The meeting was held at 7:00 in the upper clubhouse. Mike Boulland
was presiding. Ron Horii was the recording secretary. Minutes from last
meeting were reviewed.
Members voted to reaffirm the FOSTP board. The board members signed a paper
that will be sent to the state of California to state they are officers
of the corporation, which is FOSTP. There is a $50 license fee to be paid
($20 normal fee + $30 late charge). The members approved paying the fee.
The license indicates who has legal responsibility for the organization
in case the state needs to send us legal documents or being served for
court procedures. The license is good for 2 years unless there is a change
of officers. It costs $20 each time to renew (unless the fee is late).
In order to file for 501-3C status as a non-profit corporation, we would
need to pay $1000-$2000 for bookkeeping costs. That status would allow
us to accept tax-deductible donations.
Pam Ashford and Marguerite Michels of Rosebank Equestrian Center discussed
their proposal to move their riding school to the former Buck Norred Stables
in Santa Teresa Park. They had been operating in Los Gatos at Hicks Road
and Shannon Road, but had to move when their lease was terminated. They
are currently the Shadowbrook Ranch at the end of Piercy Road, but they
are looking for a more permanent home. They propose to renovate and reopen
the Buck Norred stables, which would improve the safety and security of
the area. They would offer riding lessons, a therapeutic riding program,
trail rides, training, and boarding. They would provide a house trailer
occupied by their manager, who would serve as a camp host for the area.
They would provide care for the park rangers' horses, which would save
the county money. The grazing by the horses would keep the grass down and
reduce the fire danger in the area. They would assist with maintaining
the park trails and equestrian amenities. In the past, the Buck Norred
Ranch was used for company picnics of 200-300 people. Rosebank has no intentions
of hosting large parties, picnics, or horse shows. They have a Website:
http://www.rosebank.org. FOSTP members listened to their proposal and offered
opinions and advice. Mario told the presenters about the neighbors' concerns
with noise and large group disturbances in the neighborhood due to Buck's
operation in the past. Ranger Jim O'Connor also explained that the departments
has not made any plans to change the current policy about limited use at
Buck Norred's. The Buck Norred Ranch was purchased too late to be included
in the park's master plan, so developing that area may be difficult than
if it were in the plan. President Mike Boulland thanked the group for their
presentation and keeping us informed.
Robin Schaut from the parks department's interpretive staff presented the
status and needs of the interpretive development plan for the Rancho
Santa Teresa Historic District, primarily the Joice Bernal Rancho. The
plan has been completed. It identifies historically significant sites and
recommends signage and what to do with the resources. An RFP was put out
to professional consulting firms. Platypus Studio was chosen. The owner,
Richard Valencia, has been reviewing the historical information and files.
He is forming a design plan for interpretive signage, the interior of the
ranch house, and for the indoor barn exhibits. There will be signage around
the buildings and along the trail between the springs and the rancho. The
ranch house will have exhibits, but it is too small for large school groups.
The barn is much larger, so will be used to accommodate groups. The Historical
Heritage Commission has provided $140,000 for the development of the site.
However, it is estimated that $250,000 will be needed to do the complete
job. Platypus will come up with cost estimates. The parks department will
do what it can with the money available and look for further funding. There
will be a demonstration farming area, with crops and orchard trees between
the springs and the bar. The crops will be old stock heritage varieties
that were grown during the farming era. Water from the springs will be
used for irrigation, as it was during the rancho days. Water will the unifying
theme for the exhibits. They are looking for information sources from the
three main periods of the rancho's history: the Ohlone Indians, the Bernal
Rancho, and the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice period. Robin Schaut met with Patrick
Joice, who gave her some family albums, photos, bills, and deeds. There
is no schedule yet for implementation of the plan. People with information
should contact Robin at email@example.com.
Jim O'Connor, park ranger, reported on the park status. The emergency call
box has been installed in the Pueblo area near the Hidden Springs Trail.
It is a cellular phone. It calls out OK, but it can be hard to hear County
Communications. There will be road repair work done at the Pueblo area.
The roadway will be sealed with an asphalt and sand slurry. The parking
areas will be re-striped. The contractor who is installing the light at
the Santa Teresa Springs has received a notice to proceed. The light should
be installed in 2-3 weeks. The Joice-Bernal Rancho construction should
be done in December. A retaining wall is currently being installed. During
the last cross-country meet, there was a lot of trash left in the corral
area. The principal of one of the schools was informed..
The Park Watch meeting was held last month. Park ranger Ed Tanaka came
and made presentation for the parks department. Representatives from the
County Sheriffs and San Jose Police also made presentations.
Trail report: the paved section of the Mine Trail above Buck Norred was
covered with mud from the last rainstorm.
Ron Horii went to the County Parks Commission meeting last week. He talked
about the FOSTP website and discussed the issues brought up during the
last FOSTP meeting. He showed a picture of the vandalism at Santa Teresa
Springs and mentioned that the promised light at the springs had not been
installed. He talked about the reduction in park usage since the park fees
were implemented, discussed possible reasons for it, and recommended that
the supervisors look into it.
Ron Horii reported on the FOSTP Website. It includes pictures from the
volunteers barbecue held on 10/2/00 at Santa Teresa Park. He made up
posters on the site and gave one to the Santa Teresa Library for posting
and dropped one by the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority.
Volunteer hours reported: Baldwin School, waterfall clean up, coastal cleanup:
130 hours. Kitty Monahan: 2, Mike Boulland: 15, Dorothy Wuss: 2, Mario
Blaum: 10, Steve Crockett: 5, Holly Davis: 5, Joy Sandoval: 15, Maria Brasewell
(from KEC): 20, Ron Horii: 16 (Web pages and park patrol).
Attendees (5 board members present): Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Ron
Horii, Steve Crockett, Dorothy Wuss, Mario Blaum, Robin Schaut, Jim O'Connor,
Holly Davis, Pam Ashford, and Marguerite Michels.
Secretary, Friends of Santa Teresa Park
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