County Supervisor Report
By Susan Peters
Effie Yeaw fundraising gala goes virtual
The annual Spring Gala & Auction to benefit the Effie Yeaw Nature Center will be held online this year as a virtual livestream event Saturday, June 13. As in the past, live and silent auctions will feature juried art from the show “Art Where Wild Things Are,” sponsored by the Sacramento Fine Arts Center.
The annual event brings together philanthropists, artists and nature lovers for what has become Effie Yeaw’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
This year’s emcee will be KFBK Afternoon News anchor Kitty O’Neal, who will join auctioneer Keith McLane of KLM Auction. Registration for the virtual event is free.
First place in the art show auction was awarded to Diane Tharp for her watercolor “Tinker Towhee.” Second place went to Judy Knott’s oil and cold wax painting “Cosumnes Glow,” and third place to Victoria Brooks for her oil painting “Thirsty Morning.”
Effie Yeaw Nature Center, set among 100 acres of woodland oaks, is located inside Ancil Hoffman Park in Carmichael. Visitors learn about the region’s natural history, as well as the importance of conserving and protecting natural resources. The center provides hundreds of programs each year to schoolchildren and evening programs for adults.
For more information on the Spring Gala & Auction, visit sacnaturecenter.net/events/spring-gala-auction.
The Sacramento Area Sewer District and Regional Sanitation District (I serve on both boards) recognize the COVID-19 outbreak has proven to be difficult for many businesses. To help, the districts are offering temporary rate relief for impacted businesses.
The districts have proactively implemented rate adjustments and issued account credits for categories of businesses (e.g., restaurants) impacted by local public health orders. Both districts posted credits starting in May.
If your business has been impacted, but you have not experienced an adjustment —or if you received an account credit and believe it should be different—contact SASD at sacsewer.com/raterelief.
PROBATION DEPARTMENT CLEANUP
The Sacramento County Probation Department takes a collaborative approach to connecting people with the treatment, education and vocational services necessary to become productive and responsible citizens. Through assessment, case management and supervision, the goal is to reduce recidivism and support successful re-entry into the community.
The department’s Community Outreach Unit oversees work crews four days per week that complete meaningful tasks in the community. Recently, the unit helped clean up areas within William B. Pond Recreation Area on the American River Parkway, as well as along Don Julio Boulevard between Monument Drive and Elkhorn Boulevard. Work included removing weeds and litter; raking and disposing leaves and branches; and clearing areas for easy public access.
Work crew participants can make payments toward victim restitution or fine balances for each workday completed. To learn more, visit saccoprobation.saccounty.net.
SEWER WORK IN CARMICHAEL
The Sacramento Area Sewer District has begun the first phase of the Mission Trunk Sewer Project in Carmichael, which generally follows the Mission Avenue corridor, beginning near American River College and ending near the American River. The project will return a critical stretch of sewer pipe to optimal operating performance.
Most work will take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Night and/or weekend work may be necessary to complete critical tasks.
Throughout the project, SASD will maintain uninterrupted sewer service and do everything possible to minimize construction impacts, including traffic slowdowns, parking restrictions and road closures. Access to all businesses, schools and residences, as well as pedestrian and bike mobility, will be maintained.
The project will take place in three phases and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Information on the project phases is available at sacsewer.com/missiontrunk. For questions or concerns, call the project hotline at (916) 876-SASD.
WATER METERS IN SIERRA OAKS
The water meter installation project for Sierra Oaks is underway in Arden-Arcade. The Sacramento County Water Agency has initiated a multi-phased program to comply with state law passed in 2004 requiring the installation of water meters by Jan. 1, 2025.
Aged and undersized water mains in the Arden service area have resulted in pipe failures and leaks, insufficient fire flows, and various issues for operations and maintenance. The project will abandon old pipelines, install approximately 38 miles of new pipes and nearly 3,000 new meters, and replace or install new fire hydrants.
For questions, call (916) 874-3070 or email email@example.com.
HURLEY WAY IMPROVEMENTS
Work is underway on the Thomas Edison Elementary Safe Routes to School Project in Arden-Arcade focusing on Hurley Way between Fulton and Morse avenues.
The project will improve pedestrian safety, especially for children attending school, by connecting portions of existing sidewalk along Hurley Way. Also, curb ramp and street lighting will be installed, drainage improved, driveways reconstructed and bike lanes restriped.
Access to all businesses, schools and residences, as well as pedestrian and bike mobility, will be maintained. The project is expected to be completed in August.
For more information, visit sacdot.saccounty.net, then “Transportation Projects,” then “Current Projects.”
Susan Peters represents the Third District on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.