The Joint Security Committee wants to understand why the land owner has blocked vehicles from access to the Cosumnes.
The community’s Joint Security Committee fielded complaints about restricted access to the Cosumnes River at last week’s meeting. The committee appointed representatives to meet the Pension Trust Fund, owner of the land, to understand why vehicle access was suddenly blocked last year.
Neighbor Adam Dubey told the committee that before his parents bought here in 1980, a real estate agent drove them “right down to the river access.” He said legal documents on file with the state reflect river access as an amenity.
Without vehicle access, Dubey said it’s not possible for his two small children to get to the river any longer.
“I feel like the community got sold that access to attract this ... and I feel like it’s getting taken away from us, and they’re basically trying to redefine what our easement rights are, and it’s not right,” he said.
CSD Director Mike Martel, a member of Joint Security, joined in the complaint. ”I want to know why, I want to know what my rights are as a resident,” he said.
Martel volunteered to attempt to meet with the PTF on the issue, to get an answer to “Is this an access or is this a fight?”
At the last Joint Security meeting, held in October, Murietan John Sullivan, who is said to be negotiating with the PTF to buy its undeveloped land, offered complaints about unauthorized trail-building on the land that he said reflected PTF’s views. Through the years, there have been grass fires and vehicle accidents in the area that’s now closed to vehicles.
The PTF posted “no trespassing” signs at the entrance to its properties in the back area in 2010, following complaints about nighttime parties and bonfires.
Represented at Jan. 22’s quarterly meeting, held at the Rancho Murieta Association Building, were the RMA, Community Services District, Country Club, Murieta Village and Murieta Plaza.
The group also revisited the CSD’s proposed DUI policy, which appears headed for a February vote by the CSD board.
Martel brought up the possibility of cameras as the answer to many of the community’s crime problems but acknowledged there’s no money available at the moment. On the other hand, he said RMA already has fiber installed to carry data for a modern security system. “The hard work and the big expense are already done,” he said.