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The Olivenhain Town Council Newsletter
President's Letter~July 2020
Dear Olivenhain Neighbors,
This was our first in-person event since the Covid related health orders went into place, and a lot went into our choice to meet in person. Our first consideration was the health and safety of our community, and so we took a number of steps to minimize the risk of disease transmission such as: meeting outside, households physically separating from each other, everyone had a mask and most wore them throughout and all when social distancing couldn't be maintained (e.g., moving chairs up and down the stairwell). Our second consideration was compliance with the health orders, which are ambiguous on activities like this, but we believe we complied with both the letter of the law as an outdoor recreational activity and with the spirit of the law relative to similar gatherings at the beach or parks and much higher risk indoor activities like bars, gyms, nail salons, and such. Of course each of us is in a different situation, some are at high risk of complications others are more risk averse. To support everyone's right to make their own choice, we also provided an option to participate by teleconference (no one chose this option).
This weekend, we have planned a 4th of July parade and subsequent socially distanced family picnic. Both of these are being revived after several years of dormancy. After 3+ months of virtual community, we want to provide a relatively safe and reasonably conforming event that allows some much needed tangible community interaction. We will start the parade at the eastern side of the meeting hall at 11:30. Everyone is required to have a face mask and wear them throughout the parade, which is more cautious than the county and state health orders to wear them when unable to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet. We encourage patriotic dress and decorations to scooters, bikes, canines, face masks, and the like. Following the parade, folks are welcome to stick around for a BYO everything picnic. We will have some American tunes playing, but folks need to bring their own tables and chairs, shade, food, drinks, etc. We ask that family/household units sit together, well separated (10-12 feet, again exceeding health agency guidance) and wear masks when moving around. If you plan to join us, please RSVP to [email protected] so we can coordinate directly and convey detailed safety protocols.
one private residence. According to Supervisor Fletcher, all these outbreaks have occurred in a confined indoor setting.
Fire Safe Council Hits the Ground Running
Hot on the heels of its official approval by the county, the new Olivenhain Fire Safe Council (OFSC) has just been awarded a SAFE grant from SDG&E to get its outreach efforts off the ground. With the start of summer and with fire season just around the corner, the OFSC board will be strategizing to get the word out about the role of the fire safe council and about opportunities such as the county’s free chipping service and defensible space initiative, the latter available at no cost to seniors, low-income and disabled homeowners. It will also begin developing the essential Community Wildfire Protection Plan in collaboration with the Encinitas Fire Department.
Annual Water Quality Report Now Available
OMWD’s 2020 Consumer Confidence Report is available online at www.olivenhain.com/CCR. This annual water quality report explains how drinking water provided by OMWD meets or exceeds all state and federal water quality standards for your drinking water. It includes results of water quality tests, tips on how to interpret the data, and an explanation of where your water comes from. OMWD is proud to share this report with customers each year.
Please call 760-753-6466 or stop by OMWD’s offices located at 1966 Olivenhain Road, Encinitas, CA 92024 to obtain a printed copy.
OMWD’s FREE Water Use Evaluation Service is Back!
A certified landscape auditor and architect will provide you with a custom list of ways to improve water use efficiency, answer landscaping questions, and develop an irrigation schedule specifically for your landscape. In response to the Coronavirus, COVID-19, new safety protocols are in place, including limiting evaluations to outdoor visits only To learn more about this service and schedule an appointment, visit www.olivenhain.com/evaluation.
If you want construction projects update the week before you send the newsletter, just let us know. A new project begins this fall and will continue over an anticipated nine-month construction period. OMWD will replace and relocate several pipelines near the intersection of Rancho Santa Fe Road and Encinitas Boulevard.
Newsletters and Other OTC Email Communications Going to Spam
We have started to compose and distribute the OTC newsletters and other email communications using a new email marketing service provider. Unfortunately, some OTC emails have been delivered to OTC members' spam folder. If this has happened to you, the easy fix is to add our email address into your address book, and to mark OTC emails as "not spam" and move them to your inbox.
In addition, please add this email address: [email protected]
to your address book as an approved sender.
We are still working on this problem with our email marketing service provider and appreciate your patience! Please let your neighbors or fellow OTC members know if they report problems as well. If you have any questions, please email Mark Mayer at [email protected]
City of Encinitas SeeClickFix App
Do you ever see issues around Olivenhain that you would love to let the City of Encinitas know about? Pot holes, broken sprinklers in the public right-of-way, a fallen tree, broken public park playground equipment and more can be reported with the SeeClickFix app and website. SeeClickFix is used to report non-emergency issues to the City. If you are on a desktop computer, you can click this link, fill out, and submit: SeeClickFix.
Even easier is the mobile app which will give you the ability to report a problem on the go. SeeClickFix is available for download for iphone in the App Store and also on Google Play.
Mark Your Calendars (OTC 2020 Events):
(Setup on Thursday, and Friday prior to event)
All events are held at the Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Rd., unless otherwise noted.
For more information, please email: [email protected]
Olivenhain Town Council wearables make wonderful gifts, and we have a great selection. Available styles and colors for the t-shirts are available, as well as sweatshirts. Sweatshirts are $30, T-shirts are $15. In addition, 25 oz. glass mugs w/ the Olivenhain logo are $20 & 16 oz. glass mugs w/ the Olivenhain logo are $15. We can deliver locally, or arrange for you to pick up at your convenience. Payment can be made with cash, check or via Venmo. To order, please email [email protected].
In addition, the sturdy, stylish and often-seen Colony Olivenhain metal license plate frames ($30) as well as the Colony Olivenhain history books written by resident and local historian Richard Bumann ($20) are available for purchase at Postal Corner during normal business hours.
Postal Corner is located at 2240 Encinitas Blvd. Suite D, Encinitas, CA 92024
OTC Facebook Page
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Olivenhain is a unique and history rich community. We are fortunate to have the Meeting Hall and grounds for our community events. The colonists had the foresight to set this area aside for the community. If only they know, it would remain the social gathering place in Olivenhain for more than 120 years. The Olivenhain Town Council now manages the grounds and buildings, but in the spirit of the colonists, it belongs to you, the community. When you join the Olivenhain Town Council, it isn’t just a membership; you are helping to preserve and perpetuate our unique heritage. Thank you for your membership and please tell a neighbor and encourage them to also join the Olivenhain Town Council. That can be done on the OTC website: www.olivenhain.org/membership
2019-2020 Olivenhain Town Council Board and Committee Chairs
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City of Encinitas - City Council's Office