Traffic fees won't increase



Despite the city administrator's recommendation, traffic mitigation fees will remain the same, and the Angels Camp City Council will seek federal money to extend Angel Oaks Drive/Greenhorn Creek Road.

The council decided Tuesday to seek outside funding for the extension.

Traffic mitigation fees are paid by people who get permits to build new homes or businesses. City Administrator Tim Shearer told the council that by raising fees and saving part of the revenue for the street extension, the city was in a good position to win government grants to build the road extension out to Highway 49, south of Angels Camp.

However, Councilman Curly Middleton, who has been a strong advocate of the road extension, said he was against raising the traffic mitigation fee.

"The city has already built two-thirds of that road," he said. "The federal government is adding a bunch of campsites and new water systems at New Melones. They're creating the (traffic) problem.

"I think if we sell it like that to Ose (Rep. Doug Ose, R-Sacramento), chances are, the feds will have some money we can get."

Councilman Bill Hutchinson, who lives in the annex section of town, where the narrow, winding Highway 49 snakes between historic homes, said he opposes increasing the fee because, "young people can't afford a house here now, and that's sad."

However, "the extension would help the annex ... (and) we definitely have to get the funds," Hutchinson said.

The average traffic mitigation fee is $3,000 for a new home, and varies widely for business construction because it's based on the size of the building and other factors.

The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Monday October 24, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Paying the price


Chris Lusardi, of Sonora, is one of thousands of Tuolumne County residents ... more

Columbia Elementary board ousts superintendent


Five days after receiving a 2 percent raise, Columbia Union School District ... more

Mudslide knocks out a portion of TUD’s ditch system


The Columbia ditch will be closed until Saturday, following a mudslide that ... more

New oak disease spreads from coast to foothills


A deadly fungus killing oak trees along the coasts of central and ... more

Battle for cannabis regulation in Calaveras wages on


Strong opinions and loud accusations have made the battle over cannabis cultivation ... more