Here we go again, it's March and we are just getting the end of year newsletter out. And this one is a big one. Look for the following hot items:
The gate combinations will change on Sunday March 6, 2005. The new combinations will be as follows:
Please make a note.
We have not heard many complaints about the front gate recently, although there were .comments about it being left unlocked during deer season. Additionally we have heard several complaints of poaching at the Front Ranch and it has been suggested that poachers were guests of Wickersham Ranch owners. We have not verified this, but we hope that all Owners are very clear with their guests regarding the ownership of all property over which the road traverses. This is regular reminder about use of the Road. Please share this with all guests and vendors.
For those who have not already sent in their annual Maintenance dues, now is the time. This year's dues remain at $300.00 per parcel. Please remit per the enclosed invoice.
I am also enclosing an overall status of Road Dues accounts in order to offer the membership a perspective on how much (little) is actually collected each year and how critical dues are from each parcel. Additionally we have enclosed a spending report for the 2004 fiscal year.
Dues should be sent to: Wickersham Ranch Road Association c/o CSS Architecture 1103 Juanita Avenue Burlingame, CA 94010
Recent Road Work
Recent Work on the road occurred in November and December and represented the first segment of our Long Term Maintenance Strategy. This work represents a current minimum of work for a given section of road for long term maintenance that will reduce annual maintenance on that section over the service life of approximately 10 years. Important components of the recent work included:
Road Maintenance Strategy
The recent Road Work was consistent with our long term strategy for road maintenance. Recall that that strategy includes the following components:
Road Maintenance Costs / Dues Increase
The recent Road Work cost approximately $12, 000. This represented retained resources from 2003 as well as deficit spending for 2005 (funded by a short term, no interest loan from CSS Architecture.)
The expenses of this project alone exceed the annual resource income of the Road Association which is approximately $10,000. As we have additional sections of road that need this kind of work next year, we will not have adequate resources to perform work of this quality or durability.
Alternately we will have to delay further Long Term work until 2006.
This circumstance also assumes that we will have little or no retention of resources for emergencies and that any emergencies will have to be mitigated through emergency funding and deficit spending.
Additionally we should expect Maintenance requirements to increase with increased regulation of water quality and related environmental impacts over the coming years with the real possibility that we may be required to perform substantial improvements to the overall road system on a one-time basis. This could represent a capital expense of up to $250,000 based on my estimates. (Obviously such an occurrence would cause us to seek supplemental funding via grants.)
Meanwhile, out Annual Road Dues remain comparatively low not only for the length of road we maintain (approximately 14 miles) but also in comparison to the surrounding ranches. Currently annual dues represent a cost to each parcel of $21.43 per mile of road. Even for the first owners who use only the Front Ranch road, this represents less than $55.00 per mile.
Since these small amounts are not currently covering the real costs of maintaining the road even at the minimum levels we experience, we are recommending an increase in annual Road Dues to $500 per year.
Based on this recommendation, and by consensus of the Road Committee constituting the three signatory requirement for placement of a measure before the membership, we offer the following for inclusion in the 2005 Ballot:
Item 1 Should the Annual Road Dues be increased from $300.00 to $500.00 for the purpose of providing required Regular and Long Term Maintenance for the Road System?
Item 2 Should the Annual Dues Increase, if passed by a majority of voting parcels, be placed in effect retroactively to include the 2005 Fiscal year?
These items will be placed on the Road Directors Election ballot to be circulated in March 2005.
Road Committee Elections 2005 / 2006 Committee Elections
As all are aware, Road Committee Membership occurs in two-year terms. The term of the current Committee has lapsed and we are behind in holding elections. The current Committee has continued to serve until elections are complete. The following Owners have expressed interest in serving on the Committee so far:
would like to nominate anyone else for the Road Committee (including yourself)
please send a note (or call) to Carol at:
If you are nominating someone, please provide your name and Parcel Number as well as the Name and Parcel Number of the person you are nominating.
Ranch Mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org
Ranch Website "http://www.wickershamranch.com"
Thanks to Tami Bobb for her efforts in sharing space on her personal ranch site for our benefit.