QUESTION: My questions both have to do with downtown Jamestown, which is where I live. One, I have heard that someone has been trying to open a restaurant in the old Kamms for maybe two years, but keeps meeting obstacles by the county.
Is this true, and if so, isn't it time to see if we can streamline these processes to encourage truly local businesses — not Dollar Generals — that bring in tourist dollars and livable wages? Two, what is happening with the two-story building by Rocca Park that last held Pete's Restaurant? Everyone would love it if they restored that cute little round room in the backyard.
ANSWER: The owner of the former Kamm’s applied for a building permit in April to renovate and open a coffee shop, and the county responded two weeks later with a list of requirements before a permit can be issued. They have not responded, said David Gonzalves, director of Community Resources Agency.
The other building, next door to the Service Station Restaurant, is owned by a family member of the owner of Royal Carriage Inn across the street. Mohsin Patel, whose mother owns the inn, said his cousin wants to open an Indian Fusion Restaurant in one part of the downstairs and a coffee shop in the other. The upstairs will be a hotel.
But Patel said that is a long way away. The building was close to being condemned, and the renovation will likely take at least a year. He didn’t know what they will do with the backyard room.
QUESTION: In light of the continuing fire danger and the explosive progress of recent wildfires, every available means should be used to warn the public. We have seen the limitations of landlines and cell phone warnings. What would be required to reactivate the civil defense siren system, similar to the way it is used in the Midwest to warn of approaching tornadoes?
ANSWER: Tracie Riggs, who has managed emergency services for Tuolumne County and will become the next county administrator, said she wasn’t aware of the history of past use of sirens here, but it’s something county officials will be talking about.
“We have talked about looking into sirens for the future, but this will need to be part of a much larger discussion regarding emergency services as we move forward into the new year,” she said.
She said Supervisor Sherri Brennan and Sheriff Bill Pooley have talked about, and it will be a subject the Board of Supervisors talk about at a workshop in January.
San Francisco received a federal grant a few years ago to install has more than 100 sirens. Other coastal areas such as Mendocino County and Oakland have some as well.
In San Luis Obispo, sirens were installed to provide warnings of problems at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, which is being decommissioned, but can be used for any emergency.
Other communities are looking into sirens in the aftermath of fires, according to a story in the Napa County Register.
“We’re getting calls from Southern California, Ventura County, Kelseyville,” Duncan Scott, western region sales manager for Federal Signal, told the newspaper.