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Public commenter: 1,000 kids to descend on Roseville

Council approves second reading of medical pot ban during Wednesday?s meeting
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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A public commenter during the Roseville City Council meeting Wednesday issued a warning about a whole bunch of youth soon coming to town.

Roseville resident Jeff Dubchansky, representing the Greater Sacramento Softball Association, said 90 teams, 1,000 kids and 3,500 parents will descend on the city beginning Monday, July 30, for the start of the weeklong Western National Championship.

"So the community needs to be ready," Dubchansky said, smiling. "Every hotel room is booked already, every restaurant will be full and the roadways will be clogged with parents in vans."

The opening ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Woodcreek High School and some 3,500 people are expected to attend.

"That whole stadium is full and it's just dynamic and if you like (softball) or just love kids, it's a neat thing to see," said Mayor Pauline Roccucci, who attended last year.

The local softball association collaborated with Placer Valley Tourism to bring back the tournament. Dubchansky said the event will create an estimated $3 million to $5 million impact to the community.

Also during Wednesday's meeting, the council voted 4 to 1 in approving the second reading of the ordinance banning outdoor medical marijuana cultivation - but not before last-ditch pleas from patients and residents urging council members to reconsider.

Councilman John Allard cast the dissenting vote, saying he believes the ordinance infringes on patients' rights to grow their own medical marijuana.

"I believe there will be lawsuits and I think the city of Roseville will find itself on the losing end of either a lawsuit or a court ruling and I think it's worth it before we move forward and create an ordinance to make sure we know what we're doing," Allard said. "And I don't think we've done that."

Resident Jack Wallace originally brought the concern over the "skunk-like" smell of medical marijuana growing to the council's attention. He said the odor is a public nuisance.

The ban goes into effect Nov. 1 and prohibits the outdoor cultivation of medical pot and limits indoor growing to fewer than 50-square-feet and 10-feet tall in the grower's primary residence. The grower must maintain living areas in the house for normal use. The city manager can grant permission for more space. Violations are punishable by a $500 daily fine.

Here's a look at some other items approved during the July 18 council meeting:

Atlantic Street water pipe rehab call for bids: This is for the second phase of a three-phase project to rehab a 20-inch transmission main at the intersection of Yosemite and Atlantic streets that conveys potable water. The project is slated to begin this fall and cost $2.4 million paid from the Environmental Utilities Rehabilitation Fund.

Roseville Police Association salary increases: The labor group will receive a 3 percent salary increase effective July 14, as part of an agreement approved by council in January 2010. This will result in a cost of $138,5000, included in the 2012-13 budget.

Mahany Park all-weather field replacement: The city will replace the artificial turf for an estimated $16,000 as the field has exceeded its 10-year lifespan, impacting the Parks and Recreation Department's ability to program the field to its fullest capacity.

Urban forest plan agreement: Roseville is entering into a professional services agreement with Davey Resource Group to develop an Urban Forest Master Plan and Canopy Coverage Analysis to create a 25-year vision for programs, policies, ordinances, sustainable urban forest management practices and more. The agreement is for $138,660 of which $100,000 is funded through a CALFIRE grant.

Community Development Block Grant agreement amendment: The Gathering Inn will receive an extension until Dec. 31 to expend all grant funds to construct a dental clinic at their facility on Berkeley Avenue. Labor for the clinic is provided by volunteers.

Deed restriction for Hughes Park approval: A $175,000 grant from the State of California Resources Agency will reimburse 50 percent of the expenses to install a bridge and trails at Hughes Park. As part of the funding stipulations, a deed restriction is required to ensure the bridge and trail improvements on the north side of the park remain available for public access in perpetuity.

North area collection system: The city operates two hydraulically independent wastewater treatment plants. A CEQA study was completed for a project the involves constructing new sewer line segments, refurbishing and utilizing existing sewer lines, constructing two new pump stations and two new pipeline under crossings of the Union Pacific Railroad. The study found three potential impacts on biological and cultural resources, and the city has proposed mitigation measures. The project's estimated cost is $1 million and is funded by the Wastewater Rehabilitation Fund.

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