Welcome to the Saddle Creek Community Services District Website.
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
On March 17, 2015, Saddle Creek CSD General Manager Peter Kampa was appointed by unanimous vote to the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) Board of Directors. CSDA, with headquarters in Sacramento, is a statewide association that provides education, training, informational resources, networking opportunities and special programs that specifically benefit special districts. It is truly an honor for me to once again serve on this 18 member board. I was on the CSDA Board from 1998 through 2013, serving in various leadership roles on the Board before being selected as incoming President in 2013. When a CSDA Board seat once again came available in early 2015, the Saddle Creek CSD Board of directors supported my nomination which I gladly accepted. Serving on the CSDA Board provides me a front-row seat and strong voice in not only the policy and actions of the state association in support of special districts like Saddle Creek, but also inside information and influence on the decisions made at the state capitol. The state legislature’s actions rarely seem to make life easier as a local government agency; trying to provide low cost, high quality local services. In fact without the efforts of associations such as CSDA, the state lawmakers would be acting unchecked and uninformed in their decisions affecting the Saddle Creek CSD services, and we would not be able to provide the excellent community services we provide today. I commit to the Saddle Creek community and CSD Board of Directors to faithfully fulfill my duties on the CSDA Board to protect and support rural special districts and high quality local services.
Although your Saddle Creek Community Services District (CSD) does not deliver the water to your tap, we are responsible for management of much of the water that is all around us in ponds, wetlands, storm drains and creeks. The Saddle Creek Community was developed using a very complex system of environmental water treatment processes to ensure that any runoff from our community is clean and safe before it reaches Little John Creek; which runs directly into the San Joaquin/Sacramento/Bay Delta. Before any dirt was moved in building the Saddle Creek roads and other infrastructure, areas were identified where wetlands, wildlife habitat and migration corridors, creeks and drainages existed in the project area.
The land development company that built the Saddle Creek Community had to design mitigation systems so that local waters would not be negatively impacted by the building and operation of the new golf course, roads, home lots, irrigation and storm drain systems. In the development plan, they set aside contiguous properties to provide for wildlife habitat and migration; as well as many open space properties called “park parcels”. Existing wetlands were enhanced and a series of water treatment ponds built in drainage areas. A federal wetlands permit (Army Corps of Engineers) requires the proper operation of this environmental system to prohibit runoff containing fertilizers, pesticides and hydrocarbons (oil/grease) from entering local waterways. Many years of studies and documentation were conducted in the early years of the development to make sure the pond and wetland system survived and functioned as designed; which it did. These studies resulted in specific wetland pond operating criteria such as minimum depth of water, amount and type of aquatic and bank vegetation to be maintained, access restrictions as well as maintenance Best Management Practices.
The CSD is a local government agency formed to provide an array of public services; including management of the wetlands and ponds under the Army Corps permit. This is very serious responsibility in that permit compliance is complex and mandatory; with significant fines and penalties for noncompliance. This four year drought and the Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) water conservation restrictions created serious water conflicts during the summer of 2014. Specifically, the Army Corps permit requires that the wetland ponds stay full to a specified level, or no golf course irrigation can occur. The golf course irrigation system is used to fill the CSD wetland ponds. Many hundreds of acre feet of water are used annually by the ponds through evaporation, uptake by plants, and percolation; which is the design of the system.
The restricted amount of CCWD water made available to the golf course and subsequently the CSD wetland ponds, made permit compliance nearly impossible all last summer even with the full time efforts of many golf course and CSD employees. We expect the water restrictions to continue, and we are prepared once again to keep the system functioning as designed. If the water restrictions worsen in 2015, or if Lake Tulloch is truly drained to provide water for downstream farms and fish, it is highly likely that CCWD could significantly reduce the amount of water available to the golf course, creating a “Catch 22” in that the CSD ponds must be full for the golf course to irrigate, and keeping the ponds full may leave no water left for golf course irrigation!
The CSD is working very closely with Castle & Cooke, the golf course and CCWD management to evaluate all water supply options and move forward with a course of action that secures our collective water future. Robust discussions of our community water supply as it relates to CSD and golf course operations are conducted at the CSD Board meetings, held on the third Tuesday of every month, 2:00 PM at the Member’s Lounge; Saddle Creek Lodge. All meetings are open to the public and you are very much encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion. Informed communities make for knowledge-based decisions! –Peter J. Kampa, General Manager-
Please take the time to review the attached CCWD Press Release on Tulloch Lake Level. This document contains very important information about extreme potential for additional strains on our already short water supply from Lake Tulloch. So how does this affect Saddle Creek, you might ask? If the lake level drops below the CCWD intake pumps, and they are forced to install temporary pumps and piping to reach into the remaining water; it is highly likely that any water we receive in the Copperopolis area would be extremely restricted, more than it was last summer, simply due to the cost and capability of such temporary water delivery systems.
There will be opportunities for involvement both at CCWD Board meetings, as well as at the meetings of the Oakdale and South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts; all of which are open to the public. It is imperative that our community stay engaged in this matter and make sure our community interests in this water are not ignored for the sake of downstream water sales and environmental water needs.