Present were Board members Steve Cauffman, Mike McNally, Sandrine Scherson, Michele Walot, Barbara Taborek, ICHA members Andrew Herndon, Ron Reid and Victor Van Zandt.
Steve Cauffman was selected the Chair of the HRB.
Victor Van Zandt made a presentation on the next phases of building. A chart showing the timelines for the building of townhomes and homes and several parcels for recreation was shown. The current construction of 32 homes will be complete by the end of this year, as will a 1/3 acre Pocket Park. Construction of the Rental Town homes (phase 10-4) and 23 more homes (10-2) will begin in the second quarter of this year, with completion set for the end of 2015. If hiring by the University justifies more building, construction of another 22 homes will begin in the last quarter of 2015, with development of a one-acre park commencing the first quarter of 2016. Pedestrians will be able to enjoy the vista along a paseo above the hill along California Ave, which was a high priority of the community. Victor explained that a survey, which was returned by one-third of the community, provided the concepts for play equipment and amenities in the 1/3 acre Pocket Park, and the other one-acre parcel. There will be climbing things appropriate for children 2-5, and 5-12, as well as picnic and barbecue facilities, in the Pocket Park. The one-acre parcel will include a 5-lane Jr. Olympic length pool, a wading pool and a hot tub. An adjoining parcel (not allocated to University Hills) will possibly be a joint use park with the University and include a telescope and an amphitheater.
Events in the community:
The police were called to clear the soccer field of adults who showed up for the standing reservation of their weekly game despite the area being closed due to rain and despite “field closed” signs having been readily visible. The homeowners who initiated the group were reportedly not present. The HRB decided that it is incumbent on those who hold the reservation to be sure everyone complies with the rules, or they will lose their reservation.
Something must be done to protect the fruit trees. The fruit is supposed to be harvested for community events. Not only are some residents picking the fruit before it’s ripe, but they are breaking the branches.
A request by a homeowner to hold an Easter Egg Hunt was approved, providing she can show sufficient interest and volunteers from the community.
Sandrine and Andrew reported on their inquiry into the use of the Library (and its piano) at the University Club for a community concert by three visiting musicians, violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, cellist Ross Gasworth, and pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks. The only evening available is Friday April 18th, from 6pm-8pm. The cost of using the space, which will have chairs for 100, plus hors d’oeuvres and hosted beer and wine will cost will be around $1000; Barbara will help obtain drink tickets; each adult will be handed one as they enter. The invitation should stipulate that no children under 10 will be allowed. An $800 donation will be made to Chamber Music OC.
Andrew reminded the committee that the City of Irvine books its outdoor movie equipment very quickly for the summer. Uhills plans to have three movie nights, including one with a campout afterwards. The HRB needs to contact community members to help choose films. New volunteers are also needed to serve popcorn, and perhaps make it. The Boy Scout troop was mentioned as a possibility.
ICHA will schedule some coffees for community members to come meet the HRB. 30-40 people usually show up. An Open House will also be planned. Options include having it in June or July at the Community Center, or in Q4 around the completion of the houses and Pocket Park.
A resident request for exclusive use of the Lounge on a Saturday for 3 hours was denied. Other groups meet during that time.
The events scheduled for the first half of the year are: the Garage Sale (and Good Will), Earth Day (shredding, electronic waste, oversize throw a-way and free mulch) , a mini trade show , and June art/music show. Volunteers are needed! The meeting was adjourned at 6 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Barbara Taborek .