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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.

 

MAY 2017

 

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.

   

FINANCIAL REPORT

   

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)

 

November 2016

 

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 badbearbluff@gmail.com.  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.

May, 2016

 

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.

 FINANCIAL REPORT

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. 

 OTHER NOTES

·         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!



NOVEMBER, 2015

 

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!



 


May, 2015
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND PICNIC
 

The annual meeting of the Twin River Ranch Property Owners Association will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in the Hoot's Cafe meeting room. Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided at the meeting and this year there will again be several drawings for door prizes. Tickets for the Duck Derby will be available at the meeting and picnic to follow the meeting at Swiftwater R.V. Park. Swiftwater has two covered gazebos so even if it is sprinkling, we can all be under cover. Meat, drinks, condiments and tableware will be provided but salads and desserts would be most appreciated from those who are attending. Let's have a better showing this year of year-round residents! Those who attend from out of town appreciate meeting and talking to those who already live here.

 
FINANCIAL REPORT
 

A detailed financial report and proposed budget will be provided at the meeting as a handout.

 
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS FOR THE BOARD
 

There are three open positions for the Board of Directors - both are three year terms. If you would like to serve on the Board or recommend someone, please contact a Director. Nominations from the floor will also be taken at the meeting. If you have paid your annual dues, including any late interest and lien filing fees, a Proxy to Vote is included in this newsletter. If you cannot attend the meeting, please complete the Proxy and mail it to P.O. Box 130, White Bird, ID 83554. Only Proxies that are mailed directly to Twin River Ranch will be accepted for voting. Board members must be recorded property owners in good standing. Annelle Urbahn, John Urbahn and Steve Duerksen are seeking re-election.

 
EQUIPMENT UPDATE

Currently the Association owns a Champion road grader, a rock rake, and a John Deere rubber tired backhoe.

Problems with heavy equipment arise when the equipment is not being used. For the past three years, the equipment operator , who had his own business, was not always available when needed and did not provide continuous service to either our roads or maintenance of the equipment. Hence, the Association equipment has been parked with very little use and seals dry out and problems are not quickly recognized. In 2014, the backhoe had over $5000 in repairs including replacing the radiator. It was used no more than three hours the entire year. Currently in 2015 it has not even been started. The rock rake has been repaired, a minor repair regarding its winch, but has not been used for the last two years.

Our primary piece of equipment is the Champion road grader. It is with this machine that the roads are graded and snow is removed in winter. It was an old machine when purchased and is far worse for wear than when the Association purchased it.

The grader was fitted with a new set of tires three years ago and minimal maintenance has been provided in the past three years. When our new equipment operator, John Raynor, began the current maintenance program for the grader, the problems were recognized. It was found that over a gallon of fuel oil had contaminated the lube oil system and monitoring of this situation is ongoing. The main sheet of glass on the windshield is shattered and causes problems for the operator. There are eighteen leaks on the hydraulic cylinders which causes the blade to drift on its own and also causes air-locked flows to the cylinders which makes quality grading almost impossible. There also are issues with the brakes. One of the brake lines was cut in the past and crimped off, most probably because the brake cylinder it supplied fluid to in the wheel is leaking. Currently, the operator has to add brake fluid and pump the brakes. The liability to the association on just the brake issue is enough to red-tag the machine until repaired, but the operator has agreed to run the machine until a decision is made by the association to make major repairs or not.

While the obvious course of action would be to begin repairs on the grader, it must be pointed out that once repairs begin, they often balloon as one issue is related to another. It does not take long for many thousands of dollars end up being spent.

While the board-of-directors has the authority to address the situation on its own, it was mutually agreed by all board members to present the entire Association with the various actions that can be taken. Research was done regarding the grader, repairing it or purchasing or leasing a new one, and the choices are proposed and listed for a vote which is included with the newsletter. Additionally, since the backhoe gets little use, a decision to sell this equipment might be indicated. Any backhoe work that might be needed in the future can be arranged with a local provider. The topic of the Association machinery will be brought up at the Annual TRR meeting in June, where a vote will be held using the options listed in the equipment voting sheet. For those not planning to attend the annual meeting, please complete the form, choosing the option(s) that you would prefer.

If you have further questions or suggestions about the Association equipment, please contact a Board member.

 
HELP!

The Board is looking for someone who might be interested in clearing brush from several areas on Association roads. The brush, consisting mainly of overgrown tree limbs and blackberry bushes, would take approximately 2 days of work to cut and haul off. Please call Robin Lipinski for details.

 
OTHER NOTES
 

·         Be sure to visit our website at www.twinriverranch.com.

·         TRR Bylaws and CC&Rs will be available on CD at the meeting. Large maps of the ranch will also be available.

·         Please keep us informed if you change your address!

·         Out of towners can find accommodations at one of White Bird's motels or park campers at Angel's Nook or Swiftwater. Phone numbers are on our website on the Contacts page.

·         No open burning without a permit from May 10 to October 20! This includes campfires that are not contained in a metal fire ring with a wide perimeter cleared of combustible materials. Please comply as we do not want any more fires and you do not want to be fined!

·         The CC&Rs require a pre-approval plan before you begin building a residence. Forms can be downloaded from our website and will also be available at the annual meeting.

·         The Fire Telephone Tree is being updated and to those of you who have not provided us with a local number, please do so by adding your contact number to the Proxy form.

·         Please drive carefully on Association roads - stay under our speed limit of 20mph and use 4-wheel drive.

 

Please return your Proxy to Vote (for election of Board members) and the Equipment Voting Sheet to TRRPOA, P.O. Box 130, White Bird, ID 83554.

 

Please remember to bring a side dish or dessert for the picnic!


November,
2014

 

After a long, hot and dry summer, it is nice to see some cooler weather in the area and again enjoy the beautiful fall colors. The first snow appeared on the mountain tops at the end of September and surely there is more to come. A big welcome to new property owners and those who began building this past year!

 

Annual Dues: Enclosed in the mailing is an invoice for the 2015 dues. Remember that the annual assessment is due by January first. We are again asking for a "donation" to the snow removal fund which can be sent with your annual dues. To those who have not ever contributed to the snow removal fund - yet have had their road plowed - it is due to the generosity of your neighbors! If you need your driveway plowed this winter, contact John Urbahn to make arrangements. The cost for plowing is $50.00 per hour and will only be done on driveways accessed from plowed roads.

Treasurer's Report:  In mailing

 
Roads and Equipment: With the lack of rain until recently, grading of roads began rather late this year but, weather permitting, all roads should have attention before the nasty winter arrives. The road by the pond has been repaired using geotextile and several loads of gravel for a definite improvement. Weed abatement using volunteers this past summer was not satisfactory and the Board will be re-visiting our approach at the start of the new year. Some areas required three sprayings and with only using small tanks on the back of 4-wheelers, it was a time-consuming job for the volunteers.
 

Posting Your Street Address: UPS and FedEx intend to be more strict with package deliveries and not deliver to properties where there is no street address posted. Several residents have ordered signs to post at their driveways through www.smartsign.com. The sign chosen is Part #K-3447 which is an 18 x 18 inch sign for $39.99 that can be customized with various different motifs. I will be very happy to order a sign for anyone who wants one. Most residents who ordered the sign used their street address but a few just put their number and the name of their ranch.

 
Lot Owner Construction: Several new residences are under construction or completed, but a few of the property owners failed to submit a pre-approval plan prior to building. Our Covenants require the submission of a pre-approval plan to ensure that the building meets with the requirements on TRR. There are several buildings that are under construction that do not appear to adhere to Covenant requirements as to size and appearance (you know who you are!) and the Board does have the authority to take legal action, at the property owner's expense, to enforce compliance and even have the offending structures removed. Also keep in mind that living in a trailer, motor home or camper is not allowed, except when active construction of a residence is evident. Property owners are again reminded to review the Covenants pertaining to building requirements and also become familiar with state and county regulations regarding the discharge of both black and gray waste. A septic system is required once a property has water under pressure, and any alternative means of handling wastes must be permitted by the Health Department.  Additionally, cessation of construction for a period of over 30 days without Board approval is a violation of the Covenants.
 

Gates: Over the past few years, most of the gates put on road entries by Red Creek Ranch have been removed, allowing easy access by the EMS and Fire Department. Two restrictive gates remain on the "fire exit" portion of Shuck Creek Road at the request of one of the property owners bordering that road. However, the Fire Department has said that, if the gates are closed, they cannot stop to open them and will turn around and take the "longer" route to arrive at their destination.   Furthermore, Section 4.6 of our Covenants prohibits obstructions on common easements (i.e., gates). The Board has made a suggestion of compromise to keep the gates open during fire season and once the road is repaired, making it more passable, the gates will be removed to comply with the Covenants.

 

ATVs and Driving on Association Roads: Many residents use ATVs to travel along association roads and other residents allow their visitors to joy ride the ranch. Please keep in mind that, although TRR roads are "private" roads, it does not mean that drivers should not adhere to the speed limit or practice general safety rules and respect for other vehicles on the road. Although some will argue that since our roads are private, children can operate ATVs and motorcycles without a driver's license. This is a very unsafe practice that should not be allowed by parents. Fortunately, we had only two vehicular accidents this past year but both were due to speeding and/or reckless behavior. Please be mindful of other drivers, walkers and horseback riders on TRR roads. Please use 4-wheel drive and stay below our speed limit.

 

Website: Our website is located at www.twinriverranch.com. General information about the ranch is on the Home page and properties for sale can be accessed from the bottom right corner of this page. The Directors page gives a listing of current Board members and includes the minutes of all Board meetings. At the bottom right of this page is the pre-approval form to submit before building a residence. The Newsletter page includes both the May and November newsletters and This and That, monthly happenings and news, is accessed from the bottom right corner of this page. The Contacts page lists local numbers for county and community services and the Photos page has interesting pictures taken on the ranch. The minutes of our annual meetings can be found on the Annual Meeting page.

 

Annual Meeting: Mark your calendar for the Annual Association Meeting to be held on Friday, June 19, 2015. Details will be given in the May newsletter.

 

Contact Information: As requested several times by the Board, a phone number where you can be reached in case of a fire or other emergency is essential to your safety. A Fire Telephone Tree was developed several years ago but there are still several residents who have not given us a number where they can be reached. If there is an emergency situation on the ranch, do not expect a neighbor to risk his or her own safety to knock on your door. Please include a phone number with your annual dues.

 

TRR Bylaws and Covenants: For those who may have misplaced their copy of our Covenants, they can be emailed to you or a disk sent by regular mail on request to the secretary. Remember, at the closing when you purchased your property, you agreed to abide by these Covenants. Unfortunately, there are some property owners who do not feel the Covenants pertain to them.

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!





May, 2014

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND PICNIC
 

The Annual Association Meeting and Picnic will again be held in conjunction with White Bird Days. The meeting will be held at Hoot's Cafe on Friday, June 13, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided at the meeting and this year there will be several drawings for door prizes. Tickets for the Duck Derby will be available at the meeting and picnic. Carl Crabtree from the County Extension Office will be a guest speaker with his focus on weed control. A picnic will follow the meeting at Killgore Adventures. Meat, drinks, condiments and tableware will be provided but salads and desserts would be most appreciated from those who are attending. Let's have a better showing this year of year-round residents! Those who attend from out of town appreciate meeting and talking to those who already live here.

 
FINANCIAL REPORT
 

A detailed financial report will be provided at the meeting as a handout.

 
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS FOR THE BOARD
 

There are two open positions for the Board of Directors - both are three year terms. If you would like to serve on the Board or recommend someone, please contact a Director. Nominations from the floor will also be taken at the meeting. If you have paid your annual dues, including any late interest and lien filing fees, a Proxy to Vote is included in this newsletter. If you cannot attend the meeting, please complete the Proxy and mail it to P.O. Box 130, White Bird, ID 83554. Only Proxies that are mailed directly to Twin River Ranch will be accepted for voting. Board members must be recorded property owners in good standing.

 
OTHER NOTES
 

·         Be sure to visit our website at www.twinriverranch.com.

·         TRR Bylaws and CC&Rs will be available on CD at the meeting. Large maps of the ranch can also be ordered.

·         Please keep us informed if you change your address!

·         Out of towners can find accommodations at one of White Bird's motels or park campers at Angel's Nook or Swiftwater. Phone numbers are on our website on the Contacts page.

·         No open burning without a permit from May 10 to October 20! This includes campfires that are not contained in a metal fire ring with a wide perimeter cleared of combustible materials. Please comply as we do not want any more fires and you do not want to be fined!

 

·         The CC&Rs require a pre-approval plan before you begin building a residence. Forms can be downloaded from our website and will also be available at the annual meeting.



November, 2013

A big welcome to the nine new property owners on Twin River Ranch! The past few months have been quite busy on the ranch with the building of new homes both by some of the new landowners and those who have owned property for a number of years. For those who were building during our hot summer, it has been a relief to finally have some cooler and more seasonable weather. The fall colors were beautiful again and a bit of snow can be seen in the higher elevations. Fortunately, we did not have any serious fires in Idaho County in spite of the hot dry summer...that is until October when we had a 50 acre fire on private property. A big thanks goes to the residents who responded, and to the White Bird Fire Department, Salmon River Rural Fire Department and the Idaho Department of Lands that provided structure protection for nearby homes.

ASSOCIATION DUES: An invoice for the 2014 dues is enclosed with the mailed newsletter. Please pay by December 31st and avoid lien placement. Again, to those property owners who would like to contribute to our snow removal fund, your donation will be most welcome. Plowing is done only on association roads where there are year-round residents, so we depend on these donations so as not to have to use money from the general fund. Those who do not live here year-round or have property on a county road should not have their association dues be spent for snow removal. So, to those who benefit from snow removal, please donate to the fund.

TREASURER'S REPORT: mailed

LOT OWNER CONSTRUCTION: As mentioned, several new homes have been constructed this past year with several more in the final stages of completion. Unfortunately, several property owners never sent in a pre-approval plan as required by our Covenants. If you intend to build, please complete the form and mail it to TRR. The form can be accessed on our website or one can be mailed if requested from the Board. Remember, once construction begins, the covenants require the exterior of the building to be completed within 18 months.

WEBSITE: Visitors to our website (www.twinriverranch.com) average more than 1,000 per month. We have had several instances of attempted hacks but the site was not compromised. I have been told that these attempts are not just limited to our site...it is just one of the hobbies that are now quite frequent in cyberspace. Feel free to email the secretary with any interesting pictures or information that you might want to include on the site. If you list property for sale, let the secretary know so the information can be posted on the properties for sale page. This and That is updated monthly with local events and news. The Contacts page has been very useful to new property owners!

REMINDERS:

·         The Salmon River Rural Fire Department now has new officers and annual dues can be mailed to P.O. Box 444, Riggins, ID 83549. Dues are still $85.00 per year. Invoices go out in June to those who are already on their list.

·         All buildings on TRR now have GPS coordinates that are listed with the fire department and QRU.

·         Next year's annual meeting will be held on June 13, 2014, again in conjunction with White Bird Days on Father's Day weekend. 

·         For those who may want a copy of our CC&Rs, they can be emailed to you or a CD can be sent by regular post. Questions you may have can be answered by contacting a Board member.

·         Please remember to notify TRR if your address changes or you sell your property...saves us many trips to the Assessor's!

 

HELP! We are looking for someone to maintain our roads to include grading Association roads, spreading of gravel as needed, cleaning culverts and snow removal in the winter. Applicants for this position should have the skill to operate heavy equipment (grader and backhoe), and be available year-round to provide services. This is a paid position with an annual contract. If interested, please send a letter of interest, listing any qualifications or experience, to the Board of Directors at P.O. Box 130, White Bird, Idaho 83554.

 

A VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON TO ALL!



May, 2013


NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING AND PICNIC
 
The Annual Meeting and Picnic will again be held in conjunction with White Bird Days this year. The meeting will be in Hoot's Cafe on Friday, June 14th from 10:30 until noon.  Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided at the meeting. The picnic will follow the meeting at Killgore Adventures on White Bird Creek. If it is raining, we will stay at Hoot's. Meat, drinks, condiments and tableware will be furnished but salads and desserts will be most appreciated from those who are attending.
 
FINANCIAL REPORT
 
A detailed financial report will be provided at the meeting as a handout.
 
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS FOR THE BOARD
 
There are five open positions for the Board of Directors this year - four three year terms and one one year term. If you would like to serve on the Board or recommend someone, please contact a director. Nominations from the floor will also be taken at the Annual Meeting. If you have paid your annual dues, including any late interest and filing fees, a Proxy to Vote is included in the mailed newsletter. If you cannot attend the meeting, please complete the Proxy and mail it to P.O. Box 130, White Bird 83554. Only Proxies that are mailed directly to Twin River Ranch will be accepted for voting.
 
OTHER NOTES
 
·         Be sure to visit our website at www.twinriverranch.com. 
·         Again, a disk containing the Bylaws and CC&Rs will be available at the Annual Meeting. The documents can also be emailed by the secretary on request. Large maps of the ranch are also available on request and less expensive than purchasing them from the Assessor's Office. Phase One is four sheets and Phases Two and Three are two sheets each and are priced at $2.50 a sheet.
·         Don't forget to submit a pre-approval plan if you intend to build a residence. Forms will be available at the meeting but can also be accessed on our website.
·         Summer is coming - remember, no open burning after May 10th without a special permit to do so. The burning ban is on until the end of October.
·         Please keep us posted if you change your mailing address! With fire season approaching, if you have not yet sent in a phone number where you can be reached, please do so soon.
·         Please respect your neighbors and do not throw trash on association roads - that includes food wrappers, beer and pop cans and cigarette butts. In addition to the trash being unsightly, F&G says the deer love the cigarettes and the filters are not good for their digestive systems!
·         Speed limit (20mph) signs have been posted on the ranch - please drive carefully on our roads.
·         Out of towners can find accommodations at one of White Bird's motels or park motor homes, trailers or tents at Angel's Nook or Swiftwater. Phone numbers are posted on our website.
HOPE TO SEE YOU IN JUNE!
 

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