Sangre de cristo ranch owners association

Meeting Minutes June 6, 2019, 6:00 PM

In Attendance


Board Members:

Cathy Hanson, Vice-President SCRO

Bill Hiatt, Secretary SCRO

Cathy Patrick, Member-at-Large SCRO

Butch Pettigrew, Member-at-Large SCRO

Wayne Williams, Member-at-Large SCRO

Visitors:

Larry Page

Gary Pettigrew

Sandy Peltz-Lumpkin


 Welcome, Call to Order

Ms. Hanson called the meeting to order.

Treasurer’s Report

No Treasurer’s Report was provided as Mr. Keith Hershey (SCRO Treasurer) was not in attendance.  Ms. Hanson reported that as of the end of March, the Association bank balance was about $46,227. 

President’s Message & General Discussion

Dumpster Day was held on Tuesday, June 4th.  We managed to fill the container (mostly).  We will have a large sign on site with the list of prohibited items in the future.  Dumpers will be asked to break-down furniture in order to conserve dumpster space.

It was noted that Mr. Hiatt would not be running for reelection in August.  However, Ms. Peltz-Lumpkin has indicated that she will be running for election (position to be determined) this August.  It’s always good to get new members involved in SCRO.

Butch Pettigrew continues to be concerned about certain neighbors; one of whom has recently been arrested for animal cruelty and who also own a pack of free-ranging pitbulls.  Obviously, the Costilla County Sheriff is aware of the situation.

The Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 3rd at 2:00-4:00 PM.

Gary Pettigrew informed attendees that the Costilla County Volunteer Fire Department hosts an open-forum meeting the first Monday of every month at the San Luis Fire House at 6:00 PM.  Butch Pettigrew also noted that the new Fire-Ban signs were not equipped with a clasp to hold the wings open. Bunge-cords may be a solution.

Motion to adjourn was passed at 7:00 PM.


Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owner's Association
Board Meeting Minutes: April 4, 2019

Meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President Gwen Henzi. Other board members in attendance:
Keith Hershey Jr., Wayne Williams, Butch Pettigrew and Cathy Hanson.
SCRO members in attendance: Mike Rasmussen, Larry Page & guest, Keith Hershey Senior. Several
members of the Martinez family were also present. Sheriff Danny Sanchez came at 6:30 to speak to our
group.
Visiting members were welcomed.
The February minutes were approved as written.
President’s Report:
Gwen reported that the county had begun taxing attached lots with one owner and one Tax ID as 2
individual lots. She is not sure how widespread this is being applied throughout the Ranches but will try
to get more information.
Gwen has spoken with the sheriff and the state brand inspector concerning the horses running loose on
the Ranches. There have been several close calls between the horses and vehicles. SCRO must notify
the owner, catch the horses and corral and feed & water them until the state brand inspector can come
out and remove the horses and goat.
As of this meeting, the attorney for SCRO has sent out two cease and desist letters to Ranch owners
with continuing covenant violations.
Treasurer’s Report:
Keith reported that SCRO funds stood at $44,147.72 as of March 31, 2019. He distributed copies of the
current balance sheet. Keith also mentioned that membership continues to rise.
Old Business:
The Martinez family was sent one of the cease and desist letters by the SCRO attorney. The family came
to the meeting to discuss our protective covenants. The board listened to the family’s comments and the
family spokesperson asked what they could do to make things right. Gwen reminded the family that our
subdivision was developed for residential purposes. Their spokesperson commented that the family
would consider hiring their own attorney to address the situation further.
New Business:
Newly elected sheriff Danny Sanchez spoke at the meeting. He discussed the horse situation further and
noted that Colorado is a fence out state. SCRO would have to complete the procedure listed above as
the sheriff’s department’s hands were tied.
Sheriff Sanchez also noted that Ranch resident Mr. Rushing was given a citation for blocking a county
road with a disabled vehicle.
Gwen handed out copies of a Game Management Survey from DOW for folks to fill out and circulate to
other Ranch residents. This survey is the direct result of the illegal elk hunting that took place in one of
last fall’s hunting seasons.
Our annual Dumpster Day will take place June 4, 2019 from 10 AM to 4PM.
The SCRO Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 3
rd
from 2-4 PM.

Our next scheduled SCRO meeting will be June 6, 2019.
Meeting adjourned at 7:24 PM.
Cathy Hanson for Cathy Patrick


Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owner's Association
Minutes: February 07, 2019

Meeting called to order at 6:01 PM by President Gwen Henzi. Other board members in attendance: Keith
Hershey, Wayne Williams, Butch Pettigrew, Cathy Patrick and Cathy Hanson.
Two SCRO members (Dennis and Joyce Biggs) were present.
Visiting members were welcomed.
December SCRO minutes were approved as written.
President’s Report:
Gwen reported that newly elected Costilla County Commissioner’s, Steve Romero and Mike Gallegos,
began attending commissioner’s meetings after the first of the year. Gwen was hopeful that the board
would be invigorated by the new blood.
Gwen mentioned that there was a county issue concerning cattle on private land near the Rio Grande
River and there was a need for the county to get involved in solving the problem before it got further out
of hand. Land and the river have been adversely affected by said cattle. The commissioners will be
taking the issue up at a meeting in February.
Gwen discussed the ongoing problem on the Ranches with the RV Park on County Road 6. She has
been attempting to get a definition of “family” from our current attorney who is to discuss the meaning of
“family” with the county attorney, Ed Lobato. As of today, we have received no answer. Gwen has also
discussed the issue several times with the Land Use Administrator. At this point it doesn’t seem like he’s
too eager to do anything more about it.
Treasurer’s Report:
Keith reported that SCRO funds stood at $43,105.02 as of January 31, 2019. He distributed copies of the
current balance sheet. Keith also mentioned that membership has picked up since the first of the year.
Good news as membership is vital to raise funds to tackle the ongoing problems in the Ranches.
New Business: Wayne shared that SCRO as a non-profit could publish articles in the local press free of
charge. We are taking this under advisement.
Gary Pettigrew of the local volunteer fire department is planning to attend the next SCRO meeting in
April to give an update on the department since the Spring Fire.
Old Business: Wayne Williams reported again about the request for donations to SLV Firefighters. No
decision was made as we need more information on how the funds will be handled and distributed.
SCRO members, the Jordan’s have completed the PR letter Gwen asked them to put together for SCRO.
Board members have read and approved the letter. A motion passed to go ahead and send out the letter
to Ranch residents and include the Land Use packet. The packet was prepared by the County Planning
and Zoning Office.
County Road 6 bridge is now open.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.
Submitted for Cathy Patrick by Cathy Hanson


SANGRE DE CRISTO RANCH OWNERS
ASSOCIATION
Meeting Minutes December 6, 2018, 6:00 PM

In Attendance
Board Members:
Gwen Henzi, President SCRO
Kathy Hanson, Vice-President SCRO
Keith Hershey, Treasurer SCRO
Bill Hiatt, Secretary SCRO
Cathy Patrick, Member-at-Large SCRO (phone-in)
Butch Pettigrew, Member-at-Large SCRO
Wayne Williams, Member-at-Large SCRO
Visitors:
Keith Hershey Sr.
Ken Hershey
Dennis & Joyce Biggs
Phillip & Jeannette Phillips
Mike & Darlene Jordan
Jeffry Musgrove
Welcome, Call to Order
Ms. Henzi called the meeting to order.
Treasurer’s Report
Keith Hershey reported as of October 31, 2018, the Association bank balance was $48,814.62. Mr. Hershey
noted we currently have about 167 members who are current with their dues. It was mentioned that some years
ago there were about 1,000 paid-up members.
President’s Message & General Discussion
SCRO, this year, will donate $400 to the Fort Garland community center and another $300 to the Fort Garland
Revitalization Committee.
The Fire Ban signs are in place. Since they are locked cabinets, someone will need to open/close them as
appropriate. Butch Pettigrew volunteered to take care of the one at the intersection of CR6 and Juarez Road.
Wayne Williams said he would take care of the others.
Gwen is working to reduce our insurance premiums. The bill for the new year was $3,374 for SCRO coverage.
Gwen wants to come up with a plan to increase membership in SCRO. Kathy Hanson said there was some
interest on the SCRO Facebook page but that many people are unaware that they must be paid-up members to
access the network. Sometimes the names they use on Facebook are not consistent with the SCRO membership
database. A motion was made and seconded for Gwen Henzi to pursue a public relations campaign in order to
increase membership and get SCRO information out to Ranch residents who are not members. Motion passed.
The ‘RV Park’ on CR6 near the intersection with Luke Road continues to be in violation of County zoning
requirements. Numerous hunters claiming to be relatives of the property owner from Pueblo are using the
property as a hunting camp. 28
dead animals were confiscated by DOW including a ‘Sampson’ buck.
Gwen continues to try to work with the Planning and Zoning office to resolve complaints that have been turned
in. They are short staffed, so things do not happen very quickly. A Field Inspector has been hired and is in
training. Gwen remains cautiously optimistic that reported land code violations will be acted upon.
After the business part of the meeting was concluded, Gwen introduced Kenneth Hershey, brother of Ranch
resident Keith Hershey and Uncle to Board Treasurer Keith Hershey, Jr. Kenneth said that he has property in
other sub-divisions in Costilla County and that there appears to be similar problems and concerns common to
Sangre de Cristo Ranches. He would like to form some type of committee of all sub-divisions representatives to
meet informally in order to discuss these common issues. He is also trying to get a FaceBook group named CC
Watchdog up and running.
Motion to adjourn was passed at 7:30 PM.





 Sangre de cristo ranch owners association

Meeting Minutes October 4, 2018, 6:00 PM

In Attendance


Board Members:

Gwen Henzi, President SCRO

Kathy Hanson, Vice-President SCRO

Keith Hershey, Treasurer SCRO

Bill Hiatt, Secretary SCRO

Cathy Patrick, Member-at-Large SCRO (phone-in)

Butch Pettigrew, Member-at-Large SCRO

Wayne Williams, Member-at-Large SCRO

 

Visitors:

Lee & Deb Sowers

Lynn King

Tarron Meerschant

Mike & Darlene Jordan

Larry Page

Guest Speakers:

Jason Medina, Costilla County Land Use Administrator

Danny Sanchez, Costilla County Sheriff-Elect


 Welcome, Call to Order

Ms. Henzi called the meeting to order.

Treasurer’s Report

Keith Hershey has been appointed as the new Treasurer and voted-in.  Ayesha Williams the former Treasurer has resigned.  As of September 30, 2018, the Association bank balance is $49,729.16.  Mr. Hershey noted that he has updated the membership rolls to reflect those homeowners who are current with their dues.  About 10-12 new members have been enrolled through the Paypal account.  Ms. Henzi recommended he receive a $50 / month stipend to manage the Facebook page and website. Cathy Hanson made a motion and Butch Pettigrew 2nd. The motion passed unanimously.

President’s Message & General Discussion

Extreme Graphics is making several large, brightly colored signs for major entrances into the Ranches that state Fire Ban when needed. The signs will be able to close when there is no fire ban. Status of signs is unknown.

Gwen is working with a non-profit broker for D&O insurance, trying to get additional quotes.

On Oct. 2, Gwen met with the County Court of Commissioners concerning the train derailment that happened in May, 2018. The train was full of barley and is causing hazardous conditions due to animals coming to eat the barley. NTSB is involved in the investigation. Chris Rodriguez will let us know the status. The Spring fire burned the trestle on the way to the summer concert area. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad culvert being used as a replacement for the trestle is not working. The Court of County Commissioners is working to get this situation resolved.

Gwen will meet with Barbara Zoellers. She is a lawyer out of Monte Vista willing to discuss our options for enforcing egregious code violations on the Ranches.

Pinion articles are due by Nov. 15 to Gwen and the Pinion will go out in early January.

At the December meeting, the board will work to redesign a brochure about the Ranches and have it available as folks come to look at land.

Gwen gave 3 Land Use Code violations to the Planning and Zoning Board. 1) Fort 420 Camping and Cannabis Club plan to open this spring in direct violation of zoning; 2) clearing of land on CR 6 to open a campground; 3) a resident on Howell road is using a propane tank to heat his hay bale and plywood home. He is threatening people with a gun. One resolution was a resident deciding to build a huge building and make a gun and ammunitions factory in it. This resident has decided to move into Fort Garland.

 It was also noted that illegal water withdrawals may be taking place in the Ranches. Some water trucks seen in the ranches obtaining water are of dubious right. Mr. Pettigrew noted that he is acquainted with a particular neighbor who is exhibiting gross disregard for the community by disposing of hazardous materials within waterways and exhibiting excessive and dangerous speeds and tearing-up maintained roadways with his heavy equipment.

The county is hiring a Field Inspector starting in November and he will be monitoring for land use violations. The county is developing a form that will require all transferred property (especially that due to internet transactions) to include a copy of the land use codes for the purchasers.

Guest Speakers

Jason Medina, the new Costilla County Land Use Administrator presented an overview of the current situation within his department.  He discussed ways to enforce the County Land Use Codes within the constraints of staff and budget.  He made it clear, that as a long-time resident he is sympathetic to and intends to work with the SCRO.

 

Danny Sanchez, the Costilla County Sheriff-Elect described his law enforcement background in the San Luis Valley.  He understands some of the frustrations experienced by the SCRO members.  He is intending to add officers to the department as budget allows.  He agreed that the Sheriff department involvement is critical to enforcing the Land Use Codes.  Threats to public employees performing their duties in accordance with legal statutes will be taken seriously.  Law enforcement will accompany County inspectors if citations are issued.

 

 

Motion to adjourn was passed at 8:00 PM.



Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owner's Association
August 4, 2018 Annual Meeting

The meeting called to order at 2:00 by vice-president Cathy Hanson.


Board members present: Wayne Williams, Cathy Patrick, Bill Hiatt and Cathy Hanson.
There were 21 SCRO members present.

The minutes of the August, 2017 Annual meeting were read with no changes reported.

The minutes of the June, 2018 board meeting were reported with no changes.



President / Vice President’s Report:
--Members were welcomed and encouraged to get more involved with SCRO.
--The Board is waiting for a bid from Extream Graphics for new Fire Ban signs. The signs will be bigger, have eye-catching colors, and will be free standing units with a flip feature from ‘Fire Ban in Effect’ to ‘Always Use Caution with Fire’. It was suggested that signs be placed in 7 locations – all entrances into Trinchera Ranches as well as Co. Lane 6 and the Lake road and at Sledger.
--Cathy Patrick gave a brief report from a meeting attended about fire recovery held the end of July. There were speakers from BAER (how public lands will be rehabilitated), Tony Anderson, a hydrologist from Pueblo (how NWS is issuing flood warnings in burn scar areas), NOAA (monitoring radar in burn scar areas, flooding can happen with 1/3” of rain in a short amount of time), Natural Resources Conservation Services (rehabilitation and hazards on private lands), and State Forest Service in Alamosa (damage to still standing trees and soil). The reality is the burn scar area will be changed for years to come.
--Residents are strongly encouraged to fill out Complaint Forms with the Land Use Office, make copies, and continue to follow-up with trash, squatters in areas. SCRO will post the complaint form on our website along with information about how / where to submit forms. Information can also be found on the County web site (include link on our web site).
--Dumpster Day was held in June, 2018. Board members collected trash from various places on the Ranch and several SCRO members brought trash to dump. This continues to be a very useful service SCRO provides.


Treasurer’s Report:
The Association has a current balance of $49,857.46. We are currently looking for a treasurer. Sandy Peltz-Logan has offered to help but, since new, doesn’t want the job.


New Business:
The votes for the election of officers were counted. There were 25 votes. Those on the ballot were elected: Cathy Hanson, Gwen Henzi, Cathy Patrick, Bill Hiatt, Wayne Williams. Butch Pettigrew and Keith Hershey were also elected to the board. There were no nominations from the floor so the Board was elected by acclimation,



Old Business:
None


Questions, concerns, suggestions from the members:
-There was a long discussion about the timing of the beginning of the fire – response by fire departments.

-What is UDC (seen on trucks): Inventorying electricity poles

-Trash found near, but not on, property. What to do? Do not go on others’ property. File Complaint form with county Land Use department – make copies of everything.

-What to be done about road erosion: Call county shop in Fort Garland, Larry Gomez, can help.

-Shipping containers as homes: complaint form

-Fences put up to hide marijuana growing: report to county

-Suggestion to invite Danny Sanchez (county sheriff, also Fire Marshal) to next meeting.

-Trinchera Ranch sign: needs to be widened and fixed. Will talk to Frank at Ranch office

-Turning lane: will it ever happen?

-Speed limit signs: 35 mph on Co Ln 6, Sledger, Forbes Road, Beekman



The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 PM and lunch catered by Mountain Chef.


Submitted by Cathy Patrick


All current board members will keep their current positions for the next year.​​ Cathy Patrick will be Secretary with Bill Hiatt as back-up. Still need someone to officially be treasurer.  




Sangre de cristo ranch owners association


Meeting Minutes June 7, 2018, 6:00 PM

In Attendance


Cathy Hanson, Vice-President SCRO

Ayesha Williams, Treasurer SCRO

Wayne Williams, Member-at-Large SCRO

Bill Hiatt, Secretary SCRO

Gary Pettigrew, Members SCRO

Butch & Linda Pettigrew, Member SCRO

Rhonda Lobato, Representing Costilla County Conservancy District


 Welcome, Call to Order

Ms. Hanson called the meeting to order.   Gwen Henzi, the president of the SCRO was unable to attend.

Treasurer’s Report

Ayesha Williams the Treasurer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.  As of May 31, 2018, the current Association balance is $51,261.76.

President’s Message & General Discussion

Ms. Hanson noted that SCRO elections are forthcoming and made a plea for more member involvement in the Board.  Most of the current SCRO board members have been serving for lengthy periods.  New blood is always welcomed.

Gary Pettigrew, reported that “Fire Ban” signs posted at various locations throughout the Ranches are being ignored because they are continuously posted despite periods of time when burning would be permissible.  Gary noted that the Costilla County Sheriff is responsible for determining the timing and magnitude of fire restrictions.  Suggestions were made to remove the existing signs in favor of signing that would be more visible and which could be modified as required to reflect actual conditions (i.e. think “flip”-type signs).  It was generally agreed that the expense for these signs would be an appropriate use of SCRO funds.  In addition, Gary will (and subsequently, has) provided PDF files to the Board including a Fire Description and Awareness update providing contacts and web-links, a document describing how different tree species impact the spread of wildfires and a third document describing the fire restriction stages.  The Board intends to get these documents onto the website and into the next edition(s) of the Pinon.

Currently, all board members volunteer their time and efforts.  It is recognized by the Board that certain tasks most notably associated with keeping the SCRO books, preparing the Pinon and certain meetings and correspondence/documentation require significant amounts of time.  The Board intends to discuss exactly which tasks would be eligible for compensation and at what rate.  This would generally involve tasks required per the SCRO bylaws that would have to be expensed to outside contractors should no member come forward to volunteer their time.

Ms. Hanson reminded the attendees that Dumpster Day is scheduled for June 12th.

For the annual meeting in August it is noted that several board members will be unable to attend.  Should a quorum be unavailable, no business will be conducted.  However, the meeting will continue as scheduled for Saturday, the 4th of August.  All paid-up members are invited.  Mr. Williams is investigating catering the meeting.  Ms. Hanson said that $500 would be available for catering.  The location of the meeting will continue to be held at the Fort Garland Community Center.

Ms. Lobato outlined the intent of the Costilla County Conservancy District to publish an RFP to study watershed issues related to the southern portion of Costilla County. The District has identified primary and secondary stakeholders in the proposed study including SCRO.  She requested SCRO representation at the monthly meetings to be held in conjunction with this effort.  Mr. Williams and Mr. Hiatt volunteered to be present at the monthly meetings to be held in San Luis on the second-to-the-last Thursday of every month.

Motion to adjourn was passed at 7:30 PM.







Sangre de cristo ranch owners association

Meeting Minutes April 5, 2018, 6:00 PM

In Attendance


Gwen Henzi, President SCRO

Kathy Hanson, Vice-President SCRO

Ayesha Williams, Treasurer SCRO

Wayne Williams, Member-at-Large SCRO

Keith Hershey, Member-at-Large SCRO

Bill Hiatt, Secretary SCRO

Keith Hershey Sr., Member SCRO

Gary & Debbie Pettigrew, Members SCRO

Butch Pettigrew, Member SCRO


 Welcome, Call to Order, Approval of Minutes from February 1, 2018 Board Meeting

Ms. Henzi called the meeting to order.  The minutes from the February 1, 2018 Board Meeting were distributed and approved.  There were no corrections, deletions or additions.

Treasurer’s Report

Ayesha Williams the Treasurer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.  As of March 31, 2018, the current Association balance is $49,774.63.

President’s Message

Ms. Henzi continues to attempt to schedule a meeting with Chris Rodriquez to discuss the Land Use Complaint form and how the County intends to handle these complaints.  These tend to get overlooked at the County.  It was noted that the County is currently pursuing litigation on an illegal shipping container in the Ranches.  This activity is applauded but the adjudication of this case is unknown at this time.

There has been considerable interest in the SCRO Facebook page.  Unfortunately, a non-member cannot automatically become a member of SCRO simply by purchasing property within the Ranches or by being “friended” by a current member.  In addition, we continue to have distribution issues with the Pinon, i.e., a few members are not receiving their copies.  It was suggested that we provide a “pdf” file of the newsletter that can be emailed to those folks not receiving their copy.  Ms. Henzi said she would request a pdf file from the printer.  These files will not be posted online but emailed directly since to do otherwise would be to make available for free the newsletter that we all pay for with our dues.

The Board continues to develop ways for increasing participation in the SCRO.  Ms. Henzi suggested hiring a public relations consultant.  Mr. Williams said we could advertise our meetings in the local Costilla Free Press or La Sierra (the advertising is free for non-profit organizations like SCRO).  If these papers have websites we could also provide links to them on the SCRO webpage.

In the recent past, Board members have been reimbursed for their work for the Board and attendance at meetings.  Currently, no Board member receives any compensation for their SCRO work.  Nevertheless, certain regular functions like balancing the books, preparing the Pinon or meeting with local officials can involve a significant expenditure of time.  Providing salaries or other compensation can also complicate our tax preparation.  Ms. Henzi asked the members to consider this for discussion at our June meeting.

Ms. Hanson informed the attendees that Dumpster Day is scheduled for June 7th.

Gary Pettigrew asked the members to remember to vote on May 8th for the Costilla County Fire Protection District Board.  The election will take place at the station in Fort Garland.

Ms. Henzi said that she would be unable to attend our annual August meeting as she will be in Alaska.  Ms. Hanson will not be able to attend either.  Since the date cannot be changed without amending the SCRO Bylaws it was decided that the remaining members would be sufficient to proceed with the meeting as planned.

Motion to adjourn was passed at 8:00 PM.


 Sangre de cristo ranch owners association

Meeting Minutes February 1, 2018, 6:00 PM

In Attendance


Gwen Henzi, President SDCRO

Kathy Hanson, Vice-President SDCRO

Ayesha Williams, Treasurer SDCRO

Wayne Williams, Member-at-Large SDCRO

Bill Hiatt, Secretary


 Welcome, Call to Order, Approval of Minutes from December 7, 2017 Board Meeting

Ms. Henzi called the meeting to order.  The minutes from the December 7, 2017 Board Meeting were distributed and approved.  There were no corrections, deletions or additions.

Treasurer’s Report

Ayesha Williams the Treasurer submitted the Treasurer’s Report.  As of February 1, 2018, the current Association balance is $51,883.79.  A check was written for $300 to C&S Storage to cover he current year lease.

President’s Message

Ms. Henzi asked the members to consider donating $200 to Costilla County EMS.  She also noted that the Costilla Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is scheduling a meeting on February 6, 2018 to discuss County marijuana regulations.  The SDCRO Board is in favor of limiting medical marijuana grows within the County to the State statutory limit (12 plants).

 

Motion to adjourn was passed at 7:15 PM.


SANGRE DE CRISTO RANCH OWNERS
ASSOCIATION
Meeting Minutes October 5, 2017, 6:00 PM

In Attendance
Gwen Henzi
Kathy Hanson
Ayesha Williams
Wayne Williams
Keith Hershey
Bill Hiatt
Welcome, Call to Order, Approval of Minutes from August 3, 2017 Board Meeting
Ms. Henzi called the meeting to order. The minutes from the August 3, 2017 Board Meeting were unavailable.
President’s Report
New, Costilla County zoning signs have recently been installed by the County. Five signs were installed, one each
at the intersections of CO 159 and Icehouse Road, CO 159 and County Road 6, Trinchera Ranch Road and US
160, Forbes Park and US 160 and across from the rest area near milepost 261 on US 160. The total cost to the
SCRO was $345. Ms. Williams is willing to write an article accompanied by photos documenting these installations
for the Winter edition of the Pinon.
Ms. Henzi suggested that perhaps it would be possible to get “No Hunting” signs installed at locations around the
Ranch. She said she would contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife to inquire as to partnering with them in this
regard and that modest funds were available to assist. There was general agreement on this effort. Ms. Williams
mentioned that “Neighborhood Watch” signs might also be of interest. She said that federal, state or local grant
monies are sometimes available for groups like ours.
Wayne Williams noted that the anti-virus software on the SCRO computer was out-of- date. He said that he had
installed “Avast” self-updating malware to protect the computer. He also said that he installed a “category 5” level
adapter to protect the computer from hacked routers. It was also mentioned that the Windows Office subscription
was near due. Ms. Hanson said it would be automatically updated in November. The SCRO computer, Mr. Hiatt,
Mr. Hershey and Ms. Hanson indicated that they would like copies.
Mr. Hershey said we have 122 members on the SCRO Facebook page. He said the information required for
membership on the site is simply the name and lot number of the interested party. Facebook members do not
necessarily have to be paid-up SCRO members although this should be encouraged. It was also suggested that
Facebook might be a good medium for conducting membership drives. Ms. Hanson requested current membership
lists.
Ms. Henzi said that she was preparing a “welcome package” for new SCRO members. The package would contain
the President’s Welcoming Letter, a copy of the SCRO Covenants and a copy of the current Pinon.
Ms. Williams related that she had been approached by a ranch owner regarding the formation of a “Friends of
Mountain Home Lake” group. This individual although not a SCRO member desires to involve SCRO in this group’s
activities. This is a “group” in name only as the individual mentioned declines to be involved. All the members
agreed that any association with this “Friends of Mountain Home Lake” is categorically rejected by SCRO and is
made without the consent of SCRO.
Ms. Hanson said that the next “Dumpster Day” will probably be in May. She will finalize a date by early next year.


Treasurer’s Report
Ayesha Williams the Treasurer submitted the Treasurer’s Report. As of October 2, 2017, the current Association
balance is $51,407.26.
Pinon Winter Edition
Ms. Henzi requested help in preparing the 2018 Winter edition of the Pinon. Submittals are due by mid-November.
Agent of Record
Ms. Henzi said that SCRO needs a new “Agent-of- Record”. Mr. Williams stated that although he is a board member
and as such prohibited from serving in this role, he thought his wife Roberta would be willing to do this for the
organization. This activity involves submitting an annual letter and $25 fee to the State on Colorado for registration
as a non-profit organization.
Motion to adjourn was passed at 7:00 PM.




Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owner's Association
August 5, 2017 Annual Meeting

Meeting called to order at 2:30 following a well received 3D presentation of the geology of the Sand
Dunes and San Luis Valley. Andrew Valdez from Sand Dunes National Park was our guest speaker.
Board members present: Wayne Williams, Cathy Patrick, Bill Hiatt and Cathy Hanson
Eight SCRO members were present.
Vice President’s Report:
Visiting members were welcomed and encouraged to get more involved with SCRO.
Cathy reported that the Fort Garland Motor Inn has a new owner from Fort Worth. He will have a
continental breakfast available and the new owner is remodeling the rooms. There will be two larger
rooms for up to six people.
There has been movement on our request to the County at the last BOCC meeting to erect signs at all of
our main entrances. The signs would state that Costilla County is Zoned and Land Use Permits
Required. Several board members attended the meeting and the commissioners were responsive to our
presentation. Ben Doon, Chief Administrative Officer, will take point on making this happen. SCRO
agreed to cover the cost of the signs.
It was also shared that there is a possibility that both the Forbes Park and the Trinchera Ranch
entrances may get a turning lane in the not too distant future. The county commissioners were requested
by CDOT to make a list of five important road projects needed in the county. The entrances are the top
two on the list.
Dumpster Day was held on June 13, 2017. Board members collected trash from various places on the
Ranch and several SCRO members brought trash to dump. The twenty foot dumpster was filled by the
end of the day. We signed up one new member. Visiting members were asked to be on the lookout for
dump sites in the Ranches. The board will keep a list for further reference.
Treasurer’s Report:
The Association has a current balance of $49,766.08.
New Business:
The votes for the election of officers were counted. There were 20 votes and all previous board members
were reelected for the next year. There were no nominations from the floor. Cathy asked if anyone
present was interested in the position of secretary but no one volunteered.
Bill Hiatt no longer has access to Office. Cathy will check on our subscription with Microsoft that covers 5
users. The subscription will auto renew in November.
Old Business:
Visiting members were updated on the potential landscaping project we had hoped to do at the main
entrance of the SDCR Ranches in conjunction with the Trinchera Ranch folks. We reported that no
movement has taken place as of this summer. SCRO offered to share the cost of the project with
Trinchera Ranch but there is no money in their budget this year. We will revisit next spring.
Questions, concerns, suggestions from the members:
Can the summer Pinon come out earlier as folks are getting it too close to the Annual meeting?
One member needed information on how to get rid of trash legally. The various methods were discussed
as well as the recycling available in Alamosa.
Visiting members were appreciative of the board’s initiatives to remove trash in the Ranches as well as
our efforts with the County to have better oversight with the permitting and building process. Members

were asked to fill out County complaint forms if they see any issues raising flags on nearby properties.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:30 PM and lunch catered by All-Gon Restaurant &Pizzeria was served.
Submitted by Cathy Hanson
All current board members will keep their current positions for the next year.​




Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owner's Association
June 8, 2017 Board Meeting


Meeting called to order at 6:00 PM.
Board members present: Gwen Henzi, Wayne Williams, Keith Hershey, Cathy Patrick and Cathy Hanson
Visitors: Jim Henzi and Geoff Hanson
President's Report:
The 2017 Summer Pinon newsletter will go out for printing next week and will be mailed to SCRO
members the following week.
The Fort Garland Motor Inn has a new owner, a nice gentleman from Fort Worth, Texas by the name of
Frank Reed. He will have a continental breakfast available and is remodeling the rooms. There will be
two larger rooms for up to six people. Mr. Reed also took out a large ad in the next Pinon.
Treasurer’s Report:
The Association has a current balance of $50,573.72. The Fort Garland Revitalization Committee is now
sharing SCRO’s storage unit and will cover half the monthly rent.
Old Business:
Keith Hershey has set up our Facebook account. It allows members to ask questions they might have on
the Ranches, potential building projects, etc. We also use it to remind people to join SCRO.
New Business:
A woman from Virginia asked for permission to list her lot for sale on our Facebook page. After board
discussion on the matter, Cathy Hanson made a motion to deny the request and Cathy Patrick seconded
the motion. The board voted NO on the issue as we felt that there could be a conflict of interest.
Wayne Williams will work on getting someone from Sand Dunes National Park to be the guest speaker at
our Annual Meeting on August 5th.

All Gon Restaurant will cater the Annual Meeting on August 5th. We will be using the top floor of the
Community Center. Board members will gather at 1 PM to set up and the meeting will be from 2 PM to 4
PM. We will ask for use of the building elevator, as we will need to bring chairs and other items from the
first floor. There will be a mention in the Summer Pinon that any members planning to attend the meeting need to RSVP, so we can order enough food.


Wayne spoke with County Commissioner Lawrence Pacheco concerning the lack of movement on
several complaints made by home owners regarding potential code violations visible in the Ranches. Mr.
Pacheco represents our district. Several of the complaints put forth by SCRO board members have been
addressed by County Planning Administrator Trinidad Martinez but there are others that have not been handled as of yet.


There has been no movement on our request to the County to put up signs at all of our entrances that
say that Costilla County is zoned and land use permits are required. Gwen Henzi will continue to pursue
this.
There has been no movement on the landscaping project we had hoped to do at the main Ranch
entrance this summer. Gwen Henzi asked Ty Ryland, Trinchera Ranch Manager, to share the cost with
us. He has not got back to Gwen as of yet.
The meeting adjourned at 7 PM

Submitted by Cathy Hanson




SANGRE DE CRISTO RANCH OWNERS ASSOCIATION

Meeting Minutes April 6, 2017, 6:00 PM

In Attendance

Gwen Henzi

Kathy Hanson

Wayne Williams

Keith Hershey

Bill Hiatt

Call to Order, Approval of Minutes from February 2, 2017 Board Meeting

The minutes from the February 2, 2017 Board Meeting were approved.

President’s Report

Ms. Henzi continues her efforts to work with the Costilla County Director of Public Health (Vivian Gallegos) to investigate violations to the County’s Sanitary Code. The Zoning and Planning Committee approach to these problems remains one of avoidance.

Ms. Henzi indicated that Costilla County may install “Permit Notification” warning signs at the various entrances to the Ranch properties. Some locations mentioned include the paved entrance off US 160, the unpaved entrance off US 160 near the rest area, the entrance off CO 159 south of Fort Garland and near the bridge crossing of Sangre de Cristo Creek on CR HH. At a previous meeting, the SCRO Board approved paying for the cost of these signs.

Mention was made as to the dangerous conditions resulting from the increased logging activity at the Trinchera Ranch and the more generally deteriorated condition of the Trinchera Ranch Road pavement. The road was probably not designed for the current traffic conditions.

Treasurer’s Report

Ayesha Williams the Treasurer, was not in attendance. Ms. Henzi submitted the Treasurer’s Report. As of April 5, 2017, the current Association balance is $49,231.65.

Dell’s Insurance is not managing our account very well. They are charging us for things (like a car) that the Association does not own. There was general agreement that an alternative insurance provider should be contacted for an estimate.

The Association will be splitting the storage locker expense with the “Fort Garland Revitalization Committee”. The charges for the locker are usurious.

Pinon Summer Edition

Ms. Henzi requested help in preparing the 2017 Summer edition of the Pinon.

Annual Meeting

Algone’s Pizza will cater the August annual meeting and it will be held at the Community Center, the same as last year.

Dumpster Day

Ms. Hanson said that the next “Dumpster Day” is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, 2017. She urged attendees to be on the lookout for trash around the Ranch.

Next Meeting

Next Board Meeting: June 1, 2017

Motion to adjourn was passed at 7:00 PM.



Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owner's Association

February 2, 2017 Board Meeting

Meeting called to order at 5:00 PM.

Board members present: Wayne Williams, Bill Hiatt, Cathy Hanson, Cathy Patrick (via

Teleconference).

President's Report:

The Winter 2017 Pinon newsletter has been mailed to all members.

In the next few weeks, Gwen and Cathy hope to get an appointment with the Costilla County

Director of Public Health, Vivian Gallegos. Board members would like to discuss sanitary issues

related to how some folks are living on the Ranches in unsafe sanitary conditions. We will ask for

assistance from the Health Department with this matter by asking them to investigate several

properties SCRO has located. Based on their findings, they may call an official hearing and then

take further action against the offending property owner. Unsafe sanitary conditions impact the

local environment as well as the land values of all Ranch owners.

Treasurer’s Report

The Association has a balance of $46,266.97 as of February 1, 2017. Since the last meeting in

December, $5395.47 was spent primarily on insurance. There were also Pinon newsletter related

expenses, including the printing costs.

New Business:

There was some discussion of the Board of County Commissioner’s issuance of marijuana facility

permits. Nine permits have been issued and one more is in the works. The limit for County

permits has been set at ten, but this could be increased if the Board deems it in the best interest

of the county. SCRO is concerned about the possibility of illegal water consumption as the

facilities use large quantities of water in the growing process. We hope that there will be sufficient

monitoring by authorities.

SCRO is also concerned about the marijuana being grown illegally on the Ranches and

wondering about where the water is coming from for these grows. We are concerned water is

being taken illegally from the creeks flowing through the Ranches, especially as some of these

grows are located near such creeks. Local authorities do not seem to be inclined to look into this

issue.

The meeting was adjourned at 6: 00 PM.

Submitted by Cathy Hanson






Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owner's Association

December 1, 2016 Board Meeting



Meeting called to order at 5:03 PM.

Board members present: Gwen Henzi, Wayne Williams, Ayesha Williams, Cathy Hanson, Cathy Patrick (via Teleconference).

President's Report:

Update on the illegal containers located at an earlier date by Gwen and Cathy. Gwen gave the location information and photos to Trinidad Martinez, County Zoning Administrator. Two of the five containers found have been removed.

Treasurer's Report:

The Association has a total of $52,445.04 as of December 1, 2016. We are awaiting payment for several Pinon ads that have been ordered.

New Business:

The board decided to keep donations at a minimum this holiday season as funds are needed for the addition of zoning & permitting information signs to be put up at several locations in the Ranches. Monies will also be needed for landscaping at the Ranch entrance. We will be sharing costs with the Trinchera Ranch organization. There may also be attorney's fees next year if we commit to taking action against a lot owner with egregious covenant violations The possibility of an auction to raise money was discussed but no action taken due to the amount of work needed to do said auction and the lack of interest in association activities by the membership in general.

A $200 donation was approved for the Fort Garland Revitalization Committee Christmas party.

The meeting was adjourned at 6: 00 PM.

Submitted by Cathy Hanson





Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owners (SCRO) Annual Meeting

August 6, 2016



The meeting was called to order at 2:01 p.m.

President, Gwen Henzi, welcomed all who attended. We had 21 people in total.

Board members present: Gwen Henzi, Keith Hershey, Wayne Williams, Bill Hiatt, Cathy Patrick

The minutes of the June 2, 2016 were read and filed.

The minutes of the August, 2015 meeting were available for all present. No additions or questions were given

so they were filed.

. Report:

-There was a large influx of people in 2015 purchasing land via the internet at approx. $70/month. No

information about codes and covenants was given to any of these ‘purchasers’. The poor living conditions

have placed a great strain on Costilla County social services. After a fairly harsh winter, many of these people

left. SCRO tried to get the Land Use Administrator to intervene about the poor living conditions but did not

receive any response. Gwen spoke with the Director of Public Health and there is now more awareness of the

situation.

-Gwen has tried to work with Trinidad Martinez, the Land Use Administrator, on how to use the Complaint

Form. The complaint process is very vague and often there is no action taken. If you file a complaint form,

make a copy before you submit it and then follow up frequently to insure action is taken.

-A Nevada company wanted to have a liquid cyanide plant near Blanca. 200-300 concerned citizens showed up

at an information meeting. Because of the many concerns voiced, the company has pulled their zoning

application.

-SCRO sponsored Dumpster Days have been a big success. One day is in the Fall and another in the Spring.

Cathy Hanson is coordinating these efforts and the Fall date will be posted online as soon as determined.

-SCRO now has a Facebook page. The link is on the sdcro.net website. All members are encouraged to ‘like’

and use this as an information tool.

Treasurer’s Report:

Bill Hiatt stated SCRO has a balance of $53,489.17.

New Business:

Election of Board members for the 2016-17 year was held by ballot mailed out to all members. 63 ballots were

received by the Aug. 1 deadline. The following names were on the ballot: Cathy Hanson, Gwen Henzi, Bill

Hiatt, Keith Hershey, Cathy Patrick, Ayesha Williams, Wayne Williams. No nominations were received from the

floor. Kevin Patrick made a motion to accept the slate as presented and Jim Henzi seconded. The motion

passed unanimously. The new officers will have an Executive Board meeting after the SCRO Annual Meeting to

determine offices.

Questions/Concerns/Suggestions from Members Present

-Costilla County Planning and Zoning has proposed that containers such as railway cars be allowed on land for

agricultural and residential use. The P&Z meeting for July was cancelled due to lack of quorum. Several SCRO

members were present to voice concerns about this potential policy. The next meeting is August 10, 1 p.m.

SCRO members are encouraged to get involved: attend meetings, send emails. This information will be placed

on the facebook site.

-The Board was requested to put recycling information on the website for members’ use.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m. Following the formal meeting, Adam Moore, Colorado State District

Forester, gave a very informative presentation concerning fire and insect abatement. Very useful information

can be found at csfs.colostate.edu and members are encouraged to access information to help on their

property.

Pinon articles are due to Gwen by April 14.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cathy Patrick

Secretary







Sangre de Cristo Ranches 
June 2, 2016 Board Meeting 
Meeting called to order at 6:00 PM by President Gwen Henzi. Board members present: Gwen Henzi, Bill Hiatt, Keith Hershey, Jr., Wayne Williams, and Cathy Hanson. Visitors: Ayesha Williams (Assistant Treasurer), Dee Marsala, Jim Henzi, Geoff Hanson Minutes of the April 7, 2016 meeting were approved. 
President's Report: A new SCRO sign is needed for the south entrance. The "Covenant Protected Community" sign attached to the SCRO sign on Ice House Road was stolen and needs to be replaced as well. The board discussed various other signs the association might want to consider including No Dumping signs and Permits Required signs. We need to have further discussion with the County on what the Permit sign should say. SCRO needs to find out if either of these types of signs are available from the County or if we need to have our own made up. We will look into finding someone to make the signs, if necessary. 
Gwen had a meeting with Trinidad Martinez, the new Costilla County Planning and Zoning Administrator, concerning the complaint form system, or lack thereof. The board hopes the office will work on a better way to handle complaints in a more timely manner and will give folks an update on how complaints were handled. Trinidad stated that a complaint form must be turned in before they will send out the Code Enforcement officers to a property. Trinidad also said that he has a lot of administrative discretion in addressing planning and zoning issues. Therefore, we can not expect that each infraction will be handled in the same way. 
Treasurer's Report: Dee Marsala paid the $10 to have her certification as agent filed and SCRO reimbursed her. Web server GO Daddy is up for renewal. The amount due is $403.22. Bill will take care of the renewal paymentt. Our website had 700-800 unique visitors at recent count. The current SCRO balance is $52,570.88. 
Old Business: The May 17th Dumpster Day was a successful followup to last October's trash day with the 20 foot trash container filled up after being on site for the one day the board allotted for it. The date had to be changed from May 3rd due to rain. Board members again monitored the dumpster and there were no issues. Folks who were not SCRO members could use the dumpster if they joined that day. We took in a new member to the Association as a result. The next Dumpster Day will be in October on a date to be determined. 
New Business: The Summer 2016 Pinon went out to all members. It included Information on the Annual Meeting to be held on August 6th. The preparation for the meeting will be from 1-2 PM and the meeting will go from 2-4 PM. Attending members will be provided with a lunch provided by a local restaurant. 
Discussion was held concerning the need to update the SCRO brochure. Items to be addressed include history and purpose of our organization, benefits of membership, future projects and a mission statement. The updated brochure will be sent to landowners and put in local shops. 
There was also more discussion concerning continuing problems with land sellers and the deliterious effects their sales are having on the Ranches, including new land owners ignoring the county Land Use Code, erosion of property values, trailers, shacks, trash left on lots, etc. At this point we do not have any good solutions to these issues. Board members have brought these issues up to the Planning and Zoning Commission but the county has limited resources to address problems. 
Bobby Angulski has resigned from the board for personal reasons. 
The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 PM. 
Cathy Hanson for Secretary Cathy Patrick 





​​Sangre de Cristo Ranches

 

April 7, 2016



 

The meeting was called to order at 6:07 p.m.

 Board members present: Gwen Henzi, Cathy Henson, Keith Hershey, Wayne Williams, Bill Hiatt, Cathy Patrick (teleconference)

 Guests attending: Larry Page, Debbie and Gary Pettigrew, Ayesha Williams, Suzanne Hastltine

 Guest Trinidad Martinez, Costilla County Planning and Zoning Commissioner was unable to attend.

 The minutes of the February 4, 2016 were approved.

 President’s Report: 

Bill Hiatt will not be returning as treasurer for next year. Ayesha Williams has volunteered for the position. A motion was made by Gwen that, per the by-laws, she be allowed to appoint Ayesha as assistant treasurer starting immediately. The motion was 2nd by Keith Hershey and passed unanimously.

 The Board approved, March 18, 2016, via internet vote to not renew the Adopt-a-Highway section of Hwy 160.

 Treasurer’s Report:

Several members have renewed their membership for the current year. The current balance is $52,266.30.

 Announcements:

The Annual Dumpster Day is scheduled for May 3 from 10-4. Posters will be place at entrances. Members may dump for free. Non-members may either join or dump for $25.

 The Board received a request from a Ranches owner to have chickens and a goat on their property to provide special food for a member of their family. There was concern that this could attract wild life, other livestock would then be on properties. A motion was made by Gwen and 2nd by Cathy H. that small farm animals would be allowed on Ranches property. The vote was 2 – yes, 3 – no, 1 – abstain so the motion failed. Gwen will talk with the property owner who submitted the request.

 Pinon articles are due to Gwen by April 14.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Cathy Patrick

Secretary​







Sangre de Cristo Ranches

February 4, 2016 Board Meeting


Meeting called to order- 6:01 p.m.

Board Members present:  Gwen Henzi, Bill Hiatt, Keith Hershey, Jr., Cathy Patrick (by teleconference) 

The minutes of the December Board meeting were read and approved.

The fire signs have been removed but will be put back up as needed. The new Land Use County 
Commissioner, Trinidad Martinez, will be invited to the next SCRO Board meeting. SCRO must 
follow the land use laws of the county. Costilla County plans to revamp the Land Use Codes soon.

Treasurer's Report: Bill reported several people who had paid their dues had not received the 
latest Piñon and plans to follow up as to why. Mileage for board members will be $.54/mile per 
the IRS. Bill stated the balanced account as of 12-31-15 was $50,381.54. No current balance was 
available. Bill will not run for re-election for Treasurer at the August meeting.

--May 3 will be the next Dumpster Day with the same times (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and location as 
before. The first results were very well received.

--June 4 will be the Highway 160 clean-up and many volunteers will be appreciated. Lunch will 
be provided at All Gone afterwards.

-- Piñon articles deadline is April 7 and all are asked to submit articles for publishing.

The next Board meeting will be April 7, 6:00 p.m., at the Community Center.  

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Cathy Patrick, Secretary





Sangre de Cristo Ranches                                    

                         December 3, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 6:03 PM.

Board members present: Gwen Henzi, Bill Hiatt, Keith Hershey, Jr., Wayne Williams, Bobby Angulski and Cathy 

Visitors: Jim Henzi, Geoff Hanson, Gary Pettigrew, Ellen Grable, Charity Ann Grable.

Minutes of the October 1, 2015 Board meeting were approved.

President's Report:  Alex Ansary continues to vilify Costilla County’s efforts to enforce its Land Use Code on You 

Tube.  He had been living on a lot in the Ranches in his RV. The owner of the property has been cited by the 

Costilla County Code Enforcement officers and it is thought that Alex has left the immediate area and is living 

Treasurer's Report: Three of our usual Pinon advertisers have renewed. Bill Hiatt provided a Profit & Loss 

statement.  Highlights: We have a $1545.00 gain in cash over the last three months, taking in approx. $4000.00 

Old Business: The October 5, 2015 Dumpster Day was a success with the 20 foot trash container filled up after 

being on site for the one day the board allotted for it. Board members monitored the dumpster all day and there 

were no problems. Folks who were not SCRO members could use the dumpster if they joined that day. We took 

in two new members to the Association as a result. Since the day went well, the Board will have another 

Dumpster Day in the spring at a time to be determined.

New Business: The $600 the Board authorized at the last meeting for the county Code Enforcement officer’s 

body cams was not needed as the county was able to provide the cameras. The Board decided the money 

should be donated elsewhere. The Costilla County Fire Protection District and the Costilla County Sheriff's Dept. 

are to be the beneficiaries of the monies as a donation for Christmas activities. Keith Hershey, Jr. made the 

motion and Bobby Angulski seconded. 

Pinon: Board members got together in November to proof read the articles for the next newsletter. The Pinon 

should be ready to go to the printer by December 12th.

Dell's Insurance paperwork for 2016 was completed and we are covered. Bill Hiatt sent in the check to cover the 

Checks were made out and co-signed for the various charitable donations previously authorized by the board. 

Finally, a lively discussion was held with the visiting members concerning issues such as trash lots, poaching, 

pinon nutting issues, and the fire ban signs. It was decided that the fire ban signs would be covered, rather than 

be taken completely down, as we will probably need to promote fire safety again in the spring and summer. 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:48 PM.

Submitted by Cathy Hanson for Secretary Cathy Patrick





Sangre de Cristo Ranches

October 1, 2015 Board Meeting


Meeting called to order- 6:04 p.m.

Board Members present: Gwen Henzi, Bill Hiatt, Keith Hershey, Jr., Wayne Williams, Cathy 
Hanson, Cathy Patrick (by teleconference)

Visitors present: Kate and Jeff Hanson

The minutes of the August 1 Annual meeting were read and approved.

Report from Costilla County: The commissioners are trying to revise the Land Use Code for the 
county. It has become a huge controversy. The commissioners have decided to postpone until 
early 2016 any revisions to the code.

President's Report:
Several SCRO Board members received comments that the ballots for elections were sent out too 
late for the membership to vote. The Board knows this was a big problem and the Piñon will be 
sent out by the end of June next summer.

Gwen and Cathy H. have been working with the county concerning code enforcement. They 
toured the Ranches with Richard Pacheco to see some of the worst violations. SCRO Board has 
turned in 8 violations and there have been no action - why not? Can the Board do anything about 
protective covenant violations? An effort was made on one property that had 2 semis on it and, 
after various efforts, it was cleaned up. We have a lawyer in Alamosa who is offering to help the 
Board get violators to clean up property. Membership of SCRO is encouraged to attend 
Commissioner's monthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10 a.m. This is a good way to 
have our voices and concerns heard. Water is being stolen out of Sangre de Cristo Creek and 
water continues to be a huge concern and issue.

Treasurer's Report: Bill is trying to get management of C&R storage to send us a bill for the 
year. Balance as of 8-31-15 is $55, 654.86. Costs for the year are down, primarily due to much 
less expense for web site. 5 copies of Microsoft Office have been purchased for board member 
usage. He reported we have 122 paid memberships for the current year.

New Business: The Board is paying to have a dumpster day, Oct. 5 from 10-5. Currently paid
SCRO members may bring items by to be thrown out. Board members will be at the site during 
the entire day to ensure nothing is left that can't be taken to the dump. The event will be 
publicized with fliers throughout the Ranches and on the web site.

The September highway clean-up happened with 3 people helping. Keith coordinated the efforts.

There was a discussion about charitable contributions that SCRO will make for the year. It was 
suggested that we would donate: $250 to Science Fairs and $250 for music at Sierra Grade 
Schools, $500 to the Revitalization Christmas Party, $200 to animal shelter, $200 to the mobile 
spade/neuter van, $600 to the sheriff's dept. to help pay for body cameras. This is a total of 
$2000 in charitable donations for the year. Cathy P. made a motion to accept the above list and 
Gwen 2nd. It passed unanimously.

It was suggested that the Board should sent out letters to all realtors in the county reminding 
them that SCRO is covenant protected and encouraging realtors to let their clients know before 
they purchase property in the Ranches.

All Board members are asked to submit article(s) for Piñon by November 20 to Gwen. The Piñon
will be published in early January.

The next Board meeting will be December 3, 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center. 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cathy Patrick, Secretary







Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owners (SCRO) Annual Meeting

August 1, 2015

Blanca/Fort Garland Community Center



-The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m.

-Board Members present:  Gwen Henzi, Cathy Hanson,  Bill Hiatt, Cathy Patrick

-There were a total of 18 members present.

-The minutes of the June meeting were read and approved. The minutes of the Aug., 2014 meeting were summarized for those present.



 
President's Report: 



Dee Marsala and Bill Hiatt recently cleaned up the entrance off Hwy 160 and their efforts are greatly appreciated.
Gwen and Cathy H. are working with Costilla County concerning several issues such as squatters and sub-standard living conditions. Social Services are being taxed with similar situations around the county. Many people are coming from all around the country and some are growing marijuana. The marijuana takes alot of water and this is contributing to the problems. Cathy H. and Gwen are going to the Commissioners meetings and filing complaints about these living conditions on the Ranches. Not much is being done to rectify the situations. The SCRO Board is trying to understand the county government process. They have offered to help by keeping their presence known and communication lines open. The meetings are the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. in San Luis and are open to the public. SCRO members are encouraged to attend as this will show we are serious about helping to affect some changes. Crime has increased 3 fold in the past year in Costilla Co. and we all need to be aware and communicate what we see.

 

Treasurer's Report:  The balance as of the end of June is $54,560.96. 2015 memberships are coming in. Treasurer had to apply for a new credit/debit card with SCRO's bank because the first one was destroyed. Cathy Hanson and Gwen Henzi signed a statement for the bank that authorized this.

Several people are selling land on the Ranches quite cheaply via the Internet. People are 'buying' land for $25 / month and not given any information about land use / codes and this is creating concerns.
People are setting up gun ranges on their property and not being careful about safety of others. Call 911 and report any unusual behavior. Be aware for what is happening. Get to know your neighbors. Watch out for each other.

 

New Business:

Election of Officers for the 2015-16 SCRO Board.  The ballot mailed out in the Pinon had the following names: Cathy Hanson, Gwen Henzi, Bill Hiatt, Cathy Patrick, Keith Hershey, Jr. and Wayne Williams. Nominations were open from the floor and Bobby Angulski volunteered to be on the board. With a slate of 7, nominations were closed. A motion to accept the slate as presented was made by Kevin Patrick and seconded by Cathy Hanson. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Questions/Concerns/Suggestions

Is there a market for renting out homes that are not being lived in year-round? It was suggested that a real estate agent such as Mountain Home Realty be consulted if someone wants to rent out or to rent property.
The cluster mailboxes are full in various locations. Who can help get another railing for mailboxes to be placed on? When Forbes sold the properties, it became necessary for individuals to place their own mailboxes near the cluster areas.
Fire Ban signs will be put up and taken down as needed by two Volunteer Fire Department employees. Gary Pettigrove talked to Keith Hershey,Jr. about this. Gary and Ken Martinez will keep the fire signs current. After some discussion, the Board approved the proposal.
A post holding up the Trinchera Ranches sign along Hwy. 160 has been hit by a vehicle. Who should fix this? The Ranches office should be notified and they are responsible for repairing.
Could we rent a dumpster a few times a year for active SCRO members only to use to dispose of household items (not hazardous waste)? The Board will check into this with the plan to do this 2 to 3 times per year. This benefit will only be available to dues paying, current SCRO members.
A suggestion was made to put a list in the Pinon and on the website of places in the county SCRO property owners can dispose of various waste and recycle items.
A suggestion was made to have a Welcome Packet made available for new property owners of SCRO. These packets could contain various coupons / information around the area.
What should be done if a county road needs repair? Property owners should contact Larry Gomez at the County Barn, District 1, to have repairs made.

 

Guest Speaker

Anita McDaniel, Director of the Fort Garland Museum, presented a slide show/video about the history of the area and the Fort. The new slogan they are promoting is "Fort Garland, it's more interesting than you think". Information about the Fort can be found at historycolorado.com.

 

Announcement

The 2nd Annual Tea and Trickets Fundraiser for the Sierra Grande High School Scholarship Foundation is Friday, August 14th at the Fort Garland Museum Mess Hall. Browsing starts at 12:30 and tea is served at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $10 and this is a wonderful way to support our community.

 

Two door prizes, one from All-Gon and another from Silver Sage, were provided by the SCRO Board. After the drawing, the meeting was adjourned at 3:10 and a late lunch was provided from All-Gon.

 

Other Business

After lunch, the Board members met briefly and the following offices have been filled:

President-Gwen Henzi

V. President-Cathy Hanson

Treasurer-Bill Hiatt

Secretary-Cathy Patrick

Web Host Coordinator/Gatekeeper-Keith Hershey, Jr.

Members at Large: Wayne Williams, Bobby Angulski

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Cathy Patrick, Secretary



​​Sangre de Cristo Ranches
June 5, 2015 Board Meeting




The meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m.

Board Members present:  Gwen Henzi, Cathy Hanson,  Bill Hiatt and Cathy Patrick 

Guests Present:  Dee Marsala, Jim Henzi, Wayne Williams, Keith Hershey, Keith Hershey, Jr., Andre, Geoff Hanson, Claudine Walker, Rose Strand

The minutes of the February meeting were approved.

President's Report:  The Hwy. 160 clean-up was May 30.  9 people came to help, 20 bags of trash and 2 cans of aluminum cans were collected.  The aluminum cans were donated.  SCRO provided lunch for the volunteers at All-Gon for $70.

Treasurer's Report:  The balance as of the end of April was $54,690.74.

SCRO Annual Meeting - August 1, 2 p.m., Community Center - Speakers will be Teresa Rudder, Friends of the Fort, and Anita McDaniel, Director of the Fort Museum.  An all-inclusive meal will be provided by All-Gon for between $10-12 per person.  Membership will be asked to 
RSVP (via Piñon) so we will have an accurate count of attendees.  We will work hard to have time for SCRO members to visit and get acquainted.  Board members are asked to arrive at noon to help with the set-up.  There was also discussion about opening the Annual meeting up to the public.  The Board will decide this soon.

Nominations for Board of Directors:

The following officers have agreed to continue for another year:  Gwen Henzi, Cathy Hanson, Bill Hiatt, Cathy Patrick.  Others who have agreed to be on the Board:  Keith Hershey, Jr., Wayne Williams.  This slate of Board members will be presented in the Piñon and members will 
be asked to return their ballot before the August 1 Annual Meeting.  Cathy P. made a motion to accept the slate of officers and Bill 2nd.  The motion passed. A long discussion was held concerning the Swiftpoint / Network Solutions contracts.  Susan Sanderford and Keith Hershey presented proposals to the board to take over the website development and maintenance.  Bill made a motion and Cathy H. 2nd that there would be further discussion with interested parties.  Motion passed.  The Board was going to gather further information and would take an internet vote later in the week.

A discussion was held about how to encourage residents of the Ranches to attend the annual meeting.  The Piñon will have information about the benefits of membership and attendance at the annual meeting.  There will be drawings for gift certificates at the Annual Meeting of all 
2015-16 paid memberships who are at the annual meeting not to exceed $200 as enticement.  

Dee Marsala made a motion and Cathy Patrick 2nd to have gift certificates at the annual meeting.  The motion passed, with Bill opposed.
Wayne Williams brought up an issue about people contacting property owners in the Ranches wanting to lease land from them so these people can get a mailing address. He mentioned that there are no more Post Office Boxes available in Fort Garland.  An article with this information will be put in the Piñon.

The next Board meeting will be August 1, 2015, 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center.  This will be the SCRO Annual Meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:16  p.m.

Addendum to the Minutes:  On May 8 the Board voted on who should have the contract to build and maintain the SCRO website.  Keith Hershey was given the contract.  The vote was unanimous. He has since completely redone the website.  The new website address is:  www.sdcro.net

Note the change from .com to .net  Officers are asked to make suggestions of pages we need and get pictures to Keith.  The email change will be placed in the Piñon.








​Sangre de Cristo Ranches
February 5, 2015 Board Meeting





The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.


Board Members present: Gwen Henzi, John Moulette, Bill Hiatt and Cathy Patrick (teleconference)


Guests Present: Dee Marsala, Jim Henzi, Ariel Williams, Brent Chendler, James Wilson, Keith Hershey, Keith Hershey, Jr.


The minutes of the December meeting were approved. Treasurer's Report: The balance as of the end of 2014 was $55,119.58. We owe Swiftpoint $398 for Jan. and Feb. We are working to get the credit / debit cards all set.


Old Business: Several articles have been submitted to The Piñon. A San Luis graphic artist will do the layout for $200-250 and put it in PDF format. Printing and postage is still TBD. Bill made a motion and Cathy P 2nd to approve the layout expenditure. Motion passed. Board will get an estimate from the Ft. Collins company we have used in the past. The Piñon will go out around the end of February. 


​New Business: Goals for 2015: 
1) Expand membership 
2) Expand annual board meeting, August 1, 2015, to include music and food, a guest speaker and promote friendships within the Ranches. John recommended a catered luncheon and has agreed to chair the committee. Bill 2nd the motion and it was approved. When John agreed to chair the Annual Meeting and mentioned catering, Ariel Williams mentioned that she was a Chef and would be interested in catering the event. Gwen asked Ariel to submit a resume and provide references if she would like to bid on the catering for the Annual Meeting. The April board meeting will be primarily to plan the Annual Board meeting. 
3) Those members of SCRO who volunteer for the highway cleanup will be invited to share a meal after the clean-up. The clean-up will be shortly after Memorial Day. 


4) Update the Hwy. 160 Ranches entrance.
5) Continue to donate time and funds to various community organizations such as Humane Society, community center, student scholarship. 
6) Encourage neighbors to get to know each other - have small group get-togethers at homes to promote safety and interest. 
7) Improve relations and community with the planning / zoning parts of Costilla County. 


A question came up to Cathy Patrick about using private property on the Ranches for target shooting. This is not prohibited by our covenants but it is strongly recommended that a sheriff do a site review of the property before any shooting is done. Keith asked if there could be a commercial business run on the Ranches (in a person's home). Gwen replied that the Ranches are zoned for "single residential". The commercial enterprise could be brought to the attention of the Costilla County Planning and Zoning Administrator, Mathew Valdez. Dee asked that the website be updated so that email will be forwarded to Cathy H. and Gwen, not Dee and Deanna. The next Board meeting will be April 2, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center. The meeting was adjourned at 6:52 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Cathy Patrick, Secretary








Sangre de Cristo Ranches
December 4, 2014 Board Meeting



The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.



Board Members present: Gwen Henzi, Cathy Hanson, John Moulette, Bill Hiatt and Cathy
Patrick (teleconference).



Guests Present: Dee Marsala, Jim Henzi and Jeff Hanson.



The minutes of the November 17 meeting were read and approved with one change under
Treasurer's Report. It should state: As of 10-31-14. These minutes have been amended.
Treasurer's Report: The new officers will get the signature card changed the week of Dec. 8.
With membership income and a few expanses, the balance is about $119 less than in November.



Old Business: Cathy and Gwen spent time with the insurance agent and have negotiated a new
policy which will be $1400 less than last year. The cost is $3,202 annually. The primary reason
for the reduction was the reduced number of 'households' on the Ranches property from 600 to
an estimated 325. Many of the lots have only temporary housing, not true homes. The policy
states that the officers are 'employees' and wanted it noted that officers are NOT employed in any
way by SCRO. Cathy and Gwen will try and have this changed in the policy. The motion to
accept and pay this policy was made by Bill and 2nd by John. All approved.
Agent of Record will be either Richard Pacheco or Dee Marsala. This will be finalized soon.



New Business: The Piñon is due out in early February. Articles for submission should be sent to
Cathy Hanson, ckh@gojade.org, by January 5. Each officer is requested to submit a photo and a
short bio by Jan. 5. This information will be in the Pinion and also on the website.
There was a discussion about how to deal with SwiftPoint (web hosting) and Network Solutions
and how to have the website kept more current. We are unsure what actions need to be taken.
Goals for 2015: Officers were asked to think of and submit goals. One goal discussed was to
increase membership participation. Ideas shared were entertainment at the annual meeting and
possible other entertainment events to increase awareness of and participation in SCRO.
Addition goals mentioned were a possible activity with the Forbes Park residents and / or a
membership survey in the Piñon.
Goals will be finalized at the February meeting.
The next Board meeting will be February 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center. Note
that this is a time change.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Cathy Patrick, Secretary


​​​Sangre de Cristo Ranches
June 5, 2015 Board Meeting




The meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m.

Board Members present:  Gwen Henzi, Cathy Hanson,  Bill Hiatt and Cathy Patrick 

Guests Present:  Dee Marsala, Jim Henzi, Wayne Williams, Keith Hershey, Keith Hershey, Jr., Andre, Geoff Hanson, Claudine Walker, Rose Strand

The minutes of the February meeting were approved.

President's Report:  The Hwy. 160 clean-up was May 30.  9 people came to help, 20 bags of trash and 2 cans of aluminum cans were collected.  The aluminum cans were donated.  SCRO provided lunch for the volunteers at All-Gon for $70.

Treasurer's Report:  The balance as of the end of April was $54,690.74.

SCRO Annual Meeting - August 1, 2 p.m., Community Center - Speakers will be Teresa Rudder, Friends of the Fort, and Anita McDaniel, Director of the Fort Museum.  An all-inclusive meal will be provided by All-Gon for between $10-12 per person.  Membership will be asked to 
RSVP (via Piñon) so we will have an accurate count of attendees.  We will work hard to have time for SCRO members to visit and get acquainted.  Board members are asked to arrive at noon to help with the set-up.  There was also discussion about opening the Annual meeting up to the public.  The Board will decide this soon.

Nominations for Board of Directors:

The following officers have agreed to continue for another year:  Gwen Henzi, Cathy Hanson, Bill Hiatt, Cathy Patrick.  Others who have agreed to be on the Board:  Keith Hershey, Jr., Wayne Williams.  This slate of Board members will be presented in the Piñon and members will 
be asked to return their ballot before the August 1 Annual Meeting.  Cathy P. made a motion to accept the slate of officers and Bill 2nd.  The motion passed. A long discussion was held concerning the Swiftpoint / Network Solutions contracts.  Susan Sanderford and Keith Hershey presented proposals to the board to take over the website development and maintenance.  Bill made a motion and Cathy H. 2nd that there would be further discussion with interested parties.  Motion passed.  The Board was going to gather further information and would take an internet vote later in the week.

A discussion was held about how to encourage residents of the Ranches to attend the annual meeting.  The Piñon will have information about the benefits of membership and attendance at the annual meeting.  There will be drawings for gift certificates at the Annual Meeting of all 
2015-16 paid memberships who are at the annual meeting not to exceed $200 as enticement.  

Dee Marsala made a motion and Cathy Patrick 2nd to have gift certificates at the annual meeting.  The motion passed, with Bill opposed.
Wayne Williams brought up an issue about people contacting property owners in the Ranches wanting to lease land from them so these people can get a mailing address. He mentioned that there are no more Post Office Boxes available in Fort Garland.  An article with this information will be put in the Piñon.

The next Board meeting will be August 1, 2015, 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center.  This will be the SCRO Annual Meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:16  p.m.

Addendum to the Minutes:  On May 8 the Board voted on who should have the contract to build and maintain the SCRO website.  Keith Hershey was given the contract.  The vote was unanimous. He has since completely redone the website.  The new website address is:  www.sdcro.net

Note the change from .com to .net  Officers are asked to make suggestions of pages we need and get pictures to Keith.  The email change will be placed in the Piñon.








​Sangre de Cristo Ranches
February 5, 2015 Board Meeting





The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.


Board Members present: Gwen Henzi, John Moulette, Bill Hiatt and Cathy Patrick (teleconference)


Guests Present: Dee Marsala, Jim Henzi, Ariel Williams, Brent Chendler, James Wilson, Keith Hershey, Keith Hershey, Jr.


The minutes of the December meeting were approved. Treasurer's Report: The balance as of the end of 2014 was $55,119.58. We owe Swiftpoint $398 for Jan. and Feb. We are working to get the credit / debit cards all set.


Old Business: Several articles have been submitted to The Piñon. A San Luis graphic artist will do the layout for $200-250 and put it in PDF format. Printing and postage is still TBD. Bill made a motion and Cathy P 2nd to approve the layout expenditure. Motion passed. Board will get an estimate from the Ft. Collins company we have used in the past. The Piñon will go out around the end of February. 


​New Business: Goals for 2015: 
1) Expand membership 
2) Expand annual board meeting, August 1, 2015, to include music and food, a guest speaker and promote friendships within the Ranches. John recommended a catered luncheon and has agreed to chair the committee. Bill 2nd the motion and it was approved. When John agreed to chair the Annual Meeting and mentioned catering, Ariel Williams mentioned that she was a Chef and would be interested in catering the event. Gwen asked Ariel to submit a resume and provide references if she would like to bid on the catering for the Annual Meeting. The April board meeting will be primarily to plan the Annual Board meeting. 
3) Those members of SCRO who volunteer for the highway cleanup will be invited to share a meal after the clean-up. The clean-up will be shortly after Memorial Day. 


4) Update the Hwy. 160 Ranches entrance.
5) Continue to donate time and funds to various community organizations such as Humane Society, community center, student scholarship. 
6) Encourage neighbors to get to know each other - have small group get-togethers at homes to promote safety and interest. 
7) Improve relations and community with the planning / zoning parts of Costilla County. 


A question came up to Cathy Patrick about using private property on the Ranches for target shooting. This is not prohibited by our covenants but it is strongly recommended that a sheriff do a site review of the property before any shooting is done. Keith asked if there could be a commercial business run on the Ranches (in a person's home). Gwen replied that the Ranches are zoned for "single residential". The commercial enterprise could be brought to the attention of the Costilla County Planning and Zoning Administrator, Mathew Valdez. Dee asked that the website be updated so that email will be forwarded to Cathy H. and Gwen, not Dee and Deanna. The next Board meeting will be April 2, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center. The meeting was adjourned at 6:52 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Cathy Patrick, Secretary








Sangre de Cristo Ranches
December 4, 2014 Board Meeting



The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m.



Board Members present: Gwen Henzi, Cathy Hanson, John Moulette, Bill Hiatt and Cathy
Patrick (teleconference).



Guests Present: Dee Marsala, Jim Henzi and Jeff Hanson.



The minutes of the November 17 meeting were read and approved with one change under
Treasurer's Report. It should state: As of 10-31-14. These minutes have been amended.
Treasurer's Report: The new officers will get the signature card changed the week of Dec. 8.
With membership income and a few expanses, the balance is about $119 less than in November.



Old Business: Cathy and Gwen spent time with the insurance agent and have negotiated a new
policy which will be $1400 less than last year. The cost is $3,202 annually. The primary reason
for the reduction was the reduced number of 'households' on the Ranches property from 600 to
an estimated 325. Many of the lots have only temporary housing, not true homes. The policy
states that the officers are 'employees' and wanted it noted that officers are NOT employed in any
way by SCRO. Cathy and Gwen will try and have this changed in the policy. The motion to
accept and pay this policy was made by Bill and 2nd by John. All approved.
Agent of Record will be either Richard Pacheco or Dee Marsala. This will be finalized soon.



New Business: The Piñon is due out in early February. Articles for submission should be sent to
Cathy Hanson, ckh@gojade.org, by January 5. Each officer is requested to submit a photo and a
short bio by Jan. 5. This information will be in the Pinion and also on the website.
There was a discussion about how to deal with SwiftPoint (web hosting) and Network Solutions
and how to have the website kept more current. We are unsure what actions need to be taken.
Goals for 2015: Officers were asked to think of and submit goals. One goal discussed was to
increase membership participation. Ideas shared were entertainment at the annual meeting and
possible other entertainment events to increase awareness of and participation in SCRO.
Addition goals mentioned were a possible activity with the Forbes Park residents and / or a
membership survey in the Piñon.
Goals will be finalized at the February meeting.
The next Board meeting will be February 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center. Note
that this is a time change.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Cathy Patrick, Secretary


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