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Murietans' classic cars will be part of the July 4 parade, the RMA decided. (File photo)

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The Rancho Murieta Association will allow Murietans to drive their classic cars in the July 4 parade.  The change, announced at Tuesday night’s RMA monthly meeting, reverses one of several new July 4 rules announced last month.

Director Alex Bauer, who chairs the Recreation Committee, said community reaction to last month’s announcement helped guide the change. 

He said residents’ “vintage vehicles” – 1969 and older – will be allowed in the parade. RMA staff said there will soon be a simple registration form for community members who want to drive in the parade. 

“Again, our goal is to make this parade fun and safe for everyone,” Bauer said.

President Bob Lucas said the intent of the change was to address the large number of vehicles from outside the community, and he encouraged staff to be flexible about the 1969-and-older requirement. Director Cheryl McElhany joined in the suggestion. 

Denise Hetland, assistant general manager, agreed and said those residents should call RMA.

The parade rules announced in April also forbid water guns, water balloons and tossing super balls or anything other than candy to the crowd.

Speaking of July 4, Hetland encouraged people to start getting their July 4 gate passes. Every household is allowed five free passes and then is charged $5 for each additional pass. The passes, one to a vehicle, speed up processing at the gate during the busy holiday. Hetland said the community issues between 1,800 and 2,300 gate passes every July 4. 

Pickleball fans thank board for new courts

The board heard from more than a dozen pickleball fans who thanked the association for its construction of new pickleball courts at Stonehouse Park.

Neighbor Mike Burke spoke for the group and predicted RMA might be installing more courts soon.  “I know the demand is there,” he said. “It’s the fastest growing sport in America, as I think we’ve probably discussed before.”

Jim Moore, a past RMA board president, also went to the microphone to thank the board and Rod Hart, maintenance manager, for making it happen. “The courts look just magnificent,” Moore said. “They are professional looking, and it’s a nice addition to Rancho Murieta.”

General Manager Greg Vorster said there will be a ribbon-cutting for the new courts in a couple of weeks.

In other business...

  • Members will be asked to comment on a proposed rule to allow electric mobility devices like Segways. The board unanimously approved sending the rule out for public comment. The board backed away from a proposal to allow electric bicycles on the North, where motorcycles are forbidden. President Bob Lucas said the Compliance Committee was concerned that the proposed rule would be in conflict with the community’s CC&Rs, and the Governing Documents Committee agreed.  Given this problem, Director Larry Shelton suggested the issue should go on a waiting list for a proposed member vote on CC&R changes. Lucas backed the suggestion.
  • General Manager Greg Vorster said the county has approved plans for the Greens Park on the South. The only remaining hurdle, he said, is approval by the fire department. “I’m sure the fire department is probably wondering why they’re reviewing the plans,” Vorster said, “because there’s really nothing that can burn there.” The three-acre park, in the center of 21 acres of wetlands, is accessed off Jigger Court.
  • Once some work by SMUD is complete, General Manager Greg Vorster said all five fountains in Laguna Joaquin will be running. At present, four are functional. He added there’s a new block wall around the pump house on Laguna Joaquin, eliminating an eyesore and the pump noise.
  • Brandon Fuller, Greenfield Communications’ project manager for the community, said the company is negotiating programming changes with DISH Network that will impact Rancho Murieta’s basic channels in June. Fuller said he couldn’t say yet what the programming changes would be or if there would be a change in the cost to customers. He did predict the change would result in fewer Spanish-language and shopping channels.

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