Supervisors to vote on Tulloch plan

September 11, 2003 11:00 pm

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

By this time next week a ban on new docks at Tulloch Reservoir may be history.

If Calaveras County supervisors Monday adopt a management plan for the reservoir, the Tri-Dam Project may lift a dock ban it imposed nearly a year ago. Tri-Dam owns and operates the reservoir.

The management plan is included in a final report from the Lake Tulloch Task Force, appointed by the county board to draft long-term development and recreation guidelines for the reservoir.

Among its recommendations: no new docks on properties with less than 200 feet of shoreline.

Supervisor Victoria Erickson set up the task force in the spring in hopes of bringing an end to the dock moratorium.

Tri-Dam, criticizing Calaveras County planners for paying too little attention to the rapid growth at Tulloch, issued the moratorium last Oct. 1 amid fears that overcrowding was leading to unsafe numbers of boats on the water.

But Tri-Dam directors have said they might lift at least part of the ban if Calaveras County supervisors approve a management plan.

Tri-Dam General Manager Steve Felte said yesterday that the Task Force did a "good job" compiling its final report, but added that agency directors would not see the report until today.

"I'm hopeful that the Tri-Dam board would take that under favorable consideration," he said.

Tri-Dam directors meet next at 9 a.m. Thursday at the South San Joaquin Irrigation District building at 11011 E. Highway 120, Manteca.

The dock moratorium was already on Tri-Dam's meeting agenda because it was set to expire Wednesday, Oct. 1. If the Task Force's plan had not been finished, the moratorium would likely have been extended, Felte said.

Erickson could not be reached for comment about the Task Force plan, but the report includes several guidelines, such as prohibiting more than one dock for every 200 feet of shoreline and limiting each single-family lot to one dock.