Friends of Daley Ranch Board Meeting Minutes

March 20, 2008

Present: Fred Woods, Sally Thomas, Irene O’Neill, Tracey Brown, Mike Whalen, Rick Paul, Carol Stanford, and Rick Mercurio

     Fred opened the meeting at 7 p.m. at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park, Escondido. The minutes from the February meeting were approved unanimously after a motion by Rick P. and a second by Irene. Irene gave the treasurer’s report: we have $3816 in the checking account and $80 in cash and checks. The investment account figures were unavailable. Barbara Lockwood from the City spoke to the Board about current conditions on the ranch.

     Mike reported on his recent lunch meeting with architect Bob McQuead, who presented a preliminary list of steps to take in the effort to restore the outbuildings at the ranch. Mike said that Bob is excited to be working with us on the project, and was willing to donate some of his time to help, including some “hands on” work. Some of the first steps should include shoring up the “garage,” stopping the decay, cleaning debris, grading the dirt around the structures, and stabilizing the buildings. Sally moved to reimburse Fred the $50 for the lunch meeting; Rick M. seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

     Rick P met with City officials who will be looking into liability issues as the restoration project unfolds. Jay will research this and said he would put the project on a future City Council agenda. Issues include possible building permits, safety measures, access to the structures, and transporting volunteers to the site. We need to mobilize people who have skills to help with the work. The History Center seems anxious to assist in this effort. Rick P. has already led a work party which diverted drainage paths around some of the structures. He said we also need to move dirt that is touching the wood siding inside the barn, but we first need permission to enter.

     We need more plant guides. Tracey has asked Jeanne for the “master” in order to print more copies. Rick P. has been in charge of the new Daley Ranch tee-shirts, which he and others plan to sell at the La Honda parking lot on March 29. One board member, who wishes to remain anonymous, has offered to match the first $500 raised from the sale of the tee shirts. The rest of the Board was extremely appreciative of this generosity!

     Fred reminded the Board of the April 12 Preservation Fair sponsored by the City’s Historic Preservation Commission. FODR will participate by setting up a small display table and having 5 minutes to speak about our group.

     Sally prepared a letter to be sent to the property owners who abut Daley Ranch about the importance of using only official entrances and staying on the legal trails. We discussed the merits of sending this letter by itself vs. joining forces with a letter from City. Sally will investigate the City’s intentions by contacting Tony Smock.

     Fred said that Tena Scruggs wants to become active with FODR. In particular she wants to enlist the efforts of young people. She also has Engleman oak seedlings that could be planted around the area. Fred will stay in touch with Tena.

     The Board wishes to participate in Grape Day on Sept. 6. Rick M. moved to pay the $35 fee for a booth. Mike seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

     The next meeting will be April 17 at Irene’s home.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Mercurio, Secretary