AM News for Friday, 11.22.13
According to an article by Mike A'Dair, in the Willits Weekly, MCOG, the county organization of governments, says the roads are getting steadily worse.
On a scale where 71-100 is good to excellent, Mendocino comes in at 42 average, below 50 is considered poor.
58.6% of county roads are either poor or failed. Failed means "extensive weathering, moderate to heavy base failure and extensive moderate to heavy liner cracking."
If the county can continue the relatively high $9 million a year in funding, the index slowly increases to 50 in 8 years but deferred maintenance rises to $176 million.
The report notes that one of the reasons for increases is that the price of asphalt has risen by a multiple of 5 times in the last twenty years.
In a blog entitled We Are In The Black on the KZYX.org website, General Manager John Coate stated: "As it sits right now, we have enough money in the bank to pay every one of our bills and every penny of our past debts ($28K as of today) and still have more than $40K left over. KZYX has never been in better financial shape than it is right now. When all was said and done, we paid off the line of credit. Now we will pay off a ton of lingering bills. "
He concluded that since the CPB is reducing its grant by $30,000 next year, " this does not mean that we have nothing to worry about. We will have to have a strong fundraiser later in the winter and a very good spring pledge drive, in order to not fall back."
MENDOCINO SUPERIOR COURT PRESIDING JUDGE DAVID NELSON recently announced the judicial assignments for 2014. These assignments are reviewed every two years. Judges Ann Moorman and John Behnke will remain in Departments A and B, respectively, where they will handle criminal trial matters. Judge David Riemenschneider will continue to handle family law matters including divorces and child custody disputes in Dept. C.
Judge Richard Henderson will move to Dept. E where he will preside over the civil department and hear unlimited civil lawsuits, probate matters and conservatorships.
Judge Cindee Mayfield will move to Dept. F and preside over the juvenile division, hearing delinquency and dependency cases, including the Family Dependency Drug Court.
Judge Jeanine Nadel will remain in Dept. G, hearing traffic and civil limited cases, including small claims.
Judge David Nelson will move to Dept. H to hear the master criminal calendar, where all criminal cases start before being referred to the two trial departments in A and B. He will also preside over the Adult Drug Court.
Judge Clay Brennan will continue to manage the Ten Mile Court in Fort Bragg and its criminal, traffic, civil, juvenile and family law cases.
The Ukiah City Council yesterday heard public comment regarding the need to move along on the Palace hotel and consider receivership or some other alternative. The Council was very clear that the roof covering completion as well as the window covering plasticzing is the number one priority - which has been requested since last May or June and still is not complete. Continued to Dec. 18thThe council voted 4-0 to raise WATER CONNECTING FEES (4-0) which considers inflation since the last time fees were considered. It was time. The new rates are a little more than 2 times as much as those fees were in 1983.They voted 4-0 to allow Chief Dewey to do more recruiting to fill the existing vacancies and plan for future vacancies as well as compensate for the time it takes to find and actually hire a new officer. Several members of the public spoke in favor of the expansion of positions.