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Council delays vote on Caltrans pact, lot combination


Angels Camp City Council postponed two items Tuesday — the Highway 4 relinquishment agreement between the city and Caltrans and a boundary line adjustment that would combine two differently zoned parcels near the historic district.

What was to have been the final draft of an agreement between Angels Camp and Caltrans turned out not to be final as the council opted to put off approval. Caltrans wants to relinquish, or give to the city, a portion of Highway 4 as a first step in the Highway 4 Bypass project. Part of the agreement is to make certain the portion to be relinquished is in good condition.

City Engineer Gary Ghio said his wording defining the project study report was not included in the draft.

Councilman Dorian Faught, who had been working with Caltrans on the agreement, also noticed that another clause was missing. The cost breakdown of bringing the highway to acceptable condition, needed to included allowance for escalated costs since the actual relinquishment might take place several years in the future.

Faught said, "I wouldn't want to (vote on the agreement) until the escalation clause and the PSR definition is in there."

Will Kempton, a consultant who is trying to help the parties reach an agreement, said that the "final draft" still needs work.

"You have two options," Kempton told the council. "First, you cannot take any action this evening until the agreement is essentially in its final form, in which case this meeting could serve as a valuable update on our progress, or the alternative approach would be to have the council submit the language it wants (to Caltrans)."

The council tabled the agreement for now.

Three of the four boundary line adjustments on Tuesday's agenda passed easily, but a request from Lynda and Larry Tusoni stirred discussion.

The Tusonis asked to combine two lots they own into one. One lot is zoned residential and one is zoned historical district. The R3 lot has a ham radio antenna on it, but radio antennas are not allowed in the historical district.

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