Roseville, Placer County to proceed with university talks

City, county want to expedite efforts to attract four-year university
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Action Taken

Here’s a look at some other items approved during the Sept.18 council meeting.

Foothills business park bike trail: The city will proceed with constructing this Class I multi-use bike trail. The 1,600-foot-long trail will run on the south side of the creek from an existing paved trail to Foothills Boulevard. The current project budget is $270,000, and a balance of $56,000 remains after engineering and environmental services. The construction cost estimate is $359,000. Staff will request a budget adjustment from council.

Sidewalk, curb and gutter repair: The Public Works Department will complete repairs and install ADA curb ramps through Nor-Cal Concrete for an estimated $140,185.

Vehicle purchase: The city will purchase 12 2013 Ford F150 XL pickup trucks from Future Ford of Roseville for $273,499, and will purchase two Toyota Priuses from Hanford Toyota to be used by MV Transportation for transit services for $45,628.

Liquid cationic polymer: The Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant has an ongoing need for liquid cationic polymer, a chemical used to “dewater” sludge, which reduces weight and allows for less costly removal to the landfill. The cost is $420,000. The Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment plant needs polymer, which will cost about $260,000 this fiscal year. This plant also requires mannich polymer C-331, used to aide in the coagulation of waste activated sludge, for $60,000.

Replacement project: The Environmental Utilities Department currently uses Transdyn’s DYNamic Acquisition and Control as the computer system that monitors and controls all water, wastewater, storm water and recycled water facilities throughout Roseville. All three plants and the department’s main offices at the corporation yard monitor and control designated facilities using a virtual local area network. This system was installed in 1991 and its computer hardware and software need replacing with a Design-Assist contract mechanism from Westin-TESCO JV for about $8.2 million. The city’s current approved budget is not sufficient, so $2 million in rehabilitation funds was added to the project.

~ Sena Christian

The city of Roseville and Placer County will proceed with discussions on how to attract and expedite a four-year university to the area, which is expected to create significant economic benefits, according to a task force assembled to consider the project.

The Roseville City Council unanimously approved having staff continue with these in-depth talks at the Sept. 18 meeting. Vice Mayor Carol Garcia was absent.

“Yes, start talking,” said Councilman Tim Herman. “Let’s figure out what’s there and if we can make it happen.”

Herman served on the city-formed Higher Education Task Force in 2011-12, and attracting a higher-education institution to the area was one of his major campaign goals when he ran for the City Council in 2010.

Councilwoman Pauline Roccucci said she supports the discussions moving forward, but said the city will have to consider infrastructure, transportation, water, electricity and the school system in making sure a regional university is a good fit for the community.

“The more we know, the sooner we can make things happen,” Roccucci said.

Mayor Susan Rohan reiterated that the discussions are only a fact-finding endeavor, and said the city must be steadfast in its comprehensive planning of this project.

During the June 18 Placer County Supervisors meeting, the supervisors provided direction to staff to begin discussions with Roseville about the regional university project. One potential item for discussion is the possibility of forming a joint powers authority between the county and city to work cooperatively to advance the project.

Supervisor Kirk Uhler served on the Higher Education Task Force and said the prospect of bringing a comprehensive university to the region is exciting.

“We have an indigenous population, if you will, that is dramatically underserved in our community,” Uhler said, motioning to the several dozen high school students in the audience.

The Higher Education Task Force reported in April 2012 that Roseville offers a “favorable climate” for a comprehensive university due to population growth in the area, an expected greater demand for local higher education options and increased transportation barriers to other four-year colleges located nearby.

The supervisors approved entitlements for the university project in December 2008. The project comprises a 600-acre university campus and 557-acre mixed-use residential project.

The original land owners have since donated the project to the nonprofit WM Corporation to handle the sale and development of the property. That agreement requires that proceeds from the sale of the mixed-use community site be used as an endowment for a future university on the balance of the site.