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Feb, 16 - Work on Stagecoach Washout
Today, Willis LeJeune volunteered and was trained to drive the DMPOA dump truck. Julian, Ray and Willis worked hauling numerous loads of
material and working the Stagecoach washout. Julian, a DMR VFD volunteer firefighter, was subsequently called out to stand-by at the DMR
VFD because of a fire near Crows Nest. Luckily the fire was put out without the DMR VFD being fully deployed.
Feb. 28 - Low Meadow
Low Meadow was being worked this past week until we had equipment failure. The tilt rod for the blade on the maintainer has broken and we have lost the bolt(s) that retains the articulation pin.
Those parts have been ordered and repairs will commence upon receipt of parts. Also, Low Meadow was watered on the lower part and somewhat packed in an effort to stabilize the loosened
roadbed...the steepness makes watering and packing more difficult but equally worthwhile...
May 5th - Update
The last several days has seen Ray repairing High Meadow Trail. Many loads of material have been delivered, watered and
packed to make the road as passable as possible. Today the cattle guard at the resort entrance was repaired yet again. Fill dirt
was added on the downhill side in an attempt to prevent another failure. Those with heavy loads and those in a hurry, please
slow down! We will continue work on the John Deere tractor with the installation of a loader bucket and rear blade to enable this
machine to do multiple jobs.
The parts to resurrect the John Deere tractor have been installed. The loader bucket is working as well
as the rear blade assembly. Raymond has familiarized himself w/ the controls and you will be seeing
this machine participating in road work
Sifting Screen Finished!
Raymond and Julian built a sifting screen made out of 2" spacing with 1/2" rebar. Each 90 degree cross is welded on both sides of the rebar. The
screen contains appx. 7,500 welds. It separates fine material, found in our creeks and in the upper duck pond, from course material that has no use
as road material. Using the screen, the guys can separate the finished material and deliver it in full truckloads. Upon delivery of the finished material
at any given site, Ray will not have to spend a lot of time moving rocks off the road because the rock will already have been removed. This will save us
time and money. The screen is set up on a 45 degree slope. It is portable and will have hooks welded on it to allow it to be picked up and moved using
the backhoe. The finished screen produced excellent road material. The backhoe and the John Deere tractor can both be utilized in sorting the
material. A lot of hard work. Good job guys!
Several weeks ago there was a hydraulic failure with the backhoe. Upon examination, the coupler for the hydraulic pump had stripped out, probably as the result of age. New parts were installed
and it's back to running.
Sifting Screen at Work!
Raymond has been working on sifting material at the upper Duck Pond. A great amount of material has been created.
The screen is doing exactly what is was meant to do. Moral of the story? You make it right and it will work! Thanks for all the hard
work Ray and Julian!
Rainy Day Roads!
All the rain we have been getting is creating problems with our roads. People who have lived in the DMR for several years know that lots of rain causes problems, no question about it.
When the rains stop, the roads will be repaired. It's a small trade off for living in the mountains rather than in the city.
Feb 9-14, 2017 - Raymond McKay and Ray Queen were busy! For those who didn't see it, take a drive over to
Church Hill, south of the Community Center. Most of us have never seen it look so good! Today they were working on
the Ranch Road. We're very luck to have two great guys working our roads. Thanks guys!
DMR Roads and Road Crew
OUR DMR ROAD CREW
Our Road Crew consists of full-time maintenance operator Darell Fellers and permanent part time maintenance operator Ray Queen. The
two are a great combination and have been doing a terrific job. We also have several volunteers who help out when needed. Anyone
wishing to donate some time to help with the Road Crew, contact Road Committee Chairman Dale Learish.
Big thanks to Glenn Bohnenberger for donating culverts to the DMPOA. This is the first load. One more coming soon. This will help us a lot.
Janette Winters - 2018 - 2019 Road Committee Chairman
PURCHASE BY DMPOA OF BACKHOE
A previous Board had approved up to $40,000.00 for the purchase of a backhoe. As President Mike Fryer was out of town for another month,
Vice President Dale Learish worked with Darell Fellers and Steve Barr on the project. After many hours of working on this project, Dale gave
Steve carte blanch to find and purchase a good back hoe. Steve found a 2007 John Deere 410G backhoe for $39,511.25 including tax. The
tractor has only approximately 1500 hours on it, way long for that year model. Most models that year have over 6,000 hours o them. Steve
paid for the backhoe using his own funds to make the purchase possible. The current Board approved an additional $10,000.00 for
shipping which should include appx $9,000.00 for a reciprocal rock hammer attachment for the backhoe. The rock hammer, which Darell
has experience working with, will be used to knock of knobs in roads, sometimes pulverizing large rocks. Darell stated that the rock hammer
will have a diminishing use in one or two years. Darell is currently researching which rock hammer, possibly a 990 lb one or a 1,128 lb one
would be the best choice. Also, the backhoe had some cosmetic flaws but Steve worked with the broker and the repairs are being made
at no cost to the DMPOA.