Game Trail Association relies upon the volunteers who serve on committees to carry out the work needed to support a community of 440 lots approaching 280 homes, 18 miles of roads, a dog run and horse stables, community recycling and trash collections, water wells, water storage tanks, and 18 miles of water pipe.
If you are interested in volunteering for a committee feel free to contact the committee chair or a board member. Chair’s contact email can be found by clicking on the appropriate committee.
To access the specific committee information and policies click on the committee name:
Members: Lori May, Ed Simmons, Joe Redetzke
ACC Charter: The purpose of the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) is to inform owners about the Architectural Control Policy (ACP), to assist with the application process, and to administer the written policy in an equitable manner.
All new structures as well as additions or changes to the exterior of existing structures (for example, re-painting or staining, decks, patios, fences, gates, dog runs, address signs, constructed driveway entrances, paved driveways, etc.) require (ACC) application and approval prior to construction. Approval by the (ACC) is also required before the installation of any renewable energy efficiency measures or renewable energy generation devices.
Note: Repairs using previously approved materials and/or colors, do not require (ACC) approval. Also, paving with recycled black asphalt, black asphalt, or natural un-tinted concrete in the original footprint of a driveway that has been previously approved, does not require (ACC) approval.
The (ACP) focuses on construction-related policies and rules for Game Trail. To share some helpful ideas, the (ACC) also has created an advice-based document for owners called “Tips for Building in Game Trail. You’ll find a link below.
Following is a link to the (ACP) effective March 2022. You and your contractor will want to read and become familiar with the requirements. Also below are links to 3 different (ACC) applications; one for new home construction, one for additions, garages, etc., and one for repairs that involve changes to materials and/or colors.
When you’re ready to begin your project:
1. Please print and complete the appropriate application.
2. When your application is complete, contact Game Trail Administrative Assistant, Jan Johnson, to make arrangements to deliver or mail hard copies of your drawings and any cut sheet materials. You may call Jan 719-395-2742 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. You also may mail your application fee to Jan at the P.O. Box 4110, Buena Vista, CO 81211.
4. Email digital documents for your application to ACCchair@gametrailassn.org.
5. If you have any questions about the (ACP); application requirements, process; or anything else related to building in Game Trail, please email ACCchair@gametrailassn.org.
Architectural Control Policies Approved Mar 2022
New Home Application 2022
Additions Application 2022
Repairs Application 2022
Tips for Building in Game Trail
Articles of Interest:
Fully Shielded Dark Sky Friendly Fixtures
Members: Don Caskey, Jon Gladden, Jack Litvay, Rick Reese, Carla Seyler, Steve Vittum
Charter: Commons Committee supports and maintains all Game Trail structures and any non-road tasks in the Game Trail subdivision. This includes the Mail Center, the Trash/Recycle Center, structure signs, noxious weed control, fences, and the new Storage Center (if approved).
Notice: Use of the Trash/Recycling facilities requires that a Game Trail Elk decal be displayed on the lower left corner of your vehicle's windshield. To obtain a decal, contact the GTA Financial and Administrative Assistant, Jan Johnson. She may be reached at (719) 395 - 2742 or email@example.com
Major activity in the past year:
Trash/Recycle area reconfiguration and vendor change
Upgrade Trash Recycle Area.
Build a new structure (if approved) to house Game Trail equipment/supplies (such as culverts, etc.), as well as computers and other equipment that support Game Trail Systems, including our water system.
Expense accounts associated with the Commons Committee include:
Mail Center maintenance
Noxious weed control
Sign maintenance (related to Commons)
Trash and Recycling Guidelines for Game Trail
Map of Game Trail
Game Trail Road Maintenance FAQ’S
Slash Pile Use
Members: Kari Allen, Jerri Caskey, Larry Gleeson, Anna Hargis, Nancy Kirkland, Loretta Kyle, Paul Lang, Carolee Litvay, CC Novak, Allison Radcliff
Charter: Provide advice and resource to the Board of Directors of Game Trail Association to promote an informed community by facilitating and promoting means for open communication and positive member relations.
If you prefer to receive the newsletter only via email, send a notice to Communications@gametrailassn.org
Guidelines for the GTA Newsletter
Guidelines for the Website Page
The committee meets once or twice annually. Otherwise, the following activities are divided among individuals or small sub-committees.
• Website: Maintain the Game Trail website using information collected from the Board and Committee Chairs; maintain the various gametrailassn.org emails for distribution
• Directory: Annually update, publish and distribute the Game Trail member directory
• Newsletter: Design and publish the “Game Trail Tails” newsletter using information from the Board and Committee Chairs
• Living in Game Trail Pamphlet: Update the pamphlet as needed and publish it on the website
• New Member Welcome Packet: Coordinate with the GTA administrator to keep the information mailed to new members current
• Email Distribution Lists and Email Board Notices: Maintain a list of Game Trail members who elect to receive various Game Trail information electronically; email Board notices to members as relevant
• Communications@gametrail.org Monitoring: Respond to or refer questions submitted to the communications portal on the website
• Annual Board Meeting Vote Tally: Assist the Board by tallying the votes for Board members at the Annual Board meeting.
Members: Brian Erickson, Bill Waldorf
The Finance & Audit Committee has the following roles and duties and sets forth its Charter as follows:
• Establish appropriate internal financial controls, monitor Game Trail Association financial procedures and activity for adherence to internal controls, and report to the Board of Directors regarding any encountered weaknesses.
• Review financial statements quarterly for reasonableness, investigate any major unexplained budget variances and report to the Board of Directors thereon.
• Assist the Board of Directors in determining the appropriate level of annual fees for property owners.
• Analyze and make recommendations regarding the budgetary impact of plans for funding the replacement of existing or purchase of new capital assets and the maintenance of appropriate levels of working capital reserves.
• Engage the Association's audit firm, serve as liaison with the auditor and report annually as needed to the Board of Directors after receipt of the auditor's work product.
• Monitor and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding Game Trail Association banking and investment accounts.
NOTICE: Below are the Game Trail Financial Reports for viewing
2022 Approved Operating Budget
2022 Approved Capital Budget
GTA 2020 CPA Review
2020 Budget Presentation
Financial Policies and Procedures
Members: Fred Balmos, Dennis Billings, Dana Braatz, Frank Campbell, Gary Craig, Paul Lang, Jack Litvay, Tom McCorkell, Mary Silvestri, Brett Ulrich, Judy Wait, Mark Winter
Charter: Maintain a healthy forest in Game Trail with trees free of disease and harmful insects. Educate community on defensible space and basic fire protection.
FOREST HEALTH AND WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
Please read the excellent forest health and wildfire preparation information linked at the bottom of this page. In addition, Game Trail Forestry Committee members are available to meet with lot owners on their property to discuss forest health and wildfire defensible space as well as to approve any tree removal* being considered. To schedule, email Kari Allen, Forestry Committee Chair, Forestry@gametrailassn.org. The state foresters also do lots visits for tree health and for mitigation. To schedule, contact the Colorado State Forest office in Salida at 719-539-2579. *Note Tree Removal Master Covenants #12: Approval is required for removal of any living tree with a base diameter of more than 3 inches.
GAME TRAIL IS A FIREWISE USA® COMMUNITY
What is Firewise USA®?
Firewise USA® is a national recognition program. It is awarded to communities that have met specific criteria as it works to reduce wildfire risks. Firewise USA® supports continued work through free educational programs and resources.
What does being a Firewise USA® Community mean for Game Trail?
The benefits began with our application and are on-going. Applying required us to have a Firewise USA® community-wide risk assessment done by the Colorado State Forest Service. That assessment, beyond its educational aspect, informed the development of Game Trail's Firewise USA® action plan. The assessment concluded that the overall "vegetation density and fuel loading throughout Game Trail is cause for concern from a wildfire risk perspective." The report had several recommendations, with the top priority to be creating and maintaining defensible space around all homes. That is the focus of Game Trail's Firewise USA® Action Plan.
GAME TRAIL COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN
The Colorado State Forest Service supports communities in the development and implementation of community-specific wildfire protection plans. In 2021, Game Trail updated its original 2008 plan. The Forestry Committee works with residents to achieve Game Trail’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan goals. One goal is to provide community education programs and activities. The Forestry Committee uses Game Trail’s email system to advertise these events, so be sure to sign up for Game Trail alerts-notices. If you have not yet signed up, you may do so here: Contact Preferences Form
GAME TRAIL OUTDOOR BURNING RULE
Per the Master covenants, and Outside Burning in GTA - R&R 2021-01, outdoor burning is prohibited in Game Trail. Specifically, the following outdoor burning devices are NOT allowed at any time, including privately owned lots: open fireplaces, open firepits, open fire bowls, charcoal grills, and chimenea. Pellet grills that control combustion, propane grills, propane firepits, propane fire tables, and propane fireplaces are allowed. Pyrotechnics of all kinds are prohibited in Game Trail.
GAME TRAIL SLASH PILE USE
The Slash Pit, located from Great Peaks Drive, is open to Game Trail residents only, from April 1 to October 31. Residents may dump tree and brush trimmings, from lot cleanup projects in designated areas. There is a small area designated for larger stumps. No other materials may be deposited. Slash materials are burned every winter under county fire permit requirements.
Residents may remove rocks for landscaping, but not any dirt or gravel. All dirt and gravel materials in the Pit are the property of Game Trail and are used for road work. Any Contractor who wants to dump or store excavation materials from home construction work needs to obtain prior approval from the Roads Committee. The Pit can be closed at any time for routine maintenance, or because of misuse.
FUEL BREAK TO BE CREATED ON GAME TRAILS'S WEST BORDER
The Forestry Committee, in partnership with Adventure Unlimited Ranches (AU), has been awarded a Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation $91,500 grant. The project focuses on Game Trail’s 20-acre common area on its western border, plus five acres on two private lots adjacent to the common area, and 60 acres along AU’s south border (Game Trail’s north border). The emphasis is to mitigate wildfire risk by thinning trees and creating a fuel break, while improving forest health and wildlife habitat. Work begins in the summer of 2021 with 20 AU acres. In 2022, another 20 AU acres will be treated along with 13 GT acres. Work will conclude in 2023 with the final 20 AU acres and 12 GT acres. If you would like to read details about this grant, please reference the April Forest Edition Newsletter, brimming with relevant topics.
HELP FIRST RESPONDERS
The Chaffee County Fire Department encourages each homeowner to hang a reflective green street number sign in a very visible place at their driveway entrance. These greatly increase the ability of police, ambulance, or fire personnel to locate your home more quickly in case of an emergency. Signs can be purchased for $10 at the Chaffee County Fire Department office at 499 Antero Circle in BV. The Forestry Committee has also organized an Adopt-a-Hydrant program to keep fire hydrants accessible throughout the year, but especially in the winter. If you would like to participate, contact Forestry@gametrailassn.org.
GTA Fire Hydrant list and locations
SPECIAL EDITION GAME TRAIL NEWSLETTER ON FOREST HEALTH
Many residents are eager to learn more about how to improve tree health on their properties and to minimize wildfire risk. To help, Game Trail published a special edition newsletter brimming with relevant topics.
WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES
Game Trail’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan
CSFS The Home Ignition Zone: A guide to preparing your home for wildfire and creating defensible space
Firewise Construction: Site Design & Building Materials
Game Trail's Firewise USA® action plan
Game Trail Community-Wide Firewise Risk Assessment
Colorado Homeland Security: Wildfire Defense, Evacuation Planning, etc.
GTA Fire Hydrant list and locations
GT Slash Pile Use
Firewise Tracking Sheet to Record Work Hours and Expenses
FOREST HEALTH RESOURCES
Western Spruce Budworm
Mountain Pine Beetle
Landowner's Guide to Dwarf Mistletoe Management
Pinon Ips Bark Beetle
Western Tent Caterpillars
Members: Cal Banning, Joe Redetzke
Charter: The Roads Committee supports and maintains all 18 miles of Game Trail roads and the surface areas by the Mail Center and the Trash/Recycle area. This includes snow removal, all signs pertaining to roads, and the Slash Pit.
Major activity in the past year:
Great Peaks Drive was resurfaced.
Membership approved a significant assessment (over 5 years) to restore/improve our gravel roads.
The Board approved a significant dues increase (over 5 years) to maintain our restored/improved roads.
Road restoration/improvement began.
Road restoration/improvement continues.
Mail Center: Repave and fix drainage.
Seal coat Great Peaks Drive.
Expense accounts associated with the Roads Committee include:
Sign maintenance related to roads
Map of Game Trail
Game Trail Road Maintenance FAQ'S
GTA Fire Hydrant List and Locations
Slash Pile Use
Charter: The purpose of Short Term Rental Committee ("STR" or "STR Committee") is to administer, equitably and in accordance with GTA Covenants, Rules & Regulations, the GTA:
- STR Application, and any updates or changes thereto, as well as to apply a governance process for STR's in GTA.
Please do not call the STR Committee for police related activities. Matters requiring the County Sheriff's attention will be referred to the Chaffee County Sheriff's office.
Good Neighbor Policies - Quick List
Living in Game Trail Pamphlet
Short Term Rental Rule Reg 18-01
Short-Term Rental Rule - R&R 2018-01-AMENDED
CHAFFEE COUNTY REGULATION NO. 43 - ON-SITE WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM
Short Term Rental Application
GTA Sept 2018 Newsletter
Phone no: 214-543-7922
Members: Ed Butler, Burl Gibson, Dennis Diaz, Walt Lafford, JP McDonaugh, Bob Pierron
Charter: To provide an adequate supply of water for homeowner consumption and fire protection at a reasonable cost and with ever improving reliability.
Water System Frequently Asked Questions
Water Meter Frequently Asked Questions
Water Report 2021
Water Report 2020
Water Report 2019
Water Report 2018
Water Report 2017
Water Report 2016
Water Report 2015
Water Report 2014
GTA Fire Hydrant list and locations
What to do if you discover a water system leak or malfunction: There always exists the possibility of leaks or over flows in the GTA water system. Should you witness such an event, please advise a member of the Water Committee immediately. If no member of the committee is available, please notify a member of the GTA Board of Directors.
Members: Ann Jackson, Debbie Matocha, Mary Silvestri
Charter: The process for nominating candidates for and electing candidate to the Board of Directors of Game Trail Association. The Nominating Committee is responsible for selecting nominees for the Board of Directors and calling for nominees from the Game Trail membership at the annual meeting. The Committee consists of at least three but no more than five members, one of which acts as the chair. Members are appointed by the President in consultation with the Board of Directors and their three year terms are staggered.
Procedure for Nomination to Board of Directors - R&R 2004-01