City Council Meeting Recap – May 10
Monument Springs Bridge, Leadership Rocklin, ARPA Funds
Council Discuss Monument Springs Bridge, Vista Oaks, and Granite Lake Estates
The Rocklin City Council considered modifications to the general development plan approved for the Granite Lakes Estates subdivision and the tentative subdivision map conditions of approval for both the Granite Lakes Estates and Vista Oaks subdivision maps.
The proposed changes would allow additional homes to be built, as well as secure financing for the construction of the Monument Springs bridge and roadway improvements. The bridge would connect Monument Springs Drive to Greenbrae Road and relieve traffic concerns, especially on Aguilar Rd., voiced by residents who live near the proposed projects.
After lengthy discussions, City Council approved the requested updates for Vista Oaks that will allow the residential project to move forward. This approval stemmed from the ability of construction vehicles for the project to access the neighborhoods form the south, and not affect Aguilar Rd.
City Council continued to their meeting on June 14 the portion of the proposal, Item C, that would have approved modification to a tentative subdivision map for Granite Lake Estates, which would allow construction of homes tied to that project.
City Council requested more details on a plan to finance the construction of the bridge and road improvements using an advance of approximately 1.7 million in City funds, to be reimbursed through fees tied to the development of newly approved homes in the subdivision.
Rocklin Chamber Leadership Academy to Launch “Voices of Rocklin” Podcast
Leadership Rocklin is a program designed by the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce that develops and refines leadership skills of participants in preparation for their service to the community.
Each year, cohorts are tasked with a creating a master project, in addition to the nine sessions scheduled from August through May, that will provide a lasting benefit to community.
On Tuesday night, the class of 2021-2022 presented their project, a podcast and video series, for recognition by the Rocklin City Council. “The Voices of Rocklin” was created to help preserve Rocklin’s rich history and the voices of some of the City’s most influential and well-informed residents.
The first five episodes will include interviews with Rocklin’s first volunteer fire chief Lee Browning, community activist and former Rocklin mayor Jerry Mitchell, and resident and Spanish immigration historian Alfred Corral.
The podcast will be hosted on the Rocklin Historical Society’s website at rocklinhistorical.org.
Council Awards ARPA Funds to Rocklin Chamber and Plans for Mental Health Assistance
The Rocklin City Council approved up to $100,000 in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds for distribution to the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce to help offset revenue loss suffered by the business organization due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Rocklin Chamber cancelled numerous fundraising events and lost members due to COVID’s significant impacts on the business community.
The Chamber is eligible for an ARPA grant under ARPA’s Assistance to Small Business category.
City staff is also developing programs to distribute ARPA funds throughout the Rocklin community to assist in recovery from the pandemic. Council approved staff plans to change the distribution strategy to remove funds from a proposed business façade improvement program, and to add money to supporting mental health services benefitting Rocklin residents.
- Internal Support: facility improvements related to public health, technology improvements related to public health
- Business support: restaurant support, small business and hotel support, capacity building grants, Quarry District revitalization, citywide commercial revitalization, Rocklin Chamber of Commerce small business assistance
- Nonprofit support: grants to nonprofits, job training/upskilling
- Internal support: facility improvements related to public health, replace revenue lost
- Business support: Rocklin Chamber of Commerce small business assistance, quarry district revitalization, citywide commercial revitalization
Find all five categories the City plans to fund with ARPA and view the staff report on Item 25 here and watch the full discussion at the link meeting link at the end of this page.