Chief Jim Noller conducts a tour of the new community
safety center, now undergoing finish details.
community safety center likely to bear Jim Noller's name
Monday, October 11, 2004
it's called a community service center or a community
safety center, the building the Community Services Center
has provided for law enforcement agencies is likely to bear
the name of Security Chief Jim Noller.
Dick Taylor made the suggestion during the CSD Security
Meeting held Oct. 5. Board President Wayne Kuntz said the
suggestion would be brought to the CSD board for its approval
at the Oct. 20 meeting.
taken aback by that," Noller told the committee. "I
really appreciate that."
"Under the circumstances, I think it's appropriate,"
Noller who suggested the center during a CSD planning meeting
late last year.
will retire Oct. 29 after spending more than half his life
providing security services for the community. He came to
Rancho Murieta in July 1975.
At the public
announcement for the center this July, Noller said, "This
is a special project, something I've had in a dream for
a long time. Now it's going to become a reality. …
All these agencies working together at this particular time,
when budgets are in such disruption, it's important that
we're going to provide a much better service now than we
The center, a
1,440-square foot pre-fabricated building that's been
installed next to the CSD parking lot, will have offices
for the Sheriff's Department, the California Highway
Patrol and CSD Security. It will be staffed by Volunteers
In Partnership with the Sheriff.
The center was
first expected to open in September, but a change in location
dictated by fire department requirements has delayed the
opening and contributed to increasing costs from $125,000
to an estimated $200,000, due in large part to plumbing
and electrical infrastructure. The center had been planned
to go in next to the CSD Building where it would have been
able to tie into existing infrastructure.
Funding for the
center comes from fees paid by developers. No ratepayer
funds are involved. The project appears in the CSD budget
under capital improvements, a category that is funded by
In July, CSD
General Manager Ed Crouse said the district wanted to develop
"partnerships in return for that investment."
To that end,
the district is working out memoranda of understanding with
the law enforcement agencies.
At the meeting
of the community's Joint Security Committee, which
preceded the CSD Security Committee meeting, it was announced
that the Sheriff's Department doesn't have the
funds to hire a full-time office manager for the center
and the department will also need to acquire radios and
a computer, said Taylor.
Staffing of the
center will depend on the number of VIPS, he said. Currently,
there are seven people in the community who have completed
training to run the center. The training consisted of learning
how to take crime reports and learning about the Sheriff's
Department and community policing functions.
The Wilton center,
which is called a safety center because it includes law
enforcement and fire personnel, operates 40 hours a week
with a 10-person staff serving four-hour shifts, Taylor
said. "We're going to have to get some more
Jim Embree, a
member of the Joint Security Committee who has completed
VIPS training for both desk duty and patrol duty, said there
are more people in the community who are interested in taking
the week-long training sessions. He said taking crime reports
would be the main focus of office volunteers and performing
"vacation checks" would be the chief duty of
The CSD has purchased
a patrol vehicle for the VIPS' use. Five of the seven
volunteers have also taken patrol training.
A third unit
of VIPS training covers driving a vehicle in emergency situations.
in taking the training necessary to become a member of VIPS
should contact VIPS President Dena Law at 717-2260. The
next class will be held in February, although there is a
possibility a class could be held before then if there are
20 or more interested people.
discussed at the two security meetings included the following.
break-in at Plaza
Security Sgt. Greg Remson reported details of a car break-in
that occurred around 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 27 in front of
a business in the Plaza. A window was smashed in and a purse
was stolen from the vehicle in the incident. The victim
told Security that she had concealed her purse under the
seat and locked the vehicle. The purse was recovered later
that afternoon at Cosumnes River Elementary School. Credit
cards and cash were missing from the purse. Remson speculated
the purse might have been discarded as the thief drove along
Highway 16. The Sheriff's Department is investigating
General Manager Greg Vorster asked residents to be alert
to activity taking place near RMA cable equipment after
an incident of vandalism occurred Sept. 30 on Medella Circle.
The cylindrical cover on cable equipment located near the
street was forced open and the cable inside was cut. The
Sheriff's Department has been called in to investigate.
of police search no longer resident
who was the object of a Sept. 16 police search after a domestic
violence incident is no longer living in the community and
is barred from entering the community by a restraining order,
Security Sgt. Greg Remson reported. A helicopter and a canine
unit were part of the unsuccessful post-midnight search
for the man, who was later said to have fled to Elk Grove,
Murieta Association General Manager Greg Vorster updated
the Joint Security Committee on what the RMA board is doing
regarding the gate
policy that is now in effect. The policy was approved
by the RMA board in 2002 and went into effect in January
Mike Martel and Blake Carmichael are the members of an ad
hoc committee that is addressing the present board's
issues with the policy.
While at least
one RMA board member favors rewriting the policy, "several
board members thought it was a very well-written document
already," Vorster said.
Jack Copeland, a member of the security committee, told
the group he considered it "a good document,"
but maintained that "a lot of things … aren't
being done," and specifically mentioned the issuance
of a vehicle pass to every visitor.
Jim Noller and Chuck Christian, a past RMA board president
and current committee member, worked together to develop
the policy as members of the Joint Security Committee.
At the meeting,
they explained that the gate passes referred to in the policy
are a software option for the present gate entry system.
They said it's an aspect of the system that was not
intended for use until the North Gate was rebuilt to eliminate
traffic back-ups onto Highway 16.
At the present
gate, providing a detailed pass to every visitor was a "time
and expense" issue, Noller said.
Dick Taylor said if the RMA "is not concerned"
about back-ups, the issue of passes could be addressed.
Several RMA directors have said the back-up problem should
be left to the CHP for enforcement.
he wanted to see the back-ups ignored by the gate officers.
Instead, the responsibility would fall on the individual
drivers who block the intersection.
be determined by lawyers after the accident occurred,"
that the CHP should be contacted before a change in procedure
As part of this
back-and-forth discussion, the proposal was resurrected
to close Lago Drive to left turns from Murieta Parkway on
a 30-day trial basis. The idea was brought up months ago
as a possible way to reduce back-ups at the gate during
the peak times documented by gate officers.
decided to look into the cost of renting traffic counters
to measure traffic volume at key intersections.