- By Al Haggerty
The Oakmont Board of Directors at its July 17 meeting approved setting up a temporary dog park on the greensward between Berger Center and the Central Activities Center. The project will be evaluated in one year.
The 6-1 vote came after the board rejected a resolution to build two temporary dog parks — one on the lawn between Berger and Oakmont Drive for large dogs and one on the greensward for small dogs. The new park will be open to all size dogs. Director Carolyn Bettencourt voted no.
The park, which will include the grass area and the bark area adjacent to it, will have a 4-foot-high fence and two entrances with key card readers to ensure that only OVA dues paying members use the facility. There will be waste cans with dispensers for cleanup bags and signs explaining dog park rules. The park will also have tables, chairs and umbrellas.
Paula Lewis, chair of the Ad Hoc Dog Park Committee, said the committee will get bids from licensed vendors and submit them to the board for approval. She indicated the bidding process will move quickly. She noted that most, if not all, the new equipment can be transferred to a permanent park.
The proposal for the second park along Oakmont Drive was rejected amidst significant opposition from board members. Bettencourt called the Oakmont Drive park “borderline ridiculous” and Director Al Medeiros said he couldn’t believe anyone would put a 4-foot-high fence along a heavily traveled street with the possibility that a dog could jump the fence and run onto the roadway.
The decision to make approval contingent on re-evaluation was based on the definition of “temporary.”
“There’s nothing temporary about this,” said Harriet Palk during the members forum. Even if a parcel of golf course property is made available and could work as a dog park, she said, it “would take years” to work out the details. It has been suggested that the Oakmont Golf Course might offer the OVA a piece of its property in exchange for financial support.
A new proposal, which arose during the discussion, was to locate a permanent dog park on the 2.8-acre parcel of land at the intersection of Oakmont and Stonebridge drives. MBK Senior Living has put its plans for an assisted living and memory care unit on the site on hold indefinitely. Kevin Hubred, OVA manager, is looking into the possibility of leasing the property for a dog park. One resident suggested that MBK might welcome the income.
What is likely to be the final chapter in the long-running pickleball saga was written with the rejection of one resolution and the unanimous approval of another. The board soundly rejected a resolution to ask the Pickleball Club to pay back to the OVA a $16,131 donation toward construction of the pickleball courts near Berger Center, which was returned to the club when the project was canceled. Bettencourt and director Greg Goodwin were the only directors voting to support the motion.
The club acknowledged offering to write a new check for the same amount with the completion of four to six permanent pickleball courts, but contends that the offer was made only when it was told it was a condition for getting back its original donation. It also said that the $16,131 was raised for the specific purpose of making up a shortfall in the contract price for constructing courts behind the Berger.
While Goodwin said he felt the club had an obligation to write a new check, director Tom Kendrick said it would set a precedent and that money should not be collected from residents for amenities.
The second resolution, which helps put to rest the issue of residents donating funds for the pickleball courts, states that “neither Oakmont clubs nor individual OVA members in general are expected to pay for the construction or major maintenance of the facilities they use. The funds for these projects ultimately come from the dues paid by all OVA members and other sources of OVA income.”
Berger Parking Lot
The board unanimously approved a $33,894 contract with Sikes Asphalt Group of Santa Rosa to seal cracks, clean and reseal the CAC-Berger parking lot and restripe the parking stalls. The job will be done in two stages taking two days each so that half the lot will be open at all times. The funds will come from the Asset Replacement Fund.
Hubred said the projected life expectancy of the work is five years, which is likely to coincide with the completion of a Berger remodel, including asphalt replacement. Goodwin said he’s been concerned about the safety of the parking lot for some time. “We’ve been putting Band Aids on this for years,” he said. He was assured that all the striping would be at a 45-degree angle. He also asked for yellow-painted walkways for pedestrians, but Hubred said it would reduce the number of parking stalls and might not pass muster with the city of Santa Rosa.
Here is a summary of other Ova Board actions:
Bylaws — Named four new members of the Bylaws Revision Committee: Dennis Boaz, Wally Schilpp, Herm Herman and Paula Ohlinger.
CETA — Approved the charter for the new Community Education and Transparency Committee.
Fire Safety — Appointed the charter for the new Fire Safety Committee and named Pat Dolan as chair and Dan Milhollin as co-chair.
Architectural Guidelines — Approved change for golf course lots to clarity that “read set-backs should be taken from the boundary, which is delineated by the unit lot line that abuts the golf course.”
Insurance — Authorized A. J. Scott Cline insurance company to investigate new OVA fire and earthquake insurance options.
Projects — Assigned board members Tom Kendrick and Al Mederios to work with volunteer Jim Ouimette to prepare a project management training manual for the OVA board.
Facility — Approved a facility use policy in concept asserting that the OVA board has the exclusive right to determine which groups will meet in which facilities. The policy is subject to a 30-day community review before it can be formally adopted by the board.
Enforcement — Approved enforcement policy clarifying that the OVA board has the ultimate authority to enter a resident’s property following due process to “remove hazardous material, rubbish and debris; to remove weeds, dead plants and/or trees that is causing a fire hazard or where safety is concerned… with costs being levied to the members account by means of a special individual assessment.”