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Overton discusses internal enhancements to Association

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the last Rancho Santa Fe Association board of directors meeting, Association manager Bill Overton discussed how they have made a distinct shift to run its operations as a business.

He wanted to remind everyone in attendance that the Association is a corporate board and a nonprofit, which also makes it restrictive regarding certain issues.

Overton then briefly highlighted The Davis-Stirling Act, a community association law, which implements the governance of Californians who were part of community associations.

“And we have to abide by all those rules and the bylaws in running this as much as possible, like a business,” he said. “One of the things that we’ve done very recently in next year’s budget is appropriate funds to have a communications manager.”

Overton told the board and its members that he believed that discussions would be facilitated much smoother in the future with the assistance of a communications manager.

There are a lot of rumors out there, he said, which aren’t true.

“I hope if we communicate better, we’ll keep you informed and a lot of these issues will flow more smoothly in the future,” Overton said.

Overton reported how the Association has appropriated funds for a human resources director. According to Overton, it has 140 employees between the Association and the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.

“I’ve basically been your manager and human resources director,” he said. “We need someone to come in and help us on a variety of levels, and thankfully, the board approved that. I’m happy to report that we have interviewed extensively for this and have had great candidates.”

Overton went on to say that he has already made offers for these future positions.

Its new communications manager will begin July 1 and its human resources director will begin at around the same timeframe.

“These are foundational items that I think will allow us to serve you better in the future and I’m very pleased with that,” he said.

Before coming to a close, Overton said that the RSF Fire Department had plans to speak at the meeting. However, due to the high volume of agenda items, this was not possible. Overton directed members to visit the RSF Fire Department website for extensive information regarding defensible space and steps one could take to help safeguard their homes in the event of possible Santa Ana winds and potential fires.

The fire department is on hand for complimentary inspections while suggesting fire safety tips for preparations.