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With a holiday decoration theft that turned out to be the work of a deer and driveway parking leading the list of Rancho Murieta Association rule violations last month, Security Chief Greg Remson reported Friday that incidents in the community have been “small things, nothing big” lately. The Community Services District Security Committee also heard about lake and back-area access issues at its monthly meeting.

There were some reports of vandalism over the past month, but a Christmas tree that went missing from a yard in Murieta North Wednesday “ended up to be a deer caper, it looks like,” Remson said. After a post about the loss appeared on RanchoMurieta.com, a neighbor replied that she'd found the decoration in her yard, and theorized a deer got caught up in it and dragged the six-foot plastic tree, lights, extension cord and all through the bushes.  “Walked off with it, went down the deer trail, and shed it as it walked. That’s what it seems like,” Remson told the committee.

Paintball incident puzzles security, resident

On Nov. 29, a Topspin Drive resident whose home backs up to the Highway 16 sound wall notified Security that paintballs were being lobbed at the home from the highway. “An officer went over to the house and here comes a couple more,”  Remson said. The highway was checked, but no paintball throwers were located. “So we don’t know whether they were ending their day down at the paint ball place, and, as they were driving, they’re just cranking them over the fence or what,” he said.
  
Additional security planned for New Year’s Eve

Plans for the holidays include adding an off-duty sheriff’s deputy to Security patrol on New Year’s Eve. “The last few years it’s been relatively quiet (on New Year’s Eve), which is a good thing. We haven’t even had a lot of party calls. So we’re hoping for another one of those this year,” Remson said.

Driveway parking tops RMA rule violation citations

The RMA rule violation citations for November totaled 115. The leading violations were driveway parking with 51 citations; speeding, 23 citations; overnight street parking, 12 citations; and guest parking, 10 violations.

“What they’ll do with guest parking is every couple of months or so they’ll focus on that and make sure that residents aren’t using that guest parking as an overflow parking area, and then also some of those guest parking violations are at the Gazebo. The Gazebo, as a rule, is not an overflow parking area for people who have too many cars,” Remson said.

Fishing Club concerned about lake use

Remson said some members of the Fishing Club met with him to express concerns that the lakes are being overfished. “They feel the reason the lakes are being overfished is because of outsiders. I’m not sure that that’s 100 percent accurate,” he said. “Some residents are unaware that they can’t allow people to go in the back and fish or go to the lakes without the resident being present. And then, of course, there’s vendors and construction people that will wander back there either at lunch or after work. (The Fishing Club) wants to help to monitor that....”

Remson emphasized that when Fishing Club members or other residents are at the lakes, “they’re neighborhood watch, so if they see something that they don’t think is right, they see someone they don’t think belongs, then they call us and let us take a look at it.” Contact Security by calling 354-CARE or 354-3743.

Options considered to limit activities on undeveloped PTF property

Remson said he met with an Operating Engineers representative to discuss what activities will be allowed on undeveloped land in the back area owned by the Pension Trust Fund for Operating Engineers.  “We’re still working on that. I think we’re going to look at signage and maybe some gates and boulders and that kind of thing. That’s not finished or confirmed yet,” he said.
 
Parking plans revised for regional county park

Also on the topic of access, General Manager Ed Crouse reported he’d attended a county meeting the day before on Murieta Gardens, a commercial and residential project proposed for 50-plus acres located south of Highway 16 between the Country Store and the airport.

“One of the issues that was brought up was access to the river, to the county regional park, through the commercial project,” Crouse said. Originally, the county wanted the project to include building about a dozen parking spaces for future park use, but Crouse said it became apparent during the discussion that this would be “more of a nuisance than a benefit because right now there is no access, there is no authority to use that park” without obtaining a permit from the county. 

The county has decided not to require construction of the parking area. Instead, it will reserve an easement that will allow a parking area to be built “sometime in the future, whenever that park becomes available to the general public,” Crouse said. “So that will take a load off our Security Department for the time being, to be the eyes and ears of the county Park and Rec Department, going through that area.”

The county acquired the 129-acre stretch of land along the Cosumnes River from the Pension Trust Fund for Operating Engineers in exchange for the Yellow Bridge in 1979.  Last year, the county cut down more than 100 trees on park land located between the river and the airport to comply with a court order and meet Federal Aviation Administration safety requirements for airport operations.

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