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July 2 Could Begin OVA Member Vote on Possible Golf Course Purchase

Al Haggerty

If the OVA board offers to purchase the Oakmont Golf Club, which appears increasingly likely, voting by Oakmont members will begin July 2 and end after the required 30-day period.

The vote, by mail, is because any offer would require an increase of at least 20% in membership dues. This would mean a $30-a-month increase in the $150 monthly dues now paid by a two-person household.

For the measure to pass, a majority of  at least half of Oakmont’s roughly 3,200 eligible voters would need to say “yes.”

Steve Spanier, the board president, outlined at a June 18 board meeting the issues involved in a possible purchase and the dates for special workshops to present details of any offer and hear input from residents.

Spanier said the OGC’s broker called for offers by June 27. “This is good timing for us,” he explained, “as we’ve completed the necessary due diligence to determine whether we’ll offer to purchase OGC. We don’t know how many offers the OGC will receive, but we believe very strongly that no other offering party will have completed as much due diligence as we have.”

Because the OVA board is bound by a confidentiality agreement signed with the OGC’s broker, Spanier explained, “We will not be able to get into OGC financial detail in either workshop. However, we will offer our own information.”

“We’re nearing the end of a long journey,” Spanier said. “Soon, the community will make a decision that will have consequences for all current and future Oakmont residents, as well as for our community. This is not a little matter. We have treated this process with the effort and care you all deserve from us. Thanks again for your patience and support during this period of due diligence.”

The first workshop will be held June 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Berger Center.

The board will then meet in Executive Session to decide whether to offer to purchase the golf club and to agree of the terms on that offer.

Two more member workshops with identical agendas will be held July 2 at 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. in the newly remodeled East Recreation Center. Spanier urged members to attend just one of the workshops since the center will almost certainly be at capacity for both. The board preferred holding both workshops at Berger, but it will be closed from June 28 to July 10 for replacement of the center’s audio-visual equipment.

In order to provide additional information on the golf course issue, Spanier said OVA will provide on July 2 via email and hard copy at the OVA office the text of the more than 300 emails submitted to OVA. Names, email addresses and other identifying information will be redacted. Included will be a pie chart categorizing the responses.

Golf Dates At-a-Glance

 Tuesday, June 25

— Board workshop on Golf, 1-3 p.m., Berger Center.

–Board executive session after workshop, decision on whether to make offer to buy golf courses.

Thursday, June 27

–Date set by OGC to receive offers.

Tuesday, July 2

–Two identical OVA Board workshops, 1-3 p.m. and 3:15-5:15 p.m., East Recreation Center. Members asked to attend one but not both, due to space limits.

–Ballots for member vote on dues increase mailed. (Only if board decides to make an offer.)

Friday, Aug. 2

–Likely date for results of a member vote, if needed, on dues requirements for purchase of golf courses


In other news from the June 18 board meeting:


            The board approved naming Oakmont’s planned dog park Happy Tails. While the dog park has OVA approval, its construction is waiting for a city permit.

Nevertheless, the board approved rules for the dog park, which will be open from 7 a.m. to sundown. Dogs must have a valid license or current vaccinations as required by Sonoma County. A dog owner is limited to two dogs in the park, female dogs in heat are not allowed and off-leash dogs must be attended. The code of conduct requires leashes entering and leaving the park; prohibits aggressive, sick and dogs with contagious diseases, and excessive barking. Immediate clean up and disposal of dog feces is required and anyone under the age of 16 must be under adult supervision at all times.

Association General Manager Kevin Hubred, citing several incidents involving dogs reported running loose in the community, urged residents to “respect the few rules set up for our community in support of the needs of everyone. We should feel safe walking in our own neighborhoods.”

He said Oakmont regulations require that dogs be leashed or tethered at all times, whether being walked, let out of the house to get into a car or sitting in their front yard. This includes residents’ dogs, as well as dogs of their visitors and construction workers.

He said one homeowner reported her 12-pound dog was attacked four times by unleashed dogs in the last three months and others reported attacks by unleashed dogs.