December 6th BOD Meeting Summary

  • Board President Gloria Young announced the hiring of new general manager Kevin Hubred, who will start on January 2.
  • Facilities Manager Rick Aubert updated the board and the community on facility usage status.  At this time, only the East Recreation Center pool and spa, locker rooms and billiard room remained closed.  There have been issues with the pool heater and the pool is still not warm enough to open.
  • Director Lynda Oneto asked if the billiard room could be opened, as there have been many inquiries about this.   Aubert said that keycard readers were being reprogrammed.  Access to the billiard room was made available on December 7.
  • Director Ken Heyman asked about the former putting green area near the central pool and whether the irrigation was completely destroyed during the initial grading for the aborted pickleball project.  Aubert said that the irrigation had been provided by the golf course for the area but that all the piping had been ripped out.
  • Director Karen Oswald followed up on this issue with a question about repairing the cement path damaged by bulldozers in April so that the path to the OVA office could be reopened and the area made more presentable.
  • Director Carolyn Bettencourt asked about the status of the horseshoe pits that were removed during the same ill-fated construction project.  Aubert replied that he would prefer that the horseshoe pits be placed in the same general area from which they had been removed.
  • President Young said that the existing Central Park Committee is adding members and will begin the work of refurbishing this area in the near future.
  • Director Greg Goodwin asked about the status of stocking the ERC fish pond.  Aubert informed the board and the community that the Department of Fish and Game has denied the permit to stock the pond with any fish that can get out of the pond in the event of high rains and overflow of the pond and that DFG has “essentially shut that project down.”
  • On a motion by Director Heyman, board liaison to the Communications Committee, Marlena Cannon and Florentia Scott were appointed as members of the committee. The motion passed unanimously.
  • Berger Action Committee members Claudette Brero-Gow and Bob Jackson provided an update on the permit application for seismic upgrade of the Berger Center.  Director Oswald made a motion to approve up to $4000 for the permit fee involving the seismic upgrades to the corner buttresses of the Berger auditorium space.  An additional motion was made to allocate up to $2590 for hazardous material evaluation of the work to be done in the auditorium. Both motions passed unanimously.