Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting, 5/6/10
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- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Paul Vincze, Jenel Vincze, Ronald
Monahan, Sam Drake, Mario Blaum, Ed Jackson.
- Ed said last week workers were taking out blackberry bushes
along Manila Drive. The neighbors weren't notified and did not want the
blackberries taken out. The California Conservation Corps was doing the
work. The blackberries are non-native. They were being removed because
they are an invasive species.
- Mike has a work day the third Tuesday of each month at
Teresa Park. The last time at the Bernal Ranch, behind the caretaker's
house, there was a concern that they may have cleared too much
vegetation and too close to the Water District property, which is the
Coyote-Alamitos Canal. Mike and Roland only did what Drew Merry said to
do. There are now guidelines for the monthly Tuesday work days. They
must stay a certain distance from the canal. They can work in a
riparian environment, but can't cut plants down to the ground. There is
a new fence behind the caretaker's house. Mike will meet with Drew on
Monday to discuss plans. The next plan may be to pickup trash along San
Ignacio. Julie Lee suggested teasel removal. The next work day is 5/18
from 9 to 12. Meet at the Bernal Ranch.
- Volunteers have been pulling weeds on the Albertson
- We read and accepted the minutes.
- The Pre-Mother's
Day Hike was held on the Fortini and Stile Ranch Trails on May 2.
About 50 people showed up. Kids made Mother's Day cards. Mike portrayed
Jose Santos Berryessa. Art Boudreault portrayed his father, Jose Reyes
- Our bank balance is $455.51.
- Mike paid $32.94 for sandwiches for the Pre-Mother's Day
Hike event. We approved the reimbursement.
- Mike got the MOU for the CAP Grant.
- Coastal Cleanup Day is in September. Unfortunately, it
usually overlaps with the Santa Teresa Community Fest.
- We should do a cleanup day on the Coyote Alamitos Canal
next spring. We should put it on the calendar.
- Docent guidelines are being reviewed by the parks dept.
- Santa Teresa Spring status: The batteries are dead in the
solar lights at the spring. Sheriffs have been coming to the spring
frequently. There was a family trying to take turtles from the pond.
Someone was fishing at the spring, apparently hired by the parks
department. A sheriff and ranger came by and left him alone. He caught
a big catfish. Roland was looking at putting a webcam at the spring.
- Jenel, 4H: 4H has gardening, poultry, and rabbits at the
ranch. They meet there monthly. They meet outside. The kids bring their
own tools. There will be a County Fair this year and maybe in
2011. They had a fundraiser event to raise money for tent
rentals. The fair is a whole county event, and not just for 4H.
- Newsletter. Ron will be editing our next newsletter. The
target is to have it ready for Festival in the Park in June. Jenel can
give a 4H club flyer to extract information from. Sam can talk about
trail days. Mario can write an article about the Coyote Peak and Rocky
Ridge trails. Ron can write about Rancho San Vicente. Ed can write
about Santa Teresa Spring. Mike can write about the Pyzak Ranch plan
updates and the flowers on his Stile Ranch hike. We can ask John
Dorrance about upcoming events at the ranch.
- The Ohlone Trail is getting overgrown.
- Drew Merry is down to 2 people in his park maintenance crew.
- There is a FOLAW river cleanup day on Los Alamitos Creek on
5/15 from 9-12.
- There is a FOLAW dinner and auction on 5/22 from 5:30 -8 at
the New Almaden Community Club.
Created 5/31/10 by Ronald
Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park