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Recreation issues on City Council agenda

Holmes to visit Washington, D.C.
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Two recreation-related issues are slated among the items to be heard by the Auburn City Council at Monday’s meeting. One local councilmember says he is taking a trip to Washington D.C. and pending the council’s approval will hand-deliver a letter requesting continued funding for the Auburn State Recreation Area. Another decision regarding what will be done with an excess of over $12,000 raised by Bike Auburn to promote the Amgen Tour of California last year will also be decided. Councilmember Mike Holmes said he plans on meeting with the chairman of the subcommittee that deals with funding related to the Auburn and Folsom State Recreation Areas on his trip to the nation’s capital, beginning on April 18. He said he is paying for the trip himself. Currently, the Auburn State Recreation Area receives $3.165 million from the federal government, he said. Some of those funds are used for fire prevention in the American River Canyon. The Bureau of Reclamation has a 25-year management partnership with the Auburn State Recreation Area. “Because these appropriations are only good for one year at a time we want to keep our eyes on how that is moving along,” Holmes said. “We don’t want to let them forget us.” The $12,692 surplus Bike Auburn raised for the Amgen Tour of California may be put toward promoting local outdoor events and activities. City Council will decide if the city should use the money for promoting outdoor recreation or remain frozen under the care of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Other items on the agenda include a proposal for the police department to expand its vehicle leasing program, rather than purchasing new cars and a presentation by the Sierra Business Council on Auburn’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.