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News Archives: 2005


Sand Bags Available

Placer County crews and residents are facing a series of challenges resulting from the storms that have pounded the area. County crews have delivered sand and sand bags to the South Placer Fire Protection District, 6900 Eureka Road, Granite Bay; for Placer County residents if needed.

  Streams are high and often overflowing the roads. Residents who live near streams should stay alert as waters may continue to rise. A number of roads have been closed. Motorists should avoid moving water. It's particularly important to keep children out of the storm water.

First MAC of the New Year to Hear 2 Items

Developers will present a revised design proposal for a 17.5-acre development located on the south side of Douglas Blvd, just east of Woodgrove Way. Additionally, A representative from the County will provide an overview on the current permitting process required for cell towers. The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 PM Wednesday, January 4, at the Eureka Union School District Office.

Fire Directors Refuse to Support Sales Tax Proposal

The League of Placer County Taxpayers has proposed a 1/8 cent sales tax increase to help the fire protection funding problem in the County.  The proposal contends the increase would raise over $6 million to be distributed primarily to the rural fire districts. The directors and the public alike showed little support for the idea as it was seen to be lacking in detail and would be collecting a vast majority of the tax from the urban areas to subsidize the rural areas. 

Fire District Approves Capital Facility Plan

The South Placer Fire District Board of Directors approved a $3.8 million Capital Facilities Plan for 2006.  The new plan proposes a new station on Olive Ranch Rd. to replace the old station on Douglas Blvd.. It also proposes to develop additional administrative and training space, and it calls for the District to assist Placer County with the cost of major communication system improvements. Since the need for these new facilities and service is primarily the result of growth, a new mitigation fee schedule was also adopted. It call for a 4.3% fee hike for new construction.

Fire District Board Selects New Officers

The South Placer Fire District Board of Directors elected new officers for 2006 last evening. The Board elected Dave Giblin to be the President and Jeff Moss to be the Vice President. The new officers will assume their new post at the January 18 meeting.

Sheriff's Report Cites a Number of Vehicle Burglaries

The November Crime Summary from the Placer County Sheriff's office identifies a number of vehicle burglaries in the Granite Bay area. Please remember and remind neighbors and friends that valuables need to be removed from vehicles, or at the very least kept out of sight. This is especially important during the holidays.

MAC Recommends Shopping Center Expansion

The MAC recommended approval of a proposal to expand the Sierra Oaks Plaza shopping center at the corner of Douglas Blvd. and Sierra College Blvd. The proposal will add 12,575 square feet to the backside of the existing building located at the southeast corner of the center for a Ross Department Store.

Traffic Calming Measures Considered for Macargo Rd.

In response to concerns offered by the community regarding traffic hazards on Macargo Rd., the MAC recommended adoption of the Dept. of Public Works suggestion to provide a stop signs on Macargo at Johnson Lane. This latest recommendation is in addition to speed limit signs and the clearing of vegetation from the shoulders that has already been completed.

Traffic Safety Committee to be Formed

MAC approved the formation of a temporary committee to discuss traffic safety issues within the community. The Committee will be co-chaired by the chairmen of the existing Transportation and Safety Committees. Meeting times and dates to be announced.

Post Office Extends Holiday Hours

The Granite Bay Station of the US Post Office at 8771 Auburn Folsom Rd. has announced extended hours for the holidays. Beginning 12/10 and through 12/22, the Post office will be open from 8:30 am to 7 pm Monday thru Friday, and from 8:30 am to 5 pm on Saturday. The office will be closed on Sundays. 

Bureau to Hold Meetings on Folsom Dam Improvements

The US Bureau of Reclamation will hold two public meetings to discuss improvements to Folsom Dam. Earlier plans called for raising the dam and enlarging its outlets. But the revelation that it would cost millions of dollars more than anticipated has shifted discussion toward a proposal to build a second spillway on the dam's southern flank. The first meeting is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12, at the Granite Bay Activity Center, at the Douglas Boulevard entrance to the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, in Granite Bay. The second is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., in Folsom.

Dec. 7 MAC Parks Committee Meeting Cancelled

Next meeting will be scheduled for Jan 4 06 at the Eureka School District office.

New Public Works Director Appointed

Ken Grehm, who currently serves as Assistant Public Works Director, has been named to succeed Tim Hackworth as Public Works Director when he retires at the end of the year. The Board of Supervisors confirmed the appointment Tuesday. Grehm joined Placer County Public Works in 2002. Previously he served as Supervising Engineer at the City of Sacramento, where he worked since the late 1980's. Ken is known in the Granite Bay area for his work with the community on the improvements planned for Auburn Folsom Rd.

December 7, MAC to hear 3 Action Items

A. The MAC will take action on a proposal to add 12,575 square feet onto the backside of the existing building located at the southeast corner of the Sierra Oaks Plaza shopping center at the corner of Douglas Blvd. and Sierra College Blvd. for a Ross Department Store.

B. The Department of Public Works will present information on specific concerns and/or solution concepts offered by the community and potential "traffic calming" measures being considered for Macargo Rd. 

C. MAC will consider formation of temporary committee to discuss traffic safety issues within the community.

Thieves Steal Christmas Decorations

Three young men (19-25 yrs.) dressed in black and driving a small black Dodge or Toyota truck stole approximately $400 worth of Christmas decorations from a home on Willow Gate Ct. The incident occurred Friday 11/25 just after midnight. The home owner caught them in the act but they got away. Please everyone be extra alert, be on the look out, and report anything suspicious to the Sheriff. Hopefully someone can spot these perpetrators if they return.

County's Chief of Staff to the Board Promoted

John Marin, who has served as Chief of Staff to the Board of Supervisors office for more than 17 years, has been promoted to interim Director of the Community Development/Resource Agency. Board members ratified the appointment Nov. 8. 2005. In his new position Marin will be responsible for handling environmental review of projects and for coordinating review of the largest, most complex development proposals facing the county. CD/RA includes the planning and building departments, and staff from land development sections from public works. 

November MAC Safety Committee Report

The MAC Safety Committee meets on the first Wednesday each month at 6 PM at the Eureka School District Office. The public is welcome. 

CHP Report:

> Crashes on Auburn-Folsom Rd. down 14 from last year but crashes on Douglas Blvd. were up 13 from last year.
  > Officers from several jurisdictions will be holding a Zero Tolerance Day on Auburn Folsom Rd. later this month.
> CHP will be conducting a DUI Task Force effort on I-80 from Madison Ave. to Colfax.
> CHP officers will be collecting toys at the Roseville Galleria on Thanksgiving weekend.

Sheriff's Dept. Report:

> October Crime Summary lists only 4 crimes in Granite Bay. 2 Burglaries (1 vehicle- 1 residence), 1 vehicle vandalism, and 1 Grand theft from a construction site. Residents are reminded to keep valuable items out of site in their vehicles.
> Sheriff's Dept. is collecting new or gently used stuffed toy animals for distribution to kids in local hospitals. Donations may be dropped off at the Sheriff's Service Center on Douglas Blvd. (Behind Granite Community Bank) or at the Cattlemen's Restaurant on Taylor Rd. in Roseville. 

So. Placer Fire District Report:

> The Fire district responded to 157 calls for service in October.
> The burn ban was lifted after the rain in the last week of October. 
> Permits for burning are required year round, and may be obtained from any fire station.
> The grass fire season closed without a major fire in the community. 
> The colder weather brings with it the beginning of the wood-burning season. Residents are reminded to have their chimneys/flues inspected and cleaned or repaired as needed. A good plan to keep the stovepipe clean is allowing the stove to free burn for 30 minutes before reducing the airflow. Residents are also reminded to NEVER dispose of ashes in their plastic trash bins unless the ashes have been thoroughly soaked with water first. Each year several fires are caused by the improper disposal of ashes.

Granite Bay High School Report:

> Athletic events will bring traffic and parking to the area surrounding this weekend. If the football team wins, then they will go to post-season which will bring at least one more home game the following weekend. 
> The school is looking into reports of students smoking at the bus stop in front of the school. They believe that these incidents are due to students from other schools who use the bus stop as a transfer point. 

Public Comment:

> A resident voiced a concern over excessive speed and noise in the 6000 block of Auburn Folsom Rd. CHP officer Kelly Baraga took note and will target the area during the Zero Tolerance Day.
> Another resident brought up the subject of illegal street racing on Douglas Blvd., on Friday and Saturday nights. Officer Baraga will look into a joint effort with the Roseville Police Dept. CHP has joined with RPD on Zero Tolerance Days and other efforts, and will look forward to reciprocity in this area.

A Busy Night at the November 2 MAC Meeting

 > A contingent of neighbors of the property located on the south side of Douglas Blvd. across from the library expressed concern about tree cutting, filling and grading on the parcel and wanted to know what the owner proposed to construct on the site. They asked for help in investigating the matter before it progressed any further. County staff present at the meeting advised they would look into the matter and as of 2:00 p.m. November 3 a cease and desist order was issued to the property owner.

> A representative of Elliot Homes reported that the company had purchased the Rolling Greens Golf Course on Eureka Road and proposes to construct 10 homes on the 23 acre parcel in accordance with our Community Plan and the existing zoning. The golf course will remain available for play through 2006. 

> The MAC reviewed a proposal to add 12,575 square feet onto the backside of the existing vacant 18,825 square foot building located at the southeast corner of the Sierra Oaks Plaza shopping center at 4130 Douglas Boulevard. The addition is proposed for a Ross Department Store.

  > A proposal was presented to develop two vacant commercial properties consisting of 9.5 acres as a residential planned development of 50-60 duet homes ranging from 1300 to 2100 square feet in one and two story buildings. The parcels are located on the north side of Douglas Boulevard east of Longs on Auburn-Folsom Road. Residents expressed concerns about run off and tree removal, but MAC and the audience generally felt the concept was a good fit for the property. 

> A proposal for 101 Town Homes ranging from 1200 to 1750 square feet on 8.5 acres on the parcel located at the northwest corner of Old Auburn Road and Sierra College Blvd. was presented. The property is currently zoned 2.3 units per acre. The project would not comply with our Community Plan and would not be compatible with any of the surrounding low density residential neighborhoods. It was not generally supported by the MAC or the residents in the audience.

> A proposal for a single story building housing a 3700 square foot bank facility and 2650 square feet for tenant occupancy was presented. The site is about .2 miles south of Douglas on the east side of Sierra College Blvd. at the signalized entry to Granite Bay Business Park and is an infill project. The applicant proposes to design the building in a manner similar to what is already developed. 

MAC Agenda Update

The Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Committee agenda has changed. One action item has been removed and one Information item has been added.  

MAC Has Full Agenda, Meeting to Start Early on Wed. Nov. 2

The Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Committee has a full agenda for the Wednesday Nov. 2 meeting.  The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., one half hour earlier than usual.  Agenda items include a digital monument sign on Auburn-Folsom near Douglas, three developments involving more than 110 homes, and an expansion of the Sierra Oaks Plaza shopping center (Ralphs).  The agenda also includes a Workshop on the function of Placer County MACs.  

Fire District Accepting Applications for Two Positions

The South Placer Fire District is accepting applications for a Division Chief/EMS Officer and for a Division Chief/Training Officer. Salary range for both positions is $5,351 to $6,504 per month plus excellent benefits. Persons interested should contact the South Placer Fire District, 6900 Eureka Road, Granite Bay, CA 95746 or 916-791-7059 for required district application. Applications accepted until no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 16, 2005.

County Transportation Planning Agency Launches Web 

The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency has launched a new Web site aimed at commuters to help address their concerns. The site includes information regarding transit projects, news about upcoming events, a frequently asked-question page and a forum for commuters to e-mail their frustrations, concerns and suggestions. The Web site is a way for people to express their frustrations regarding transit issues and participate in solutions.

I 80 Off Ramp to Douglas Blvd. to Close

The eastbound Interstate 80 off ramp to eastbound Douglas Blvd. will be closed for construction for 10 days beginning at midnight Monday. Traffic on Sunrise Ave. in the construction area will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the next two weeks. 

MAC Recommends Re-Phasing Auburn-Folsom Rd. Work

The MAC recommended the County abandon the present phasing plan for the Auburn-Folsom Road Widening Project that would have started construction near Douglas Blvd. to approximately 1500 feet' south of Eureka Rd. Instead, they recommended installing a signal at Fuller Dr., continuing efforts to acquire right of way, and to begin design of what had initially been phase 2, from the County line on the south to Oak Leaf Way.

The MAC and the public alike rejected the idea of paying $1.6 million more than the County was offering for a narrow strip of right of way just south of Fuller Dr. Ironically, the owner of those parcels was cited by the County in June 2004 for removal of 75 trees and significant disturbance to the Linda Creek corridor that is yet to be resolved.

County Announces Flu Shot Clinics

The Placer County Department of Health and Human Services has announced its schedule of flu shot clinics in our area for the upcoming influenza season. The County will provide vaccinations to seniors and those who are at high risk, have chronic health issues, or who may spread influenza to those at risk. For most other residents, flu shots are typically available through their regular primary care doctors.

Oct. 19: Veterans Memorial Hall, 110 Park Dr., Roseville, 8:30 - Noon.
Nov 9: Rocklin Sunset Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin, 8:30 a.m. – Noon.
Nov 16: Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 110 Park Dr., Roseville, 8:30 a.m. – Noon.

MAC to Take Action on Two Issues Wednesday Night

A. Placer County's Department of Public Works will seek support for the re-phasing of the Auburn-Folsom Road Widening Project. The Project is now phased to begin construction at Douglas Blvd. to approximately 1500' south of Eureka Rd, but the County is now proposing to start at the County Line to approximately 1500' north of Oak Hill Drive.

B. A developer will seek support for a project, called Beaver Creek, consisting of seven single-family home sites on 17.5 acres. The project is located on the south side of Douglas Blvd. approximately 1000 feet east of the Fire Station at Douglas and Woodgrove Way.

Fire District Adopts $6.3 Million Operating Budget

The South Placer Fire District has adopted a $6.3 million operating budget for the 05-06 fiscal year.  That figure represents a 10% increase over the 04-05 fiscal year spending. Salaries and benefits will increase nearly 11% while service and operation costs are projected to hold steady. Salaries alone increased over a quarter million dollars. Additionally, the District has budgeted for a nearly $2.7 million cash reserve at year end.

Local Resident Recognized for Dousing Fire

Chief Corado of the South Placer Fire District presented Larry Houghtby a plaque last night in recognition of his actions to report and suppress a fire at his neighbors home on Oak Leaf Way in July. After seeing smoke, he investigated and found the deck and the exterior wall on fire. As his wife called 911, Larry was able to extinguish the fire with a garden hose before firefighters arrived. 

New Planning Director Named

Michael J. Johnson, a resident of Rocklin, who currently serves as the City of Folsom's Community Development Director, has been named Placer County Planning Director to replace Fred Yeager who retired in August. Johnson has been with Folsom since 1997. He also served in Fremont and Merced. and has been a planner for the San Luis Obispo County Land Conservancy. Supervisors confirmed his appointment last week and he will start Oct. 12.

Granite Bay Press Tribune Editor Leaving

Jamie Trump, the editor of the Granite Bay Press-Tribune for the past three years has announced that she will be leaving the paper on the 16th of Sept. The paper has not yet identified a replacement, but in the meantime Sherri Shaulis will be coordinating Granite Bay news. Press releases, meeting agendas, columns, etc. may be sent to Sherri at sherris@goldcountrymedia.com.  Thank you Jamie for your excellent coverage of Granite Bay issues, we will miss you and we wish you the best for your future.

Dinner, Night Out! 

Stoneridge Elementary School is having a community fundraising event at The Habit Burger Grill (4060 Douglas Blvd. at Sierra College Boulevard) in Granite Bay. Date: Thursday, Sept 29th, Time: From 3pm - 9pm. Invite all of your friends and family to dine out at The Habit Burger Grill on the 29th of Sept. 20% of the proceeds will go to the school's fundraiser for their 6th Grade Science Camp. Take out is available.

Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra Benefit Performance

The Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra, will perform at the Adventure Christian Church in Rocklin on Sunday, September 25, 2005, at 7:30 pm to benefit Hurricane Katrina Flood Victims. Featured guest artists will be the New Orleans Jazz Band, Banu Gibson and the New Orleans Hot Jazz. Guest vocalists performing with the orchestra are Danielle Nice, & Malcolm MacKensie. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the American Red Cross and to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund of the American Federation of Musicians.  Tickets can be ordered by phone at 800-225-2277 or 916-766-2277.

Help Wanted, Tree Planting Scheduled for Feist Park

Volunteers are needed Saturday and Sunday September 24th and 25th to help plant over 150 trees at the new Feist Park at the corner of Elmhurst and Twin Schools Rd. If you can help for a few hours at sometime during those days, bring your shovel, rake and gloves with you to the park. Planting will begin at 8 AM each day and continue until at least 4 PM. It would be a good idea to mark your tools in case they get lost.

MAC Reviews Two Development Concepts

-- Adventist Ministries presented MAC a site concept for a 75-acre parcel on the east side of Sierra College Blvd. on top of the hill. The proposal consists of a 2,000 seat sanctuary, administrative and resource center, small bible school and on-campus housing for 100 students. Neighboring residents expressed concern over the Fire Districts request for a 26 ft. wide access road to the project from Cavitt-Stallman Rd. 

-- A conceptual proposal for the parcels located on the south side of Douglas Blvd. between the Bank of America and the existing residential area to the east would provide up to 46 owner occupied half-plex units and a 7000 sq. ft. retail building. The proposal would remove the existing old retail center where Granito's restaurant and the Barber Shop are located, but would enable relocation of existing businesses to the new building. The concept received generally favorable response from the MAC and residents alike. Some concern about the proposed density was expressed. 

20 Human Cases of West Nile Virus in Placer County

Placer County health officials announced today that the total number of human West Nile virus cases has increased to 20, as the disease continues to spread in the western area of the county.

Ground spraying in selected areas of Roseville to combat mosquitoes which can carry the virus, delayed for two days due to winds, is expected to begin Thursday night. The spraying will take place between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, weather permitting.

County Library Offers New Online Service

A new service offered by the Placer County Library system permits patrons to read stories and view photographs from more than 2,000 magazines and newspapers online from the comfort of their homes, schools or offices. The new service is available through the county's library web site to anyone who has a valid Placer County library card. Library cards can be obtained by applying at any branch of the Placer County Library. 

Ground Spraying Scheduled for Placer County

In its efforts to reduce the mosquito population and the spread of West Nile virus, the Placer Mosquito Abatement District will be conducting ground spraying by truck in south Roseville on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 30 through September 1. Weather permitting, the spraying will occur between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. 

Due to concerns about exposure to the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, Performing Arts of Roseville (PAR) is canceling its Sunday, August 28 concert in Roseville’s Royer Park.

County Names New Chief Executive Officer

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has named Tom Miller to succeed County Executive Officer Jan Christofferson following her retirement in late October. Miller has worked for the County for 6 years and currently serves as the director of the County's Community Development/Resource Agency. He has extensive public works and planning experience. He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and additional graduate work in Applied Economics. 

Another Human Infected by the West Nile Virus

Another human case of West Nile Virus has been discovered in Placer County. Officials from the Mosquito Abatement District and the county Health and Human Services Department announced the additional case brings to four the 2005 county total of human cases.

The new case is a female, 42-year old South County resident in the 95678 Zip code area of Roseville. The previous three Placer County cases are also from the same Zip code.

West Nile Virus Discovered in Three Humans

Three human cases of West Nile virus have been discovered in Placer County. In addition to the three human cases there have been 43 dead birds (5 in Granite Bay), two horses, two dead squirrels and eight mosquito pools that have tested positive for the virus. 

As part of their eradication efforts, the Mosquito Abatement District is treating storm drains for mosquitoes in South Placer County, and will also be holding two mosquito fish giveaways. There is currently no aerial spraying planned for residential areas in Placer County to kill mosquitoes.

Planning Director Receives Proclamation at MAC

Supervisor Gaines presented retiring Planning Director Fred Yeager a proclamation honoring him for his 32 years of service to the County. In addition Yeager received a plaque from the Granite Bay Community Association thanking him for his efforts in drafting and supporting the Granite Bay Community Plan.  

MAC Recommends Rezone

The MAC recommended approval of a proposal from Dave Bushnell to rezone the property where his nursery is located on the north side of Douglas Blvd, from single family residential to farm zoning. The zoning change would resolve some long standing non conformance issues and allow for the addition of several greenhouses . Residents and MAC members also indicated support for a side walk along Douglas Blvd as part of the improvements proposed.  

On another issue, the MAC was generally receptive to conceptual plans for townhouses on the east side of Padre Ct. at Douglas Blvd. and Padre Ct. The project as presented would provide a transition between commercial and single family residential and would have a total of 6 buildings with 2 units in each building targeted for individual ownership rather than rental units.

County CEO to Retire

Jan Christofferson, the Chief Executive Officer for Placer County since June 2001 has announced she will retire effective 28 October 2005. She indicates she wants to spend more time with her family and pursue part time career options working with her father.

Mike Holmes to Run for 4th District Congressional Seat

Mike Holmes, a 65 year old moderate republican has announced he will challenge John Doolittle in the 2006 primary election for the Republican nomination for the 4th congressional district seat. Holmes is the vice Mayor of Auburn and a retired Navy Captain. He describes himself as a fiscal conservative with moderate social views. 

Ground is Broken for South Placer Justice Center

Placer County broke ground Tuesday on the new South Placer Justice Center in North Roseville, The first phase of the project will include a courthouse with nine courtrooms, a holding facility for inmates and space for court administration. The project will bring many public protection services closer to the South Placer area. At the same time, a privately owned office building is being constructed. The County will lease space there for the District Attorney's Office, and Probation Dept.

Granite Bay Man Arrested for Stabbing Death

A 23-year-old Granite Bay man, Caleb John Madsen, was arrested Thursday night at his family's home on Bella Vista Dr. in connection with the stabbing death of his friend Christopher Worth. Worth was found dead Sunday afternoon in a field near Madsen's home. According to the Placer County Sheriff's Department, Worth was killed at Madsen's house and his body was transported in his own truck to the nearby field.

More West Nile Virus Discovered in Placer County

The Placer Mosquito Abatement District announced two mosquito pools from West Placer County have tested positive for West Nile virus. One was from west of Roseville; the other was west of Lincoln. "This confirms that we have mosquitoes flying now that could transmit the virus," said Jamesina Scott, Ph. D. Residents can help prevent mosquitoes in their own yards by eliminating standing water sources where mosquitoes breed.

Water District Approves Rate Hike

San Juan Water District Board of Directors has approved a 3% water rate increase to take effect in September. The increase is consistent with the CPI used to measure inflation. Questions regarding the new rate should be directed to the District's customer service staff at 791-0115.

Five Buddies Head to the Marines Together

Five proud young Granite Bay men (Ryan Adair, Nick Davison, Nick Reineke, Jose Sachez and Dave Volk) are joining the US Marines as part of the Marines "Buddy Program". The 18 year olds are best buddies and will be headed to Marine boot camp at Camp Pendleton together on July 18. They say 9/11 prompted their decision.  Semper Fi Marines.

MAC Endorses Change to Permit Parking Ordinance

At its 6 July meeting the MAC accepted a change to the Permit Parking Ordinance that would prohibit parking for a distance on the south side of Eureka Rd. The MAC heard from the Public Works Staff that up to 70 new parking places should be available prior to the beginning of school by restriping Wellington Way and using the new parking lot at the new church site on East Roseville Parkway. A proposal to eliminate permit parking on Elmhurst Dr. was rejected.  

MAC Transportation Subcommittee to Meet

 The Granite Bay MAC Transportation Subcommittee will host a public meeting July 13 at 7:00 PM at Eureka School District Office to hear specific concerns and/or solution concepts from residents regarding Macargo Road and to discuss potential “traffic calming” measures for the road. Additionally, the committee will review a request for a stop sign on Cavitt-Stallman South Road at the intersection with Woodthrush Way. The public is invited to attend and to share your concerns and suggestions.

Supervisors Reappoint MAC Members

The County Board of Supervisors approved reappointment of Steve Nash, Walt Pekarsky, David Kaiser and Virg Anderson to the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council, for 2 year terms, as requested by Supervisor Gaines. 

MAC to Review Permit Parking Ordinance

MAC will meet at 7:00 pm 6 July at Eureka School District Office to review and discuss possible changes to the permit parking program currently implemented in the area adjacent to the Granite Bay High School. Additionally, public input will be requested for aesthetics, such as bridge rail type and concrete finish, for the design for Barton Rd bridge replacement at Miner’s Ravine, and County staff will provide an update on the Auburn Folsom Rd.

Board Approves Community Plan Amendment

The County Board of Supervisors today approved the revised Circulation Element of the Granite Bay Community Plan. The amendment sets forth numerous new goals, policies and implementation programs that will provide a transportation system that serves the future needs of the Community. The Plan accommodates new development projects, pedestrian, equestrian and cyclist needs, while it retains and enhances the rural and scenic qualities of the area.

Park Ownership Transfer to Placer County Approved

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has approved the transfer of Feist Park, located at Elmhurst and Twin Schools Rd, from the Eureka School District to Placer County. Use agreements with the various youth sports leagues and the Eureka School District were also approved. The actual transfer will occur in July. A joint use agreement between the County and the Granite Bay High School regarding the planned tennis courts is pending.

County Parks Staff reported the county also approved spending up to $500,000 of future park dedication fees now to complete the soccer fields, walkways, etc. with the plan to hydroseed the fields in October.

Fire Districts to Discuss Future

The Loomis Fire District and the South Placer Fire District have appointed a ad-hoc committee to discuss the future of fire protection in the Loomis Fire District. At issue is how fire protection could be provided if the Loomis District fails due to its serious shortfall of operating revenue.

Supervisors Approve "The Grove" Project

"The Grove" (a 32 lot residential project at the southwest corner of Olive Ranch Rd. and Berg St.) received unanimous approval from the Board of Supervisors. The project had been approved by the MAC and the Planning Commission, but had been appealed by a neighbor who opposed the project.

Date Set for Community Plan Hearing

The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing 24 June at 1:45 pm to consider approval of an amendment to the Circulation Element of the Granite Bay Community Plan. The hearing will be in the Board Hearing Room in Auburn. No changes to the Community Plan land use designations are being considered. Interested persons are encouraged to attend the hearing or submit written comments prior to the hearing.

Granite Bay Youth Sets State Meet Record

Scott Roth, a junior at Granite Bay High School won his second consecutive pole vault title at the CIF State Track and Field Championship meet at Hughes Stadium on Saturday. With a vault of 17 feet 1 inch Scott erased the previous record of 17 feet that had stood since 1978. Congratulations Scott we are all proud of you.

County Budgets Funds for Feist Park

The 2006 Placer County Budget includes $500K from present and future park mitigation fees for construction at Feist Park at the corner of Elmhurst Dr. and Twin Schools Rd.. The money along with the construction of the tennis courts by the Granite Bay High School should be enough to complete the third and final phase of the park's construction by the end of the year.

Supervisors Fill Vacant MAC Seat

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of Craig Powell, a resident of Douglas Ranch sub-division, to the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council Seat #2 as requested by Supervisor Gaines.

Folsom Dam Road Limited Opening Approved

Federal Officials on Tuesday, approved the opening of the Folsom Dam Road during commute hours. However, the lack of funding to implement a $6 million security plan could delay its opening at least until 2006. Folsom officials estimate over 7200 vehicles daily will be able to use the road during commute hours.  The traffic impact on Granite Bay as a result of the opening was not immediately known.

Supervisors Reschedule Project Appeal Hearing

The hearing for "The Grove" (a 32 lot residential project at the southwest corner of Olive Ranch Rd. and Berg St.) that had been scheduled for 24 May has been continued to 14 June at 1:30 pm in the Board of Supervisors chambers in Auburn. The project was approved by the MAC and the Planning Commission, but has been appealed by a neighbor who opposes the project.

Fire District Changes Meeting Time

At the request of community members, the South Placer Fire District Directors voted to change the meeting time of their regularly scheduled Board meeting from 7:30 pm to 7:00 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the each month. The new schedule will be effective in June.

Burn Hours Extended for the Month of May

The Placer County Air Pollution Control District and the South Placer Fire Protection District have agreed to implement the extended burn hours for the month of May that were recommended by the community’s Municipal Advisory Council. For the month of May if it is a burn day between the 1st and 15th, the burn hours are 8 am to 7 pm. This change affects residents who live in the 95661 and 95746 zip codes.

Public Invited to Open House for New Folsom Bridge

The US Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Folsom will host an Open House Wednesday 27 April from 4 pm to 6 pm and from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St. in Folsom to provide the public an update on the Folsom Bridge Project. For more information contact the Corps at 916-557-5100.

Juvenile Justice/Delinquency Prevention Commission

Judge Colleen Nichols, of the Juvenile Court and Chairman of the Placer County Juvenile Justice/Delinquency Prevention Commission, announces applications are being accepted for membership on the County’s Commission. There are adult and juvenile vacancies on the Commission. Any resident of Placer County interested in applying for membership on the Commission can call (530) 889-7900 or write for a membership application for the Commission, c/o Placer County Probation Department Attention: JJ/DP, 11564 C Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603.

New Facility Services Director Appointed

The Board of Supervisors has ratified the appointment of Jim Durfee to be the County's new Facility Services Director. Durfee currently serves as Assistant Director of Facility Services. He also serves as Assistant Executive Director of both the Western Placer and the Placer-Nevada Waste Management Authorities.

Fire Board Approves Long Term Facility Upgrade Plan

A plan outlining the estimated cost and anticipated schedule for major upgrades or replacement of the Fire District's facilities as they wear or become unfit for the type of service needed over the years was approved by the Board of Directors at their April 20 meeting. The Plan initially will cost 3.75% of the Districts annual budget ($250,000 in the 05/06 fiscal year).  As a result of implementing this plan, the District's Fundamental Budget Principles had to change as well. Staffing will become 77.5% of the budget, a reduction of 2.5%, while the other elements of the budget changed only slightly or not at all.

Interstate 80 Exit Ramp to Close for 12 Days 

Caltrans will close the eastbound exit ramp from Interstate 80 to eastbound Douglas Boulevard beginning at 6 a.m., Monday April 11. The ramp will remain closed until 11:59 p.m., Friday April 22. The ramp closure will allow crews to work on the tunnel connecting northbound Sunrise Boulevard to the freeway, and to realign the I-80/Douglas Boulevard ramp to a new configuration.

MAC Supports Minor Change to Burn Policy

After hearing pleas from residents that don't want any backyard burning permitted and residents that don't want any restrictions on burning, the MAC agreed that the compromise established nearly two years ago was not broken and needed only a very small adjustment. The only change the MAC recommended to the Fire District and the Air Pollution Control District was to extend the burn hours for the month of May to 7 pm. 

LAFCo Appoints New Executive Officer

The Placer Local Agency Formation Commission, which oversees the changes in boundaries for cities and special districts within Placer County, has announced the appointment of Kristina Berry as the new Executive Officer. Ms. Berry is currently the Senior Analyst for the Monterey County LAFCo and will be assuming her new position on May 2 following the resignation of Scott Finley who will be returning to the County Council's office. 

Two Promotions in the Fire District

The South Placer Fire District has announced two promotions within its staff. Fire Marshall Lawrence Bettencourt has been selected for promotion to the rank of Battalion Chief, and Karl Fowler has been selected for promotion to the rank of Captain. Both promotions will become effective 16 April 05. Congratulations to both.

County Creates New Development-Resource Agency

In an effort to make the land use review process more efficient, the Placer County Board of Supervisors, on Tuesday, created a new agency that will oversee both the Planning and the Building Departments. The Board appointed Tom Miller, present director of Facility Services, as the head of the new agency.

Fire District Board Selects New Board Member

The Directors of the South Placer Fire District interviewed eight candidates 29 Mar. to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of John de Graaff in Feb. Mike DeLaurentis, a Granite Bay resident and a former candidate for the directors position was selected to serve the remainder of de Graaf's 4 year term. Mike is due to be sworn in on Friday at 5:00 PM.

County's Planning Director to Retire

Fred Yeager, Placer County's Planning Director since 1989 has indicated he will retire in August. He has 33 years of service with the County.  Fred was instrumental in the design of our Granite Bay Community Plan and has been responsible for implementing the policies of the Plan by guiding development within the community towards our community goals.  

Two New Fire Engines Arrive

Two new type one fire engines have been delivered to the Fire District. The Board recognized a team of employees (Derek Carey, Brian Midtlying, Mike Rufenacht, Steve Adcock, Jim Stephens, Ray Jennings, and Russ Moorhouse) who were instrumental in designing and acquiring the new engines. The new engines cost the District $380,000 each.

Fire District Proposes Long Term Facility Upgrade Plan

Chief Corado presented the Board with a conceptual plan outlining the estimated cost and an anticipated schedule of major upgrades or replacement of the Fire District's facilities as they wear or become unfit for the type of service needed over the years. Until very recently, the District has not been saving money for the rehabilitation of their maturing facilities. The initial estimate for the average annual cost of the program over the next 30 years is over $500,000 per year.

Planning Commission Approves New Development

The County Planning Commission approved a new sub-division (The Grove at Granite Bay) on 32 acres at the south-west corner of Berg St. and Olive Ranch Rd. on Thursday, 10 Mar. The new sub-division provides 32 custom residential lots (average lot size is 22,000 sq. ft.) with approximately 11 acres of open space to preserve and protect a large wetland area and the stream environment zones. Berg St. is planned to be improved to correct vertical alignment issues but will retain the aesthetics of a country road.

MAC Approves Barton Bridge Design

The Municipal Advisory Council approve a conceptual plan for the replacement of the bridge on Barton Rd. at it's 2 March meeting. Work on the new bridge which will widen the channel at the bridge and raise the level of the bridge by 3 feet is planned for 2006. Additionally, the MAC approved a recommendation to the County to develop and implement a graffiti ordinance to enable the removal of graffiti as soon as possible.

Granite Bay MAC Needs a Secretary

The Placer County Board of Supervisors is looking to fill the Secretary position for the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council (MAC). The MAC meets one evening per month. The position entails mailing out the agendas, taking minutes and other related duties. The applicant must provide for their transportation and reside in Granite Bay. The position pays $100 per meeting and is considered voluntary. The MAC is a great way to get involved in the community. For more information, contact Melanie Eustice, Placer County Board of Supervisors, (916) 787-8950.

Supervisors Appoint New MAC Member

The County Board of Supervisors appointed Steve Nash to the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council Tuesday. Nash has served on the MAC's parks subcommittee for several years and will replace Mike Casey who became ineligible when he moved out of the community.

Notice ---  Fire District Board Member Resigns

After serving two years of the four year term he was elected to, South Placer Fire District Director John de Graaff has submitted his resignation to the Board. He indicated a significant difference in philosophy with the other board members as the reason for his resignation.

The seat vacated by de Graaff has been officially declared vacant and residents of the Fire District interested in being appointed to serve on the Board for the remainder of his term should submit a letter of interest to the Fire District Office at 6900 Eureka Road in Granite Bay no later than 5:00 pm, March 18, 2005. Candidate interviews will be scheduled during the week of March 28, 2005. Questions can be directed to Chief Tony Corado at (916) 791-7059.

Directors Approve Apprentice Firefighter Program

The South Placer Fire District Board of Directors approved a new program that will provided a two year apprentice firefighter program designed to provide career development within the fire service. The new program will replace the current reserve firefighters who will be offered the new positions if qualified.

MAC Residential Burn Sub-Committee to Meet

The MAC Residential Burn Sub-Committee will meet Thursday, Feb 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Granite Bay Library Conference Room at 6475 Douglas Blvd. (Note the change in venue)

Notice of Public Hearing

The Placer County Planning Commission will consider approval of an amendment to the Circulation Element of the Granite Bay Community Plan on Thursday 10 Feb. at 10:10 am. The hearing will be held in the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 2000 Richardson Dr. in the Dewitt Center in Auburn. For more information contact the Planning Dept. at 800-488-4308 ext. 3000.

Granite Bay's Supervisor Takes the Chair at SACOG

Placer County's 4th District Supervisor, Ted Gaines, will serve as the chairman of the six county transportation planning agency for the next year.  Gaines was sworn in as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments Thursday after serving as the vice chair for the past year.   

Residents Oppose Changing the Community Plan

A large number of residents addressed the MAC, opposing amending the Community Plan. Past MAC member George Christi pointed out the value and integrity of the existing plan and the awards that it has received. Most residents were opposed to a proposal presented last month by a developer for a 43 unit age restricted development on a 12-acre parcel, next to Oakhills and Ridgeview Schools. The proposal would increase the permitted density on the parcel by about 700 percent.

MAC Safety Committee Recommends Graffiti Ordinance

Citing the fact that the County does not have an ordinance to deal with graffiti, such as was at the corner of Joe Rodgers and Douglas last year, the MAC Safety Sub-Committee presented information for a recommendation for the County to develop and adopt an ordinance to deal with graffiti when it occurs.  The recommendation will be an action item on next months MAC agenda.

MAC Parks Sub-Committee Meeting Cancelled

The MAC Parks Sub-Committee meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday 5 Jan has been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 2 Feb at 5:00 p.m. in the Eureka School District Office.