The Western Placer Waste Management Authority (WPWMA) held its 8th Annual Odor Workshop at its Fiddyment Road facility, hosted by Environmental Engineering Program Manager Eric Oddo and Environmental Resources Specialist Stephanie Ulmer. Eric gave an overview of the program, from its beginnings in the 1970s through the Joint Powers Authority formed (Rocklin/Roseville/Lincoln), and various expansions of the Materials Recovery and Compost additions since 1995. The increase of expansions has resulted in a reduction of landfill area; capacity to handle current growth is until 2058 at this point; but could be reduced to 2038 with continued growth scenarios. Odor discussions cover the following topics: Various sources of odors from WPWMA—3% active landfill; 0.1% MRF, 28% inactive landfill (gas sources); and 68% compost (20 acres). Various sources of odors generated by surrounding areas—ranching areas, wood manufacturing, etc. Efforts, both positive and not so successful, to help contain odors, including: ‘scents’ that didn’t have much success, electronic ‘noses’ that have helped track odor sources, an online reporting program to help identify when residents detect odors (helps finds odor trends); use of special liners to protect leakage, an ongoing compost pilot project, and biofilters that have reduced 90% of the compost odors recently. Challenges facing WPWMA’s future—state-mandated regulations, growing population to double by 2050. By 2025, everyone will be required to collect/recycle organic materials. Current efforts mix food and green waste with compost materials—4 to 1—and use the biofilters to reduce odors. Challenges to the recycling market—China was the biggest purchaser, but China is now doing their own recycling; WPWMA needs to find new markets. Efforts to increase the efficiency of the WPWMA were mentioned: Reaching out to partner with new technologies and enhance compatibility with core tenants to increase recycling efficiency. Recycling has helped divert 40% of disposal materials—50% of materials received are not going into the landfill now. Current sales contract to provide methane gas to will end in 2020; need to find new markets. Discussions during breakout sessions indicated Placer Ranch/Sunset expansion will reduce the ‘one-mile buffer zone’ to 300 feet, generating a ‘cost share’ for increased costs of ‘odor’ containment. This stated cost share is what our City leaders and residents were concerned with previously during presentations of the Placer Ranch/Sunset project). Report odors or get further info at WPWMA.com.
Date: 9/4/2018 at Holiday Retirement at Mistywood The Harder and Co. Community Research had contacted RCONA to see if we could use our city-wide resources to invite volunteers to participate in a focus group on behalf of the Kaiser Foundation. The goal was to get feedback on the health needs of the region. RCONA ended up providing 15 attendees from all over Roseville to attend the event Questions covered some of the following areas: How we felt about our community—described as a whole or a neighborhood in particular. Concerns were not just about medical concerns, but “community” in general. What “healthy” meant to us in a community sense—everything from emotional/spiritual/economic/access/senior support/nutrition/air quality as mentioned. What were our health issues—stress/anxiety/isolation/nutrition/lack of services for seniors. What “resources” we have now or what were our barriers—Maidu Community Center and Seniors First were among those mentioned. Many discussions led back to some of the same concerns noted by several members from different areas: Lack of access — no medical facilities in the West Roseville area. Increased traffic concerns causing stress and a lack of effective public transportation is a problem. Concerns voiced that Kaiser ‘mental health’/psychiatric services needed improvement. Technology issues—tends to assume everyone is tech literate or has access to PCs, etc. Maidu Senior Center is good, but it’s the only one in the city, and not easily accessed by everyone. All the participants were presented with a $25 gift certificate to local stores for participating, and RCONA was presented with a $250 Walmart thank you for coordinating the event. A copy of the final compiled area study (no names will be used) will be shared with RCONA when completed. Thank you to all the participants who did a great job sharing their concerns.
treasurer posted a article in NewsPlacer County Presentation: Sunset Area & Placer Ranch Project Date: 5/1/2018 Presentation hosted by Blue Oaks and Fiddyment Farm NAs at Fiddyment Farm Elementary Before an audience of 40 interested area members, Placer County representatives Crystal Jacobsen (Principal Planner) and Michelle Kingsbury (Principal Management Analyst) gave an introductory overview of the Sunset Area and Placer Ranch Projects currently pending in the early planning stages. Ms. Jacobsen indicated more public presentations will be held with the community as plans proceed with experts in their divisions, such as Traffic and Environmental. She said the Environmental Analysis is still pending, so she couldn’t address it yet. Ms. Jacobsen gave a brief history of the area and scope of the project beginning with early plans in 1968, 1997 and more recently. There was no casino during those earlier plans for the area. Beginning 2014, the County Board of Supervisors began considering plans to promote industrial and economic growth in the area, and incorporated plans for a public university to benefit the community. The current proposed project would draw 15,000 jobs to the Sunset Area Plan (SAP), another 16,000 jobs to the Placer Ranch Specific Plan (PRSP), and would include new dwelling units. Ms. Jacobsen said the Sunset Area is a ‘policy document’, not a ‘specific plan’ proposal like that of the Placer Ranch Specific Plan project (although it wasn’t made clear what that difference really entailed). Plans have been posted on the County website, including timelines and reports rendered up to the current date. Details of the plans include zoning regulations, capital improvements, and specific proposed areas (i.e. the Innovation and Entertainment Centers). The Administrative Draft EIR is expected December of 2018. Issues raised to this date to be addressed throughout the project included: Existing areas and proposed changes to the County’s General Plan. Density increases from 21 units/acre to 30 units/acre (as now allowed) Proposal to reduce the current “one-mile Buffer Restriction Policy” of the Landfill: their research now indicates there is apparently no state restriction policy. Allowance for residential use, allow housing above Placer Ranch area. Transportation issues—incorporate measures to reduce impacts on traffic. The buffer restrictions of the landfill would be reduced as follows: 2,000 feet for residential 1,000 feet for commercial 500 feet for recreational, and on a case-by-case review, could be reduced to 300 feet. County Superintendent Jack Duran indicated the County is looking at 20-years of the landfill and possible relocation in the future. Ms. Jacobsen said they are working on refinements from comments gathered. A map was presented showing the proposed “buffer zones” and is available on the County’s project website. Ms. Jacobsen discussed Placer Parkway as a key element of the plans. Placer Parkway will eventually link Hwy 65 at Whitney Ranch westward to Hwy 99. She stated the County had already contributed $6,000,000 towards the 1st phase planning and the County intends to assist with the 2nd stage construction as funding is available. Michelle Kingsbury said $20,000,000 has been set aside towards construction. Michelle Kingsbury discussed elements of the Placer Ranch Specific Plan and Sunset Plans: University—300-acre satellite campus of Sacramento State, within 20-years to expand to the size of Sacramento’s campus with 12,000 students, plus another 5,000 students from Sierra College. Placer Ranch PKWY—3 miles of Placer Pkwy along its northern development. 5,827 dwelling units in the PRSP, containing low/medium/high density units, including 720 age-restricted units. High density would increase from 21 units/acre to 30 units/acre. One Elementary and one middle school. Campus Park—offices, light industrial, act as buffer between the landfill. Town Center—high density residential along University Drive and the town Center Lane areas. Bike paths and trails for alternate transportation. Over 250 acres of parks and open space; park sites adjacent to schools. Improvements to Fiddyment Road, Foothills Blvd., and Hwy 65. Placer County Water Agency will be the water source, using existing structure, regional water tanks; and connect water treatment through to the plant at Pleasant Grove. Ms. Kingsbury said they’re keeping communication with stakeholders to the projects—Cities of Roseville, Rocklin, and Lincoln; Sacramento State; landowners; WPWMA, and reaching out local neighborhoods through meetings like this one. Next expectations: the release of the EIR and updates to plans based on outreach. The draft EIR is expected in late summer of 2018, with the final EIR due in early 2019. Audience questions were addressed on the following topics: Q: Police & Fire? County Fire Station 77 is the existing station, but they are still considering an additional one in the PRSP. The Sheriff covers the area and provides for its staffing levels. Q: Hospital? Medical facilities could be an “allowable use” of the land areas. Q: Independent City? No, the area will remain unincorporated Placer County. Q: Regional Parks? Residents will pay regional park fees, could be co-op with the college, looking for other opportunities with master plans throughout the county. Q: Waste Water Capacity? Looking at expansion of current plant; current plans to go to Pleasant Grove plant, discussions with Lincoln Plant, working with policy of PRSP--$200,000 study underway. The EIR Must address all issues of potable water sources and waste water issues. Q: Placer PKWY—college funds to pay all the way to 99? No, all development will pay fees through building permits. Q: Housing Development? Probably take several years through usual permitting process after approval; development will depend on the market interest. Q: College Development? Sacramento State is negotiating and very committed to the site; Regional University out west off Baseline—no current active plans. Ms. Jacobsen asked for audience approval to provide her the list of participants from tonight’s sign-in sheets so everyone might be added to their contact update list. Hearing no objections, Mrs. Cook (FFNA) will send the sign-in sheets to Ms. Jacobsen. More information is available on the Placer County Website, and you can contact Ms. Jacobsen at her email address: [email protected]
treasurer posted a article in Roseville Police NewsDate: 6/27/2017 at Roseville Police Department Captain Troy Bergstrom gave updated reports on police staffing (64 patrol officers total + 8 supervisors) and number of calls -- 41,000 calls reported, plus another 40,000 officer generated reports (on site incidents). He reported that daytimes were actually their busiest times of the day. Officer Carlos Cortez went through some recent crime reports -- thefts through garage door entries still high on the list, keep main doors and side entry doors completely closed. Don’t be afraid to report suspect activities -- several reports from residents have resulted in arrests recently. No stats yet, but they expect a rise in DUI’s with new marijuana laws (as Colorado stats are already showing). Mary Helen Ivers (Police Volunteer) discussed how to get Neighborhood Watch groups started (guide on the Police website), and advised to keep NW meetings social events. Community Relations Liaison Rob Baquera advised of the Surveillance Camera Registration program -- sign up on the Police website if you have a system; send information to the police if you find information that might assist in a criminal activity investigation.
treasurer posted a article in NewsDate: 5/18/2017 (RCONA Meeting) and 6/12/2017 Public Workshop at Mahany Meeting Rooms Philip MacAvoy and team members from Roseville Electric presented proposed solar changes that would begin in 2018 to reduce “buy-back rates” in compliance with state regulations. Roseville Electric expects to meet the state’s mandate for clean energy levels in 2018 and will reach its 5% Cap by Oct. 2018. At that point, new meters will have been installed to monitor both input and output of energy -- measure the amount of excess going onto the Roseville grid. Roseville Electric currently compensates for energy received at 11 cents, but says the energy is actually only worth about 6 cents, and that solar homeowners are not paying their fair share of overall costs. Those residents with systems installed before that date will be grandfathered in with their current rates for 20-years from their original connection/contract date. So if your system started 10-years ago, then you have 10 years at the current rate remaining. The new rate will drop to 5.9-cents and will change as rates change subject to state changes. Roseville Electric stated that 6% of Roseville residents have solar for their homes. Solar systems average 22% of the year producing energy, and 78% of the time Roseville Electric provides the electricity. Most home systems generate solar energy from 11:00 AM to peak at 7:00 PM; since the solar energy earned is not stored in most systems, you can take the most advantage of using your solar during the systems producing hours.
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