Friends of Santa Teresa Park Meeting Minutes for 11/1/01

  • Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald Horii, Kitty Monahan, Rick Leonard, Dorothy Wuss, Mario Blaum, John Patterson.
  • Ranger report (John Patterson):
    • John is the maintenance supervisor handling Calero, Almaden Quicksilver, Santa Teresa, Grant, Ed Levin, Penitencia, and Hellyer. He works under Jim O'Connor, based out of Hellyer. He's new to the position and will be getting to know the staff. 
    • Maintenance for Santa Teresa is handled out of Calero. The rangers are based in Hellyer.
    • Greg Brindelson is the new trail boss.
    • John Dorn is the interpretive coordinator for Santa Teresa. He wants to write grants to put a garden in a the Joice-Bernal Ranch.
    • The restrooms at the Joice-Bernal Ranch are not open because the pressure is too low to flush 2 or more toilets at the same time. 
    • The restroom at the Pueblo area has been closed since last year. The contractor broke the toilets. 
  • Trails:
    • Trail signs - Kitty says the trail names at top of the signs are too small for equestrians and bicyclists to read.
    • Mike - Earth Core cleaned up the Laurel Springs Nature Trail. There wasn't too much litter, so they cleaned up around the canal. Even so, they only got a half bag of trash. 
    • Mario - the canal by the archery range is full of glass.
    • Mike suggests getting tools for the kids to use and storing them in a shed at the Joice-Bernal Ranch.
    • Ron - the Coyote Peak Trail is deeply rutted. John said there are restrictions on grading. They must check with the CDF. They can't do it when the humidity is low. 
  • Calendar:
    • 11/3 - Ghost stories history walk, 9:45 am, Baldwin School, Mike's classroom. Tall Tales and Legends - talk and walk given by Mike to the California Pioneers. They will walk along Heaton Moor to Buck Norred's, Bonetti's house (Pedro Bernal House), to Santa Teresa Springs. (May be cancelled because of death in one of the member's family, but Mike will be at the school anyway.)
    • 11/16 - Earth Core clean-up 2:30, start at Baldwin, pick up trash on the way to the Bonetti house.
    • 11/17 - New Almaden Tour - meet at the mining museum at 9:30 am, will take van tours, lunch at English Camp will be provided. Will be back around 1-1:30. They can only handle 17-18 people. 
    • 12/1 - "Silent Night" - see below.
  • Volunteer hours:
    • Earth Core: 20 people X 2 hours = 20 hours
    • Mario Blaum: 3
    • Ron Horii: 30
    • Kitty Monahan: 3
    • Mike Boulland: 24
    • Rick Leonard: 5
    • Dorothy Wuss: 3
  • Account balance: $1157.53
  • Kitty - Historic districts 1, 2, and 3 were approved by the Planning Commission. This should make it easier to get Rancho Santa Teresa approved, which is H4. The Board of Supervisors need to approve it.
  • Mike - The Pyzak Ranch got an appraisal. The Board of Supervisors will be meeting November 6 at 2:01 to decide on it. Mike will go with his kids and make a presentation. They have 3 minutes. They will meet with Don Gage before the meeting. 
  • Rick will be doing a night hike on Saturday December 1, called "Silent Night" at 5:30 pm to about 9:00 pm at the Pueblo area. He can handle about 20 people. If it rains, someone will be up there to tell people it's cancelled. A ranger will be there.
  • The December meeting will be a potluck at Mike's house.
  • Mike and Ron went to the meeting of the Santa Teresa Citizens Action Group. Mike set up displays and passed out literature on Santa Teresa Park. He talked about the Pyzak property. Ron talked about the Website and the parking fees. 5 people signed the petition about the parking fees.
  • Web page: Ron. Added last month's minutes, updated home page. Recent additions to the Website:
Ronald Horii,
Secretary, Friends of Santa Teresa Park

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Created 11/8/2001 by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park