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GRF’s proposed 2024 Capital Projects budget includes upgrades to computer system, golf course pond

By Sam Richards

Staff writer


(Monday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.) Overall upgrades to Rossmoor’s computer system and replacing the liner and pumps for the golf course pond are two of the new projects on GRF’s proposed $6.48 million 2024 Capital Projects budget.

Other proposed capital projects new for 2024 include Buckeye tennis court resurfacing, the replastering of the Tice Creek swimming pools and spa, funding for a pedestrian and vehicle safety study of Rossmoor and replacing the Tice Gym skylights.

The proposed capital budget also includes several major capital projects already underway, including the pickleball building near the Event Center, replacing the 20-year-old Jenark software suite and ongoing street paving work and golf drought projects.

At the Nov. 9 GRF Planning Committee, the proposed new 2024 Capital Projects were discussed, though no formal action was taken. The proposed 2024 items will now receive scrutiny from the GRF Finance Committee and the GRF Board before returning to the Planning Committee. There could well be changes in that list while it makes its rounds, anything from minor suggestions on proposed projects to adding, subtracting or deferring projects.

Rossmoor General Manager Jeff Matheson said proposed projects for 2024 are generally considered more in keeping with the need to maintain Rossmoor’s infrastructure in good condition than in past years.

Capital projects budgeting will be a little different starting with 2024, and five years’ worth of projects – primarily previously approved projects that will stretch out over several years – will be listed on the budget. Members of several GRF committees have hailed the longer timeline as a better way to keep track of progress on various projects and to better anticipate future project needs.

Such longer-term projects, and the proposed 2024 spending on them, include the pickleball building (about $2.4 million), the Jenark replacement ($781,000), feasibility studies to determined whether the former John Muir Health clinic on Rossmoor Boulevard (zero dollars in 2024, but an estimated $250,000 in 2025 and again in 2026) and replacement of bridges over Tice Creek on the Creekside Golf Course ($100,000).

Major proposed 2024 new-project expenditures include the computer system upgrades, referred to as the Network Gear Replacement project ($491,169), Event Center audiovisual/event recording equipment replacement ($199,360), golf course lake liner and water pump replacement ($120,000 for both), the Tice Aquatics replastering ($170,000) and a vehicle gate at Rockview Drive to limit unauthorized traffic at MOD ($175,000).

At its Dec. 14 meeting, the Planning Committee will discuss the proposed 2024 GRF Machinery and Equipment budget, which the committee did not have time to discuss on Nov. 9.

Food and beverage study

Also on Nov. 9, the Planning Committee voted unanimously to approve recommending the Finance Committee and then full GRF Board endorse paying Newport Beach-based Synergy Restaurant Consultants up to $70,200 to conduct a food and beverage study. This study will look at the market in Rossmoor for various food-related services and Rossmoor’s capacity to accommodate various levels of service.

This marked a change in course for the Planning Committee, which in October indicated a different firm, San Francisco-based Upraise Marketing and Public Relations Inc., seemed to be the favorite of both GRF staff and committee members for doing that study, though no official endorsement/recommendation was made at that time.

GRF officers and Community Services Director Ann Mottola asked the three top project builders (of the original eight) to submit new bids based on slightly different criteria, including restaurant lease evaluation, market demographics research, a review of Rossmoor’s existing food facilities and community engagement.


Synergy, Mottola said, had “the most complete response to the request for proposals.”


Committee members, including Chairwomen Leanne Hamaji, said Synergy’s overall approach was the most enticing.


“We have to analyze what we want (from this study), and Synergy will help us do that,” Hamaji said. “They said, ‘Don’t throw money at anything until you know what your goal is.’”


Mottola said she expects Synergy’s study to begin in January.