Welcome to the Saddle Creek Community Services District Website.
Earlier this month, we talked about our exciting plan to reestablish turf and other grasses as well as install some new drought-friendly landscape features to help re-beautify the community entrance and road medians in heavily traveled areas of Saddle Creek. We had hoped to start in November or early December, but we have more good news! Because of the favorable fall weather, we have been able to start earlier than expected.
Here’s where we are at so far:
The team started by spending a couple of days cleaning up after the big storm from a couple of weeks ago. Once they had that cleared up, they were able to start preparing the sales office lawn for seed. Installing irrigation proved to be a big job and we are proud of the team for the great work they’ve done. On October 20th, seeding was finished at the sales lawn and we are already seeing results!
Take a moment to look over the pictures below. Featured are lawns that were completed a few weeks back as well as some of the rock walls that were done last year. As you can see, everything is thriving and we are proud to say that the updated appearance is receiving praise across the community. In the coming months, we will keep working hard at bringing the grounds back to life and making sure the landscape continues to evolve beautifully!
Good news! The Saddle Creek CSD will be reestablishing turf and other grasses, and installing some non-irrigated landscape features in the areas with the unsightly dead turf at the community entrance and on the road medians in the heavily traveled areas. We are only waiting for cooler weather and precipitation to help support the plantings; possibly November of early December. To learn more about the what’s and whos read on.
The Saddle Creek CSD is responsible for maintenance of the common area landscaping including the entrance area, near the entrance gatehouse, on the road shoulders adjacent to the sidewalks, in most cul-de-sacs and the traffic circle at the clubhouse entrance. As a local government agency, we are responsible to closely follow the state’s prohibition on irrigating turf in road medians adopted in 2015. As a customer of CCWD we were also required to meet their specific water use restrictions, just like all other water customers in the community. Unfortunately the prohibition or irrigation caused the turf and some ornamental plantings to die, and even though CCWD was able to lift the drought restrictions this summer, the state kept its median irrigation prohibition in place.
The community landscaping was initially installed for the most part by Castle & Cooke during development of Saddle Creek, and the CSD was formed to own and take care of this landscaping and other community attributes in perpetuity. The CSD funding from the special tax was intended to cover the cost of maintenance of this landscaping, but never expected to be enough to replace large portions of the landscaping due to drought damage. With the high cost to reinstall the community landscaping with drought tolerant plantings, the CSD has been seeking other sources of funding to at least improve the look of the dead turf. With no sources of grants available the CSD has decided to simply do what it can within the limited funding to beautify the landscape.
The golf course has also offered to assist in the re-beautification by offering grass seed and equipment which is very much appreciated. The CSD is in the process of conducting a long term plan that includes significant road maintenance and resurfacing work, and is including money in the project budget to continue to improve the landscaping and its irrigation to improve the water use efficiency of our community. Please give any feedback related to common area landscape beautification to Site Manager Greg Hebard, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For this year’s November Election there were two open seats available on the Saddle Creek Community Services District Board of Directors. The District would like to congratulate Darlene DiBaldo who ran unopposed and has been appointed to the Board in lieu of election.
The Board of Directors will consider appointment of the 5th seat at an upcoming meeting. If you are interested in serving on the Saddle Creek Board of Directors please submit a letter of interest and summary of your qualifications to General Manager, Pete Kampa (email@example.com).
Despite what you may have heard on the street or read in recent email messages, the Saddle Creek Community Services (CSD) Board of Directors is NOT planning to vote on keeping the entrance gates open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. A recent decision by Castle and Cooke to no longer pay for staffing the privacy gates on weekends was discussed in a special CSD Board meeting of the CSD Board held on March 1. Castle & Cooke had mistakenly believed that they could just leave the gates open without consulting with the CSD. At that meeting, the Board clearly stated their intent to keep the gate operation exactly as it has been for the past several years; closed at night and staffed at the expense of Castle & Cooke Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays; or leave them closed 24 hours per day, seven days per week. General Managers Pete Kampa (CSD) and Rick Morgan (Golf Course/Castle &Cooke) were asked by the board to meet together to reach a solution on the gate staffing and report back to the board at CSD’s next meeting, scheduled for March 15.
The discussion about this issue during the CSD Board meeting on the 15th is to give the board information, and to consider an agreement with Castle & Cooke for the payment of costs associated with staffing the gates. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting and all CSD Board meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month, 2:00 PM at the Lodge. Board meeting agendas are posted on the bulletin boards in the Lodge and Sports Club as well as on the CSD website 72 hours in advance of our meetings. Also on the website are gate procedures and regulations should you want additional information about its operation https://saddlecreekcsd.org/board-staff/faq/about/privacy-gate/. If you have any questions regarding the operation of the Privacy Gate or community road system, please contact Site Manager Greg Hebard at (209) 785-0100, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Saddle Creek CSD Board of Directors at their regular Board meetings in both December 2015 and January 2016 conducted interviews with three candidates interested in filling two vacant Board seats. The vacancies on the Board were created due to the District’s action to combine its election cycle with that of the statewide general election. In December 2015 long time CSD Board member Charlie Robinson was appointed by the remaining three directors, and in January 2016 resident Owen Bramlett was appointed. The appointed term of office for both Bramlett and Robinson is until the November 2016 general election, at which time both seats will be up for election for a four year term. Congratulation to Owen and Charlie!!
The Saddle Creek Community Services District has two vacancies on its Board of Directors due to the timing of terms in consolidation of the District elections with the statewide general elections.
In accordance with California Government Code § 1780, the remaining Board of Directors intend to fill the vacancies by appointment.
The appointed board members will then serve until the next election scheduled for November 2016, at which time their seats will be up for election.
To be considered for the appointment to one of the director positions, please submit a written letter of interest to the District Office at the address below, as well as a copy by email to the address shown. It is requested that you also submit a resume along with your letter if interest. The resume or letter of interest should briefly outline the qualifications, which would make the applicant suitable for a position on the Board.
Resumes and/or letters of interest must be submitted to the District Office no later than 2:00 p.m. on Monday December 7, 2015.
In order to qualify for a position on the Board, the applicant must be eighteen (18) years of age or older, a qualified elector, and with your primary residence located within the District.
Interested parties for this position will interview before the Board of Directors during its regular monthly public meeting scheduled for December 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM, in the Member’s Lounge of the Saddle Creek Lodge. The appointed directors may be sworn in and seated at that regular meeting, or at a time after the meeting at the Discretion of the Board.
If you have any questions, please contact the Board Clerk Michele Menzies at the phone number or email address provided below.
1000 Saddle Creek Dr.
Copperopolis, CA. 95228
Date and time of Posting: November 19, 2015
You can receive up to $2,000 directly from the state for removing lawn and replacing toilets! This is a very important message that should be spread far and wide throughout Saddle Creek! Today the state released $24 million in grant funds for turf replacement and $6 million for toilet replacements. The maximum grant is $2,000 per property! The online application process is simple and fast, and the money is available on a first come, first served basis. Signing up and registering your project RESERVES YOU A PLACE IN LINE for the grant money!! If you wait very long, I assure you this money will be gone within a couple months at maximum, maybe weeks, so anyone removing turf should act now! Please feel free to pass this message along to all friends and family in Saddle Creek!.
The program will rebate up to $2 per square foot for lawn replacement to water-efficient landscaping and has an overall budget of $24 million from Proposition 1 funding. The easiest way to complete the application is online at www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com.
Funding reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis for up to $2,000 per household through state or local turf replacement programs. Consumers are eligible to replace turf that is living or dead (but not bare earth) at the time of the rebate application. The application process will require measurement of the area to be re-landscaped, a copy of the most current water bill, and 5 pictures of the area to be re-landscaped. Most importantly, projects cannot have begun before the approval is received after application. More information on the program can be found at the website under About the Program.
In addition to the rebate program, DWR has added links to useful resources to guide home owners in planning their re-landscaping projects. These links are on DWR’s turf webpage at www.water.ca.gov/turf. The links provide guidance on how to remove your turf, as well as planning and implementing your project.
Just in case you may also be interested, a second rebate program is also starting today. Rebates of up to $100 per household are available to consumers to replace one old toilet (greater than 1.6 gallons per flush) with a new, high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less). The $6 million toilet rebate program, also funded through Proposition 1, will help Californians replace approximately 60,000 old, inefficient toilets. These rebates are also available at the www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com.
Thank you very much for your continued efforts in conserving water during the state’s historic drought.
Peter J. Kampa, General Manager