AM News Friday, 8.16.13
The Willits City council Wednesday voted unanimously to enact a phase 1
water shortage emergency. This water emergency phase is voluntary and
the City is requesting that residents pitch in and lower their personal usage by 10%. The city is also working to lower its own water use by exploring
drip irrigation with automatic timers.
The chambers were filled with about 30 residents to discuss the potential use of city streets by the contractors of the Willits bypass. The agreement put forward is that in exchange for use of 5 streets: East Hill Rd., East Commercial St., Baechtel Road, East Valley and Shell Lane the contractors will
remove and replace 3" of asphalt on East Hill Road from Beachtel Road to
the City Limits. This road is in current need of repaving and will be the only access for the new Howard Memorial Hospital. Also, the contractor will pay a $20,000 use fee.
After comments from the public, the council added a surety bond in the
amount of $500,000 to ensure the paving project would be completed.
The council then discussed the use of City Waste-water as dust abatement. City staff is working to finalize a formal agreement and price for the contractor to purchase the clean treated waste-water from the Sewer plant.
The estimate of waste-water needed is approximately 10 million gallons. This will be a revenue benefit because currently the city pays to spray irrigate some of this waste-water.
Facing a packed house at Fort Bragg Town Hall where every seat was
taken and the aisles were full with 50 standing , the supervisors got an
earful for four and a half hours about the issue of State Parks tearing up the northern remnants of the Haul Road. Most speakers opposed the $750,000-plus project to remove the remnants of the road between Ward Avenue and Ten Mile.
State Parks, which faced nearly unanimous speaker opposition at two
previous meetings, was supported this time by a half dozen locals
representing groups, including Audubon, the Sierra Club and the California Native Plant Society.
Supervisors managed to take all input from the public and close the public
hearing, however they ran out of time for their own discussion. The matter
was continued to a special meeting set for Monday, Aug. 26 at the Supervisors chambers in Ukiah.Only two of the five supervisors had time to show
how they were leaning. Supervisor Dan Gjerde pointed out that the Haul Road has been designated as part of the California Coastal Trail since 1995. "We need to stand firm for the trail."
On the other side, Supervisor John McCowen accepted State Parks'
arguments that the habitat was too sensitive to keep the Haul Road.
Thanks to Frank Hartzell and the FB Advocate for this indepth report.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed Lake Mendocino to motorized boat travel because the lake's low level this year poses a risk to boater
The corps, which manages the reservoir, issued a notice Tuesday, saying it was closing both the north and south boat launches, as well as prohibiting
vehicle travel at a southern beach known as “Jet Ski Beach,” effective
Lake Mendocino is at only 43 percent of capacity.
Visitors with canoes, kayaks or other portable vessels may still paddle out
on the lake. Lake Sonoma remains open to boats.
More information at (707) 467-4200.
Bills for the 2012-2013 State Fire Prevention Fee will be arriving in 17, 146 Mendocino
County mailboxes starting August 22 .
Property owners are required to pay an annual $150 prevention fee for any property with a habitable structure, including trailers, located in a State Fire Responsibility Area. A $35 discount is available for properties covered by a
local fire district.