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 vendor is still working out the kinks of the gate. The past three days there has been intermittent success. We did access the cameras last night to find that the gate failed on its own. However, if you see someone misuse the gate please report it to the Board or try to take the opportunity for a polite teaching moment. We will continue to update you all on the progress. New signs and detailed instructions soon to come.
We are aware of intermittent issues with the gate functionality and have been working with our contractor to get it fixed. If you find the gate open, please do not push it closed! Doing so may cause damage.
Our gate contractor is continuing work on the gate. They are replacing some parts which will hopefully arrive next week. They have never had an issue like this before and are unsure what has caused it. We want to emphasize the importance of NOT messing with the gate when it is working, or trying to force it open. We reserve the right to fine or prosecute anyone found to be disturbing the normal operations of the gate.
If you have a key card or fob, remember to hold it next to the keypad on the gate. Once it beeps and turns green the gate will begin to open within a few seconds.
The barricades on Morehouse Road are up for safety reasons as the road is being eroded by the river. We ask that ONLY residents of Morehouse Road use it because they have been given special access through a resident’s driveway. There will be an announcement when it is fixed and available to everyone.
The 2019 Spring annual road maintenance is complete. The restriction on large trucks and commercial vehicles has been lifted.
The damaged area on MacKenzie has dried out and firmed up. Thus, we have opened MacKenzie, but please be cautious of the damage between Fremont and Hoback. Two ruts are deep enough to swallow a small car! We put cones to the side of the road there to help raise awareness.
Road maintenance was not able to be accomplished this week due to weather. Crews will return soon as they can.
Four wheel drive is recommended for the steeper roads within BSR after rain. Large trucks are still prohibited.
Not yet! Though, we’d prefer if you would do so sooner rather than later. The offer to exchange metal keys for free key cards (see details in Gate FAQ) expires May 30, 2019. One offer per Association member in good standing (i.e. no outstanding payments due). All exchanges must be in the “Keys” box on the bulletin board at the gate by May 30, 2019, or postmarked by that date if sent in the mail. After May 30, 2019, all key cards must be purchased.
At the moment (because it is always dependent on weather conditions) we are scheduled to have road maintenance done May 20 through May 24. Road base will be put down, borrow ditches cleaned out, and roads graded and rolled. The map above shows our prioritized areas where road material will be added this year. Grading and rolling will occur throughout BSR.
We’re keeping a close eye on the coned off section of MacKenzie where there is road damage. As of our inspection on Monday, we couldn’t tell if it was a water line leak or subterranean winter runoff. Please do not drive through or around the cones since this will just cause more damage and cost even more to repair.
While road base is being brought in, we don’t anticipate the main gate to be chained open this year due to our new electronic gate. Please be cautious of heavy machinery and respect road restrictions which may be imposed for short periods of time.
Winter road restrictions have been lifted. Some areas are still quite soft and have been coned off. Do not move the cones and drive through the areas! It will cause costly damage to the roads. Here are the continuing limitations:
- MacKenzie (Mud Hill) is closed from Fremont to the top of Mud Hill. There is road damage from vehicles that needs to be repaired. It is not possible to drive around the damage. (See picture)
- As usual, large trucks and commercial vehicles are still restricted for a couple more weeks (until May 18th).
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