Columbus Grove Community Association has been closely following developments regarding potential asbestos exposure caused by debris from the Hangar fire.
Santa Ana winds have been blowing south-westwardly since last week, carrying ash and debris with it, and Columbus Grove is fortunate to be east of the Hangar. Thus far, we are yet to find debris within Columbus Grove; however, if you do happen to find debris, DO NOT TOUCH IT. Please report it to the City of Tustin’s call center at (714) 426-2444 or at their online reporting portal
. Once you’ve done so, please notify us here at the Management office as well by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This morning, November 14, OCFA held the first of several daily Cooperators meeting for stakeholders at Tustin City Council Chambers. Present were representatives from the Navy, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Air Quality Management District (AQMD), Orange County Health Care Agency, and other organizations tasked to help lead the public remediation efforts. AQMD advised that asbestos testing was performed on three elements: debris, deposition fall out (like ash), and an active sampler for small particle that can be breathed in. While initial debris tested positive for asbestos, deposition fall out showed trace asbestos, and the active sampler detected no asbestos. With no debris found or reported so far and little to no ash observed throughout the community, Columbus Grove's exposure risk is low. Nonetheless, to practice an abundance of caution, the HOA will be suspending certain activities, like mowing and leaf blowing, that may aerosolize asbestos fibers (if present) until further notice. Single-family homes with their own yards are recommended to do the same and ask their landscapers to refrain from mowing or using a leaf blower.
AQMD will perform additional air samplings, and the City of Irvine will be doing testing nearby at Sweet Shade Park to continue to monitor exposure risks. Meanwhile, Columbus Grove will continue to follow developments and is ready to act as needed. Any pertinent information will be shared with the community as we receive updates and information from OCFA and the daily Cooperators' meetings.
If you have any questions that don't pertain to Columbus Grove specifically, please call City of Tustin’s dedicated call center at (714) 426-2444 between 7 AM and 7 PM daily.
Please see Tustin's community resource page below for tips on reducing exposure risk, information on what kind of debris needs to be reported, road and park closure lists, updates, and general information:
This winter, we are remodeling the pool decks, beginning with Grove Pool on the Tustin side.
Beginning November 1st, Grove Pool will be closed for capital improvements through late January. The nearly three-month closure is due to the scale and scope of work being performed. Each body of water will be replastered with new tiles, underwater lighting and skimmers; the concrete deck will be replaced with interlocking pavers and new drainage grates; the wooden trellises will be replaced with Elitewood Ultra, an aluminum-alternative to wood, identical to what we installed at Sweet Shade earlier this year; finally, the bathrooms and the wrought iron fencing will be repainted.
Those wishing to use the pool, spa, or wader during this time are encouraged to go to the Sweet Shade pool on the Irvine side of the community at 18 Sweet Shade, Irvine 92606. Pool hours will remain 6 AM - 10 PM.
The project timeline may be impacted by the County's permit and review process. If there are any changes to this schedule, we communicate them accordingly.
We look forward to welcoming you back to use the facilities Grove pool soon and sincerely appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation in the meantime.