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January 16 Board of Directors Meeting Summary

  • Michael Connolly

Board President Gloria Young announced that Rob Lenahan stepped down from the position of treasurer.  She thanked him for his service.  Director Carolyn Bettencourt, who, Young pointed out, has extensive financial background as a business owner for 30 years, was appointed as treasurer through the end of March by unanimous vote.

Facilities Manager Rick Aubert reported that all OVA facilities are now open.

Landscape Improvement Committee Chair Marianne Neufeld reported on the recent installation of cobblestones and removal of pear trees in the medians along Oakmont Drive. The trees were infected with pear blight.  She stated that Aubert and tree contractor True North made the decision without consulting the committee and that in the future a new policy would be instituted for such decisions.

Director Ken Heyman made a motion to prioritize the Berger Center seismic retrofit and have it managed by General Manager Kevin Hubred.  After lengthy discussion the motion passed 5-2, with Directors Young and Connelly voting no.

Director Lynda Oneto reported that there have been two workshops since the fire and evacuation related to recovery and coping.  Two Sonoma County behavioral therapists suggested many tools for coping in the wake of the wildfire at the December 12 workshop.  A support group is forming and details will be made available.

Berger Action Committee members Claudette Brero-Gow and Bob Jackson resigned from the committee during open forum citing conflicts with board directors.

Resident Paula Lewis provided an update on the status of the polo field availability for dog owners.  Karen Trione has removed the garbage cans for dog waste, no parking will be allowed in the adjacent lot after 8:00 am, and no trespassing signs have been placed on the property.  Lewis said she anticipates that very soon all access to the field will be denied.

Director Oneto nominated Ethan Wilson Clifton for membership on the Reserve Study Committee.  A motion was approved 5-1-1 with Connelly abstaining and Young voting no.

Director Karen Oswald nominated John Blevens, Kay Nelson and Karen Palmiotti as members of the Central Park Committee.  All were approved unanimously.  She also made a motion to approve funds not to exceed $3100 to repair the cement walk that leads from the Berger Center and CAC to the OVA Office.  The motion passed unanimously.

The Oakmont Dog Club requested recognition by the OVA.  They hope to explore the process of creating a dog park in Oakmont.  (Further coverage will be included in the next issue of the Oakmont News.)

Berger Action Committee member Art Fichtenberg said at the end of the meeting that he was currently prepared to make a presentation on the committee’s findings as to options for remodeling the Berger Center or tearing it down and building a new center. The board thanked him and added this item to the agenda for the February 6 business meeting.


January 9 BOD Meeting on Election Rules

  • Don McPherson

All seven members of the OVA Board of Directors were present for the January 9 Business Meeting at which Board President Gloria Young introduced new General Manager Kevin Hubred, who assumed his duties on January 2. Hubred thanked the Directors for their hospitality in welcoming him and the staff for their diligence in preparing for his arrival. Director Greg Goodwin had to depart the meeting before the Board acted on the two agenda action items. 

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Final Tally for Fire Relief Fundraiser Announced

The Oakmont community came out in force to lend a hand to victims of the devastating fires by contributing $113,470.50 to a Fire Relief Fund. The final amount was announced on December 4th by the Oakmont Community Foundation. Comprised of 419 separate donations, it will be bundled into a single check and added to the impressive funds raised through the Redwood Credit Union relief effort. The check will be presented in a ceremony at the Berger Plaza on Wednesday, December 6 at 10:30 in the morning. Please come by to show your support. Continue reading


Application for Conditional Use Permit Filed with City of Santa Rosa

Following the recently announced successful sound study performed on the ERC tennis courts, OVA was set to submit the application for a Conditional Use Permit with the City Planning Department to convert two tennis courts to six pickleball courts at the ERC. At a meeting with Susie Murray on November 3, she requested two additional items be included with the application. Continue reading


Sunday Symposium: “The Fire and the Future”

  • Don McPherson

“We are now showing the potential of our community . . . can you imagine, if we kept this up moving into the future, what we can accomplish?” Santa Rosa City Council Member Tom Schwedhelm asked a capacity crowd at the Oakmont Sunday Symposium November 12. Continue reading


Pickleball Sound Study Clears The Way For ERC Court Conversion

  • Michael Connolly

At the October 31 Board of Directors Business Meeting, Bollard Acoustical Consultants reported on the results of the sound study they performed at the East Recreation Center tennis courts. Sound engineer Jonathan Lopez described how sound measurements were taken at both residential property lines and patios/decks of homes bordering the ERC. Ambient noise Continue reading