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Patrol member honored

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Nov. 17 meeting of the Association was short and to the point, slightly longer than the shortest meeting record at 21 minutes.
First on the agenda was the recognition of Rick Petoscia, who earned a five-year pin for service to the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol.
Matt Wellhouser, chief of the patrol, told the board that Petoscia is a Navy veteran who served in both Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He was a military policeman who retired after 20 years.
Next, in an ongoing effort to recognize local businesses, the owners of Country Squire were introduced.
Country Squire is a gift shop featuring linens, gift baskets, chocolate, robes and gowns for women, gourmet items and more. Located at 6009 Paseo Delicias, the shop is owned by Peter and Carolyn Jensen, who said they were honored to be highlighted.
“It is wonderful to be a service to the community and we appreciate the loyalty,” Carolyn Jensen said. “We are definitely a potpourri, a little bit of this and a little bit of that.”
She said holiday shopping hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “If Peter is there, the coffee pot is on, so stop in and have a cup of coffee,” she added.
Jack Queen, Association president, said a perfect day of Christmas shopping would be spending the day shopping in the village at shops including the Country Squire and enjoying a couple of meals at local eateries.
In other Association news, Ivan Holler, Covenant administrator, reported the finalization of the two-lot subdivision and major use permit of the Osuna Ranch continues to move forward and should be completed within the next 60 days.
“We have received the water commitment letter from the irrigation district and have requested the fire availability letter from the fire protection district,” he said.
He said the Covenant engineer will submit the final map to the county for a plan check. One of the final conditions to be met is the Sight Distance Certification for the driveway leading to the single-family residence on the property.
“In order to complete that condition, we will need to remove three or four of the pepper trees on the north side of the driveway along Via de Santa Fe,” Holler said.
That project should be completed within the next few weeks.
Once the final map is approved and recorded with the county, staff will be able to apply for a permit to move the electric meters and panels from the front of the adobe.
“The new meter and panels will be relocated to the other side of the dirt parking area, near to where the existing wash racks are located,” he said.
The funding to move the panels was approved by the board last summer.
Queen said he wished the Osuna project could be moved along more quickly.
“I hope the board will find a way to move forward,” he said. “It is a real asset to the community.”
The project is planned in phases. The next phase is to restore the adobe and build restrooms on the property.
On the subject of committee reports, Director Dick Doughty reported that the Broad Band Committee has met and will soon be meeting with representatives from Cox and Time Warner Cable.
Director Larry Spitcaufsky told the board that the Trails Committee is working diligently to find an alternative place for playground equipment to be placed within the Covenant..