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Connector News - Summer 2014
Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Approves Connector General Plan Amendment
 
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on May 28 approved a Sacramento County General Plan amendment that supports implementation of the Connector.   Sacramento County is the first of the five Connector Joint Powers Authority (JPA) jurisdictions to approve a Connector General Plan amendment. Nearly 60 percent of the Connector alignment is in Sacramento County. 
 
A General Plan amendment will next be considered in Folsom, with Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove and El Dorado County to follow.  The amendments in each JPA jurisdiction will help ensure consistent Connector design and implementation, and set the stage for more detailed planning and design during the project-level environmental review of specific Connector segments.
 
“Sacramento County’s approval of the General Plan amendment is a significant step forward for the Connector,” said Tom Zlotkowski, executive director of the Connector JPA.  “We expect to secure approvals from the other JPA jurisdictions within the next few months. This coordinated regional approach positions us well to successfully pursue the additional funding we’ll need to get construction underway.”  
Connector JPA Board Approves Environmental Review Phasing Strategy
 
The Connector JPA board at its May meeting voted to apply a $2 million Flexible Funds Grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments to federal environmental review of a segment of the Connector alignment stretching from Jackson Highway to White Rock Road along Grant Line Road.
 
That Connector segment connects to the recently completed improvements by Sacramento County on White Rock Road between Grant Line Road and Prairie City Road, and includes a variety of natural characteristics that will require detailed study before construction can begin. The Board also approved the staff recommendation to pursue a non-federal environmental document for White Rock Road south of the City of Folsom.
Connector JPA Board of Directors

Ron Mikulaco
El Dorado County

Patrick Hume
City of Elk Grove

Jeff Starsky
City of Folsom

David Sander
City of Rancho Cordova

Don Nottoli
Sacramento County
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Agriculture Outreach Effort Launched
As part of its community outreach efforts, the Connector JPA has held four meetings in recent weeks with agricultural and land owner stakeholders near the anticipated alignment through Sacramento County.  The meetings were designed to solicit feedback on issues such as access, safety, impact on agricultural operations and community compatibility.  A second round of meetings is planned for later this year, once the information received has been analyzed.
Work Progressing on El Dorado County Silva Valley Interchange
 
El Dorado County has made noticeable progress on the Silva Valley Parkway interchange project since breaking ground in January. 
 
Recent work has included excavation, rough grading, abutment concrete pouring, and temporary creek diversion.  Upcoming work will include columns for the Silva Valley overcrossing in the Highway 50...
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Connector JPA Names Minnema New Project Manager

The Capital SouthEast Connector JPA has hired Derek Minnema as its new project manager under a contract with Drake Haglan and Associates.
 
Minnema will report to Connector JPA Executive Director Tom Zlotkowski.  He succeeds Dennis Haglan, principal with Drake Haglan, who has served as the Connector project manager for the past two years.
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Connector JPA Website Features New Interactive Map
 
A new interactive map that provides an in-depth look at different Connector segments recently was introduced on the project website.  

The map also features seven new videos of Connector JPA Executive Director Tom Zlotkowski discussing various aspects and benefits of the Connector at different locations along the 35-mile alignment.
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