Mishler reported on a recent public meeting held December 1st in Camptonville regarding the North Yuba Landscape Resilience Project and stated there was another meeting planned in Downieville the following night where they would have a presentation on that project.
The Greene Acres Project has a draft of the proposed action and looks like they are still on track for the decision date at the end of February.
On the Forest City Project, Mishler explained an internal team from the District looked at the proposal and is looking at previous project work and surveys. He said there were a lot of archeological sites in that area that would have to be addressed.
National Forest Foundation has awarded the contract for the Hazard tree work at Ramshorn, Sierra and Yuba campgrounds. They had a prework meeting and are ready to move forward to try and get campgrounds open for public use as soon as possible. The Chapman Campground tree removal is complete but still have some clean-up work to finish.
Sierraville District Ranger Rachel Hutchinson stated at the Sierra County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on December 6th that they have been burning and have 20 acres done on the Outback Project and burned a slash pile that was close to an acre. They were hoping to get 180 acres done that day. Grooming at Little Truckee Summit and Yuba Pass started last weekend. She said the season is open and parking lots were full.
Hutchinson stated Christmas tree permits were selling like “hotcakes”.
IT WAS REPORTED during Department Manager reports of the Sierra County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on December 6th by Acting Public Health Director Rhonda Grandi that the mobile dental van is scheduled to come to Sierra County December 9th-11th. The van will be located at the Loyalton Senior Center and patients will call Smile Dental Services directly to make appointments. Services provided are for all residents regardless of age, insurance coverage and ability to pay. They are hoping to schedule a return visit sometime in January.
Public Works, Roads and Transportation Director Tim Beals reported wanting a meeting with the City of Loyalton to discuss the LEAP (Local Early Action Planning) and REAP (Regional Early Action Planning) grants to review an RFP (Request for Proposals) and scope of work under the grant and move forward with an RFP seeking consulting help for the scope of work identified. Beals stated the City has also asked for some assistance on some planning issues. One is the proposed Cell Tower and to go over the process for the Route 49 Project (former mobile home park). They have filed an application and need to make sure they have an agreement or memorandum of understanding that clearly outlines the responsibilities for both agencies. Beals also reported the Gold Lake Highway Project was abandoned by the Federal Lands Access Program project committee primarily because of cost. The cost of the project was twice the allocation that California gets annually. They appealed that decision but it became apparent the decision was not going to be reversed.
A PUBLIC HEARING will be held during the Sierra County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on December 20th at 10 a.m. in Loyalton regarding the fire mitigation fee increase for Sierra County Fire Protection District No. 1 from $1.96 to $ 2.02.