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Residents to see increase in water, sewer rates

City Council unanimously approves rate adjustment
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Action Taken

Here’s a look at some other items approved during the April 3 council meeting:

Speed limit ordinance update: Per California Department of Transportation standards for speed limits and Engineering and Traffic Surveys, the city conducted 25 ETS and will decrease three and increase two. The decreases will be 5 mph on Olympus Drive from Professional to Roseville Parkway; 5 mph on Professional Drive from Douglas to Olympus; 5 mph on Trehowell Drive from Chase to Pioneer. The increases will be 5 mph on Opal Drive from Crocker Ranch to Parkside and 5 mph on Pioneer Road from Pleasant Grove to Trehowell.

W-53 park project: A contract has been awarded to JM Slover for $2 million from the West Roseville Neighborhood Park Fund to develop the 10.7-acre park site on Amington Drive at Wharton Lane in the West Roseville Specific Plan area. The project includes a children’s play area, swings, covered picnic area, lighted ball fields and tennis courts, basketball half-courts, fitness equipment, restroom, perimeter pathway, gravel roadway, turf, landscaping and irrigation.

Industrial Avenue overlay project: The completed project included overlay of Industrial Avenue from Washington Boulevard to the planned ridge replacement project of the Pleasant Grove Creek Bridge using rubberized hot mix asphalt for $1.78 million.

Tactical body armor: The Roseville Police Department will purchase specialized equipment, including high level ballistic vests, rifle plates and uniforms for entry team members and higher level ballistic vests for snipers for $56,361 for its Roseville-Rocklin Regional SWAT Team.

Dry Creek bank erosion project: Heavy December rains caused high water flows in Dry Creek and eroded a large portion of the northern creek bank near a wastewater manhole. The city will take immediate action to prevent structural damage to the existing 39-inch wastewater pipeline and associated manhole. At a separate location along Dry Creek, an existing 10-inch wastewater pipeline has experienced erosion threatening to expose the pipeline along the creek bank. West Yost Associates will prepare documents to obtain required state and federal permits for $84,657.

~ Sena Christian

Roseville residents will see an increase on their water and sewer bills starting this July, in what may be the first of five years of rate changes.

The Roseville City Council unanimously approved a two-year rate increase at the April 3 meeting. This means a 2.5 percent jump for water effective July 1, and another 2.5 percent in July 2014. This change also includes a 3 percent increase in sewer for each of the next two years. The solid waste rate won’t change.

“Nobody likes to increase rates,” said Councilwoman Bonnie Gore, during the meeting. “We don’t want to have to vote for that but at the same time we have to be smart and pay our bills.”

The adjustment will add $1.64 to the average household’s monthly bill this year and another $1.68 in 2014.

"We are sensitive to the fact that any rate increase is a rate increase and we don’t take it for granted, but we feel this is an increase that will allow us to maintain our solvency as we move forward,” said Environmental Utilities Department Interim Director Edward Kriz.

He cited rising energy, fuel and chemical costs, along with unfunded regulatory mandates as continuing to increase his department’s operational expenses. The department serves about 40,000 residential and 1,900 commercial customers.

Kriz said his department will most likely have to consider proposing rate increases for 2015-2017, too.