Indian Hills Fire Protection District Board Meetings of April/May/June 2017 and topics of interest 

During the June 27 Meeting of the Indian Hills Fire Protection District Board of Directors, the topic of an Intergovernmental Agreements was discussed concerning fire hydrant installation, maintenance and testing.

Additional topic of public interest is a new demand being placed onto the public by the Indian Hills Fire Protection District – requiring all new or rebuilt homes to be required to have sprinklers installed along with required water storage tank.  This discussion started during the April 2017 meeting as noted by the Meeting Minutes:  “Fire Marshall — Randy Rudloff
Mr. Rudloff brought the Resolution 18-1 “Sprinkler Requirements”, which would require I.H. district new homes that exceed 1500 square feet to have a sprinkler system. The required system would be NFPA 13D or P2904 with 20 minutes worth of water storage (600-gallon tank). Typical cost 2.50-3.50 per square feet or around $12,000. This helps with
lowering insurance rates.”   While “this may help lower insurance rates”, such savings would certainly not offset the $12,000+ price tag.    

This new Sprinkler requirement may also impact current Indian Hills home owners who one day desire to scrape and build a new replacement home on the same land as well as any new development.   The IHFR Board Meeting agenda for May 2018  indicated IHFR was going to adopt the Sprinkler requirement resolution without holding a specific hearing with public notice on the topic – “Sprinkler Resolution Adoption”.  The Public would not have been notified of the Sprinkler Resolution that was discussed during the April Meeting, as April Meeting minutes are not posted until after the May meeting approves the prior months meeting minutes.   A local Indian Hills Citizen attending the May meeting made a recommendation for a public hearing to be held, obtaining public input prior to adoption of the resolution.  IHFR Board decided to postpone voting and will schedule a future public hearing on the Sprinkler resolution.

Review of the May IHFR Meeting minutes indicates there was discussion by the IHFR Board and the Fire Chief:  “Also, it was discussed the reasoning is that the fire hydrants are outdated with the size of pipe so the pressure is not strong enough. Thus, putting the community at risk of a wildfire from a house fire.”    If the concern is wildland fire and water supplies, why are there not more fire hydrants installed?  If there is a concern about the water main pipe size, why has Indian Hills Water District not heard of these concerns?    

According to the Fire Marshal Randy Rudloff,  Jefferson County adopted the Standard Fire Codes, however they also excluded the Sprinkler requirement for all new homes within Jefferson County.

When pressed by the public about the discussion and noted comments from the May Board meeting, Board President Scott Keller appeared to be unaware of those comments and discussion having occurred. 

Sprinkler systems are a life safety solution, reducing fire deaths and fire destruction of property.  For more information on Sprinkler code requirements please see:  https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Sprinkler-Initiative/Legislation-and-adoptions/Sprinkler-requirements   and for suggested steps for Adopting a Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinance please see:  https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Fire-Sprinkler-Initiative/Sprinkler-Coalitions/Colorado/WA-Residential-Fire-Sprinkler-Ordinance-Adoption-Process.ashx?la=en

The attending public did ask for facts to be provided concerning what are the required water main size for hydrants to function, what is the recommended number of and location of hydrants as well as what is the recommended distance between fire hydrants.

Fire Chief Emery indicated the IHFR received an updated and improved ISO rating regardless of any concerns about hydrants maintenance, hydrant placements or water main size.    

IHFR Meeting Minutes are available for public review at:  http://www.ihfr.org/board-meeting-minutes 

Congratulations to the newly elected Directors of Indian Hills Water District Board of Directors.

On May 8th, 2018 the Indian Hills community turned out for this important community vote with a record 245 people voting for three 4 year director positions and two 2 year director positions. 

The new directors were all sworn in during the public Indian Hills Water District Board of Directors meeting held last Thursday May 17th.

4 Year term:  Dave Mosby, Scott Ryplewski, and Marianna Kristoff

2 Year term:  Craig Levy and Samantha August

 

Below is the breakdown from the votes recorded, as per the Certificate of Election Returns for the Indian Hills Water District Board of Directors Election.

For the three 4 year director positions:

Scott Ryplewski received: 157 votes 

Dave Mosby received: 132 votes

Marianna Kristoff received: 119 votes

Michael Cunningham received: 89 votes

Tony Pesce received: 74 votes

Emery Carson received 63 votes

Nelson Goodreau received:  12 votes

 

For the two 2 year director positions:

Samantha August received: 182 votes

Craig Levy received: 128 votes

Kevin Rees received: 61 votes

Jerry Kahl received: 27 votes

 

 Both Indian Hills Fire Rescue and Indian Hills Water District are Special Districts….  How will this impact their budgets next year (2019) ?

 

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Update on Residential Assessment Rate

As many of you already know, the Residential Assessment Rate (RAR) has been one of the main issues that SDA has focused on over the last year.

In the 2019 Legislative Session, the Legislature will once again review the new values determined by the biennial assessment of properties and set a new RAR to be applied in 2020-21.  Preliminary estimates have indicated that the new RAR will likely be in the area of 6.2%, a reduction of 14.1%. The current RAR is set at 7.2%.

This of course leads to the question of what can be done to reduce the impact of this seemingly unavoidable hit to the revenue of special districts. Part of the problem is that the issue involves the interface of two Constitutional amendments, the Gallagher Amendment and the TABOR Amendment, and true relief from this RAR dilemma would really come only through a Constitutional amendment.

Since the success of a Constitutional amendment is dubious, various approaches have been floated to find actions that could be achieved through legislation instead. The latest approach was to extend the reappraisal period from the traditional two years to four years. This would have the effect of keeping the current RAR for an additional two years before it would have to be adjusted.

While this proposal was not without its own potential issues, a bill to make this change was drafted in this Legislative Session, and it appeared that it would be introduced as a late bill. However, we found out on Friday, April 27 that the bill would not be introduced at all…period, end of story. To address the problem, the Legislature has established an interim committee that will meet several times this summer to focus on these issues.

Many districts are now considering efforts to obtain relief from future RAR adjustments through local ballot questions. SDA is working with prominent attorneys and tax experts to develop potential ballot questions to seek local voter approval of a process by which district Boards could adjust their mill levies in anticipation of RAR adjustments. However, the drafting of these ballot questions is tricky, and success, which is of course not guaranteed, depends on a district’s unique circumstances.

As we continue our work on this ongoing problem, SDA will remain focused and committed to finding any possible solutions. Please stay tuned for more information as we will continue to keep you apprised of any future developments.

Sincerely,
Ann Terry
Executive Director 

As reported on the Indian Hills Colorado Facebook page by IHWD Director Steve Hosie:  Having served our community on the IHWD Board of Directors for the last 10 years, I have been asked by many in our community who I consider the best candidates for the IHWD Board of Directors.   Names listed are not in any particular order.

For the Two Year Seats:  Samantha August and Craig Levy.  These two community members have experience working in positive ways for our community while serving on the Indian Hills Water District Board of Directors and have a good grasp of the issues IHWD and our community is facing.

For the Four Year Seats:  Scott Ryplewski, Tony Pesce, Marianna Kristoff, Dave Mosby, Michael Cunningham.  All of these people bring professional skills to the table that will continue to take the Water District forward in a positive direction working together for our community, safe drinking water, water treatment, storage and conservation.

Those names not listed in the above post, I would not vote for and I do not recommend.

Movie Nights in Indian Hills:   http://indianhillsfunrun.com/

May 24th – Thursday Night:    Event starts at 6pm, Movie starts at Sundown.   Music, Dinner and Movie….   Movie Playing:  The Jungle Book (2016)

July 3rd – Tuesday Night:  Event starts at 6pm, Movie starts at Sundown.  Music, Dinner and Movie….. Movie Playing:  The Great Outdoors

July 4th – Indian Hills Fun Run, Pancake Breakfast and Parade – details at:  http://indianhillsfunrun.com/

August 24th – Friday Night – Event starts at 6pm, Movie starts at Sundown.  Music, Dinner and Movie…. Movie Playing:  Ferdinand

News concerning Indian Hills and the Jefferson County Board of Health Meeting April 18, 2018

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At the Jefferson County Board of Health public meeting held on April 18, 2018, Jefferson County Board of Health appeared eager to move forward and work with property owner of land located at 23749 MONT BLANC DR 
INDIAN HILLS CO 80454 and 23799 MONT BLANC DR 
INDIAN HILLS CO 80454 to allow merging of two 1/2 acre lots into a single new parcel and allow new development regardless the land is in the Indian Hills Septic Moratorium area.

After hearing public testimony from the property owners who purchased the land in 2016 and hearing from Jefferson County Environmental Health Employee Mr. Roy Laws, the Board of Health recommended the property owner to move forward, work with Mr. Craig Sanders and Mr. Roy Laws, build their case and apply for a variance to allow new development on a new building site of 1 acre within the Indian Hills Septic Moratorium area.  The Indian Hills Septic Moratorium area prohibits new development on all lots identified within the moratorium area and has been in place since 1979.

 

Jefferson County Board of Health Meeting information can be found at:  https://www.jeffco.us/3413/Board-of-Health