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Statue of soldier requested for park

PUBLIC MEETING: Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas.

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to expand a veterans memorial adjacent to Murphys Community Park. 

The Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial District has asked that a statue of a soldier be installed on the county-owned land. Other proposed improvements include installing a new wall to showcase the names of veterans along with park benches and tables. 


Water fees on TUD agenda

PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, 18885 Nugget Blvd., Sonora.

 

The Tuolumne Utilities District board is scheduled to hear an advisory committee’s recommendations for revised water connection fees, a topic that stirred controversy last year.

Despite early concerns from TUD customers that the fees would be lowered to benefit developers, the committee concluded that the up-front charges for connecting a single family residence to the district’s treated-water system are about $1,300 too low. 


‘Special weather statement’ predicts rain

Cloudy skies, rain and cooler temperatures are expected to dominate the first full week of spring in the foothills, following a stretch of dry weather that worsened drought conditions in the Sierra Nevada and Coastal mountains.

The National Weather Service issued a “special weather statement” Sunday afternoon predicting up to 2 inches of rain in the foothills and mountains from Tuesday through Thursday, with a chance of thunderstorms Wednesday. 


Plan calls for 260 acres of clearcut

Property owners and conservation groups are concerned about a plan by Sierra Pacific Industries that calls for clearcutting 260 acres of tree stands northeast of Arnold.

“I’m not against SPI or what they do,” said Tristan Bowen, who owns a second home on the 8000 block of Summit Level Road in Camp Connell, which is adjacent to the proposed harvest area. “I’m just kind of asking them to be a good neighbor and not do anything too extreme.”

 


S’ville opts for cement bleachers

The Summerville Union High School District Board of Education decided to pursue cement bleachers instead of more expensive aluminum ones for the district’s new stadium at a special meeting on Wednesday.

The project includes replacing the track, field and bleachers, and will be funded by 2012’s Measure H bond money.


Ditch shut off to save water

Tuolumne Utilities District shut off a three-mile portion of Shaws Flat Ditch late last month as part of continued efforts to conserve water during an extremely dry year.

District General Manager Tom Scesa said the move to cut off the ditch from the south end of Chaparral Road to the district’s Sonora Water Treatment Plant will save as much as 400 acre-feet of water for the rest of the year. That’s enough to supply roughly 800 households.


Roundup planning underway

Today is the first day of spring, and preparations are well underway for the season’s biggest local event — the 57th annual Mother Lode Roundup. 
“We are moving forward,” said Al O’Brien, general chairman of this year’s Roundup. “We’ve even started to get entries for the parade.” 


Vision Sonora plans in focus

The Tuolumne County Transportation Council this week agreed to spend almost $2.7 million to create a safer and prettier intersection on North Washington Street at the Red Church and a transit stop near Stockton Road and Washington Street.

The city-county transportation planning agency agreed 4-1 to allocate the money March 12. Work is expected to take place between the 2016-17 and 2017-18 fiscal years .


CCWD rate hikes funding projects

The Calaveras County Water District is moving forward with construction projects funded by last year’s controversial sewer and water rate hikes.

A couple key projects are finished or nearly complete, including upgrading two lift stations in Copperopolis that pump sewage from homes to a wastewater treatment plant. In addition, design work is almost done on the first phase of replacing a water transmission line in the Arnold area.

 


Cal Unified faces financial shortfall

The Calaveras Unified School District has declared itself on a warning budgetary status, but no big cuts are planned. 

The Board of Trustees on Tuesday accepted the second interim budget report for the school year, which outlines a reserve balance falling below the state-mandated minimum in 2016.

 


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