It seemed like policy night at the Rancho Murieta Community Services District board meeting Wednesday, as directors voted to adopt four policies processed through various CSD committees. The board also approved two development-related agreements, and Security Chief Greg Remson responded to recent complaints about underage drinking and rowdiness at the river.
The board adopted a policy to reduce water demand in the district to comply with a state mandate to cut per capita water use 20 percent by 2020. Another policy authorizes and mandates the use of recycled water for landscape irrigation as the community grows. The remaining policies dealt with employee recognition and with seeking reimbursement for damages caused by non-employees.
One the agreements the board approved obligates developers to pay CSD legal fees for negotiating and preparing the financing and services agreement for the next phase of development, about 670 units. The agreement covers past legal fees as well as costs associated with resuming negotiations, which ended when the real estate market collapsed.
Pacific Coast Capital Partners, owners of the Riverview and Residences East, will negotiate sewer and water services for the 670 group, which also includes the Retreats, Murieta Gardens, Lakeview and Residences West projects. PCCP representative Les Hock, who attended the board meeting, estimated the agreement could be completed in 90 days once negotiations begin.
The other agreement the board approved is between the CSD and Regency Centers, owner of Murieta Gardens, a shopping center and residential development of 95 single-family homes planned for 53 acres across from the Plaza. The agreement allows passive recreation uses in the low-flow detention basin area for the project.
CSD General Manager Ed Crouse said recreational use of the basin is intended as a back-up if the developer is unable to reach agreement with the Rancho Murieta Association for the use of its recreational facilities and parks by Murieta Gardens residents. Supervisor Don Nottoli, who represents Rancho Murieta, wanted the recreational component to be in place when the project returns to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors for final approval next week.
The policies and agreements are available in the July meeting packet at the CSD web site.
Remson said Security has stepped up patrols to deal with complaints about problems at the river. "What we have is a beach area on the South that's frequented by everyone, young and old. ... There's a small handful of teenagers and young adults that drink are too rowdy and are too profane, and disturb the people who want to go back there for peaceful enjoyment. So when we're notified of things like that, we'll increase our patrols in the area. The last couple of days we've gone there and found under-21 people with beer, and we'll either dump the beer or confiscate the beer. For enforcement purposes, we'll do what we can do on any section of the district. It is within the district boundaries, which is our responsibility."
While most young people and their parents are responsive, Remson said, there is a small group "who is not receptive to us and not too receptive to their parents, and if that group continues, then we'll have to look for some alternative education, which would probably mean bringing the Sheriff's Department in."
Security can be reached at 354-2273 (CARE).