Wednesday ‘Town Hall Meeting’ in EDH centers on issues regarding county road plan

By: Roger Phelps The Telegraph
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Issues of fairness and legality around El Dorado County's recently passed five-year road plan as it concerns El Dorado Hills will be aired at a discussion today. The plan cuts out several road projects that had been proposed for the county's far western portion, the El Dorado Hills-Cameron Park areas, and it includes one in the central county's Missouri Flat area for which no funding source currently exists. A perceived inequity in the plan is heightened by the fact that significant traffic-mitigation fees flow from the west county toward the county's road budget, as noted by supervisors Helen Baumann and Rusty Dupray, who voted against the current five-year plan. The two west-county supervisors question the plan's legality in including a currently unfunded road project. Each plans to attend today's session. Joint sponsors of the "Town Hall Meeting" are the county and El Dorado Hills Community Services District. The session will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the El Dorado Hills Senior Center at El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Lassen Lane. CSD President Bill Vandegrift has said he shares the Baumann-Dupray view. El Dorado Hills and the residents on the western slope of this county were short changed by recent road funding decisions of the Board of Supervisors," Vandegrift said. "The county is not staying ahead of road improvement projects in our area despite the considerable amount of transportation funding generated from our community. A good example is the unfinished link between Saratoga Way and Iron Point Road in Folsom. At the meeting, questions and comments can be directed to county Department of Transportation officials Richard Shepard and Russ Nygaard, who will discuss current plans and funding for road development in El Dorado Hills. The gist of the Baumann-Dupray position is that El Dorado Hills has paid into the county's traffic-impact mitigation account but isn't getting county road projects built there -- while the central county is. "My whole contention is that a majority of the impact fees is generated from El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park, and I'd like to see them stay in those areas," Dupray said.