MARCH 10, 2005

Present: Sally Thomas, Irene O’Neill, Carol Stanford, Fred Woods, Rick Mercurio and Tony Smock from the City

Sally opened the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park, Escondido. Tony began by discussing the proposed developments regarding the ranch house and its surrounding outbuildings. Tony’s hope is for an outdoor restroom facility that has 2-4 stalls so that hikers, equestrians and bikers may use them as well as ranch house visitors. Concerns include a need for water storage for the bathrooms as well as a required sprinkler system in the ranch house and on its roof for fire safety. FODR asked Tony and the City to come up with a brief synopsis of specific proposals with their implications for all of the development possibilities. We want to know exactly what we are being asked to consider so that FODR can offer meaningful input. Tony said the City welcomes all ideas, including “hybrids” of various plans. They would like FODR’s position in writing on modifications with pros and cons. We agreed on our basic positions at our February retreat meeting.

After much discussion the Board decided to sponsor a large, open meeting in order for our input as well as that from other local organizations, whom we will invite. Two possible dates for this event are April 5 and 7, from 4-6 p.m. Tony will look into the availability of the Mitchell Room or the Park View room or any other location. The Board discussed plans for this meeting, including bringing in large photos of the ranch house and the other sites nearby that are affected. Sally moved to spend as much as $100 on this meeting. Rick seconded and it passed unanimously.

Other expenditures unanimously approved were

  1. Maximum $60 for up to 30 Daley Ranch plant guides to be given to winners of the Earth Day poster contest sponsored by the Escondido Citizens’ Ecology Committee, because the theme this year involves the benefits of native plants.

  2. The Board also approved $100 maximum for the photo contest award ceremony sponsored by Daley Ranch Volunteer Association.

  3. The Board authorized payment for a booth at this September’s Grape Day event.

Irene reported that the treasury of FODR has a balance of $14,406.57.

The next meeting will be April 14 at the Valley Center home of Rick Mercurio. He will provide dinner, which begins at 6:30. Strategic planning for FODR will be top agenda item, along with possibilities for a general membership event. Rick will email directions to his home before this meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Mercurio