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City to experiment with Old Town street closures

Goal to improve safety, environment of entertainment district
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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An experiment is brewing in Old Town Roseville.

The city and business owners want to see how street closures during peak weekend nights might create a safer and more welcoming environment for patrons.

So the city will shut down vehicle traffic on Church Street between Washington Boulevard and Lincoln Street and Lincoln Street between Main Street and Pacific Street from 8:30 p.m. through 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Roseville City Council voted unanimously in favor of the trial run during Wednesday's meeting. The streets will be closed starting tonight, possibly going through July 8.

Roseville Police Lt. Maria Richardson said her department has observed an unsafe mix of vehicle traffic and pedestrians in the city-designated entertainment district.

"Crowds of bar patrons cross the street frequently as they walk from one bar to another and sometimes they stop and mingle in the middle of the street," she said. "With vehicle traffic going through, it creates a hazardous situation."

Richardson said no pedestrians have been hit by cars yet, but police have seen several near-misses.

The street closures will result in a loss of 41 on-street parking spots, but 256 spots in nearby lots and on other streets will remain available for patrons.

After a trial period of one to three weekends, the city will meet with business owners to assess whether the closures were effective and created a safer environment. The closures will cost about $800 per weekend in overtime for Public Works personnel. The total cost will be an estimated $2,400.

Here's a look at some other items approved during the June 20 council meeting:

Fiscal year 2013-12 budget: The total budget is $406.2 million, with $205.7 million of that comprising the Enterprise Fund and $118 million makes up the General Fund. The city estimates revenues of $403.2 million and is addressing a structural deficit.

Slurry seal project contract award: New pavement surface of hot mix asphalt slurry seal will be placed on portions of Stoneridge East Village and Diamond Oaks neighborhoods and streets within the Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant. The cost is $472,472 with a 20 percent contingency, funded primarily with Gas Tax Funds. No general fund impact.

Cape seal project contract award: A two-part resurfacing application that provides a waterproof membrane to protect the existing street surface will be applied to portions of Ridgewood Oaks, Foothills Junction Center, Westwood Terrace and Vineyard Point Business Center neighborhoods. The cost is $830,450 with 20 percent contingency, funded with Gas Tax Funds and a Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery grant.

Changeable message sign project award of contract: The city will install two changeable message signs: One on eastbound Baseline Road east of Fiddyment Road and one on southbound Foothills Boulevard south of Vineyard Road. The cost is $133,235 with a 10 percent contingency funded by Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds.

Temporary help services agreement: The Human Resources Department has a need for temporary help services to cover long-term employee illnesses or injuries, special projects and seasonal requirements. The estimated annual cost is $250,000.

Economic development strategy and first year work program: The city will implement the 2012 Economic Development Strategy, a five-year plan to capture business investment. The strategy establishes a defined vision for Roseville's future economic growth and outlines specific action steps.

Veteran's Park overflow parking lot agreement: The city will place pervious pavement in the overflow parking lot at 10021 Crocker Ranch Road. The park's overflow lot is not used efficiently and this will help minimize the need for street parking. The total cost is $232,362.

Legislative and regulatory affairs program agreement: Roseville has been a member of Northern California Power Agency since 1968, and NCPA's program provides members with representation, advocacy, support and expertise on legislation and regulations related to the electric industry. The cost is shared among NCPA's 16 members and Roseville's share is $500,600 for fiscal year 2012-13.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.