Task force for Tulloch is launched

June 12, 2003 11:00 pm

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

It's a reservoir with many issues.

But rather than focus on one, Calaveras County Supervisor Victoria Erickson dedicated the first meeting of the Lake Tulloch Task Force to reviewing a host of issues she wants addressed.

The items on her checklist include boating safety, development density guidelines and the dock permitting process.

The goal of the task force is to come up with long-term policies to guide development and recreation at the reservoir. The task force will present the proposed policies to the entire board of supervisors for approval.

"There were a lot of real good questions, there was a lot of dialogue," Erickson said of Tuesday's day-long gathering. "It's obvious there were some opposing views, but it was great because it allowed some discussion that I thought was really important."

The task force will meet again at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas.

The panel includes about 20 members, including homeowners, merchants, planners, environmentalists and representatives of other interests. All were appointed by Erickson.

Tuesday's meeting started with a discussion about boating safety at the reservoir. Sheriff's Department officials told the task force that a full-time boat patrol officer is needed.

Members also discussed the issue of public access — all the boat ramps at the reservoir are on private property.

A public boat ramp could be built on a small piece of property near the Conner Estates subdivision, Erickson said. The county owns the property.

With that in mind, the task force discussed forming a nonprofit parks and recreation district in Copperopolis. The district would oversee development of a public boat ramp on the county-owned property.

The district could also buy public park lands and work with developers to build community parks within their projects.

"We talked about maybe having the developers give less land but have them build something on it and maintain it for five years," said Erickson, whose district includes the reservoir.