City wants downtown to be where it’s at

By: Megan Wood, The Press-Tribune
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Although it won’t happen overnight, Roseville city officials are hoping the downtown area of the city will be the next local hot spot for locals to see and be seen. Downtown: Action- Council adopted the plan for the future growth and development of the downtown area. What this means: According to Jan Shellito, Roseville redevelopment manager, Roseville’s Downtown Specific Plan is the result of countless hours of planning by city staff, residents and business owners. The revitalization of the downtown area will include a walking path along Dry Creek, community gathering areas, upgrade of Saugstad and Royer parks as well as the expansion of Downtown and Historic Roseville for new businesses. When will it happen? According to Mayor Gina Garbolino, residents could be seeing significant changes within the next 10 years. Council members also talked about: Parking: Action- Adopted a resolution administering a $4.50 surcharge to be added to all parking citations in Roseville. Why: Last year, the state Legislature imposed an initial fee of $1.50 that the County Auditor’s Office said it did not collect. According to Roseville Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther, this year the Legislature has passed a bill requiring an additional $3 in state surcharges to be added for state courts construction projects. Roseville pays the county an additional $5 surcharge for every parking citation issued that goes to various funds not related to Roseville’s city funds. What this means: The resolution, effective immediately, will save the city $15,000 annually. Surrounding cities like Sacramento have increased parking citation charges by $8 across the board to compensate for the imposed fee. Weeds: Action: Adopted a resolution for the removal of weeds, trash and overgrown vegetation on private property. What: The resolution states that the care and removal of weeds and overgrowth on private property is the responsibility of the landowner. The fire department is ordered to deal with any private property that has not complied with the removal of weeds and overgrowth accordingly and bill the landowner for the cost of the services. Why: To prevent grass fires, which are especially common in dry years when they can spread the fast. Utility rates: Action: An ordinance approving Roseville Electric’s rate adjustments that could raise electricity bills by 5 percent. What it means: Each year a 1-5 percent surcharge or credit will be applied to customers’ bills that will be based on annual snow pack and water reports. In dry years, a surcharge will be added, while in wet years a credit may be added. The rate adjustment also changes the climate change mitigation fee to a consumption-based fee, an increase of about 75 cents for the average homeowner. Green Roseville customers are now exempt from paying the climate change mitigation fee. When: Roseville Electric customers will begin to see these adjustments on their monthly bill this summer.