New supe Jack Duran opts for experience on Placer planning panel

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Rookie Supervisor Jack Duran has chosen one of Roseville’s most politically savvy insiders for the Placer County Planning Commission. Duran took his seat at a board meeting for the first time today as the new Roseville-area supervisor. He announced that Richard Roccucci is his selection for commissioner on the seven-member planning panel. Duran takes office seven months after defeating incumbent Rocky Rockholm. Roccucci, 68, was first elected to the Roseville City Council in 1977 and has planning commission experience going back to the early 1970s. The lifelong Roseville resident initially served on the city’s planning commission from 1972 to 1977, before winning a seat on the City Council. Roccucci, whose wife, Pauline, was recently sworn in for a two-year term as mayor, most recently was a Roseville City Council member from 2000 to 2008. That included two years as mayor. Ironically, Duran’s defeat of Rockholm came four years after Rockholm had defeated Pauline Roccucci in a hard-fought campaign to succeed the late Bill Santucci as supervisor. Roccucci, an electrical engineer, was introduced to supervisors at Tuesday’s meeting. Duran described the new District 1 planning commissioner as someone who will do an outstanding job. Roccucci said outside the meeting that he not only looks forward to getting involved in Roseville-area planning decisions the county will be considering but also in other areas, including Tahoe. Roccucci said he and Duran will be attending a Dry Creek Municipal Advisory Commission meeting this week and expects that visibility and availability will be an important part of the role he and the supervisor will play with the county. In other board business Tuesday: - Supervisors heard from attorney Paul Comiskey of Newcastle during public comment period asking them to revisit a decision made last month to establish new rules for indigent dental care by the county that include treating cavities with temporary rather than permanent fillings. Comiskey, supported by about half-a-dozen audience members suggested a voucher system that would allow local dentists to provide care. - The board adopted an $8.6 million contract for this year with Cal Fire. The contract is 2.5 percent more than last year’s and reflects an increase from 10 to 12 months of operating expenses at Station 77 in the Sunset West area near Lincoln. Also new in this year’s contract is a controlled burn below the Foresthill Bridge intended to help prevent fires during the span’s repainting and earthquake retrofit project. - Supervisors approved a bid of $440,000 from Pro Tech Monitoring and G$S Justice Services for electronic and other monitoring services. Chief Probation Officer Stephen Pecor said $330,000 would be for traditional leases of monitoring equipment and the remainder would cover a new program that would allow alcohol-level testing through video conferencing at people’s homes.