Welcome to Duck Creek Ridge Owners’ Association
Welcome to the Duck Creek Ridge Owners’ Association web page. We are a homeowner owned Association with 257 lots and about 186 owners located 31 miles east on Highway 14 from Cedar City in Southern Utah’s Color Country. We are very proud of our Association; the members have worked hard to make it an attractive and fun place to live and visit. Our strong CC&Rs and Bylaws have been developed by the members to permit nice homes to be built in the wooded setting of the area while maintaining the rustic atmosphere of the Dixie National Forest. If you are looking to purchase a home in the Color Country area, please consider looking in the Duck Creek Ridge / Color Country Subdivision area. We think you will find the people here to be outgoing and friendly and the overall visual impact of the homes in the community and the hidden wonders of the forest second to none.
Welcome to new cabin and lot owners
The Association would like to welcome everyone who is new to the DCROA this year. The area has seen a tremendous growth in lot sales and cabin construction this summer. Over 20 lots have been sold since January, with pending sales on around 10 other lots. With growth and change comes new opportunities to help make the DCROA community stronger and a more enjoyable place to call home, or “vacation” home. We encourage new members to become familiar with their neighbors and support the common causes advanced by the DCROA.
Dust Abatement Update
Of the 52 DCROA members who responded to the August 15th ballot question on Dust Abatement for subdivision roads, 38 members were supportive of shifting dust control to the Cedar Mountain Fire Protection District (CMFPD). This coalition is presently responsible for snow removal on subdivision roads. Fourteen members expressed that dust control should remain the responsibility of DCROA, which presently assesses members $104 per lot for the annual road preparation and application of the dust suppressant chemical, magnesium chloride. By shifting dust abatement responsibility to CMFPD, the same process would be used to treat the subdivision roads, but with better coordination with the County and the larger District. If the proposal is adopted by the county, the cost would appear as a line item on member’s Kane County tax bill. The tax adjustment has been estimated to be between $65 to $70 per lot. Until any changes are officially initiated, the DCROA will continue to maintain
Membership on the DCROA Board and Related Committees
The membership ballot from August 15th also requested members to consider involvement on the Board of Directors, Architectural committee, and the Fire Wise committee. After the nomination process was completed, current Board members Rosann Krausch and Lynn Larson will continue to serve two-year appointments. Leo Basch, previously on the ARCOM committee, will be filling the final Board position. The ARCOM committee will move forward with the addition of Ross Greco, along with continuation of service by Gayle Barnes and Mike Charlton. No interest was expressed in participation with the Fire Wise committee. This vital committee is always open for any volunteers within the DCROA membership. Questions or concerns can be addressed to Donna Mooers, Board Secretary/Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer/Fall 2020–unlike any other!!
The coronavirus remains a significant concern for everyone. Just when we hoped conditions were easing back to normal, more setbacks confront us. Given the tenacity of this virus, it makes sense to follow the most reliable and updated medical and scientific advice. The simple act of wearing facial covering (i.e. mask to cover mouth and nose) has the best potential for reducing the spread of coronavirus. Regardless of your opinions or personal preferences about wearing a mask, the evidence is very clear that masks help to protect everyone around us by reducing exposure to the disease. Frequent hand-washing, use of hand sanitizers, and adherence to physical distancing all help to further reduce spreading of the virus. As long as travel is allowed, getting away to the mountains of Southern Utah remains as another antidote to the stress created by this crazy virus. Being outdoors has multiple benefits for disease reduction, but most importantly the beauty of nature provides us with a mental and emotional escape. Being with close family and trusted friends in the fresh and cool mountain environment may not be a cure, but it surely provides a respite from current challenges.
By the way, if anyone in your family or group happens to be a 4th grader, the National Park Service is providing a free annual pass to 4th graders and their families. Certain rules apply, so follow along by clicking on the link below:
Annual Road Dust Reduction Completed
From June 1st through the 4th, the mag chloride road treatment was completed for the five-plus miles of roads in our community. This year’s road treatment went exceptionally well, with favorable weather conditions and good coordination between Kane County road maintenance crews and companies providing water spraying and chemical application. Until a more permanent road surfacing arrangement can be made, the annual application of mag chloride remains as the best solution to reduce dust pollution. Once the roads are “cured”, the dust suppression benefit can be maximized by sensible and proper road usage. Please let family, friends, and renters know that area roads are not intended for spin-outs and fish-tailing by any vehicles. There are plenty of back trails for getting such thrills.
Travel Notice : I-15 at Virgin River Gorge Completed, but expect slowdowns around Mesquite
The year-long bridge repair project through the Virgin River Gorge appears to be completed. Please continue to use caution in passing along this area of I-15 and watch for any follow-up repairs to the road. Also be advised that traffic slow downs may occur around Mesquite, Nevada with on-going road maintenance on I-15 approaching the Arizona boarder. Watch for construction signs and possible lane restrictions.
Making Fire Safety Effort PAY with Fire Council “In-Kind” grant credit
Every cabin and lot owner within DCROA can now take credit for all fire prevention efforts going back over the past year and including all current fire safety activity. By accounting for time and money expended on cleaning up our personal property to make the space more fire-safe, grant dollars can be earned for continued and expanded community fire prevention projects. These projects include the annual Chip Fest, fire prevention seminars, and reduction of fire threat “hot spots” in the Greater Duck Creek Area. Simple acts of man or nature can be devastating, with resulting fires having no boundaries or limits until fire crews can extinguish the final embers. By having all Association members take an active role in reducing fire fuels, we make our immediate and surrounding properties safer, AND we contribute to increased grant fund dollars to benefit the entire community. Click on the following link to become a participant in Fire Council “In-Kind” grant project:
If you have any questions about this Fire Council project or need assistance in completing the form, please contact DCROA board member Lynn Larson by text at (702) 301-9180 or email at email@example.com
Cedar Mountain Community Coalition
As a member of the Duck Creek Ridge Owners Association, you are also part of an even greater network of dedicated property owners with a common goal of maintaining and enhancing our Mountain community. The Cedar Mountain Community Coalition brings together several other Owner Associations along with federal/state/local agencies to focus on emergency issues, fire threats, dust reduction, road maintenance, safe vehicle operation on local roads, proper lot/cabin usage, just to name a few areas of common concern. The Coalition holds regularly scheduled meetings. DCROA members are encouraged to get involved, either by attending the Coalition meetings, or by volunteering your time and talents as a Coalition member.
Condolences to the family of William (Bill) Whitlow
Bill Whitlow was an active DCROA committee member and board member during the thirty years of owning his cabin on Rawhide Circle. His sudden passing on July 9th was a hard loss for family, friends and the Duck Creek community. Bill’s brother, Robert, and his family expressed heart-felt gratitude for everyone who stopped by Bill’s cabin recently to pay respects. Further memorial plans will be announced.
Pinewoods Resort – a member of DCROA
Summer season brings additional activity at the Pinewoods. Along with a wide array of rooms and suites, the resort provides RV parking with full amenities. Conference and meeting rooms are available. The kitchen is open and serving a full menu for take-out or dining in on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For more information, contact the Resort at (435) 682-2512 or visit their website below:
Duck Creek Village Association rolling out revised website
The Duck Creek Village Association is a non-profit organization comprised primarily of local business owners. The Association goal is to promote the scenic beauty of the region and provide information about products, services, and events of interest to the public. Check out the “How can we help?” section of the website and click on any of the helpful buttons. Also look at the “Road Conditions” tab near the top boarder for a very impressive real-time display of four highway camera positions along Highway 14 between Cedar City and the junction at Highway 89 (referred to as Todd’s Junction). Click on the link below which will direct you to the Association’s new website.
Permanent Dumpster Site Improvement
A permanent dumpster site immediately across Highway 14 from Duck Creek Ridge Road (just beyond the horse-back ride area but before the Fire Station) is available for all area residents. The County will continue to make improvements on the dumpster site. Kane County assumes full responsibility of clean up, snow removal on the lot, plus clean-up of hazardous or dangerous waste material.
We are counting on everyone to:
DO NOT DUMP asbestos, paint, tires, gas bottles, appliances, furniture, fluorescent tubes, toxic or corrosive materials, liquids, and / or solvents. Should you see someone improperly dumping or note problems in the area of the dumpster please contact:
- Wade Heaton of Kane County Special Services District at (435) 691-1997
- Sheriff’s office at 911 if an emergency or (435) 644-4916 for a non-emergency
If you notice a fire or smoke, please contact:
The Fire Department at 911 if an emergency or (435) 682-3225 for a non-emergency
THESE ARE THE ONLY AGENCIES/INDIVIDUALS TO BE CONTACTED.
Neither a Board Member nor any other individual will be able to assist you so please direct the issue to the proper agency.
Those items listed above and others of the same type must be disposed of properly. Contact Kane County Special Service District at (435) 644-5089 for information regarding locations for the disposal of these items.
911 Emergencies ONLY
Special Service District Wade Heaton (435) 691-1997
Kane County Sheriff (435) 644-4916
Cedar Mountain Fire Department (435) 682-3225