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City to consider alternatives, geomorphology study for trail

Multi-use trail has been contentious issue among some Roseville residents
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Action Taken

Here’s a look at some other items approved during the Dec. 4 council meeting.

Playground equipment and installation: The Maidu Park softball play area will undergo an enhancement for $28,050.

Animal ordinance amendment: To abide by the U.S. Department of Justice’s updated guidelines to the service animal provisions in the Americans with Disability Act, the city has made two changes to its municipal code. The phrase requiring that service dogs have a “valid assistance dog identification tag” has been deleted; and the phrases requiring people with disabilities to have a “demonstrated” need for a service dog and to provide either a physician’s documentation or a signed affidavit has been deleted.

Distribution transformers purchase: Roseville Electric will buy $700,000 worth of transformers, which are needed to convert power to a lower voltage to be used in homes and businesses.

Extension of Conference Center Drive: The road will be extended an additional 500 feet and a roundabout will be constructed at its terminus. The project is needed to provide access and utilities to the remainder of Parcel 40, which includes the city’s proposed hotel and conference center site. The city will pay Morton & Pitalo $50,110 to design the roadway improvements.

Amoruso Ranch Specific Plan: AES will complete the environmental impact report for the Amoruso Ranch Specific Plan with a budget adjustment of $254,130. An additional $50,000 will pay for outside legal counsel to assist staff in exploring water supply options for the project, which are anticipated to be complex. There is no fiscal impact to the city, as all specific plans are full cost recovery and require the applicant (Brookfield Residential) to fund environmental services.

Roseville Road widening project: A contract amendment includes an increase of $87,872, bringing the total amount to $2,225,508. In 2003, the council approved the agreement with Psomas for engineering services to widen Cirby Way and Roseville Road with the intent to construct both projects at the same time. It was later decided to separate those two projects and focus efforts on improving Cirby Way from Riverside Avenue to Foothills Boulevard, which has since been completed. The Roseville Road project was put on hold but will now resume to smooth out the “S” curve on the road to improve safety.

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The city of Roseville has made good on its promise to concerned residents to evaluate erosion issues and consider alternatives for the alignment of two sections of the proposed 4.25-mile long Dry Creek Greenway Trail.

The most vocal of these residents have mainly expressed the desire for a two-trail system — an unpaved walking path parallel to a paved bike trail on one segment of the Linda Creek greenbelt — along with making sure the project minimizes impacts to the nearby natural habitat and creeks.

The city had its consultant, Psomas, prepare additional engineering drawings for trail design alternatives for the two unresolved sections.

“Input from our residents is very important to us,” city of Roseville Alternative Transportation Analyst Mike Dour told the Press Tribune. “The proposed addition of a geomorphic study and the additional design drawings … are two of the many ways in which the city has responded to community comments on the project. Our residents consistently tell us that off-street biking and walking paths are a high priority for them.”

Dour said this priority is one of the main reasons why the Dry Creek Greenway Trail was proposed as part of the city’s General Plan and Bikeway Master Plan, which was originally adopted in 1994.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the Roseville City Council unanimously approved a budget adjustment to increase its contract with Psmoas by $128,551, bringing the total project budget to $1,058,670.

The contract has been extended from the original 18-month timeframe to 32 months due to additional public outreach efforts, including five neighborhood meetings not part of its original scope.

Since the project’s launch in 2008, the city has held 10 stakeholder meetings, four community meetings and a dozen neighborhood meetings to solicit public input, Dour said.

Psomas is also adding the services of a watershed engineer to complete a geomorphology study for the project — this study has been a point of contention for residents worried about the impacts of the Class I multi-use trail, which would run along Dry, Cirby and Linda creeks.

The trail would begin near Darling Way/Riverside Avenue, and continue east to the city limits past the Old Auburn Road/South Cirby Way intersection. The goal of the project is to connect other existing and planned bike trails, including the American River Parkway.  

Citywide surveys have consistently found the residents want integrated, off-street bike trails throughout the city, said Public Works Director Rhon Herndon at Wednesday’s meeting.

“So pursuing this project is in alignment with what the community has told us that they want to see,” Herndon said.

The geomorphology study will include a watershed analysis based on existing stream data and field based assessments. The report will assess the creek’s anticipated future trajectory to determine areas along the creek where the trail could be at risk for erosion. The study’s findings will help city staff identify potential setbacks for the trail and erosion control measures.

“This is (a) very important study of the stability of the creek banks (and) flooding,” wrote concerned resident Donna Wilson, in an email blast. “The neighborhood efforts, letters and attendance at many public meetings have paid off. This study is only being done because we neighbors insisted that no development should take place on this creek without one.”

A draft environmental impact report will be prepared for this project, and the public scoping period closes Dec. 19. The final EIR will later be brought back to the council. If approved, construction of the trail remains years away. For more information, visit www.roseville.ca.us/drycreek.