Since the spring of 2015, your PPMD board has been investigating options to enhance fire protection for the Perry Park community. As we focused in on a “Fire Line” approach, it became evident that such an approach would also enable a parallel community path system. But, it also became clear that the concept of implementing trails across privately held property created much concern across the community.
The PPMD board is committed to our community and to the quality of life that drove us all to move to this piece of paradise. Given the concerns raised by the community (through the Trails Survey and through independent petition efforts), the PPMD board intends to withdraw the trail system from consideration at our next formal meeting Feb 9th, 2017.
In anticipation of formalizing these decisions, we want to provide the following plan:
1. No further funds will be expended on design or layout of trails to be constructed by PPMD.
2. The community meeting that had been discussed for Jan 26th, 2017 will not be held.
3. The PPMD board will resume its regular schedule for the February meeting (Feb 9th, 2017 at 6pm) and will include a motion to formalize withdrawal of the trail effort from consideration.
4. The PPMD board will re-activate the Firewise Committee as an advisory committee to the board to include membership from across the community, a board member representative, and support from Keith Worley as our Firewise consultant.
5. We will use the forum of the annual Firewise Day Community Meeting (in approximately April 2017) to discuss any and all ways we can continue to address wildfire protection efforts within Perry Park.
The members of the PPMD board thank the community for their feedback, involvement, and concern. We wish all of you a happy and joyous holiday season and look forward to 2017 and all the projects and events that continue to make Perry Park a wonderful place to live.