Newsletters are mailed to property owners twice a year. The November newsletter includes an invoice for payment of annual dues. The May newsletter announces the annual meeting and includes a proxy to vote. "This and That" will be updated monthly and will include local happenings and topics of interest. It can be accessed at the bottom right-hand corner of this page.
HUNTING SEASON STARTS OCTOBER 10TH
If you plan to hunt in the White Bird area, please remember:
All of Twin River Ranch is private property. There are no public roadways in Twin River Ranch and no access to public lands.
All entrances to Twin River Ranch are posted with No Hunting/No Trespassing Signage, in accordance with Idaho State Statute 36-1603.
Hunting within Twin River Ranch requires written authorization from the property owner, and any person hunting must be prepared to produce that written authorization upon request.
Property owners should ensure that their guests have written authorization to hunt on their lots. and that their guests know the lot boundaries. Please do not let anyone hunt on your property without these two items.
And it should go without saying that some folks will still be in TRR without permission. Please make sure your gates are locked and your property and animals are secure.
Well the weather forecasters told us that it would be a winter that was wetter and warmer than normal; they got the wet part right. The Association has spent considerably more than normal on snow plowing this season than in past years, though donations from Members have defrayed much of the expense, and the new grader made relatively quick work of the snow load. The backhoe was successfully sold in February and the Road Chair expects heavier than normal spraying for weeds this summer. Hopefully, all of that means another quiet year on the fire front.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND PICNIC
The Annual Meeting of the Twin River Ranch Property Owners Association will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Hoot’s Café Meeting Room. Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided. Tickets to the Duck Derby supporting the White Bird Library will be available for purchase. A picnic will follow at Swiftwater RV Park. Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, condiments and tableware will be provided. Salads and desserts would be most appreciated from those who attend. Please come as it is a great way to be involved in the Property Owners Association, and if we’re lucky it won’t snow.
A financial report will be provided by the Treasurer as a handout at the meeting.
ELECTIONS AND ITEMS UP FOR VOTE BY THE ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
The Board terms of Marty Ansell and Steve Duerksen will expire this year. Both have indicated a desire to continue to serve the Association. We also have one resident, Joe Thyne, who has indicated a desire to serve on the TRRPOA Board. A brief statement from each person is included in this packet. A Proxy to vote is included in this newsletter. If you are not planning to attend the meeting, please complete the proxy and mail it to P. O. Box 130, White Bird, Idaho 83554. If you are a recorded property owner and have paid your annual dues, including any late interest and filing fees, you are welcome to nominate yourself as a possible board member.
Also being presented for Member vote are 3 proposals regarding storage/shipping containers in Twin River Ranch (choose one), and a proposal to redeploy the proceeds of the backhoe sale by purchasing a truck for the Association to handle miscellaneous maintenance tasks (light snow blading, weed spraying, etc; vote yes or no). Please include these ballots as well if you are not planning to attend the meeting in person.
PROPERTY SALES AND CONSTRUCTION
Welcome to new property owners! We are glad you decided to join us in Twin River Ranch. Please be sure to submit a pre-approval plan before you build any structures, or cut roads… it is required by our Covenants. It is also recommended that property owners carefully read the Covenants regarding construction requirements and other restrictions that may apply to your property. Contact any Board Member if you need a copy of the Bylaws or Covenants.
Again, we hope to see you at the meeting and picnic; please being a side dish or dessert and join us.
Please return your proxy if you cannot attend the meeting. (Proxies , voting sheets and member statements mailed)
Greetings to all Twin River Ranch Property Owner Association Members! Another year draws to a close. Thankfully, the fire season was much more subdued this year than last. The fall has been rainy, and the long term forecast is for a winter that is warmer and wetter than normal. Hopefully that still means we will get the snowpack we need to keep the forests from drying out too early.
Association Dues: Enclosed is an invoice (mailed) for 2017 dues. Please return the bottom portion with your Phase and Lot(s) indicated. It will make the Treasurer’s job a lot easier to give appropriate credit for the dues paid.
Treasurer’s Report: Currently, there is $15,004 in the checking account and $58,292 in the money market account. The Board has established the budget for 2017 as enclosed (mailed). The Board continues to invest a significant portion of the Association dues in the upkeep of the TRR roads, both in terms of gravel, and labor for the equipment operator.
Roads and Equipment: The old grader has been sold, but the backhoe has not yet been placed up for sale. Road work was done throughout the summer, and additional work was completed with the arrival of fall rains. A reminder: please use 4-wheel drive on the TRR roads, which will help extend the life of the road maintenance and maximize the value of the funds we invest. And do please be careful when driving, both for your own sake and for others’. Better road conditions might encourage you to increase your speed, but please bear in mind our posted limit of 20 mph. Not only is it safer, but again, our investments in road maintenance will last longer with slower speeds and 4-wheel drive.
Property Sales: A big welcome to all new Association Members. We’re glad you decided to choose Twin River Ranch! Cathy Little continues to maintain the website, and welcomes any information you might have on properties for sale in TRR. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who plan on building next year, a pre-approval plan is required by the Association Covenants and needs to be submitted to the Board and approval received prior to breaking ground. The form can be accessed from our website at the bottom of the Directors Page, or email any board member for a copy. Please also review the Covenants with respect to building requirements, aesthetics of your property, the need for a septic system prior to receiving an electrical permit, and other restrictions that may apply. Adhering to the Covenants makes for good neighbor relations. If you have misplaced your copy of the Covenants, they can be sent to you by email.
Fire Telephone Tree: If you have not yet shared your telephone number, or your number has changed this year, please add your phone number to your invoice remittance when you pay your 2017 dues, so we can update the Telephone Tree and are ready for next season.
Shipping Containers in TRR: There has been a significant amount of discussion about the use of shipping containers within TRR, and the current Covenants are silent on this. Enclosed for your review (mailed) please find proposed language for addition to the TRR Covenants. This language will be presented to you for vote at the Annual Meeting in June 2017.
Address Signs: If you wish to post your address on your lot, Annelle Urbahn is willing to coordinate the purchase of more address signs. The signs are $39.99 for an 18” x 18” sign, and by all accounts, they are holding up well. You can contact Annelle at 208-839-9942 to place an order. If you wish to order yourself, they can be obtained from smartsign.com, part #K-3447.
Hunting: Regrettably, we have had some instances again this year with individuals who are not residents of TRR hunting within TRR, and residents of TRR hunting on lots not owned by them and where they do not have permission to hunt. All of TRR is private property. There are no public lands or access to public lands. Please respect the ownership rights of your neighbors and only hunt where you have permission to do so.
Annual Meeting: Mark your calendar for the 2017 Annual Association Meeting and Picnic which will be held on Friday, June 16. Notice will be sent again with the May newsletter.
Spring has been in and out this year with some days freezing and windy and others in the 80's. Hummers are back at the feeders, birds are nesting, and the bucks are showing signs of antlers. With a fair amount of moisture, the weeds are really growing rapidly. We have all complained about the starthistle around here - now we have a new noxious weed which has taken hold on many properties. First thought to be poison hemlock, the Idaho County weed guy identified it as bur chervil. It seems to prefer moist shady places and disturbed ground but also can be found spreading out into pastures and rangeland. It was first introduced into the U.S in wildflower seed packets and is now found just about everywhere. It grows to about two feet, has white flowers, and then the seeds stick onto wildlife and are carried wherever the animal goes. Broad leaf chemicals do not work for eradication - only something like Roundup or Cornerstone is effective (use a heavier concentration!) Related to the herb chervil, this plant, although non-toxic, is not edible. Even the deer that taste everything do not bother it. Although it can be pulled up when first emerging, it can cause a rash if handled without gloves. Spray before seed heads develop.
(photos of bur chervil on mailed newsletter)
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND PICNIC
The Annual Meeting of the Twin River Ranch Property Owners Association will be held on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Hoot's Cafe meeting room. Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided and again there will be several door prizes. Tickets for the Duck Derby to support our local library will be available. A picnic will follow the meeting at Swiftwater RV Park which was enjoyed by all last year. Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, condiments and tableware will be provided and Phil and Kelly will add another meat dish again this year. Salads and desserts would be most appreciated from those who attend. Please come as it is a great time to meet other property owners. Guests are welcome.
A financial report and budget will be provided by the treasurer as a handout at the meeting.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS FOR THE BOARD
There are two open positions for the Board this year as both Robin Lipinski and Cathy Little have terms that expire. Both Robin and Cathy are not seeking re-election. If you are a recorded property owner and have paid your annual dues, including any late interest and filing fees, you are welcome to join the Board. A Proxy to Vote is included with this newsletter. If you are not planning to attend the meeting, please complete the proxy and mail it to P.O. Box 130, White Bird, Idaho 83554.
ROADS AND EQUIPMENT UPDATE
As recently reported, our new grader is a breeze to operate and the equipment operators love it. The old grader was sold for a decent price, and the board decided to hold onto the backhoe for the time being - at least until some roadwork is completed. Residents may have noticed a pile of telephone poles on Bucks Boulevard. Since the posts at the entries to TRR are rotting, they will be replaced with the new poles. Grading of roads is in progress but far from complete.
PROPERTY SALES AND CONSTRUCTION
Several properties changed ownership this past year and a big welcome is extended to the new owners. Most of the sales were generated from our properties for sale page on our website. Additionally, a few new homes have been completed. Please be sure to submit a pre-approval plan if you intend to build...it is required by our Covenants. It is also recommended that property owners carefully read the Covenants regarding construction requirements and other restrictions that may apply to your property.
· Be sure to visit our website at www.twinriverranch.com. All TRR business is posted on a routine basis and updates are posted monthly on the this and that page. The website has averaged 1700 visits a month!
· The burning ban begins on May 10! After that date, a burning permit is required and can be obtained by calling 839-2211. Please also keep aware of any other fire restrictions that may be imposed by the Forest Service or Sheriff's Office during fire season and comply with the regulations. Last year's fires were significant and impacted our area with threats and smoke for a good part of the summer.
· Check out www.firewise.org for some great information about making your home and property fire safe. Staff are also available to assess your property and make suggestions about fire safety.
· A large one page map of the entire ranch is now available. The map does not include survey coordinates but is definitely easily read. The map will be available at the annual meeting for $4.50.
· A CD with the Bylaws and CC&Rs will be available at the meeting. They can also be emailed.
· Check out the Chamber website (www.visitwhitebird.com) for the events scheduled for White Bird Days. Parade, rodeo, street vendors, nighttime activities and much fun during this annual event!
Please return your proxy!
Please remember to bring a side dish or dessert to the picnic!
Another very hot dry summer on Twin River Ranch! All of the creeks dried up very early in the season which was a first in many years. Due to the weather (hot, no rain at all) there were numerous fires throughout Idaho with destruction of many acres of forest and private homes. Close to us, the Tepee Springs fire resulted in an evacuation notice all the way to White Bird for a few days, but the wind died down and the firefighters were able to control the fire north of Riggins. The smoke from all the fires added more misery to the heat but we enjoyed a clear, but warm, September and are finally having some rain! Temperatures are more seasonal and there is even snow in the higher elevations.
Annual Dues: Enclosed is the invoice for the 2016 dues. Annual assessments are due by January 1, 2016, late notices will hopefully remind those who have not paid on time, and then liens will be placed on delinquent assessments. Remember, our Covenants do allow the addition of a penalty and filing fees when a lien is placed and will be carried forward to the next year even if a property owner pays the late assessment but not the additional fees. We are again asking for "donations" to the snow removal fund which can be included with your dues.
Treasurer's Report: Currently, there is $8150.00 in the checking account and $58200.00 in the money market account. The new grader cost $61503.00 which was the big expenditure for the year.
Roads and Equipment: As you may have read on our website, a new grader was purchased in September. The operators say it handles like a charm and definitely will provide better service for a long time to come. The old grader is for sale on consignment and the backhoe will be advertised for sale in the new year. After the last rainfall, the steep and washboard areas were graded and the rest of the roads will be done at a later date. The weed spraying that was done by a local sprayer last spring was quite effective and we will use him again in 2016. Some spot spraying was done by Board members but few weeds were seen on most roads.
Lot Owner Construction and Property Sales: Our website's properties for sale page generated several property sales this past year. A big welcome to the new property owners. Since the Eye of Idaho properties for sale page is no longer available, properties by owner can be listed on our website. Just send an email to Cathy with the particulars. Again, for those who plan on building, a pre-approval plan is required by our covenants and needs to be submitted to the Board before breaking ground. The form can be accessed from our website at the bottom of the Director's page or email any Board member for a copy. Please also review your Covenants as to building requirements, aesthetics of your property, the need for a septic system, and other restrictions that may apply. Adhering to the Covenants makes for good neighbor relations! If you have misplaced your copy of the Covenants, they can be sent to you by email or by disk.
Upcoming Events and Other News:
· The White Bird Recreation District invites guests to attend their Board meetings held on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the old school. Room and grounds rental fees have been set for those who wish to use the building. Fees are $25.00/day for one room, $50.00/day for two rooms, and $75.00/day for the grounds and building.
· The Rebekah's annual Thanksgiving dinner will be on November 15th. Come for Bingo starting at ten and enjoy the great dinner at noon. The IOOF Hall has been totally redecorated with new flooring, walls and window treatments.
· The White Bird Library now has their 2016 calendars for sale.
· The Silver Dollar will have a celebration on Thanksgiving Day. Bring a dish to share and enjoy visiting with neighbors.
· Salmon River Treasures has opened in the old liquor store with second hand items for sale or trade and lots of curios. They are open Thursday through Sunday from noon to whenever.
· TRR website: www.twinriverranch.com
Fire Telephone Tree: Fortunately, we had no need to use the fire telephone tree this year but there were a few days of anxiety as the dry lightning threatened. We had one small fire, started by a lightning strike to an old dead pine tree on the south side of TRR, but the Forest Service was on it quickly with a ground crew as well as helicopter water buckets. There are still a few residents who have not shared a phone contact number so please do so on your invoice so we are prepared for next season. A big thank you to the volunteers who not only watched the weather but remained available to provide notification in the event of a fire that threatened TRR.
Address Signs: I have had several thank yous from both FedEx and UPS for the address signs that some residents have placed on the their properties. I am still willing to order for those who want a sign...they are $39.99 for an 18 by 18 sign in a color and motif of your choice. If you wish to order yourself, they can be obtained from smartsign.com, part #K-3447.
So as to not be repetitive, please refer to past newsletters regarding our speed limit, using common sense when driving 4-wheelers on our roads, not trespassing into private properties, and maintaining a neat and attractive appearance of your land and buildings.
Annual Meeting: Mark your calendar for the 2016 Annual Association Meeting and Picnic which will be held on Friday, June 17, 2016. Notice will again be sent with the May newsletter.
A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON TO ALL!