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Editor's View: When's the party?

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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Parking issues and a grand opening celebration were hot topics at the last city-sponsored merchant coffee chat at The Black Rooster on Thursday morning. Work in the 900 block of Sutter Street in Folsom is nearing completion while the 800 block is receiving finishing touches such as paint and the like. Wetter-than-usual weather, heavy fog and other factors contributed to some delays, according to construction representatives. Expect to see painting on 801, 803 and 805 Sutter St. this week or next. Parking concerns were also raised, but as project engineer Brian Reed pointed out, back when the median was there and a truck needed to unload, there was no way to get around the vehicle. “We’re working out permanent signage,” Reed told the group of about 20 business owners and city officials. “We need parking (as well as) loading and unloading (areas).” He said taxi parking is also being discussed. Others said the lack of painted stripes on the roadway has been confusing for some customers. “We’re looking at ways to delineate the parking, too,” said City Manager Kerry Miller. In all, the city is targeting a May timeframe to hold a grand opening celebration, possibly tied to the Historic District’s Second Saturday art walk, but nothing has been finalized. “The trees will be in and have leaves on them,” said Miller. “If we hold it any earlier, the concern is that some of the finished landscaping (and) detail work won’t be finished.” May 14 is a busy day for Folsom with the city’s annual Run With Nature early that day and Second Saturday that evening. They expect 5,000 people in town for the run, plus those who would normally attend the art walk. Planting another event between those two should keep some of the running families around and draw additional people for the art walk. Ice, ice, baby Jerry Bernau said the Folsom Historic District Outdoor Ice Skating Rink was a success. With nine fewer days than the rink had to operate in 2008, as well as some heavy rain and warm sunshine at the beginning of the rink’s operation, 22,000 skaters still managed to hit the ice. With parents accompanying those younger skaters, the estimate for those coming to Folsom for the rink is around 40,000 people. The city helped with startup money, to the tune of $40,000, which the district will repay to the city, if they haven’t already. A few merchants had some good things to say about it, including that the rink attracted people to the district regularly. Secrets exposed Just in time for the wrap-up of construction on Sutter Street, the Folsom History Museum is planning an exhibit dubbed “Sutter Street Secrets.” Billed as “revealing the story of the 2010 Historic District Revitalization, the museum will feature “the construction, the finds (and) the tunnel.” The exhibit runs Feb. 19 through March 20 at 823 Sutter St., Folsom. Admission is $4 for adults or $2 to those between 12 and 18 years old. Kids under 12 are free. I’m told some of the artifacts uncovered during construction will be on display along with photographs of the historic tunnel and the street as it progressed from 1800s-era dirt to pavement to today. For more on the museum, check out their website at folsomhistorymuseum.org or call (916) 985-2707. Don Chaddock is the managing editor of the Telegraph. He can be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com.