Daley Ranch Board Minutes
August 20, 2014
Present: Board Members Fred Woods, Mike Whalen, Rick Paul, Jim Schafer,
and Rick Mercurio; guests Dan Hippert, Colleen Mackinnon, Peter Benson and
Minutes and Treasurer’s
Fred opened the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park,
Escondido. The minutes from the July meeting were approved by acclamation.
Rick P submitted his treasurer’s report. Mike presented a spreadsheet
showing the income from the iron ranger since he began supervising it four
years ago. The Board thanked Mike for his good work. Mike moved to reimburse
Rick M $175.16 for printing and postage expenses related to the summer
newsletter and the flyer for the utility buildings. Rick P seconded and the
motion passed unanimously. Brian initiated a discussion about the wisdom and
even legality of placing some of our assets in an investment fund, which has
the potential to rise and fall in value over time, as opposed to all funds
going into a CD or bank savings account. Also discussed was the policy of
how much money FODR saves rather than spends on an ongoing basis. Most
agreed that our present policies are prudent, allowing income higher than
inflation and providing a relatively high degree of security while
maintaining a sizable asset for future use. Peter suggested that Brian look
into the legal question that Brian raised.
Jim reported that the foreman’s quarters is virtually completed. He
distributed photos of its new “furnishings,” including a stove, a cabinet,
flooring, and a porch bench. It still needs some finishing touches. The
next big project will be raising the adjoining structure and placing it on a
firm foundation, while strengthening it. After that, we hope to re-build the
subsequent structure that is presently disassembled and stored. It will be
located slightly east of its previous spot. Rick M said that he submitted a
cover letter to Supervisor Roberts’ office as a first step in applying for a
NRP grant for our restoration project plus three informational signs.
Roberts’ staffer Brett Fisher responded positively to this letter and said
she looked forward to helping us. Jim researched signs, and favors the use
of a high quality product now used by the San Dieguito River Valley
Conservancy. He shared photos of such signs taken near the Sikes Adobe/Mule
Hill area. The Board approved of this plan. Rick M will now work on the full
Fred said that FODR will be receiving the $1000 grant from Escondido Rotary
for the visits. He also shared the school calendar with the Board and Dan in
order to secure possible dates. It was agreed that Tuesdays and Wednesdays
from late February through April of 2015, other than spring break and
testing times, would work. Fred will work with the school district to secure
funding for busses, but the Board stated its willingness to pay for schools
which otherwise would not be able to afford them. Fred and Dan reminded
everyone that volunteers who interact with the public are required to be
fingerprinted and take a first aid class, all at the City’s expense. Fred
said that a “Cox Cares” grant could provide more funds for the visit. He
will email Rick M the link.
City Report from
Dan: The Board thanked Dan for
attending our meeting and for all his hard work.
Dan said that the City has now “fully
staffed” the rangers for Dixon Lake and Daley Ranch, including some upward
mobility into leadership positions.
Ranch House docents and
shuttle: He said the City is in the
planning stages of opening up the ranch house to the public for one Sunday
per month. They will sponsor these events in cooperation with FODR and the
Daley Ranch Volunteers, who may provide docents. In addition he said the
City is looking for a vendor to provide shuttle service from the parking lot
to the ranch house on the same Sundays the house is open. The Board
expressed its gratitude to the City for this progress, and also its hope
that the interpretive display proposal will also be approved.
Brian asked Dan about the problem of
cyclists speeding along the trails, endangering families and hikers. Brian
favors more speed limit signs. Others mentioned the problems of smokers and
dogs off leash. Dan said the rangers use an “educational approach” to
enforcement, but do cite violators after the first warning. Dan also said he
would like to require all bikers to dismount before passing through the main
gate. Rick P reminded everyone that FODR favors rules signs in Spanish.
Rick P asked Dan about the lack of meetings for
the Daley Ranch Volunteer Association, adding that this group has nearly
$10,000 in funds ready to use for interpretive displays. Rick P also said
those meetings had provided good communication and idea sharing among the
docents. Dan acknowledged this concern and believes that improvements will
be in store for the volunteer program.
FODR is a co-sponsor of a candidate forum on Sept. 25, which will be
moderated by the League of Women Voters and hosted by the Escondido
Roundtable. Fred, Rick M and Jerry normally attend Roundtable meetings. The
City will charge $17 per hour to videotape the forum for broadcast on cable
TV. Rick M moved that FODR pay for this fee, not to exceed $75 total. Fred
seconded and the motion passed with four yes votes, Rick P abstaining. Tony
Endress, who chairs the Roundtable, is seeking to provide signing and
translating for the forum. Some Board members questioned the practicality of
both these services. It will be discussed at the Roundtable meeting on
Colleen has been busy researching information to use for a Wikipedia entry
for Daley Ranch. She read her draft article to the Board, and took some
suggestions. She has already employed 19 sources of information, and she
welcomes more input. More work is necessary for following steps in the
procedure. The Board agreed that she is doing a terrific job, and thanked
her for her efforts.
Plant signs, SD
Mike said that he has been in contact with Ranger Kathy Boyd, who is in
charge of Eagle Scout projects, and she believes they may be very interested
in the idea of repairing and/or replacing our plant signs along the trails.
He will follow up on this.
Rick P announced that the San Diego Foundation will have a lunch program
featuring its new president on September 12. Board members are welcome, and
Fred indicated he may attend.
Linda Shipman, who has done an outstanding job as FODR’s Facebook liaison,
will be out of town for a couple months this fall. Colleen graciously agreed
to take over this job until Linda returns. The Board thanked her for this.
The next meeting will be Sept. 17 at the home of Dick Althouse at 6 p.m.
Fred and Rick M will be absent for the October meeting.
Rick Mercurio, secretary