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UPDATE: Annual Meeting & Election to be held July 9, 2022

The Annual meeting has been moved to July 9, 2022 @ 11:00AM
Nominations for the Board Now Being Accepted

This year’s Annual Members Meeting & Election is now scheduled to be held on July 9, 2022 at 11:00am at the Alcouffe Center, 9185 Marysville Rd, Oregon House, CA. Please be sure to mark your Calendars! Lunch will be provided. More information forthcoming.

Board Nominations are Now Open!

Members may nominate themselves or another Member for the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President/Treasurer
  • Secretary

Please send your nomination by email to: info@lakefrancisestates.org
Or through our NEW website ticketing system
Or submit it by snail mail to: PO Box 422, Dobbins, CA 95935

The deadline to receive nominations is June 27, 2022.  Ballots, Proxies and Nomination Flyers (if any) will be sent out by July 1, 2022. 

All nominees are subject to the following qualifications:

1) Must be a Member.
2) Must be willing and able to take the AB54 Webinar within 6 months of being elected.
3) Must agree to a criminal background check certifying no felony convictions within the past 10 years.
4) Must be available for most scheduled Board Meetings and Member Meeting(s).
5) Must be current in water/lot fees (developed or undeveloped as appropriate) and remain current during position.

Responsibilities and Commitment Required

This is not a position that should be considered lightly. The LFMWC Board of Directors is responsible for guiding our water system’s future. Nominated Election Candidates must be community-service oriented, a team player, and MUST have the skillset of the position that they are applying for. (SEE details in this flowchart).

The Lake Francis Mutual Water Company Board of Directors is the governing body responsible for all policy decisions affecting LFMWC the water company and related member services. Its functions are crucial to the operation and to the representation before the county, state and federal governments and regulatory agencies. Serving on the Board requires interests in the issues confronting water systems and a strong commitment to representing it. In addition, it means dedicating at least 5 hours weekly to do operational work and communications, a two-hour in-person monthly working meeting, and approximately 40 hours per grant application as part of the grant writing team, as well as attending the quarterly Board meetings. The monetary compensation for this commitment is $100 per quarter and paid annual water fees (for one lot share only).

Additionally, all of the grants that the company has applied for will require Grant Management, Reporting, and Audits. The water system upgrade will need a continuance on grant applications for the Construction Phase after the Engineering Plan/Design and Permit applications (Now in Progress). This is the topmost priority in our water company. You can find these very important and consequential Grant Audit Reporting responsibilities listed here.

Nominees are requested to submit a short narrative of their Mission/Vision for the water company, and what they can contribute to our community and the water company. This will be published on our website and will be shared to all of the members for consideration for the election. If you have any nomination questions, please contact Lisa Thompson, Board Secretary at secretary@lakefrancisestates.org or through our NEW website ticketing system.

VOTING

Voting will take place primarily through electronic voting (Election Runner) and at the Annual Meeting on July 9, 2022 for any who submit their vote via paper/proxy. The deadline for submitting a paper of electronic ballot is July 9 at 11:15AM. Each parcel/share will be allowed one (1) ballot vote.

Important:  Before Nominees decide to run, please be aware that this election is being held for officer positions in the Lake Francis Mutual Water Company only.  LFMWC does not have any legal authority over Lake Francis Estates and cannot take any action to enforce the CC&Rs (with respect to short-term rentals, modular homes, setbacks, etc.). Otherwise the LFMWC Board of Directors could be held personally liable for fiduciary duty violations.  If you are contemplating running for an officer position because you want to enforce the CC&Rs, please see this letter from the law office of Baydaline & Jacobsen for a legal explanation of why the LFMWC Board cannot do so.

An Important Message from your Current Board of Directors

It’s that time of the year again – LFMWC Elections! Nominations are now open for the election to be held July 9, 2022.

The current Board is ready and eager to serve you for another term, and we are reaching out to you once more for your support!

Anna Romano
for President

Ethel Winchell
for VP/Treasurer

Lisa Thompson
for Secretary


The Board has a track record of accomplishments and continues to strive for the betterment of the community and the water company. Below is the list of what we have accomplished on your behalf thus far. Thank you for trusting us with your vote!

A List of Accomplishments:

  1. Conversion to Not-for-Profit Corporation
  2. Restatement of Articles of Incorporations and Bylaws
  3. Firewise Project – LFE is the first Firewise Designated Community in Yuba County!
  4. Submission of CalFire Grant Application w/ DOHFPD – 150 ft.  fuel break around LFE from Lucero’s Winery and Ingersoll Development
  5. Partnership with Dobbins Oregon House Fire Protection District
  6. Implementation of Robocalling – for reminders and announcements
  7. Regular mailers/ website updates / Newsletter
  8. Website Development – Compliant
  9. Electronic Voting
  10. New! Ticketing System – water issues, billing, etc. 
  11. Electronic Payments
  12. Annual Invoicing and live invoices
  13. State Arrearages Grant Relief 
  14. Leak Detection Survey (via Grant)
  15. Water Capacity Plan (via Grant) – LFMWC has the capacity to supply water for full buildout.
  16. Engineering Plan, Design and Permits – Scope of Work Development and Selection of Engineering Firm (via State Waterboard Grant)
  17. Policies and Policy Development – Late Fees, Irresponsible Use of Water, Communication for Board Meetings, etc.
  18. On-going Grant Development and Applications – County, State, and Federal
  19. SAM and DUNs Account
  20. Corporate Books and Member Shares – Research, Compilation, Verification, Issuance
  21. CalWarn Membership
  22. Capital Improvement Plan
  23. Emergency Response Plan
  24. Having a representative at the California Waterboard SAFER Advisory Board (Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience Drinking Water program) – our VP has been appointed for a 2-year term. (This is an unpaid position). Relevant to LFMWC’s understanding of State legislations, regulations, and access to state grants. Small and rural water companies will be represented and heard.

There are several projects that are in progress that the Board would like to drive to completion. The goal of the LFMWC board is to be a sustainable Pilot community in Northern California.

Work-In-Progress:

  • Phase 1 Engineering Plan/Design and Permits – Grant management and reporting. See attachment for example of State Requirements for Audit/Report
  • Phase 2 Construction Grant Development and Application for water system upgrade (New tanks, pipes, pumps, generator, fire hydrants, fire suppression water storage/capacity/structure, road paving, culverts, etc.
  • Fire Substation – LFE is in a High Fire Hazard Zone. Our system is at high risk of damage from wildfires. Residents on Kenneth ave. and the end of Shirley ave. and Ingersoll are at higher risk of loss of property and life endangerment. Some homes are being dropped by their fire insurance companies and/or are insured at exorbitant fees.  The Board has a vision of being a ‘Shelter in Place’ Community. Very important to note, according to Calfire, if the entrance of the subdivision is on fire, their engines and crews will NOT enter.
  • Acquisition of the 85-acre property for wildlife habitat/preservation, fire hazard mitigation, water utilities, wells, solar, waste water, rain storm collection. 
  • Computerization and Electronic Documentation of Water Data and Reports for recording and analysis in preparation for the SCADA Computer System entry.

All the Grant Development work the board is pursuing is 100% funded. LFMWC has no financial capacity to enter into loan or matching grant programs. Requirements for grants are strict regular reporting, auditing, management, record keeping, and implementation. Grant applications require Board Members CVs in order to demonstrate that the officers have the knowledge, experience, and education to qualify and be awarded the funding. Failure to submit timely and correct reports may cause loss/withdrawal of funding and return of monies received. 

UPDATE: Annual Meeting & Election to be held July 9, 2022

The Annual meeting has been moved to July 9, 2022 @ 11:00AM
Nominations for the Board Now Being Accepted

This year’s Annual Members Meeting & Election is now scheduled to be held on July 9, 2022 at 11:00am at the Alcouffe Center, 9185 Marysville Rd, Oregon House, CA. Please be sure to mark your Calendars! Lunch will be provided. More information forthcoming.

Board Nominations are Now Open!

Members may nominate themselves or another Member for the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President/Treasurer
  • Secretary

Please send your nomination by email to: info@lakefrancisestates.org
Or through our NEW website ticketing system
Or submit it by snail mail to: PO Box 422, Dobbins, CA 95935

The deadline to receive nominations is June 27, 2022.  Ballots, Proxies and Nomination Flyers (if any) will be sent out by July 1, 2022. 

All nominees are subject to the following qualifications:

1) Must be a Member.
2) Must be willing and able to take the AB54 Webinar within 6 months of being elected.
3) Must agree to a criminal background check certifying no felony convictions within the past 10 years.
4) Must be available for most scheduled Board Meetings and Member Meeting(s).
5) Must be current in water/lot fees (developed or undeveloped as appropriate) and remain current during position.

Responsibilities and Commitment Required

This is not a position that should be considered lightly. The LFMWC Board of Directors is responsible for guiding our water system’s future. Nominated Election Candidates must be community-service oriented, a team player, and MUST have the skillset of the position that they are applying for. (SEE details in this flowchart).

The Lake Francis Mutual Water Company Board of Directors is the governing body responsible for all policy decisions affecting LFMWC the water company and related member services. Its functions are crucial to the operation and to the representation before the county, state and federal governments and regulatory agencies. Serving on the Board requires interests in the issues confronting water systems and a strong commitment to representing it. In addition, it means dedicating at least 5 hours weekly to do operational work and communications, a two-hour in-person monthly working meeting, and approximately 40 hours per grant application as part of the grant writing team, as well as attending the quarterly Board meetings. The monetary compensation for this commitment is $100 per quarter and paid annual water fees (for one lot share only).

Additionally, all of the grants that the company has applied for will require Grant Management, Reporting, and Audits. The water system upgrade will need a continuance on grant applications for the Construction Phase after the Engineering Plan/Design and Permit applications (Now in Progress). This is the topmost priority in our water company. You can find these very important and consequential Grant Audit Reporting responsibilities listed here.

Nominees are requested to submit a short narrative of their Mission/Vision for the water company, and what they can contribute to our community and the water company. This will be published on our website and will be shared to all of the members for consideration for the election. If you have any nomination questions, please contact Lisa Thompson, Board Secretary at secretary@lakefrancisestates.org or through our NEW website ticketing system.

VOTING

Voting will take place primarily through electronic voting (Election Runner) and at the Annual Meeting on July 9, 2022 for any who submit their vote via paper/proxy. The deadline for submitting a paper of electronic ballot is July 9 at 11:15AM. Each parcel/share will be allowed one (1) ballot vote.

Important:  Before Nominees decide to run, please be aware that this election is being held for officer positions in the Lake Francis Mutual Water Company only.  LFMWC does not have any legal authority over Lake Francis Estates and cannot take any action to enforce the CC&Rs (with respect to short-term rentals, modular homes, setbacks, etc.). Otherwise the LFMWC Board of Directors could be held personally liable for fiduciary duty violations.  If you are contemplating running for an officer position because you want to enforce the CC&Rs, please see this letter from the law office of Baydaline & Jacobsen for a legal explanation of why the LFMWC Board cannot do so.

LFE Help Desk

We are Excited to Announce a New Help Desk!

In order to streamline communication and collaboration, the LFMWC Board has launched a Help Desk Ticket System.

Why a Ticket System?

First, a ticket system is far superior to email in driving the successful resolution of inquiries. An email can be lost in a stream of many, and if an email eventually needs to be forwarded to someone else for followup, critical information may be lost that was contained in earlier messages or previous threads. With a ticket system, all communication and information is stored in one place, within the ticket. So when the ticket is assigned to another person, nothing is lost – all the information goes with it.

Also, a ticket system helps with the resolution of tasks. Even with the best of intentions, some tasks may fall by the wayside, due to being buried in a sea of old emails and other new tasks. With a ticket system, a task never gets buried. It stays open and assigned to someone until it is resolved. This streamlines communications and makes it much more time efficient for everyone.

Which Help Desk?

We decided to use the Hesk Help Desk System for multiple reasons. It is an excellent program that is offered without cost. It is easy to use and features email response, which allows people unfamiliar with Help Desks to simply reply to their tickets via email. It also includes a knowledge base, which we will be rolling out as we get accustomed to the program.

After many hours of development, we are confident this new Help Desk will lead to increased Member satisfaction as it has been tailored fit to meet our water company needs. In addition, we have given a section of the ticket system to be used by our community’s ACC. You can check out the new Help Desk Ticket System here.

LFMWC Well Water Volume able to Sustain a Full Buildout – Report

Good news! We have learned that the wells providing water to Lake Francis Estates are able to support a full buildout of our community’s 58 lots!

The details:  The LFMWC Board, in cooperation with California Rural Water Association, applied and received a Technical Assistance Grant from the State of California to fund a ‘Water Capacity Survey’ for Lake Francis Estates.  This Grant includes a well sounding test conducted in March and another one which will be scheduled in summer to measure our wells on both peak and low seasons.  The first well sounding test was formally reported to us on March 16, 2022, with the following conclusion reported:

“Based on the results of this analysis and the field data collected on March 2nd, 2022, Well 4 and Well 5 are able to produce the volume of water needed to sustain a full buildout of 58 lots. However, additional field investigations taken during the summer months may be necessary to further substantiate these findings. The additional storage required for a full buildout is 12,000 gallons with the 10% increase in storage or 14,200 gallons without the 10% increase in storage. This is the minimum additional volume needed to meet the estimated maximum day demand at full buildout. This value does not include the additional volume needed for fire protection.”

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LFE Awarded the Very First FIREWISE Community Designation in Yuba County!

A big THANK YOU to the several LFE neighbors who participated in the steps necessary to help our subdivision be a safer place in the event of fire! How proud we are to have the distinction of being the first Firewise accredited community in Yuba County! Neighbors who participated will be awarded a yard sign showing their support towards the safety of our community.

The national Firewise USA® recognition program provides a collaborative framework to help neighbors in a geographic area get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community and to reduce wildfire risks at the local level. There are currently over 1500 Certified Firewise USA sites throughout the United States.

Firewise communities are those that have taken appropriate measures to become more resistant to wildfire structural damage.

If you live in LFE and haven’t yet had your Firewise assessment, please take time to sign up here. Experts trained on fire mitigation will help with tailored advice for you and your residence – at absolutely no cost.

What’s more, several insurance companies including the California Fair Plan currently give homeowners insurance discounts to homeowners whose homes reside in Firewise Communities. Download the Certificate to present to your insurer here.

FireWise: Have Experts help you prepare for the next wildfire!

Experts trained on fire mitigation are here to help with tailored advice just for you and your residence, at no cost to you! Owners of undeveloped lots are also welcome to attend!

Listen to the FireWise Introductory Presentation by Allison Thomson, Executive Director of Yuba Firesafe Council, to learn how you would benefit from this state and countywide assistance. This Zoom Meeting was held January 26th @ 6pm. Listening to the Zoom introductory presentation will cut the duration of your home visit by half!!

Schedule your free home visit with Fire Mitigation Advisor, Gary B. Fildes, Registered Forester and Arborist, along his team and receive a personalized Plan of Action. No obligations of any kind!
https://yubafiresafe.org/wildfire-mitigation-advisor-program/

Zoom Presentation
was held January 26 @ 6pm

Click here to listen!
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/e_yMchXAhW32CF2Z75qrB_aIV4ekVpK9EQdHyGj3OIRhM4q5O4MDDE5WO5F65k4.-3GzPbM1SU52JqwE
Passcode: L6d+#BK4


Urgent – Conserve Water NOW

20 Ways to Save Water NOW

As you may have heard, several wells in our immediate community have recently run dry due to the prolonged drought we have endured this year, including wells that have never run dry before.  Therefore, it is critical that we pull together as a community and immediately conserve as much water as possible through December.  How can we do this? Here are 21 ways, listed mostly by importance.

1. MOST IMPORTANT: Reduce Yard Irrigation

Or if possible shut off all irrigation completely and hand water distressed plants instead. Yard irrigation uses up more water than any other household use, so this step alone will be more helpful than all other steps listed below.

2. Don’t water your walkways or driveways

Position your sprinklers so that water lands only your lawn or garden, not in areas where it does no good. Also, avoid watering on windy days when much of your water may be carried off to the streets and sidewalks. Please keep in mind that LFMWC has a fiduciary duty to impose fines on those who repeatedly waste water in this manner.

3. Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and steps

Using a hose wastes hundreds of gallons of water.

4. Check your toilet for leaks 

Easy tip: Put a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If, without flushing, the coloring begins to appear in the toilet bowl, you have a leak that may be wasting more than 100 gallons of water a day.

5. Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets, and couplings

Leaks outside the house are easier to ignore since they since they don’t mess up the floor or keep you awake at night. However, they can be even more wasteful than inside water leaks especially when they occur on your main water line. Even a small drip can waste 50 or more gallons of water a day.

6. Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors

Your hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive shower heads or flow restrictors that will cut your shower flow to about three gallons a minute instead of five to ten. They are easy to install, and your showers will still be cleansing and refreshing.

7. Take shorter showers

A typical shower uses five to ten gallons of water a minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rise off.

8. Conserve cold tap water for other uses

While waiting for hot water from the tap, fill a bucket and then use the water for drinking, cooking, or to irrigate plants.

9. Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank

Put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside a one liter bottle to weigh it down. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and put it in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanism. In an average home, the bottle may save five gallons or more of water every day without harming the efficiency of the toilet.

10. If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing

If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, first gather all your washed dishes in a dish rack, then rinse them quickly with a spray device or a pan of water.

11. Turn off the water while shaving or brushing your teeth

Before brushing, wet your brush and fill a glass for rinsing your mouth. When shaving, fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water in which to rinse your razor.

12. Use your automatic dishwasher or washing machine for full loads only

Every time you run your dishwasher, you use about 25 gallons of water. The typical washering machine uses 30 to 35 gallons per cycle.

13. Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables

Rinse your vegetables instead in a bowl, tub or sink full of clean water.

14. Water your lawn only when it really needs it

Watering on a regular schedule doesn’t allow for cool spells or rainfall which reduce the need for watering. Step on some grass. If it springs back up when you move your foot, it doesn’t need water.

15. Stop using your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket

Every cigarette butt or tissue you flush away also flushes away five to seven gallons of water.

16. Water during the cool parts of the day

If you must water, do so early or very late in the day so as to prevent as much evaporation as possible.

17. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants.

Mulch slows the evaporation of moisture and protects your plants from cold spells.

18. Install an automatic shutoff sprayer on the end of your hose

This will prevent water from flowing when you are watering from area to area.

19. Discourage children from playing with the hose and sprinklers

Children love to play under a hose or sprinkler on a hot day. Unfortunately, this practice is extremely wasteful of precious water and should be discouraged especially when we are facing drought conditions.

20. Take a soak in the tub

A partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers, and can be very relaxing too!

Board nominations are now open!

The annual shareholder meeting of May 10th is around the corner and Board nominations are now open!  You may nominate yourself or another shareholder for the following positions:

President
Vice President/Treasurer
Secretary

The board will notify all nominees;
shareholders who are nominated may choose to decline the nomination (email or in writing preferred).

Click “Read more” for details…

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Welcome to Our New Site!

This new website, still under construction, shares information on Lake Francis Estates & Lake Francis Mutual Water Company located in Dobbins, California. Please be patient as the work is being done by volunteers. Property owners or those in escrow with a property in the subdivision may gain full access to the site by registering here. If you have any questions not answered here on this site, or need assistance creating an account, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for visiting!