Holiday Hours

The Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association office will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 24th  and 25th in observance of Christmas. The Tennis & Swim Club will close at noon Monday, […]

2018 Holiday Decorating Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2018 winners! We wish you happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

25466 Nellie Gail
25326 Gallup Circle
26172 Mt. Diablo
25781 Prairestone Dr
26041 Spur Branch
27571 Deputy Cir
25507 Rodeo Cir
27212 Lost Colt
27322 Lost Colt
25972 Glen Canyon
26192 Bridlewood

Click here to view the photos on facebook.

Pet Courtesy and Trail Safety

Pet owners, please check to ensure your property perimeter is secure and your dog(s) are not able to access the trails from your property.  We have received several reports of pets escaping their homes and approaching equestrians and trail runners on the trails.  Horses are flight animals and barking or fast approaching dogs (no matter how “friendly”) can potentially lead to a serious injury to the horse, rider or dog.

People are also sometimes unsure of a dogs intention and can become fearful when approached on a trail or in a community park by an off-leash dog.  Particularly when the pet owner is not present.  Please secure your property from “escape”.  And when walking your dog(s), please keep them under control and restrained by a leash not exceeding six feet.  It is both the law and common courtesy!

Trail Fence Maintenance

While you are inspecting your property for drainage concerns, please also evaluate your fencing. Many, many homeowner fences that abut the trail easements are in varying states of disrepair. Wood rails are missing, detached, broken or falling. Posts are leaning, wrought iron is rusting, chain link is sagging or torn or both. Homeowners have responsibility for ongoing maintenance of walls, fencing and other improvements on their property. Depending upon your type of fencing and fencing goal, there are a few options available to consider:

  1. Remove the fencing. Perimeter fencing is not mandated by the Association. If your fencing is broken and entire sections are missing, it is not providing any sort of barrier to humans or animals and removing it would be an aesthetic improvement.
  2. Repair the existing walls or fencing to re-establish a barrier for privacy, security or aesthetic purposes.
  3. Replace an existing fence with an alternative wood, vinyl, wrought iron fence or block wall. For this option, an application to the Architectural Review Committee is required, and a property survey must be submitted showing the property line, easement and proposed location of the new fence or wall. You may contact the Association office at 949-425-1477 or admin@nelliegailranch.org to request an ARC application. Please note the following incentive: For homeowners who are considering replacement of chain link fencing, we are offering to waive the ARC application fee as an incentive as long as the only item being applied for is the replacement of the chain link fence with an alternative fencing material.  You still need to submit the ARC application and required survey, however, the application fee will be waived.

Please take time this next weekend to walk the perimeter of your property and evaluate the condition of your perimeter walls and fences

Water Runoff

While we are awaiting the Winter rains,  please take the opportunity to evaluate your slopes and clear your v-ditches, swales and catch basins.  Drainage systems full of leaf debris or eroded soil can overflow and cause serious flooding or damage to property.

Additionally, in areas where you have had the previous flooding, it will be more effective to order sandbags from your landscaper and place them proactively while it is dry rather than trying to place a few limited sandbags in a downpour.  Please do not divert water to your neighbor’s property as each home is responsible for accepting its own share of runoff.

The Association has received its annual delivery of sand and sandbags for time-sensitive flooding or erosion control concerns that may arise over the Fall and Winter.  They are located in the corner of the Association Clubhouse parking lot adjacent to the storage sheds.  It is self-service and self-fill, please take no more than 10 for quick emergencies that may arise.

November Pony Express Newsletter

Manager’s Message

by: Brian Mitchell, General Manager

The arrival of Spring always brings to my mind thoughts of transitions. Winter to Spring and soon Spring to Summer. One moment I am celebrating New Year’s Eve and the next I am planning Spring Break with my family, and of course, my school age daughter is already thinking of Summer vacation…

Revised Election Rules Adopted October 16, 2018

Revised Election Rules were adopted at the October 16, 2018, Association Meeting. The Election Rules available at the below link incorporate a new section, Section 6.2 Specific Instructions Pertaining to Elections, which includes specific policy with respect to the handling of Member requests for the voting list. This revision provides transparency as to the instructions given to the appointed Inspector’s of Election with respect to what information will and will not be shared from the Voting List. One last clarification, the Membership list is still provided to Members who request it, consistent with Civil Code and less any Members who have opted out.

Election Rules

Wind Events

The beginning of this week brought our first high wind event of Fall/Winter knocking down some small branches, and some not so small, and blowing twig, bark and leaf debris throughout the community. Following wind events the Association landscaper tours the community to evaluate damage and commences cleanup starting at the Association Recreation Center parking lot then moving to community entrances, streets, parks and finally slopes.
Trails remain on a regular rotation for maintenance so let us know if you see any areas of concern that we should address.
You may forward photos or maintenance requests to admin@nelliegailranch.org.

Electronic Consent Form

Save Money and Paper Waste by Signing up for Electronic Notices

Please complete and return the attached Electronic Transmission Member Consent Form to save mailing expenses and to be Nellie Gail SMART, Saving Money And Resources Today.  You will benefit by receiving documents in a format you can easily save for future reference, and electronic delivery will further reduce the mass mailing costs for budgets, the annual audit and other applicable documents.  Last August the budget was mailed to the membership on a CD-ROM saving over 45,000 pages of printed paper resulting in a 27% reduction of mailing costs.  Electronic transmission results in a savings of 100% of the mailing costs!  Please help us to efficiently use your financial resources by returning the attached form today to admin@nelliegailranch.org.

A copy of the Electronic Consent Form can be found by clicking here.