News Archives: 2003


Fire District Approves Ordinance Regulating Open Burning

The Directors of the South Placer Fire District approved an Open Burning Ordinance Wednesday night. The Ordinance imposes a requirement for a permit year round for open burning and provides specific guidance for the burning of yard waste. It is applicable to all areas within the Fire District boundaries encompassed by the 95661 and 95746 Zip codes and will become effective 1 February 2004. The Directors further directed the boundaries of the Ordinance be broadened in the future to include all of the Fire District. 

Eureka Union School District Superintendent to Retire

Dr. Ron Feist, Superintendent of the Eureka Union School District for the last 22 years, officially presented his retirement plans to the School District's Board of Trustees at their meeting 9 Dec. He plans to retire at the end of June after a 38 year career in education.  Bob Schultz, the current Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the District has been named to succeed Dr. Feist.  

MAC Recommends Approval of Three Proposals

The MAC recommended approval of a proposed commercial office building on Douglas Blvd. between Barton and Joe Rodgers Rd.. They also supported the Fire District's request to adjust the boundaries of the recently established burn policies to include all of the 95746 Zip code area along with the unincorporated area of the 95661 zip code area and further supported broadening the boundaries to include all of the Fire District in the future. Additionally, the MAC recommended approval of a pilot program for fire hazard abatement in the community.

Two From Granite Bay Receive "Placer County Hero" Award

The Board of Supervisors awarded Kathie Marynik and Sam Malhotra "Placer County Hero" commemorative coins. Kathie was honored for volunteering 2,300 hours at the Placer County Sheriff's Department's substation in Granite Bay and for her volunteer efforts as the Web master for Granite Bay High School's Web site. Sam is the owner of Lakeside Beverages in Granite Bay and was honored for his work with the poor. For 13 years he has sponsored wine tasting events, which have raised more than $48,000 for various charities in the community. Our congratulations go to both.

MAC Member Covington Resigns

Saskia Covington has submitted her resignation from the MAC leaving a vacancy to be filled. Supervisor Gaines indicated applications are being accepted to fill the position. Applications should be submitted to the Clerk of the Board, 175 Fulweiler Ave, Auburn, CA 95603.

Supervisors Approve New Noise Ordinance

Placer County Supervisors approved a noise ordinance Tuesday that proponents say is needed to control noise from motor bikes, gunfire and loud neighborhood parties. The ordinance prohibits sounds 5db above the ambient noise level, or sounds that exceed the hourly average of 55db daytime and 45db nighttime when measured at the receptors property line. The ordinance is targeted to become effective in March. 

Two Candidates Pull Papers for District 4 Supervisor

TTo date, Ted Gaines and Pamela Tobin are the only two persons that have pulled papers from the Placer County Elections Department to file to run for Placer County Supervisor of the 4th District. Persons interested in filing must file their papers with the Elections Dept. by 5 Dec. No one has filed papers as of 24 Nov.

Supervisors Approve Green Waste Program

The concept of weekly curbside collection of green waste at no additional cost to the customer has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for "toter customers" of the Auburn Placer Disposal Service. Customers with toters, living in sub-divisions with parcels smaller than 2 acres will be receiving a new green toter. Toter customers on larger parcels may also receive the service if the specific parcel fits the route parameters. If parcels do not qualify for the pickup service, and for customers that do not have toter service, coupons for free dumping of two yards of green waste at the land fill site two times per year will be provided. The details of the program are now being negotiated with APDS and the program is targeted to be phased in by summer. 

CHP to Launch Senior Volunteer Program

The Auburn/Newcastle office of the CHP is starting a Senior Volunteer Program. The program will be open to qualified seniors at least 50 years old. Persons interested in participating in this program should contact Officer Joe Edwards or Sgt. Bertola at 663-3344.

Fire Chief Announces Plan for Year Round Burn Permits

Chief Corado indicated that all existing residential burn permits in the Granite Bay area will expire 31 Dec 03. Additionally, he indicated burn barrels would no longer be permitted and that a valid residential burn permit will be required in Granite Bay year round beginning Jan. 1 04.

Draft Noise Ordinance Available for Review

In July, the Board of Supervisors appointed a task force of community representatives to make recommendations on what a noise ordinance should look like. The task force met several times and a draft ordinance is now available for review on the County web site. It is anticipated the Board of Supervisors will review the ordinance at their 2 December meeting. Comments should be submitted by email to or by mail to: The Board of Supervisors, 175 Fulweiler Ave. Auburn, CA 95603.

A Workday at the Community Park

Volunteers planted more than 1500 shrubs and trees at the new Community Park last weekend and saved $15,000 in construction costs. Workdays were scheduled for both Sat. and Sun. at the park site at Douglas Blvd. and Barton Rd. Over 100 volunteers showed up each day, including groups from churches, scouts, and youth athletic leagues. 

Fire District Salaries and Benefits Increase 19%

The South Placer Fire District, the wealthiest District in Placer County, continues it's own pattern of tax and spend.  At its Board meeting Sept. 17 the Board passed a $6.6 million budget for 2003-2004. The budget proposes a 19% increase in spending for salaries and benefits, nearly 11% for fixed assets and only 1.5% for service and operations. 

MAC Recommends Approval of New Traffic Circulation Plan

At it's Wednesday night meeting, the MAC recommended approval of the County's proposed new Circulation Element for the Granite Bay Community Plan, requesting several changes recommended by the MAC Transportation sub-committee be included in the plan. The Plan will now go to the Planning Commission and subsequently to the Board of Supervisors for approval. 

MAC Does Not Recommend Approval of Road Widening

Placer County Public Works presented MAC with the proposal for the design of their Auburn-Folsom Rd. widening project Wednesday evening. The highlight of the proposal was the fact that the total cost of the project is proposed to be paid for by Granite Bay funds. No State, Federal or Regional funds are planned to be used even though 70% of the traffic will be from regional sources. The County indicated plans to borrow between $9 and $14 million from other sources but to be repaid with interest from Granite Bay's future traffic mitigation funds. It was suggested that if that happens, no other road improvement projects could ever be funded by the mitigation funds. The MAC basically supported the recommendations made earlier by their Transportation Committee when they voted to deny a recommendation for approval unless the funding issue could be resolved.