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Taylor Resigns As OVA President
OVA President John Taylor has announced his resignation as president and from the Oakmont board, effective Sept. 30, when he plans to move from Oakmont to accommodate his wife’s health. “During the past year I have been searching for a living arrangement that would enhance personal care for my wife and permit me to be more closely associated with her on a daily basis,” Taylor said in a joint July 20 statement with his wife, Joanne. He said her long period of disability and limitations had made the search for the right facility difficult due to limited capacity and long waiting lists. “Unexpectedly, a unique set of circumstances has led to an offer for our immediate admission to the University Retirement Community in Davis,” Taylor said. “Joanne will have skilled nursing care and I can enjoy an independent living apartment arrangement in the same building.” Taylor was elected to the board in 2013 and is in his second one-year term as president. He also was on the board for a year in 2004–05. “Since coming to Oakmont in the fall of 1988, we have appreciated the activities, friendships and beauty of the Valley of the Moon along with enjoying Oakmont’s volunteer opportunities.” During his time in Oakmont, Taylor was a leader of a number of projects, including remodeling and expanding the Central Activities Center and upgrading the West Recreation Center grounds. When a board member resigns, the remaining members appoint a replacement to serve until the next election, which would be next April. Board members will elect a new president.
September 1, 2014 • Volume 52, Number 17
A Possible Bridge to Annadel Park?
If a few things fall into place over the next few months, a pedestrian bridge could be built giving Oakmont residents permanent access to Annadel State Park. In a report to the Oakmont Village Association Board recommending the project, the Oakmont Community Development Committee (OCDC) said a 75-foot fiberglass bridge could be constructed
across Santa Rosa Creek at the end of Meadow Green Place for roughly $200,000. The cost would include a keypad or card reader system to restrict access. “The OCDC is recommending to the OVA Board of Directors that that they do the necessary steps to build a pedestrian-only bridge across the creek to guarantee a permanent point of access for both Oakmonters into Annadel and for Wild Oak residents to have access to Oakmont,” Susan Millar, chair of the OCDC, said in the report. “We leave the problem of a bicycle path up to the County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa to resolve.” See bridge on page 11
Shakespeare on the Green
The Santa Rosa Creek bridge adjacent to the water treatment plant off Stone Bridge Road. The future of what is now Oakmont’s lone direct access to Annadel State Park is uncertain. (Photo by Marty Thompson)
Turnout for four evening performances of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Oakmont Golf Club’s driving range averaged 110 per night, exceeding expectations and suggesting that more community events are in order, organizers say. “We didn’t know how it would work out, but it was very successful,” said Mike Ash, the club’s new general manager. “But it exceeded my expectations, frankly.” Ash said OGC is now thinking about doing more events that the community can enjoy, like concerts or even a dog show. The modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy was staged by the Bacchus Theater Company on a knoll on the golf green for enthusiastic audiences on four July nights. Admission was free. People could bring their own refreshments, but food and drinks were available for purchase.
OVA OKs Renting Space for Relocated West Rec. Events
The job of relocating more than 600 events from the West Recreation Center during its remodel looks a lot easier after the Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors gave its manager approval to use temporary space at three locations in the village and a Santa Rosa dance studio. Most of the events will be moved to the 2,000 sq. ft. former beauty salon on Stone Bridge Road, which OVA will rent for $2,400 a month for at least three months beginning Sept. 15. Manager Cassie Turner said other events will be moved to the East Golf Course’s 1,400 sq. ft. banquet room, which the Oakmont Golf Club will make available until noon each day at no charge; the former location off Oakmont Drive of Curves for Oakmont Village Association 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7 Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5906
$185 a month, and the Annadel Dance and Fitness Studio in Santa Rosa for $30 an hour. The total cost will be just under $5,000 a month. Turner said the four locations will accommodate about 75% of the affected events and activities, although some will have to be scaled back. She said the expense of changes in the beauty salon building for the activities will be minimal. Turner, in her monthly report, listed new complications regarding the West Rec. remodel and its costs. She said the city seems to continue to come up with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance requests adding on more and more See relocated events on page 11 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323
Titania, the enchanted fairy queen, expresses her love to Bottom, whose head has been changed to that of an ass. (Photo by Keith Sauer)
Ash said that future events might serve as a small source of needed revenue for OGC, but the main thing would be for community enjoyment.
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