Wendy Thomas' Placerville City Council Update

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 11, 2016 / comments

Greetings Placerville! Once again it is time for a City Council update. This week, there were some important items on the Consent Agenda and 1 Action Item...here are the highlights (from my perspective):

CONSENT AGENDA:

Item 8.4...COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAY (This is awesome!)

I pulled this item to celebrate and highlight it! On SATURDAY, APRIL 30, there will be a CITYWIDE CLEAN-UP DAY courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who is organizing this community event and has selected Placerville as their service project this year! The whole community is welcome and encouraged to join them! The event will begin at 8 a.m. at Lions Park. Enjoy a free breakfast courtesy of the Pville Lions Club and then we will be broken down in teams...The event will go until 1 p.m. and during that time, these are the projects will be done in LIONS PARK, ROTARY PARK, GOLD BUG PARK, CITY PARK, DUFFEY PARK,

ORCHARD HILL PARK, EL DORADO TRAIL, HANGTOWN CREEK, DOWNTOWN PARKING GARAGE, MAIN ST. FLOWER BASKETS, PUBLIC PARKING LOTS AND CITY CEMETERIES...Whew!
The 1st 400 volunteers to sign up (via online registration - it will be available soon on the City's website!) will get a free t-shirt. A big thank you to our City staff who is working with the Church to facilitate this event! The

Council authorized $22,000.00 for materials and all money will be used for supplies associated with the repair and maintenance of City sites and facilities. So we'll supply the paint brush, YOU bring the labor. Can't wait! (Is this an amazing community or what?!)

Item 8.5...POLICE CARS. We're getting 2 gently used Jeep Cherokees to replace 2 Jeep Liberty's with high mileage. This is part of the Capital Outlay Budget previously approved, and kudos to staff for looking high and low for these rental vehicles available thru a special process used by government agencies for this purpose. We appreciate your diligence in ensuring a wise expenditure.

Item 8.6...THE CITY POOL. We have been working with the County on this issue, and Tuesday we approved an official request to EDC for financial assistance with our pool: $20,000/year for the next 5 years. The County understands that 70% of people who use the City pool live outside the City limits. We look forward to and appreciate their support to help extend the time our pool is available to the community!

Item 8.7...BLAIR LANE BRIDGE. We approved the construction contract, finally! Once again, this is made possible because in 2004, City staff applied for Federal funding through the Highway Bridge Program. 100% of the costs of construction are covered by this program, and the balance of the non-construction costs were part of the conditions of approval from Eskaton. So we are ready to go on this!

ACTION ITEM: TO APPROVE AN AGREEMENT TO POLL ON A PROPOSED SALES TAX AGREEMENT

This fostered a dynamic conversation! The Council and audience weighed in on the pros and cons of hiring the same firm as last time to do a telephone poll. At the end of the day, there was a consensus that we have much better facts than last time. We understand the depth of the challenges facing us regarding our failed streets and sewer systems. We have accurate information on what it will take to make meaningful progress with our infrastructure. There also seems to be a broad base of support for doing a sales tax measure for a limited time, with a sunset clause and stringent oversight. We voted unanimously to deny the agreement (saving up to $31,000.00) and pull together a coordinated grass roots effort to inform folks on this issue. So stay tuned and get engaged! Our streets and sewer systems need a strong, proactive repair and maintenance program and that will take an influx of money to stop the bleeding and set us on the right track!

COUNCIL REQUESTS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS:

- I asked for a status report on Upper Broadway. How is the police satellite working out? What is the status of the old Stadium Club with its charred remains as well as the vacant Tire Shop...both remain an attractive nuisance. Are there homeless camps in that area and are we enforcing the "no camping" ordinance?

- I also asked that staff come back with clarifications to our Amplified Noise Ordinance.

That's it for now. Enjoy this continuing rain, and thanks for your love for this city.