RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association board of directors approved a lot split on the Osuna property at the Jan. 21 meeting.
Parcel 1, on the southern portion of the site, is 3.3 gross acres with a 10,500-square-foot single-family residence. Parcel 2 encompasses the remainder of the 24.6 acres, which contains a majority of the horse keeping facilities as well as the Osuna Adobe.
The debate centered around whether the smaller parcel should be allowed two or three horses on the property. The Art Jury recommended two horses; Director Tim Sullivan wanted three. “It makes the property more desirable for a buyer with horses,” Sullivan insisted. In the end, Sullivan, an avid horse lover, simply didn’t have the support of the board and the lot was split as recommended by staff and the Art Jury.
The directors also approved a renovation on the Osuna apartment, which is used by the ranch foreman. The renovation is necessary to make it habitable and will not exceed $15,000.
Associate Planner Liz Avalon provided an update on the California Highway Patrol contract for overtime enforcement. The Association has an agreement with the CHP for 20 hours of overtime per week to help supplement the regular enforcement provided by the CHP and Sheriff’s Department. The overtime workers help deter speed violators in the Ranch as well as those talking or texting on cell phones while driving. President Bill Beckman thanked the CHP officers. “We appreciate all that you do,” he said.
However, Director Deb Plummer expressed concern that officers should focus on safety first and not, what she called “nuisance tickets.”
“Since we (Association residents) are paying for this, we should direct what our priorities are,” Beckman agreed.
Manager Pete Smith agreed and there will be further discussion in the near future. The directors also agreed to purchase a new patrol vehicle to replace a vehicle that now has more than 93,000 miles.
At the meeting, Chief Financial Officer Steve Comstock gave a financial update on the Association. According to Comstock, the Association is operating with a $900,000 surplus. “Considering the economic times we live in, this is very good news,” he said. Even the Golf Club, which was a big economic concern to the Association just last year, is operating in the black. “This is an excellent report card from Steve Nordstrom,” said Comstock. Nordstrom manages the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.
The biggest area of concern, per Comstock’s report, was the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. Enrollments are down and dues don’t cover the costs of operating the club. “We’ve got to take a good, hard look at this,” Comstock said.
The next Association meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4.