The Week Of August 14th
Conservancy News & Events
Please remember that pets are not allowed at the Soccer Field at Mountain Garden Park.
Please continue to take your dogs to the dog park near the Beach House.
Conservancy Board Meeting
Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at 10:00 am
Via Zoom – Please use the Zoom link below to watch.
Summit County Fire Restriction Order
As of 12:01 am Thursday, August 13th a Fire Restriction Order will go into effect throughout unincorporated private and all state lands throughout Summit County, restricting the activities described in the order here. This Order includes the use of all unimproved fire pits, including rock ring fire pits often found in backcountry areas.
For more information and details visit Summit County’s website below.
The Design Guidelines call for natural grasses at homesites to grow undisturbed, according to their natural growth patterns. Being aware of the potential risk this poses to wildfire issues, the Conservancy offers some direction to preserve the mountain aesthetic for which Promontory is known:
- If the grass is green, let it grow freely. When it becomes dry, please cut and remove the debris across your lot. This would allow for a few trims at the mid to end of the summer season. Weekly cutting to less than four inches is not approved outside of wildfire “fuel break” areas.
- During the spring and summer seasons, natural grass can be cut in a “tapered” fashion, away from the home, such that it’s shorter near the home, but longer as it extends toward the property line.
- Continuously maintain “fuel breaks” by removing dead or dry landscaping.
- Consider the ignition zone guidance from Firewise.
Our community is active, out, and about. Be safe when walking. When walking along a road, walk only on the shoulder (off of the asphalt), as far as practicable from the edge of the asphalt roadway. Where a sidewalk or a road shoulder is not available, walk on the outside edge of the roadway; and walk only on the far left side of the roadway facing oncoming traffic. The best place to walk is on Promontory’s 30 miles of trails.
Check out the trail map below!
To clarify the recent announcement regarding garbage, please consider these main points:
- Trash removal at individual homesites is the responsibility of homeowners. If you need an extra dumpster, please contact Summit County Solid Waste Collection or Republic Services at 435-615-8311.
- The expectation for cleanliness is the same for all stakeholders in the community, including owners, contractors, and operational members. The potential for enforcement and fine assessment exists for all infringers.
- The large dumpsters found around the property are for Promontory’s operational use. The Conservancy has historically provided the dumpsters near the Equestrian Center for homeowner use. However, due to overuse and continued pile up outside the bins, this courtesy is no longer offered. The increased use has caused more frequent pickups, and the Conservancy cannot sustain this going forward. Please make other arrangements if your bin cannot fit your weekly trash load.
If you are considering significant changes to your landscaping, please contact Christine Morr prior to doing any work to ensure your plans are consistent with the Design Guidelines.
Unapproved landscaping is subject to compliance enforcement, including fines.
Each owner must maintain a course of treatment to control weeds throughout the spring and summer. The Conservancy is particularly concerned with those noxious plants, like thistle (prickly stem and purple flower) and dyer’s woad (yellow flower), and offers this reminder that each homeowner is responsible for treating their respective lots to prevent the spread throughout the community. Such spread limits the resources and nutrients required by desired plants and trees.
In response to the state of pandemic and to better monitor access to the community, the Conservancy’s Board of Directors has approved a change to public access through the gates. Beginning June 1, the gates will “close” at 7:00 pm. At that time, members of the public (i.e., not visiting a specific owner, not an approved vendor, just wanting to drive through) wishing to enter the community would be turned away. When gates are “open” (6:00 am-7:00 pm), members of the public wanting to drive through will be entered into a log with name and vehicle information and issued a pass to travel through to the other gate only.
During all hours, legitimate guests will be allowed access if a pass has been created by an owner-host or if the host can be contacted by telephone when the guest is at the gate. If the host cannot be contacted, the guest would be turned away. Gate staff will continue to follow protocol for real estate visitors to ensure limited disruption of showings.
As such, it is extremely important for Promontory owners to do two things: (1) Please enter a pass in ForeTees for ALL guests ahead of their arrival; and (2) please provide a good phone number so you can be contacted if a pass has not been entered. Guests will be turned away if you cannot be contacted. To add or update a phone number, please submit it to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
This policy is enacted for both the Main Gate and the Equestrian Gate. Construction gate access will continue to operate as is. The Board is hopeful this change will limit the people in Promontory to those with business in the community.
Motorized Vehicles on Trails
The Board has adopted a fine schedule for those who operate motorized vehicles on the trails, as described in the existing policy:
- First Offense: Warning
- Second Offense: $100 Fine
- Third Offense: $500 Fine
This is effective May 20, 2020 and is subject to adjustment at the Board’s discretion.
The Conservancy provides cleanup bags for animal waste throughout the trails system for owner convenience. Please continue to use these bags and deposit them in the waste containers provided.
Conservancy staff has noticed an increase in used bags left on the trail, WHICH IS NOT ALLOWED. We ask that you please put used bags in the waste containers. Thank you for disposing of this waste responsibly.
It's Tick Season
Being tick aware and removing them before they have started to feed will keep you and your pets healthy from tick related diseases.
According to Summit County Health Department Nursing Director, Carolyn Rose, prevention includes wearing long sleeves and pants tucked into socks when in the outdoors. She says after coming inside, remove all your clothes and wash them immediately. A full body check is important because they gravitate to warm areas like underarms, hairline and the groin. They can be very tiny at first but will get larger as they feed on their host.
How to remove ticks:
- Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
- Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.
- After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
- Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.
For more information on ticks please click the link below.
Trash & Recycling Update
A friendly reminder that trash and recycling are now picked up on Friday instead of Thursday.
This is a permanent change. Recycling will continue to be picked up every other week.
In order to make snow removal easier, we ask that you please put your bins out either Thursday night or early Friday morning, though no later than 7:00 am. If a bin is left out past noon on Saturday, the Conservancy staff will return it to the home and a $25 service fee will be assessed.
Be Prepared. Know Your Exits.
- Promontory Ranch Road to exit out the Main Gate or Equestrian Gate, when practicable. These routes are paved and lead to major thoroughfares better able to handle traffic.
- Take Painted Valley Pass south as if going to the Nicklaus Golf Course, but continuing onto the dirt road where the paving ends near the driving range, which eventually leads to Brown’s Canyon
- Go west on the dirt road off of the north side of Saddlehorn Drive in Bison Bluffs neighborhood, near the pump house, which will ultimately connect with Silver Gate Drive, Pace Frontage Road, and Promontory Ranch Road outside of the Equestrian Gate.
Dog Leash Policy
Please remember that all dogs are required to be on a leash, unless on the designated OFF-Leash Trail or at The Dog Park.
For more detailed information on Promontory Conservancy’sPolicy Regarding Pets please click the link below.
Wildlife & Rodenticides
Rodenticides, the poisons sometimes used to kill rodents, have an impact beyond the location where they were initially used. Birds of prey, such as owls and hawks, may be harmed or killed by consuming poisoned rodents, even at non-lethal doses. Additionally, hawks and owls may feed poisoned rodents to their young.
We ask that you please use snap traps to control rodent infestations without negatively impacting non-target wildlife.
Some years ago Summit County created a system to provide phone, email, and text messages regarding emergencies. The system was upgraded such that anyone who previously signed up will need to sign up again.
The alert center also provides information about non-emergency matters in and about Summit County.
Contact The Conservancy
Design Review Architect
Conservancy Director Of Operations
Director of Owner Services
Director of Legal Services/Conservancy