Mountain House GM envisions town’s future
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Mountain House General Manager Janice McClintock talks to Business Manager Gay Giles about future plans for the community. Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
Mountain House General Manager Janice McClintock talks to Business Manager Gay Giles about future plans for the community. Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — After four months as the general manager of Mountain House, Janice McClintock has a plan for the town’s future.

"We have to put together a plan and provide the money to do it," McClintock said, sitting in her office at 230 S. Sterling Drive.

McClintock signed a five-year contract with the Mountain House Community Services District Board of Directors on April 15.

Taking priority on her to-do list is the upkeep of the community’s infrastructure. She noted that some parts of Mountain House are a decade old.

"My top priority is to get ongoing maintenance set up," she said. "I want to ensure we take care of our infrastructure with prevention, as opposed to reactive."                                         

Housing boom 

Propelling Mountain House into a likely prosperous future is an economic boost in its housing market.

"There’s a lot more activity than two years ago," McClintock said. "The economy is coming around."

She said 1,004 home lots are under development in the southern portion of the community, known as Neighborhood C, which is near Mountain House High School — under construction and slated to open in 2014.

Also moving ahead are 2,500 home lots in the existing neighborhoods of A, B and a portion of D, she said.

One of her fears is that the economy will take another downturn and derail plans for the future.

"At any time, we could fall flat on our face," she said. "We’re a victim to the economy."

 Downtown district coming

McClintock believes Mountain House residents are eager to see the development of a downtown district.

Consisting of 12 blocks, the downtown will be bordered by Byron Road, Mountain House Parkway, Central Park and Arnaudo Boulevard.

"Shea (Homes) is really pushing hard to see some (development) movement by the end of the year, and that’s good news," she said.

Like other downtown districts, a portion of the buildings will consist of mixed use, with businesses on the ground level and residential space on the upper floors, based on the community master plan.

She said community officials plan to seek input from residents as to what amenities they would like to see.

Armed with the knowledge that the wish list includes a grocery store, a gas station and restaurants, she said, they already have a place to start.

 She said she plans to propose making a strategic plan in the near future. That would let the CSD board set priorities with a designated budget.

 "We have a maturing community, and a strategic plan that would manage what is built and identify where we want to go as a community," McClintock said.

Five-year plan

As the community matures, she said she has ideas for a maintenance plan that would include modifying the community sprinkler system and updating landscaping.

She said a lot of the trees planted at the beginning of Mountain House’s development more than a decade ago are dying and need to be replaced.

 "We’ll spend a little money each year to change it out," she said. "We’ll still have a canopy on the streets by going in and replacing every third tree."

Another area she hopes to focus on is expansion of Central Park. She said the plan is to add a skate park, more baseball fields and additional restrooms.

All of that will take place after conducting community meetings and online surveys for residential feedback.

More changes expected

McClintock said she is also working to have the government website updated and open for business on Sept. 1, as well has hire more employees, including a maintenance worker, a code enforcement officer, a deputy secretary for the directors, an engineer and a recreation and communications coordinator.

The new workers will augment a depleted staff that was cut from 23 to 14 workers when the economy turned sour a few years ago.

As for the job, McClintock said things are moving ahead.

"I have to look at what we can do and what we’re entitled to do," she said. "We can only do what we are authorized to do by the state."

"I think it’s a great community," she added. "I think it’s got a great future."

Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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