Friends of Daley Ranch Board Meeting Minutes

February 9, 2008


Present: Fred Woods, Sally Thomas, Rick Paul, Tracey Brown, Mike Whalen and Rick Mercurio


Fred opened the meeting at the home of Rick Paul at 10:30 a.m. Board members had begun the day by hiking into the ranch house for an up-close inspection of the house and the outbuildings. Much discussion centered around FODR’s goal of restoring the outbuildings. We discussed the presentation to the History Center meeting on Feb. 20, and Fred and Mike agreed to attend, possibly along with Sally. The importance of photos was emphasized. Sally moved to furnish funds for whatever photos would be needed for the presentation. Rick M. seconded and the motion passed unanimously. We also agreed to produce a legal size flyer folded into three segments for distribution at the meeting.  Tracey agreed to help with this. It will have bullets of the presentation, including the history of Daley Ranch, including FODR, the current situation with the deterioration of the barn and other buildings, and finally our goal of working together to fund and coordinate a restoration project. This handout will also include information about FODR and a membership application. A major goal of the History Center meeting will be to solicit their ideas, see what help they can offer, and move the project along. We may have large photos mounted as a display, and/or a photo album to pass around. This presentation may serve as a model for the Escondido Historic Preservation Commission’s “Preservation Fair” in April, where we hope to be present.


The Board agreed that our goal was to restore the outbuildings as follows:

  1. The time period would be their original construction era, circa 1920s

  2. They would contain furnishings, tools, etc. appropriate to that time period

  3. As much of the existing materials as possible would be retained

  4. Where needed for safety and liability issues, new materials may be needed

  5. The garage which has no foundation may need to have one built

  6. We would seek guidance from Architect Bob McQuead for sequence and scope


Fred said that the plant guides were just about gone. Rick M. moved to purchase 2400 more guides. Rick P. seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Tracey will look into getting the software for the guides so the printer can produce them.

We discussed the illegal encroachment onto Daley Ranch by ATVs, plus other illegal trail usage. We hope to have City staff attend our bi-monthly meetings at the train depot in order to keep communication going in both directions on all Daley Ranch issues.

Bear Valley Middle School students will be coming to Daley Ranch in April. Sally moved to pay for lunches for people involved with these school visits. Tracey seconded and the motion passed unanimously.


The next meeting will be at Sally’s home at 6 p.m. on February 21.


Respectfully submitted,

Rick Mercurio, Secretary