Light Rating: Grass Valley Considering Rate Changes for Landscaping and Lighting Districts

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Some Grass Valley parcels identified for maintenance and improved landscaping and lighting may see their annual rating increase.

A number of residential landscaping and lighting areas were set for review at the Grass Valley council meeting on Tuesday. A public hearing and final vote on the changes are scheduled for the June 14 meeting.

“The proceeds from the annual assessments pay for maintenance of landscaping and associated structures, landscape utilities, city administration costs and street lighting costs within the district boundaries,” Andy said. Heath, Director of Administrative Services.



Proceeds from the annual assessment districts pay for storm sewer maintenance, retaining wall maintenance, and city administration costs within the boundaries of each of these districts. Annual assessments also support the city’s strategic plan and city infrastructure investments by covering the costs of community-specific structures, Heath said.

City staff recommended that council pass five resolutions for residential areas—Morgan Ranch; Ventana Sierra Tract; Scotia Pines subdivision; Morgan Ranch West; and the annexation of Ridge Meadows.



For Morgan Ranch, based on the total number of plots to be built as of June 1, it is proposed to increase the levy from $5.22 to $69.82 per dwelling unit. For Ventana Sierra, the charge would increase from $5.26 to $168.42 per unit. For Scotia Pines, the increase is $5.76 to $76.98 per unit. For Morgan Ranch West, the fee would remain unchanged at $20 per unit. And at Ridge Meadows, the charge would be reduced to $216.22 per unit.

The work requires the installation, maintenance and upkeep of landscaping and associated improvements, as shown on plans prepared by Josephine McProud, Landscape Architect, said Bjorn Jones, Grass Valley Principal Engineer.

“Maintenance means the supply of labor and materials for ordinary maintenance, including weeding, mowing, pruning, felling of trees, replanting, spraying, fertilizing and treatment of vegetation diseases,” he said.

Irrigation and repair of the irrigation system, removal of clippings, garbage, debris and solid waste are also necessary. And maintenance will mean supplying and paying for electricity, street lighting installations for the operation of any improvements as well as water for the irrigation of any landscaping.

Morgan Ranch is the largest area with 384 plots while Ventana Sierra is the smallest with 19 plots.

William Roller is a staff writer at The Union. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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