Task forces talls, plans to meet again

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By SCOTT PESZNECKER

No progress was made Tuesday in what was supposed to be the final meeting of the Calaveras Tulloch Task Force.

The task force, appointed by county supervisors to create long-term development and recreation guidelines at Tulloch Reservoir, will meet again at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Saddle Creek in Copperopolis.

District 5 Supervisor Victoria Erickson, task force leader, said nothing was resolved at this last meeting because only a handful of members showed up.

"We voted on a couple of issues yesterday, and the vote came out differently than it would have if the whole task force was there," Erickson said.

Erickson reiterated that the task force is close to coming up with guidelines to present to the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, but more time is needed.

"Because this is such an important issue, we want to make sure nobody feels like they were left out of the process or like we snuck something past them," she said.

In past meetings, the task force has discussed implementing watercraft user fees, setting density requirements for shoreline development and mandating erosion control measures for new construction.

If supervisors approve guidelines for the Copperopolis reservoir, Erickson has said Tri-Dam Project, the utilities district that manages the reservoir, could lift part of its moratorium on new docks at the reservoir perhaps allowing docks to be built on existing properties.

As a result of development, more than 600 docks line Tulloch Reservoir's shoreline, and some studies have shown the reservoir to be overcrowded with watercraft on some summer weekends.

Tri-Dam officials issued the dock moratorium more than a year ago and said they wouldn't remove it until guidelines are in place to curb future overcrowding.

They extended the dock moratorium until the start of October, but officials have said they might end the moratorium early if the task force is successful.

Contact Scott Pesznecker at spesznecker@uniondemocrat.com .

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