Placer Valley Tourism awards city $145K

Money will fund Foskett Ranch Park improvements
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Lincoln’s efforts to encourage sports tourism received a shot in the arm, and $145,000, Tuesday night when David Attaway, CEO of Placer Valley Tourism (PVT), awarded a $145,000 check to the city.

The money will be used to fund improvements to Foskett Ranch Park, the site of numerous softball and soccer tournaments. Attaway’s organization, Placer Valley Tourism, is a group of 23 hotels located in Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln. Shan Fazeli, owner of the Holiday Inn Express in Lincoln, joined Attaway in presenting the check to Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short.

Earlier this year, the Placer Valley Tourism awarded the city $260,000 to be used toward the renovation of McBean Park Stadium.

“I don’t live here but I consider Lincoln my second home,” Fazeli said, adding that Lincoln economic development director Shawn Tillman was instrumental in facilitating the award. “This is one of several checks to come.”

Attaway, on Wednesday, said 2015 was a record-breaking year for the hotels in his group.

“Placer Valley Tourism is proud of where we’ve been but we’re even more excited about where we are going,” Attaway said.

Short, on Wednesday, said sports tourism is important to Lincoln.

“Almost every weekend, Lincoln hosts a tournament,” Short said. “Youth and amateur sports travel is the fastest growing segment in the travel industry today.”

Village I annexation

The Placer County Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO) will conduct a hearing June 8 on the proposed annexation of 1,800 acres of land into Lincoln. The area being considered for annexation includes the site of the proposed Village I, located between the city of Lincoln and Turkey Creek Golf Course, as well as land located off of Oak Tree Lane.

Lincoln community development director Matt Wheeler said Tuesday night that the area designated for annexation includes 401 Oak Tree Lane, the site of a former Titan I intercontinental ballistic missile base. The base, which was under the command of Beale Air Force Base, was decommissioned in March 1965.

And Lincoln City Councilman Stan Nader was recently sworn in as a city representative on the Local Area Formation Commission board. Nader takes the place of Loomis Town Councilman Miguel Ukovich, whose term had ended.

Regional sewer project

It was announced at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting that the Midwestern Placer Regional Sewer Project, a sewer pipeline from Auburn to Lincoln, became operational on Monday. Lincoln is now processing wastewater from Auburn.

Boston Marathon

Lincoln city engineer Ray Leftwich competed in the Boston Marathon on April 18. Leftwich said the weather was hotter than he expected.