Friends of Daley Ranch Board Meeting Minutes

October 18, 2007

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

Fred called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Rick Mercurio. September minutes were approved as written.

Irene gave the treasurer’s report. We have $7159 on hand in the checking account and over $13,025 in the investment account. Irene moved to reimburse Sally $184.67 for expenses incurred related to the recent newsletter, including printing, stamps and envelopes. Rick M. seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Under old business we were reminded that Irene will lead the Oasis group on a hike October 28 at 9:30. Fred will join her with the picture board.

Under new business Rick P. shared a draft Investment Policy Statement in order to make official FODR’s policies on our financial funds. The Board agreed that we ought to take $5000 from our current checking account and invest it in a higher yield return. Rick P. will consider this, and the fact that all our investment is in a single fund at present, and he will return to a future board meeting with a revised statement for our consideration. The Board was very pleased with the performance of the current fund. Irene noted that it had been a few years since FODR had donated a gift to the ranch, and we discussed possibilities of using some funds for this purpose.

Jerry reported on his recent meeting with Jay Petrek of the City. Apparently the owners of both Sager Ranch, adjacent to Daley Ranch on the east, and the Von Seggren properties near Lake Wohlford, are exploring the possibilities of annexing to Escondido. The Sager owners already have a specific development plan in a preliminary stage. Some of the property would be “restored” to natural habitat, with clustered housing in other locations. The Board hopes to keep a close eye on these potential threats to Daley Ranch. Jerry also noted that Jay and the City were amenable to helping coordinate a tour of the Von Seggren property for both the FODR and TECC boards, as the latter has decided to focus more on the upstream regions of Escondido Creek which include the Daley Ranch and Lake Wohlford areas. Jerry also proposed a meeting of the FODR board with the Buddhist monks at the Deer Park Monastery which adjoins Daley Ranch to the west. The Board suggested a date on a Saturday.

Mike also met with Jay Petrek as well as with Bob McQuead, the architect heading the ranch house restoration. They were both enthusiastic about the possibilities of restoring the outbuildings near the ranch house. A first step is to halt the further deterioration of the old structures. Fred will meet with Tony Smock about minor grading to divert runoff away from the buildings and to trim brush away from them also. Mike will attempt to photograph the structures inside and out, with permission and assistance from the City. Rick M. will follow up on his contact with Wendy Barker of the History Center. He will ask for any photos of the original structures they may have. He will also inquire into the possibilities of a meeting with the History Center volunteers, seeking their expertise, and perhaps opening a future meeting to the public. It was suggested that some of the old timbers that will be removed from the ranch house might be used in the outbuilding restoration project.

Mike and Sally both were interested in the possibility of FODR emulating Hell Hole Canyon’s fundraising event at Stone Brewery which is slated for Sunday, October 28.

Next meetings: Board meeting at the Train Depot on Nov. 15 at 7:30. No meeting in December. Retreat meeting on Saturday, February 9 at the home of Rick Paul.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Mercurio, Secretary