RMA takes steps on motorcycles on North and community center

RMA meeting

The issue of motorcycles on the North drew a crowd to the RMA's board meeting.

The issue of motorcycles on the North attracted a crowd to Tuesday’s meeting of the Rancho Murieta Association board. The board moved forward on a community center and pool proposal by scheduling a meeting to present a plan for the project to members.

Motorcycles on the North

Both supporters and opponents spoke as the board received a petition for a membership vote on a CC&R amendment that would allow North motorcycle owners to ride to and from their homes, the arrangement that now exists for South residents. General Manager Nick Arther said the next step is to verify the signatures on the petition. “Then we need to write the thing legally, and we have 45 days to go through that process,” he explained.

Motorcycle usage would be limited to ingress and egress, and there would be no North-South visiting or cruising around the neighborhood, the board was told.

Rhonda Papas, who spoke in favor of lifting the ban at the January RMA meeting, returned to the podium and proposed a plan to manage noise and other concerns.  If she and other North residents are allowed to ride their motorcycles, “We will be respectful,” she said.

Papas received applause, as did other speakers on both sides of the issue. One of the 10 speakers, Mary Brennan, got laughter and chuckles from the crowd of about 30 by asking audience members from the South, “Is it a catastrophe over on the South? ... Put this in balance, people.”

Tom McCrackin questioned who will be able to vote for the CC&R amendment, directing the board’s attention to a CC&R section about the amendment or ratification of CC&Rs. The section says if the CC&R applies only to the South or to Murieta Townhouses Inc., only those members can vote on it, but doesn’t extend the same voting rights to Murieta North, McCrackin noted. He suggested this was an oversight or clerical error, and requested that the board use its powers to amend the section “to extend its protections and rights to residents of Murieta North,” and delay action on the motorcycle petition until the matter is resolved. McCrackin passed out a suggested revision to board members.

“We will be looking into that,” said President Jim Moore.

Community center and pool project update

A meeting about the community center and pool project -- what it will consist of, look like, cost to build and maintain -- has been set for 6 p.m. April 10 at the RMA Building.

Randy Jenco, who chairs the project ad hoc committee, said, after meeting with a representative of an aquatic design group,  two pools are now planned: one for competition and one for recreation that will accommodate small children. Jenco said costs for the two pools are “very similar” to a single pool, and  there are energy savings for heating the pools.

Jenco said the committee is finalizing the business plan and cost estimates for the project. “I think you’re going to be very impressed with the presentation ... It’s all coming together. The facility is going to be a wonderful addition to the community, and I think you’ll be surprised at the costs that we’re coming up with, and how that ends up being financed through the membership,” he said.

President’s comments on traffic enforcement

At the conclusion of the meeting, President Jim Moore responded to postings on RanchoMurieta.com about moving vehicle violations and fines by reading from a prepared statement.

“Because we are fortunate enough to live in this beautiful community, there is a lot of non-motor vehicle activity on our streets, such as walkers, children, bicyclists,” Moore said. “... The way to avoid getting a citation is to drive safely, which includes driving 25 and stopping at all stop signs. Be sure to inform your guests, and anyone else you call into the gate, to do the same because the homeowner is responsible. ... The rules ensure a safe, beautiful environment that make it a pleasure to live here. ... The way HOAs enforce rules is to make the owners responsible to the HOA, and thus to each other. ”  

The complete text of his remarks:

There were several comments on RanchoMurieta.com a few days ago regarding moving vehicle
violations. I'd like to offer a few comments. ....

RMA and CSD get complaints from residents who are concerned about rule violations,
commonly, speeding. Because we are fortunate enough to live in such a beautiful community,
there is a lot of non-motor vehicle activity on our streets, such as walkers, children, bicyclists,
people with strollers, dog-walkers, and pets and wildlife. To address those concerns about
speeding, we put out the radar trailers and we may focus enforcement in a certain area. As a
result, people get citations.

On the other hand, some members and their family members (or their guests) who receive
citations are, understandably, not happy about it. The way to avoid getting a citation is to drive
safely, which includes driving 25 and stopping at all stop signs. Be sure to inform your guests,
and anyone else you call into the gate, to do the same.

I think many members live in Rancho Murieta because of the rules. The rules ensure a safe.
beautiful environment that makes it a pleasure to live here. I think most of us like most of the
rules, or we wouldn't live here. One member may not like rule A, another member may not like
rule B, and another member may not like rule C, etc.

The way HOAs enforce rules is to make the owners responsible to the HOA, and thus to each
other. That's the way HOAs function. It's incumbent on each one of us to ensure our family
members, guests, vendors, etc. obey the rules to maintain a safe, beautiful environment.

There is a proposed revision to the fine policy that the board will be considering at the April 17,
2012 board meeting. If members have any comments they would like to share with the board.
please take the time to do so. If you don't have your copy of the proposed revisions, please
contact RMA at 354-3500 to obtain another copy (office staff will mail you one) or go to the
association's website at ranchomurietaweb.org to obtain a copy. Members' comments are
very important and all comments are reviewed.

With respect to a current proposal to institute a rule not allowing residents to abuse staff, other
HOAs have a similar rule. The proposed rule addresses abusive behavior to all RMA and CSD
employees from a receptionist to a general manager. Sometimes, thankfully not very often.
residents will become abusive to staff. The current proposal is designed to address residents that
continue in an abusive vein after being asked by staff to stop. This proposal is in the 30-day
comment period and I encourage all members to take the time to comment. This rule is scheduled
to be heard by the Board at the meeting on April 17, 2012.