Minutes of the Palomar Mountain Planning Organization Meeting
September 24, 1994
Board Members Present:
Terri Bailey, Thomas Burton, Robert
Carlyle, Halcie Clark, Clarence Darrough, Thomas Fortney, Elizabeth
Getzoff (alternate), Bruce Graves, Russell Litchfield, Bill Meyer,
Nancy Moriarity (alternate), Robert Thicksten, Joseph Weeks.
The meeting was convened at 4:05PM, following the Vista Irrigation
District Public Presentation on the Mendenhall Valley pumping project.
Bailey Meadows Subdivision:
Bill Meyer reported that the plan
modifications have substantially improved the project design but that
four concerns still need addressing:
1. traffic hazards at State Park Road intersection - sight distance and
2. impact on quantity of groundwater available to adjacent residents
3. leach fields' closeness to property lines and other parcels' wells
4. fire protection
Any PMPO comments must be received by the County Planner by October 6.
The PMPO Board approved a motion for Bruce Graves to collect member's
comments on Bill Meyer's draft letter expressing these concerns and to
send the revised letter to the County.
Mendenhall Ranch Project:
Brian Mooney of Mooney &
Associates and Dr. David Huntley, Professor of Hydrology at San Diego
State University, were invited to comment on the Vista Irrigation
District presentation and plans. Mr. Mooney said a key point was that
V.I.D. had not formally defined the testing as a "project" subject to
Environmental Impact Reporting. The challenge is that V.I.D. itself,
as lead agency, decides whether it does or does not. He suggested the
PMPO, in writing, ask to be notified of V.I.D. Board hearings so as to
be able to attend, with the letter copied to other agencies who are
influencing the decision, including the California Fish & Game
Department and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The PMPO Board
approved a motion asking Mr. Mooney to write a letter responding to
today's presentation, requesting that an EIR/EIS be prepared, and to
send a copy to the California F&G Commission. Mr. Mooney will send
Bruce Graves a cost estimate for these services.
Dr. Huntley said that independent monitoring and evaluation of the
SAMDA test reports would be expensive. He suggested V.I.D. be asked to
fund a impartial technical group for this task.
The PMPO Board approved a motion authorizing Mr. Mooney to write a
letter to the Board of Supervisors stating that this project involved
transport of water and should be regulated by the same principles as
spring water extraction, with a Major Use Permit required.
Ted Prince, a Sheriff's Department
Crime Prevention Specialist, outlined ways for citizens to be safer on
the mountain. He suggested knowing your neighbors well enough to
recognize people who shouldn't be here and report the situation to law
enforcement. Use 911 for any serious crime or emergency, use 565-5200
to report a past crime or suspicious activity. He urged residents
accurately report the level of crimes and suspicious activities. Home
security systems deter burglars inexpensively. Engraving name and
driver's license number on valuable objects makes them less likely to
be stolen. He offered to meet with groups of 8 to 12 families to
detail these and other ideas, including earthquake preparedness, and to
conduct residential security inspections. Residents should phone Bill
Meyer, 742-4527, to sign up or to receive more information.