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Mount Hermon Fitness Center membership to be discontinued

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

As some of you may have heard, the leadership team at Mount Hermon has decided to move the Fitness Center to a smaller and more central location under Youth Memorial – back near the original Fitness Center site.  We believe this new setting will be more convenient to our guests (our primary focus and responsibility) and easier to control and protect.  As part of this process, a decision has been made to discontinue the community membership program that was established after the Fitness Center moved to the new Field House.  Current plans call for moving out of the current site by the first week of September, and you will continue to have access to the facility until that time.

We sincerely regret the impact the closing of this facility will have on a number of you.  Please be assured that you will receive a prompt refund for the remaining portion of your memberships (including a full refund for the month of September).  To return your membership card for a refund of your deposit (or a partial refund if the card has been lost), please stop by the recreation office in the Fieldhouse after September 6.  Ask to speak with Matt Meisner.  If you have any questions about this, including information about alternative fitness centers in the local area, please don’t hesitate to contact Alden Johanson at 430-1205.

Conference Drive reopens

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

At 6 pm Thursday, March 24, Conference Drive in Mount Hermon, CA, will be clear and open to all traffic. Mount Hermon Association is asking all motorists to continue to drive slowly and cautiously through the slide area, and pedestrians are asked not to walk along Conference Drive until all of the tree debris can be removed from the pathway.

Earthworks Excavation Company and La Selva Tree Company were instrumental in the removal of the debris and trees.

All scheduled events at Mount Hermon are proceeding as planned. All major facilities have back-up power generation if needed and equipment is on-site to clear any further minor debris in the slide area.

Early this afternoon a fir tree fell across the road on Pine Avenue. The downed power lines have been deactivated by PG&E. Tree work to clear the road will begin Friday morning, March 25th.

PG&E currently has no estimates of when power will be restored to the affected homes. For those residents who have lost power, Mount Hermon is making its walk-in refrigerators and freezers available to store any food needing cooling until power is restored. Please contact our registration and information desk at 831-335-4466 beginning at 8 am, Friday, March 25th if you need help to store food.

For current updates and information, please visit and look for the alert at the top of the page.

Fallen Tree across Pine Ave between Madrone and Pine Lane

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
A tree fell across the roadway on Pine Avenue between Madrone Ave and Pine Lane.

Wires are down, PG&E has been notified and any further work will occur only after PG&E has fixed the wires and declared the area safe.  The road will remain closed until that time.
Consult the map on Mount Hermon’s website for alternative transportation routes:
As a further update, Thursday evening, PG&E plans to replace a broken pole sometime on Friday and power may be restored late in the day.  We will update you as the tree removal proceeds.

Landslide Update

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

As of Thursday morning, PG&E has restored all electrical power to the community and debris crews are hard at work in the driving rain to remove the slide material.  If there are no further slides or instability, it is anticipated that the road will be reopened to traffic sometime Friday morning.  In the interim, detours are posted and a detailed map can be found at the Mount Hermon Association website

Mudslide Closes Conference Drive, Interrupts Power – March 23

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

The seemingly unceasing rain has inflicted yet another impact on the Mount Hermon community.  Recently, high winds toppled a number of trees, crushing cabins and the Manzanita Lodge.  Then, the torrential rains caused the hillside behind Pine Lodge to slide onto the trail below and obliterating Meditation Chapel that overlooked Bean Creek.  Today, the last many weeks of more than a foot of absolute downpours, hail and wind wreaked havoc on the hillside behind Terrace Way sending trees, mud and debris onto Conference Drive, cutting off electrical power and blocking traffic.  As of 2:00 p.m., some electrical power had been restored yet it may be several more hours until all households are with electricity.  Road work is underway yet it may be that the road will not be cleared for one additional day.

Local contractor and resident, Dave Stallings may have been the last vehicle to pass through the area before the slide.  “As I came up Conference Drive, small rocks were beginning to fall so I got on my phone to call for help”, said Dave.  By then, the trees were beginning to come down and then it all came down.  Thankfully, no one was injured and no properties were damaged by the slide.

Mount Hermon Association is coordinating the clean up of its roadway and has posted additional information on its website.  In the interim, traffic will be diverted up Forest Rd. or Pine Ave. over to reach Graham Hill Rd. via Summit Ave.  For additional updates, copy and paste this link into your browser:


Security Update

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Click on the following link to download the latest update regarding Mount Hermon Community security efforts.

security update

Mount Hermon Community Spring 2010 Meeting

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Mount Hermon Community

Spring Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @ 7:00 p.m.

Newton Memorial Building

  1. 1. Call to order and prayer………………………………Jim Linman

  1. 2. Meeting minutes…………………………………………..Janet Payne

  1. 3. Treasurer’s Report……………………………..Barbara Grensted

  1. 4. Election of new officers.

  1. 5. Announcements……………………………………Armand Langmo
  • Woodwardia Bridge
  • House Tours
  • Patrol Services by law enforcement

  1. 6. MHA issues update……………Dale Pollack/Alden Johanson
  • Woodwardia Bridge Status
  • Water System
  • Vandalism
  • Q and A

  1. 7. Spring clean up/parking/ abandoned vehicles……….Mark Lilley

  1. 8. Community Service Project……………………..Michelle & Paul Izor

  1. 9. Other business

Spring 2010 Chipper Days!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The Felton Fire District will be bringing the chipper to chip brush on Monday, May 16th. You may pile up brush any time between April 19th and May 16th. Please do not add any additional brush after May 16th, 2010. 

You may pile brush in the following locations:

1.      End of Conference Drive (between the last driveway and the end of the road)

2.      End of Buckeye (in the turn out area before the Sewer Plant)

3.      Lilac and Canyon (in the turn out area)

Signs will be posted in the location of the Brush Piles

Please note the following guidelines:

  • Please use your Green Waste cans for grass and leaves and do not put these in the chipper pile. The pile should be brush and branches only.
  • No Poison Oak or Scotch Broom!
  • Please avoid very dry limbs or brush over 3” in diameter.
  • Please stack brush in one direction with butt end toward the roadway so it can be loaded into the chipper easily.
  • Please do not bring brush to the piles prior to April 19th.
  • Please do not drop off any brush there after May 16th.
  • Brush will be chipped on or after Monday, May 16th.

This Chipper Day is provided in joint cooperation between Felton Fire Protection District, The Mount Hermon Community Group and Mount Hermon Association Inc.

If you have any questions, please call

Mark Lilley  831-430-1203

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Segeant Jim Ross speaks to the Spring Community Meeting

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

On April 28, 2010, Sergeant Jim Ross of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office spoke to the residents attending the Spring Community Meeting.  As our neighborhood liaison to the Department, he is very interested in the same issues that concern us such as abandoned vehicles, vandalism, theft, homeless camps and others.  He made several specific recommendations for residents to follow in regards to any concerns.

Many services are available Online at the Sheriff’s website.  Report abandoned vehicle, non-emergency police report, etc.  Copy and paste the following link into your browser:

In the event of an emergency, call 911

To speak to a dispatcher or deputy, call (831)471-1121

If you are concerned about it, report it!  You can’t expect action unless you ask for it.

Update on Woodwardia Bridge

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

February 19, 2010

Dear Mount Hermon residents and home owners:

I want to update you on developments regarding the use and disposition of Woodwardia Bridge and the emergency roadway access from Mount Hermon Road to Lilac Lane.

As you may recall, the Association initiated a series of structural enhancements to Woodwardia Bridge in the summer of 2007. The County advised the Association in August of 2008 that the fixes could only be considered temporary and that the bridge must be brought up to today’s standard (i.e., replaced). The Association informed the community of these developments by letter, and during a community informational meeting on September 3, 2008. In March of 2009 the County ruled that the current bridge must be closed by January 1, 2014.

The Association initiated a review of the options and discovered that a new bridge would cost approximately $1,000,000. An alternative option costing about $100,000 would be to use the emergency access from Mount Hermon Road to Lilac Lane as a permanent, all traffic, access in lieu of the bridge. The bridge could then be closed to vehicle traffic and available for pedestrian and emergency use only, if the County would approve such an approach. The Association felt that the lower cost for the new connector road would be preferred by the Association and home owners. This cost would be shared with all the home owners based on an 80/20 split between the residents and the Association.

After discussions with the County it became clear that they would only consider a right-turn-in/right- turn-out intersection at the Mount Hermon Road/Lilac Lane connection. The Association formalized a request to the Department of Public Works (DPW) for such an encroachment permit and submitted it on July 2, 2009. The matter was brought before the County Board of Supervisors on February 2, 2010, and they approved the concept.

We will now initiate a design contract for the roadway connector and enhanced intersection. Upon completion of the design, and engineering estimates, we will submit a permit application to the County. Upon permit approval by the county, and when funds are available, we will issue the design package for construction bids. Availability of funds will determine when the project will be completed. We are aiming for this year or 2011.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dale Pollock, our Technical Services Manager, at 831-430-1204. I will also be glad discuss any concerns you may have.

Sincerely Yours,

Alden Johanson