We spoke further with Stacy who explained they have the land for wildlife, the trails aren’t legal and there have been ATVs and even fences extended on their property. She stated dogs are not compatible with wildlife areas. The easiest thing for them to do was to put up the sign to discourage ATV use on the wildlife areas.
One solution she suggested was the County taking over a portion that borders the wildlife area.
Sierra County Planning Director Tim Beals answered our e.mail, stating, “I am setting up a meeting soon with the State Fish and Wildlife staff to discuss this matter-its origin, purpose, and likelihood that they would consider some amendments. These restrictions are beyond what I would consider reasonable for the State to protect and/or manage its wildlife area particularly when it is nestled within the boundaries of a community like Sierra Brooks. Most State wildlife management areas are away from communities and among open space areas, national forest system lands, parks, or other Land ownership patterns where the interface between residents and the agency are not so common as we see at Sierra Brooks. So I am hopeful that the agency will agree with our assessment and support a change in the rules.”
LOYALTON MOBILE HOME PARK PROPERTY will be offered at auction August 23rd at 2:30 p.m. in Sierra County Courthouse in Downieville. No minimum bid is listed.
Prospective bidders are referred to Sections 701.510 to 701.680 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
Liens total $2.559 million, according to City of Loyalton.
A PROPERTY OWNER that backs up to Patterson Circle in Loyalton built what neighbor Mike Welbourn calls a 2-foot dam that runs the entire length of his property, is sealed and raises the flood plain. At the Board of Supervisors meeting, Welbourn was told their hands are tied because it falls in city limits. At the City Council, he was told it’s a property dispute between neighbors. Council member Joy Markum saw it as a Fish and Wildlife problem. Council member Brooks Mitchell and Joy agreed to write a letter to the individual who built the dam of the consequences and Brooks will call legal counsel. Mayor Sarah Jackson noted how ranchers on the other end will be upset if they don’t get their diversions.
PAY RAISES retroactive to July 1st were approved for employees of the City of Loyalton Tuesday night in the absence of the two bookkeepers and despite Council member Joy Markum stating the City is still in debt and making comparisons. In the audience, Phyllis DeMartini questioned establishment of a new pay scale not being used and she stated the need for policy. Council member Brooks Mitchell said they were using union scale guidelines for longevity increases. In discussion about maintenance and the lack of it at the basketball and tennis courts, Mayor Sarah Jackson said maintenance spends 80% of their time, energy and pay comes from the water and sewer.
The raises amount to an extra $1,300 a month.
Robert DeMartini stated the City “bit off too much,” and suggested selling property and downsizing.
Markum voted no on the raises.