Friends of Daley Ranch Board Minutes

September 21, 2016


Present:  Fred Woods, Rick Paul, Jerry Harmon, Dick Althouse, Jim Schafer, Su Scott, and guest Kevin Barnard. 

Fred opened the meeting at 7 p.m. at Dick’s home.

Land Acquisition Efforts:  Kevin Barnard from the Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) gave the board an excellent overview of TECC, its history and methodology for land acquisition.  The vital importance of wildlife corridors in fulfilling multiple species habitat conservation and water shed preservation in general to North County and specifically to Daley Ranch were discussed as they relate to land acquisition.  Kevin gave a Power Point presentation, and then specifically addressed the Board’s many questions regarding the process of fund raising and purchasing parcels. 

The Board thanked Kevin and agreed to continue to pursue a collaborative effort with TECC in this matter. 

Minutes and Treasurer’s Report:  Jim moved to approve the minutes from the August meeting.  Jerry seconded and the motion passed unanimously. 

Jim passed to Rick P the cash collected from the iron rangers. 

Grape Day Discovery Festival:  Fred reminded the group that Colleen still needs volunteers to man the FODR Booth October 1st. 

SD Foundation sponsored “Weaving Movements: Love for The Land”:  Fred noted that this event is being held at the Ranch House and encouraged board members to consider attending.

Annual Picnic for FODR Membership:  Still scheduled for November 13th.  Colleen has written an article that will appear in the upcoming newsletter.

Corporate Resolution regarding brokerage account:  As follow up to the August 17th meeting and Rick P’s continued work on this matter, Jim moved to place the funds into the new brokerage account evenly divided within the funds Rick P suggested.  Jerry seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Land Acquisition:  Due to the very recent and extremely generous bequest of a long-time supporter of Daley Ranch, the FODR board has been considering how to best support the Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) efforts to improve habitat and connectivity for wildlife in general, and specifically as it relates to Daley Ranch.  Rick Mercurio has been working with TECC on this matter.  As such, Jim made a motion, Jerry seconded, and it was passed unanimously for FODR to provide a $1 match for every $1 donated, up to $50,000 towards Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) current efforts in acquiring two parcels of land. 

Rick Mercurio will work with TECC on the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) regarding this matter. 

Newsletter:  The headline article will feature the property acquisition campaign in general and specifically the role FODR is playing as one of Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) supporters.  Additionally, Colleen will submit an article regarding the upcoming Annual Picnic.  The spotlight article regarding Diania, our native American expert, will be postponed until the next quarterly newsletter.  

La Honda Drive Entry Kiosk & Stanley Peak Signs:  Jim has spoken with Dan Hippert and discussed upgrading with ultraviolet protected vandalism resistant clear polycarbonate on all four panels on the kiosk.  This would include building and installing hinged window box type frames, each with a padlock.  Additionally, they discussed changing the pair of panoramic signs on top of Stanley Peak to laser cut steel plates.  Vandalism with an axe has made even clear polycarbonate protection impractical. 

Next Meeting:  Is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Train Depot.

Respectfully submitted,

Jim Schafer (for Rick Mercurio, Secretary)