News Archives: 2009


2008

IMPORTANT: Special Community Meeting Date Changed

At the request of the community's residents the Special Community Meeting to discuss the Granite Bay Community Plan has been changed from December 17 to January 14. The time and place of the meeting are unknown at this time.

December MAC Meeting Moved

MAC's December 3 meeting was held in the Eureka Elementary School GYM at 5477 Eureka Road Granite Bay, CA 95746 .

Placer County Routing Information

A representative of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department discussed how 911 calls made from cell phones are routed in the unincorporated County areas explaining the specific areas where these calls will still go to CHP and where they will go directly to Placer County’s dispatch.

Auburn-Folsom Widening Update

Work on the widening of Auburn-Folsom Road, which will make Auburn-Folsom Road a 4-lane road from the Placer County line to Lou Place, is proceeding as scheduled and for all intents and purposes was completed in November.   However, depending on the weather, the final noise attenuating asphalt layer might be delayed until spring because it has to be done in warmer weather.  At this time, there are no plans for future phases of the widening project; but, if funding is available, the project may continue in 2010.

Barton Road Bridge Replacement Update

Westcon Construction began working on the bridge replacement project (over Miners Ravine on Barton Road) in May. While the project was scheduled to be completed in mid-November, due in part to the complexity of constructing the bridge, it somewhat behind schedule; but on budget. If the work extends beyond the contract completion date, Westcon Construction faces a penalty of $1,000 for each day beyond that date.

Give & Take: A Holiday Charity Fundraiser For The Tommy Apostolos Fund

On Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 6:00 PM, join in on a fun-filled evening of games, including: Texas Hold 'em, Blackjack, Checkers, Guitar Hero, Coed Table Shuffleboard, Coed Bowling, Darts, Cribbage, Air Hockey, Backgammon, Bunco and Chess. All the proceeds from this event will go to the Tommy Apostolos Fund. In addition to helping this charity, there will also be a canned food drive.

Taking place at Strikes Entertainment Center in Rocklin, space for each game is limited and spots are first-come, first-serve. To learn more about the event and for registration details, please click here. If you have any questions, you can email Jim Crosthwaite at jim_crosthwaite@yahoo.com or Ron Roberts at r.roberts@surewest.net.

Granite Bay Helps in KidsCan Food Drive

Between now and Friday, November 7, 2008 KidsCan continues the tradition of helping to feed hungry families in our community. To do your part, donate any canned and non-perishable food items at any participating school, food bank or other donation locations. Locally, donations are being collected at:

Cavitt Junior High School: 7200 Fuller Drive
Eureka Union Elementary School: 5477 Eureka Road
Granite Bay Schoolhouse: 8265 Sierra College Blvd. Suite 322
Granite Bay High School: #1 Grizzly Way
Greenhills Elementary School: 8200 Greenhills Way
Oakhills School: 9233 Twin Schools Rd.
Ridgeview Elementary School: 9177 Twin Schools Rd.

To learn more about these locations and who to contact, or to see a complete list of donation locations—(including locations in Roseville, Lincoln and Loomis)—please click here.

FYI: MAC Updating Community Plan

On Wednesday, October 1, 2008, as the last item (Item C) of this month's agenda, an update to the Granite Bay Community Plan will be discussed.

To learn more about this item and how it will affect you, please look below at the MAC Item Summary.

10/1/08: MAC Agenda Item Summary

Placer County Emergency Call Routing Information

A representative of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department will discuss the new routing of 911 calls made from cell phones in the unincorporated Placer County areas. The Sheriff’s representative will discuss the specific areas within the County where these calls will still go to CHP and where they will go directly to Placer County’s dispatch.

Granite Bay Road Project Update

Sherri Berexa from Placer County Public Works department will give the community an update on both the Auburn-Folsom Road widening project as well as the Barton Road bridge project.

Granite Bay Community Plan Update

The County of Placer will be initiating an update to the Granite Bay Community Plan adopted in 1989. The purpose of the update will be to insure that community's goals, policies and programs are up to date and consistent with the County General Plan. The update will also consider changes in land use.

At this time County staff is developing a work program which will include a six-month opportunity for a property owner to changes in their zoning and land use designation. It is anticipated that this opportunity would begin in January 2009. County staff will provide guidelines for property owners who wish to consider changes.

Once all requests have been submitted and considered, the work program will entail the development of a new policy document, zoning map, land use diagram and an environmental impact report. This process is expected to take at least 2 years.

Placer County District Attorney’s 6th Annual Elder Conference: “Strategies for Successful Aging”

On Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM join the Placer County District Attorney’s office and the local non-profit referral agency, Seniors First, to learn about the types of abuse being perpetrated right here in Placer County, and what seniors can do to protect themselves! The conference will take place at William Jessup University located at 333 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin, CA. (There is no fee for this event and a complimentary continental breakfast will be provided. Lunch will be available for purchase.)  

Following the conference, guests will be encouraged to stay and attend the resource fair. The fair will include over 50 vendors who provide valuable services throughout Placer County to seniors and dependant adults. You will also want to gear up for winter by getting your flu shot! Flu shots are free to Medicare recipients with a card and will be available to others for a nominal fee. Seating is limited, so guests will need to R.S.V.P. to Marty at Seniors First, (530) 889-9500 ext. 215 or by email Marty@seniorsfirst.org, no later than October 15, 2008.

For more information about this, please click here.

Placer County Health and Human Services Department: Rapid HIV Testing Now Available

The Placer County Health and Human Services Department wants to inform the public that rapid HIV testing, for the virus that causes AIDS, is now available in Placer County. The results of the test are ready in 20 minutes. For more information about this service, please click here.

FYI: New Schedules for Placer County’s Libraries

Beginning Saturday, September 13, 2008, the hours of the Granite Bay, Rocklin and Auburn libraries will change. The new schedule will reduce the libraries’ hours by a net total of nine hours. The Granite Bay library's new schedule is as follows:

CLOSE on Mondays and Sundays
OPEN from 11 AM to 7 PM on Tuesdays through Thursdays
OPEN
from 10 AM to 6 PM on Fridays
OPEN
from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays

To see the new hours for the branch libraries in Rocklin and Auburn, please click here. The schedule will be reviewed periodically to determine its impact on public services. Also, service hours will remain the same at all other branch libraries and the Bookmobile.

The 4th Annual JDRF Texas Hold'Em Charity Tournament

Have some fun and win some special prizes at the 4th Annual JDRF Texas Hold'Em Charity Tournament on Friday, September 19, 2008 at the Roseville Health and Wellness Center at 1650 Lead Hill Blvd. With a tournament fee of $150, this night of fun will also help to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which strives to find a cure for diabetes. Please reserve your spot today by sending the $100 charitable donation for JDRF to:

Warren Chiropractic
1650 Lead Hill Blvd #600
Roseville, CA 95661

(The additional $50 of the tournament fee will be placed in a prize pool, which will be given to anyone that is able to knock out the three time defending champion).  For more information about this event, which includes dinner at 5:00 PM, please call Scott Warren at (916) 947-4325.

September MAC Agenda Item Summary

he Enclave at Granite Bay

Located north of Elmhurst Drive and south of Pastor Drive, it is proposed that the 12.1 acres of land (zoned for approximately six homes) would have 29 single-family residential lots (senior housing), ranging in size from 2,200 to 2,600 square feet. In addition, approximately 49% of the land would be dedicated to open space including natural wetland areas, pedestrian pathways, bocce ball courts and a community barbecue area.

New Email Alert Program

The Placer County District Four website has a new feature that allows residents and business owners to sign up for email alerts about important information regarding the Granite Bay area. This system is currently in testing and needs as many people to register for it as possible to help best define what types of notices and information residents and business owners would like to receive. Suggestions for this will also be solicited at the MAC meeting. Residents and business owners will be able to sign-up at the MAC meeting or can go to http://www.placer.ca.gov/bos/District4/EmailSignUp_2.aspx

 Village Center Monument Signs

The project applicant is seeking the MAC’s input on the location and designs of monument signs for the retail and office projects at Southeast and Southwest corners of East Roseville Parkway and Village Center Drive.

Granite Bay Garage Club Condos

Sundance Properties proposes to build a custom garage condominium facility (storage buildings) on approximately 4.5 acres located at 7135 Douglas Blvd. There will be approximately 100 units, ranging in size from 800 to 1400 square feet. In addition to the units, they propose building a 2500+/- square foot clubhouse that would include a kitchen for heating prepared foods, bathrooms with showers, a lounge area with large screen TV, and an office. There would also be a wash bay for RV’s, boats and cars.

 

FYI: Paving Work Delayed

The paving work on Douglas Boulevard between Sierra College Boulevard and Seeno Avenue in Granite Bay has been slightly delayed.  While the project was originally supposed to be completed Saturday morning, it is now is scheduled to be finished by Monday night.  On Friday night, as originally scheduled, Douglas will be open for eastbound traffic, while westbound lanes are being repaved; the westbound traffic will be detoured southward on Barton Road and west on Eureka Road to Sierra College Boulevard. The detour is scheduled to remain in effect from 7 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday. The paving work on the eastbound lanes will be done Monday night. Lane closures will be in effect, but no detours are anticipated.

Ron Bakken's Memorial Bench

A memorial bench, a tribute to Ron Bakken and his many years of community service, has been installed in the Granite Bay Community Park. Ron was a member of GBCA and webmaster of GraniteBay.com for many years; in addition, he served on many committees in Granite Bay and Placer County. When he passed back in January, his many friends and family thought this would be a fitting tribute, which is now located near the baseball diamond at the east end of the park.

“Vacation Check”

Offered by the Placer County Sheriff’s Department and its volunteers, “Vacation Check” is a service where volunteers will check on your property, while you are away. If you are interested in this service, contact the Sheriff’s sub-station at 791-5159.

FYI: MAC Meeting Canceled

The August 6th (Wednesday) meeting of the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council has been canceled.  They will instead met at the MAC's next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, September 3, 2008.

FYI: Special Meeting

The San Juan Water District Board of Directors is holding a special meeting on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 8:30 AM.  To find out more about the agenda of this meeting, please click here.

Fire Safety Reminders

During May’s MAC Public Safety Meeting the fire marshal reminded residents to evaluate their properties and make sure they are fire safe by maintaining 100 feet of defensible space around the home; in addition to this, the importance of properly storing and/or disposing of oily rags according to the directions on the product containers was also stressed.

Helping Placer County Agriculture

At May’s MAC meeting, Placer County’s Agriculture Marketing Director suggested that residents buy fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, honey, etc at the Granite Bay Farmers’ Market. In purchasing locally grown food, the family farm is preserved and fresh, nutritious products are provided to the consumer. The Granite Bay Farmers’ Market, held at the corner of Douglas Boulevard and Auburn-Folsom Road, takes place on Thursdays from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Eureka Union School District Makes A Final Decision

Eureka Union School District Board of Trustees took action on several items brought up by the Long Range Planning Task Force. At this meeting on May 13th, it was decided, that among other things, grade level reconfigurations and school closures will take place. Beginning in 2009-2010 school year, the Board decided to convert Greenhills, Maidu and Oakhills to Kindergarten-5th grade schools and Cavitt and Olympus to 6th through 8th grade schools. This move means the closure and leasing of facilities at Eureka and Excelsior Schools. For more information about this, click here.

New Park Opening

The public is invited to the Grand Opening of the Franklin School Community Park at 70540 Franklin School Road (off Laird) on Thursday, May 8th at 1:30 PM. The park is a joint development project between Placer County, the Loomis Union School District and community volunteers; it is part of the park district for Granite Bay. The 4.5 acres of land was provided by the school district and the construction was overseen by the Placer County Department of Facility Services. The park’s features include: a synthetic turf baseball diamond/soccer field, a concrete trail and extensive landscaping; plans are also underway to add a group picnic pavilion.

Friends of the Granite Bay Library Fashion Show

The Friends of the Granite Bay Library will sponsor a fashion show and luncheon on Thursday, May 1st at the Granite Bay Golf Club Conservatory. The theme is “We Request the Pleasure of Your Company” and will feature bridal, trousseau and summer wear. There will be local vendors with unique gifts, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Doors open at 10:30 and lunch will be served at 11:45. Tickets are $60 with all proceeds to benefit the library. More information is available at the Granite Bay Library.

Granite Bay Union School District To Make A Final Decision

Taking place on Wednesday, April 2nd, 6:30 PM in the Granite Bay High School Theater, the forum will discuss declining enrollment in the school district, examine possible solutions and take public input. A 36 member Long Range Task Force consisting of parents, teachers and administrators have been given the task of brainstorming possible solutions to this problem. Some of these possible solutions include: closing schools, reconfiguring schools to K-5 and 6-8, establishing a district run charter school, etc. The task force’s final recommendations will be presented to the board at its April 15th meeting; action will then be taken at the board’s May 13th meeting.

Open House For Station 19

The South Placer Fire District invites the public to the Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony of Station 19 at 5300 Olive Ranch Road on Friday, April 11th at 3:00 PM.

FYI: San Juan Water District Will Hold Special Meeting

On Wednesday, March 19th, the San Juan Water District will hold a special meeting at 9 AM.

March MAC Meeting Cancelled

The MAC's upcoming meeting on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be, the regularly scheduled meeting, on Wednesday, April 2, 2008.

Volunteer Work Day

Bring your rakes and shovels and join the fun on Saturday, March 29, 2008 during a Volunteer Work Day at Franklin School Community Park. Beginning at 8 AM, lunch will be provided. FYI: If it rains, Saturday, April 5th, is the alternative date for this event.

Public Meetings To Be Held on the Preliminary Plan for Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

The California State Parks & U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will preview the Preliminary Plan as well as the Draft Environmental Impact Report and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) and Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park. This preview will take place over a 45-day period, ending on March 24, 2008. Click here for more information and to see a copy of The Plan.  The public can also learn and share their thoughts about The Plan during two meetings:

March 5, 2008 – 7-9pm at Cavitt Junior High School (gymnasium), 7200 Fuller Drive, Granite Bay, CA 95746

March 11, 2008
– 7-9pm at Folsom Middle School (auditorium), 350 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, CA 95630

If you have any questions, contact Jim Micheaels at jmichel@parks.ca.gov.

Updates on MAC's New Website

The MAC website, introduced late last year, has just been updated and now includes the latest agendas and other information for 2008.  This information can be found at: http://www.placer.ca.gov/bos/District4/2008GraniteBayMAC.aspx. The 2007 information can still be found at: granitebaymac.com.

Measure F Passes

On Tuesday, February 5th, voters said "Yes" to measure F. The yes vote allows the fire district to allocate funds it already collects, keeping them from significantly reducing services and seeking other tax or fee increases.

Granite Bay Recreation Association Under Development

In conjunction with Placer County Parks and the Granite Bay MAC Parks Committee, FirstStep Sports Marketing is in the process of developing the Granite Bay Recreation Association, which will be dedicated to providing Recreation Opportunities for both youth and adults in the Granite Bay area.  For more information visit our Youth Activities section and scroll down to "FirstStep, Placer County Parks and the Granite Bay MAC Parks Committee Developing the Granite Bay Recreation Association".

GBCA Loses A Great Supporter

Sadly, on Friday, January 4, 2008, Ron Bakken passed away in his sleep and the Granite Bay Community Association lost a great supporter. Very active in the Granite Bay community, Ron served several times on the Granite Bay MAC, South Placer Fire Protection District sub-committees, an alternate to Placer County LAFCO and most recently he was involved in planning the Granite Bay Community Park and landscaping corridor along Douglas Blvd. In 2003, Ron was honored by Placer County, for his dedicated volunteer service to Granite Bay; receiving a community service commemorative coin, presented by Supervisor Ted Gaines.

We will miss Ron's logical, constructive input at the many committees and meetings, which many of us served on with him. In addition, as the original webmaster of GraniteBay.com (from 2003 through early 2007), his valued assistance, advice and continuous contributions will also be greatly missed.

Concept Home in Granite Bay Ready For Public Tours

Located in Granite Bay, come see the beautiful KCRA 3 2007 Concept Home. Now complete, tours of this 4.5 million dollar, 7,875 square foot luxury home are set to begin, starting Thursday, January 10th, with ticket proceeds going to Easter Seals. For more information, go to KCRA 3.

Blood Drive At The Roseville Galleria

BloodSource along with the Westfield Galleria at Roseville and KCRA 3 have joined forces as hosts of the KCRA 3 for Life Blood Drive. Take part in the two-day event on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13 from 12PM to 6PM in Center Court near JCPenney. There are no appointments necessary and child care will be available. For more information, please call: 916.376.6017.

Dinner & Auction to Benefit the Granite Bay High School Baseball Program

The Granite Bay High School Baseball Boosters Association is holding their annual dinner and auction on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at the Granite Bay Golf Club. The dinner/auction is the major fundraiser for the baseball program.

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