Association honors committee members

The Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors took time at its first meeting of the new year to honor those who have served the community. Seven members who have served on committees during the past year were honored Jan. 7, many of them retiring after several years of service on committees. Two members were committee chairs.
“What we have this year are several members of committees who are retiring,” Manager Pete Smith said. “They’ve been doing what’s fair for the community and we want to thank them.”
Association President Bill Beckman agreed. “We have an exceptional community and I want to thank all that served,” he said. “We need to recognize the work that is being done and this is a start. I’m hoping, of course, that many of these people will move from one committee to another or perhaps the board.”
One of the honorees was Gerry Block, a member of the Planning Committee from 2007 to 2009, who served as chair in 2008 and 2009. John Ingalls was a member of the Road and Traffic Committee for two terms from 2004 to 2009 and served as chair for during 2008 and 2009. “It’s a great town,” said Block, who received a plaque and shirt complete with a Rancho Santa Fe logo. “I’ll be glad to serve again.”
Other committee members honored were Foxanna Foxx, Murray Hutchinson, Henry Ingersoll, Patty Queen and Bill Schlosser.
Vice President Kim Higgins made if official when she made a motion “ … to thank Gerry Block, Roxanna Foxx, Murray Hutchinson, John Ingalls, Henry Ingersoll, Patty Queen, and Bill Schlosser for their service to the Association, and to present Gerry Block and John Ingalls with awards for leadership as the Planning and Road and Traffic Committee Chairs.” The motion passed unanimously.
In other Association news, the annual Board Retreat is scheduled for Jan. 19 at the Golf Club. At the retreat, the board outlines its goals for the upcoming year and establishes priorities. The meeting is open to the public. Covenant Administrator Ivan Holler said that the board would receive the Osuna Master Plan, the new plan for the Village Parks and an update on the plan for underground utilities.
Resident Ann Boone asked the board to reconsider art jury requirements for playground equipment. The installation of playground equipment is considered “minor construction,” and Boone suggested that it be amended to “major construction.” She also asked that setbacks for playground equipment be more rigorously enforced. Manager Pete Smith said that matter would be referred to the art jury.
The next Association meeting is the retreat on Jan. 19 followed by a regular meeting on Jan. 21.

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