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Roseville to survey residents on parks

City Council approves $27,000 for second phase of assessment
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Action Taken

Here’s a look at some other items approved during the Jan. 9 council meeting:

Roseville Police Officers Association salary increases: In October 2009, the council approved a two-year agreement between the city and Roseville Police Officers Association, which included a 3 percent salary increase effective Dec. 29, 2012. The salary increase will result in a cost of $202,080.

Mobile Food events can be rescheduled: The city manager now has authority to reschedule a canceled Downtown Roseville Mobile Food Event without council approval. Several emails were received following the canceled November event asking that it be rescheduled, but the previous agreement didn’t allow for this. No fiscal impact.

Award for new firewalls: The city’s Information Technology Department will purchase two Palo Alto Networks Firewalls from DSA Technologies, Inc. to replace outdated firewalls and reduce the risk of a cyber-security incident for a total cost of $44,287.

Classifications changing bargaining groups: The city received a unit severance petition from Environmental Utilities enterprise fund employees on Oct. 22, seeking to sever all classifications not duplicated elsewhere in the city from the International Union of Operating Engineers, Stationary Engineers Local 39 bargaining unit and place them in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers bargaining unit. The change went into effect Jan. 1.

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Ask Roseville residents what’s one of the aspects they appreciate most about their city and there’s a good chance they’ll say the parks system.

The city boasts 67 parks, which include large regional parks with soccer fields and baseball diamonds, small neighborhood parks and a few fenced-in places where dogs can run free. But the city is always looking to improve its parks, recreation and library system and has embarked on a two-phase needs assessment toward this end. The assessment will address any unmet needs and guide future plans.

Roseville City Council unanimously approved moving forward on the second phase of the current assessment during Wednesday’s meeting. Councilwoman Bonnie Gore was absent.

In June, the council approved a contract with RJM Consulting, Inc. to prepare the first phase for $23,770. The second phase will cost $27,100, which the city expects to recover through developer reimbursements. The consultant will be engaging residents in a telephone and web survey this month and the final assessment should be complete in March.

“As part of the survey what we want to do is identify any gaps, so in any sports programming, if we don’t have adequate space, if we’re not providing adequate access, we want to know about that. Or, also if there are any emerging trends out there. … It’ll help us get a handle on planning, moving forward,” said Roseville Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department Director Dominick Casey during the meeting.

Resident Diane Dixon commended the city’s Martha Riley Community Library, where she often goes to conduct research, during public comment.

“I’m a big supporter of literacy and libraries and they do a lot of extra programs with volunteers, with afterschool tutoring so there’s a lot of good services that are available there,” Dixon said. “And (the libraries) recently changed to a better online service and that really serves the community better and is fairly low cost.”

Parks, recreation and libraries serve as economic engines for cities and help enhance quality of life, retain residents, increase property values and attract new homebuyers, according to an American Planning Association study.