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Fairview Park Closure!
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Public Announcement - Latest Update 4/1/20
FAIRVIEW PARK IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Update 4/1/20
The following stipulations for members to access their equipment as stated below, under Update 3/24/20, are modified to:
1. Access will be granted for the purpose of removing or delivering equipment only. No work is to be done on-site.
2. All requests to access the compound must be made to Hank at least 24 hours in advance.
3. The city has asked Hank to be the single point of contact to request admission to the compound.
4. Members are only allowed at the comound when accompanied by City employee Paul Lopez who works 7-11 AM Monday-Friday
5. Hank will notify the Paul Lopez who will then make the necessary arrangements to allow access.
6. Please make your stay at the compound as brief as possible and maintain a 6 foot separation between each of person for the entire time they are there.
7. The member must notify Hank when they are leaving the park.

Update 3/24/20
The Costa Mesa City Council voted in special session Tuesday night, March 24th to issue a citywide "STAY HOME" decree and to close ALL city parks, playgrounds, golf courses and open spaces until further notice.
NO ONE is allowed to be present in Fairview park for any reason.
Police patrols have been increased and they have the discretion to cite anyone who violates the order of the City Council.

The following update took place between OCME Costa Mesa City liaison,
Hank Castignetti, and City Staff and Officials on 3/24/20.

Hank pointed out that OCME has a unique relationship with the city in that our members have private equipment stored on the premises. Hank
asked if some accommodation could be made for access to their personal
property. It was agreed that OCME members would be allowed special access to the compound area with the following stipulations:

1. Access will be granted for the purpose of removing or delivering equipment only. No work is to be done on-site.
2. All requests to access the compound must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
3. The city has asked Hank to be the single point of contact to request admission to the compound.
4. Hank will notify the park administrator who will then make the necessary arrangements to allow access.
5. If more than one individual is to access the compound they must maintain a 6 foot separation between each of them for the entire time they are there.
6. The member must notify Hank when they are leaving the park.

OCME is the only group allowed to use any city park to the extent that we do, and staff is attempting to recognize that a special relationship exists with the club. Please voluntarily comply with these requests as the city could easily install new locks on all the gates to force compliance. They trust us, let's not violate that trust.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to access the compound, please call Hank at any time.

For OCME
Hank Castignetti
Secretary/City Liaison
714-742-2335
New OCME President Announced
As most of you know, OCME President Gary Gorman has resigned
and moved to Arizona. When this happens, the OCME Board is
required, in the OCME By-Laws, to appoint a successor to complete
the term of office of the departing Board Member. The Board was very
fortunate to have two highly qualified Members willing to serve.

Your new OCME President is Dennis Neil.

PleaseWelcome Dennis and give him your full support.

Next Free Public Ride Days
Public Rides will Return as soon as the COVID-19 Virus is under control.
Please keep checking for updates here and on our Social Media
Facebook and Instagram pages

Riding Requirements
For Children to ride the trains, they must be able to walk
and be at least 31" tall. Small Children must sit on the seat immediately
in front of a Parent or Responsible Adult

OCME Annual Banquet
The Annual Banquet held Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
was an outstanding success. Our Entertainment provided by
World Champion Magician Johnny Ace Palmer
Was the Highlight of the Night
Thanks to Betty Cummings and her crew for a great evening.
Sunburst Youth Academy Special Work Days
We have been forced to suppend all work days until the
COVID-19 Virus is under control.
Please keep watching as we plan to continue this
valuable servce as soon as possible.
OCME in the News
• Video featuring OCME produced by the City of Costa Mesa (View)
• 2019 in Review Video (View)
• Moving a Mine Car (View)
OCME Volunteer of the Month
Our December 2019 Volunteer of the Month is Gary Reynolds
He has been busy doing a lot of jobs including the following:
• Repairing the Roofs on the Storage Containers in the Compound
• Repairing and Painting the Picnic Tables around the Facility
• Repairing and Replacing the Posts along the Walkway from the
Station to the Compound

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Orange County Model Engineers Inc. is a non-profit club that
operates a 7 1/2" gauge railroad over a 5 mile layout of
track at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa, CA.