AM News Wednesday 9.25.13
The City of Ukiah may still sue the state of California for the right to use several million dollars worth of bond proceeds toward the traffic improvements needed to bring a Costco store to Airport Park Boulevard.
"We are still in disagreement with the Department of Finance (DOF) in regards to the bond proceeds," Assistant City Manager Sage Sangiacomo told the
Ukiah City Council .
In March of 2011, the URA sold several million dollars worth of bonds to pay for traffic improvements, but since the dismantling of redevelopment, the state has refused to accept the city's plan for the money.
In the meantime, without the bond money available for use, the City Council in February approved borrowing up to $4 million from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank).
"We are counting on paying (the loan) back with the increased revenues from Costco," Sangiacomo said at the time, adding that City Manager Jane Chambers will not agree to the loan until "the Costco EIR is certified and Costco has
entered into a purchasing agreement."
A pilot program launched by Ukiah's garbage hauler to recycle food waste
from local businesses has attracted "Only six of the 80 commercial entities that could be participating are," council member Landis told the city council, and a key reason is that there are some "major producers (of food waste) that already have a path for their food waste," which is hauled outside of the area.
"C&S wants to do further study and find out who would use a food waste
program among the residents of Ukiah.
C&S attempted to start a composting center but the county refused their permit. They then decided that the waste would be trucked to Lakeport where they
received a permit.
The company will now not be reporting back to the council until December.
Redwood Coast Senior Center Executive Director Charles Bush has gone
back to work , after a vote last week by the board of directors to fire him.
His wife posted an e-message for him on the mcn bulletin board saying "Because of irregularities in procedure, and the absence of official notification from the Board that I have
been dismissed, I have been advised by legal counsel to go to work Monday morning and continue executing the responsibilities of my position," .
The annual meeting of the board is scheduled for this Friday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 490 N. Harold St. A new board member will be elected
from four candidates who applied for the position. New officers will be elected. A full agenda for the meeting has not yet been published. This is a public
GOVERNOR BROWN has signed a bill that makes it illegal for drivers to come within three feet of a bicyclist on state highways. Assembly Bill 1371, or the
“Three Feet for Safety Act” requires motorists to keep three feet between their vehicles and any cyclist before they pass. Penalty for first-time violators is $35.
A drainage repair project on Route 254/Avenue of the Giants will begin at 7AM on Monday, September 30, and requires a temporary full closure of the
highway near the High Rock Conservation Camp, located between Weott and Redcrest in Humboldt County.The closure is expected to last through 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 4. The highway will reopen for the weekend.
Businesses on Route 254/Avenue of the Giants in Redcrest and Weott will
remain accessible. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians will still be able to
access Redwood State Park both north and south of the closure. A detour is
available by using Route 101 from the South Fork/Honeydew Exit (Exit 663) to
the Redcrest Exit (Exit 667).
For more information, contact Caltrans Engineer Nancy Kuykendall at 707-725-7197.