Road Updates

Timber Lakes has approximately two miles of paved road and more than 30 miles of gravel road. We strive to maintain these roads and commit a significant portion of our budget to do so. From time to time we will provide you with an update on what we are doing to maintain and improve the roads. You can find our most recent updates here.

Updates

March 13, 2020

We are starting to see signs of spring, but we know there will be several more storms requiring road plowing before it turns green again.

The road crew has plowed and salted the asphalt many, many, times this winter. The roads are currently plowed and sides have been pushed back in readiness for the next storms. The road crew has repaired equipment, installed new cutting edges on the plows, fixed chains on trucks, and completed repairs on both the blower and the groomer.

The snowmobile trail has been groomed on a regular basis and we have had a much better adherence of people staying on the groomed right of way to access the forest service property. The road crew has also groomed the sledding hill which has been a great success this winter, with adults, as well as children, enjoying the activity.

We have built a new covered salt containment area at the maintenance building, so it doesn’t get moisture, freeze, and clump up. This makes it better for the spreader to evenly apply the salt.

We are making plans for the spring asphalt projects and getting bids to see what will work in the schedule. The plans this year are to asphalt where we left off last year on Lake Pines, to the top of the hill at Spring Creek, and also asphalting the short lower section of Blue Spruce that didn’t get done last year. We have experienced great results with the pavement on Blue Spruce this year, resulting in a much safer travel experience on this road.

We widened Blazing Star in late November in the effort to direct the snowmobile traffic off of Blue Spruce onto Green Briar and then up Blazing Star as an alternate route for the snowmobiles. This has worked very well. The bypass has been groomed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis depending on usage.

I can’t count how many times the road crew has had to repair the guard gate arms from people destroying them. Deliberately breaking off the arms is a senseless act of vandalism, paid for by all of us.

Thank you to Cameron, Woody, Bret, and Ken for all their hard work and dedication, working long hours, weekends, and holidays.

For the TLPOA Board of Directors,
Gordon Huetter

February 13, 2019

We are currently negotiating with the new property owner of the Bonnie Parkinson trust area, it is the property next to the LDS Church camp property. He has built a fence next to the Church property blocking our access. He has allowed us to take down his fence and use the current snowmobile access through his property. He is not willing to give us a long-term commitment at this time, but only a one-year agreement. Please, please stay within the marked bounders, so we can prove we are good neighbors and he will continue to allow us this access. Please police your guests when using this area. We do not want to lose this access for snowmobiling.

The crew has been busy removing snow from the roads, utilizing our graders, trucks, pickup truck, and snow blower. They work hard to keep the roads open but we still need you to drive safely.

Thank you for taking a little extra time to be equipped with the right tires, chains and vehicles up here in the winter. When someone shows up with inadequate tires and no 4-wheel-drive, they quickly become dangerous, not only to themselves, but to others. Be safe. Be smart. Come prepared. Slow down. Enjoy.

For the TLPOA Board of Directors,
Gordon Huetter

November 3, 2018

The weather is starting to close us down for our summer/fall road work season. All the equipment is being readied for the winter with wing blades, plows, and chains. We have purchased a brand new six-wheel-drive road grader, with a plow, wing blade, and a new option that has a roller/compactor on the rear of the grader. This new grader is doing an excellent job of maintaining the roads and we are very pleased with its performance. We have retained the old grader and will be using it to plow mid-mountain and the west side as needed. This new approach will give us a better option to push the roads wider than the plow trucks were capable of and it gives the availability to use the wing blade to push the snow up and over the banks. We will use the two plow trucks for plowing the asphalt; one will be readied with salt and the other with chips, for those slippery conditions.

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Our new grader at the shop

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New grader with the rear roller attachment & wing blade

We have added a chip seal coat to the new section of asphalt on Lake Pines, that was replaced last year. The new seal coat gives us a new wear surface and helps to prolong the life of the asphalt by resealing all the sections that were laid. We have also had the asphalt repaired in two areas where it was failing on the lower portion of Lake Pines. All the asphalt has been restriped for safety. The road crew has cleaned culverts, redressed the sides of the asphalt and cleared bar ditches.

I am excited to report that after more than six years of working to get an agreement put together to create a emergency exit out of the top of the mountain, that we have finally received notification that Wasatch County, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Heber Valley Girls Camp), and the Timber Lakes Property Owners Association, have all signed the documents to have this new exit created. Wasatch County will fund the entire project and they have five years make it happen. Many thanks go to Jim Kaiserman, Wasatch County Surveyor and Jeremy Hales, Wasatch County Emergency Management Director, for their efforts to push this project through the County. Mr. Kaiserman has researched old rights of way that the County had with many different land owners and was able to negotiate an agreement to the satisfaction of all parties. This new 20-24-foot-wide road will only be an emergency exit, no four wheelers or side by sides will be permitted to sue it for recreation. We will continue to have a snowmobile exit through the Church property. When the new road is completed the snowmobile exit will be on this new County road. This agreement is just with the Church and the County is still working with the other property owners to procure the rights for the other sections of the road needed to connect with the County’s existing road.

Winter is a time to pay special attention to the vehicles and equipment that you bring into Timber Lakes. Snow tires or chains are required on all Timber Lakes roads. I recommend getting studded snow tires for your vehicles. I have found after 30+ years of driving these roads that studded snow tires are far superior to so called all season tires, especially when the tire begins to wear down. I also suggest four-wheel drive or all wheel drive, for better traction. Please remember, during the winter we do not allow any two-axle trailers up the mountain. Please park all trailers at Duck Lake and remember to get a parking permit from Security.

Thank you for taking a little extra time to be equipped with the right tires, chains and vehicles up here in the winter. When someone shows up with inadequate tires and no 4-wheel-drive, they quickly become dangerous, not only to themselves, but to others. Be safe. Be smart. Come prepared. Slow down. Enjoy.

For the TLPOA Board of Directors,
Gordon Huetter

December 13, 2017

I want to thank Ken Horne, mountain manager, Cameron Broadhead, supervisor, Bret Peterson and Woody Linton, the road crew, for all the hard work they have given to the Association this year. Their efforts to maintain and improve the roads and the development don’t go unnoticed. Their work is greatly appreciated.
The road crew has graded most of the roads in the development. They are continually cutting down fallen trees that end up in the roadway. They have cleaned culverts and recut bar ditches. They have readied all the equipment for the winter season, adding chains, wing blades, plows, and sanders to the trucks and grader. They have added three new culverts with boxes on Blue Spruce to help with the spring runoff. They have added rotomill asphalt to Ridgeline to cap off the road surface. The sides of the asphalt have been dressed up with new road base. They have installed two new safety signs on Deer Creek and speed limit signs on the upper mountain. The asphalt has been striped for improved safety on the mountain. The crew has stock piled salt and chips for the winter season. They have painted, labeled, and filled chip barrels and placed them on the mountain for your use.

All regular maintenance items on the equipment are done in-house and many repairs are also taken care of by our road crew, which has saved the Association hundreds of dollars.

Please obey all speed limit signs. All gravel roads are 25 miles per hour, and that includes all snowmobiles and ATVs.

We have added new regulations to the Policies and Procedures regarding snow removal. Here are those regulations, taken from the official Policies and Procedures:

7. Snow Removal: The removal of snowfall and accumulated snow on individual Lots, including driveways is the responsibility of the lot owner. The Association has no responsibility to remove snow from any part of a Lot, including driveways or walkways. Lot owners may determine the method and frequency of removing snow on their own Lot, so long as such method or frequency complies with the requirements in this section. Lot Owners shall not push, move or pile snow onto any Road maintained by the Association or onto any neighbor’s Lot. Lot Owners shall confine accumulated snow to their own Lot or, after receiving permission of such neighbor. Lot Owners may not allow snow from their Lot to accumulate on any road maintained by the Association, however snow may be pushed across the road if the Owner has permission to leave the snow on the other side.

By the way, you can view the entire Policies and Procedures document by clicking here ==> Policies and Procedures

Winter is a time to pay special attention to the vehicles and equipment that you bring into Timber Lakes. Snow tires or chains are required on all Timber Lakes roads. I recommend getting studded snow tires for your vehicles. I have found after 30+ years of driving these roads that studded snow tires are far superior to so called all season tires, especially when the tire begins to wear