AM News Wed 8.7.13
After six years of ignoring the issue, The Willits city council has agreed to
reopen the issue of development restrictions due to lack of water. Recently, a new elder care facility learned that it will not be allowed to proceed unless the policy changes.
Mayor Holly Madrigal requested the city's standing Water Committee bring a recommendation back to the council.
In 2006, the Willits City Council directed its planning department not to
approve any project proposal requiring more than four single family
residential water connections. Following a requirement of the Department of Public Health, West Yost and Associates conducted an extensive study and concluded the city's water supply was insufficient, the city's infrastructure
was aging and leaking and the water plant was too small for the current
Since 2007, city has made progress towards correcting the water treatment plant deficiencies with its $5 million upgrade currently underway. Despite
these and other changes, city staff did not recommend the city change its
current policy of limiting development.
Lake County Vector Control District said that 11 more mosquito samples
and one dead bird have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The mosquitoes were collected in Lakeport, Kelseyville, Clearlake Oaks,
Anderson Marsh and Upper Lake, while the dead bird was found in Lower
Jamesina Scott, Ph.D., district manager of Lake Vector Control said "West Nile Virus activity nearly doubled in the last week,” “In previous years, peak activity has been in mid-August to mid September, and that’s still two weeks away. I expect to see a lot more West Nile Virus this year.”
West Nile Virus has been detected in 33 California counties so far this year. Symptoms of the mild form of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches and swollen lymph glands. While the illness can last only a few days, even healthy people have reported being sick for several weeks,. The severe form of West Nile Virus can be fatal. Residents are encouraged to bring along mosquito repellant if they attend an outdoor event after
5 p.m., Scott said.
Lake Transit Authority reported that a plan is in place for the resumption of
bus services that have been curtailed due to a transit strike, with the goal
being to have services fully restored by the first week of September.
Last week, Teamsters Local Union 665 members voted to go out on an
indefinite strike until they settle a new three-year contract with Paratransit Services, the nonprofit that operates Lake
General Manager Mark Wall said service “will increase substantially” on
Aug. 16, and all routes and most schedules will be restored by Aug. 26. All services – including Saturday operation – will be fully restored by Sept. 3, Wall said.
Through Aug. 15, curtailed service levels will remain in place, Wall said.
Mendocino County now has its own local, toll-free suicide prevention hotline number giving residents access to immediate, confidential, high-quality and effective prevention and crisis intervention services.
1-855-587-6373 is available 24/7.
This effort to reduce suicides resulted from a collaboration of the North Bay Suicide Prevention Project and Mendocino County Behavioral Health.
If you are in a crisis or worried about someone who may be suicidal call the North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline toll free at 1-855-587-6373
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