Rancho Santa Fe Association board approves consulting contracts

By Karen Billing

The Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved six consulting contracts for various projects at its Feb. 6 meeting — a total of $121,480.

Five of the consulting contracts were approved in one motion, passing 4-2 with Rochelle Putnam and Philip Wilkinson voting against the motion. A $15,480 consulting contract for a consulting firm to pursue getting the Osuna Adobe on the National Register of Historic Places was approved as part of the consent calendar.

The five other consulting contracts were for special projects discussed at the board’s September retreat: An intersection study to analyze traffic signals; a pool and fitness center at the RSF Golf Club; a Club Mark outreach proposal for the pool and fitness center; the Covenant Design Review Committee video project; and the RSF Golf Club water project.

The only consultant cost included in the annual budget was the cost for the intersection study, the rest did not commence until after the 2013-14 budget was adopted. Community Enhancement Funds could be used for each of the projects.

The intersection study consultant contract is for $10,000, which will be used for engineering drawings to evaluate the impact of traffic lights as compared to the proposed roundabouts on Paseo Delicias/Del Dios Highway.

The pool and fitness center consultant cost is $8,000 for an engineer to perform a survey and base map and determine whether there is adequate room at the Golf Club.

The Club Mark proposal, at $40,000, includes the company’s facilitating an outreach program on the potential pool and fitness center and to generate support for the construction of the new recreational facilities.

An $8,000 consulting contract was awarded for the Covenant Design Review Committee (formerly the Art Jury), which would like to create educational videos to assist applicants with their project processing. The videos would be added to the new website.

The Golf Club recently competed the installation of a well for irrigation purposes. However, the groundwater is too alkaline for direct application on the turf and must be treated prior to use. The $40,000 consulting fee will help to investigate alternative methods for brine disposal.

The $15,480 consulting contract for the Osuna Adobe is for Heritage Architects to prepare documents for historical designation nomination.

The adobe is currently listed on the County’s Historic Register, but a national listing would give additional credibility to the adobe’s status as a regionally important historic structure. The funding source for the contract would be an internal transfer, funds would be allocated from the Osuna Ranch operational profit to the Covenant Enhancement Fund.