Francisco/Schooner Crosswalk Gets Safety Review

On Thurs., May 8, the El Dorado County Traffic Advisory Committee approved installation of ADA ramps at crosswalks at the Francisco and Schooner Drive intersection, and requested that further review of whether the current configuration of crosswalks at that intersection pose a safety concern for pedestrians.

The action resulted from efforts by area residents and the Lake Forest Owners Association to move the northern Francisco crosswalk to the south side of the intersection, in order to improve traffic flow and provide direct crossing from the middle school to a sidewalk at Windsor Point Park.  They reasoned that this would discourage school children from walking down the middle of Schooner after crossing Francisco, as they now do.

An engineering and traffic survey conducted by the County Transportation Division determined that moving the crosswalk would not significantly improve traffic on Francisco. However, the committee agreed to refer the issue back to the Transportation Division as a safety issue, before the ADA ramps are installed, in order to determine how best to address the safety of middle school children crossing Francisco at this intersection.

EID Declares Stage 2 Drought Emergency

The El Dorado Irrigation District (EID), which supplies water to El Dorado County, has declared a state 2 level drought emergency, requiring 30 percent voluntary reductions in water consumption.  CLICK HERE to read the full story.

In response to the emergency, the Lake Forest Owners Association has decided not to order annual flowers this year, as they would not survive without 7 day a week watering.  The LFOA will do everything possible to maintain all other vegetation on the corridor given the water restrictions imposed upon it.  Additionally, the LFOA canceled almost $20k in replacement trees and hedge material that was to be planted this spring.  These new plants would have required heavy watering for their first year.

EID Asks For Voluntary Water Conservation

Folsom Lake seen from The Summit in Lake Forest Village (1/21/14)

Folsom Lake seen from The Summit in Lake Forest Village (1/21/14) John Poimiroo

Stopping short of declaring a drought emergency, with water levels dropping the El Dorado Irrigation District is urging water conservation, the Mountain Democrat reported last Friday.

The paper reported: “Folsom Reservoir is approximately 18 percent full as of Jan, 6, which is approximately 37 percent of average for this time of year. Currently, the supplies available to EID from Folsom Reservoir include the United States Bureau of Reclamation contract of 7,550 acre-feet and the ditch/Weber Reservoir water rights totaling 4,560 acre-feet,” said Mueller.

“We are not solely dependent on our water allocation from Folsom Reservoir since we also draw water from our other sources. As a result, we have not experienced the same devastating consequences as other water purveyors who are reliant on Folsom Reservoir. Despite this fact, we are still concerned with the lack of rainfall this winter and are urging customers to voluntarily cut back their water usage, conserve, and not waste water.” the article continued.

To read the complete article, CLICK HERE.

Christmas Tree Adds Seasonal Cheer To Lake Forest Village Welcome

Holiday cheer has been added to the waterfall entrance to Lake Forest Village.

Holiday cheer has been added to the waterfall entrance to Lake Forest Village.

A colorful Christmas Tree is welcoming residents and visitors back to Lake Forest Village during the holidays.  The tree, made of brighly colored LED lights, was added to the waterfall entrance to the Village by the Lake Forest Owners Association.

Windsor Point Park

In March, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District (CSD) Board of Directors unanimously voted and approved to prepare and mail ballots to the residents of Windsor Point, Marina Woods, and Marina 1 & 2 Villages for the official vote to establish a
Lighting & Landscaping Assessment District (LLAD) for Windsor Point
Park at the intersection of Francisco Boulevard and Schooner Dr.

The LLAD is needed in order to pay for the annual maintenance costs of Windsor Point Park.  The proposed assessment on affected properties (property tax) for maintaining the park would be $48.80 per year or $4 a month.

Should the LLAD not be approved, the empty lot at Windsor Park would likely be sold and developed, potentially as single family or multiple-family housing.  Supporters of the park say, $4 a month is “a small price to pay for a park,” considering that over many years residents of the area were already assessed building a fund that will pay for development of the park.  They note that they “have already invested in and deserve to see the park come to fruition.”

Should the LLAD not be approved, the assessments paid by Windsor Point Park area residents would not be refunded to them, but would be used by the CSD elsewhere in El Dorado Hills as the CSD determines.

Ballots have been mailed to affected owners and must be returned to the El Dorado Hills CSD not later than June 14.  The Lake Forest Owners Association (Master Association) has contributed $10,000 to pay for Windsor Point Park design plans and urges affected residents to vote in favor of the measure.  Should the LLAD be approved, the park is slated to be completed by September, 2013.

An election night gathering will occur on June 14 at 7 p.m. as ballots are counted at the El Dorado Hills CSD Pavilion.   All interested parties are invited to participate.