Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting Minutes for 7/12/01

  • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Dorothy Wuss, Holly Davis, Rick Leonard, Mario Blaum
  • Santa Teresa Park is being serviced by park personnel from Calero and Hellyer. Calero provides maintenance and security on the Almaden side. Hellyer provides security on the Santa Teresa side. Maintenance will eventually be provided by Hellyer. 
  • Mike presented a letter from Robin Schaut on the Joice-Bernal interpretive plan.
  • The caretaker's house at the Joice-Bernal Rancho is currently empty. The contractor has not signed off on it, so they are still liable for any damage, but being an historical building, certain things are not replaceable. FOSTP recommends that the parks dept. pressure the contractor to finish the job. A resident caretaker is needed ASAP to prevent vandalism.
  • Mike attended a meeting at the county office about naming. They will add the Gulnac name to the Joice-Bernal house. 
  • Signs for the park are not ready. They can't get a company to do them yet. 
  • Mike talked to the Bonetti's and got some stories. Mrs. Bonetti was the last Bernal to live on the ranch site.
  • Volunteer hours:
    • Ron Horii: 10
    • Mario Blaum: 24
    • Holly Davis: 19
    • Dorothy Wuss: 3
    • Mike Boulland: 10
    • Rick Leonard: 3
  • Trail watch:
    • Mario: there is trash and glass in the ditch and trail by the archery range. On the positive side, he said he saw a park neighbor picking up trash by the park entrance.
    • Holly: the broken metal drainage pipe at the junction of the Mine Trail and Big Oak Flat Trail has not been repaired. It is a hazard to horses.
    • Ron: the Coyote Peak trail is deeply rutted. (See below)
  • Mike suggests we make up some FOSTP business cards to hand out. Ron recommends putting this Website URL on them.
  • Park maps are available at the Stile Ranch trailhead. The map board by the restrooms at the Pueblo area was taken down. The map was obsolete. A new one will be made. 
  • We would like to know where the new trail signs are.
  • Budget: $1224.33 balance.
  • Mike and Holly will go to the United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County meeting at 10 am on July 27. They will look for direction about getting 5013C status for FOSTP or just letting UNSCC manage our money and accepting donations for us, which would be tax-deductible.
  • Parks Commission meeting (Mike): $300K in insurance money from the Buck Norred fire, which originally went to Calero, will come back to Santa Teresa to rebuild the stables. They will build a fence around the ranch house to preserve it.
  • Holly said the parks dept. will put a round pen, obstacle course, and manure management area at the Norred Ranch. 
  • August 16 is the Historical Heritage Commission meeting.
  • August 17 at 5:00 pm in the Pueblo area, we will have a barbecue pot-luck dinner and a hike afterwards. Mike will get a hike approved.
  • Ron Horii requested moving the meeting day starting in September. Mike will check with the golf course owner when the clubhouse will be available, maybe the first Thursday of the month.
  • Mike reported on problems with using the ticket machine. He got stuck in a mode where it wouldn't return his credit card unless he bought a $50 Venture Pass. There was no way to cancel the transaction. He got his money back. The parks dept. says they do this refund about 50 times a month. The dispenser does not give Venture Pass stickers. It gives a receipt that must be sent in and redeemed for a sticker. Mike showed that the receipt, which is printed on thermal paper, turns black if left on a hot dashboard.
  • Mike showed pictures of the Girl Scouts painting the fence at the Joice Bernal ranch on 4/21.
  • We need to do a work day in September to paint Buck Norred's Ranch house. We need parents to help watch the kids. 
  • Ron Horii showed a slide show on the park conditions.
Ronald Horii,
Secretary, Friends of Santa Teresa Park

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