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Editor's View: Turkey's gone wild?

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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If you happened to miss last week’s Folsom City Council meeting, consider yourself lucky. The meeting’s only saving graces were the Veterans Day Parade awards handed out at the beginning and that Mayor Jeff Starsky kept the meeting to two hours. The council was treated to a presentation by Stuart Stomach on the Habitat Conservation Plan, a convoluted and technical regional effort to preserve open space and protect the habitat for all the little critters that call the area home. The concern, as expressed so eloquently by our own Councilman Steve Miklos, was, “(Our south of Highway 50 annexation) fit the master plan and general plan assumptions by the county. ... We should have been as much involved in (this) process.” Miklos was a bit steamed that suddenly discussions of vernal pools and possible endangered species are being mentioned to the city council when the city is “a year out” from annexing the property south of Highway 50. What are vernal pools, you ask? They are small ponds in open fields that crop up during the rainy season and are home to some dirt-digging fairy shrimp that remain dormant most of the year but serve as a food source for migrating birds. According to Stomach, he and his team have been going to all the area jurisdictions to discuss the conservation plan. Folsom was their last stop. MORE COUNCIL GEMS Longtime Folsom resident Madeline Moseley relayed sad news to the city council that Barbara Pruitt passed away. “We keep losing people,” she said. “She was in the (Folsom High) class of ’45 with me. We lost her. Her stepmother was our (town) welcome wagon, Gertrude Pruitt.” ... Starsky praised those involved in the Veterans Day Parade. “I want to thank you all,” he said. “We are bringing more and more people (to town) from around the region because we are one of the only towns still doing this.” As I recall, close to 5,000 (or more) attended the Nov. 11 parade in Folsom. ... Amy Feagans, the city’s redevelopment director, addressed some of the concern around saving trees in the city’s Streetscape project set to begin this month. “We looked into saving the trees,” she said. “Magnolias in the 800 block may be worth saving (but) the other trees are at their lifespan.” She said to save those magnolia trees would cost up to $30,000 to move them and they couldn’t be moved far due to the overhead powerlines. “They are expensive to move,” she said. No decisions have been made regarding those magnolias and extra funds would be needed. ... Jim Snook, of Snook’s Candies on Sutter and Wool streets, said he was excited about the Streetscape project. “I’m looking forward to the sprucing up of Historic District will be receiving,” he said. “I look forward to seeing those power lines go underground.” TURKEY TALK I have saved perhaps the best for the last. Moseley, speaking to the council during public comment about a vicious animal ordinance, asked if turkeys qualified. “I have about 30 that show up in my yard on Bidwell Street,” she said. “They’re mean. I tried to call animal control but there was no one there. I say to people as they’re driving, ‘Don’t you want to take a turkey with you? They just fit in the pot.’” Thanks for the making the meeting that much more bearable, Madeline. Don Chaddock is the managing editor of the Telegraph. He can be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com.