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Rancho Santa Fe Association news briefs

RANCHO SANTA FE — Horizon Church is planning an observance of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, said Pete Smith, Covenant manager to the Rancho Santa Fe Association at its Sept. 1 meeting.
Smith said the event was originally planned for the Inn, but as the idea grew, so did the number of people who planned to attend. Organizers decided to move the event to the church where there’s more room.
“They are expecting about 2,000 people,” Smith said.
The Night of Hope candlelight service will take place at 5 p.m. at the church. The special outdoor service will recognize the heroic efforts of fire and law enforcement.
Musical guests include Crystal Lewis, The Mike Clark Band and The Katinas. The church is at 6365 El Apajo Rd. in Rancho Santa Fe.
Also at the meeting, Ivan Holler, Covenant administrator, told the Association that the project of converting property records from paper to digital files is coming right along.
“We are still scanning documents and we will continue to refine that as we go along,” Holler said. Some of the larger items have been sent off site for processing.
The Association last year approved the project of storing documents electronically, so the staff was tasked with finding a suitable storage company, buying the proper equipment needed to undertake the arduous project of scanning nearly 80 years of paper records into the system.
Holler also told the board that the county plans for repairing at least two of the roads in Rancho Santa Fe have been put on hold for a while. The news did not please board members.
“After the heavy rains last year, our roads continue to deteriorate,” said Dick Doughty, vice president. “They are in really bad shape and some of them are the worst in the county.”
At the meeting Smith told the board that the Art Jury nominating committee is now in place and looking for candidates who are interested in serving.
“Anyone interested in serving should contact the Association,” Smith said.
Director Dick Doughty of the under grounding committee reported to the board that it is ready to start the project as soon as some of the members of the community are ready.
A recent survey indicated that community members were lukewarm about proceeding with the project
Of the June 20 survey, out of the 778 returned of the more than 1,700 sent, the majority was not enthusiastic about the project.
When asked if residents would be willing to pay for the under grounding of the utilities, 204 replied they would and 478 said they would not.
Residents need to understand that this is an expensive proposition and will not happen overnight, Doughty said.
“It will not happen in two or three years. It will happen over 20 years, in bits and pieces,” he said.
The survey, which identifies people by their address, shows there are pockets of those who are interested in under grounding.
“Maybe we can get at least one district ready to go by years end,” Doughty said.