Notes from tonight’s Elk Grove City council meeting.
The initial public comment period lasted over 90 minutes with most all of the comments regarding the proposed casino. Prior to public comment, Mayor Davis reminded those in attendance that the city council would not be voting on the casino. Of those who spoke during the public comment period, most were against the casino citing concerns with crime, traffic and what most felt was an inappropriate addition to a family oriented community.
Mayor Davis proposed that at the next council meeting on July 27 that the city consider making the Mayor’s position a full time paid position and add it to the ballot for the November election.
At the July 27 meeting the council will also discuss placing a measure on the ballot to increase the sales tax by 1/2%. The sales tax increase would be used to help fund various city projects including the aquatic center, senior center, veterans hall, old town plaza and the city animal shelter.
The city approved a resolution regarding the Civic Center Aquatic complex and the proposed Veterans Hall that included a minor design review.
The council approved a feasibility study for the new Senior Center which will be a part of the Civic Center Complex. The new senior center would be bigger and have more amenities than the current senior center on Sharkey Avenue. More seniors will be served at the new complex.
The city council gave final approval to the proposed Costco location at the corner of Elk Grove Blvd and Bruceville Road. At a previous council meeting they requested that the applicant make some design changes to look different than the traditional Costco Warehouse and more visually appealing. No official word on when construction will begin. It is expected to open in 2017.