A replacement is being considered for the sign that has stood for decades at Jackson Road and Murieta Drive. The old sign, which is in bad shape, could be replaced by an electronic sign.
The Rancho Murieta Community Services District board of directors completed the budget process for 2012-13 last week by approving rates that will increase the average monthly residential bill for water, sewer, drainage, security and trash collection services 5.35 percent, a slight reduction from the budget that was presented last month. In response to a recent DUI incident, CSD personnel are reviewing security procedures to address future incidents and holding internal meetings on the matter.
The budget process began in January, with reductions and revisions that continued up to adoption last week. The average monthly increase was 5.37 percent in the version presented at the May board meeting. The slight reduction in the adopted budget reflects a lower-than-expected rate increase for trash collection in the contract with California Waste Recovery Systems and the annual audit cost remaining at last year's rate.
The budget is in the board meeting packet on the CSD web site.
Increased DUI enforcement is being considered at internal CSD meetings that began Friday, General Manager Ed Crouse reported in a memo to the board and at the board meeting. The examination of Security's role follows a DUI incident in May in which a vehicle ended up in a resident's front yard. Crouse said three meetings are tentatively planned.
Security Chief Greg Remson said the CHP is "still investigating whether alcohol was involved" in the June 12 rollover accident on Murieta Parkway in which the driver was hospitalized with a head injury.
Remson said Security and sheriff's deputies "make a presence" at popular swimming areas along the river on a regular basis to deal with underage drinking.
Security is also working with the Country Club to enforce its rules and address night use and improper use of the courses, in addition to trespassing and vandalism, Remson said.
Signs that are in the plans
The road on the way to Granlees Dam now has a gate with a keypad that CSD and other staff will be able to use to open it. Warning signs are coming too.
- Rancho Murieta Association and Community Services District officials are talking about working together on an effort to replace the deteriorating wood sign on the corner of Highway 16 and Murieta Drive. The RMA has a proposal for a new aluminum sign, while the CSD "strongly urged" installing an electronic reader board that could be used for messages about meetings, events and "other things of note," CSD General Manager Ed Crouse said at the CSD meeting last week. The discussion about the sign occurred when RMA, CSD and Country Club officials met earlier this month.
- Once the PTF installs signage for three newly installed gates on its property in the back lake area of Murieta North, the gates will be closed and kept locked, Security Chief Greg Remson said. Bicycling, hiking and horseback riding will be allowed, and motorists will be prohibited, with the exception of CSD and other authorized personnel who regularly use the gated road leading to Granlees Dam, Remson said. Security won't police the gates. "People will find ways to get back there anyway, and we'll just give the information to PTF and they'll close it off," Remson said.
- Signs warning of rattlesnakes are slated for Lake Clementia, also a swim-at-your-own-risk notice in response to the recent Giardia infection scare, Crouse said. Testing showed the swim area did not have a bacterial problem. Next year, the CSD, RMA and Country Club intend to look into reducing the goose population because of the copious droppings, Crouse said. Dogs that harass geese to keep them from establishing nesting areas and coyote statues are two measures tried in the past. The statues were taken before they had a chance to work.