Dog Attack Update

ZHA members attended the court hearing on Monday, 3/4/19.  A traveling judge from outside of the valley was assigned. The DA is filing a motion that will ask the Judge to quarantine the dogs.

A hearing date to be determined will be held on this motion at which time Association members can testify or make a written statement about fears for safety with the dogs still in the subdivision. These statements may be sent to John Barnes, who will forward them to the ZHA attorney. (use this email: ).

The next appearance for the dog owners will be May 6 at which time they will enter a plea.

John Barnes

Lengthy Comparison List of 1975, 1981, and 2019 Covenants

ZHA members, you'll be seeing a new packet in your mailbox containing information about the upcoming Revised and Amended Covenants revote along with a full copy of the SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED DECLARATION OF PROTECTIVE COVENANT OF THE ZAPATA SUBDIVISION. These are the revised version undertaken in response to the 2017 vote. Tyra Barnes and the Governance Committee wrote up a thorough comparison of the 1975, 1981 and 2019 covenants to help clarify where the different covenants that currently govern the ZHA (1975 and 1981) contradict each other and are out of compliance with state statutes. The document also provides context for the proposed 2019 revision.

You may also request a copy of this document by mail by contacting the ZHA administrator, Cindy Chapman at or by phone at 719-589-6770.

Please find the Lengthy Comparison List of 1975, 1981, and 2019 Covenants in this attached document for your review by clicking HERE. The .pdf document will open in a new window.

The ZHA is a Firewise Community

The ZHA is a Firewise Community! As part of the National Fire Prevention Association, communities across the US take part in educating their members about wildfire prevention, host a community event (a requirement of membership), and work together to reduce fuels and risks of wildfire in their communities. We are proud to participate and use the educational resources available to us through our participation in NFPA as a Firewise Community.

Read more here and to view our renewal certificate!

Communications Committee Minutes December 28, 2018

The Communications Committee met at the home of John and Tyra Barnes on December 28, 2018. Committee members present were Chair Anna Dvorak, Jack Zeman, John Barnes and Tyra Barnes.

The agenda item was to plan out the schedule and draft language for the second round of the covenants revision as the committee was tasked to manage and oversee by the Governance Committee. The topic was discussed and the committee revised and refined the proposed cover letter that will be submitted by first class mail to all ZHA members. A timeline was laid out and dates scheduled for the three mailings and final vote. The committee discussed at length the best way to reach members with this new outreach effort in the attempt to complete a successful education effort and revote.

Building a Wildfire Resistant Home

This article has been included as a link in the “Building Your Home” section of this website. It includes excellent updated information about the costs associated with building a wildfire resistant home, which are roughly the same as building a conventional home.

Wildfire disasters will be more common if unmitigated home development continues in the wildland-urban interface.

  • A new home built to wildfire-resistant codes can be constructed for roughly the same cost as a typical home.

  • Costs vary for retrofitting an existing home to be wildfire-resistant, with some components such as the roof and walls having significant expense. Some of these costs can be divided and prioritized into smaller projects.

  • Technology and standards exist today that will make communities safer. Cities, counties, and other jurisdictions can implement wildfire-resistant building codes to reduce their vulnerability to wildfire.

Wildfire Mitigation is Essential - tips from California

This article from the Washington Post outlines some excellent tips from homeowners who survived the Camp Fire in California with their structures (and lives) intact.

In case there is any doubt - wildfire mitigation, preparation and awareness is the best thing we can do to prepare for fire when it comes through. This article is really good and provides some excellent tips that piggy back on mitigation tips that many of us have already begun working on!

A quote from the article:

"Many fire-prevention measures can be cheaply addressed by homeowners: Clear pine needles and other flammable debris from roofs, rain gutters, decks and yards. Avoid stacking firewood directly against a house. Border the home with bare-soil flower gardens, rather than bark mulch. Replace wooden fences with materials that don’t burn. Install mesh screens over vents to prevent smoldering material from getting inside. Surround homes with fire-resistant hardwood trees, like aspen, oaks and maples, which can form a heat shield and wind damper during a conflagration."


A large open dumpster has been delivered to the subdivision so that members can get rid of some of those bulky house cleaning items. Old chairs, appliances, dressers, etc. Dumpster will be located at Willow Place, three streets inside the gate above Mill Run. This dumpster is for use by residents ONLY and will remain on site until filled.

Refrigerators and freezers MUST BE DRAINED of freon and motors removed

NO Tires

NO Dirt, rocks, or cement

NO Paint

NO Electronic devices

ALL items must fit within the walls of the dumpster

Disassemble items as much as much as possible

NOT intended for construction or remodeling projects

State and Local Landfill Regulations govern what is allowed and is strictly enforced and may result in fines.

Jack Zeman, Chairman Zapata Homeowners Association


Draft Covenants Revised Version June 2018

The governance committee has made changes to the draft covenants that were submitted to the membership for a vote last year. The vote narrowly passed in September 2018, but the margin was not wide enough to warrant passage. The board submitted the covenants with a petition to approve, which went before a judge earlier this year. The judge did not agree with our position that we had enough votes for passage when voting members not in good standing (I.e. in arrears with their dues payments) were not counted and he did not approve our petition. 

The governance committee has incorporated changes that took into consideration several points of concern amongst the membership. The board is submitting this current draft for review by the membership. At the August 4 annual meeting of the membership, the board will take a vote by members in attendance, and their proxies, on whether or not to pursue a second vote. The process of taking a second vote would follow the same process last year: the draft amended covenants would be mailed to the membership two times, an open forum questions and answers session would be advertised and held for the membership to attend and discuss, and the vote would be conducted with a third-party receiving the ballots and counting the results. The estimated cost to remount the vote would be about $5000, depending on the size of the packet (there is an option to reduce the number of pages, reducing the mailing costs.)

Please take the time to review the attached DRAFT AMENDED COVENANTS OF THE ZAPATA HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION and please attend the annual meeting on Saturday, August 4.

Gate Location Review

The Board of Directors reviewed and discussed at length the possibility of moving the gate to a location at the entrance of the subdivision off of CO 150 at the February meeting. Among concerns commonly expressed are preventing dumping in the ZHA dumpster, preventing package theft and discouraging non-resident fishing in the lower lake.

Cost expenditures needed to relocate the gate include running electricity to the road; creating a new, substantial, fence and barrier to entry across a wide expanse that currently has no containment; rerouting entrance road patterns to funnel traffic through one gate; moving the post office boxes, and running fiber optic cable to power the security cameras. Estimates start at $68,000 and reach around $100,000. 

A project of this scope would require a special double assessment of the entire membership to pay for the project. Following discussion, the Board concluded that it would take decades to recover the cost of moving the gate to pay for extra dumpster pulls in the summer and fish in the pond. Security for parcel delivery has been achieved by relocating the parcel box to a location within the subdivision. The Board has decided not to pursue relocation of the gate at this time.

Home Fire Damage Prevention

The Zapata HOA is a member of the Firewise Communities and receives access to information provided by the parent organization - the National Fire Prevention Association.  They are doing a multi-part series on homeowner tips to help reduce and limit loss in the event of a fire.

This is the first article on addressing under-eave vulnerabilities for structures including home and garage. Click HERE to access the article.

Wildfire Preparedness Day Event

Thanks to the almost 30 ZHA neighbors who came out to learn about fire safety and prevention and to do wildfire mitigation on common property on Saturday, May 5!  The event covered a basic overview of fire season in our region and in Zapata specifically. Included in the event was an overview of tools and equipment that the Fire Committee has been assembling for use fighting or holding off brush fires while waiting for the arrival of the Mosca/Hooper Fire Department. Local forester Sam Scavo did a more extensive explanation of brush fire tools and their use, and helped Fire Committee chair John Barnes demonstrate the use of fire backpacks and our fire trailers. Members in attendance were able to test out the fire backpacks and the fire trailer sprayers. 

After the demonstration, members broke into teams and hauled over 10 large loads of slash away from common property roadsides to the burn pit.

The ZHA received a grant of $500 from State Farm to promote and support the event. Zapata is part of the Wildfire Communities, a project of the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association), and annual events such as our community day on May 5 fulfill our requirement to do outreach, education and fire prevention. The ZHA was one of 150 communities to receive grant money nationwide, and one of 15 in Colorado.

Thanks to Tony Oswald for the photos.