Welcome to the Red Feather Lakes (RFL) Property Owner’s Association (POA) web site! The Red Feather POA covers an area sometimes known as Historic Red Feather and is considered to be properties within a five mile radius of the RFL Fire Station, however there are exceptions to this description.
This site is your guide to the businesses, issues, and resources available in the area, which are linked on the right side. The most popular links are the weather station and the Community Calendar. If you’re interested in Red Feather Lakes, you’ll want to bookmark this site.
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Visits since December 3, 2011:
Ernie Komarek, former development planner for Crystal Lakes and Glacier View Meadows, has been designing custom homes and cabins in the Red Feather Lakes area since 1979. Since childhood he has enjoyed art as a hobby and has continued to develop as an artist with many commissioned paintings, portraits and commercial art projects including architectural rendering, graphic design, photography, and advertising art. Today Ernie’s painting activity has become a second career. His paintings reflect his passion for western landscapes, wildlife, culture and history.
Combining his design experience with his outdoor lifestyle gives him a good understanding of color, light, perspective and form. In his art he helps the viewer to see the natural and man-made environment around us. Many of us, in our hurried lifestyles, look at things, but don’t take time to see them. It’s all about living life forward and understanding it backwards.
Ernie’s eye for detail has contributed to the realism in his paintings, however he also adds elements of impressionism and some abstract areas within the same painting. This allows the viewer’s eyes to interpret the elements within the painting, sparking their imagination to see it their way.
Please take a moment and visit his website. Ernie Komarek. Note: To view the pictures full screen, left click on the photo.
Keep your eye on this page as the RFLPOA will feature other local artists in the future. If you are a local area artist and desire to have your work featured please contact us.
Unfortunately, many property owners in Red Feather have lost trees to beetle kill or other forces. The dead trees are no longer a beetle threat, however trees currently infested with beetles should be removed ASAP, for sure before June of 2014. A private entity called “Slash Solutions” had established a burn center on Creedmore Rd. just past the paved portion on the way to Beaver Meadows & Crystal Lakes. Unfortunately due to a failure in the curtain burner unit and too many windy (non-burn) days, this operation is shut down. You will need to have your material hauled away to a land fill. Sorry!
Panhandle Creek Hardware on Main St. has changed hands and will become a fully stocked ACE hardware store. The new owners also purchased the two vacant lots to the east. The new store will utilize the existing space as well as expansion over the two adjacent lots. The floor is poured and a steel shell is nearing completion. Progress continues to be very slow. At this rate, we may be talking early Spring for completion. It is not advised that you wait to start your project pending the store opening!!!!
Mountain Pine Beetle attacks are on the decline along the Front Range, HOWEVER, Larimer County (Roosevelt National Forest) is still suffering significant damage. If you need help looking for pine beetle attacks, please go to the “Beetles” link and request a free inspection. Inspections are now available as weather allows. We cannot inspect if there is much snow on the ground. Ignoring a problem will lead to the loss of many additional trees. As you look at our hillsides, it is obvious this problem is growing worse. An inspection on Letitia in June 2014 resulted in over 15 attacked trees vs. zero attacks in the past. You will do yourself and your neighbors a big favor. YOU CAN SAVE YOUR TREES!!!
There have been several inquiries about spraying. The POA does not make specific company recommendations, however it is recommended that you spray in late May or very early June. In past years, late June was fine, but the milder winters have brought about an earlier flying season. Be sure to use an experienced company with a history in RFL. Getting references is a good idea. We have heard reports of companies not spraying up to 30 feet or all the way around some trees. Both are necessary. Spraying usually costs $11 to $12/tree. If cost is a sensitive issue, the Forest Service recommends you just spray the trees that are most important to you and your property value.
The POA Board of Directors reviewed the rental rates for POA facilities at their regular board meeting on October 11, 2014. The rates had not changed in over 15 years. In light of significant increases in cleaning costs and utility rates over that period, an increase in POA rental fees was needed and justified. The following fee schedule for the main POA building will be in effect beginning on January 1, 2014. These new fees are very competitive with surrounding facilities and are far less than similar facilities “down the hill”. Usage fees include use of the POA kitchen, bathrooms, PA system and cleaning supplies. Fees for use of the POA “Little Building” will be negotiated on a per use basis and are substantially lower than fees for the main building. For community groups using POA facilities on a weekly or monthly basis, fees can be negotiated based on usage extent and other factors.
$40 an hour for community, family, and nonprofit organizations
$50 hour for businesses
Weddings: 4 hour minimum @ $50/hr. up to 50 people – over 50 people: $75.00 per hour
POA Member Discount: $10 per hour
25% of total rental due upon booking charged for business, family, or community events. This deposit will be subtracted from the rental fee.
$100 for family and private events; $50 for community, business and nonprofit. If the building is as clean as they found it, the deposit will be returned. If not, the deposit will be retained and used to pay for the required cleaning.
$200 This deposit will be returned to the client if there is no damage to the building. If the building is damaged, the amount of the repairs will be subtracted from the deposit and the remainder will be refunded. If the damage is over $200, the client will be charged the amount beyond the $200.
The board will create a check list of conditions of the facility after the building is used and inspected to determine if the deposit is returned.
The Red Feather Plan Advisory Committee still has current vacancies that need to be filled. One long term member expectd to “retire” in December, which creates more opportunities. Serving on this committee is not very time consuming and can be a significant contribution to our beautiful place. RFL property owners and those that have an association with Red Feather can learn more about this committee at: RFL PAC Info. Though this committee cannot control what changes occur in Red Feather, it does make recommendations to the County Commissioners based on input obtained from the general community. The primary objective of the committee is to maintain the character and quality of Historic Red Feather. The committee meets monthly on the first Thursday at 1:30 PM in the Firehouse conference room. The current focus is on road maintenance in Red Feather with a focus on the east side of CR 67J.
The Storage and Irrigation company has a new website. You can visit at: Red Feather Storage & Irrigation Co.: Drop by for a visit and learn the latest info on fishing the RFL lakes.
The loss of two cabins in December, 2012 was due to the falling of a “beetle killed” tree onto power lines. We were EXTREMELY lucky to have avoided a horrible forest fire at that time.
It is critical that you remove any trees on your property that are dead and near enough to power lines to damage them when the fall. Pine trees do not have a tap root like most trees. They typically fall 3 to 5 years after they die, but in Red Feather, it can be much earlier due to the winds we often encounter. Please take action right away if this information pertains to you. You can call Poudre Valley REA and they will take the trees down for you, however you will need to remove the debris. Thank you
The weather station receiver now resides at the Trading Post. Since the Trading Post has an emergency generator, we will be less sensitive to power outages. Next time you are in the Trading Post, please thank them for taking on this task. Take a look on the weather link on this page. Temperature, wind speed, etc. updates every 6 minutes 24/7. The camera is fully operational and looks to the south over Ramona Lake. We have added a display of wind speed for the last 24 hours. The camera reports every 5 minutes during daylight hours.