Laguna Woods GRF Board of Directors meets for face-to-face meeting – Orange County Register


All of the members of the Golden Rain Foundation board of directors met face to face for the first time since the state’s easing of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, in a regular meeting on Tuesday, July 6. .

“I am happy to see that our village is open again,” said Chairman of the Board, Bunny Carpenter. “I’ve seen a lot of happy faces lately.”

Clubhouses 1, 2, 4 and 5 have fully reopened. Village Management Services CEO Jeff Parker said management is actively recruiting more staff within the recreation department to expand the services and activities available to residents.

Starting Tuesday, Parker said, residents could start booking reservations for individual parties for the next six months – the deadline is Dec.31 – through the recreation department.

Guests under the age of 15 are still prohibited from using any of the pools at this time. Parker has assured that this ban will be lifted once shipping issues over a boiler en route to Pool 1 are resolved, likely in the next few days.

At the county level, COVID-19 numbers remain stagnant.

The OC Health Care Agency reported an adjusted daily case rate of 1.5 per 100,000 population.

The positivity of the tests – the number of swabs and sputum tests that come back with traces of the coronavirus – measured 1.2%, and the health equity metric – the positivity of tests of disproportionately affected neighborhoods – measured 1.4%.

“COVID-19 has not gone away,” Parker said. “People should always take precautions.”

Three more COVID-19 related deaths in the town of Laguna Woods have been reported since mid-July.

Member-guest golf tournament

GRF failed to resolve to reduce the guest fee for the next member-guest tournament from $ 55 to $ 16, the member rate.

Director Jon Pearlstone explained that the concept of the tournament was to welcome golfers of all abilities to play the course and experience the village community at low cost.

Unlike the Memorial Tournament, Silver Seniors Home Games and other fundraising events hosted by the 18-Hole Men’s Golf Club, the purpose of the Guest Member Tournament is not to raise funds, Pearlstone added. .

“The idea is that if the money comes in – which it does – it’s a bonus,” he said.

The reduced fees have been the norm for the member-guest tournament for the past five years, without review by the board, said Brian Gruner, director of recreation and special events.

Despite this, a staff report estimated a loss of revenue of $ 2,808 for the day of the tournament.

Director Maggie Blackwell opposed the fee cut, calling it “unwarranted and unnecessary” at a critical time in the budget.

Blackwell said there was insufficient evidence of need – no precedent that would show lower participation if standard rates applied – while pointing to other local tournament rates that are comparatively competitive. or higher.

“It charges residents for something that doesn’t require a reduction in fees,” Blackwell said.

The board failed the resolution with two directors in favor and seven against.

Golf locker storage fee

GRF passed a resolution that would increase the fees for certain rental services.

According to a report from VMS staff, the Community Activities Committee identified four areas that make side-by-side ‘weak’ market comparisons: facility lockers, golf driving range, caterers serving the club / organization and private parties for residents in GRF facilities and storage. areas.

Lockers in the pool rooms at Clubhouse 1 and the Performing Arts Center, the community center table tennis room, the jewelry room at Clubhouse 4, and the outdoor lockers at Clubhouse 4 would cost $ 25 to rent annually at the suggested rate.

Rental rates for a quarter, small, and large bucket of golf balls would double from $ 1, $ 2, and $ 3 to $ 2, $ 4, and $ 6.

Catering costs for the plates would double from $ 1 to $ 2.

The resolution would also start billing annual fees for storage areas in 2022, starting at $ 25 for a small area, $ 50 for a mid-sized area and $ 100 for spaces measured at five by five feet and above, according to a staff report.

Based on 2019 data, staff are forecasting additional income of $ 108,250 with the proposed changes, according to a staff report.

The board of directors unanimously adopted the resolution. He must now meet a 28 day notification requirement for member review.

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