Monday, January 29, 2018

Spur Ranch Road Maintenance to begin

Spur Ranch Road Maintenance


Monday, 1/30/2018


Please be alert to heavy equipment including water trucks, graders and rollers starting this afternoon continuing through Wednesday, 1 February,  on the entire length of Spur Ranch Road; US 285 to Ave. de Compadres..

Please drive slowly and carefully,


Al Webster

Spur Ranch Road Association 


Sunday, January 7, 2018

2017 SRRA Annual Meeting Minutes

                          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






Correction: SRRA Minutes

Dear Neighbor,

Sorry, I emailed the wrong link to the SRRA blogsite. Here is the correct one:

Jim Garland

Minutes: Spur Ranch Road Association Annual Meeting

Dear Neighbor,

Attached are the minutes from the 2017 Spur Ranch Road Association Annual Meeting. You can also find the minutes posted on the SRRA Blogsite (  which is your best source for up-to-date information about the road.


Jim Garland, President
Spur Ranch Road Assocation

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Reminder: Spur Ranch Road Association Annual Meeting

Dear Neighbor,

The 2017 Spur Ranch Road Association Annual Meeting will be held this coming Sunday, December 10, at 3:00pm, at my home at 102 Spur Ranch Road, and I'm hoping you will be able to attend. (There is plenty of parking on the driveway) The purpose of the annual meeting is to review the 2017 road expenditures, to vote on the proposed 2018 budget (shown below) and to fill vacant director positions. In addition, an important purpose of the annual meeting is to discuss several important road issues, make suggestions to the board, and provide advice to the board about road maintenance and improvements. Here are a few highlights:

(A) Proposed 2018 Budget Discussion

This proposed budget, which is nearly identical to the 2017 budget, is a "wish list" of minimal road-related items that the board believes need attention. In 2017, we fell far short (about $6000) of collecting the revenue required to fund these expenditures. This revenue shortfall has become a chronic condition, which means that the road is not being maintained to minimum acceptable standards. The result, as we have all experienced, is is a growing problem of washboarding, ruts, and potholes that, unimpeded, will have serious consequences for road safety, driveability, vehicle damage, and, ultimately, homeowners insurance rates, mortgage availability, and property values.

            Snow Removal                                                  500
            Road Maintenance ($3000/ea x4 approx       12000
            Road Improvements (e.g.,basecourse)            3000

            Flooding and Emergencies                              3000
            Administrative, Insurance                               1600
            Signage, Weed Control, Misc                           100
                                                                    Total     20,200

 (B) Proposed 2018 Dues

Last year the community approved a ten percent dues increase, which we propose to leave unchanged for this year. The challenge is that this dues level is well below what is needed to maintain the road. Raising the dues to the required level does not necessarily increase our collected revenue, because more people decline to pay the larger amount. In fact, we have noticed a paradoxical reaction from a few residents who, upset at the deteriorating road condition, argue against paying any dues at all. This is obviously a situation that calls for further community discussion.

                                                   2011-16    2017    2018
        Residence E. of RR Tracks     200      220      (220)
        Lot E. of RR Tracks               100      110      (110)
        Residence W. of RR Tracks   275      300      (300)
        Lot W. of RR Tracks                  100      110      (110)

(C) Miscellaneous Discussion Issues

Any topics raised by the membership are welcome. In addition, the directors would like to present a number of options to curtail speeding (which greatly accelerates road deterioration), including installing speed bumps and stop signs to slow speeders, and a change to the SRRA bylaws to stipulate that members agree to follow speed limits and road signage.

(D) Election of Directors

There are three vacant positions on the board that need to be filled. Al Webster and Jim Garland have expiring terms, and are willing to stand for reelection. Community member John Holton has also agreed to be a director candidate. These are the only announced candidates to date, but the Board welcomes other persons who wish to stand for election. Write-in candidates and nominations from the floor are welcome, also. (The Board members whose terms are continuing are Mary Anne Stickler, and Jacquie Hollister.)

(E) Social Activity

As in previous years, we will provide beverages and ask that attendees, if convenient, bring a snack to be shared.

Thanks very much, and hope to see you on Sunday.

Jim Garland, President
Spur Ranch Road Association

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Train on the tracks

To All Spur Ranch Road Association Members:


I have it on very good authority that the Santa Fe Southern train will be using the tracks in our area on Wednesday, 13 December.  Please stop at the tracks and if you know anyone who usually drives through the stop signs there that caution is advised owing to the tracks being used by a train.



Al Webster

Spur Ranch Road Association


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Spur Ranch Road Association Annual Meeting Notice

Dear Neighbors,

This year, the Spur Ranch Road Association annual meeting will be held at my home (address below) on Sunday afternoon, December 10, at 4:00pm. At this meeting, the members will have an opportunity to vote on the proposed 2018 budget, to elect directors, and to raise other road issues of interest to our community. If you or any of your SRR neighbors have an interest in serving on our board, please be sure and let us know. I or any of the directors will be glad to answer questions about the position. Shortly, we will send you a detailed meeting agenda, along with the proposed budget and other information, but I wanted to give you an early notice of the meeting so you can put it on your calendar.  I hope you can attend. Thanks very much.

Jim Garland, President
Spur Ranch Road Association
102 Spur Ranch Road