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BUDGET ADOPTED: The YLOA Board of Directors last week adopted a financial management plan for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. SEE BELOW.

NEW LEADER, NEW PLANS: Fire Station 10 has a new leader and plans for improved services.  SEE BELOW.


The Trails and Recreation Committee has scheduled Saturday group hikes this spring. Join them for some great moderate exercise and enjoy the wildflower-strewn beauty of our foothills.

April 20 — Stagecoach Trail East, starting at Long Hollow Drive N.

All hikes will start at 9 a.m. from the gathering spot.

NOTE: Rain at start cancels the hike.

View all the trails and get detailed information on our website.


New YLOA budget adopted

YLOA has a new budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year starting July 1.
The balanced-budget plan for Yosemite Lakes Owners’ Association anticipates $5.4 million in total revenue from dues and other sources.
The YLOA Board of Directors on March 30 voted unanimously to approve the plan that will set annual member dues at $1,579, an increase of $21.93 per month, and to increase aerobic fees to $50 a year.
Also, the board voted to approve $300,000 first-year funding for the Fix Our Stuff project, to come from general reserves.
Details and rationale for many of the budget changes were spelled out in last week’s Town Hall which is available for viewing on our Videos page. Budget summaries for each department are available on our Public Documents page.
Details about the new budget will be covered in a letter from YLOA President Rebecca Brannon and new list of fees, along with the annual packet to be mailed to YLOA members in coming weeks.

Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler will have a Town Hall meeting next Tuesday, April 9, at the YLP Clubhouse.

Fire Station 10 update

Fire Station 10, based in Yosemite Lakes Park and which includes YLP in its service area, now has a new leader — Fire Capt. Jack Fulcher.

He has some exciting plans for the station and those it serves, but first he wanted to update the information on the fire station's page on our website.

Here's the new description:

Madera County Fire Station 10 consists of paid call firefighters servicing the County of Madera.  Station 10 not only protects Yosemite Lakes Park, but we also assist Cal Fire and other Madera County fire stations with their calls.  At any given moment, engines from Station 10 could be answering a public service assist call here in the park, and next be responding to a fire in the city of Madera, or even covering a station in Madera valley. Station 10 engines could also be attached to a strike team and dispatched out of the county either down south or up north. As you can see, Station 10 engines have no boundaries.

Madera County Fire Station 10 offers two facets to its organization: the paid call firefighter program and the Fire Auxiliary program. PCFs are trained to respond to emergencies. They receive their training from the Madera County Fire Academy which covers fires of all types, EMS and Hazmat trainings which are required by state and federal regulations. Therefore, Madera County Fire Station 10 constantly trains every week, all year long, for continuing education and maintaining our state and federal certifications. Station 10 also participates in community events and public education.

The Fire Auxiliary is the main support group for Station 10.  The auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of every month. The auxiliary and PCFs work together forming committees for fundraisers to help raise money for the fire department. They also assist as a liaison for the fire department for other special events in the park.

More from Capt. Fulcher:

• Next to the station on Glacier Drive, foundation is being poured for a new 2-bay garage to house an additional engine and tanker. The roughly $46,000 for the garage is coming from the station's accounts, built up through local donations, and the vehicles will come from Madera County.

• With a current 14 PCFs, he said, "The station is growing by leaps and bounds — in training, equipment, response areas, at times (serving) all of Madera County."

• Madera County provides the engines, basic equipment and personal protection as well as hourly compensation for firefighting and mandatory training.

• Donation money helps purchase the Squad 10 rescue vehicle, scene lighting, improved gloves, helmet lights.thermal imaging cameras, swift water rescue gear and Jaws of Life.

Planned activities/fund raisers this year:
• Open house grand opening for the 2-bay station with ice cream social.
• Golf Gala and Tournament May 3-4 put on by Yosemite Lakes Golf Association
• A Father's Day pancake breakfast
• Moonshine motorcycle run in September
• Rigatoni Dinner sponsored by Ladies of the Lakes in late September
• New this year — a "tux and gown" Firefighters' Ball in October


From Debbie Shaw of the Trails and Recreation Committee:

Our spring bird walk around Blue Heron Lake will be on Tuesday, April 9th.  Meet at the clubhouse parking lot at 8 a.m.

Robert Snow, president of the Fresno Audubon Society, will be our leader. He will leads us around the lake (1 1/2 miles) identifying the sounds and sights of our local birds. Last year we identified around 16 different birds. Since our 20 birders last year were at times crowded on the trail, Robert is bringing another helper to keep everyone informed and happy. 

Robert discussed what we can do here in the park to protect our rich and unique foothill ecosystem. Protecting the vegetation, trees and snags (dead trees) that surround the lake is essential for proper habitat  for wild birds and other species that live in and near the lake.

As residents and caretakers of this natural wild treasure, we can do things to keep it healthy. Top on the list is getting out and hiking and communing with nature.

Come to the lake in April and bring your binoculars — you never know who will show their pretty feathers!

In lieu of a class fee, a small donation to the Audubon Society is requested.

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 8 a.m.
Where: Clubhouse parking lot

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