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Board to Consider Auburn Folsom Road Project, Housing Program

March 26, 2012

The Placer County Board of Supervisors will consider initiating eminent domain proceedings Tuesday to acquire five properties needed to widen Auburn Folsom Road between Eureka Road and Douglas Boulevard.

At Tuesday’s meeting, board members will be asked to adopt a resolution of necessity to complete the right-of-way acquisitions through eminent domain proceedings if necessary.

The county Public Works Department hopes to begin construction later this year on the final phase of a three-phase project that calls for widening Auburn Folsom from two to four lanes from the Sacramento County line to Douglas.

The first two phases have been completed. The project is needed to handle increasing traffic on Auburn Folsom, which serves as a thoroughfare between the Roseville and Granite Bay communities and the Folsom area.

In a report to the board, Public Works Director Ken Grehm and Deputy Director Peter Kraatz note that the county has successfully completed right-of-way acquisitions for 13 parcels needed to widen Auburn Folsom between Eureka and Douglas, but has been unable to reach a settlement on the five properties.

“Although negotiations with these property owners have continued since 2006, an impasse exists which threatens north phase construction,” they say. “Although it is hoped an agreeable settlement can be reached, eminent domain proceedings may be necessary on each of these ownerships.”

The five properties needed for the final phase total less than two acres.

On Feb. 28, the board paved the way for construction of the final phase to begin as early as this year when it agreed to shift up to $7.7 million in traffic impact fee revenue collected throughout the county to supplement funding that already was available for the widening work. The impact fee revenue from other parts of the county will be repaid using $8 million in future revenue the South Placer Regional Transportation Authority has earmarked for the Auburn Folsom widening project.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the board also will hold a public hearing before deciding whether to adopt the Placer County Housing Authority’s annual plan for operating a federally funded housing voucher program.

The Housing Authority, a division of the Health and Human Services Department, is scheduled to receive more than $2.2 million during the 2012-13 fiscal year for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Placer County’s program provides rent assistance to more than 275 families, seniors and veterans with very low incomes. Many participants are elderly or disabled.

In a report to the board, Health and Human Services notes that the Placer County Housing Authority has been designated a “high-performing” housing authority by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the second consecutive year.

The vouchers generally cover the difference between fair-market rent payments based on HUD standards and the amounts program participants can afford to pay.

Tuesday’s board meeting will take place at 9 a.m. in the county Administrative Center at 175 Fulweiler Ave. in Auburn.

The Auburn Folsom widening project is scheduled for 10 a.m. and the Housing Choice Voucher Program is set for 9:30 a.m.