Friends of Daley Ranch Board Minutes

April 14, 2005

Present: Sally Thomas, Jerry Harmon, Carol Stanford, Fred Woods, Rick Mercurio

Sally opened the meeting at 8:15 p.m. at the home of Rick Mercurio. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved as corrected. Rick moved and Jerry seconded to approve two expenditures: $50 to Irene for FODR’s post office box annual fee, and $45.10, $27,97 and $4.03 to Fred for the large photos of the ranch house and their display. Motion was approved unanimously.

The ranch house was the major topic; the City had held a workshop earlier this day to gather input on this issue and FODR was well represented. After much board discussion the consensus for the official FODR position was as follows:

n Utilize the ranch house as an interpretive center 3-4 days per week

n Locate the ADA ramp on the south side of the porch, leaving the front view intact.

n Use the house’s front room as the center with displays.

n Allow small-scale events at the house, possibly 20 people at a time.

n Build a small restroom facility in the current garage with ADA access; no more than two stalls per gender.

n Utilize a ranger or possibly a volunteer docent to monitor the interpretive center.

n No additional road improvements between the main entrance to Daley Ranch and the ranch house.

n No night meetings at the ranch house; use only dawn to dusk.

n Allow space for research at the ranch house.

n Reserve space for FODR storage and FODR meetings.

n Take necessary steps to prevent the further deterioration of the barn and other outbuildings near the ranch house.

n At a later time FODR could take the lead in renovating the older residence on the bank to the east across from the house; this must be accomplished with historic accuracy.

n FODR would take the lead in creating the interpretive center. We could fund raise, plus harness the energy of our own members as well as other community groups to make the educational displays. Possible partners include Audubon, Sierra Club, Native Plant Society, Ecology Committee, and the Historical Society.

Fred agreed to compose a letter expressing these ideas to the City and to other groups who were invited to the City workshop.


In other business, Jerry announced the meeting of the Escondido Creek Watershed Alliance on May 9 at 2 p.m. at Encinitas City Hall. Gary Gallegos of SANDAG will speak about “Prop. A” funds for habitat mitigation. FODR may have an opportunity to tap this resource, and Jerry and other board members hope to attend. Carol announced that the Daley Ranch Volunteer Association is holding a silent auction and pancake breakfast on May 14 to raise funds for trail improvement.

The board agreed to schedule a half-day Saturday to discuss our own FODR Strategic Planning on either September 17 or 24. We also discussed ideas for a general meeting to take the place of the annual BBQ. Some expressed a desire to make it a program with Rich Halsey about the role of fire, open space and habitat. We welcome other ideas for this general meeting.

The board agreed to donate Daley Ranch plant guides to the winners of the Earth Day poster contest. Carol is also preparing native plant seed packets for the winners.

The next board meeting will be May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Train Depot.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Mercurio, secretary