Frequently Asked Questions about Road Maintenance

1. Who owns the roads in Paradise Ranch Estates (PRE)?

Pileated Woodpecker photo: Ed Stetson

The roads in PRE are private, owned collectively by the property owners. The roads are on rights-of-way at the edges of lots in PRE. All PRE property owners, tenants and their guests have the right to use these roads for access to properties in PRE.

2. Who is responsible for maintaining the roads?

The roads are maintained by the Paradise Ranch Estates Permanent Road Division (PREPRD), a local governmental agency formed by the Marin County Board of Supervisors in 1970 acting in response to a petition filed by residents of PRE. By statute, the County Supervisors serve as the governing board of the Permanent Road Division. In late 2006, the Supervisors delegated responsibility for PRE road maintenance to the County Administrator who looks to the County Department of Public Works (DPW) to handle this task.

3. What is PRERAB?

Paradise Ranch Estates Road Advisory Board (PRERAB) is a group of PRE residents which advises DPW on road maintenance matters in PRE. PRERAB members are volunteers who monitor road maintenance needs, supervise contractors working on the roads and plan for the long-term maintenance of the roads in PRE. PRERAB works closely with the County Department of Public Works.

4. How did PRERAB get established?

PRERAB was formed in 1982 after extraordinary winter rains caused extensive damage to the roads in PRE. Since then PRERAB has provided recommendations for the maintenance and repair of the roads to DPW. The County has generally followed PRERAB’s recommendations for road maintenance.

5. Who are the current members of PRERAB?

The members are listed here on the website in the PRERAB section.

As of January, 2019 , PRERAB members are Tamia Marg Anderson, Ron Bennett, Joe Burgess, Ken Drexler, (Secretary), Jennifer Howard, John Levy, Liz McManus, Randy Merk, Julie Merk, Michael Ongerth (Chair) and Jack Soman.

6. Whom should I call if I have a road-related question?

In an emergency, call 911. If you have a non-emergency question about the roads, we recommend that you call a member of PRERAB who regularly deals with the subject matter of your question. Please see http://www.invernessridgeassoc.com/prerab/ for the subject matters.

7. What is the relationship between PRERAB and the Inverness Ridge Association (IRA)?

PRERAB is a committee of the Inverness Ridge Association Board. Inverness Ridge Association (IRA) is the neighborhood association for PRE, dedicated to the interests of PRE residents and owners. IRA typically deals with emergency preparedness, fire prevention, zoning and community planning. IRA also coordinates with the National Park Service on trail maintenance and wildland-urban interface questions. More information about IRA is elsewhere on this website.

8. How can I stay informed on neighborhood issues?
Notices are posted on this website and material related to the roads is on the PRERAB portion of this website (see Alerts).

Also, there is a community exchange called Nextdoor.com which can be accessed at http://paradiseranchestates.nextdoor.com/ To become part of the Nextdoor.com website, you will need to register with the website, identifying your physical address in the neighborhood.

Finally, there is a voluntary email list of PRE residents athttps://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pre-residents

The IRA Board president issues periodic updates via Nextdoor.com and the PRE residents list. Paper copies of the updates are mailed to residents who do not have email addresses.

If you need assistance with enrolling at Nextdoor.com or would like your email added to the PRE residents list, please contact johnvlevy@gmail.com

There is an annual “general meeting” of the IRA, for all residents, usually in January. You can also volunteer to take part in the IRA Board or PRERAB.

9. Is PRERAB looking for volunteers?

Yes! If you are interested in becoming a member of PRERAB, please call any one of the members listed at http://www.invernessridgeassoc.com/prerab/ to learn how PRERAB works and how you can help.

10. Who does the maintenance & vegetation work on the roads in PRE?

Roads in PRE are maintained by private local contractors. Vegetation management work and SOD tree removal has been done by various contractors

11. Who arranges for the vegetation management work along the roads in PRE?

In 2005 – 2007, this work was arranged by IRA and included the construction of more than 6 pullouts along the roads to improve access for emergency vehicles. Since 2007 this work has been arranged by PRERAB using parcel tax funds.

12. Where do funds for regular road maintenance come from?

Money for road maintenance comes from regular property taxes collected from PRE lot owners. In fiscal year 2016-2017, the Permanent Road Division received approximately $40,000 for maintenance from this source.

In addition, in November 2006, voters in PRE approved a 10-year parcel assessment of $185 per parcel per year to pay for vegetation management along the roads in PRE and to rebuild PRERAB's emergency reserve for road maintenance. This parcel assessment, which provided approximately an additional $29,000 per year, expired at the end of the 2016 fiscal year. Until another parcel assessment is approved, PRE will have reduced income for road & vegetation management. Our emergency reserve as of Sept., 2018 is about $200,000.

13. How was the repaving of Drakes View Drive paid for last time?

The property tax funds received each year by PREPRD are barely sufficient to pay for the annual maintenance of the 5.5 miles of roads in PRE. Major projects, such as repaving of Drake’s View Drive, require a separate source of funding.
In 1993, the paving and related work cost about $182,000. That repaving was paid for by a loan from the County; the loan was repaid by a ten-year parcel assessment approved by the voters in PRE in 1992.

14. How much was the last repaving parcel assessment?

The 1993-2002 parcel assessment for repaving was $174 per parcel for the first year and $110 per parcel each subsequent year until 2002. This assessment was listed separately on property tax bills.

15. When should I expect the next assessment to occur?

Drake’s View Drive will need repaving in the next 2 years, and a new parcel assessment will be required. During 2019 you can expect to hear from PRERAB and IRA as the current repaving project is put together.
An early estimate of the cost of a complete repaving was around $1,000,000; PRERAB is investigating alternatives which may not require quite so much money up front.

If the project were to cost $1,000,000 and be repaid over 10 years, the per-parcel assessment would be around $600-700 per year, depending on interest rates. The assessment will include an allocation for vegetation management and for ongoing road maintenance and repairs.

16. How is a parcel assessment established?
A parcel assessment must be adopted by a two-thirds “yes” vote of persons registered to vote at a PRE address.

17. I’m a renter. Am I affected by a parcel assessment?

That depends upon your lease and whether it requires you to pay any part of the property tax assessment on the rented property.


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