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The Rancho Murieta Community Services District received a visit from Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan and a review of 2011 Security operations at its meeting Wednesday. The board also received a water update and learned about Scott Road's status in the county general plan.

Security in 2011

Security Chief Greg Remson reported on Security’s 2011 operations, a report he makes annually. Among the highlights:

  • He referred to the South Gate as a nearly perfect configuration and the North Gate as “disaster gate.”  The Rancho Murieta Association has been in talks with the Pension Trust Fund for release of $1.4 million in funding the Mutual Benefit Agreement provides for a new gate.
  • Overall, traffic through the gates was tallied at 111,893 vehicles, down from 118,525 in 2010.
  • In the crime numbers, thefts climbed from 40 in 2010 to 67 in 2011, which Remson attributed to a series of thefts from cars.
  • In RMA citations, speeding took a big jump, from 232 to 353.  Stop sign violations were up from 152 to 350. Remson said an RMA rule change for driveway parking allows the RMA compliance officer more time to work with Security patrol on speeding and stop sign enforcement.
  • As the largest area of the district with the biggest population, RMA accounts for 73 percent of Security patrol time and about 65 percent of the calls for service.
  • A staff of eight full-time gate officers, plus one part-time and one temporary officer provide 24-hour security service at the North and South gates. Gate officers enforce RMA gate policy, dispatch patrol officers, check in guests and vendors, issue vehicle barcodes, answer telephones, communicate with fire and law enforcement personnel, and perform other duties. “It’s a tougher job than most people think it is,” Remson commented.
  • Patrol staffing consists of a sergeant and five patrol officers. Their job is to provide round-the-clock coverage of the community to deter crime and rule violations and respond to calls for service.

Supervisor visit

After explaining how Rancho Murieta became part of the district she represents due to redistricting last year, Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan said she will hold a community meeting at the Rancho Murieta Association Building March 6.

Roberta MacGlashan

Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan said any improvements to Scott Road will require changes to the county's general plan, which was adopted shortly before she began representing Rancho Murieta.

MacGlashan said she holds community meetings throughout her district and proposes to have quarterly meetings for Rancho Murieta residents. She held her first public meeting with the community at the RMA Building last November. 

MacGlashan discussed the condition of Scott Road and what the county can do to address the problems the narrow, roller-coaster road presents for residents who use it to commute to Folsom.

After describing Scott Road as the “dividing line” for her redrawn district,  MacGlashan said she hadn’t been aware of the traffic the road gets from Rancho Murieta until recently. She said the road is designated a scenic highway in the updated Sacramento County general plan, which was adopted shortly before redistricting took effect, and the designation means the county can resurface the road but can’t straighten or widen it. Since the general plan update was eight years in the making, amending it to change the status of the road would be “quite a process,” she said.

Water update

The annual diversion of water from the Cosumnes River to supply the community’s needs has begun, and despite a dry winter, “we’re on track for pumping water as in a normal year right now,” Director of Field Operations Paul Siebensohn reported to the board. During the diversion season, which runs from Nov. 1 to the end of May, the CSD can pump from the river when flows reach 70 cubic feet per second, and the river was at 125 cfs Wednesday, Siebensohn said.

In brief

  • The board approved a $14,850 proposal for quarterly and annual groundwater monitoring reports that are required for the wastewater treatment plant, with funding to come from the sewer operating budget.
  • An additional $5,577 was approved for a rehabilitation project at the wastewater reclamation plant to pay for the replacement of equipment that couldn’t be rehabbed. Funding comes from sewer replacement reserves.
  • The board approved the expenditure of $19,646 to purchase a new VXU meter, a vital part of the CSD’s radio system for reading water meters. Funding comes from water replacement reserves.  After the 15-year-old equipment failed, the CSD borrowed a unit from West Sacramento to complete meter reads for billing.
  • General Manager Ed Crouse recapped goals for 2012 set by the CSD board at a workshop last month. They include camera installations at CSD facilities, an expanded communications policy, and the restart of the Parks Committee. Crouse said he is approaching developers about appointing representatives to the committee, which has two developer representatives, two RMA representatives and one CSD representative.
  • An e-waste event with curbside pickup is scheduled for April 2.

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