City Council Seeking Veterans’ Input
In an effort to ease any tension with the Folsom Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Folsom City Council is seeking input from the group to determine the fate of a ball field donated by the Veterans in the infancy of the city’s charter. The ball field is being removed to make way for the new library, but Veterans are not pleased with the plans, since they originally donated the land to the city. More in the Bee.
Empire Oaks Teacher Arrested for Child Porn
Scott Gmitter, a 33-year old 4th Grade Teacher at Empire Oaks Elementary, was arrested on 10 counts of child porn. The arrest comes after an investigation spurred by a young student, who accused the teacher of inappropriate touching. Gmitter is now on unpaid administrative leave, following an investigation. More in the Bee.
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New Library Designs Unveiled
Designs for the New Folsom Library were shown off at a November 18 workshop; the $8.5 million building may be designed with certain themes in mind, from the city’s historic district to newer styles of architecture. Some concepts even showed off how angles of the library could capture great views of the city, and almost everybody agrees that the library will benefit the city. See the Bee for details.
3 Trash Bins Part of City’s New Recycling Plan
After the City of Folsom decided to shut down the prison recycling program (due to negative cash flow), it has now decided to put in place a new program, including 3 trash cans for residents. 1 can will be for trash, 1 for recycleables, and one for land waste. If the new program works, the city should be able to reduce residents’ solid waste bills by $4 a month. Details
Light Rail Coming Along Smoothly
Residents and motorists travelling along Folsom Boulevard may notice that the Light Rail project is moving along at a good pace. The old railroad track has been pulled up and further grading has been done to the land; 3 new stops will be put in place at Iron Point, Glenn Drive, and ultimately in Historic Folsom. There are even separate plans for an excursion train up to the city of Latrobe, using the original rail route from the 1800s. More is in the Folsom Telegraph.
Fire Damages 2 Shops in Historic Folsom
The Colonies Antique Shop and Lingirie Intimates Plus were seriously damaged whe a 2-alarm fire ripped through the stores. A shared wall heater was the culprit of the fire; it is not immediately known how much (in dollars) it burned, but the fire chief coined it “extensive”. More in the Sacramento Bee.