Councilwomen Andreatta, Silhi sworn in

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Outgoing Lincoln Mayor Stan Nader received a standing ovation from nearly 100 audience members packing the City Council chambers Tuesday night, as his term ended and before two new councilwomen were sworn-in.

Nader concluded 23 years of public service Tuesday night. He was on the Western Placer Unified School District board of trustees for eight years and on the Lincoln City Council for a combined 15 years. City Clerk Gwen Scanlon presented Nader with a commendation.

Nader thanked his wife, Mary, for being patient with his public service.

“I was away from home frequently,” an emotional Nader said. “I also want to thank our very dedicated city staff. Doing this for so long will take some time to step down from where I’ve been. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve you.”

The two recently-elected City Councilwomen, Holly Andreatta and Alyssa Silhi, were sworn in immediately following the ceremony honoring Nader. Councilman Paul Joiner was sworn in as the new mayor.

Support Services Director vacancy

Support Services director Steve Ambrose was absent from Tuesday night’s meeting. Interim City Manager Bob Adams said Ambrose retired Dec. 3. Ambrose could not be reached for comment, as of press time. An accounting manager position in the Support Services department is also vacant.

The council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing $50,000 for a contract with Stephanie N. Beauchaine, chief financial officer of Consulting and Business Services, to provide interim financial management assistance until the vacancies in the Support Services department are filled.

Water connection fees

City Council unanimously approved water connection fees for new homes at $5,558 per 1,150 gallons of water used per day. According to city engineer Ray Leftwich, the new water connection fees consider lot size when determining the cost.

Nader, speaking as a private citizen, said he had concerns about the data used to establish the fees.

“I’m concerned we are using outdated data for an important decision,” Nader said. “Why not (use) a study from (the Placer County Water Agency) instead of (the Nevada Irrigation District)? The map (used) is from 2007, which is before the General Plan and does not show Del Webb.”

Lincoln resident Ted Jones said that water connection fees have been over-collected over the years.

“There are excess reserves in the city’s water connection fund,” Jones said. “I think some of the money needs to be returned. The money has been used for loans to other funds. There is a troubling lack of transparency here.”

Leftwich said a nexus study on the connection fees should be completed in a year, which will further define the numbers used for the fees. Water connection fees are paid when a building permit is pulled, according to Leftwich.

Support Staff Person of the Year

Public Services director Jennifer Hanson presented administrative analyst Angela Frost with the American Public Works Association Support Staff Person of the Year Award. Hanson said Frost is “amazing on a daily basis.”

“Her division processes thousands of (documents) per year and she represents us on multiple regional groups,” Hanson said. “She’s recently taken on public information officer and social media duties.”

Frost, who has been with the city for nearly five years, said she was honored and flattered by the recognition.