News Archives: 2014


2014

January MAC Meeting Summary

Supervisor Report:
If Supervisor Kirk Uhler is not present, Linda Brown will present

Update on Auburn Folsom Road Widening:
Presented by: Robert Vrooman, Senior Civil Engineer, Placer County Department of Public Works
Information will be provided on Phase 3 of the Auburn Folsom Road Widening. Public Works will provide answers to the following questions. What is the current status ? What are the next steps ? When will construction to be completed ?

Pond Pavilion & Lofts:
Presented by: Roy Schaefer, Asso ciate Planner and Lisa Powers Developer
This is a 5.2 acre undeveloped (except for a parking lot in the north end of the parcel) property that is located immediately east of the Quarry Ponds Town Center. The project includes t wo craftsman loft buildings totaling 23,662 square feet (Building A i s 12,000 sq. ft. and Building B is 11,662 sq. ft. ) and a commercial event center totaling 7,500 square feet (2,717 sq. ft. of indoor administration and catering kitchen space and 4,783 sq. ft. of interior event space). On-site and off-site parking spaces w ill be provided.
The project will require the following Entitlements: General Plan/Community Plan Amendment, Rezone, Tentative Parcel Map, Conditional Use Permit, and Variances.

2014 Website Changes: New Utilities & Classifieds Pages

As 2014 comes to an end, GraniteBay.com has made a couple changes. First, after receiving many questions from new Granite Bay residents concerning the basic utility providers for this area, the “Utilities” button was created, which has all the names and contact information needed when it comes to water, electricity, phone, etc. Second, in addition, to the “Utilities” page, there is now a “Classifieds” section. This new and free page allows interested Granite Bay businesses to advertise local job listings and also gives residents an opportunity to sell items in the community. Enjoy!

December MAC Meeting CANCELLED

The Granite Bay MAC’s monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, 2014, has been cancelled.

November MAC Meeting Summary

Supervisor Report:
If Supervisor Kirk Uhler is not present, Linda Brown will present

The Park at Granite Bay :
Presented by, John Tattersall, Managing Director, Maverick Partners West ( 15 min.)
Proposal to develop a 94 unit, gated, single family residential subdivision on a 16.3 acre site, and would include a 1.5 acre public park, walking trails, a tot lot and community rose garden. The project is located on the west side of Sierra College Boulevard and is located approximately, 0.33 miles south of East Roseville Parkway (North of Haskell Way, South of Annabelle Ave., and East of Eckerman Rd.).

Po nd Pavilion & Craftsman Lofts :
Presented by Lisa Powers, Powers Equity, Inc. and Thayer Hopkins, Architect (20 min.)
Proposal to develop a 5.2 acre parcel with a 7,500 square - foot event center and twenty - six (26) working lofts (23,662 square feet) . The project site is located on the south side of Douglas Boulevard, between Berg Street and Barton Road ( adjacent property east of Quarry Ponds ).

September MAC Meeting Summary

Supervisor Report:
If Supervisor Kirk Uhler is not present, Linda Brown will present

Overview of the Placer County Older Adult Advisory Committee:
Presented by Eldon Luce, Chair , Older Adult Advisory Committee ( 15 min.)
The presentation will let us know what the Visitor Bureau and California Welcome Center - Auburn do. We will learn how they encourage tourism in Placer County.

Placer County Winery Ordinance:
Presented by, George Rosasco, Supervising Planner, Placer County Planning Services Division ( 15 min.)
The Placer County Planning Commission is considering changes to the current Winery Ordinance in order to address concerns of the public and winery owners alike. Staff will present an overview of the proposed content and process of the Placer County Winery Ordinance.

**Not on the MAC Agenda officially, but will most likely be discussed**:
A proposed development of a 31,000 square foot Memory Care Center at the corner of Eureka and Barton.

Notice of Night Work

Placer County contractors will be working at the SMD 3 Wastewater Treatment Plant for 5 to 6 nights over the next few weeks. Work will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. For further questions please contact Placer County Environmental Engineering at: 530.889.6846, sewer@placer.ca.gov or click here.

Committees and Commissions

The Board of Supervisors appoints citizens of Placer County to committees and commissions in order to guide and advise local government. These are the committees and commissions Supervisor Kirk Uhler invites you to consider serving on. We have regular vacancies and it is important that these be filled by a broad spectrum of voices.

August MAC Meeting Summary

Supervisor Report:
If Supervisor Kirk Uhler is not present, Linda Brown will present

Destination Placer; Tourism as a critical economic engine:
Presented by Mora Rowe, Executive Director, Placer County Visitors Bureau & California Welcome Center - Auburn (20 min.)
The presentation will let us know what the Visitor Bureau and California Welcome Center - Auburn do. We will learn how they encourage tourism in Placer County.

Auburn Folsom Safety Project:
Presented by, Stephanie Holloway, Associate Civil Engineer , Placer County Transportation Division ( 15 min.)
Presentation of federal safety grant received to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety along Auburn Folsom Road and Joe Rodgers Road. Improvements include specialized pedestrian crossing signals, pedestria n activated flashers, electronic speed feedback sign, specialized pavement, guardrail replacement, and a short portion of sidewalk (along Joe Rodgers Road).

What’s new at the Placer County Libraries?:
Presented by, Mary George, director of Library Services and Sophie Bruno, Interim Branch Manager of the Granite Bay Library ( 1 0 min.)
The presentation provides information on how the County and Granite Bay libraries have changed to meet resident’s needs .

Sign-up Now for Sheriff’s Community Awareness Academy: Summer/Fall 2014

Reservations are now being taken for the Placer County Sheriff Office’s popular Community Awareness Academy, which offers an inside look at the law enforcement agency.

Attendees are asked to attend all eight classes, each of which covers a different topic. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday evenings, beginning Weds., Sept. 3 and ending Monday, Sept. 29. Participants will hear from members of the department’s special units and take “field trips” to the Placer County Jail and morgue, 911 dispatch center, as well as the air operations hangar.

Classes are in the Community Room at the Placer County Sheriff headquarters in the Auburn Justice Center. The center is located at 2929 Richardson Drive in north Auburn’s Dewitt Center. Classes are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The academy will kick off with a welcome by top sheriff’s administrators and an overview of how the department works.

On subsequent nights, presentations will be made by air operations, Search and Rescue, the bomb squad, the Special Enforcement Team, the marine unit, investigations, hostage negotiators and the drug task force. There will also be a demonstration by members of the K-9 team.

The academy is intended to provide the citizens of Placer County with an overview of the Sheriff Office’s functions, policies and procedures, as well as getting them involved in their community. The goal of the academy is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement’s role in the community. Attendees must be at least 18 years of age, work or reside in Placer County and agree to submit to a minor background check.

A reservation is required. To reserve a spot, call Community Services Officer Amanda Rogers at (530) 889-6922 or email arogers@placer.ca.gov

The Placer County Sheriff's Office Offering Free Educational Training to Businesses with Licenses to Sell Alcohol

As part of a grant from the State of California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for 2014-2015, the Sheriff's Office is offering LEAD (Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs) training on Thursday, October 2 at the Tahoe City Public Utility District Office, 221 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City. The class will be held from 2-5:30 p.m.

The LEAD Program is a free, voluntary prevention and education program for retail licensees, their employees, and applicants. The curriculum is designed for licensees, managers, and employees. The program is 3-1/2 hours long and participation is limited to 40 persons per class.

The LEAD Program has received national awards and is certified by the California Coordinating Council on Responsible Beverage Service. To reserve a space, contact CSO Lynn Harrison at (916) 652-2419 or email her at lharriso@placer.ca.gov.

Where Fireworks are allowed in Placer County

Fireworks of all sizes and types are illegal in unincorporated areas of the county. This includes Granite Bay.

The only exception to the fireworks ban is when an agency or person requests and receives a permit from the county to host a fireworks display executed by a professional pyrotechnics company. Requests must be submitted at least 30-days before proposed display dates. For more information, click here.

National Night Out 2014

This years' National Night Out will be held August 5, 2014, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Check with your Placer County Neighborhood Watch group to see if your neighborhood is participating. Click here for information and an application to participate in National Night Out 2014.

July MAC Meeting CANCELLED

The Granite Bay MAC’s monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 2, 2014, has been cancelled. The MAC will meet again at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

Board of Supervisors Adopts Proposed Budget for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, Tuesday, June 3 to approve a $792.5 million proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

To learn more, click here.

VACANCY: Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) Secretary

MAC secretaries are hired on contract by the Board of Supervisors' office and are compensated for secretarial services they perform. Compensation is $200 for regular and special meeting and $75 for canceled meetings.

Please contact Placer County Board of Supervisors for a "Contracted MAC Secretary Application" at 1.530.889.4010 or 916.787.8960.

June MAC Meeting CANCELLED

The Granite Bay MAC’s monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 4, 2014, has been cancelled. The MAC will meet again at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Placer County Sheriff Office's Annual Ride With Pride

It's time to sign up for the Placer County Sheriff Office's annual Ride With Pride, a one-day camp that pairs grade-school children with deputies and their horse partners.

Participants may choose to attend Ride With Pride on one of four days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, June 9, 10, 11 or 12 at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. Members of the Sheriff's Office, all with horse experience, have developed a complete program featuring sessions in which children have fun while learning about the care, handling and riding of horses. Children ages seven through 12 are invited to participate. This is a free event.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day and a free lunch is provided.

For more information or to register, call Community Services Officer Lynn Harrison at (916) 652-2419 or email her at lharriso@placer.ca.gov.

May MAC Meeting Summary

Preliminary Review of Los Lagos – Lot D Project:
Presented by Vujadin Jovik, LOA Properties, Inc. (15 min.)
An overview of the project will be provided. The project site is planned for fifteen single family detached residential home development in Granite Bay currently referred to as Los Lagos – Lot D. Lot sizes ranging from 1.1 to 2.4 acres on 35 acres located on Boulder Road, south of Los Lagos Subdivision and east of Walden Woods Subdivision. The property is comprised of two parcels (APNs 035-410-011 and 035-300-095). The development is situated on the eastern side of Boulder Road and surrounds the existing Los Lagos Equestrian Center. Open space lots will be created to provide buffers and to preserve trees, natural terrain and the existing equestrian and pedestrian trails.

I-80/SR 65 Interchange Improvement Project:
Presented by, Luke Neel - Caird, P.E., Senior Planner/Engineer, Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) (30 min.)
An overview of alternatives studied for improvements to I-80/SR 65 Interchange Improvement Project will be presented and discussed.

Sewer Maintenance District (SMD) 3 Regional Sewer Project – Construction Update:
Presented by, Walt Schwall, P.E., Senior Civil Engineer (10min.)
To comply with the Sewer Maintenance District (SMD) 3 permits issued by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, the County is decommissioning the SMD 3 Wastewater Treatment Plant and installing a pipeline along Auburn Folsom Road to convey wastewater to the City of Roseville for treatment. Construction began April 29, 2013, and will be finished by December 31, 2014.

Water Worries

At its regular Board meeting on February 12, at 7:00 in the district office on Auburn Folsom Road, SJWD will consider available options for the crisis, and based on their grim discussions at the January 22 meeting there are no good ones.

Of great concern at this time is the WATER EMERGENCY. Granite Bay depends entirely on Folsom Lake for its water supply and even though our water rights are the oldest in the state (150 years) and we are supposed to receive 33,000 acre feet a year, Granite Bay is projected to have severe water problems by mid-July unless there is significant rainfall.

Also, the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan being pushed by Gov. Brown threatens the water supply for over 500,000 residents in this area. The plans to construct two huge tunnels would drain Folsom Lake to dead pool status every 8-10 years (something like it is now). What happens if this area experiences a drought and the lake has been drained by the tunnels? The BDCP does nothing to provide new water; it just moves water from this area.

April MAC Meeting Summary

Grizzly Way /Granite Bay High School – “Proposed additional safety improvements" :
Presented by, Ken Grehm, Director of Public Works (15 min.)
The discussion will include proposed safety improvements on Grizzly Way in Granite Bay which will improve safety for Granite Bay High School.

Maintenance of Douglas Boulevard Landscaping and the Parks Division’s Drought Emergency Action Practices:
Presented by, John Ramirez, Placer County Parks Administrator (15 min.)
The County Parks Division maintains landscaping in the median of Douglas Boulevard, from Auburn-Folsom Road to Cavitt Stallman Road, and adjacent to several subdivisions on the north side of Douglas Boulevard. In addition to these areas, the Parks Division maintains the new Douglas Pathways landscaping that was recently installed in the same vicinity. Grounds maintenance services at these sites includes caring for turf areas, picking up litter, pruning, and spraying weeds. On November 20, 2012, the Board of Supervisors approved a Maintenance Services Agreement with an outside contractor to perform these maintenance tasks. Mr. Ramirez will review how maintenance is being performed.

March MAC Meeting CANCELLED

The Granite Bay MAC’s monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, 2014, has been cancelled. The MAC will meet again at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

San Juan Water District Moves Board Next Meeting

As a result of the big turnout for the San Juan Water District Board meeting on this Wednesday, February 12, 2014, it was decided to once again hold their next regular board meeting, (7 PM on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at the Eureka School gym. After taking input at the meeting on February 12th, the Board will probably be making decisions at the meeting on February 26th. You can check their website, here, for the agenda which will probably be posted soon.

San Juan Water District Moves Board Meeting

San Juan Water District announced that their upcoming board meeting of February 12 will be held in the gym at the Eureka School on Eureka Road at 7:00. They were concerned that their offices on Auburn-Folsom might not be big enough if many residents show up.

New Granite Bay Alert Posted

The long wait is over! A brand new Granite Bay Alert has been sent out, and is now posted on our site. Click here to read it.

SPFD & the New Healthcare Law

At a recent fire board meeting, an information item was presented to the Board of Directors that the new healthcare law may affect ambulance transportation revenues in the future with fewer transports to the hospital and more reliance on the engine paramedics to recommend other modes of patient treatment instead of the hospital emergency room. Sac Metro and Folsom Fire Departments have already begun charging for paramedic engine companies on medical responses as medical response fees are billed separately from the ambulance transport fees. The new law seeks to reduce frequent transports to the ER by incorporating a community paramedic into emergency medical services to evaluate and take vitals for high risk patients who would otherwise have been transported by ambulance.

February MAC Meeting Summary

**PLEASE NOTE**:The location of this month's meeting has been changed to Eureka School GYM (in back of Eureka School), 5477 Eureka Road, Granite Bay, CA.

Supervisor Report:
If Supervisor Kirk Uhler is not present, Linda Brown will present

U.S. Postal Inspector Report:
Presented by, Patrick Mahoney, US Postal Inspector and John L. Tong, Postmaster EAS 22, Roseville Post Office( 15 min.)
The discussion will include mail theft, preventions methods and what to do if you become a victim of mail theft. The Granite Bay area has experienced clus ter mail box break - ins and the information will help residents address this issue.

Important information on the drought and its implications for Granite Bay and Placer County:
Presented by, Einar Maisch, Director of Strategic A ffairs for the Placer County Water Agency and Shauna Lorance, General Manager of the San Juan Water District ( 30 min.)
Dis cussion on the drought and the implications for Granite Bay and Placer County. Supervisor Uhler said, “It is critical for all of us to stay informed and do everything we can to help conserve water .”

Eureka Union School District Kindergarten Registration: 2014-2015

Registration for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten begins February 4th in the Eureka Union School District. If you have an incoming Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten student for the 2014 - 2015 school year, you may pick up a registration packet at any of the TK - 3 schools:

Greenhills School
8200 Greenhills Way
Granite Bay, CA 95746
(916)-791-4230

Maidu School
1950 Johnson Ranch Dr.
Roseville, CA 95661
(916)-789-7910

Oakhills School
9233 Twin Schools Road
Granite Bay, CA 95746
(916)-791-5391

We will begin accepting completed packets on Tuesday, February 4th. Included in the registration packet are the times of school tours and the Parent Welcome and Information Night. We are looking forward to your child's first step into school. Welcome!

For more information on Kindergarten Registration, please click here.

Sign-up Now for Sheriff’s Community Awareness Academy: 2014

Reservations are now being taken for the Placer County Sheriff Office’s popular Community Awareness Academy, which offers an inside look at the law enforcement agency.

Attendees are asked to attend all eight classes, each of which covers a different topic. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday evenings, beginning March 3 and ending March 26. Participants will hear from members of the department’s special units and take “field trips” to the Placer County Jail and morgue, 911 dispatch center, as well as the air operations hangar.

Classes are in the Community Room at the Placer County Sheriff headquarters in the Auburn Justice Center. The center is located at 2929 Richardson Drive in north Auburn’s Dewitt Center. Classes are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The academy will kick off with a welcome by top sheriff’s administrators and an overview of how the department works.

On subsequent nights, presentations will be made by air operations, Search and Rescue, the bomb squad, the Special Enforcement Team, the marine unit, investigations, hostage negotiators and the drug task force. There will also be a demonstration by members of the K-9 team.

The academy is intended to provide the citizens of Placer County with an overview of the Sheriff Office’s functions, policies and procedures, as well as getting them involved in their community. The goal of the academy is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement’s role in the community. Attendees must be at least 18 years of age, work or reside in Placer County and agree to submit to a minor background check.

A reservation is required. To reserve a spot, call Community Services Officer Kim Rivera at (530) 889-6922 or email krivera@placer.ca.gov

PCSO Battles Under-Age Drinking with ABC Grant

The Placer County Sheriff's Office is continuing to battle under-age drinking and alcohol sales to minors with a grant from the State of California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Agencies participating with the Sheriff's Office in the grant for 2013-2014 are Auburn, Lincoln and Rocklin police departments.

Since the grant started in the middle of July, 17 operations - including shoulder taps, decoys and general enforcement operations - have been conducted. A total of 279 individuals were contacted during these operations. Deputies have visited 25 licensed establishments, cited 47 individuals, and made 14 arrests for DUI, possession of a controlled substance, possession for sale, felony and misdemeanor warrants as well as other crimes.

Grant funds, totaling about $100,000, are also being used to assist the Sheriff's Office in providing awareness and training in alcohol-related crimes and their impact for school staff, parents, students and the community.

In 2014, the Sheriff's Office continues to aggressively target problematic ABC licensed establishments that sell alcoholic beverages to minors and obviously intoxicated adult patrons. Minor-decoy and shoulder-tap operations will also continue countywide to minimize alcohol access to minors.

Deputies and police officers are identifying problematic areas and businesses where alcohol use is causing problems. They will inspect operations at those locations and at randomly selected establishments to ensure licensees are operating within the standards required by ABC.

Two training sessions will also be held for businesses that possess alcohol licenses. These sessions will provide a review of the rules and regulations governing the service of alcohol.

Friends of the Granite Bay Library 2nd Annual Crab Feed

On Saturday, February 8, 2014, come enjoy the Friends of the Granite Bay Library 2nd Annual Crab Feed. The all-you-can-eat dinner, with fresh crab, shrimp, pasta, salad and dessert, will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection 6365 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay; doors open at 5:30 PM. A Silent Auction will be held as part of the night’s festivities; for which we would appreciate your donations of products, services and gift cards. (Email auction@folgranitebay.org to arrange your tax deductible donation.) Games and fun will also be part of the evening. $45 per guest; to guarantee a reserved table, purchase 8 or more tickets. The proceeds of this event will benefit the Library’s Permanent Book Collection. Buy tickets online at www.folgranitebay.org or email: crabfeed@folgranitebay.org.

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