Supervisor Montgomery schedules coffee meet-and-greet

District 5 rep seeks contact with her constituency
By: Richard Simms Journal correspondent
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One councilman hopes Auburn’s new supervisor will weigh in on local issues, including an item that’s on an upcoming ballot. This Monday, Depoe Bay Coffee Co. will be housing more than just bustling customers and the aroma of fresh coffee. Placer County District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery is scheduled to hold her first coffee meeting in Auburn. Montgomery is holding the meeting to receive feedback from new members of her constituency on critical issues as well as to maintain her campaign commitment of being accessible to the community. Auburn city councilman Mike Holmes is also planning to attend. Montgomery said she is anticipating questions on redevelopment in North Auburn, the fire tax increase for the North Auburn/Ophir Fire District, as well as questions concerning the newly drawn district boundaries. As a result of 2010 census data, Montgomery’s District 5 expanded to include the City of Auburn as well as parts of unincorporated Auburn that were previously part of Jim Holmes’ District 4. To clearly show where the changes have taken place, Montgomery will show up with city maps to point out current district lines. In regard to working with Montgomery up until now, newly appointed Auburn Mayor Keith Nesbitt said he hasn’t worked with her yet due to her district’s recent expansion. However, he said that as far as communication, “Montgomery has always been accessible in the past.” Nesbitt said he also hopes that the supervisor can put her endorsement and support behind the move to make Auburn a charter city. This issue is on the June 5 ballot. He would like to see Montgomery use her role to “counteract some of the misinformation concerning this issue.” Nesbitt said another important issue for Montgomery is the North Auburn sewer solution. There is a current bid to upgrade and expand the North Auburn treatment facility which would cost the county an estimated $62.3 million. A second proposal to build a regional sewer plant at the Lincoln Treatment Facility near Thunder Valley Casino is also on the table. This plan is estimated to cost the county anywhere from $64.5 million to $92.5 million. District 2 Supervisor Robert Weygandt currently has placed his support behind the regional plan. Some members of the community are eager to attend a face-to-face meeting with the supervisor. Lifetime Auburn resident Natalie Pohley said this type of forum would pique her interest. “Auburn is a nice place to live with a cohesive community whose leaders are listening.” Pohley said. She said she would like to see Montgomery maintain opportunities for the youth of the city. Pohley is the current head of Auburn Hip Hop Congress housed in the Placer Arts facility. ---------- Coffee chat with District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery When: 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9 Where: Depoe Bay Coffee Co., 893 High St., Downtown Auburn If you miss this one Supervisor Montgomery will have future meetings the second Monday of every month.