Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lights and water

The overhead light got fixed thanks to a local electrical business with a cherry picker, and they didn't charge us anything. They also will sell the bulbs to us for $15, rather than the $25 I paid at the home improvement store.

The drinking fountain is in fine working order.

Water to the sprinkler system is back off, my bad. The herbicide needs to sit on top of the broad leaf weeds for 48 hours to work. Since we had problems with the water, it never got the park wet any way, and by the time 48 hours is up, it will probably rain.

JOB OPENING: Still looking for a volunteer web master so we can put all of this on our web site rather than this blog.


Drinking fountain redux

Following was sent this morning:


The fountain is working fine, lots of pressure. The main valve for the entire system was off. The problem with it running then slowing down to a dribble is consistent with the main valve in the off position, with a small leak, pressurizing the pipe for short operation only.

What I did not get to tell you is the back flow valve is leaking, especially so when the water was off. The leaking part is the 6" plate with 6-8 bolts holding it together, looks like some sort of diaphram.

Probably is a good idea to get the part numbers so we can replace them next time


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Drinking fountain and other news

We are still struggling to fix the fountain:

In a message dated 2/17/2010 08:21:39 Pacific Standard Time, writes:


Tried the fountain this morning, and it is the same as prior to being fixed. The water runs normally for a few seconds, then goes to a dribble, too small to get a drink.


I asked Daniel to go by and check it again and get the exact part number for the part that controls the flow. We may as well order a replacement now once Daniel confirms the part number... and hopefully he can flush it out again.


We have experienced some spray painted graffiti on the south walkway fences, which I removed last Thursday (2/11). Please report any graffiti to me at Please don't call, email is better for me. Graffiti grows exponentially if not removed immediately.

The entire lawn was treated with a broad leaf herbicide today, so I have turned on the water to wash the product off the surface and into the grass so it will not affect pets. When we have another rain event, I will turn it off again.

Vern Grant

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Repairs underway

We have a plumber working to fix the drinking fountain. Some of the parts are proprietary, and can't be obtained at the local plumbing store. They are available by special order, but are model specific, so repairs may take longer than we wish.

The small interior trees have been trimmed, and the next tree trimming will be at least a year out, unless there are some other problems.

I am aware of a blinking overhead light, which means the bulb is burnt out. We are working to replace the lamp. Unfortunately I won't do it since it is 20 feet in the air. We have a volunteer electrician but he is busy. If any of the local residents have experience in overhead lights and would like to help, please contact me at .

The floor matting at the playground area is in poor shape, but the price to replace it is between $12,000 to $15,000 (yes, you read that right); needless to say we don't have that much money. All of the similar play equipment in parks in the general area, and I have seen many, have engineered wood chips, a cheaper alternative. Unfortunately, the way our play area was designed precludes use of the cheaper product, but I am looking for ideas to redesign the floor system. If any one has ideas, or is an engineer with an disability access background, I would like to hear from you.

Please stay tuned for information about the upcoming garage/bake sale.

Vern Grant

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tree trimming

Sometime in the next few weeks the smaller trees inside the park will be trimmed so they will grow up as nice looking trees. This is not a major project, and will cost $375, should only take a few hours. I don't know the date yet, but probablywhen it is not raining.

Drinking fountain

We have been searching for a plumber to fix the fountain, and finally found one. It should be fixed within a few days, unles we have to order special parts from Hawes fountains.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tenaya Estates Fiscal Report 2009-2010 Fiscal Year through 12/31/2009

Expenses to date
Maintenance and Repair $ 9,537.91
Fresno City Utilities (Water) 3,653.77
County Required Liability Ins. 1,361.86
Light and Power 641.18
Professional fees (Tax filing) 360.00
Administrative fees 25.00
Total Expenses $15,579.72

Total Expenses allowed for fiscal year per County contract $28,500.00
Remaining expense reimbursements allowed fiscal year $12,920.28

Balance in Checking account on 12/31/09 $ 3,375.72
Expense reimbursement from County expected 2/15/10 11,780.94
Donations pledged for purchase and planting of 6 trees 672.00
Total $15,828.66

Questions regarding the finances of the park operations may be directed to Paul Heath. My phone number is 435-0399.


Paul W. Heath