9/21/23, 11:19 AM
MONDAY NIGHT’S (9/18/23) REGULAR BOD MEETING
Last Monday’s (9/18/23) Regular Board Meeting started at 6:00 PM and ended at 7:50 PM. There was no Executive Session.
The following Ranch Directors in attendance: President Kari Vickery via zoom, VP Bob Beveridge, Secretary Mike Dries, Treasurer Kelly Davis, Julia Randall, Sheryl Jones and Ara Erdekian.
Directors Sarah Woolverton and Mike Carey were absent.
ITEMS OF INTEREST:
*Director Ara Erdekian discussed raising the Title Transfer Fee from $180.00 to $500.00. Erdekian indicated he’s not married to the $500 amount, but believes raising the Title Fee amount could off set having to increase dues.
According to Ranch Administration, Tile Transfer Fee documentation-information, is incorporated in the “FEE SCHEDULE LIST” utilized by the Board of Directors. The 2024 Fee Schedule List currently reflects the $180.00 amount.
*Ranch resident Ben Johnson, speaking on behalf of the Ranch Enhancement Projects Committee, pitched purchasing four benches for the Cascade East Transit (CET) bus stops on the Ranch.
Johnson: “It makes an awful lot of sense I believe. It’s not overly expensive. Hopefully, it might engender a little bit more ridership…”
Estimated cost for the benches: $2,200.00 not including installation.
Estimated installation cost: $2,000.00 to $2,500.00.
The Ranch Enhancement Fund currently has about $8,700.00 to work with.
Manager Judy Lapora suggested: “Maybe we could, if the Board decides to approve the benches, maybe we could approve the benches with a stipend to go forward toward installing them…”
As the discussion continued, Manager Lapora revealed that CET might cancel service on the Ranch. Lapora: “I have been approached by CET, that if ridership doesn’t improve they may cancel…” Lapora confirmed under questioning that CET hadn’t provided her with any specifics, but did say: “They’re trying to get this up and running…”
Lapora and the Board further discussed ways to improve ridership and being more proactive.
President Kari Vickery stated: “If I’m looking at this as CET thinking about reducing the resource that they provide for the Ranch, I have a hard time swallowing spending $2,200.00 on benches, plus another $2,000.00 or $2,500.00 on securing those benches, if they’re going to remove that service from the Ranch.
We need more information from CET before I think, moving forward with the bench installation.”
Vickery: “I vote we table voting on purchasing these benches until we have more information from CET.”
Ranch Matters contacted Eric Lint, “Project & Strategy Manager” for CET for more information.
According to Mr. Lint, Ranch ridership issues are currently being evaluated and confirmed adjustments will be made based on the ridership evaluation process. He further stated there are no immediate changes planned.