Mayor Mark Marin stated the trailer park is not in the City limits. He stated they can’t shut the water off; it’s City water in the lines but not its’ lines the water runs in.
Sierra County Supervisor Jim Beard stated he and Council member Pat Whitley had had conversation with Assemblyman Dahle’s office and had gotten the State office involved. He said the State license had been suspended, not revoked.
Pat said it was illegal for the City to subsidize the park for water users. “They are not paying,” she said, “YOU are paying.” She said the State is “tying our hands.” Councilman Ernie Teague agreed, stating, “They don’t pay one cent.” Mayor Mark Marin said “The good people” want to pay their bill but “we can’t take it.”
The mayor went on explaining the owner took their money and skipped out. With no owner, people are moving in, calling one a “Ding Dong,” who has three lots and looks like Sanford & Son. He stated electrical cords “run all over the place.”
Eileen wanted to know about code violations with the cords. Mark wondered where the County’s health officer was.
Supervisor Paul Roen said the Board had demanded immediate action, “full court press,” from the State. He said the Board authorized a letter to the State to come take action and demand a follow up. If the license is revoked, it will no longer be a trailer park; if suspended, they can’t charge rent for code violations. He said they’d reduced the price of the park to $265,000, hoped somebody would buy it; “it’s not going to happen.”
In the audience, Phyllis DeMartini said she’d like the County to step up and do code enforcement in the park. Brooks asked about the cords, possible electrical fires and asked who is responsible?
Robert Canepa told the Board and community members about government grants and loans on housing, gave income criteria and said applications are at City Hall. $7,500 grants are available on home repairs with no match. It’s all to help folks get into rural homes.
Chris Alexander of Heath and Human Services approached the Council about the County purchasing the property at 202 Front Street the County-owned buildings sit on. He explained the County planned capital improvements and Supervisor Roen stated the Board of Supervisors was not willing to make improvements without a long term agreement or the County might go somewhere else.
Brooks Mitchell moved to meet with the County and move forward with appraisal.
Bill Copren, Chairman of Sierra County Fire Protection District 1, told the Board of possibly annexing northeast Sierra County. According to Bill, south of Main Street in the City pays twice; County taxes are returned to the City and money is spent twice for fire protection. West of the City is not in a fire district and Annie Terrassas told how her fire insurance had been cancelled. The decision would be up to LAFCO, the Local Agency Formation Commission.
Rick Maddalena, Commissioner of the Fire District hoped it would strengthen relationships. Bill thanked Loyalton Fire Chief Shawn Heywood for doing grants together, including regional grants, collaborating and for joint training.
This will be discussed at a special meeting.
PART TIME HELP
Pat wanted to hire part-time help to clean the park restrooms and “do things the maintenance people aren’t doing.” Ernie is now cleaning the restrooms one time a week and he said they need attention three times a week. Bookkeeper Kim Lombardi stated, “I don’t think we can afford that.” The park is over budget and they haven’t heard back on the rental. The only revenue is rental on the social hall and “That’s not much,” according to Kim.
The subject was tabled until this week and the Council will have figures at the financial meeting.
Brooks asked to be paid back on the weed barrier at the west lawn of the City Center which remains torn up, stating the museum had made $700 and the City had stated to repay him the cost.