The vote is in: let’s plan!

By Ann Boon, Rancho Santa Fe Association President

After months of volunteer study, the question went out to voters last month: Do you want the board to authorize up to $350,000 for the professional planning phase of a Health Club facility? A strong voter turnout produced a majority of “yes” responses.

So what happens next? First the Association board will seek proposals from engineers to study the soil, the utilities, the parking and other aspects of infrastructure critical to the proposed site. The board will also work with architects and health club professionals to determine precisely what amenities would be included in a Rancho Santa Fe facility. We will be reaching out in many ways to all members of the community, including members of the Tennis and Golf Clubs, to hear your ideas and to address your concerns. Finally, the RSF Finance Committee will be analyzing various models for funding of construction costs and of annual operating expenses. Probably in the fall of 2015, when the board has had a chance to review all the studies, plans and analyses, we will send the specific proposal to the voters for a final vote on whether to move forward with the project. Nine months seems like a long time, but there is a lot of work to do and all the experts have told us that it will take that long to complete this phase.

Meanwhile, as I have mentioned before, the board is receiving proposals to improve cell coverage. We really hope to have a contract for that project signed by January. In addition, broadband providers are offering bids for improved and expanded broadband service. The board will be considering these proposals as well as reviewing results of the fiber-to-home study when we receive that completed study in January. It is our hope that we will make our decision and financial commitment for our broadband future by March 2015. We will keep you posted — so stay tuned.

The holiday season will officially start on Thursday with America’s favorite day, Thanksgiving. If you prefer to skip the hours in the kitchen and spend the time relaxing with your family and friends, consider feasting at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club between 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The event is open to all Covenant residents. Call the Club for reservations: 858-756-1182.

Covenant festivities continue at the Golf Club on Sunday, Nov. 30, with the Tree Lighting party at 4:30 p.m. Also open to all residents. Call the Club for details.

I am very grateful this year for many, many things. Like you, I am thankful to live in such a special place as Rancho Santa Fe. I sincerely appreciate all the emails and calls I receive from residents each week. I’m very thankful to live in a community that feels so vibrant and alive with new ideas. Can you feel the new energy? It’s the energy that comes from people working together. Thanks to my hard-working fellow directors on the RSF Association board. And thanks to all of you.