One of the most pressing issues we are dealing with right now as a neighborhood is the pillars on Mills Park Drive. As you know, the body of a resident was discovered hidden behind this pillar on January 1. This large pillar provides an enormous space for people to hide, and we need to decide as residents what to do about it. We’ve been talking with the owner of the pillar, and they are willing to knock it down ONLY if there is community support. That’s why your vote counts.
Why not put up a fence? A private company owns this pillar – not the City or County. The private owner of the pillar is not willing to rebuild on the parcel and the City of Rancho Cordova does not want to own the parcel either. Some residents have suggested we put up a fence to block off the large area behind the pillar, but the land behind the pillar is actually owned by Sacramento County (read more below). Besides, a fence with barbed wire is really not what we need more of in our neighborhood, and this would only be a temporary solution anyway until the tower inevitably becomes so decayed that it must come down. Why wait until then? Let’s make a vote for safety right now. If we don’t do anything, then this safety issue will persist. We need to remove this pillar because it’s not okay for bad characters to hide out and do their business in our neighborhood.
Vote on the two-phase plan. We are asking all residents throughout the White Rock area of Rancho Cordova to vote on what to do about the eastern pillar on Mills Park Drive. A Mills Park Drive committee has formed as a result of the Community Safety Forum on February 1. Our committee has adopted a tremendous two-phase plan that we’re submitting to you for approval. Vote “yes” or “no” on the right side of this page in the sidebar after watch the video below (or HERE).
Tell your neighbors to vote. Please tell your neighbors in the White Rock area to vote. Every household will get a flyer, so you can vote in person too or drop off a flyer at a location TBA. Also, we will host one last community forum in March (TBA) so residents can have discussion if need be.
Two-phase plan for knocking down tower and beautifying neighborhood
Also, enter your name and email address on the sidebar to the right (on this page) to get added to the Mills Park email list so you can stay updated on the entire process (half way down the page).
Community Safety Forum: Thank you to the 70 or so local residents who showed up to the safety forum on February 1. Overall residents indicated very clearly that they would like to see the eastern pillar on Mills Park Drive removed right away. This was a good preliminary vote, but we need an exhaustive vote throughout the neighborhood. The owner of the pillar is willing to allow the structure to be knocked down only if there is community support. That’s why your vote counts.
Ownership Issues on Mills Park Drive
As our community discusses safety concerns on Mills Park Drive, it is important to understand ownership of the surrounding parcels so we can be well-informed and strategic about obtaining results to keep our residents safe.
There are two main entrance pillars on Mills Park Drive located on the corners of parcels “1” and “2” as labeled below. Parcel “1” contains the eastern entrance pillar (and only that pillar). This tiny parcel is 0.0033 acres and is actually privately owned by a couple that appears to live in Cameron Park. Rajneet Singh’s body was found behind the pillar located on Parcel “1”. Parcel “2” contains the western entrance pillar, and this large parcel is owned by an LLC who owns the apartment complex on that site. The LLC has had ownership since September 2010. Parcel “3” is owned by the County of Sacramento.
The private owner of the pillar (#1) is not willing to rebuild on the parcel and the City of Rancho Cordova does not want to own the parcel either. Some residents have suggested we put up a fence to block off the large area behind the pillar, but that land is actually owned by Sacramento County. Besides, a fence with barbed wire is really not what we need more of in our neighborhood, and this would only be a temporary solution anyway until the tower inevitably becomes so decayed that it must come down. Why wait until then? Let’s make a vote for safety right now.
Questions? Contact us through the website or call Ryan Lundquist at 916.595.3735 or Linda Smith at 916.206.6539.