Los Trancos Woods Community Association

Minutes of the Meeting of the Board

March 5, 2003, 7:00 p.m.



Attendees:    Linda Drey-Nightingale, Julie Duncan, Nancy Neuer, Peri Nielsen,  Curt Parkin, Jean Rasch, Gale Smith, Armin Staprans, Marguerite Thayer,  Tom Thayer, Carol Wagner.  Rebecca led the meeting.


Public Comment:  None.


Treasurer’s Report:           Julie Duncan, the LTWCA Treasurer, gave the Treasurer’s Report.  


Newsletter Items: Linda solicited ideas for the upcoming LTWCA newsletter.  Gale alerted her to new neighbors, Jamie and Daria Hamner, 107 Ramona.  Discussion was had about putting in a section in the Newsletter relating to college admissions and/or acceptances, which everyone agreed was a good idea.


Emergency Preparedness: Gale and Linda gave updates on their efforts to solicit potential successors to Carol. 


Zoning Committee Update:  Armin reported that the Zoning Committee has arrived at what it considers a fair and balanced proposal that takes into account the community’s divergent interests in preserving the character of the Woods while at the same time protecting peoples’ rights to develop their property. 


The Zoning Committee expects to distribute the final ballot in the very near future.  Efforts will be made to solicit votes by regular mail, e-mail and follow-up phone calls.  Each accessors’ parcel number (“APN”) will be entitled to one vote.  The Zoning Committee will track each ballot to ensure the accuracy of results.


Discussion was had concerning the advisability of asking people who vote “no” to give the reasons why.  Linda also proposed redesigning the ballot to include three “yes” options, one for a % above the base square footage proposed, one for a % below and one as proposed, to collect more “yes” votes.  The Zoning Committee members who were present informed the Board that the Committee had considered and rejected multiple choice formats for the ballot because of the Committee’s desire not to elicit again the multitude of viewpoints of the Woods’ residents but, rather, to try to get the residents to rally around one proposal and form the consensus the County needs to proceed with a rezoning effort.


Discussion was also had as to whether to put the proposal on LTWCA letterhead.  The Board approved the use of the letterhead to show that the LTWCA supported the process and efforts undertaken by the Zoning Committee.   The Board believed the ballot should make clear that it is coming from the Zoning Committee and not the LTWCA Board itself.  Linda dissented.


The next LTWCA meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on April 2, 2003 at 21 Old Spanish Trail.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.


Respectfully submitted, Peri Nielsen, LTWCA Secretary.