Friends of Daley Ranch Board Minutes

June 18, 2014
Present: Fred Woods, Mike Whalen, Jerry Harmon, Jim Schafer, Rick Mercurio and guest Peter Benson
Minutes and Treasurerís Report: Fred opened the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park, Escondido. Mike moved to adopt the minutes from the May meeting. Fred seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Rick Paul will email his treasurerís report. Mike delivered to Rick P cash from the iron ranger plus all the mail and bank statements. Jim moved to reimburse Rick M $156.18 for printing and postage costs for the spring newsletter. Mike seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Fred said that after he spoke to City Hall staff, the $250 deposit for the Sept. 25 candidate forum was waived. Fred also said that he sent in the fee for FODRís booth at Grape Day on Sept. 6. He is awaiting a quote from Golden State for printing costs for the plant guides, and will see if a greater quantity order will reduce the per-piece cost. He is still trying to locate Janene Colby to obtain the original plates.
Creek Permit Process: Peter explained how he has spent a great deal of time exploring the options and procedures related to obtaining permits to shore up the creekbed behind the utility buildings. Peter consulted with City staff and other experts in trying to cut through all the red tape. Despite his efforts, the cost and complications involved in trying to secure the needed permits has proved problematic, Peter said. Some estimates for the permits and environmental impact reports reached tens of thousands of dollars. Instead, FODR plans to move the buildings eastward, away from the creek, making the creek bank project unnecessary. Jerry moved to officially forego the permitting efforts and to thank Peter for all his work. This will pave the way for Peter to in turn thank all the people who assisted him in his efforts. Mike seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. The Board truly is grateful to Peter for all the time and energy that he put into this project.
Building Restoration: Jim explained that he and Peter and Dick were using new cedar fencing material made to look original and authentic for use on the floor of the foremanís quarters. Those boards were placed over the OSB flooring. We still need to finish protecting the exterior siding and making it match the coloration scheme. The Board further discussed the process of moving the other buildings eastward, as well as strengthening the garage building.
Shuttle, Ranch House, Displays: The City staff is still considering FODRís three part proposal to restore shuttle service on Sundays, provide docents for the public to enjoy the ranch house, and to proceed with creating interpretive displays. Joyce Masterson emailed FODR on June 16, explaining that she has contacted Redwood Terrace to see if they are interested in providing shuttle service once again. Once she gets a response she said she would get back to us on the entire proposal.
Professional Photos of Daley Ranch: Rick M explained that Sandra Zelasko, a professional photographer, displayed images of the ranch as part of the Ecosystems of San Diego County exhibit at the Balboa Park museum earlier this year. She is offering to collaborate with FODR to display the photos and possibly to market them. Rick M will contact her to see if we may work out the details, including prices and multiple prints. He also wondered whether FODR might sponsor another Daley Ranch photo contest to spur interest in the ranch and to enhance our website.
Youth Outreach: Fred and Rick M will be presenting to the Escondido Rotary on July 8 to promote our student field trip program. Rick M has already submitted a grant proposal to them. Another grant for the school visits, sponsored by the San Diego Foundation, was denied after we had made the first cut. Jerry reiterated his hopes to work together with other environmental groups to help get at-risk youth outdoors.
El Caballo Park: Rick P has notified the Board of a celebratory event at El Caballo Park from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on July 27. ďA Day in the ParkĒ will be family friendly, featuring pony rides, food trucks, and information from various community organizations. The Board agreed to sponsor a booth for the event, and we will work out logistics at our July meeting.
Newsletter: Rick M reminded the Board that our next newsletter should come out on August 1. He will submit two items: the shuttle/ranch house/interpretive proposal to the City, and information and the images of the photos from Zelasko. Jim agreed to provide an update on the restoration project and a photo or two. Fred will write a presidentís message that will include mention of our presence at Grape Day.
Next Meeting: The next regular meeting will be July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Escondido home of Jerry.
Respectfully submitted,
Rick Mercurio, secretary