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Roseville will use an estimated $950,000 for drought measures

City to consider implementing mandatory drought stage in mid-February
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Here’s a look at some other items covered during the Feb. 5 council meeting.

Citywide compensation study: The city will use Bryce HR Consulting for an estimated $39,000 to conduct a citywide compensation study and to prepare an internal relationship analysis of city positions and provide salary recommendations.

Police department staffing: Roseville Police Department will add a new assistant police chief, who will directly supervise the police captains. The department will also add a position to the detective division to keep up with the demands of investigating crime. The net general fund impact over seven pay periods is $169,200.

Fertilizer: The city will spend an estimated $108,371 on fertilizer for city parks and landscape turf.

Residential waste containers: The Environmental Utilities Solid Waste Division will spend an estimated $347,596 on waste containers.

Staff augmentation and construction-related services: The city is preparing for another heavy workload of private development projects and capital improvement projects by using HDR Construction Corporation to augment staff inspection services should workload levels exceed staff’s ability to provide necessary staffing levels. The agreement is not to exceed $500,000, and will not impact the general fund. Development agreements between the city and developers require the owners/developers to reimburse the city for costs of providing plan check and inspection services.

Integrated Regional Water Management grant wells project: Sierra National Construction, Inc. was awarded the construction award in the amount of $3.5 million for well pumps for Blue Oaks, Hayden Parkway and Woodcreek North wells. Funding is from California Department of Water Resource’s Prop 84 grant program and Roseville’s Water Construction Fund.

~ Sena Christian

 

The city of Roseville will divert more than $950,000 from its Water Operations Fund to cover the costs of implementing a drought escalation plan.

The city will likely need to activate a mandatory drought stage — there are five — at the Feb. 19 Roseville City Council meeting, and is working with other local water agencies to do this in alignment. Last month, the city asked residents to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20 percent.

A drought stage at two or above will activate a water shortage surcharge and excess water use charge.

The majority of Roseville residents and businesses get their water from the city, which draws on Folsom Reservoir, which is suffering critically low levels. Other residents get water through the San Juan Water District, also a Folsom diverter, Placer County Water Agency and Citrus Heights Water District.

“These are unprecedented conditions, we’ve never faced these challenges before and we’ve never asked for this level of participation from our community to stretch the available resources,” said Environmental Utilities Director Ed Kriz.

The City Council unanimously approved the budget adjustment during Wednesday’s meeting.

“This is a sign of the times and we’re keeping updated to do everything we can to preserve our water,” said Councilwoman Pauline Roccucci. “If things change, we can modify things, but we have to be on top of it. This shows wise planning in a very severe drought, in kind of scary times.”

The city will use some of the $956,000 to hire an additional permanent water conservation worker and a temporary water conservation helper to conduct water waste patrols and assist customers seeking to make their homes and businesses more water-efficient. Funds will also go to the cost of the trucks needed to conduct this work.

The city will also implement its Water Insight program, which has been in a pilot stage and allows for customers to access water-use data on their home water use and make changes accordingly. Roseville’s Water Efficiency Administrator Lisa Brown told the Press Tribune that the program is open to 18,000 people, which is about half of the city’s residential water users. Enrollment is first come, first served.

The city activated four back-up groundwater wells Jan. 27 to preserve water supplies in Folsom Reservoir. Some of the money will fund additional chemical and energy costs related to the ongoing use of these wells, increased pumping capacity to move water between pressure zones and technical consultants to maximize system operations.

 “Again this is new territory for us,” Kriz said. “We’ve never anticipated this and we will be on a steep learning curve from many of the questions and the concerns expressed by the community.”