Community fines, curfew and skateboarding were addressed at the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Joint Security Committee Monday.
It was attended by representatives of the Community Services District, Rancho Murieta Association, Murieta Village, the Country Club and Murieta Townhouses Inc. The session was held at the CSD Building.
The purpose of the committee is to provide input about the community's security needs and how to meet them.
Here are notes from the meeting:
- Chair: CSD Director Bobbi Belton was selected to replace Chris Pedersen as the committee chair. Pedersen resigned from the RMA board last month.
- New RMA rules: RMA President Dick Cox described RMA non-architectural rules as tools for CSD Security, and said he is concerned about protecting private property. "I don't think we've got a real large group of kids creating the problems we've got but the property damage is adding up. ... I do not know how we're going to get a handle on this. We have proposed curfew. ... Probably most of this stuff happens after 10 o'clock at night and it's extremely difficult ... to definitively prove who did what. But if the kid's out after curfew and he's in the area where the vandalism took place, it's sure not hard to prove he was out after curfew." Cox said the RMA Compliance Committee is considering new rules to recommend to the board but "They didn't want one on skateboarding, they didn't want one on curfew and that's kind of where we stand."
CSD Director Bobbi Belton was named chair of the committee.
- Fines: Cox said he supports imposing a fine of $250 for a first curfew offense. "My whole idea on this was to strike at the parents of the children who are causing the problem in the pocketbook and that usually gets someone's attention." Cox said the agenda for the August RMA meeting will include a proposal to eliminate a warning for the first violation of an RMA rule. The present practice is to issue a fine of $100 for the second violation if it occurs within a 12-month period. The fines are imposed by the Compliance Committee, and Cox criticized what he called a "good neighbor policy" in recent years that didn't uphold fines.
- Skateboarding complaints: MTI Director Ted Ryon said skateboarders pose safety and liability concerns for the townhouse association by skateboarding on townhouse driveways. Dick Garlinghouse said he was challenged by a group of about five kids who were skateboarding without permission in Murieta Village, an age-restricted community.
- Golf carts running stop signs and violating safety rules: Golf carts are covered by current RMA rules for motor vehicles on the private streets. Security Chief Greg Remson said there have been incidents involving golf carts where injuries occurred. One incident appears in last month's security logs.
- Community input: The committee asked Remson to develop a form for residents to use for reporting problems. The form will be based on one used by the Sheriff's Department. Remson suggested a one-page information sheet could be given to residents when they get a barcode for their vehicles.
- Enforcement: Off-duty deputies have full law-enforcement powers when they work in the community but cannot write "real" traffic tickets for speeding or running stop signs because RMA rules apply on the private streets of the community. The RMA board would have to petition the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to allow law enforcement agencies to enforce the vehicle code on the community's private streets and issue tickets. This would augment but not replace current CSD and RMA speeding and stop sign enforcement, which results in fines levied by the RMA. Remson said the master-planned community of Serrano is an example of how enforcement of the vehicle code on private streets can work. The community hires California Highway Patrol for enforcement.