the snow stops melting, but we will give as much notice as possible. Please use caution at all times and evaluate the weather and conditions before you enter BSR.
What does “Winter Restrictions” mean? Winter road restrictions are in effect any time the winter restrictions sign is posted on the gate. This is done when the snow or ice accumulation is significant enough to make travel on BSR roads hazardous. During winter restrictions, only snow vehicles—such as snowmobiles, snow cats, and ATVs—are permitted past the BSR gate. Cars, trucks, and 4-wheel drive vehicles are not permitted until restrictions are lifted. Even if you see car tracks going past the gate, this does not mean it is okay for you to drive in. This is for everyone’s safety. We’ve had people in the past who disobey the restrictions and end up blocking the road at the bottom of the gated hill.
It is the responsibility of every Association Member to ensure their guests are aware when Winter Restrictions are in effect and what that means. We had a few non-snow vehicles go into BSR last winter by guests. Most required assistance to get out. We hope anyone who received assistance has treated their rescuers with a giant gift basket for helping them out of their sad blunder. 😉
The river bank along Morehouse Road has been repaired and the road has been returned to normal access. Special thanks to Mr. Eskelson for his work and Ms. Crosswhite for allowing owners along Morehouse to use her driveway for access in the meantime.
Due to the perpetual issues with the gate and no discoverable solution by our vendor, our gate vendor replaced the entire system earlier this week at no cost to us. The new system is a higher level of durability and toughness.
Please remember: DO NOT push or pull the gate at any time. In the past, doing so could break the mechanism. With the new system, whatever is pushing or pulling is more likely to break!
To help protect the gate system and the camera which monitors the area, a surge suppressor was installed last Spring.
Additionally, new signs were added this Summer on and around the gate to help remind how to use the gate system. It is now community members’ responsibilities to care for the gate and explain to guests/contractors how the gate works. There is NO reason to actually touch the gate. Pushing it open or shut will be considered a violation and we will hold those accountable when necessary. If you have any questions about the gate or keys, please read through our Gate FAQ first, then contact us, if necessary.
As always, please make sure the gate closes completely behind you before leaving the area. Remember, it will not close if you are over a sensor, but please do not park on the sensors (doing so caused at least one malfunction last month). If the gate does not close on its own, contact us ASAP!
All current key cards, fobs, transmitters, and any temporary PINs should work as usual.
Special thanks to Karl Lund for all his efforts in trying to figure out the issues this Summer, keeping the old system limping along, and helping us get this new system!
The 2019 Annual Meeting of Cool Springs Mutual Water Company will be Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Murray Library.
The terms for 3 board members will end this year. Carolyn Bowles will retire, Jay Judkins and Nan Kemp will run for re-election.
If you are interested in running for election to the board, please send a short, one paragraph biography to: nan.kemp@comcast (must type e-mail address; don’t copy/paste), by September 1st, so it can be included in the mailing.
The following is a copy of a letter sent to property owners along Morehouse Road dated 23 July, 2019. The Board would like to share it with everyone for informational purposes.
Dear Beaver Springs Ranch property owners:
The Beaver Springs Association Board would like to take this opportunity to let you know our plan for moving forward in regards to the Morehouse road area. First, thank you to the Crosswhite family for allowing us to use their driveway as a detour. The Board will work with the Crosswhites to repair any damage to their property that results because of this. Second, thank you to everyone affected by the road closure for their patience and “community spirit” as we work through this repair.
There are numerous issues delaying our progress, including a combination of overlapping property rights. The Board is working through all of these issues, with all respective parties, and has an intention of beginning actual repair work on October first. To be specific, Beaver Springs Ranch does not own any property to the south of the road- so relocating the property further onto dry land is not an option. In addition, the bed of the river is owned by another party. This river boundary is (roughly speaking) described as the area between the high-water marks of the river- which now includes the river and rock area where the road used to be. Finally, we should all bear in mind that the Board simply cannot dump fill material into the river without a number of permits, which would be difficult for the Beaver Springs Ranch Association to obtain, because Beaver Springs Ranch is (arguably) not the owner of the property where the road used to be. In short, this is a bit of a mess.
The good news is that the owner of the river bed has agreed to return the river to its approximate course of several years ago and is in the process of obtaining the proper permits. It is his expectation to begin work when the water reaches its annual low point- around the beginning of October. At that time, the road will be returned to (approximately) it’s original location and the shoreline hardened against future erosion.
The Association Board is working hard to ensure this plan comes to fruition, but please understand that many aspects (such as permitting) are out of our control. In the meantime, we thank you again for your patience and would welcome any suggestions to improve the situation. Feel free to contact any Board member for further discussion, but please be patient with us as we are all learning about Utah property and water law as we go. We will do our best to let you know when we have updates.
See you on the Mountain!
On behalf of the Beaver Springs Ranch Association Board
Through some extensive testing, our gate installer has found an issue in the gate which matches the symptoms we have been seeing for the past month+. They have fixed it and the gate–once more–appears to be working properly. They have also set the gate closer delay time back to normal. If you see any anomalous gate issues, please contact Karl immediately (his number is on the bulletin board at the gate). Thanks!
The chipper came to BSR as planned on July 10th, but their preliminary scouting of the work showed them we had much more to be chipped than they could do in one day. The county has scheduled the chipper to return to BSR on July 22.