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Here’s the latest on the Felton Meadow

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Mount Hermon Association sent this email Tuesday, October 3, 2017:

“Thank you for your continued interest in the Felton Meadow. We have been encouraged by the interest. The costs associated with developing the Felton Meadow property have exceeded our current capabilities and we have decided to forego any development. Although we are not moving forward with development of the property, there are new programs in development that will benefit our surrounding community including new programs intended for our local community. We will be starting an After School Program for grade school students in the San Lorenzo Valley and launching Velocity Bike School and Adventures with classes, guided rides, and backcountry trips based out of our current location. The Felton Meadow property will continue to be maintained and managed by Mount Hermon Association.”

~ Reggie Coates

Construction on Conference Drive 9/15 – 11/15, 2017

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Construction on Conference Drive September 15th to November 15th, 2017

As you may know, this past winter, Mount Hermon survived a non-stop series of storms, unlike anything we have experienced in over 30 years. After the rains subsided, Mount Hermon Association discovered some significant damage to Conference Drive and sought out a Geotech Engineer to help assess the next steps. His evaluation revealed that the damage was a symptom of something MUCH bigger—the entire hillside is moving! Just beyond the bridge, there is a 110-foot section of hillside that has shifted both above and below Conference Drive.

Immediate action to stabilize Conference Drive is going to take place before winter arrives!

The construction will happen in two stages:

The first stage is to secure Conference Drive itself. (Happening September 15 – November 15, 2017)

This will require:
— 30 concrete stitch piers, each 2-ft in diameter, to be drilled down to bedrock in the hillside below Conference Drive
— Re-compacting and grading of the road
— Laying fresh asphalt

The next stage is to stabilize the hillside above Conference Drive. (Fall 2018)

This will involve:
— The installation of 10 concrete piers into bedrock
— A new retaining wall to hold back the hillside
— A new drainage system to reduce any further erosion

Mount Hermon Association’s insurance will cover everything over the $250,000 deductible. Conference Drive will be repaired at no cost to the Mount Hermon Community as the Mount Hermon Association assumes all financial responsibility and repairs for Conference Drive. Funds are being raised by Mount Hermon’s partnerships and donors to provide for the deductible.

Construction time for Stage One of this project will be approximately eight weeks, running from September 15th to November 15th.

** What to expect regarding traffic flow during construction: **
— Roaring Camp Road will be closed to through traffic past the last residence.
— All traffic to Mount Hermon will be via Conference Drive off Graham Hill Road.
— Traffic will be restricted to a single lane of travel controlled by a stop sign at each end of the construction area.
— Pedestrians will use a designated walkway around the project area.
— Minimal delays expected

If you have questions that have an immediate concern, please feel free to contact Bryan Hayes: Bryan Hayes, Vice President of Finance and Administration 831.430.1230

MHC Minutes – Spring 2017

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Spring Meeting Minutes of the Mount Hermon Community

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:00pm

Youth Memorial Building, Mount Hermon


Agenda Items

  • Reggie Coates gave the President’s Call to Order at 7:05pm, Welcome, and Introduction.
  • Vice President Ron Taylor provided the Opening Prayer.
  • The Secretary’s Report was given by Reggie Coates (Secretary Barb McGraw could not attend). Motion/Second/Approved
  • Treasurer’s Report was given by Treasurer Cheri Andrews. Motion/Second/Approved
    • At the Fall meeting, October 27, 2016, we had $802.53
    • Our current balance is $1,042.54
    • Detailed Activity
      • Receipts:
        • 12/13/16 – $80.00 Deposit: Silent Auction
        • 12/15/16 – $184.00 Deposit: Door Ticket Sales
        • 12/19/16 – $292.94 Deposit: Online Ticket Sales
      • Disbursements:
        • 10/24/16 – $45.00 for Web Hosting Fees
        • 10/27/16 – $14.06 for supplies for Fall Meeting
        • 10/27/16 – $31.47 for supplies for Fall Meeting
        • 11/07/16 – $10.32 for supplies for Christmas Dinner
        • 11/07/16 – $73.47 for supplies for Christmas Dinner
        • 12/09/16 – $102.61 for Starbuck’s gift cards, Christmas dinner fliers and poster.
        • 04/03/17 – $30.00 for Web Hosting Fees
        • 05/02/17 – $10.00 for Web Hosting Fees


  • Mount Hermon Association Update was given by Dale Pollock
    • There’s not much happening on the water lines because of the slide on Terrace Drive.
    • There’s been an increase in water levels.
    • The storm caused damage mostly to Redwood Camp.
    • The storm did some damage to Conference Drive near Roaring Camp Drive (movement on the embankment where the cones are). They will be repairing that. [Any work on Conference Drive is paid for by MHA and not the MHC-RTB fees.]
  • Summer Registration details were explained by Bill Fernald.
    • Everyone must register at the front office and receive a name badge.
    • Fun Day for our community, Saturday, August 19, 12:00pm-5:00pm
      • Includes lunch, games, and all activities for free
      • Register for the summer and receive a name badge to participate
    • The report on Roads, Trails, and Bridges was given by Joshua Shively
      • There have been lots of fixes throughout Mount Hermon such as the handrails on Parkway.
      • If you have any concerns, call the office and a work order will be created.
    • Community Announcements were given by Reggie reiterating the MHC focus on positive Communication, Involvement, and Support. He also reminded everyone of the community website at and social media site at
    • Fire Chief Ron Rickabaugh, from the Felton Fire Protection District, gave a report on current issues.
      • He recommended that everyone keep the brush away from their homes and think about clearing what would be flammable and dangerous in a fire.
      • He said most of the calls they get are not fire related but medical related. Have papers ready for you and your family in case of a medical emergency.
      • He explained how Cal-Fire and the Felton Fire Department work together. Cal-Fire takes the lead when brush is involved and Felton Fire Department takes the lead when buildings are involved.
      • Make sure your street number is very clear to see.
    • Sheriff Department Update – Paul Izor
      • The volunteer Sheriff helpers will evaluate the safety of your home and do a drive by while you’re on vacation. Call the Felton Sheriff’s office.
    • There was no New Business.
    • Ron Taylor closed the evening at 8:10pm in prayer.


Respectfully submitted,


Reggie Coates – Mount Hermon Community President

MHC Minutes Spring 2016

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Minutes for the Spring Meeting of the Mount Hermon Community

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00pm, Newton Memorial Building

President, Reggie Coates, opened the meeting at 7:00pm with a welcome and introduction.

Vice-President, Gordon Kvamme, gave the initial prayer.

Acting Secretary, Cheri Andrews read the minutes from the Fall 2015 meeting, which were approved.

Treasurer, Cheri Andrews, gave the Treasurer’s Report. Our current balance is $802.53. From the previously reported balance of $341.75, the total credits were $817.20, the total Debits were 356.42, and the Net Total $460.78. There were four deposits: as Christmas Dinner ticket sales, $349.20 through PayPal, $103.00 cash at the door, and $363.00 through the Mount Hermon Registration Office; plus $2.00 for Neighborhood Watch sticker sales. There were seven expenditures: Business with pleasure, $12.05, $53.29, $26.64, $6.39, and $13.05; $215.00 to Mount Hermon Association for their portion of the Online Christmas Dinner ticket sales; and $30.00 to Dan Dawson for Web Hosting. The report was then approved.

Mount Hermon Community Announcements and Committees – Reggie Coates

  • Reggie emphasized the importance of good communication, growing involvement, and supportive attitudes throughout the community (MHC) and toward the Mount Hermon Association (MHA).
  • Reggie requested approval to start a new committee of Area Representatives for the community. This committee would help communicate events and important issues. Motion was made to create a small committee of neighbors to represent various areas throughout Mount Hermon to communicate better. MSC
  • Reggie spoke of the neighborhood watch effort to support our community from unwelcome transients and to report all activity to the sheriff. We were glad to have the fence installed at the end of Conference Drive.
  • Reggie reported on both the MHC Website ( and MHC NextDoor (  He encouraged people to use social media like these to communicate often and in a positive manner.
  • Cheri Andrews announced the Fun Day for our community, Saturday, July 16, 12:00pm-5:00pm, sponsored by MHA. It includes lunch, games, and activities for free. Register for the summer and receive a name badge to participate.

Summer Registration Details – Bill Fernald

  • Bill Fernald handed out the brochures explaining what is available for the residents this summer. There was some discussion of why residents could not have swim lessons at the pool. Bill explained there is simply not enough room with all the weekly conference guests and residents paying for weekly registration as campers.

Volunteering with Mount Hermon – Don Broesemle

  • Don Broesemle handed out fliers and offered the community the opportunity to volunteer in helping Mount Hermon. Anyone interested can email or call 831-430-4375. [See flier below]

Mount Hermon Association Update – Dale Pollock

  • Dale Pollock thanked the community for their support.
  • He also commended the community that so much water has been saved that there is no more restriction for Mount Hermon residents. However, he strongly recommended continued conserving.
  • He announced the completion of the Redwood Camp pavilion as well as the status of the meadow project. The meadow project is currently on hold.
  • He reviewed some measures being taken to assure safety for the community such as the fence at the end of Conference Drive.

Elections for the office of Secretary

  • The Executive Board as the leading nomination chose Annie Stepka for the Office of Secretary. Annie answered a few questions and voiced she was excited to help make a difference in the community.
  • Motion was made to have Annie Stepka as the new Secretary. MSC

Vice-President Gordon Kvamme closed the meeting in prayer and President Reggie Coates adjourned the meeting at 8:15pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Reggie Coates


Mount Hermon Community


2016 Community Events – Mark Your Calendar!

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Here is a list of informative and fun events designed to help our community get closer and grow stronger. Our goal as community leaders is to enhance communication, involvement, and support throughout our community. Mark your calendar and make each event a priority in order to be a good neighbor and build our community. Everything is free unless noted below.  ~ Reggie Coates, MHC President.

Sunday, March 27 – MH Community Sunrise Service

  • 6:30 AM-7:30 AM
  • An Easter sunrise service, open to the public, will be conducted at the summit of Mount Hermon on Easter Sunday. Click Here for more details.
  • Reggie Coates will be leading a time of worship, and Mike Romberger will share an Easter message.
  • A breakfast is offered for a donation at Ponderosa Lodge, immediately following the service.

Thursday, April 14 – MH Community Spring Meeting

  • 7:00 PM-8:15 PM
  • This is our Spring meeting at Newton Memorial.
  • There will be snacks available as we catch up with each other.

Saturday, July 16 – MH Community Family Fun Day

  • 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Sponsored by Mount Hermon Association, this is a day to enjoy a complimentary lunch on the field (must have your name badge) many Conference Center activities such as basketball in the gym, games in the fieldhouse and on the field, archery, ropes course, and more.
  • Great time to bring your family and get to know neighbors while having fun together.

Thursday, October 27 – MH Community Fall Meeting

  • 7:00 PM-8:15 PM
  • This is our Fall meeting at Newton Memorial.
  • There will be snacks available as we catch up with each other.

Tuesday, December 6 – MH Community Christmas Dinner Party

  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Ivy / Ferndell Dining
  • Christmas carol singing and door prizes
  • Cost is $8.00 per person. Tickets available November 1st at the Mount Hermon Registration Office and online (fifty cent processing fee is added to each online ticket). Click Here for more information and online registration.

MHC Minutes of the Fall 2015 meeting

Monday, October 26th, 2015

MHC Minutes Fall 2015

2014 Drought Recommendations

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

<Click> here for a message from Mount Hermon Association

Water Conservation letter June 2014

4th of July Notice to the Community

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

In past years on July 4th , Mount Hermon staff and people from the community have walked to the top of our Ponderosa Lodge property to view the City of Scotts Valley’s fireworks display from the area near The Cross.

We regret that this July 4th tradition will not be allowed this year, or in subsequent years.

New state camping regulations requiring us to expand our existing efforts to protect campers, have forced us to prohibit access to The Cross and surrounding areas.

Only Ponderosa staff and campers will be allowed at The Cross area on July 4th.

We appreciate your full cooperation regarding this matter, and your assistance in helping the community to understand this change, which is a result of new state mandates beyond our control or objection.

Thank you

Fall 2011 Community Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

<Click> here for the Minutes of the Mount Hermon Community October 27, 2011

Announcing! The 2011 Community Christmas Buffet – December 7 – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

<Click> here for the Christmas Buffet Flyer 2011