September 2012 Blue Ravine Oaks / The Shores Tree & Concrete Replacement Project
The Blue Ravine Oaks/The Shores Landscaping and Lighting District, established 26 years ago in 1986, recently approved an assessment increase by establishing a new district (Blue Ravine Oaks No. 2) to address significant sidewalk repairs, overgrown tree issues, and deferred maintenance. The assessment was passed and approved by the Blue Ravine Oaks property owners in July 2011.
This exciting project will begin in September 2012 and will be completed within 4-6 weeks.
Attached are the following:
-Letter to the Residents (8.29.12)
-Chart of trees to be removed and replaced
-Map and location of trees to be addressed
-Color photos of the new replacement trees and shrubs
-Design details for concrete and tree well preparation
Residents will be given a 72-hour notice of when construction will occur in front/near their residence. Trees known to be removed will be marked with an “X” in the next week or so.
Some interesting information about the project:
-Approximately 7200 square feet of sidewalk will be replaced
-Approximately 530 linear feet of curb and gutter will be replaced
-Approximately 18 existing trees will remain
-Approximately 800 square feet of asphalt will be replaced
-Approximately 30 cubic yards of mulch will be installed within the tree wells
-A minimum of 61 and a maximum of 98 trees will be removed (61 known removals & 37 to be evaluated in the field after concrete is lifted, roots & other aspects of trees are inspected)
City of Folsom L&L District Engineer's Report The City of Folsom Landscaping & Lighting District Engineer's Report is submitted to the Folsom City Council each fiscal year and encompasses expenditures for all services and projects within the City's 25 Landscaping & Lighting Districts. The Engineer's Report can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Lorraine Poggione at (916) 355-7207.
"See a water leak, broken sprinkler, or have a question about the City's landscape?"
Call L&L Districts Manager Lorraine Poggione at (916) 355-7207 or e-mail Lpoggione@folsom.ca.us, or call (916) 307-2100 for Supervisor Dan Rivers to report or discuss the matter. You can also leave your name and number and we'll call you back."
"Got a flickering streetlight or one that is out?"
Call L&L Districts Manager Lorraine Poggione at (916) 355-7207 or e-mail Lpoggione@folsom.ca.us, or call (916) 307-2100 for Supervisor Dan Rivers to report the situation. You can also leave your name and number and we will call you back."
General Overview Of Landscaping and Lighting Districts
In the City of Folsom, there are 26 Landscaping and Lighting (L&L) Districts.The purpose of landscaping and lighting districts is to maintain and service the public improvements within each district.Such improvements generally consist of landscape corridors and median islands as well as streetlights.In some instances, L&L Districts maintain walls, fences, open space areas, and/or other public improvements such as art work (such as is the case Natoma Station).
Each L&L District is formed in accordance with the 1972 Landscaping and Lighting District Act.An annual per parcel assessment is established at the time a district is formed that is collected by the County (via a resident's tax bill) and remitted back to the City of Folsom to administer the district's improvements.The annual assessment is created and established to cover operating and maintenance costs of the public improvements.The annual assessment is not a “bond” and as such, it does not eventually get paid off or paid down.The annual assessment is adopted upon each year by the City Council.
Maintain and Service landscaping in L&L Districts
Maintain and Service streetlights in L&L Districts
Maintain and Service specific infrastructure (walls, art work, fences, path ways, trails) in L&L Districts
Improve and enhance existing landscape areas within L&L Districts
Interface with public regarding maintenance issues, requirements, and needs within L&L Districts
Water Conservation The Landscaping and Lighting Districts have been committed to saving water and as such over the last 2 years have been implementing specific projects that have targeted water reduction and improved water use. Examples of some of the projects include the removal of turf in the median on Oak Avenue between S. Lexington Drive and E. Bidwell and the removal of pop up spray heads and replacement with drip tubing and drought tolerant plant materials in the median on Oak Avenue between Kennerly/Riley and Iron Point. The water savings has equated to about a 30% savings in water use. The L&L Division continues to plan for and implement several projects per year and will continue to focus on saving water and applying it wisely. Other structural changes taking place include the implementation of smart irrigation timers which detect leaks, regulate flows, and turn off sprinkler systems if rainfall and/or a leak is detected. Sixteen new timers are being installed in 16 of the L&L Division mini parks and an additional 54 irrigation timers (or about 1/3 of the L&L timers in the L&L Districts) will be converted to a computer-based and electronically-monitored system which utilizes state-of-the-art equipment to set irrigation rates based on current environmental conditions. These systems will be installed during the summer and fall of 2008.
American River Canyon North, American River Canyon North #2, Blue Ravine Oaks (The Shores), Briggs Ranch, Broadstone 1&2, Broadstone Unit 3, Cobble Hills Ridge/Reflections, Cobble Ridge, Fieldstone Meadows, Folsom Heights (California Hills and Enclave), Hannaford Cross, Lake Natoma Shores (The Preserves), La Collina dal Lago, Los Cerros, Natoma Station, Natoma Valley, Prairie Oaks, Sierra Estates, Silverbrook, Steeplchase, The Residences at American River Canyon, Willow Creek East, Willow Creek South, and Willow Springs.
Oversight and Management
The City has a full term Landscaping and Lighting District Manager who ensures that the public landscape and streetlight improvements are adequately maintained.Each year in June an Engineer's Report is prepared that describes the improvements, costs, and revenues within each district.Revenue from the annual assessment goes toward paying for the electricity that runs the streetlights and irrigation controllers, the water that irrigates the landscaping, the labor to maintain, repair, and enhance the improvements, and the costs incurred by the City to administer the districts.
Landscaping and Lighting District Advisory Committee
The City has a Landscaping and Lighting District Advisory Committee that is made up of one member from each district.The Committee meets the third Thursday of each month at in the Community Center, Activities Room, 52 Natoma Street.The Committee recesses in July and August.
One member from each L&L District is appointed by the City Council. Each member serves a four-year term. The Committee is divided into two groups wiht their four-year terms staggering every two years.
The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to help establish lines of communication between the City staff and elected/appointed city bodies.The Advisory Committee also assists the Manager by making recommendations on associated landscaping and lighting issues.
The City is current accepting all openings. Positions are open in the following districts:
Briggs Ranch (Exp. 2014)
Cobble Ridge (Exp. 2014)
Los Cerros (Exp. 2014)
Silverbrook (Exp. 2014)
Broadstone Unit #3 (Exp. 2014)
Folsom Heights (Exp. 2014)
Hannaford Cross (Exp. 2014)
La Collina dal Lago (Exp. 2012)
The Residences at ARC (Exp. 2012)
Willow Creek South (Exp. 2012)
American River Canyon-North (Exp. 2012)
Sierra Estates (Exp. 2012)
Willow Creek East (Exp. 2012)
If you are interested in participating or finding out more about the Committee or the Landscaping and Lighting Districts, please contact:
Lorraine Poggione, M.P.A
Landscaping and Lighting District Manager
50 Natoma Street
Folsom CA 95630
If you would like to apply for consideration of membership, the commission application can be found in the following link: