The Angels Camp City Council will host an educational workshop on redevelopment prior to Tuesday's regular council meeting.
Sonora City Administrator Greg Applegate will speak first on the
effects of redevelopment in Tuolumne County's only incorporated city.
California Redevelopment Agency Deputy Director Tom Hart is also
slated to give a presentation with broader general information on
"We'll give the nuts and bolts of how redevelopment works in
California - what redevelopment agencies throughout California are
doing and the benefits and values to a community," Hart said.
"Redevelopment is about more than projects ... but generating a sense
Activation of the city's long-dormant redevelopment agency is being
considered to assist in providing more affordable housing and to fund
infrastructure improvements. However, the council voted on March 17 to
have the workshop and take more time to digest the pros and cons of
taking such a step before launching into a redevelopment effort.
The city recently launched its effort to complete the housing
element of its newly adopted general plan for required state
certification. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
The element outlines affordable housing requirements and how the city
will meet them in the coming years.
Also prior to the regular meeting, the council will get an update
on progress at the Lode Hotel. Significant progress toward securing the
safety of the building and planning toward a rehabilitation effort for
the Main Street structure were outlined at the March 17 meeting.
The next deadline for building owner Tim Ashlock to meet in
removing an abatement order from the city is not for two months, but
council members requested a check on the building's status sooner than
that at the March meeting.
The council is also expected to accept a $57,000 grant from the
private Winter Creek Foundation to provide training and equipment to
assist the department's school resource officer.
The grant will allow for the purchase of a vehicle, projector
equipment, DNA safety kits, academic awards for students and establish
a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program for fifth and
sixth graders at Mark Twain Elementary School, pending approval from
the school district.