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Plan to attend the PLPOA annual meeting

The PLPOA annual meeting will be held Saturday, July 31, at the Pagosa Lakes Community Center on Port Avenue.

Social hour and voting will begin at 9 a.m., with a prompt start of the meeting at 10.

The purpose of the annual meeting is to elect one property owner to fill a one-year irregular vacancy for the board of directors; hear reports from the board and its standing committees; hear remarks from property owners; and consider other business.

Plan your remarks to last no longer than three minutes. Board members and other property owners present appreciate your thoughts, concerns and suggestions; however, the meeting agenda is very full, and the three-minute limit ensures that all business gets conducted. This doesn’t mean big issues can’t be presented. If your concern requires more time, please summarize it in three minutes, and the board will add it to the agenda for the next monthly meeting.

Don’t expect an immediate response; board members don’t act independently. All issues require discussion and sometimes a vote. Once in a while, an immediate answer is possible, but it’s just as likely that you won’t get a response until after the staff has had a chance to research the concern and the board is presented with sufficient information to help them make an informed decision.

Property owners in good standing as shown on a voter list certified at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 (60 days prior to the election), are encouraged to vote in person at the annual meeting, 9-10 a.m.

Please plan on attending your annual meeting — a meeting of property owners to voice their ideas and to give direction for the future planning of the association.

Wolf Creek Ride and Reggae 100K

This weekend you will see gaudily clad folks wearing every color in the paint catalogue in and around Pagosa. These folks are in town to participate in this Saturday’s Wolf Creek Ride and Reggae 100K. This is a USA Cycling non-competitive benefit ride. The ride begins and ends in downtown Pagosa Springs, in Town Park.

There are two distance options: 100K with 5,500 feet of elevation gain. Or a shorter ride of 48 miles is a direct route with 4,200 feet of elevation gain. Both rides have the pleasure (or pain) of climbing to the Wolf Creek Ski Area — which means a rider gets to cross the summit twice. Pound the pedals to almost 11,000 feet, then groove on back to the park for an afternoon of soaking in the river, enjoying amazing reggae music, sip a cold beer and indulge in good food. Haven’t registered? You’re not too late. Go to www.joingecko.org to get signed up and remember, you won’t be competing against others, but against the challenge of the climb. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more scenic setting for a ride, and at the end of the day a huge sense of satisfaction is your reward. Lube your bike chain, air up the tires and I’ll see you on the road.

Pathway project

The pedestrian and bicycle pathway construction project on Lake Forest Circle is underway and looking good.

Many of you may have noticed heavy equipment and contractors working next to the road on Lake Forest Circle over the past two weeks and may have mistaken it for sewer or water line installation work. But, in fact, that is the beginning of an 8-foot wide paved pedestrian and bicycle pathway that will parallel Lake Forest Circle from Lyn Avenue all the way up to North Pagosa Boulevard.

The project should be completed by late summer or early fall and will make a great addition to the existing pathway network in Pagosa Lakes. This project is being funded entirely by the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association after a very strong vote in favor of a walking and biking path by the owners last summer.

The next pathway possibility being explored in Pagosa Lakes is the completion of the Park Avenue trail that currently ends at the eastern Eagles Loft Circle intersection. The proposed path extension would continue the Park Avenue path all the way up to Cloudcap Avenue near the dam at Lake Pagosa where Park Avenue ends. More information on this proposed trail addition will be available this fall as the association works closely with the county to find funding sources and assistance.

These pathways are extremely popular and very heavily utilized by locals and visitors who appreciate being able to walk and bike safely off the roadways. They connect residential areas, lakes, the recreation center and commercial areas in Pagosa Lakes.