Rocklin Council extends agreement with school district

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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The city took measures to invest in Rocklin youth and swim programs at Tuesday night’s Rocklin City Council meeting.

According to city officials, council unanimously voted to adopt a resolution extending the agreement between the Rocklin Unified School District and the city for joint use of the Rocklin High School Aquatic Complex for 90 days.

Rocklin Mayor Joe Patterson said that this deal is vital for the Rocklin community.

“Swimming programs are such an integral part of every community,” Patterson said. “We are lucky to have long-standing partners in the school district and Rocklin Wave to provide recreational opportunities to our residents. I look forward to working with them both to see if we can help enhance these programs in the near future.”

Councilwoman Jill Gayaldo was excited about investing in Rocklin’s youth.

“I think we can do a better job making sure every kid and Rocklin has an opportunity to learn to swim,” Gayaldo said. “The Rocklin Wave folks have been great. We need to see how we can better support them. The city and school district are great partners in getting that community/high school pool built.”

Councilman Bill Halldin advocated that families will benefit from this action.

“We have a resolution that extends this agreement for a little time, which I think is important,” Halldin said. “My daughters were on the Rocklin Swim team and my daughter was a Wolverine and swam for Sierra College. She was fearless going off the high dive at a young age, so we as a family are very immersed in the Rocklin Swim team. We have to have a strategy for some type of aquatic program going forward.”

According to a staff report, on April 11, 2006, the city of Rocklin adopted a resolution that granted Rocklin Wave (now known as Rocklin Swim Team) a license to use the aquatics complexes at Rocklin High School and Whitney High School for swimming purposes. This has included public swim lessons during the summer. Now the agreement is renewed for another three months.   


In other council news:

Rocklin officials voted unanimously Tuesday to finalize annexing property within the Rocklin Gateway Apartments.

On Nov. 13, council approved a resolution of intention to annex territory to Rocklin community facilities district regarding Rocklin Gateway Apartments, according to a staff report. Rocklin Gateway is a 160-unit apartment complex on a seven-acre parcel at Pacific Street and East Midas Street.

Two resolutions were approved at Tuesday’s meeting. The first resolution finds that no majority protest exists, orders the annexation and authorizes the levy of the special tax on the property, subject to approval by a two-thirds vote of the landowners..

Anticipating the annexation’s approval, the second resolution approves the election’s canvass. It also declares results of the election from the owners and orders recording the special tax lien’s amended notice.  

Council also adopted a resolution for the Rocklin Strategic Plan, effective Jan. 1, according to a staff report. Developing a Strategic Plan is to provide structure and transparency to actions taken on behalf of the community, and to help staff prioritize time and resources to reflect City Council priorities.