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IN THE NEWS
July 19 , 2016
Pit River Bridge Repair Bid is
REDDING — The bid to repair the Pit
River Bridge goes to the Board of Supervisors today (Tuesday).
County Public Works Director Pat
Minturn is proposing that the board chose the low Bidder, DRS
Marine, Inc., awarding it on a unit cost basis, be awarded the
contract. The bid is $159,950.
The Cassel-Fall River Road at Pit
River Bridge was constructed in 1922.
It has sustained scour damage and is
closed to traffic.
Morrison Structures, Inc. has
prepared plans for temporary repairs to restore the bridge to
service. Divers will place grout bags under the footings.
On June 7, the Board initiated the
bidding process. On July 14, four bids were received and opened.
Repairs will be carried out in
September. Caltrans divers will inspect the work in October and
the bridge may reopen thereafter.
Bridge replacement efforts are in
progress. Numerous historical and biological resources are
Environmental studies will extend
into 2017. Right of way acquisition from Pacific Gas & Electric
Company will follow. The project is anticipated to go to bid in
Pending repairs should enable the
existing bridge to remain in service until the new bridge is
Kid'is Fit Program is a
Wonderful Way to Spend the Summer
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Rogers Leaves Friday
— Fire Chief Adrian Rogers’ last day is this coming Friday,
August 22. Interim Fire Chief Abe Hathaway, will take over the
duties of chief on Monday the 25th and volunteer Captain Kevin
Atkins will cover the Chief’s position during the transition
The board interviewed two candidates
for the vacant Captain’s position last Thursday without reaching
Rogers told his board that all of
the district’s ambulances had been repaired as needed and were
in service and only one of their engines was still being
repaired and it was coming along okay. He also reported that the
Burney Basin Days Fireworks and Parade had gone well, they had
received the first installment of taxes appeared to be even with
the previous year.
Cal PERS hit the district for
State Says McArthur Mobile Home Park
Water is Contaminated with Manganese
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
FALL RIVER MILLS — The McArthur
Mobil Home Park is currently supplying its tenants with water
that does not meet the State’s health standards according to the
Community Service District.
It allegedly contains high levels of
manganese a chemical that studies show adversely affect children
causing a measurable effect on their intelligence levels.
Both District Manager Bill Johnson
and Board Chair Jerry Monath say the state has demanded that the
situation be taken care of, strongly suggesting that the Park
hook up to the Community Service District and let them supply
the park with reliable drinking water. At the same time, they
say, the state not only pressured the district to apply for a
state grant to do the work necessary to provide that service,
but awarded it in the amount of $20,000 in record time. The
district has until the end of the calendar level to accept the
Currently the negotiations between
the District and the park owner, have broken down. The issue
being negotiated is the size of the service to be used. The
district is insisting on providing service in accordance with
their Mission Statement, which says, in part, that they supply
water in a “reliable, professional, cost effective and
environmentally conscious manner.” Johnson and Monath say they
cannot do that without the proper size meter that can handle the
load and provide the water being installed.
That is the sticking point. District
policy states that the trailer park must have a 1½ inch water
meter and the Park owner refuses to pay for a meter larger than
one inch. The issue is the difference in rates that the owner
will be charged for the larger meter and he refuses to allow the
larger meter to be installed.
The district points out that the
difference will undoubtedly be passed on to the trailer park
tenants even though the owner says it won’t. While, the district
says, the tenants are going to pay around $10 a month and the
normal single-family 5/8-inch meter is $40 a month, it would not
be fair for the customers of the district to subsidize the park
users. Additionally, the board and manager says, the residents
of the park couldn’t be guaranteed any water pressure at peak
hours when the demand was high.
Board member Kathy Ontano says she
doesn’t feel a 1½ meter would be adequate and that a 2½ inch one
was needed. Board member Sky Snyder said he would like to see
each of the park’s users be put on their own meter. That way
they’d get the water in the amount and with the pressure needed
and they’d be paying a base rate the same as any other metered
service of about $40.
Approval of the $20,000 grant was
tabled pending further negotiations with McArthur Mobile Home
Park owner Peterson
Rosales Gets 20 to Life
— Deputies found 61-year-old Artis McHugh Jr.’s decaying body
laying on its back in the garage of his Mountain Home Road home.
He had been stomped to death
The deputies found McHugh when they went to his home to check on
his welfare after a neighbor reported that he hadn’t been seen
in approximately a week.
McHugh had made a report to deputies October 8, that he had been
assaulted by a man who tended his marijuana garden and that his
SUV and dog had been stolen while he was in the hospital.
His dog was recovered in Shingletown when Animal control picked
up a stray that turned out to be his dog.
Burney Mosquito District Passes Budget
BURNEY — The trustees of the Burney
Basin Mosquito Abatement District passed a $126,949 budget for
the fiscal year 2016-16. The budget included a 5% cost of living
raise for manager Rick Dougherty. Employee salaries, and
benefits total $67,019. Operating expenses total $59,375.
One of the major increases this year
is expected to come from the California PERS, “unfunded
liability” demand for a hit of $2,949. That and similar hits to
all governmental agencies covered by PERS is just the latest in
demands as PERS scrambles to remain viable.
In the regular business portion of
the meeting, the Trustees paid the chemical firm ADAPCO $11,475
and UNIVAR $3,268 to replenish the supply of chemicals necessary
to kill both the adult and larvae this season.
He reported that the Shasta Local
Agency Formation Commission had announced the results of the
Special District election for the board positions allowed the
districts. Brenda Haynes of ACID and Erwin Fust of the Clear
Creek CSD were elected to the board and Stephen Morgan the
alternate. All three have been heavily involved with that board.
With the exception of the first five
weeks of the season, three of which were high, the mosquito
light-trap count was either the 24-year average was either below
normal or normal. The town of Burney and the area of Vedder Road
filled that pattern while light traps in Johnson Park, Old
4-Corners, and Black Ranch were well below average.
District Gets Excavator Now Needs Trailer
FALL RIVER MILLS — The Community
Services District have their new backhoe and it’s a beauty. It’s
being kept inside the district’s headquarters on third Street.
Field Manager Casey Rodriquez says the district has used it to
replace a couple of meters and a meter box, but they’ve run into
The trailer they have is an old one and appears to have been
welded. They can’t use it. So they are looking for another one
capable of hauling the large excavator safely from job to job.
Two of the first jobs waiting will be fixing leaks at two water
hydrant sites along Highway 299.
In other business, the board authorized General Manager Bill
Johnson to sign for construction money so they can cover costs
for the work to be done for construction of the McArthur Water
Tank until the grant money comes in and they can repay the loan.
Johnson pointed out that a contractor was in the process of
taking care of the removal of the Thallium found in the basement
of the Fall River Feed Store which burned to the ground 20
years. It is one of the hurdles being worked on by the district
and others so the district will eventually be able to purchase
the land, receive other land belonging to PG&E but being handled
by the Stewardship Council, and the mill site owners Bill and
The district also tabled the decision about whether to maintain
the RAC or disband it. That committee, one formed under a
different board was meant to act as a sounding boardand arena
for providing the district’s manager and board with ideas,
concepts and support or opposition to what was being planned. It
failed to draw audiences, its membership has dwindled to one. Ed
The board was going to consider disbanding it, but stopped when
they learned that Ross Jones, a resident from the Big Eddy area
had an item that he wanted to bring out using the RAC. It will
be back on the agenda in August.