Wendy Thomas reports on Placerville City Council meeting

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 20, 2017 / comments

[Wendy Thomas]

Greetings Placerville. Hope you are enjoying the calm before the storm. Here is this week's CITY COUNCIL UPDATE:

PRESENTATION: Worker's Comp Trending Report. Good news...Our Worker's Comp claims are very low in comparison to other comparable cities. We have averaged 11 claims per year at an average cost of $6,783. Comparable average costs: Yuba City: $20,466 Willows: $42,311 Marysville: $24,461 Auburn: $39,480. (Nevada City did well too with $6,675). Our success is attributed to Best Practices Management and clear communication with those who are injured. Well done to our fine staff.

CONSENT AGENDA: Bike racks are coming to Main St, finally! 2 at Town Hall, 3 in Parking Garage and 3 in bulb-outs on Main.

SIDEWALK DINING. The Planning Commission embarked on a public process for over a year, and this week Council introduced the Ordinance that will PERMIT SIDEWALK DINING within the public right-of-way. Staff changed the necessary permit to a Special Temporary Use Permit (which is cheaper than a Site Plan Review). Vaping and smoking not allowed. Looking forward to this added sense of vibrancy and community in the heart of our City!

HOUSING OPPORTUNITY OVERLAY ZONE: We adopted this Ordinance on the Middletown/Placerville Drive parcel.


VIETNAM VETERANS MONUMENT GARDEN: Thanks to the dedicated work of Commuity Pride, Steve Youel's office and multiple Veteran's Organizations, this monument will be installed by Memorial Day! Council approved $17,914 from our reserve balance to match donations by Community Pride and our Veteran's Associations. Looking forward to properly honoring our local, young men that made the ultimate sacrifice.

MEASURE H/L COMMITTEE ...now 1 committee. This dedicated group (5 members + 1 alternate) are responsible for overseeing that your tax dollars for our roads and pipes are used ONLY for those purposes.

PARDI / BIG CUT WATERLINE CHANGE ORDER: This project (purpose: to reroute and replace old and undersized water pipes) has been challenging, and this week we approved a $253,307.46 change order from the Water Enterprise Fund Operating Reserve. When we opened the street, major problems were found that needed to be addressed...like the bottom was disintegrated on a major pipe, amoung others.

EMERGENCY ORDINANCE: We extended our Emergency Ordinance to include this weekend's storm and our crews have been hard at work to open up waterways.

Stay dry and safe this weekend Placerville,Wendy Thomas.