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Cosumnes CSD benefits from Mormon volunteer program

Cosumnes CSD benefits from Mormon volunteer program

ELK GROVE - Approximately 600 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints converged on 15 Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) parks in Elk Grove on Saturday, May 7, to provide of variety of maintenance services.

As part of the Mormon Church’s Helping Hands Day, the volunteers pruned, weeded, planted and painted to help prepare some of the CSD’s most heavily used parks for the busy summer season.

“We’re extremely appreciative of the church’s efforts,” said Bob Roessler, Cosumnes CSD Parks & Recreation administrator.  “The impact of having so many volunteers committing their focused energies to our facilities is tremendous, and we and area residents benefit greatly from that generosity.” 

The volunteer maintenance efforts included pruning and weeding at Gage, Hrepich, Beeman, Smedberg, Admundson, Perry, Jones, Fales, Del Meyer, Fallbrook, Karamanos and Feickert Parks; repairing and installing lake edge and dog park cobbl

Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Safe and Complete Streets Legislation

Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Safe and Complete Streets Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011, legislation that would require each state’s department of transportation and metropolitan planning organization to put in place a Complete Streets policy that ensures all Federally-funded transportation projects accommodate the safety and convenience of all users. Complete Streets policies ensures roadways are built with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, motorists, freight vehicles, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. This bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Congressman Steven LaTourette (R-OH).

“Complete Streets policies are a win-win for local communities: they save lives and create forward-looking projects that provide lasting value,” Matsui said.

Cosumnes Fire Department launches Weed Abatement Program

Cosumnes Fire Department launches Weed Abatement Program

ELK GROVE - As part of its effort to reduce community fire risks, the Cosumnes Fire Department this year has identified nearly 500 parcels in its service area requiring weed abatement as part of its annual Weed Abatement Program.

Each year new parcels identified as a “seasonal and recurrent nuisance” are added to the Weed Abatement Program through complaints, encroachment of new development, or Cosumnes Fire Department recommendations.  For 2011, 32 parcels have been added to the program while 55 have been removed.

The Cosumnes Community Services District Weed Abatement Ordinance requires parcels of two acres or less to have weeds cut no higher than two inches. Parcels larger than two acres must have a 30-foot fire break around all structures.

“This is an important part of our fire prevention program and has been very successful in reducing incidents during the hot summer months,” said George Apple, Cosumnes Fire Department assistant chief.&nbs

Dig into composting at workshop May 7

Dig into composting at workshop May 7

ELK GROVE - Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps and plant debris into rich soil that will help your garden grow.

Green thumbs and novices alike are encouraged to attend a composting workshop this Saturday, May 7. The class will run from 10 a.m. to noon, and will be held at the Elk Grove Community Garden, 10025 Hampton Oak Drive.

Space is limited at each workshop and reservations are required. Call (916) 478-2289 to RSVP. 

Elk Grove kicks off spring cleaning program

Elk Grove kicks off spring cleaning program

ELK GROVE - Is there an abandoned vehicle in your neighbor’s front yard? Junk and rubbish left at the end of your street? A vacant home with overgrown weeds? If so, the City of Elk Grove wants to work with you.

Elk Grove’s annual citywide Spring Cleaning Program kicks off this week. As of Wednesday, City of Elk Grove’s Code Enforcement Department and a team of volunteers have begun combing every street in Elk Grove to tackle blight and nuisances throughout the City. Officers will be concentrating on properties with junk and debris, high weeds, inoperable or abandoned vehicles and safety hazards.

Code enforcement officers will work proactively with the community to look for code violations, and will educate property owners about the city’s Municipal Code to encourage voluntary compliance.

Fight the Bite student calendar contest winners announced

Fight the Bite student calendar contest winners announced

ELK GROVE - As part of Mosquito Awareness Week and informing the public about mosquitoes and diseases they transmit, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced the winners of the 2011 annual Fight the Bite Design a Calendar Page Contest for students in grades K-12.

In an effort to have children learn about mosquito prevention, the contest encouraged kids to use art and creatively design a page promoting the "FIGHT the BITE" theme to inspire everyone to practice any or all of the District 7 D's of Mosquito Prevention.

"The contest was very successful and we are very impressed by the quality of the artwork" said District Manager David Brown. This year, the district received over 2,800 entries from both counties; this is in comparison to 2010 when 1,750 entries were submitted.

Mosquito Awareness Week kicks off April 24

Mosquito Awareness Week kicks off April 24

ELK GROVE - Mosquitoes and warm weather go hand in hand! The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announces Mosquito Awareness Week April 24-30.