Instead of bike track, maybe a dog park?
County Supervisor Sue Frost, who represents Rancho Murieta, stopped by Tuesday night’s RMA meeting to say hello. After the meeting, she talked with members of Boy Scout Troop 633, who were in the audience. She told the meeting what she has done to set up shop since being elected in November, adding that a survey of 2,500 of her constituents showed public safety and transportation infrastructure are the top concerns. She invited Murietans to connect with her newsletters at saccounty.net. They’re also published here at RanchoMurieta.com. Click photo for larger image.
General Manager Greg Vorster asked the Rancho Murieta Association board at Tuesday night's meeting for direction on the future of the bicycle pump track, fenced off since last summer because there is no one to pay the insurance premiums.
The track, built by volunteers, opened in 2013 at the edge of Riverview Park on the South. At a pump track, bicyclists ride up and down over hills and bumps. In closing the park last August, RMA blamed low usage and high insurance costs, now up to about $8,000 a year.
Vorster said the notion of a dog park on the South has surfaced occasionally since the North dog park opened in 2012. The fence that now encloses the pump track – built to keep users out last summer – could be repurposed if the site, about one-third acre, becomes a dog park, Vorster said.
“Prior boards have tried to make the pump track be successful,” said Director Tim Maybee, “but at the end of the day, I just don’t think there’s the volume of users for it.”
He suggested sports teams are always looking for land where they can play.
Director Sam Somers Sr. said he’d like staff to explore the dog park idea. “It seems like a more useful idea for all concerned,” he said.
In the short term, the site will be leveled, Vorster said, and staff will return to the board with a recommendation for a sports field or a dog park.
(South residents: Do you want a dog park? Share your thoughts.)
Eagle-to-be builds recycling bins
Garrett Fong, a 16-year-old Boy Scout in Rancho Murieta’s Troop 633, explained his Eagle Scout project to the board. Armed with about $2,000 in donations and more than 170 hours of work he and other Scouts volunteered, they’ve built four recycling bins for Stonehouse and Riverview parks and Lake Clementia. A director asked Garrett the biggest lesson he learned. “Plan ahead,” he said. “I wasn’t the best at it, but I eventually learned that.” The bin pickups will be managed by the Kiwanis. Garrett said he hopes to reach Eagle rank this summer. Director Bob Brown said he's an Eagle, and the return on his investment of time and work has been tenfold. The audience for the meeting was expanded by Garrett’s fellow Scouts, who were there to earn a Citizenship in the Community merit badge. Click photo for larger image.
Greenfield cleans up last of cables on streets
Brandon Fuller, Greenfield’s project manager for Rancho Murieta, said Greenfield has picked up the last of its cables from the streets. The cables were there to serve Murietans who were slow to leave the RMA’s old cable system for Greenfield’s fiber network. Now, he said, the company’s focus has turned to cleaning up the cable connections on lawns around the community, wherever possible replacing the old green tube-shaped boxes with ones that sit flush to the ground. There are a dozen workers on that cleanup, he said. On another issue, he said recent pixelation problems on certain channels have been addressed.
In other business...
- Director Tim Maybee said he will work with staff on traffic signage at Murieta Parkway and Lago Drive. He said outbound traffic on Murieta Parkway needs to be warned that inbound traffic is allowed to turn onto Lago once the gate arm lifts.
- Former RMA President Jim Moore was approved as an alternate member of the Compliance Committee.
- General Manager Greg Vorster said the RMA has been working to secure the Greens Park permit from the county. It’s still hoped there will be an April groundbreaking, he said.
The board approved several contracts:
- $13,624.67 to buy a walker mower from Valley Truck and Tractor.
- $40,459.55 to buy four new John Deere Gator utility vehicles from Valley Truck and Tractor.
- $13,000 for the July 4 fireworks show, by Pyro Spectaculars. The board said the company, which RMA has hired repeatedly, didn’t raise its price from last year.
- Director Larry Shelton encouraged everyone to take a look at the new fountains in Laguna Joaquin. They look great, do a better job of aerating the water and will require no maintenance, he said.
- Danise Hetland, assistant general manager, said seats are filling fast for bingo 6 p.m. March 31 at the RMA Building. Reservations are required. RMA also is offering bus trips to see the San Francisco Giants against the New York Mets on Sunday, June 25, and on Aug. 9, when the Giants meet the Chicago Cubs. Tickets are $79. Call RMA, at 354-3500, if you’re interested.