The SRPG is extremely pleased to announce that the City Council approved the first step to build a second fire station in Scripps Ranch! The Community Plan and Finance Benefit Assessment for Scripps Ranch must be amended. The cost is likely $4-6 million that will come from future development fees, bonds, and donations. The second fire station will serve Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch, and StoneBridge Estates. As the project is funded, the community will participate in where the station will be located, the size, and amenities. Our appreciation goes to our council office, as well as Dan Monroe, Angela Abeyta, and John Francona for making this happen.
The regular meeting of the MRNPC was held in March at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. The March meeting included the annual elections for five of the 20 seats on the MRNPC. Re-elected for four-year terms were David Berry and Marian Marum. Two new residents agreed to serve on the MRNPC and were elected. Congratulations to Doug Farry and Lorayne Burley. Thank you for being willing to give your time and talents to our community.
Rick Duran of the Park and Recreation Department discussed the city's response to vandalism and graffiti at Spring Canyon Park. The work orders and supplies to repair or replace the damaged items have been ordered. Brighter lights will be installed in all fixtures.
Until that time, the city will leave on one set of the field lights to help light the park at night. The damage at the tot lot wall tiles will be addressed with Mr. Duran and Lorayne Burley. It is possible that replacement tiles can be supplied by Dingeman Elementary School.
Mr. Duran indicated that the city policy is to repaint over any graffiti within 24 hours of being notified. The city will put up signs that have a number for residents to call if they see vandalism or graffiti. We have Mr. Duran's assurance that the city will respond quickly to eradicate the graffiti once they receive notice.
Residents are encouraged to call the park and the non-emergency police number--619-531-2000--to report any vandalism. The MRNPC will monitor the city response and develop ways for the community to address this issue.
The late night loitering and littering problem at the Information Center parking lot has continued despite a request for more police enforcement. Several nights each week, unknown persons congregate in the lot and leave debris, including broken beer bottles. Center manager Juan Baligad has proposed closing the lot between 11 pm and 5 am. The MRNPC requested that he contact the area residents to advise them of the potential parking rule changes and report back prior to implementation.
The Sudberry Company had presented several samples of the stone façade to use on the six-story office building to be built at the MedImpact site. MRNPC members indicated there are two stone samples that would comply with the Community Plan and have a nice appearance. The builder will be requested to use one of the two samples.
As Ellen Browning Scripps (EBS) Elementary School prepares to move to its new site on Cypress Canyon Road, many decisions must be made. One that involved the MRNPC was the exterior color scheme. EBS Design Task Force chair Gloria Tran presented potential color schemes for the exterior paint.
The MNRPC voted to approve the color scheme the school district, administration, and task force preferred. It includes tan and brown shades that blend nicely with the neighborhood, and the colors comply with the Community Plan.