The Coast News Group

More funds go to Osuna Ranch

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association voted at its Feb. 3 meeting to approve an additional expenditure of $20,500 to complete the drainage work and establish a contingency to cover any additional project costs at Osuna Ranch.
“The installation of the water line at Osuna is 90 percent complete for the most part without incident,” said Ivan Holler, covenant administrator. “We are pleased about that. The driveway portion should start soon.”
The Osuna Ranch was purchased several years ago with Open Space Funds for just under $12 million. Its purpose was to be an equestrian facility and historical center for the community.
In May 2010, the Osuna Committee asked for $150,000 for funding for portions of Phase One of the Osuna Master Plan. It was to be used mostly to satisfy the county requirements for a major use permit for the planned lot split. Also the fire department wanted the main driveway to accommodate a fire engine and they also wanted a fire hydrant, an 8-inch waterline and a backflow prevention device.
In addition, some of the money was used for relocating the electrical meters.
Although the bids for the work came in at about $147,000, the final engineering drawings also include the installation of three catch basins and a drain at the north end of the main barn in an area that was inundated during the recent rains. The bid to complete this original work is $13,440.
The Osuna Committee was also asking for an additional $10,000 to be added for any unforeseeable project related costs, bringing the revised project cost to $170,500 coming from Open Space Funds.