Welcome to the Virginia Lakes Mutual Water Corporation's Web Site
04/07/2021: Per email from members at the sub-division VL Road is cleared all the way to Trumbull campground.
04/05/2021: Note today from Kevin Julian - Road Operation Superintendent - Mono County:
Please forgive the delay in sending this email out. I have communicated with a number of you individually, but for the group – we are starting our clearing of Virginia Lakes Road today. I cannot give you specific details on how much we can clear each day, but we will have it opened by the 24th. We plan on moving the closure to the closest safe place behind where our work ends for the day so you will see a moving target in that regard.
04/01/2021: Latest word is that Mono County will start plowing Virginia Lakes Road beginning Monday 4/5 in preparation for clearing the road for opening weekend of fishing season.
03/13/2021: Recent snow storm brought in about 4-6 inches of new snow in the last couple of days. There is between 3-4 feet of snow with drifts in windy areas much higher. Virginia Lakes Road remains closed with parking down at the lower parking area just in a way from 395. Check out the pictures page for a picture from today - 3-12 looking south from Tip Top down to Summit Dr. and a couple taken from a commercial aircraft on 3-5 of the Big V area.
Yearly member letter and water assessments will be going out the first part of May - so keep an eye for for that. Also all new members will receive their new member letter and member certificate at the same time.
02/01/2021: The recent storm dumped a lot of snow in the subdivision and surrounding areas. It was reported that there was 8 feet up on Summit Dr. As of yesterday: Lower parking not yet cleared by Caltrans. Snowcat came all the way down to 395. Snow drifts 4’-5’, but also bare asphalt in spots. check out the "Pictures" tab for some pictures on VL Road just above the bridge crossing and below the Helo pad area.
01/25/2021: A winter storm is coming in this week. Prior to this, weather has been pretty nice and VL Road open. However with this coming storm there is a possibility that VL Road will be closed at the lower parking area near 395. To determine if VL Road has been closed - check out the "Road Closure:" link at https://monocounty.ca.gov/roads - - Please see the message below:
Good morning Virginia Lakes Home Owners:
We have enjoyed some pretty calm weather patterns so far this season which has made it possible to keep VL Road open. However, with the combination of wind and snow fall predicted for this week (Wed night – Thursday especially) we can expect significant drifting at the road cuts – so please be prepared for temporary to permanent closure at the lower parking lot. Tomorrow (1/26/21) the “Road Closed” sign will be placed at the bottom parking lot, and the road will be open to over-snow travel. Residents are encouraged to relocate wheeled vehicles to bottom parking lot prior to the closure. The closure determination will be revisited every weekday thereafter, and snow removal operations will resume when weather, avalanche conditions, and resources permit.
Please share this message with others as my contact list from last year may be incomplete.
Road Operations Superintendent
01/05/2021: Happy New year! There is approximately 1 to 2 feet of snow in the subdivision with some areas having more due to drifts and shading. Approximately 8 inches of new snow fell around December 27/28. Subdivision roads are not drivable however some folks have tried! Temps during the holidays varied from a low of 4.5 to a high of 34.7. Winds were low most of the time. Some storms have been predicted for heavy snow fall recently but have not happened as of yet. Mono County has kept Virginia Lakes Road plowed during weekdays but do not plow on the weekends.
Trash service has been stopped for the winter. Last pickup was on Thursday December 31. Service will not be resumed until the May timeframe depending on weather/snow conditions. It is important for all members to take their trash home with them during the winter when visiting so that room in the dumpster remains for the full-time residents during the winter.
Check out the "Pictures" tab for a few recent pictures.
12/01/2020: Received some picture taken Thanksgiving day from member Niel Fischer. Check out the "Pictures" tab for a view. Snow level is low and temp have been cold at night.
11/25/2020: Wishing everyone a safe Thanksgiving holiday.
A check today with Mono County determined that all burn permits are suspended - no outside burning is allowed in Mono County.
11/18/2020: The water systems were successfully shut down on 10/20 & 10/21 just in time for the cold weather that came in about a week later. Winter water is available at the spring overflow by the solar pump shed or along Virginia Lakes Rd at the gravity hydrants at Pinecrest, Tamarack, Lodegepole, Easy or Glacier. A special key is needed for the hydrants. If you (members only) need a key they are $5.00 and can be obtained by filling out the "Contact us" page.
Winds have been high in the subdivision beginning around Friday 11/13 with winds ranging from 50-75 mph. One cabin on Summit Dr. had a side door blown open and a roof skylight blown off.
A portion of a tree came down early evening 11/13 on Tip Top on the northside by the pump house. Branches were cleared from the roadway and is drivable. Another tree came down 11/17 which blocked the old road portion to the east just off Tip Top and VL Road. That tree has not been cleared and may remain for some time due to its size. Check out the "Pictures" tab for a couple pictures of the trees.
Frank Chop made a round of the subdivision on 11/17 and did not see any cabins damaged by down trees.
Some snow came in on 11/7 and 11/8 for a total of 4 to 6 inches. Mono County kept the road cleared of snow.
Temps got down to -0.1 to -2 during the period 11/7 to 11/13. Daytime temps varied from the mid 10's to 40 for the same period.
Some additional pictures are posted to show the various areas of the subdivision for the 11/7 to 11/13 time frame.
10/15/2020: There will be a Board meeting on Wednesday October 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM to be held at 50 Tamarack Lane. Members are welcome to attend but no guests. Due to COVID-19 concerns Social Distancing and face masks will be required for all attending. There will be no refreshments provided. A notice of this meeting will also be posted 10/16 on the bulletin board at the Solar Pump House. If any member would like a copy of the agenda sent electronically, please complete the form on the "Contact Us" tab.
10/04/2020 : One weather station, one air quality (Purple Air Sensor} and one web cam have been added by a couple members in the subdivision. The weather station and web cam are in the area of Summit Dr. and Tip Top lane. The web cam is looking south and shows Summit Dr. The Purple air Sensor is at the top of Summit Dr. at a cabin. It is believed the web cam only updates every 30 minutes and is off (dark) at night time. Owners of the installations have allowed us to post the links on our web site. The links will be listed under the "Links" tab and are posted below in this message:
Weather Station: https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KCALEEVI12
Web Cam: http://vl.sightly.net/
An issue has been corrected with the web site. The "Contact Us" tab was not forwarding the information filled out in the form to the web master. That is now corrected.
Added some pictures from the Upper Tamarack/Tip Top/Beaver Run water line replacement work done in August 2020. Check out the "Pictures" tab.
Also, all pictures prior to 2020 have been moved to the "Old Photo History" tab. This makes life much easier when posting new pictures.
09/30/2020: The water system shutdown for the season will begin on Tuesday October 20th. If you have water storage tanks be sure and fill them up before this date. Once the system is shut down water will be available at the spring overflow outlet just behind the solar pump house. The gravity main line will remain on to ensure good spring flow but street laterals will be turned off with water available at the hydrants along Virginia Lakes Road at each street entrance.
09/09/2020: Mono County issued an emergency ordinance yesterday 9/8 prohibiting open fires on private property due to the extreme fire hazard conditions. This includes campfires, pit fires and etc. However covered BBQs and propane cooking is permitted. As such this includes our subdivision. A notice is also being posted at the solar pump house bulletin board and trash dumpster.
08-22-2020: Schat.net has been installing internet service via a dish to several cabins in the the subdivision lately. Schat has installed re-transmitters at two cabins which can then provide internet service to other cabins. If your cabin is able to get a signal from the Baggett cabin up on Summit Dr. or from the cabin high on the ridge south of the subdivision you might be able to get service. You will need a power source to obtain service. WiFi calling is much better through their internet service than through cell phone service up there. If you are interested, you might want to give them a call at their office in Bishop at: 760-873-4377 for more information.
08/17/2020: The Annual member meeting that was rescheduled from July 4th to September 5th has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns and the prohibition of group gatherings by Mono County.
Overdue assessment notices were mailed out today and include the $50 late fee. If the assessment is not paid by December 31, 2020 an additional 6% will be added.
The waterline replacement on Upper Tamarack and a portion of Tip Top was completed Thursday 8/13. Road base has been added to the area.
07/31/2020: Water assessment payments are due today to avoid the $50 late fee. Payments must be postmarked prior to or on July 31 to avoid the late fee. A second notice including the late fee will be sent to those who have not paid. Those assessments not paid by December 31, 2020 will also incur a 6% interest charge. Without timely assessment payments it makes it more difficult for us to complete water improvement projects.
07/24/2020: Waterline replacement on Upper Tamarack Lane and Tip Top Lane (east of Tamarack) will begin on Monday August 3rd and continuing for about one week. There will be no water service on Tamarack (above Beaver Run), Beaver Run, and Tip Top (east of Tamarack) during this period of time. Road access to these areas will also be limited if not at all. Water service work-around may be available for some cabin locations. Please contact Ross at 58 Pinecrest Dr. if you are up and need water at your cabin location. Water is also available at the Spring overflow located next to the solar pump house.
There will be a Board meeting on Sunday August 2nd. at 1:00 PM to be held at 50 Tamarack Lane. Members are welcome to attend but no guests. Due to COVID-19 concerns Social Distancing and face masks will be required for all attending. There will be no refreshments provided. A notice of this meeting will also be posted in the bulletin board at the Solar Pump House.
Water assessments are due July 31. No avoid the $50 late fee get your assessment in and postmarked no latter than 7/31.
The refrigerator was taken to the Mono County dump site in Bridgeport on Sunday 7/19. Who dumped it at the old gravel pit is still unknown. If you have any information on who dumped it please let us know through the "Contact Us" tab.
07/14/2020: Someone dumped a Crystal Cold propane refrigerator, a bird feeder, and Styrofoam packaging from a new refrigerator in the old gravel pit just off Virginia Lakes Rd and Dunderberg Meadow Rd. This area is not a dump and such items should be taken to one of Mono County's public dumps. Who ever dumped this refrigerator and associated items should remove them immediately. You should be ashamed for dumping such items! See the "Pictures" tab for the pictures.
06/10/2020: The Annual Member meeting for July 4th at 2:00 PM has been cancelled. Mono County is only in Expanded Stage 2 and gatherings with people who do not live in your household are prohibited until in Stage 3. The Annual Member meeting is tentatively rescheduled, pending further COVID-19 developments, for Labor Day weekend on Saturday, September 5th at 2:00 PM at the pump house location - 67 Tip Top Lane Virginia Lakes - Subdivision. Further updates on the Annual Member meeting will be posted here on the Website, on the solar shed bulletin board, and via an Email listing of members who have provided an email address. The above notice was also sent to the Email listing and will be posted on the bulletin board..
06/03/2020: The Annual Member meeting scheduled for Saturday, July 4th at 2:00 PM may be cancelled due to prohibitions of group gatherings at this time due to COVID-19 guidelines in effect for Mono County and the State of California. Mono County is currently in Stage 2 and group gatherings are not authorized until Stage 3 is entered. The following link from Mono County ( MONO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Public Health Officer Order: Prohibition of Non-Essential Public Gatherings) is available to review and is still current. https://webapps.mono.ca.gov/COVIDDocs/Directives/Health-officer-order-prohibiting-gatheringsMar172020.pdf
You can also go to the Mono County COVID-19 website for further information: https://coronavirus.monocounty.ca.gov/
Any update to the cancellation of the annual member meeting will be posted here on the website.
05/22/2020: The water system start-up has been completed. Approval from Mono County Health has been received to begin serving our members.
Weather has been in the mid 50s to low 60s during the day but in the high 20s to low 30s at night. Trash service is active with dumpster pickup on Thursday morning.
05/14/2020: All subdivision roads are drivable at this time. Please drive slowly and be cautious of some soft spots that still remain from the snow melt. Also when driving up Summit Dr. towards the top to use 4 wheel drive to slow down the damage done to the road surface when in 2 wheel drive. The road surface in that area, from just south of the peak near the Keller cabin and down to the Andersen cabin below, was re-graded towards the end of last year to smooth out the majority of the wash boarding conditions on the road. A sign in that area has been installed as reminder! Check out the "Pictures" tab to see the picture!
05/11/2020: The annual member letter and assessment statement has been mailed out. Remember to get your assessment payment in by July 31 to avoid a late fee of $50.
The annual member meeting will be held on Saturday, July 4th, at 2:00 p.m. at the pump house location (67 Tip Top Lane). Please bring a chair and a mask if social distancing is still required. If you can not attend, please return your proxy statement with your assessment payment so that we can have a quorum for the meeting. Thank you!
05/10/2020: The water system start-up will begin on Tuesday May 19. Once the start-up process is completed,, water samples submitted for testing and approval is received from Mono County Health Department to begin serving potable water to members, an update will be posted on the website.
Also check out the "Pictures" tab for some recent pictures from 5/7 and 5/9.
05/03/2020: The snow in the subdivision is melting at a fairly quick rate lately. The drift on Summit has been clear by Art Baggett and Frank Carey with the plow on their snow cat. We do not have a report on the subdivision roads as to whether they are drivable yet. Some pictures of the upper area of Summit have been provided. Check out the "Pictures" tab for a few recent pictures.
We still do not know when the water system will be started back up for the summer season. This will depend on further snow melt, access to all the areas of the water system equipment, valves etc. and off course night time temps. Once a date is known it will be posted here on the web site.
04/22/2020: Added a few pictures from 4/16, 4/18 & 4/22. Check them out at the "Pictures" tab.
04/21/2020: Opening of Fishing season delayed: See the below announcement that was made late this afternoon:
After Coordination with Local Government, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Delays Trout Season Openers in Three Counties
April 21, 2020
As requested by county officials, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham delayed the start of the trout opener in Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties. The director made this decision in consultation with California Fish and Game Commission President Eric Sklar.
The trout season was scheduled to open in these three counties this Saturday, April 25. The delay to the opener in these counties expires May 31, 2020.
“After talking with the county representatives, we agreed this was a necessary step toward being responsive to local needs in this public health emergency,” said CDFW Director Bonham. “These counties asked for our help, and we responded.”
Specifically this means all waters in these three counties not currently open to fishing will remain closed to fishing until May 31. After local government coordination in Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties, CDFW is also making minor adjustments to bag and possession limits in waters that are currently open for fishing to protect and conserve the existing fisheries that may be affected by increased angling pressure or harvest. These modifications will also expire May 31. Pursuant to the emergency regulation approved by the Commission, CDFW will provide accurate information for the angling public online or by phone at (916) 445-7600.
Today’s decision does not affect the trout season in any other county.
Early this week, CDFW had discussions with county leadership regarding trout fishing, which typically draws a high tourism influx to these counties. Local officials are concerned that people traveling to these areas to fish would exacerbate the transmission of COVID-19 and put a strain on their healthcare systems. Further, all non-essential businesses in these counties including lodging, dining and camping options are closed in compliance with state and local public health officers’ orders.
On April 15, the California Fish and Game Commission authorized CDFW to temporarily delay, suspend or restrict recreational fishing if the director of CDFW, in consultation with the president of the Commission, finds that such action is necessary to protect against the threat from COVID-19 based on state, federal, local, and tribal public health guidance and public safety needs.
At the request of counties or tribes, CDFW will consider action to address needs regarding fishing seasons amongst the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a county or tribal representative with questions or would like to provide input on potential angling related delays or restrictions, please contact Roger Bloom, Acting Branch Chief, Fisheries Branch, by email at Roger.Bloom@wildlife.ca.gov.
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937
04/10/2020: A good of foot or more of snow has come down in the past few days. Art Baggett sent along some nice pictures to show what has come down. Check out the "Pictures" tab for a view.
04/05/2020: The "Pictures" tab section has been updated with approximately 46 pictures covering the period August 2019 to Feb 2020. Some of the pictures show the waterline replacement work on Upper Pinecrest Dr. and Tip Top Ln. done in August and September. Others show the low amount of snow at the end of last year and the first part of this year.
04/04/2020: A nice storm is coming in this weekend which might bring several feet of snow. Member Art Baggett sent a couple of pictures from the area on Summit Dr. that he took 4/4 or so. Check out the "Pictures" tab.
04/03/2020: Snow levels have remained low this year. Currently there is approximately 28 inches of snow. Subdivison roads are closed. Snow drifts are high in some areas. Due to the recent Corona Virus event travel has been very limited by members. The yearly member letter and Assessment Billing is planned to go out the first part of May as usual. Assessments will remain the same amount for 2020 as they were in 2019. The following notice wil also be included in the member letter.
“Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors on October 23, 2019 has levied an assessment, for calendar year 2020, of $250 Non User; or $300 Gravity User; and or $400 Pumped User per membership upon the memberships of the corporation payable to Virginia Lakes Mutual Water Corporation 621 Myrtle Avenue Glendora, CA 91741 on or before June 1, 2020. Any memberships upon which this assessment remains unpaid after July 31, 2020 will be delinquent and subject to a $50 late fee. Unless payment is made prior to delinquency, the said memberships or as many of them as may be necessary, may be forfeited to the corporation. Ross Oswald, Secretary, 621 Myrtle Avenue Glendora, CA 91741”
At a recent Mono County Supervisor meeting on 4/1 the follow was an agenda item:
Recommended Action: Hear update from Staff and receive public input regarding the upcoming fishing season/stocking in light of COVID-19 and the Governor's "Stay-At-Home" Order. Consider and potentially approve proposed letter to the Governor and the California Fish and Game Commission requesting that fish stocking and/or fishing opener be delayed, consistent with the Stay-At-Home Order, for the protection of public health and safety. Provide any desired direction to staff.
It is believed that a letter is being forward regarding his agenda item.
Water systems remain off for the season. It is anticipated that system turn-0n will be towards the end of May as usual pending weather conditions and now possible futher developments regarding the Corona Virus.
Any further updates on water start-up and turn-on dates will be posted here on the Web Site.
"STAY SAFE and STAY HOME"
01/24/2020: Virginia Lakes road is open to Trumbull campground entrance. There are some ice areas on the road and a couple narrow areas but generally two lanes.
01/16/2020: Virginia Lakes road to be closed today at 12:00 PM due to the storm that is coming in. Reopening will be re-evaluated after the storm based on conditions. See the note below from Mono County Road Operations:
Good morning Virginia Lakes Home Owners:
As mentioned in my previous correspondence, this storm is promising to bring intense snowfall with strong winds over a short duration this afternoon into this evening. With that said, we have decided to CLOSE VIRGINIA LAKES ROAD at 12:00PM today. We will re-evaluate next week based on drifting and future storm foecasts to decide if this is a tempoary or permanent closure for the winter.
Road Operations Superintendent - Mono County
01/13/2020: Happy New Year to all! There is around two (2) feet of snow in the subdivision with drifts from wind up to 3-4 feet in some areas. Summit Drive has drifts that are much high just above the Keller cabin.
Virginia Lakes Road may end up being closed this week from down at the lower parking area due to winds and snow storm coming in. Please see the attached not from Kevin Julian - Mono County Road Operations Superintendant:
Good afternoon Virginia Lakes Home Owners:
We have enjoyed some pretty calm weather patterns so far this season which has made it possible to keep VL Road open. However, with the combination of wind and snow fall predicted for this week (Wed night – Thursday especially) we can expect significant drifting at the road cuts – so please be prepared for temporary to permanent closure at the lower parking lot. We will monitor the situation as the storm rolls in and I will send out an update if we do in fact need to close the road. Thank you for your understanding.
Road Operations Superintendent
Check out the Mono County Road Closure web page at the "Links" tab to obtain current info on area road closures: