Friends of Santa Teresa Park Zoom Meeting, 3/4/21


    • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Greg & Roxanne Koopman, Kim Garland, Steve Crockett, Woody Collins, Ron Horii
    • This was an online Zoom videoconference meeting. Mike sent out a meeting link for this Zoom meeting. Here's the agenda for today's meeting.
    • Senior Planner Jeremy Farr sent an email that the new trail in the Santa Teresa Park Historic Area from Santa Teresa Spring to San Ignacio/Curie is going out to bid. He sent a map showing the new trails. It doesn't quite follow the original trail plan shown in the 2009 site plan. It goes closer to Curie and does not go to the back of the property. 
    • Tomorrow (3/5), Mike, Greg, and Ron are going to survey the area where the new trail is going and will see if there are any concerns about it. They will also look for volunteer work opportunities.
    • Our volunteer work plan still needs approval. Volunteers need to digitally sign waiver forms on Samaritan. We need to make sure that Jeremy Celaya in Maintenance knows about our work plans ahead of time. Our work days are tentatively scheduled for the first Friday of each month, but they can be moved.
    • Treasurer's report (Greg): We have $1902.70 in our account. We got a $100 donation and spent $20 on our annual non-profit application to the California Secretary of State.
    • There was no Park Commission meeting.
    • Mike conducted on an online survey to keep our current board, which passed.
    • Carolyn Schimandle told Mike that the barns at the Bernal Ranch are not open yet. It may take awhile. Park staff is not allowed to use volunteers.
    • Ron showed pictures: wheelchair ramp at the Bernal Ranch barn (see last month's minutes), views from the Vista Loop Trail, Norred Ranch, Coyote Creek bald eagle sighting, full Pueblo Area parking lot, lower water at the Hidden Springs Trail pond, erosion on the Coyote Peak Trail, the PG&E service roads, peeling paint on the fence around the Bernal Ranch House (gate was locked), weeds in the garden, blackberries cut below Santa Teresa Spring, mud and vines around the spring, dry Norred Trail, wildflowers starting to bloom, camp host status at the Norred Ranch, volunteers Zoom meeting.
    • Ron pointed out potential work projects: cleaning up leaves around the ranch house, weeding and planting the garden boxes, cutting blackberry vines around the ceanothus bushes by the barns, clearing mud and cutting vines and weeds around Santa Teresa Spring.
    • There's a new Parks Program Coordinator at Martial Cottle Park: Jacqueline Zizana.
    • During our April 8 meeting, Teri Rogoway, Educational Programs Coordinator for the Open Space Authority, wants to talk to us at our next meeting about working with the OSA.
    • Mike suggested we have our next meeting at the golf course banquet center if it's open.
    • Greg said that 2 maintenance workers were installing a bench on the Joice Trail on a bend in the trail before the PG&E service road. It has a plaque that says, "Donated by the Hunter Family 'Do what makes you happy.'" It cost $1300.
    • Greg had concerns: 
      • The bushes on Bernal Road by the golf course just past the stop sign on Heaton Moor Drive should be cleared because they block the visibility for pedestrians and cars as the road curves before the stop. This creates a safety hazard.
      • The chain-link fence on the Coyote-Alamitos Canal at the entrance to the park on Bernal Road is an eyesore.
    • Woody has been working on the Ohlone, Hidden Springs, and Coyote Peak Trails. He adopted the Ohlone Trail. The Adopt-a-Trail program requires a trained trail crew leader to work on a trail.
    • Kitty retired from the Open Space Authority's Citizen's Advisory Committee. She was an at-large member for many years. Her position is now open, as are representatives for districts 3 and 6.
    • The Open Space Authority is having open access days to Coyote Ridge and Diablo Foothills (Doan Ranch).
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       Created 3/4/21 by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
    Funding provided by a Beautify San Jose Grant