CHRISTIE WILKES
Cell: 801.891.4938
christie@mtnvalleyrealestate.com
 

 

TIMBERLAKES UTAH QUESTIoNS & ANSWERS

Everyone knows I live in and absolutely LOVE Timberlakes! After my very first visit to Timberlakes, I was so punch-drunk in-love, I drove home and immediately put our home in Centerville on the market. 3 months later, I was livin' the dream in a little cabin on Deer Creek Drive. I sell Real Estate in Timberlakes Utah simply because I feel there isn't a better place to own a cabin or home in Utah. When I tell people about the mountain, I get a lot of the same questions - so here is a quick Q & A for all folks thinking about owning a mountain home in Utah:

WHAT IS TIMBERLAKES ALL ABOUT?

Timberlakes is a Recreational/Residential Development that was established in 1971 in the mountains East of Heber City, UT in Lake Creek Canyon. Comprised of 1,537 lots spread out over  nearly 16,000 acres, there are only about 1,000 dwellings. About 20% of the homes here house year-round residents. The roads are all maintained year-round, making Timberlakes the most accessible "recreational" area within 90 minutes of Salt Lake City, UT. Enjoy pines and quakies, moose, elk, deer, creeks, ponds and lakes at elevations of 6,000-8,600 feet! In winter - enjoy private access to the best snowmobiling in the state!

WHERE IS TIMBERLAKES LOCATED?

Timberlakes is located up Lake Creek Canyon, about 7.5 miles due East of Heber City. From SLC, take I-80 East beyond Park City. Take the Highway 40 exit toward Heber/Vernal. Once you enter Heber City, turn left onto Center Street and head East 7.5 miles. Center Street will turn into Lake Creek Road. There is a sign for Timberlakes on the south side of the road, and you'll see the Guard Shack Entrance. The Guard Shack is manned from 6am to 10pm seven days a week. Owners are provided a gate remote once they invest that can open the gate electronically should the guard not be present. Additionally, a phone is provided at the entrance that guests can utililze to call up to the cabin should they visit, and permission granted to allow access. 

IS THIS AREA ACCESSIBLE ON A YEAR ROUND BASIS?  

Yes. The Home Owners Association is providing year round access. Snow removal on the lower part of the mountain and main roads is always first priority, and sometimes the higher elevations roads don't get plowed for a day or so after a storm. All owners are strongly advised to have chains on their tires to access very high properties soon after a storm - and 4-wheel drive is mandatory. Some residents live even at 8,000+ feet in elevation because the roads stay so well maintained. Timberlakes is the only residential/recreational area that allows this type of access this high in elevation year-round. 

ARE ATV’S ALLOWED? WHAT IS THERE TO DO?

ATV’s are very popular here – and all roads have ATV easements on them! There isn’t a trail system inside the development, but there is epic riding opportunities in the area within a very short distance.  If you are a horseman, horses also enjoy the same access that motorcycles do, and horses and ATV's share the road with vehicles.

Aside from the general atmosphere of recreation and relaxation, the largest recreational draw to the community is Snomobiling. There is private access to the back-side of the Currant Creek and Strawberry Reservoir areas , so owners can snowmobile from their front door and have thousands of acres of land at their disposal.

If snowmobiling isn’t your thing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing are available, and you can be on the slopes skiing or snowboarding at Sundance Ski Resort, The Canyons in Park City, or Park City Mountain Resort in – literally – 20 minutes. Lots of boats and fisherman up here- enjoying Deer Creek Reservoir, Jordanelle, and Strawberry Reservoir. Fly fisherman love the proximity to the Provo River or the fishing in the Currant Creek valley – which is about 30 minutes around the mountain. OR – jump on ATV’s and make a day-ride of it and fish the Strawberry River by way of the National Forrest Area.

Hunters can access great game opportunities just up the road in the National Forrest Area – if you go back out the Guard Shack Entrance into Timberlakes, continue East up the Canyon, you’ll run smack into National Forrest Area about 5-6 miles up Lake Creek Road.

HOW MUCH ARE THE HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATION DUES AND WHAT DO THEY COVER?

The Homeowner's Association dues are $613.00 per year and they cover daily operations, road maintenance, machinery, common area taxes and insurance and garbage removal. HOA fees are paid annually in January.

WHAT KIND OF NATURAL VEGETATION IS IN THE AREA?

The area is wooded with the lower elevations populated with Scrub Oak, Sagebrush, Buck Brush, Choke Cherry and Rabbit brush. The higher elevations have Aspen, Fir and Lodge Pole Pine trees. Some Cottonwood trees near the creeks. Wild flowers are profuse in the springtime and summer.

WHAT UTILITIES & SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?

Power provided by Heber Valley Light & Power.  Culinary water provided by Timberlakes Special Service District, which is a private water district private to Timberlakes. Phone and internet provided by Allwest Communications. All homes have septic systems, and most utilize propane tanks. Cell phone service is available in most areas on the mountain with Verizon or T-Mobile.

Mail delivery at the Mail House, Security, Medical, Fire and School Bus pick-ups are available. School kids meet outside the guard shack on Lake Creek Road each day. There is parking available for parents.

ARE FEES INVOLVED WITH HOOKING UP TO THE WATER?

For properties that are not already connected to culinary water, there was a $3,500 impact and water connection fee for the actual connection to the Timberlakes Special Service District Water Co. System. Then, a $2,240-3,940 meter fee, depending on meter size. Some properties for sale have a portion of these fees paid, offering a great value. To note: all the water lines in Timberlakes were replaced in 2010 to bring more water pressure to all properties and bring the fire-system up to code. Additioally, provisions for a fire house were put in place and construction on the fire house should be complete Fall of 2011. The assessed cost of the project is $6,800 per lot to each owner. The cost could have either been paid up front in full, or amortized in payments over 20 years for bout $40 per month (in addition to usage fees). Some people get worried about the additional cost of the water improvement fee - but to me the cost of the water improvements is off-set by the reduction in Homeowner's Insurance Rates which will reduce once the fire house is built because Timberlakes Cabins will no longer be considered in a "fire hazard area." 

IS TIMBERLAKES ZONED FOR HORSES?

Yes,  Timberlakes Estates is zoned for horses; however horses are not allowed to pasture year-round.  Bring your horses and trailers and even build small seasnal corrals to enjoy the outdoors and the access to National Forest.

WHAT KIND OF ROADS ARE THERE?

Most of the roads within the project are dirt and gravel and are accessible by 2 wheel drive car in the summer. During the winter months a 4WD is mandatory. People without 4WD park inside the Gate at the base of the mountain for short-term stay.  For folks bring up large Toy Haulers or trailers, there is a Snowmobile parking area about mid-mountain that is accessible off paved road for parking.

HOW FAR AWAY IS TIMBERLAKES FROM SALT LAKE CITY?

About 50 minutes from downtown. From Orem, its about 40 minutes.

WHAT ARE THE VIEWS LIKE?

The panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes is part of what makes Timberlakes so wonderful. While views from each lot are different, many look out over the Timpanogos and Wasatch Mountains, as well as the Heber Valley on some properties. Other properties higher up the mountain enjoy views of adjacent common area and/or privately owned mountain side that will not be developed. Really--it's just gorgeous!

WHAT SCHOOL DISTRICT IS TIMBERLAKES IN?

The area is located within the boundaries of the Wasatch County School district - Old Mill Elementary, Wasatch Junior High, Wasatch High School.

ARE THERE MEDICAL AND FIRE RESPONSE SERVICES AVAILABLE?

Yes, Timberlakes Estates has its own Emergency Response Team of certified EMS professionals who live here year-round. Information about the team is found on their website: http://www.timberlakesems.com/. Additionally, there is an IHC and many care clinics located in central Heber City.

Currently, plans for a fire station are in the works and the fire house should be completed by 2012. All homes on the mountain of newer construction are/were required to have fire suppression systems installed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIMBERLAKES HOA WEBSITE

TIMBERLAKES HOA RSS FEED

The end of Board Alerts – the beginning of something better

Posted on 15 July 2015 | 10:33 am

Dear Board Alert Subscribers:

Board Alerts
We are pleased to announce that we are retiring our Board Alert email software. This is the last one you will receive. We are replacing this outdated system with a better one. We have been using the Board Alert software for more than 6 years and it has served us well. One of the problems with using Board Alerts is that we are unable to send emails to all of our owners because of technical problems arising from spammers.

TOPS email alerts
Along with our new management company, we have also initiated the use of TOPS community management software as our database of property owners. TOPS is the most commonly used management software for HOAs and POAs in the country. TOPS allows us to send email email to every owner for whom we have an email address and is much simpler to use than Board Alerts.

There is no requirement to subscribe to the TOPS email alerts; if we have your email address, you will receive the alerts. If you do not wish to receive the alerts, you can simply unsubscribe following the instructions posted at the bottom of each alert.

We have 723 subscribers to our old Board Alerts software. If you are a Timber Lakes property owner, you will automatically receive TOPS email alerts; you do not have to do anything. If you are not an owner, you will no longer receive our email alerts and if you wish to receive future email alerts, you will need to purchase property in Timber Lakes.

The new email alerts will also be posted on our owners-only private website. They will no longer be posted on the public website.

New owners-only private website
Please note that owners still need to register for an owner account to have access to our new owners-only private website. As of July 1, 2015, your old owners-only account was inactivated. You need to re-register for an owner account with CSS, our new management company. We apologize for the inconvenience. You will appreciate this change and the additional features provided on our new private website. You can request an owner login by clicking here.

Please email me if you have any questions.

Thanks for your understanding as we experience temporary inconveniences in order to make permanent improvements.

John Blickenstaff
Webmaster (and general all-around good guy), TLPOA

P.S. We are still not the Water Company.

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Annual Meeting and a bunch of other stuff

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 4:22 pm

Dear Timber Lakes Owner:

This may be a duplicate of this message. If so, we apologize. We are in the process of changing databases and are sending this message to the owners in the old database, as well as toothless in the new.

Magnesium Chloride Test Site
Tuesday, July 7, Timber Lakes is applying a magnesium chloride mixture on part of Blue Spruce Drive and sections of a few additional roads in the subdivision. We are testing this treatment to determine how much it will help bind the road product (prevent it from wearing away as quickly), prevent washboard and help keep the dust down. On July 7, Blue Spruce and other roads will be closed to through traffic and all construction vehicles. You should refrain from driving on those roads on that day. We will have detour signs in place. For local traffic only, you must DRIVE EXTREMELY SLOW (Maximum 3 MPH) or you will break up the finished application and possibly get the mixture on your car. If you do not follow this advice we are not responsible for any magnesium chloride on your vehicle.

NOTICE OF TLPOA ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual Meeting of the Timber Lakes Property Owners Association will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the Wasatch County Sr. Citizen Center at 10:00 a.m. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. The Center is located at 465 East 1200 South in Heber City, Utah. The purpose of the meeting is to elect three owners to serve as members of the Board of Directors and to conduct such other business as may be properly brought before the Board. Board Members will also report on their areas of responsibility. Ballots and additional information have been mailed to each owner of record.

By order of the Board of Directors of the Timber Lakes Property Owners Association – Cassandra Smith, Secretary.

If you have not received your ballot packet in the mail by July 1, 2015, please contact the TLPOA office (435) 785-8762, office@timberlakesutah.com

Need Volunteers for the Annual Meeting
To help the July 11 Annual Meeting run smoothly, we need 4 volunteers to help count ballots and 5 to help at the front check-in tables. These positions are very important, plus it’s a great way to meet your neighbors! If you are interested in helping please contact the TLPOA office (435) 785-8762 or office@timberLakesUtah.com.

No Open Fires or Fireworks!
In preparation for this year’s dry season, when there is great danger of wild fires, please remember that Timber Lakes has a “Zero-Tolerance Open Fires and Fireworks Policy.” We must take this seriously – the consequences may be too great! Please remind neighbors and your guests of our rules and the reason why we have them. Report any dangerous activity this wild fire season to TLPOA security (435) 785-8764, who will be issuing $100 citations and, when necessary, calling the Fire Department at 911 – who may also issue tickets. For a complete listing of our community’s rules, refer to our CC&Rs at timberlakesutah.com.

7-day parking passes required on all vehicles and trailers in the TLPOA parking lots.
Parking passes are FREE and may be obtained at the TLPOA office or security. Owners must be present when applying for a parking permit. Owners may email security ahead of time at FrontGate@StriderSecurity.com to get their guests a parking permit. The TLPOA parking lot is for short-term (max of 7 days) parking only. If you are parking both a trailer and the vehicle that towed it, you need TWO permits – one for the trailer and one for the vehicle. Please be courteous when you park, do not take up excess room, especially on the weekends! If you have questions about any of this ask TLPOA Security (435) 785-8764. Vehicles and trailers without a TLPOA parking pass may be booted and/or towed, at your expense – as the HUGE sign at the parking lot states!

Please Break Down Your Cardboard Boxes at the Recycle Center
Boxes that are not broken down take up a lot of space and cause us to have to pay for more pickups. There is a utility knife hanging in the recycle center for just this purpose.

For More Information About Your Community – Please visit TimberLakesUtah.com

Gary Hume, President
TLPOA Board of Directors

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Magnesium Chloride

Posted on 24 June 2015 | 4:56 pm

Dear Timber Lakes Owners:

We are going to apply a magnesium chloride mixture on part of Blue Spruce and sections of a few additional roads in the subdivision. We are bringing in a crew to apply the mixture on Tuesday, July 7. Blue Spruce (and the other roads) will be closed down to through traffic. For local traffic only, you must DRIVE SLOW or you will break up the finished application and possibly get the mixture on your car. We are not responsible for magnesium chloride on your vehicle. You can refrain from driving on those roads on that day. We will have detour signs in place.

Thank you,

Gary Hume
President, TLPOA

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Recruitment Notice

Posted on 12 June 2015 | 10:36 pm

MOUNTAIN MANAGER – Timber Lakes Property Owners Association

Timber Lakes Property Owners Association is searching for a Mountain Manager to oversee and coordinate the day-to-day operations of Timber Lakes Property Owners Association, under the direction of the Board of Directors. Timber Lakes is a gated, private community six miles east of Heber City, Utah. For information about this unique mountain community in the beautiful Heber Valley, check out timberlakesutah.com

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Oversees and coordinates the day-to-day operations of Timber Lakes Property Owners Association, under the direction of the Board of Directors.
  • Coordinates all resources that provide services to the association, including staff, vendors, contractors, and governmental agencies.
  • Oversees the maintenance, repair and replacement of association facilities, vehicles, equipment, common areas and other assets.
  • Collaborates with the Board to plan for long-term projects and improvements on the mountain.
  • Implements the budget; monitors expenditures and makes recommendations for budget adjustments.
  • Solicits competitive bids and coordinates negotiations for contractual services.
  • Oversees all onsite administrative functions, including supervision of administrative assistant and roads maintenance staff.
  • Interacts with the property owners to answer operational questions, investigate and resolve complaints; works with the Board to facilitate ongoing communication with the owners.
  • Responds to urgent or emergency situations; arranges for outside assistance, as needed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS – Minimum 5 years work experience managing multiple projects within the property management/construction field or other field closely related to the duties. This position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel and Project), ability to prioritize and multi-task, and proven skills in project management, problem solving and supervision.

Other requirements: Lift up to 50 pounds. Current driver’s license and good driving record. Applicant must be bondable. Subject to background and reference checks.

SALARY RANGE: $55,000 – $75,000   Salary negotiable, depending on work experience.

TO APPLY: Qualified applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and professional references to office@timberlakesutah.com by Friday July 10th, 2015.

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Common Area, Wildlife, Roads, Annual Meeting, and Such

Posted on 12 June 2015 | 12:55 pm

Dear Timber Lakes Owners:

Common Area Committee Work Party
Saturday, June 13 from 10:00 – 12:00 – The Common Area Committee is asking for volunteers to join us for a few hours to assist us in our endeavors to complete a few of our 2015 projects. Meet at Jones Lake parking area.
We are seeking volunteers to help in the following areas:

• Gate garden beautification
• Clean up Aspen Lake, expand Ogg’s Loggs, fix the dock, spread chips
• Build a new trail on the Moose Trail
• Weed spraying around Jones Lake, sew wild flower seeds
• Restriction fences to keep 4×4 off common areas at Clyde Lake
• Moving chips to selected areas (various areas)
• Cut brush and trim trees
• Stain the kiosk and signs

We hope all that enjoy our amazing mountain common areas will take an hour or two to help us complete these projects. Contact us for more information.
Thank you,
The Timber Lakes Common Area Committee 435-785-8185

Spring Time Means Active Wildlife
Be Respectful And Keep Your Distance. Moose, bears and cougars are EXTREMELY protective of their newborns. Please make sure your guests are alerted and take the necessary precautions with children and pets. DO NOT LEAVE FOOD OR GARBAGE OUTSIDE, this attracts bears and is unsafe and unfair to these amazing animals. To report bear or cougar sightings, contact the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) (801)491-5678 to file a report. The state collects this data to learn about these species and it helps them determine if they need to relocate an animal. Also, report your sighting to Timber Lakes Security (435)785-8764.

June TLPOA Board Meeting
Our June board meeting is held on June 17, 2015. All owners welcome. Check the owners-only private site for location, time and agenda.

Roads
FYI, by putting your vehicle into 4-wheel drive in the summer on TLPOA roads you can help prevent washboards! And please remember our speed limits: 25 on most TLPOA roads. The limits are for your safety and to maintain the roads too.

NOTICE OF TLPOA ANNUAL MEETING
The Annual Meeting of the Timber Lakes Property Owners Association will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the Wasatch County Sr. Citizen Center at 10:00 a.m. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. The Center is located at 465 East 1200 South in Heber City, Utah. The purpose of the meeting is to elect three owners to serve as members of the Board of Directors and to conduct such other business as may be properly brought before the Board. Board Members will also report on their areas of responsibility. Ballots and additional information will be mailed to each owner of record. If you have not received your ballot packet by July 1, 2015, please contact the TLPOA office (435) 785-8762 or email us.

By order of the Board of Directors of the Timber Lakes Property Owners Association
Cassandra Smith, Secretary

For More Information About Your Community – Please visit TimberLakesUtah.com

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