Oakmont E-Blast 8-7-20

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President’s Message 

GM Kevin Hubred’s last day of service to the Oakmont Village Association was August 5, so OVA is now operating without a General Manager. At the board’s request, prior to Kevin’s departure, he offered a list of his job responsibilities, the percentage of his time he has recently been devoting to each and to whom he believed those duties should fall in his absence.

Click Here For The Full President’s Message


Backup Power Readied for CAC 

Oakmont News Staff Report 

A new generator purchased by Oakmont to provide backup power to the Central and Berger activities center and the OVA Maintenance Building arrived on the CAC parking lot with the goal of being ready to run by Aug. 14. 

The generator holds approximately 430 gallons of diesel fuel, expected to be enough to last 5 or 6 days without refueling, according to Iris F. Harrell, chair of the Building Construction Committee. 

OVA Maintenance Manager Rick Aubert was setting up the fuel delivery system, should there be a need for an extended time of generator power, Harrell said.

The generator will cut on automatically when the power shuts down, using an automatic transfer switch. Harrell described the switch as a safer permanent connection from the electrical panel to the generator. 

 A smaller natural gas generator to provide backup power for the OVA office was expected to be operational Aug. 15. 

About 48″ high and will have screening and plants around it at ground level when it is installed on a concrete pad.

OVA’s new backup generator, ready for installation next to the electrical controls at the CAC parking lot. (Photo by Marty Thompson) 


Free Defensible Space Webinar   

10:30 on Saturday August 8, 2020 

This webinar is part of a series of three webinars discussing defensible space and structural hardening.  

“Staying Alive in the Zero to Five,” will focus on ways homeowners in Oakmont, can reduce wildfire risk by creating a defensible space around the home, with a particular focus on the area within five-feet around the home’s exterior. This area is often called the “home ignition zone” and is where the house is most vulnerable to radiant heat, embers and direct flame contact (RED). This element of the defensible space criteria is also part of the new Firewise Landscape Policy currently under review at Oakmont making it extremely important for community members to attend. 

In this webinar, we will spend about 30 minutes in a question and answer format with local wildland fire safety champions discussing what people can and should do in the home ignition zone.  

The webinar has reached the 100-person capacity, but you can still watch it live at https://oakmontvillage.com/live

The next two webinars in this series are from 10:30 to noon on Sept. 12 – “Five feet to 30 Feet Landscape – Firewise AND Beautiful,” and on October 10 – “Hardening Your Home for Wildfire Protection.” 


Please Don’t Feed the Wild Animals 

As the summer gets drier, it may be tempting to feed our wild friends – the kind with four legs and fur. But feeding wild animals is illegal in California. It’s also illegal to leave water out for them. Doing so can change their behavior and attract their prey. They can also lose their fear of human beings, and then become aggressive. Human food is not good for wild animals and can make them sick. 

A recent article in the Press Democrat highlights a disease affecting deer here. One of the suspected causes is feeding by humans.  

Please don’t feed the animals.   


Guests Rules at Oakmont Facilities: A reminder 

While the Sonoma County Health Department Order pertaining to Covid-19 is in place, no guests are allowed at any Oakmont facilities. This includes all outdoor sports facilities and the pools. Your cooperation is appreciated. 

Lately there have been an unfortunate number of duplicate bookings and no shows at our water aerobics classes. It is imperative that you save the confirmation email you receive within minutes of booking, as it is the only way to cancel your reservation. 

At the bottom of the confirmation email you will see a black box that says MANAGE BOOKING. Click on cancel.    

If you have any questions about the process of booking and canceling I’ll be happy to try to help. 


Pool News – No Walk-ins 

Walk-ins are not permitted at the Central Pool. Users must have reservations. 

You cannot use shampoo or soap in the outdoor showers.  Soaps create a slippery surface.  

You must wear a mask on the pool deck and to play ping pong.  


THE THREE R’s OF DEFENSIBLE SPACE – START AT THE HOME AND WORK OUT 

When it comes to wildfire protection, creating defensible space improves the odds of survival.  Modifying or reducing the vegetation around the house makes a difference and gives firefighters a way to effectively and safely defend your house from fire.  Pruning, mowing, weeding, plant removal and appropriate plant selection are just a few of the tools homeowners can use to create defensible space.  According to California law, the first defensible zone – out to 30 feet or to the property line – should be lean, clean and green. The rest out to 100 feet, or the property line, should be a reduced fuel area.  


VALLEY OF THE MOON CLUB UPDATE 

With perfect golfing weather this week, there are some exciting announcements to make.  With the transition in management, there are currently no memberships available; but that doesn’t mean that valued members aren’t still important to the club.  As a small token of appreciation, anyone who had a valid membership as of July 15 will receive two benefits for the next 60 days: $10 off the posted green fee rate whenever you play ($5 off after 2 p.m.) and making tee times 14 days in advance (general public can make tee times seven days in advance).  The restaurant facilities continue to be under construction, but soft beverages and snacks are being sold in the pro shop area so you don’t go hungry or thirsty while playing your round.   

 
As many of you have heard, CourseCo Inc. has been brought in on a temporary 60-day contract to manage the golf courses and will be submitting a bid for the long-term management of the property that will include a detailed plan and strategy for the operations. As CourseCo works on this plan, it wants to hear from you.  Having operated golf courses for over 31 years, CourseCo knows the local residents and regular users always have the best insights and ideas and wants to capitalize on this.  If you can please take a few minutes to fill out our online survey, CourseCo would be very thankful and better informed as we plan for the future. 

   CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY 


Toxic Waste 

LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (max. of 5 gallons per container) or 125 pounds of solid material – NEVER mix chemicals.  Place in sealed containers in the trunk, packed to prevent spills.  Syringes/needles in sealed, approved Sharps containers. 

Four times a year Oakmont has a Community Toxic Collection from 2- 7 p.m. Location and date will be provided when you call to schedule an appointment.

NOT ACCEPTED: Explosives or ammunition, radioactive materials, biological wastes (except syringes), TVs, computer monitors, and other electronics – business waste. 

Please call 707-364-6927 to schedule an appointment or ask your questions. Must schedule 24 hours prior to event. 


WHEN WILL THE OAKMONT LIBRARY OPEN? 

Answer: When Sonoma County is no longer on the CA Public Health watchlist, when Sonoma County Public Health gives the “OK,” when OVA gives its “OK” and when the library volunteer staff has everything in place for a reopening.  And no one knows when that will be.  Please be patient.  There is a well-thought-out plan with the safety of the patrons and volunteers in mind. Hint: wearing a mask will be REQUIRED.  In the meantime, let your books, puzzles and DVDs shelter in place with you.  There is no process right now to accept these items, and COVID protocols for the maintenance staff who find these items outside the CAC, Berger or OVA office just means they’ll be tossed.  In the meantime, check out the online offerings of the Sonoma County Public Library.  If you’re not already an Oakmont volunteer, please consider becoming one.   Email oakmontvillagelibrary@gmail.com 


SAVING OUR PLANET ONE TENNIS BALL AT A TIME 

Did you know that a single tennis ball takes 400 years to decompose? Nationwide, approximately 125 million used tennis balls wind up in America’s landfills every year. That is 20,000 metric tons of methane-producing, near non-decomposable rubber waste. 
 
To mitigate this problem, the OTC has partnered with RecycleBalls, an innovative not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to recycle and/or reuse every tennis ball in the United States.  You will notice snazzy new collection bins at each Oakmont tennis facility.  Simply deposit your dead balls into the bins; and they will be sent, at no cost to us, to RecycleBalls in Vermont for processing.  The tennis balls are ground up, and the felt is separated from the rubber.  They call the rubber crumb generated GREEN GOLD, which is used in the construction of tennis courts, horse footing and hopefully soon, with more R&D, a variety of green products.  Pretty Cool! 
 
For more information on this wonderful program, please visit with http://recycleballs.org/ .   A big thank you goes to Jeanne Osterland who has volunteered to ship the full boxes and answer questions about the program. 


EMERGENCY BINDERS UPDATE 

The Oakmont Rainbow Women (ORW) have developed a comprehensive ‘Emergency Preparedness’ binder that features 99 pages of critical information, checklists and action items to be prepared for any type of natural disaster. 
 
Last week, copies were offered at no cost until supplies ran out. In less than two days, the binders were gone and a wait list was started.  Because of the generosity of Oakmont residents, there were enough donations to print a second set of binders. 
 
To add your name to the wait list for a free binder, please contact Katy at Map Your Neighborhood MYNOakmont@gmail.com. The actual cost is $15 per binder, and donations to offset the cost of an anticipated third printing are being accepted. 


AUGUST 10 –   10 A.M. 

EUROPE’S PROBLEM WITH AUTOCRACY – HUNGARY AND POLAND 

The Oakmont Great Decisions Discussion Groups are continuing to meet every Monday at 10 a.m. The topic for August 10 is “Europe’s Problem with Autocracy – Hungary and Poland.” There are articles available to read in advance. 
To receive an invitation, send an email to oakmontgd@gmail.com


The Futures Club and Sunday Symposium are jointly sponsoring a series of four  

meetings designed to inform us about viruses and vaccines and to focus on the current work on COVID-19 vaccines. 
 
The first Zoom meeting on understanding viruses was held on August 5. These meetings will continue for three more weeks, and you need to be on the email list to get Zoom information. 
 
These meetings are designed to give Oakmont residents a chance to understand COVID-19 vaccines through discussion with a professional leader.  

 
August 12 – 4 p.m. – Understanding vaccines 
August 19 – 4 p.m. – Understanding the specific COVID-19 vaccines under development 
August 26 – 4 p.m. – Discussion and conclusions 
 
If you are interested or have any questions, email to futureoakmont@gmail.com


FORREST YOGA ON ZOOM 

Tuesdays: 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Thursdays: 10-11 a.m. –  Saturdays: 9-10 a.m. 

Equipment: yoga mat, two blocks, strap, yoga blanket or a beach towel, 

    something to pad floor poses   
New Students: Contact Carol at carolking1234@yahoo.com prior to the day you 

    would like to join the class.   
Rate: $60 for six classes. S end payment to 9327 Oak Trail Circle or use Venmo @Carol-King-95 


Oakmont Health Initiative 

Oakmont Health Initiative Free Fitness Class with JoRene via Zoom
Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.
Monday: Have hand weights
Wednesday: Have stretch band and a wall nearby
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/96799422442


Yes, even though we are all weary, stay safe and well. Wear your mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands.  

From Bonnie Lind