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Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt’s column

2018 a great year of achievements

By: Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt
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I can’t help but feel overwhelmed with pride about all the achievements made in the last year here in Placer County and the positive difference made in our community. All of you and our team of dedicated staff made 2018 a great success.

Over the years I have witnessed first-hand our county staff’s commitment to excellent customer service. Last year was no exception.

To begin, our Veterans Service Office in Rocklin had the true honor of serving more than 6,000 veterans and their family members, helping them receive the benefits they have so well earned. The office, led by Veterans Service Officer Suzi Vinci, continues to impress me with its caliber of customer service, and the sheer number of people it helps is a staggering achievement.

On a related note, this year we debuted the Walk of Honor Memorial at Granite Bay Community Park. The memorial, located at the corner of Cavitt Stallman and Douglas Boulevard, features a 50-foot flagpole that flies the American flag flanked by all five flags from our Armed Forces.

We also opened DeWitt History Museum in North Auburn, which celebrates the DeWitt campus’ proud history since it first opened as a military hospital during World War II. If you have not yet had a chance to visit, it is a must see.

Speaking of museums, our amazing Placer County Museums staff also this year revamped the popular Gold Rush History Museum in downtown Auburn. The updated museum features new exhibits, including a ghost town experience, giant photo exhibit with Gold Rush-era props, never-displayed-before artifacts and more.

Helping businesses grow continues to be a top priority in Placer, too. Businesses are a major driver of our area’s prosperity, and Placer is in a great position to help create economic pathways to success.

This year, we launched the Placer Business Resource Center in Rocklin, a one-stop-shop for business development services at no or low cost. The Placer Business Resource Center is designed to help everyone from entrepreneurs looking to launch a startup to established businesses wanting to grow. Business Resource Center staff provides workshops and classes, one-on-one advising, hiring assistance, and permitting and regulatory assistance.

I am also proud to say that this year in Placer County, we helped conserve more than 1,100 acres of land, continuing our commitment to our area’s natural and agricultural heritage.

These are a just few of the many exciting things that have come to fruition in Placer County this year, and we will continue working to make it one of the best places to live, work, learn and play.

I do also want to share some highlights from the year about how you as our community have stepped up to help make a difference, too.

For instance, you made a combined 88 family reunifications and adoptions possible.

You showed great love for lost pets, too. Last year, you rescued more than 370 dogs and 531 cats.

You also love to read. Last year, more than 550,000 people visited our Placer County Library and you checked out more than 1 million books!

As you can see, it’s all of us working together that makes Placer County such a wonderful community, and I am looking forward to all the good things yet to come in 2019.

I wish you a very happy and safe holiday season and a Happy New Year.

 

Robert Weygandt is the Placer County supervisor for District 2, which covers Lincoln, Sheridan, and the western portions of Rocklin and Roseville. To contact Weygandt, call (530) 889-4010 or email slandon@placer.ca.gov.