Capital Southeast Connector JPA gets new face

By: Art Garcia, Telegraph Correspondent
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El Dorado County is represented on the Capital Southeast Connector Joint Powers Authority Board by County Supervisor Ron Mikulaco of El Dorado Hills’ District 1, following his appointment last week by the JPA board of directors.

Mikulaco was elected a county supervisor by winning more than 50 percent of the vote in last June’s primary election and took office Jan. 7.

The JAB appointment is so fresh Mikaluco has not yet received a Connector staff report or a briefing. “Once I’m briefed by the Authority staff and really brought up to speed on the nuts and bolts of the project I’ll really have a good idea of what the time line is and what the intent is,” he said.

The Connector is a planned 35-mile parkway that will span Interstate 5 south of Elk Grove to Highway 50 in El Dorado Hills. Its implementation is estimated to cost $456 million and to create more than 5,400 full-time jobs, as well as $310 million in new labor income.

A recent economic impact report predicts the project’s construction will spark nearly $831 million in new regional economic output and more than $23 million in new indirect business tax revenue.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.

“I look forward to working with the other JAB board members toward this regional project,” said Mikulaco, 44, who lives with his daughter in El Dorado Hills and has been a resident for nearly 10 years.

Prior to his election as a county supervisor, he was in property management and construction in El Dorado Hills, starting his own business in the wake of the impact of the economic recession and housing slump. He previously worked for many years as a plumber.

Asked whether he sought the JAB appointment, Mikulaco said he received it “because it was a fit. There are some appointments that are specific to a district and this project runs through my district, so it’s about as district-specific as you can get.”