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Association agrees, restrooms will get remodel

RANCHO SANTA FE — The restrooms at the Association offices will be remodeled. That was the decision of the board at its March 1 meeting. All agreed it was time.“Some members have said to me, ‘Really? This is the impression we want to give people who come here?’” Director Anne Feighner said.

It is nearly impossible to extract a usable number paper towels from the dispensers.

“You either get one or 50,” Director Jack Queen said.

The last update to the restrooms was in the 1980s, said Association Planner Arnold Keene during a presentation to the board.

“Heavy use over the years has resulted in water damage to the tile areas. Additionally, the original fixtures are not water-efficient and should be upgraded to modern efficient fixtures.”

Association members Linda Hahn and Mary Van Anda have volunteered to assist in the design and planning of the renovation. Keene will coordinate the project.

The board voted to allow a budget of $25,000 for the project with a 10 percent contingency of $2,500 for renovation.

The contingency amount will be reserved for any difficulties encountered once the wall is opened.

Two bids have been receive by qualified contractors and both bids are within the budgeted amount, Keene said.

“The contractor will be selected based on availability to complete the project in the shortest amount of time and least disruption to operation.”

A new patrol vehicle for the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol was also approved.

Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser told the board the patrol fleet consists of seven vehicles with mileage ranging from 8,500 to more than 100,000.

“We rotate the usage and mileage of the vehicles so usually one is replaced each year as they approach 100,000 miles,” he said. “This purchase will replace a 2006 vehicle with over 100,000 miles.”

A Ford Explorer was chosen because of good visibility, maneuverability, interior space and the maintenance track record, he said.

Also at the meeting, Chief Executive Officer Steve Comstock asked permission from the board to take the next step in collecting fees from members who have defaulted on the second installment of last year and the first installment of this year of Association fees.

At the Feb. 16 meeting, the board discussed making the names public of people who have defaulted on their assessment fees including listing their names at the post office or listing them in the newspapers.

“Some people have told me they pay their dues and they appreciate that we are pursing this unpleasant action,” Feighner said.

At the Feb. 16 meeting, the board approved a list of people whose fees for the first installment have not been paid.

Their privileges at the golf, tennis and riding club have been suspended. Those who have defaulted on both installments will have a lien recorded on their property.

The Association board meets on the first and third Thursday of the month. To learn more, call (858) 756-1174.