El Dorado Hills CSD board talks vision, development

By: Eyragon Eidam, Telegraph Correspondent
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EL DORADO HILLS, CA - With summer quickly approaching and the recreational needs of the community increasing daily, the El Dorado Hills Community Service District used the April 11 Board of Directors meeting to set a tone of preparedness and forward-thinking for the district.

The strategic plan was a major topic of discussion at last Thursday’s board meeting and it was evident that the board had their sights fixed on solidifying the final draft of the 2013-2014 plan in the coming months.

The strategic plan is still in the malleable stages of its creations, but board members are looking forward to a cooperative effort on the part of the staff to bring it to a successful completion.

“Certainly, some good work has been done here,” said Director Tony Rogozinski of the planning efforts. “To cross the goal line and meet the objectives is what this is all about.”

Lenny Patane, a 10-year resident of El Dorado Hills, used his time during the public comment period of the meeting to speak out against plans for a large housing development in the Green Hills area.

Patane called the proposed addition of thousands of new homes a “massive infill” and said that the new developments in the area would crowd already popular parks and sports fields.

“We need to keep some open space,” said Patane. “I understand that there needs to be development, just not massive building.”

Bill Vandegrift, president of the board, acknowledged the concerns over new housing developments in the area and called for calculated response on the part of the district and community.

“We want to make the right moves when we do move forward on this,” said Vandegrift of the need to get the right information out and start discussion between developers and area residents.

Members also created an ad hoc committee, headed by directors Terry Crumpley and Wayne Lowery, to oversee the filling of open trustee positions with the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Foundation.

A list of board member recommendations will be presented to this committee for review next month for the trustee positions.

In addition, board members approved a $2400 travel expenditure for Vandegrift to attend the 2013 Urban to Rural Connection conference in Vancouver, Canada.