The Coast News Group

Association addresses noise

RANCHO SANTA FE — The top three noise complaints in Rancho Santa Fe are loud parties, barking dogs and randy peacocks. Apparently the birds make quite a racket in the throes of mating, Chief Matt Wellhouser of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol told the Association on Nov. 3.
The subject of noise was brought up by director Roxana Foxx, who has had complaints from residents about noisy leaf blowers.
Wellhouser said that he gets few leaf blower complaints to his office. He added that as with any noise complaint, the offender is first approached nicely and asked to stop it, which usually works.
Pete Smith, manager of the Association, said most of the leaf blower complaints are due to its high-pitched sound. In an attempt to address the issue in 1998, the Association adopted Combustion Engine Blower Guidelines.
“The idea was to adopt acceptable rules of operation so members would know what the expectations are,” he said. “The guidelines were known as the Good Neighbor Policy.”
For the most part, reasonable noise such as construction and leaf blowers is allowable between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
In other Association news, the board approved the Traffic Enforcement Agreement with the CHP for the time period of Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2014 at a cost of not more than $202,000, or about $100,000 a year.
These funds are used for overtime services by the CHP, which concentrates on the Covenant, said Planning Director Ivan Holler.
“The program was initiated in 2004 in response to a number of complaints from Covenant members about speeding and other moving violations,” Holler said.
Smith recalled that at the time people were complaining particularly about a little yellow Porsche that was going 80 miles an hour all around the Covenant.
Shortly after the program began the number of complaints decreased substantially.
“The little yellow Porsche saw the light,” Smith said with a chuckle.
Holler said the overtime traffic enforcement is typically targeted at problem areas like speeding motorists or for special events. The officers will leave the area to help with a traffic collisions nearby.
“It is less expensive paying overtime than having a contract,” Holler said.
Representing the CHP at the meeting were Lt. Jim Nelles and Officers Jimmy Gafney and Dan Hollywood, who patrol the area.
“Thank you for your diligence,” Foxx said. “We do appreciate seeing you out there.”
Last on the agenda was the request by The Badger Company to replace a wall sign for new tenant Best Practices of America, LLC. The board did not approve the new sign, but instead requested the company make a paper sign to hang where the new sign would go, so that the Association could see how the sign would actually look.