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School resource officer issue not settled, says city manager

Decision likely Tuesday night, says school superintendent
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Know and Go:

What: Western Placer Unified School District board of trustees meeting

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Third floor meeting room, 600 Sixth St.

A school resource officer for the Western Placer Unified School District might still be provided by the Lincoln Police Department, according to City Manager Bob Adams Tuesday night.

The school district decided Aug. 21 to hire a school resource officer from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office to save money and provide greater coverage for the schools. Specifically, the district’s board wanted a school resource officer for five days a week, instead of four, and wanted a backup officer if the school resource officer is out.

School district Superintendent Scott Leaman said Wednesday he met with Adams and Police Chief Doug Lee on Tuesday and made progress on the issue.

“We were finalizing things with the Sheriff’s Office and the Police Department approached us with some changes,” Leaman said. “We are looking at those and will be discussing them on Tuesday. I think a decision will be made Tuesday.”

The issue seemed to take City Council by surprise. Councilman Peter Gilbert said he only learned of the issue by reading The Lincoln News Messenger.

Mayor Stan Nader said Tuesday night he was disturbed by an email from Leaman “that felt like the district was trying to rush the council” into taking some action on the issue.

“I didn’t care for the tone of the email,” Nader said. “I encourage the school board, when they find themselves not being heard, to pick up the phone and call us.

“We serve the same body of people and we need to work together,” Nader added. “The board needs to know we aren’t happy campers.”

Lincoln police officers might not appreciate the Placer County Sheriff’s Office trying to encroach on their territory, according to Nader.

Gilbert agreed with Nader.

“The district took a big step backwards in our relationship,” Gilbert said. “We, Councilman (Paul) Joiner and I, meet with them regularly.”

Community facilities districts

The Lincoln City Council voted 4-0 to approve forming two community facilities districts (CFDs) to help fund city maintenance services and public services in new residential developments. A special tax would be levied annually on parcels within the districts. City Councilman Paul Joiner recused himself from voting on the districts because of family interests.

Maintenance funding of city infrastructure for future developments would come from Community Facilities District 2018-1 and funding for public services would come from community facilities district 2018-2. Maintenance of city infrastructure would include landscaping, parks, street lighting, storm water quality and drainage facilities. Public services, funded by Community Facilities District 2018-2, would primarily include police, fire and ambulance/paramedic services.

For the maintenance district, there will be a $211 per parcel levy for citywide services and a $288 per parcel levy for localized services. Citywide services include community and regional parks and major roadway work while localized services include neighborhood parks and landscaping. The special tax for public services has yet to be determined.

A public hearing on forming the two districts will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 9.

Lincoln resident Armando Mayorga was disappointed by the council’s action.

“When will the city get police and fire up to the desired level of service,” Mayorga asked. “I don’t know why it’s taken so long to staff.”

Nader said that “it’s all about the money.”

“The sales tax in Lincoln is about $50 per capita,” Nader said. “The sales tax in Rocklin is about $150 per capita and the sales tax in Roseville is about $250 per capita. I realize we don’t have the shopping opportunities our neighbors have but citizens need to think of Lincoln first.”

Nader added that Lincoln residents who feel strongly enough about public safety might want to consider a ballot measure.

“I encourage a grass-roots movement among the citizens to institute a sales tax measure,” said Nader, adding that the city of Roseville has a sales tax increase measure on the November ballot.

Proclamations

The Lincoln City Council unanimously approved two proclamations recognizing Lincoln residents Gavin Torgersen on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and Roberta Babcock for her significant contributions to Lincoln. Nader said Babcock is moving to Las Vegas to be closer to family.

Babcock, according to the proclamation, graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942 and is a fourth-generation member of a pioneer family. Babcock was elected to the Lincoln City Council in 1982 and served for 12 years. She was mayor in 1989, 1993 and 1994.

Other news

The Lincoln City Council paused for a moment of silence to recognize the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Nader said he had made a contribution to the construction of the Lincoln Veterans Memorial and challenged his fellow councilmen to do the same.