Calaveras kids share thoughts on future

By Mike Morris, The Union Democrat October 30, 2013 11:30 am

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors discussed a variety of topics Tuesday during a special three-hour night meeting.

The board occasionally holds evening meetings in an effort to encourage public participation with people who can’t attend the board’s regular daytime meetings. When the meeting began shortly after 6 p.m., the Board of Supervisors Chambers was standing-room only. 

Many Calaveras High School students in attendance spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting on topics ranging from wanting to protect the Mokelumne River for future generations to their desire to build a skate park in Valley Springs.

“Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and concerns, your visions and dreams,” Board Chairwoman Merita Callaway told them. “We appreciate it.” 

Included in the board’s consent agenda, supervisors approved a construction services agreement between the county and Peterson Excavation Inc., for the construction of the Arnold Rim Trail Cedar Center Bikeway Connection Project.

The project is a paved multiple-use trail between Pine Drive and Oak Circle across Stanislaus National Forest property with trailheads on Calaveras County property at both ends.

The construction is expected to cost $138,955 and will be covered by federal and state “transportation enhancement funds.”

On the board’s regular agenda, supervisors voted to slightly increase fees for ground leases and hangar fees at the Calaveras County Airport — the first fee increase there in four years. 

During a presentation on the county’s financing sources that followed, County Administrative Officer Lori Norton said she has asked county department heads to look at potential fee increases “where appropriate.” 

The hour-long presentation discussed other ways to generate revenue for the county, such as seeking voter approval for a local transaction and use tax or increasing the county’s transient occupancy tax.