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Mapleton Mobil-izer

May 2008 Volume 11.6

Newsletter of the Mapleton Home Association [MHA]

Spring Quarterly Meeting held April 27th, 2008 Happily, I walked into a packed meeting over at Unity on April 27th 2008. It was definitely the most folks I’ve seen yet, (past 2 years) gathering to vote on the new MHA board members as well as some committee positions. The new board is now represented by the following: Paul Keaton-President, Lilly Wallace-Vice President, Nick Tamm-Treasurer, and Krista Morien-Secretary. Robert Power is now the Management Committee Chair, Erin Rice is functioning as the Site Committee Chair, and Maria Downing is now serving on the Management Committee along with Gene Langlois and Mamud Kabir. Everyone’s contact information can be found on the back page of the newsletter. Jane Seaton expressed gratitude for the folks who have served the board and committees for

the past year or more; everyone in the room added their thanks and appreciation as well. Big thanks go out to Paul Keaton, Steve Gaines, Keith Ainsworth, Deb Fuestal, Alix Wilson and Robert Power for their time and energy spent on helping the MHA move forward in the many areas it has. Once elections were completed, the next agenda item was Infrastructure Updates. Infrastructure is coming to an end, and some of the last items to be dealt with are: Yards will be seeded with grass (more current note added by Robert 5/27/08): All South

Side Infrastructure-weary Residents!!! It’s spring/summer time. You need to water all new grass seed and bushes/plants that you have had installed in your yards!!! For Grass, to establish, water every

day. If established (phase 1-2 folk) then less frequently. Bushes need watering a couple of times a week at least for 2 years from installation to help them become firmly established. If it is in your yard, it is your job and responsibility not the infrastructure project or Enzo/Hast/MHA’s responsibility. Enzo is taking care of community areas only. Thanks!!! We will all appreciate it!


The old gas meters will eventually be cut down by Xcel.

Robert discussed some of the 23 responses he received with the recent survey in regards to the land north of the Community Washhouse. The end result due to finances was to seed the area which will permit us to do something later on if we choose.

If there is something that you see that might still need to be finished, fixed, etc in regards to the Infrastructure, please get in touch with Robert and he will let you know if it’s getting ad-

The question of whether or not the old hosebibs were planned to be removed was raised. Robert said he would check on it and get back to us. The issue of everyone’s electrical panels being inspected by Southpaw Electric was discussed. This is to ensure that the panels can take the electrical load of the higher wattage provided with the new infrastructure. If you have any questions, please contact Robert.

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Be a part of the Site Committee as they envision and plan for the future of our community!

Leadership Skill-Building Opportunity for MMHP Residents Opportunity for Training, Leadership Skill-Building, travel to San Jose and More The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) Program is being implemented in MMHP. Here’s the scoop. This program is a NeighborWorks America program open to member organizations. NieghborWorks is a US Government organization with a mission to “create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities. Thistle Community Housing is a member and they invited us to participate. Robert Power is the Resident Team Coordinator for this event and is looking for 5 additional people from Mapleton to participate on a leadership team. We will travel to San Jose, CA for training with the intention to develop an Action Plan that will be of

benefit to MMHP. The training dates are Oct 23 – 26, 2008. The current intention is to develop a “10 year Master Plan” that will focus on the “above ground” development issues that are anticipated over the next 10 years or more. This can include landscaping development, a pro-active strategic plan to manage the trees, fund raising – for a community building, special projects, updating homes, etc., and even looking at small scale enterprises that will benefit MMHP and its residents. We will then identify the initial action steps and go into action. We will receive up to $2000 from NeighborWorks to implement our Action Plan.

What is needed to participate?

• Willingness to participate on the team, interact with residents in the park and support enhancing MMHP. The time frame

could be approximately 1 year.

• Availability to be in San Jose, CA from Oct 23 – 26, 2008 for the CLI training. Hotel costs, airplane tickets and some meals are paid for. • Possibly, out of pocket expenses of up to $300 for travel to/from airports, some meals and other incidental costs. Be available for occasional meetings and action item implementation after the training, and a meeting or two before the training. Let me know of your interest. Feel free to ask questions as well. I will be selecting team members by June 30. Already I have received expression of interest, I’d like to hear from you! Robert 720-560-2263,

Urban Hens, anyone? Two opposing articles discussing the possibility and ramifications of the issue Article #1

Article #2

Historically, there were chickens in many backyards in Boulder. They ate kitchen and garden scraps, and their waste was used as a natural fertilizer to feed the garden. The garden fed the chicken that laid the egg that fed the family that grew the garden that fed the chicken… you get the idea.

Urban Hens will deliver a healthy local source for eggs and pilot how to successfully tend hens in town. It will offer volunteers with decades of experience who will contribute their knowledge, services, and education designed to ease concerns and address all aspects of raising chickens, for project participants.

Now, we at MMHP have been invited to participate in a ground-breaking new project, Urban Hens, that is setting out to bring chicken-keeping back into Boulder’s backyard and schoolyard gardens, to provide ourselves with a local, healthy food source and to educate our children about the contributions of backyard hens in, for example, solving global issues such as climate change.

During its first year, it plans to establish six schoolyard chicken gardens, and to set up several small hencoops, (4-6 chickens per coop) in mobile home parks across town.

Urban Hens is being launched jointly by several local organizations that focus on rethinking how we all use and can renew our natural resources more efficiently. The project will begin by creating a course on keeping chickens to be taught in local schools, and a new program at CU to design a superb chicken coop fully addressing issues of vandalism, sanitation, and protection from animal predators. Page 2

So we at MMHP have the opportunity to decide over the next few months whether we might like to be part of this innovative community outreach project that will get off the ground this Fall. Coops would be provided, along with guidance in learning this new skill. We would even receive chickens, provided by CU, which means that we would not need to have roosters, with their romantic but very early wake up calls! Please contact Jane ( with any comments or questions, which I will then pass along to the relevant people in our MHA.

We are in the process of a Park Wide Clean-Up effort because it is so badly needed. Now there are those who believe that chicken coops would be a welcome addition to our already troubled community. It appears that school yards and mobile home parks are the only sites being “privileged” in this way. Apparently mobile home parks are the only high density communities that might tolerate such an experiment. Fortunately Rules and Regulations were put in place to protect home owners against enacting proposals that would negatively affect our quality of life…and devalue our property. Survivalists… please note the cost of eggs and poultry meat and weigh that cost carefully against the potential cost to Mapleton Home Park.


Container Gardening - Easy and Affordable! I’ve lived on farms and planted raised beds and fields of pumpkins and zucchinis. This year I decided to try a container garden. I found some small wooden tubs at Home Depot and then hit yard sales for large planter pots. McGuckin’s sells mushroom compost and top soil, so I mixed these two in one of the larger containers and filled the smaller ones, placing them where the sun would find them. I’ve planted beets and carrots, lettuce, kale and spinach and a few onion sets in

small areas of each of the two wooden tubs. I leaned one close to the fence so that the peas I put along the edge have something to climb up/ There are three long rectangular bins along the north fence that I plan to put morning glories and plants that climb but won’t block the sun to the other pots. I found ‘container garden’ seeds at McGuckin’s that are smaller veggies that can grow well on patios, etc. In regards to the approximate cost of this experiment...maybe $10 for containers

purchased at yard sales, and 1 from the Recycle Center; the 2 pots from Home Depot were $18 each,(more than I would usually spend, but I saw this as an investment for years to come). The bags of soil were $2.50 each and I bought 6 of each, the fencing was recycled (given to me). The posts I bought at McGuckins for about $15. So my grand total runs about $90. It’s an experiment. I’ll let you know how it works! Jyoti Wind #9

Spring Quarterly Meeting, continued from page 1 Trailers and Lots available were discussed next:

TrailerWrap Update. It needs to be sold now. The most recent hold-up has been making sure the title is transferrable. We are going to supply a Surety Bonded Title which we will soon have. Steve Money with 5-Star Realty is the agent who is helping us sell this home. If you have any friends or acquaintances who might be interested, please direct them to Steve. We also have the five empty lots for rent at

Market Value which is $490.00 a month. I just learned that Oakwood Homes of Denver sells newer mobile homes that would be permissible to put on the land here. Remember, all trailer homes that come into the park need to be less than ten years old. The Welcome Wagon was discussed in more depth. Colette Roy and Lilly Wallace are working on a form for residents interested in reaching out to their new neighbors in the park. It will more than likely be added to the next Mobil-izer. If you have interest in participating in the Welcome Wagon, please get in touch with either

Colette or Lilly. The next Quarterly meeting date has not been set yet, but you will receive a notice once it’s been determined. Please come and be a part of the all the changes and decisions being made for the community you live in.

We're cleaning up! The MHA has approved the removal of your junk from the curb at no additional charge to you. Bring your unwanted junk to the curb in front of your home on Saturday May 31st and Saturday June 7th by 9AM and 1-800-GOT-JUNK? will be by to help you load it into the truck and dispose of the items at no charge to you personally. “Be on the lookout. They will need your help (instead of your dollars)!” This will make

cleaning up your yard a breeze; you won't need to haul it all the way to a dumpster Volume 11.6

just get it to the curb. If you can't get it to the curb on your own try asking a neighbor for help. This is the ideal way to comply with the Mapleton Rules and Regulations and to get your yard ready for the awesome summer that's quickly approaching! Please Note: *Leaving items outside of the Western Disposal dumpster ultimately costs you money. We all pay for trash removal with our lease payments and when you leave items outside the dumpster we get billed additional charges to have the dump truck

driver load the item into the truck. Please be responsible and put your trash in the dumpster and if items are too bulky or excessive, haul it to the curb on May 31st and/or June 7th. **Don't forget that there is a large blue recycle dumpster on the north side of the park that accepts cardboard, paper, some plastics and containers. This dumpster is recycled at no charge to us so please take advantage of this service and don't over load the smaller brown recycle containers .

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The Mapleton Home Association Executive Board

Tid-Bits of Info •

Garden Club Meetings are happening every 4th Tuesday of each monthemail or call Robert to get on our email mailings. Lot’s of great info is passed at each meeting and there is FANTASTIC FOOD shared too.

Please send me ( your email address so I can begin to fade out the paper Mobil-izer and share with you the SUPER SASSY digital version

We will be planting about 90 Xeriscape plants around the park soon, if you are interested in helping with this endeavor, please email Erin Rice ( she is coordinating the project.

Check out the informative and updated blog at:


Paul Keaton #22 303-939-8140

V. President:

Lilly Wallace #23 303-827-5573

Treasurer: Nick Tamm #41 303-449-1943

Secretary: Krista Morien #69 303-413-0009

Lilly has been adding some great photos and keeping everyone informed about all the goings on around the park. If you are interested in blogging for the park as well, just email Lilly (

If you have an idea, announcement, or article please email it to me so it can get into the next Mobil-izer. We would love to hear from you!

Management Committee Mgmt Committee Chair: Robert Power #34A 720-560-2263

Gene Langlois #77 303-444-4988

Mamud Kabir #55 303-443-8029

“Local” is the New “Organic” Spring has arrived and the Boulder Farmer’s Market has reconvened. Many people are planting gardens. More are joining neighborhood “garden clubs” to procure resources more efficiently. These folks are making new friends, building community, and having a jolly-good time in the process. What does this mean? “Good, clean, and fair” foods are on the dinner table.

Wednesdays 4pm-8pm • Grow your own food and support Growing Gardens and Colorado Master Gardeners!

This growing season is a marvelous time to become acquainted with the wonders of locally produced foods. Often times much of the food we buy from the grocery store--no matter if it is labeled as conventional or organic--is shipped all across the country or even from another continent. Further, most foods nowadays are grown on monoculture farms. What does this mean? Local foods support energy independence and species diversity.

Remember “good, clean, and fair.” Food ought to taste good. It should be fresh, fragrant, and flavorful...really! Food ought to be clean. This means growing with future generations in chemicals! And food ought to be fair. If you can’t afford to purchase local food, then grow it yourself--it’s way cheaper! What does all of this mean? We are each co-producers. Our choices in the market and our action in the community make a difference. Go local!

• Review the labels on your food from the grocery store! Is the product fresh? In season? Genetically modified? A trans-continental import?

Maria Downing #41 303-449-1943

Site Committee Chair Erin Rice #74 303-444-1367

Attorneys Dennis R. Frolich Susan Perkins

Here are a few options to go “Local”: • Check out local veggies, meats, artisan breads, flowers, cheeses, and wines! Boulder Farmers’ Market--Central Park Saturdays 8am-2pm and

Steven Johnson, Student Naropa University 5692 Sugarloaf Road Boulder, CO 80302 303-258-7732

May 2008 Mobil-izer  

The quarterly newsletter of the Mapleton Home Association in Boulder, Colorado