Spur Ranch Road Association Annual Meeting
December 10, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 3:12 pm.
Board Members present: Jim Garland, MaryAnne Stickler, Al Webster
Ex-Officio volunteers present: Roberta Armstrong (accountant), Carole Garland (recording secretary)
SRRA members present: 9
The first order of business was a report on road conditions presented by Al Webster. Before the SRRA was formed in 2011 the road was in much worse shape, with deep ruts and washboarding. There were concerns about community safety, since it was feared that emergency vehicles would not be able to get to homes in a timely manner. Property values were being negatively impacted, since realtors were reluctant to show homes due to the poor road condition. The road is currently serviceable and safe, though further improvements are desirable. Members expressed concerns about the level of dust and the fact that grading provides only a very temporary improvement. We discussed methods of dust control and Ron Billingsley suggested that there is too much loose gravel on the road and excess should be removed. The source of wear on the road is the increasing number of cars and the high speed at which they travel. The possibility of installing speed bumps and/or stop signs at Silver Saddle was discussed and referred back to the board for investigation.
We discussed weed control. This past year we did not spray Russian Thistle with Roundup and will evaluate if this lack of spraying led to a greater weed infestation. If we decide to spray next year, we will use an 18% vinegar solution to spot-spray noxious weeds to see if this method wo
Roberta Armstrong reported on expenditures in 2017 and then the proposed budget for 2018 was presented to the group. There will be no increase in dues next year. One budget item was amended: the category "road improvements" was merged with "flood damage and emergencies." After discussion, Roberta Armstrong moved that the 2018 budget be approved and Mary Anne Stickler seconded that motion. The budget was approved unanimously. (The 2018 budget was the same as the 2017 budget, except for a $100 reduction in the signage/weed control/misc category.)
The annual dues statement should be sent out to all residents before year's end.
As an action item, Glenn Edens (Rancho San Lucas) suggested that the Board solicit bids for directors' liability insurance, in hopes of reducing the annual premiums. There was general agreement this was a good idea.
The last item of business was to elect officers. We note with regret that board member Henry McCormick resigned from the board for reasons of health and we thank him for his service. Two of our board members, Mary Ann Stickler and Jacquie Hollister, are not up for re-election this year. So we needed to elect three more board members. Al Webster and Jim Garland agreed to run for another term and John Holton also agreed to be nominated. There were no additional nominations from the floor. The three nominees spoke briefly about why they would like to serve and then Roberta Armstrong moved that they be approved by acclamation. Mary Anne Stickler seconded the motion and the nominees were elected unanimously.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:20 pm.
After the meeting, the directors elected Jim Garland, president; Al Webster, treasurer, John Holton, vice president.
Respectfully submitted, Carole Garland, Secretary