Minutes of Starlight Mesa Board
Held on December 8, 2008
o Board of Directors: Joe Bergen, Joe Varreveto, Christian Jagenberg, Tom Cwik
o Incoming Board of Directors: John Kim, Muriel Morhoracek
o Homeowners: Glenn Cunningham
Meeting was called to order at 7:35 p.m. at Tom Cwik's house.
Minutes of November 12, 2008 meeting modified regarding the Q&A section; minutes then approved.
Minutes of September 29, 2008 meeting read and approved.
Geologist report from Strata-Tech Inc received; report was commissioned to assess hillside integrity; No major issues found by geologist – report found that the inspected hillsides are ‘grossly stable’. Report accepted by board.
Discussion on Hillside Maintenance Policy:
o Policy has been written for board discussion
o Policy will replace current Water Policy as a more comprehensive policy
o Geologist report used in forming policy
o Work from commissioned landscape architect used in forming policy
o Plans from landscape architect reviewed by board
o Fundamental goals of policy are to maintain structural integrity of hillsides, maintain fire-resistant planting, and maintain drought-tolerant planting
o Upon reading the policy a question arose regarding homeowners watering common hillsides near their house; the policy maintains that homeowners should maintain a firebreak around home
o Policy will be shown to Fire Department
o After discussion, Policy approved by Board subject to minor modifications
Further discussion on plans from landscape architect
o Plans drawn by architect inspected; area under consideration is complete set of hillsides around pool and tennis courts; plans include listing of plants, watering instructions (over time that plants are first planted and begin growing) and planting instructions
o Fire resistant, erosion controlling, draught tolerant plants and trees are available for free from LAFD; this is first choice for Mesa
o Planting will be completed by Mesa gardener
o A full multi-year plan has been developed; plan will be completed depending on funding availability over time
Treasurer reports that accounts in arrears have dropped in half, to about $2500. About 6 member accounts are still outstanding. The management company will continue writing letters to those in arrears and begin placing a lien on the properties if necessary.
Holiday party at the Bertas was successful with a very good turnout.
Water main from Mariners View to pool house replaced since nearby yard and patio construction opened opportunity for low-cost maintenance.
The pool house costing and planning was discussed; A new contractor and engineering consultant is being examined
Meeting Adjourned at 8:55
Next meeting Tuesday Jan 20, 7:30, Muriel’s house