- July 2018
GAZETTE: El Paso County pauses road grading operations due to extreme heat, drought record-breaking temperatures and dry conditions have put a hiatus on El Paso County’s work on rural roads.
After Colorado Springs hit a high of 99 degrees Wednesday, county highway officials determined that drought conditions were making it difficult to smooth gravel roads, and grading improvements weren’t lasting more than a few hours, says a county news release. Until the county gets more rain, workers normally assigned to road grading instead will work on drainage projects and maintenance to bridges and paved roads, the county reports.Much of the county is in severe drought, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report released in mid-June. Several days of light to moderate rainfall and lower temperatures likely will be needed before grading is worthwhile, said Jim Reid, executive director of the county’s Public Works Department.
“All the moisture content has just been baked out of these gravel roads,” Reid said in a statement. “ And when they get to be this dry, the graders don’t really do much good. Worse yet, we can actually cause more long-lasting damage to the road base by grading under these extreme conditions, and we want to make sure that we are using taxpayers’ money effectively.”
The county can’t afford to buy and haul enough water to make grading more effective in current conditions, Reid said, but it will continue “dust abatement and minimum maintenance” on the dry roads.
When heavy rain comes, dry surfaces will be less porous, so drivers should be wary of flash floods.
- June 30, 2018
Unincorporated El Paso County in Stage Two Fire Restrictions Ordinance 15-001
- June 27, 2018
- June 15, 2018
- 2018 Slash/Mulch Program in Black Forest
2018 Slash/Mulch Flyer
- April 2018
Calling for Candidates 2018
- February 8, 2018
- September 24, 2017
Recent reports from our Pine Cone Acres neighbors has highlighted a concern over “excessive firearm shootings” in the neighborhood. The PCAHA covenants are clear about this issue (see covenant language below). Problems could arise from shooting a firearm especially without any backstop and/or randomly firing into the air. Please take note that the presence of children and families that enjoy the outdoors, along with plenty of animals located on our properties, are at risk of being hurt or worse! Not to mention the fact that the forest is very dry this time of year which creates prime conditions for high fire danger and it doesn’t take more than a spark to start a fire! Let’s be mindful of our neighbors and the quality of life they want to enjoy in Pine Cone Acres.-Linda Sweeney, PCAHA President. 11. NUISANCES: Nothing shall be done or permitted on any tract which may be or become an annoyance or nuisance to the neighborhood. No noxious or offensive activities or commercial business or trade shall be carried on upon any tract, except that home occupations of professional persons, such as lawyers, doctors, dentists, or engineers shall be permitted upon approval by PCAHA. No activity shall be permitted which will generate a noise level sufficient to interfere with the reasonable quiet enjoyment of the persons on any adjoining or nearby lots. No trail-bikes, mini-bikes, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, or other such noise polluting vehicles shall be operated on any easement. No activity shall be permitted which interferes with electronic equipment (including TVs, radios, computer equipment, etc.) on any adjoining or nearby lots. Outside lights should not be offensive to neighbors. No hunting of any kind or the sustained or excessive discharge of firearms shall be permitted in Pine Cone Acres.
- August 22, 2017
“Stay in the Know”
- July 20, 2017
Please take a moment to read the attached emails from Terry Stokka, Friends of the Black Forest Preservation Plan (FOBFPP) and view “The Retreat at Timber Ridge” map. The developer is proposing a total of 482 homes on 293 acres at Vollmer Road and Arroya Lane. The Board feels that this is important information for all Member who are concerned about the water usage affecting our aquifers and the additional traffic that can occur along Vollmer Road if the proposed density of the development is approved. There will be a public meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 26th of July at the Black Forest Lutheran Church. Public input at this meeting is vital if you are opposed to the proposed density of the development. FOBFPP 1 FOBFPP 2
“The Retreat at Timber Ridge” map
- July 3, 2017
Fireworks Information for the 2017 4th of July Holiday
- May 3, 2017
Calling for Candidates 2017
- April 18, 2017
There has been an aggressive attempt to access a Pine Cone Acres homeowners metal, locking, high-security mailbox between yesterday morning (04/17/17) and this morning (04/18/17). Someone tried to break into it by drilling into it with a power drill and broke their drill-bit off in the lock cylinder. They did not manage to get into their mailbox, but everyone needs to keep an eye out for their own mail and for suspicious vehicles or people with power tools working on mailboxes. The homeowner will be replacing the lock on their mailbox in the next day or so. Please report break-in attempts, destroyed mailboxes, and stolen mail to the Briargate Post Office 265-5390 and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office 390-5555.
- March 17, 2017:
IMPORTANT: A Stage 1 Burn Restriction has been implemented by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Please click on the link for complete information. Safety is our number one concern for all PCA residents. Thank you.
- March 8, 2017:
School Bus Warning: We would like to remind all drivers to adhere to El Paso County traffic laws regarding stopped school buses and speed. During the week ending March 3, 2017, an unsupervised young student was hit by a car while waiting for a school bus in Black Forest, although not badly hurt. Today’s warning was prompted by the recent report of a near miss on Pine Cone Road in our own neighborhood. As a reminder: the speed limit on our dirt roads is posted at 30 mph. In the conversation with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department about our neighborhood incident, we learned that while bus drivers do their best to protect the children – it is primarily the responsibility of parents to escort their children safely on and off the school buses daily. The Sheriff’s Department also asked that anyone witnessing a vehicle passing a stopped school bus or whizzing by children waiting near the road for a bus should report any incident details/vehicle description possible to: El Paso County Sheriff’s Department non-emergency number 719-390-5555. Let’s work together to keep our children and our neighborhood safe. -PCAHA Board of Directors
- April 30, 2016:
It’s that time of year again! There are two (2), three-year term, Board of Director and one (1), two-year term Architectural Control Committee vacancies available for the upcoming election this August. PCAHA members who wish to serve on the Board of Directors and/or Architectural Control Committee will be on the ballot, voted and announced at our August 21st Annual Meeting. “Members shall be in good standing” (all HOA dues paid up-to-date, must own property in Pine Cone Acres and name listed on the deed). All candidates deeds shall be available on the El Paso County Assessor’s website for verification. Please contact Mrs. Eckmann by submitting your name and state your desire to be a candidate in writing or by email no later than the second Friday in June (June 10th).
- April 17, 2016:
Who ever is driving the John Deere and cleared my driveway, Thank you. I couldn’t get my boots on fast enough to come shake your hand. Thanks again! Tony and Melissa Jarrell
- March 14, 2016:
The approved Board Meeting Minutes 02-17-16 and a new policy – Covenant Advisory Committee Policy (in draft) are now on the website. Covenant Advisory Committee Policy will appear on the website as a draft for a minimum of 30 (thirty) days as the board requests comments from members. The Covenant Advisory Committee Policy was developed to involve interested homeowners with the PCAHA covenants revisions the board of directors are currently modifying. Interested homeowners should contact Mrs. Eckmann to be considered as a committee member on the Covenant Advisory Committee. Please join us, being on this committee could be not only satisfying, but fun as well. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
- March 29, 2016:
A homeowner’s vehicle was rifled last night. Cash was stolen from the center console and items were scattered around the seats. I am alerting homeowners to lock your cars while they are parked outside. Criminals who enter your vehicle may also find your garage door opener and steal valuables from your garage which makes it possible for them to enter your house.
- March 19, 2016:
Protecting our water source is a very important topic in Black Forest. The Friends of the Black Forest Preservation Plan urges everyone (including both spouses per household) to please go to www.fobfpp.org and sign up for their newsletter for the most current information.
- February 19, 2016:
Please visit: Petition for the “Petition to Re-surface Roads in PCA with Class 6 Mixture Road Base” email sent today. If you would like to sign the petition, it is at Mrs. Eckmann’s house.
- October 20, 2015:
We have two new Neighborhood Watch signs at the Pine Cone Road and E. Coachman Drive entrances into Pine Cone Acres. The Board is still looking for 3-4 members to volunteer (you do not need to be a Board Member to participate) to be our “Block Captains”; which involves an initial meeting with the Crime Prevention Coordinator (El Paso County Sheriff’s Office) to help get the group started and discuss any current issues in our area. The Block Captain will be in charge of communication among their group and the Crime Prevention Coordinator about membership/status changes. The Block Captains can request crime prevention presentations by the Crime Prevention Coordinator for group meetings. They recommend that the group hold at least 3-4 meetings a year. If interested, please contact Mrs. Eckmann or leave a reply on the home page on this website for more information.
- October 08, 2015:
Neighborhood Watch signs were installed at each entrance into PCA!
- September 14, 2015:
I spoke to the District Wildlife Manager – Philip Gurule today. He said, at this time of the year the bears are searching for food before hibernation. You can visit their website at http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/LivingwithWildlifeBears1.aspx so you can read about bears and their habits and mainly “living” with bears. I hope this information is useful. If you find that a bear is aggressive towards you or your animals, call 911 to report it. They will contact the Department of Wildlife and they will come out to relocate or destroy it.
- September 11, 2015:
There was a bear sighting at 8:15 A.M. this morning at 15035 E. Coachman Drive. Please use caution when going outdoors.
- August 26, 2015:
For those who have not paid their dues, they are due August 1st and considered late after September 15th. We had good attendance for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 23rd and our guest speaker gave us invaluable information on “Scammers and Neighborhood Watch”. A part of the presentation from Sgt. Mitch Mihalko was to encourage PCA to start a Neighborhood Watch program. It is free and we need “Block Captains” who will step up to be our contact individuals for PCA. You do not have to be a board member to participate. Please contact Mrs. Eckmann if you are interested.
- July 17, 2015:
Please be aware that a young man going by the name of Zachary Hill is going door-to-door asking for project funding, gave an address on W. Coachman Drive and said he and his family have lived there for the past six months. I was not aware of new tenants living at the W. Coachman Drive, so I notified the Sheriff’s office. I will update everyone as soon as I have results of that visit. Thank you. Update: Zachary Hill has identified the W. Coachman address as his place of residence. It has been verified this information is untrue. The Sheriff’s office is now aware that he is trying to scam our neighbors and they are investigating it. If anyone has had contact with a young white man in his early 20’s, medium build, shaven head, approximately 5’7” with blue or green eyes and with a possible tattoo on his arm or leg on July 17, 2015, to please contact the PCAHA Secretary or the Sheriff’s office as soon as possible. Any information will be helpful. Thank you.
- May/June 2015:
A lawn tractor was stolen from one of our homeowners property on Pine Cone Road; including some tools and miscellaneous items. Please contact a board member or send a comment onto the website if you have any information. The Sheriff’s office has been notified and a report has been filed.
- January 2015:
There has been a report of suspicious activity within our neighborhood. Please report any unknown parked vehicles, suspicious persons or actions to a board member as soon as possible, send a comment onto the website or call the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department at (719) 390-5555.