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Kerri Howell tapped as Folsom's mayor

Steve Miklos to serve as vice mayor
By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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FOLSOM, CA - Councilwoman Kerri Howell has been tapped to serve as Folsom’s mayor. At the Dec. 13 council meeting, Howell said she is ready to take on the leading role and will look to her other council members for support and guidance. Howell was elected to the Folsom City Council in November 1998, and served as vice mayor in 2002 and 2006. This is her first term as Folsom’s mayor. “I am looking forward to continuing to serve Folsom in a slightly different capacity and to working toward a healthy and prosperous year in Folsom,” said Howell. Councilman Steve Miklos was elected vice mayor. Miklos was elected to the Folsom City Council in November 1994 and served as mayor in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2009, and as vice mayor in 1996, 1997 and 2008. They will serve one year terms effective immediately. In other news, a resolution accepting the fiscal year 2011/12 Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Fund, Citizen’s Option for Public Safety Grant for the purchase of equipment in accordance with state requirements, was approved. At the meeting, Vice Mayor Ernie Sheldon asked Folsom Police Chief Cynthia Renaud if some funding could work to stop the massive copper thefts in Folsom. “Absolutely, we have been enforcing that issue (in an effort) to end it,” Renaud said. She said the thefts have “slowed” recently in Folsom. The council also approved an ordinance pertaining to marijuana cultivation at the request of the Folsom Police Department. According to David Miller, Folsom community development director, over the past few years, the Folsom police have experienced an increasing number of citizens reporting marijuana grows that they observe in residential backyards. “The purpose (for this ordinance) is to establish the cultivation of marijuana in this city … and what is best under the law,” Miller said. “There is crime associated with this activity, and this ordinance is proposed to control the cultivation.” One ordinance requirement includes periodic inspections of medical marijuana growers, said Miller. “We want to monitor it, control it and keep it indoors,” Miller said. Also approved was the Island Subdivision’s general plan amendment, clearing a series of items to make way for this project at Parkshore Drive in Folsom. The resolution amended the general plan land use designation for the 34-acre project site. The project will include a residential subdivision and a walking park with designated trails. “This is the appropriate time to go to residential,” Miklos said. “The price point is right … I don’t want to see every park with a ball field … I want to start doing things differently.” During the public hearing, it was noted by one Folsom woman that a walking park designated for walkers would benefit residents. “I love that it, (the park) is integrated in a very important development in our city,” said Councilman Jeff Starsky. “We have to plan now with forward thinking and forward planning.” For more information on specific council meeting items, visit folsom.ca.us.