February 19, 2013 Board Meeting Update

During the January 15, 2013 meeting, the Board voted to leave the front gates open and unattended for limited time periods (during the day and at times the restaurant is open) while the CSD continued to evaluate the situation. The Board also requested that the matter be placed on the February meeting agenda and directed Staff to research the cost of upgrading our current system to one more capable of handling 24/7 closure.  Additionally, Staff was instructed to continue to work with Castle & Cooke towards a mutually agreeable solution that would provide an appropriate level of privacy for residents while meeting the business concerns of Castle & Cooke.

The February 19, 2013 meeting was well-attended by members of the public. Staff reported that since the January meeting, the CSD had received approximately 15 emails and comments from residents requesting the gates be closed 24/7. Staff also reported that the costs to upgrade the electronic entry system were anticipated to be less than $8,000 and Maintenance Manager Hebard provided an overview of the capabilities of the proposed upgrade.

Staff’s report was followed by a presentation by Mr. Dave Haley who advised that Castle & Cooke had reconsidered it’s decision to withdraw funding for the staffing of the gates and proposed a new schedule for weekend staffing/funding. The Board and Mr. Haley negotiated several changes to the proposal, which resulted in expanded  staffing hours.

Following Mr. Haley’s presentation, the Board opened the meeting to public comment and a number of those present voiced their opinion as to how the matter should be handled. While some who spoke recommended the gates be closed 24/7, most objected to 24/7 closure expressing concerns that it would adversely affect golf and restaurant operations which would be harmful to the community as a whole.

Upon conclusion of the public comment period and after a brief discussion by Board Members the following actions were taken:

  1. The Board approved the purchase of upgraded entry gate software and equipment at a cost not to exceed $8,000. Formal FY 2013 Budget revision to occur at the March 19, 2013 Meeting.
  2. Castle & Cooke’s staffing offer, as re-negotiated during the meeting, was approved and Staff was authorized to finalize the details with Mr. Haley.
  3. The Gate Operation Schedule approved at the December 15, 2013 meeting to remain in effect until Castle & Cooke begins their proposed staffing schedule.
  4. To allow for further review of the matter, Staff was directed to include the gate issue on the March 19, 2013 Agenda.

On Friday, February 22, 2013, weekend staffing began and as of that date, the front gate schedule is as follows:

 Gate Open & Unattended 

  • Monday-Friday: 6:45 am – 5:00 pm

 Gate Closed and Staffed

  • Friday:  5:00 pm  – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday:  6:45 am  – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday:  6:45 am – 5:00 pm

Gates Closed and Staffed from 6:45 am – 5:00 pm on the following holidays:

  • March 31, Easter
  • May 27, Memorial Day
  • July 4, Independence Day
  • September 2, Labor Day
  • November 28, Thanksgiving Day
  • December 25, Christmas Day

The CSD will provide updates if the current schedule is modified.

Charlie Martin, General Manager
Saddle Creek CSD

Entry Gate Update

As most residents are aware, on November 20, 2012 Castle & Cooke notified the CSD that they would discontinue the funding for staffing the entry gate effective January 1, 2013. In order to minimize confusion that might result from an abrupt change in gate operations and allow the CSD time to evaluate the situation, which included soliciting input from residents, the Board of Directors acted to approve CSD funding to continue the former level of gate staffing through January 31, 2013.

Shortly after the December meeting an “opinion poll” was placed on the CSD website and as planned, the matter was on the Agenda for regular meeting of January 15, 2013. This meeting was well attended and a number of residents suggested various ways they felt the CSD should handle the gate matter. While these suggestions varied (install new gates at the two residential area entrances; leave the gate open and unstaffed; staff the gate at reduced hours; close the gate 24/7 with no staffing), a significant number who spoke urged the Board to close the gate 24/7 with no staffing. This approach was also reflected in the on-line poll where the majority of the responses suggested a 24/7 closed, unstaffed gate.

Upon conclusion of a lengthy discussion of the matter on January 15th, the Board voted that at present the gates would be left open and unattended for limited time periods (basically during the day and at times the restaurant is open) while the CSD continues to evaluate the situation. Currently, CSD staff is exploring costs for installation of an upgraded entry system that would be more capable of properly handling 24/7 hour closure than would our present system. Additionally, staff continues to work with Castle & Cooke in hopes that we may reach a staffing agreement which provides an appropriate privacy level for residents as well as meets the business concerns of Castle & Cooke.

It should be noted that the Board’s decision at the January 15 meeting (which authorized the gate to be open and unattended for limited time periods) was not the final conclusion of this matter. Follow-up review has already been scheduled for the regular meeting of February 19, 2013, and all interested residents are encouraged to attend.

The CSD recognizes the importance of this issue to the community and is fully appreciative of the concerns of residents with regard to how it will finally be resolved. Our goal is that the final solution will be a plan that is in the best interests of the community.

Charlie Martin, GM
Saddle Creek CSD

Important Notice Regarding Privacy Entry Gate

On November 20, 2012, Castle & Cooke informed the District that they would be discontinuing their funding for staffing of the Main Privacy Gate effective January 1, 2013. The cost (approximately $50,000 annually) for continuation of privacy gate staffing at the present levels (Sunday-Thursday, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Friday-Saturday 6:45 am – 11:00 pm) would have to be borne by the District.

The Board of Directors placed this matter on the December 16, 2012 CSD Board Agenda in order to provide an opportunity for discussion amongst themselves and with members of the public in an effort to determine what approach would best serve the community.

Discussion of the possible approaches to be taken included: 1) continuing the current staffing level; 2) reducing the current staffing level; 3) leaving the privacy gate closed and unattended 24 hours a day; 4) leaving the privacy gate open and unattended during business hours for construction/golf/restaurant operations (6:45 am to no later than 9:00 pm); 5) exploring the possibility of installing new privacy access points (gate arms) at the entrance to the two (2) residential areas; and 6) Closing the gates, but staff them from 6:45 am – 9:00 pm daily. Some of these options may result in a reduction of services or an additional monetary assessment (after a ballot measure) that would be borne by Saddle Creek property owners.

After lengthy discussion by the Board of Directors with extensive input from a number of residents who were in attendance, the Directors determined that since this matter was of significant interest to the community final action would be deferred until the regular CSD Board meeting of January 15, 2013. This would allow opportunity for additional input from interested residents. As a result of this determination, the Board added $5,000 to the FY 2013 CSD Budget to pay for gate staffing costs from January 1, 2013 through January 31, 2013.

Interested members of the community are encouraged to attend the January 15, 2013 Meeting (starts at 2 PM at the Lodge) of the CSD Board of Directors and make your position on the matter known. If you are not able to attend the meeting, but would like to express support for one of the six options as outlined above you may complete the poll below. You can read the current Privacy Gate Rules here.

Board of Directors
Saddle Creek CSD

The Poll is now closed.

Notice of Vacancy Saddle Creek CSD Director

As he is moving from the District, Steve Marsden, has resigned his position as a Saddle Creek CSD Director effective July 18, 2012.

As authorized under Government Code Section 1780 (C), the remaining four members of the Saddle Creek CSD Board of Directors have determined to fill Mr. Marsden’s unexpired term by appointment at the regular meeting of August 21, 2012.

Qualified residents (persons registered to vote in Saddle Creek CSD elections) may submit a letter of interest to the Saddle Creek CSD Clerk/Treasurer- 1000 Saddle Creek Drive, Copperopolis, CA 95228.

In order to be considered for appointment as CSD Director the letter of interest must be received by the CSD Clerk/Treasurer by no later than 5:00 P.M., August 10, 2012.

The term of office for the person appointed will expire in December 2013 (the conclusion of Mr. Marsden’s unexpired term).

Charlie Martin, GM
Saddle Creek CSD

Notice of Cancellation and Rescheduling of Meeting

Due to a lack of quorum, the regular meeting of May 15, 2012 will not be held. The meeting has been rescheduled to May 22, 2012. The Agenda dated May 15, 2012, which can be found here, will be followed during the rescheduled meeting.

  • Rescheduled Meeting (Open to the Public): May 22, 2012
  • Location: Saddle Creek Lodge, Lakeview Room or Gold Room, Copperopolis, CA
  • Starting Time: 2:00 PM

Charlie Martin, GM
Saddle Creek CSD

Mosquito Abatement

During the next several months, Saddle Creek CSD will be increasing Mosquito abatement activities due to warmer temperatures and increasing mosquito populations.

Work will include inspection of known and suspect mosquito breeding sites, such as irrigated lands, ditches, waterways, ponds, and wetlands. Mosquitoes will be controlled using integrated pest management techniques (IPM), including: application of approved use pesticides to breeding sites and areas of high adult mosquito populations, mosquito eating fish in ponds and public education efforts. Additionally, the CSD will be increasing surveillance in attempt to detect mosquito-transmitted diseases, such as West Nile Virus and Western Equine Encephalitis.

In most cases, spraying of approved pesticides will occur on Thursdays during the late afternoon or early evening hours. While the spraying activity does not present a health risk to residents, there will be a noticeable odor. To minimize this problem, windows and doors should remain closed while the activity is occurring near your area and should remain closed for approximately 30 minutes after it is completed.

Residents are asked to assist in our abatement efforts by eliminating mosquito-breeding sites on their property and by reporting abnormal mosquito population to the CSD District Manager Greg Hebard at 209.785.0100.