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Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Kitty Monahan, Mario Blaum, Holly Davis, Cynthia
Kitty Monahan: 3
Ronald Horii: 10
Mike Boulland: 5
Mario Blaum: 12
Holly Davis: 4
Dorothy Wuss: 3
Cynthia Greenblatt: 3
There was a problem with the fence around the ends of the Coyote-Alamitos
Canal west of the Mounted Ranger Unit. The neighbors thought that the fence
posts were supposed to be wood, but the fence contractors were installing
metal posts with steel wire. Cynthia tried to stop them. She eventually
called the police who told the contractors they needed to have permission
from property-owners in order to be on the canal. Cynthia said the bid
for the fence called for wooden posts. Joe Schultz said that the contractors
had trouble with the soil getting the wooden posts in, so they put in metal
posts. Joe said the fence is on park property. In any case, the fence can't
be put up without a permit from the Water District. The Water District
doesn't want to be in the middle of this issue. They won't issue a permit
until it is resolved. Until then, the fence is only partially put up and
The question is whether the fence is even effective in preventing trespassing.
There is a fence on the west end of the canal. People are still trespassing
on the canal. Someone removed all the "No Trespassing" signs from along
the canal. They pulled the signs out of the ground and removed the signs
from the posts. There are bike tire tracks down the bottom of the canal.
Joe Schultz said he would come to one of our upcoming meetings. We may
need a special community meeting, maybe on a Saturday on-site.
Ron showed a slideshow. He showed pictures of some of the barbed wire fences
around the park. The fences that are near trails should be removed, but
others that are farther from trails should be a lower priority. He showed
the fences around the canal by the Mounted Ranger Unit. He showed the new
wooden fence at the Pueblo Area, the parking meter and the higher parking
fees, new bark ground cover around the parking lots in the Pueblo Area,
big cracks in the ground on park trails, the widening of the Bernal Hill
Trail, rattlesnake warning signs at the Bernal Ranch, and rock piles on
the hills. He showed the route to the Mine Trail and the removal of 2 of
the signs pointing to Heaton Moor. There's still one sign at the top of
the trail where it intesects the Bernal Hill Trail.
Santa Teresa Community Fest is on Saturday September 18 from 11:00 am to
5:00 pm at George Page Park. Mike will be there all day. Setup will be
around 9:00. He will bring the rancho display, flyers, and posters. Holly
can come from 12-3. Ron will come and take pictures and help out. Mario
can come in the afternoon for a couple of hours. Dorothy may be able to
come in the morning and bring her memorabilia.
Treasurer's report (Holly): balance is $603.44.
The Mike, Kitty, and Ron went to the County Parks Commission meeting. They
talked about restoring the old barn at the Bernal Ranch. They presented
The commission voted on option A.They still need to obtain funding. They
thought they would have a better chance of getting historical preservation
funding if more of the structure was original.The barn will be used for
animals. We want to have a sprinkler system installed for safety.
A: Restore the barn using as much of the existing wood as possible, using
steel framing to reinforce it.
B: Keep the outside wood, but rebuild the interior to look like the original
barn. It would have to meet today's building codes.
C: Tear down the entire barn and rebuild the barn to be a replica of the
old one. It would have to meet today's building codes.
Ron also spoke at the Parks Commisssion meeting. He said that the higher
parking fees at the Pueblo Area had further reduced park usage. He suggested
having a free parking week to allow more people to see what the park has
to offer. The commission said there is a free "Get Out and Play Day," where
parking is free at all county parks. We should find out when that is and
Lydia, the caretaker at the Bernal Ranch, bought a new house, so she will
be moving out. There's a person who wants to move in, but wants to have
a horse there.
On 10/16, we want to have a BBQ and multimedia night at the ranch around
5:00. Ron can put together a slideshow. He needs power and a dark place
to show it, like the barn.
We have $170 for a native plant garden at the ranch. It can't be roses
because they require too much care.
9/11/04: New Almaden Days
9/18/04: Coastal Clean Up
9/18/04: Santa Teresa Community Fest at George Page Park. We need to put
a table out.
10/7/04: Next FOSTP meeting.
10/8/04: Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch: Owls on Silent Wings
10/16/04: BBQ and slideshow at the BGJ Ranch.