Friends of Daley Ranch Board Meeting Minutes

Oct. 16, 2008


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

     Fred opened the meeting at 7 p.m. at Mike’s home. Minutes from the Sept. meeting were approved by acclamation. Rick P. delivered the treasurer’s report, indicating a grand total of $19,111 in all accounts. He reported that our investment is down reflecting the national economic downturn, though we are still ahead since starting the fund. The Board was in agreement to make no changes at this time. Fred has been emptying the iron ranger and restocking the plant guides. The latest average donation per guide is $1.08. We also “discovered” another box of guides, so we are doing well. Rick Paul moved to expend $100 for our annual CRN dues. Mike seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

     Fred is still intending to meet with architect Bob McQuead to discuss next steps on the restoration of the outbuildings. Fred said he met two people who are willing to help us with this project. They have skills and experience as contractors and commercial plumbers. Mike knows a roofer who might help. The Board discussed what sort of landscaping would be appropriate around the ranch house. We agreed that native plants would be best, and could serve as an educational showcase for visitors. A native planting area could be established, for example, on the slope to the east of the ranch house, where an orchard once stood. But we also noted that if the area immediately adjacent to the ranch house were to be historically accurate, some non-natives would be right.

     Carol reminded folks about a visit to the Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden on Oct. 25. The group agreed to carpool for this informational visit.

     Rick P. reminded us that the City had voted “silently” to move $700,000 from the D.R. mitigation sales account to fund the restoration of the ranch house, a project long supported by FODR. Rick M. moved to send a “thank you” to the City Council for this action. Mike seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Rick P. agreed to do this.

     It was noted that Del Dios Middle School students would be visiting the ranch on Nov. 13. Two groups from Bear Valley Middle School will visit during the first week of April. Fred wants to encourage participation from Hidden Valley Middle School as well. Sally moved to pay for lunches for the volunteers and the rangers who help out with these school visits. Carol seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

     Sally said the Escondido Creek Watershed Alliance JPA has $52 million available in bond money for restoration projects. At the moment Daley Ranch is not in the boundaries for the Alliance, even though geographically most of the ranch lands are indeed in the Escondido Creek watershed. Sally said she would contact Lori Vereker from the City to discuss how the JPA might relate to Daley Ranch.

   Fred explained that most grant applications require submission of the group’s budget. We discussed advantages of establishing at least a basic budget. Rick P. said he is willing to do this. It would demonstrate that FODR has a record of dealing with money, and he will examine FODR’s past record of income and expenditures. All agreed with this. Sally said that FODR also needs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City in order for us to be eligible for grants. With it, we could leverage the money that the City already spends for conservation purposes. Sally said she would pursue this with the City.

     The next meeting is at the Train Depot on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. We will not have a December meeting. Rick P. will host the following meeting on Jan. 24.


Respectfully submitted,

Rick Mercurio, Secretary