Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Supervisor Mikulaco gets community input in El Dorado Hills

From page A3 | November 22, 2013 | 12 Comments

El Dorado County District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco launched his first town hall with a confession: “I’m an information junkie.”

He received plenty of information and feedback as the 20-plus participants discussed everything from the sign ordinance to affordable housing to Bass Lake Regional Park plans.

Here’s your sign
El Dorado County officials are in the process of reviewing and reworking the county’s Sign Ordinance, no easy task considering the county’s diversity, according to Mikulaco. He advocated for a balance between preserving the county’s rural nature and local businesses’ ability to advertise. Search for “sign ordinance” on to review a draft of the comprehensive Sign Ordinance update.

He encouraged residents like Steve Ferry, who asked about the status of Lakehills Covenant Church’s proposal to add a cross to a nearby cell tower, to get involved. That request was sent to County Counsel for review earlier this year. Mikulaco’s assistant Cindy Munt promised to follow up.

No place like home
Housing — where it’s approved, where it’s planned and how affordable it will be — became a dominant topic Wednesday evening. El Dorado Hills resident Noah Briel lamented that his children, even with good jobs, can’t afford to live in El Dorado Hills. He encouraged Mikulaco and other decision makers to support moderate income housing projects.

Whatever the community looks like in the future, resident T Abraham encouraged more community input. He applauded Mikulaco’s efforts to reach out to different groups and the supervisor’s plan to walk his district next year, going door-to-door to discuss residents’ concerns. However, Abraham stressed, to make sure more than the usual 500 have a say in El Dorado Hills’ planning future, he suggested a professional survey effort to get residents’ opinions.

“I think it’s hundreds of thousands of dollars; it’s El Dorado County investing in El Dorado Hills,” Abraham said.

Park it here
With more housing and development on the horizon, residents also expressed a desire for more parks and open space. El Dorado Hills Community Services Director Terry Crumpley encouraged Mikulaco to support more park projects and walkable communities.

Several audience members supported re-kickstarting the Bass Lake Regional Park project, a county park long in the plans but short on funds. They also supported keeping at least part of the old golf course along El Dorado Hills Boulevard as open space. Parker Development has proposed building between 523 to 763 homes in the 155-acre space, including senior housing and multi-family housing.

For the record
Mikulaco recently opened a satellite office in El Dorado Hills Town Center and told the audience that funds within his roughly $190,000 annual budget pay the rent. There’s no additional cost to the taxpayers.

“I want to spend my money in District 1,” he said, explaining that the expense may preclude him from attending out-of-state conferences but he wanted to keep his money local. “And we’re paying fair market value (rent) … no special deals.”

The office, located behind Mama Ann’s Deli facing Nugget Market, is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays or by appointment. Call 916-943-8588. Mikulaco also said he’s more than willing to share the space if community groups need a cozy place to meet.

More town hall meetings will be scheduled over the next year, the supervisor promised, including a State of District 1 event sometime in January.


Discussion | 12 comments

  • WhattheheckNovember 22, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Here is some info that I would like to share with the new supervisor. Do you know that Oak Meadow Elementary school is infected with head lice? The Buckeye Union School District has changed the head lice policy to a "no live lice" policy from a "no nit" policy. That means that kids that are infected and still have a head full of nits are not sent home. None of the kids are now sent home. The district will not admit that it is about money, but it is about money. They do not want child absentees, the parents don't want to have to stay home with their infected kids and the nurses don't want the responsibility of checking infected kids and then notifying parents of the school. Now it is out of control at Oak Meadow. Don't believe what I am saying, but ask some teachers and talk to is happening and the school, district, county and state are all sitting on their hands doing nothing.

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  • SickofhypocracyNovember 22, 2013 - 10:34 pm

    The wind of wrath is headed your way, Mik and to most of the EDC BOS. The community is waking up. Recall! Building homes does nothing to make living in El Dorado County a sustainable community /county. Building homes here is not a job creating endeavor. Most residents commute outside of the county for work. If the economy outside the county collapses, so does the economy within this county. The blind, hear no monkey, see no monkey is what has been detrimental to this county. Focus on bringing good paying jobs to EDC and quit pandering to developers.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 23, 2013 - 5:02 am

    Sickofhypocracy, you forgot, "Post no monkey."

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  • SickofhypocracyNovember 23, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Phil, the monkey truth needs to be posted. Whether or not the monkeys read and take heed is another banana.

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  • 57 ChevyNovember 23, 2013 - 8:37 pm

    You gotta be kidding--Mikulako, Ferry and Crumpley are known as the El Dorado Hills 3 Ring Circus act. Kick these clowns out of the county! How much did Noel get paid to write this propaganda?

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  • FerryNovember 26, 2013 - 3:26 pm

    Several hundred hours of volunteering to help this county achieve a quality General Plan, working to elect representatives, and leading community efforts isn't good enough. Now I have to give an answer to someone who wants to hide in anonymity. The 57 Chevy was a great car and would never hide in anonymity. Let's talk sometime, you might be in for a surprise.

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  • JimBoNovember 24, 2013 - 4:58 am

    Mik opened a Satelite office in EDH. Really? Is that necessary? Most Supervisors have done just fine over the years with their County office in Placerville. How Senatorial of him. This Bozo should have just put his office in one of his ILLEGAL SLUM UNITS in EDH.

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  • cjNovember 24, 2013 - 7:06 am

    Jimbo, it's evident you know nothing of El Dorado Hills. The few Times they travel east is for xmas trees or Tahoe skiing. Mik is the only supervisor in decades who is trying to stay connected to his constituents. He's spending his budget monies to be there to listen to his district and make it easy for them to reach him. Isn't this representative government? At least Mik is making an effort which is more than Knight or Dupray. The only people they listened to were Sweeney and Harn, plus various Developers. Representative government what an original thought!

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 24, 2013 - 7:58 am

    Jimbo, I have been wondering the same thing, not just about this supervisor in this district, but about the idea that county people have to keep coming to different districts for town meetings, for the same information. I believe poor EID has been up here in Pollock several times for the same questions. I'm not getting that, I'm thinking we are wasting people's time. I think small groups of people have become arrogant in demanding that government people keep returning. I know for EID--I have been to three of the meetings about Forebay...they have left notebooks of answers--provided emails--phone numbers. Brought in techs...engineers, Mr Osborne. Why are we repeating information? I could give the presentation now--because I have seen it so many times. EID did a great job the first time...why make them repeat it?

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  • WhattheheckNovember 24, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Fran......if we had a real newspaper in this county people would not have to look so many places for info.........

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 24, 2013 - 3:18 pm

    EID has all the information on its site about Forebay...they will even let one use their laptops to prove to non believers at meetings...too many meetings on the same information. This is a real paper...sometimes slanted towards its own goal--like every newspaper in the USA. Now for community information--that is an interesting element. Unless you belong to a certain group--many times you do not know what is going now there are many spread amongst the variety of groups from both sides--spies if you will. We even have people who create trouble on purpose (they are my favorite...lolololol) I like when people think they are getting the best of me :) makes the game "fun." lololol

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  • 57 ChevyNovember 24, 2013 - 9:41 am

    CJ--it's evident you know nothing about Mik's monkey-see-monkey-do politics. See for yourself by attending some of the BOS meetings and watch the clowns in action. Arrogance is an understatement--there is NO citizen representation!

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