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DISTRICT 5 ROUNDUP - April 8, 2013

Dear Friends,


Hello and welcome to April after the driest winter on record for Placer County and much of Northern California.  As you can see from this chart, 2013 had the driest January and February on record (purple color), blue areas ranked 2 through 5 years of the driest on record , and yellow is ranked 6-10.  As you well know, March was no wetter.


So why, you might be asking, is Jennifer writing about this in the April newsletter?  Well, because although a dry winter does not necessarily mean we will have a catastrophic fire season, it does mean that the likelihood that we will have a catastrophic fire season increases. 


This means it is time to get out in your yard, your forested and agricultural lands and do the necessary defensible space work to protect you, your family, your neighbors and your home.  It is not just residents of the rural areas of the County who should take these precautions, but even those in more urbanized areas - it was only 3 years ago that the 49 Fire swept through an urbanized neighborhood in North Auburn, destroying 63 structures in a matter of minutes.


Here you will find some links to guidelines for defensible space and to Placer County's Hazardous Vegetation Abatement Ordinance ( Chapter 9 PUBLIC PEACE, SAFETY AND WELFARE, Article 9.32 FIRE PREVENTION, Chapter 4.) , as well as the City of Auburn's regulations.  


Please contact your local Fire District or Department to schedule a visit for a defensible space inspection on your property and give you suggestions for a more fire safe community. The Placer County Resource Conservation District offers chipping services for a fee as do many private landscape and yard maintenance companies in the area.


Remember that forewarned is forearmed and now is the time to take proactive steps for your own safety.  Be safe, but also be prepared,


As always if you have any questions or concerns about County services or policies, please feel free to contact me, Steve Kastan or Jocelyn Maddux!


All My Best - Jennifer Montgomery
News & Announcements

Free, Anonymous Medication Take-Back Events

Board of Supervisors 

April 9th - Agenda:
Engineering & Traffic Survey Speed Limits; Placer County Fairgrounds Annual Report; Cottage Food Operations Program Fees; Fire Facilities Impact Fee Study and Capital Improvement Plan; Priority Project Recommendations from the Infrastructure Investment Committee; Interim Moratorium on Community Center Applications; Housing Element Update; Hazardous Vegetation Abatement Ordinance; Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update; CAL Fire Agreement FY 2013/14

April 22-23 TAHOE:  Agenda TBD
MAC & Coffee Meetings

Foresthill Forum - 4/1  
Cottage Food Operations; Family Dollar Store Project Design Recommendation

Meadow Vista MAC - 4/3  
Cottage Food Operations

Squaw Valley MAC - 3/7 - agenda
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Incorporation Discussion; Update on Village at Squaw Valley Specific Plan

Auburn  Coffee - 4/8, 9 AM, Depoe Bay

N. Auburn MAC - 4/9 agenda
Placer County Board of Supervisor's Priorities and Challenges for 2013-14; Proposal for Sewer Maintenance District 1 Rate Increase

Colfax Coffee - 4/10 - 9 AM, Cafe Luna

N. Tahoe RAC - 4/11  
Info on The Northstar Forest Flyer, the SR 89 / Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project Status and Update on the Old Tahoe City Fire Station 

WAC MAC - 4/17  - agenda
Applegate Sewer Rate Increase; Camel's Hump Caretaker Residence


Foresthill Coffee - 4/22 CANCELLED DUE TO 4/22-23 BOS IN TAHOE

Tahoe Coffee - 4/25, 9 AM @ Custom's House
Check the District 5 Online Calendar for Updated Minutes and Agendas where available and to sign up for email notifications for any of the meetings listed above. 
D5 Photos


Supervisor Montgomery at the AAUW Wild Wild West Trivia Bee - March 2013
Supervisor Montgomery Presents a Commendation to Nancy Hagman, Glenda Ragan & Robyn Yonash - March 2013

Foresthill Bridge
Updated Bridge Project Photo Album

Foresthill Bridge Retrofit Photo Album

Jen in Jean Jacket 
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Contact Information
Jennifer Montgomery
Office:  (530) 889-4010
Hm Office:  (530) 426-3762
Cell:  (530) 320-4663

Jocelyn Maddux
Office:  (530) 889-4010
Cell:  (530) 990-2505
Steve Kastan
Office:  (530) 581-0345
Cell:  (530) 308-0783

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