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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Existing 30-inch water main forces move

Public park move planned for 450 single-family home tract approved by Lake Elsinore city council


Last updated 8/2/2019 at 1:01am

The Lake Elsinore City Council approved the relocation of a public park in a planned 452 single-family residential lot 150.8 acre development on the north side of Lakeshore Drive between Dryden Street and Terra Cotta Road. The relocation was deemed necessary because of an existing 30-inch water main located under the originally planned 5.1-acre park site.

The location of the park site is changed, but the total acreage will stay the same. The revision will result in the loss of two planned lots.

The development in addition to the public park, according to the planning commission and council approved tentative tract map will now include 450 single-family homes, seven landscape lots, four open space lots, one sewer lift station and three water quality and drainage basin lots. The project and the park construction will be done in three planned phases. The developer will have until July 2023 to begin the project, given its final six-year extension.

The council also approved placing the cost of the city clearing weeds off 42 lots in the city on their owners’ property tax bills who have not complied with earlier weed abatement orders made by the city to prevent wildfires. The costs to the city for the weed removal on all the lots is estimated at $80,000. That cost will be passed on to the non-compliant owners.

Resident Sharon Dear appeared before the council to request the city send out any additional 45-day weed abatement notices immediately to be assured all weeds are cleared before the fire season begins in September and October. Councilmember Timothy J. Sheridan praised Dear for her commitment to the city’s weed abatement program.

The council heard a presentation from Bonnie Woodrome from the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District inviting the council to attend a public hearing Aug. 22, to hear about a requested rate hike in their customers water bills by September. The water rate increase proposed by the district amounts to an average of $4.25 on each customer’s bill, Woodrome said. She said costs of water and its purification has increased making the cost increase necessary. She said the rate increase will not affect the sewer portion of the bill.

The details of the proposed rate increase in on the EVMWD website.

Tony Ault may be reached by email at [email protected]


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