Morning News for Monday, October 22nd
All forest roads and recreation areas in the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness and surrounding areas on the Mendocino National Forest have been re-opened. The closure order was lifted Friday.
Visitors to the forest should be aware that just because the fire is out, many hazards still remain. Burnt stump holes, snags and other forest hazards remain a concern in the area.
The Mendocino National Forest lifted fire restrictions Tuesday.
Mendocino CEO Carmel Angelo announced that Steve Dunnicliff, her deputy chief executive officer, has been hired as the county's new director of Planning.
Dunnicliff is a 12-year resident of the County who began working in the Executive Office in June 2008. Dunnicliff is also licensed as a real estate broker and as a general building contractor.
Dunnicliff has been splitting his time between Planning and the Executive Office since the former director resigned in August.
He expects to hire a chief planner prior to the end of this year. He is the third head of the planning department since January.
The Ukiah City Council backed away from passing a proposed ordinance after hearing strong objections from citizens who said it would make cleaning up graffiti more complicated.
The ordinance was brought forward by Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey as a way to reduce the risk for volunteers who have been painting over graffiti in the city, sometimes on private property without obtaining the owner's permission.
The ordinance would have declared graffiti visible from the public right-of-way a nuisance and allowed for "summary abatement" of it, as long as city staff made an attempt to get the owner's permission.
The crux of the problem was that language was added that required a 72-hour waiting period.
Rather than taking a photo of graffiti to document it, then painting over it that same day, the ordinance would require a volunteer to wait three to five days while he contacts the UPD and waits until an officer has time to take photos, and attempt to contact the property owner.
The first draft of the updated Mendocino Town Plan has been posted to the county's web page at http://www.co.mendocino.ca.us/planning/mtpupdate.htm for public review.
This draft has been re-formatted, so it will look different than the 1992 Town Plan. To assist your review, also posted is an annotated version of the 1992 plan that indicates where existing sections can be found in the updated draft. The update and the annotated 1992 documents can be reviewed together.
The results from the online survey regarding the growth management section is also posted on the web page.
There will be a community meeting Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony's to receive your input on this draft.
If you are unable to attend this meeting, do not hesitate to write or call in order to provide your feedback. Planner Abbey Stockwell, Mendocino County Planning, 120 W. Fir St., Fort Bragg or call 964-5379. These addresses and weblinks are on the newsblog at KZYX.org.
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