April 26 City Council Meeting Recap
SWRA Master Plan Contract, Ruhkala Awards, PCWA Rate Increases
City Clears Path Toward SWRA Master Plan
The City of Rocklin took a significant step toward creating a clear vision for the Sunset Whitney Recreation Area Master Plan (SWRA) on April 26 by authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Melton Design Group for services to create a master plan for the space.
The scope of work will include:
- Project coordination
- Site analysis and utility study
- Needs assessment, stakeholder outreach and program development
- SWRA visioning master plan and inspiration
- Development, operations and maintenance costs
- Final phased implementation plan
2022 Ruhkala Community Service Awards Honorees Recognized by City Council
The Rocklin City Council held a special presentation for the 2022 Ruhkala Community Service Award Winners at the April 26 meeting.
The Ruhkala Community Service Awards recognize exemplary community service efforts annually in the City of Rocklin. The awards were created to honor Roy and Peggy Ruhkala, a pair who worked for the betterment of the Rocklin community for over 40 years.
This year’s honorees are involved in volunteer work for equality and inclusion, helping businesses succeed, saving animals, promoting the arts, and honoring Rocklin’s history.
- Twiana Armstrong – Individual Honoree
- Rocklin Lost & Found Pets – Service Organization Honoree
- Luke Vellutini – Youth Honoree
- Jer Jarrett – Pioneer Honoree
- Henry “Hank” Lohse III – Pioneer Honoree
Placer County Water Agency Presents Rate Increase Plans
The Rocklin City Council expressed serious concerns with Placer County Water Agency plans to implement a multi-year rate adjustment starting in 2023. On Tuesday night, PCWA representatives outlined proposed changes that would increase water rates by 8% in 2023, 8% in 2024, 7% in 2025, 7% in 2026, and 6% in 2027.
The Council specifically mentioned disapproval of the level of rate increases in comparison to operational costs. Council also discussed that PCWA seems unwilling to take on debt to finance capital improvements and instead are choosing to fund infrastructure solely through rate increases. The need for projected percentage of financial reserves that would be realized by PCWA should this plan be implemented was also questioned.