Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about re-opening the Terlingua Ranch Lodge so that members who bought land because of the washers, pool, bathhouse can have those amenities now.
The property owners seem torn between either supporting a status quo that many see as corrupt or condoning the economic waste arising from having the facility closed. Something needs to be done… it just seems difficult to build a consensus.
This is a rough draft below, and comments (especially from property owners there) are greatly appreciated:
PROPOSAL FOR THE REOPENING OF THE LODGE AREA
* IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO USE VOLUNTEERS FOR THE NEAR FUTURE IN TERMS OF OPENING ANY FACILITIES.
* Dean Bucher is back in the area. We recommend that he be housed in return for light maintenance duties.
* The General Manager must be interested in the success of the program and act to provide needed information and assistance.
* 1…BATHHOUSE OPENING—This must happen first because so many other
things require its availability.
a. Repairs—The odor situation needs to be resolved. This could be done with a small amount of volunteer labor and some parts which would also be donated. Installation of one p trap outside would be needed. Additional slope would be added to the gray water drain lines.. The mold that was mentioned will be cleaned with bleach.
b. Rekeying—Both the bathhouse and the pool gates need to be rekeyed with at least 50 blanks purchased. The assumption is made that the key machine in the office still works. Clara Willis will pay for this rekeying.
c. Sale of keys—This will have to either be handled in the office on the days it is open or through the mail. Day use keys can only be available on the days the office is open. Day use keys would have to require the leaving of a deposit until the key is returned.
d. Yearly cost of keys: MIGS–$100
Non property owners–$175
Day use keys –$10 for a group of 5. Any additional people would need to pay $5 each. (How many of you would be willing to pay this?)
e. There will be a rules sheet that each person will sign. It should detail the fact that each party is responsible for cleaning up after themselves since the ranch has no maintenance personnel. They should be asked to keep the place cleaner than they would their own home.
f. Weekly cleaning will be done by volunteers. (How many of you would be willing to volunteer?)
g. Costs of cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and paper towels should be covered by key sales.
h. Electric costs should also be covered by the key sales. It would be ideal to install motion sensitive light in the bath house. Hopefully we can get this cost donated.
i.. A 911 phone must be made available. This costs $22 a month.
j. Any necessary repairs to the water system should be the responsibility of general maintenance costs
k. Costs: Information and numbers used here were taken from ideas provided by the general manager and “Financial Analysis of Expenses and Revenues” prepared by the Budget & Finance Committee 3/05/09
l 911 phone costs $22 a month costs (for 5 months $110) for 12 months $264
l Cleaning & maintenance supplies (estimated $75 a month) 900
l Electricity for lights, fans, hot water (estimated $150 a month) 1800
l Total $2964
l l.. Estimated income: Historically, 40 keys were sold per year on average. 40 X $100 equals $4000.
2. SWIMMING POOL. It is obvious that the majority of keys sold were for use of the swimming pool. The swimming pool has been maintained in pristine condition. This cost has already been covered by the general fund, and should continue. Volunteers have been found who would do the necessary testing and treatment of the pool weekly. Additional chemicals required by usage of the pool could be covered by the surplus amount from above.
3. LAUNDRY FACILITY—At time of inspection the laundry facility was in good condition, with every machine working. A broom and dust pan would be provided for use by the people using the facility. A box of clean rags would be provided for wiping off the machines. A box labeled for dirty rags would be placed by the cleans ones. Patrons will be asked to throw some of the dirty rags in their own laundry if there is room. The facility will be checked weekly by a volunteer who will empty the coin boxes. (Volunteers? )
4. It is not possible at this time to determine the costs of electricity and propane which will be used. Those, however, will not be used if the machines are not being used and bringing in money. Close records must be kept. It may be necessary to increase the cost per machine.
With Dean’s assistance in return for housing, the facility will be open from 1 pm to 8 pm Thursday through Sunday for a trial basis. Dean’s costs should be absorbed by the Ranch since he will be caretaking as well.
5. Otherwise, the facility will remain open with posted request not to use after dark because of increased electric usage.
6. RV SPOTS—A self pay and registration station would be set up, requesting the use of credit cards instead of cash. Maps and directions would be available. Full hook-up areas would bring in $25 a night. Water and electric only sites should bring in $20 a night. Camp spots with no utilities should be available for $10 a night.
7. CABINS—Four of the best quads should be opened, the others closed for repair with monies brought in from cabin rental. Cabins could be cleaned by a contract person based on rental only. Renters could be required to bring their own bedding and towels. Rooms could bring in a minimum of $50 a night. MIGS should be given a 10% discount if they are personally staying in it. (Also, the TP, soap, shampoo will not be supplied, users must bring their own).
8. RESTAURANT—Find a couple or 2 or 3 friends who would like “their own” business. Give them the restaurant to operate with them being responsible for buying food and supplies and a pro-rated portion of the insurance and utilities. Charge them no rent nor sharing of profits. These same people might be the ones used on a contract basis to clean the rooms.
Please leave your comments and ideas below.