Proper Gate Procedures--A Message from The Safety & Security Committee
We have all seen wrong way drivers coming through our exit gates. It would appear that these folks are too impatient to wait for the entrance gate and instead cross to the wrong side of the road and speed through the exit gate. Needless to say, this is unsafe, and it could lead to an accident and injury. We are working with the city to see if we can alter the physical arrangements at the gates to make it less tempting for wrong-way drivers to use the exit gates. We also want to remind residents how the gates work and the best way to utilize them.
DO YOU KNOW YOUR GATE CODE AND HOW IT WORKS?
Your gate code is the number that is entered at the gate keypad and is tied to a phone number of your choice. A visitor enters the gate code, your phone rings, you enter the number 9 and voila… the gate opens for your guest. Your gate code rarely, if ever, changes. You can give your code to your guests or contractors in advance. By taking this easy step, your guest or contractor will not have to look you up in the gate directory, saving a step and making entrance easier.
You can use any phone number, cell phone or land line, and any area code within the United States. If you don’t know your gate code, haven’t set one up, or you aren’t sure which phone number you used you can:
•Follow this link to the members-only section of documents and view your gatecode
for your entrance or
•Go to the gate directory to get the code.
•Contact the Kelly Company (firstname.lastname@example.org)
By knowing our gate code, we may reduce the number of wrong way drivers and make Rancho Solano a little bit safer. So, remember…
1. Know your gate code.
2. Give it to visitors or contractors that you have invited. They use the keypad and enter the code.
3. Be near your phone when you expect them to arrive and hit the number Nine to let them in!
You can also get additional access keys/devices if you prefer by contacting the Kelly Company (email@example.com).
We also suggest residents have a phone number registered with SafeHaven security for your house. Our security patrols day and night, and if they see anything suspicious like an open gate or garage door, they will call the number associated with your house to report the issue. That only works if you register a phone number with SafeHaven. Contact the Kelly Company to provide your phone number if you haven’t already. Your data is never sold or used for solicitations.
--Rancho Solano Safety & Security Committee
Update on Fire Efforts
The HOA Board of Directors has undertaken several measures over the past several months to address fire-readiness. Among those efforts are:
The HOA approved a new, second annual session of defensible perimeter weed abatement that adds to the early summer abatement, to include one in early Fall;
After reviewing bids and studying information on the benefits of livestock grazing and fire protection, approved a bid for renewal of the current cattle grazing program for weed abatement. Included in that arrangement is the maintenance of fire break paths in the open space hills;
Taken on clearing and maintenance of certain open space areas within Rancho Solano that were previously, but no longer, maintained by the City.
On the subject of fire readiness and the need to evacuate Rancho Solano in the event of an emergency, the City of Fairfield would like to confirm with residents that Rancho Solano must take no actions or establish any procedures that might interfere with the City’s jurisdiction to order and direct an orderly exit from the development. It is also recommended that residents strongly consider registering for Nixle for up-to-date information from the City of Fairfield Emergency Services regarding emergencies.
Sign-Up for NIXLE Alerts
During our recent wildfires, and during any emergency, residents should use local authorities for the most up-to-date information. The following link contains an update from the morning of Wednesday, August 19, 2020 and contains a link to sign up for alerts through Fairfield's NIXLE alert system. NIXLE
this is NOT a recent update, this update is for purposes of showing a recent example and providing the sign-up link.)
Information on Signage
The Board of Directors want to wish all our graduates congratulations! We understand that this year is different for you. Covid-19 has made public gatherings of graduation, and other important family and social issues impossible. Your signs and posters are a wonderful way to celebrate your life experiences—all we ask, is that you follow our CC&Rs and limit your sign or poster to one per household. For more information, please see details below on what is permitted. Thank you.
4.03 Signs. No sign of any kind shall be displayed to the public view on or from any Lot or any portion of the Project without the Approval of the Association, except as follows:
a. One sign of customary and reasonable dimensions advertising a Lot for sale, lease, rent or exchange displayed from the lot to be sold, lease, rented or exchanged.
b. One non-commercial sign, poster, flag, or banner made of paper, cardboard, cloth, plastic, or fabric. The sign may be no more than nine square feet in size, and flags or banners may not be more than 15 square feet in size.
c. Such other signs or notices as are required by law or as are otherwise necessary to perfect a right provided for in law.
Cattle Gates and Open Space
Residents of Rancho Solano are entering the green gates (designed to safely enclose cattle) for recreational purposes and failing to secure the gates. Cows that graze our hills are getting out into the streets of our neighborhood, causing the City of Fairfield to review the matter. Please securely close gates behind you at ALL times. Please also make sure children are made aware of this responsibility. Homeowners who fail to secure gates may be subject to liability for damages caused by the cows or injury to the cows.
Temporary Change in Parking Policy
On March 26, at a Special Meeting, prompted in part by the Covid-19 virus outbreak, the Board of Directors voted to approve a temporary change to the HOA's parking procedures to alleviate concerns caused by an increase in family members sheltered together in the community. The changes are primarily focused on Parking Permits, which are still issued from the Rancho Solano Kiosk, as followed:
Obtain a parking pass from security per the regular process and display it on the vehicle's dash;
Passes obtained during California's shelter-in-place order will not be counted against a resident's annual allotment of passes;
A pass will now be valid for up to 30 days. If the shelter-in-place order is still in place after 30 days, another 30 day pass can be obtained.
Please Note: Cars parked in the street during the hours of 2-5 a.m. that do not have a pass will continue to be ticketed per the regular policy.
We understand that normal routines of homeowners have been disrupted by the Coronavirus outbreak and we hope this change will allow us to continue to track unfamiliar vehicles in our community, while at the same time support families presented with parking challenges, as we are all working through this together.
Park Guidelines During Shelter-in-Place
Residents who use the Rancho Solano park are asked to observe current health guidelines and only use the park while keeping a six foot distance from each other. It is not feasible to disinfect the play structure, so residents should avoid using the structure and only use open space where they can safely maintain their distance.
Kelly Company Operations During Shelter-in-Place
To comply with the shelter-in-place mandate, the Kelly Company is closed to the public, but is available to residents via e-mail and by phone at 707-447-7797 during business hours.
Please feel free to contact us with your comments and suggestions.