Prevention and preparedness is the motto of Frisco homeowners |

Prevention and preparedness is the motto of Frisco homeowners

Kelli R. Dick

FRISCO – It was neighbors helping neighbors Monday as Frisco town residents busily worked to remove slash from their properties.

On Wednesday the Frisco Public Works Department will be providing curbside pickup of slash for homes within town limits. Homeowners at The Reserve at Frisco, an upscale community north of Main Street and west of Colorado 9, are taking advantage of it.

The residents started clearing on Friday and still, on Monday, had work cut out for them.

Bill Wymore, a homeowner at The Reserve, said all the residents should be given a lot of credit. “We all worked very hard the past couple of days,” he said. “It was an enormous group effort”.

Because of all the new construction in The Reserve and its proximity to Interstate 70, there is great concern among the residents that a wildfire is a definite possibility.

“Large sections of the undeveloped property are just crisscrossed with downed dead trees,” said Glen Kraatz, another resident of the community. “There is a lot of common property out here, and we all need to watch out for each other now,” Kraatz said.

Wymore and Kraatz not only removed slash from their own properties, but also got permission from a property owner who resides in Chicago to cut down standing dead trees from her property.

“We are just trying to keep the fires away through volunteer labor efforts,” Wymore stated. “Most of the credit for the hard work should go out to all the residents of the community”.

Because The Reserve is part of a homeowners association, the slash that doesn’t get removed this week could possibly be contracted out.

“We can’t do this all by ourselves, we need help,” said Jay Stevens, another Reserve resident. “I have the biggest pile of slash by far, and I haven’t even began to reach the bottom.”

“There is a limit to what the town of Frisco can do for the residents,” said Linda Lichtendahl, Frisco’s community relations director. “There’s a point when the homeowners have to take that responsibility on for themselves.”

Summit County property owners have alternative answers for the help they need. There are services that provide help in removing slash. A Cut Above is just one company in the county a homeowner can call for help. However, there is a price that comes with it.

The free service the town of Frisco is offering this week is attracting the attention of all homeowners. “If the slash pickup wasn’t free, I don’t think we would have had this big of a turnout,” Stevens said.

Slash collected by residents should be left at the curbside by 9 a.m. Wednesday and should be no longer than 6 feet and 5 inches in diameter to fit in the chipper.

For more information, contact the Frisco Public Works Department at (970) 668-0836.

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