Concerns that funding had been lost for the Briceland Road improvement project were put to rest. The deputy director of the Humboldt County Public Works department, Chris Whitworth, said in an update on Southern Humboldt road and bridge projects that “We didn’t run out of money for the Briceland-Thorn road project; we just ran out of time.”
Shortly after the project was started in the late fall, road signs advising that construction was under way were covered up and crews left the scene, raising fears that increasing fiscal woes at the state level had forced the cancellation of the twice-delayed project.
It was revealed that the real reason was that it had become evident that it would not be possible to make any headway on the project with rains starting, so the work was discontinued.
The Redway Community Services District announced the completion of a $216,340 construction project that would enhance the district’s ability to provide water to the Redway community.
Funding for the project came from Proposition 13 (2000) Safe Drinking Water, Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program.
The acting chairman of the RCSD board of directors said “This proposition seemed tailor-made to provide the funding for Redway Community Services District to replace a failing portion of its transmission and distribution system.”
California’s unstable fiscal condition claimed another victim when $2 million allocated for the third phase of the Garberville Sanitary District’s facilities upgrade was lost when the state suspended the program under which the loan was granted.
The manager of GSD explained that the improvement program in the district was a five-year plan that was being done in three phases.
Phase 1 was the Eel River Bridge crossing with wastewater treatment lines completed in 2001. Phase 2 was the installation of interceptor lines along right-of-way on Highway 101, enabling the elimination of aerial spans, completed in 2003. Phase 3 was to include improvements to the treatment plant which had been scheduled to be completed in 2004.
The sanitary district was in escrow to buy the Garberville Water Company, but no closing date was predicted.
Reactions to election results ran the gamut of emotions. The parcel tax measure for Southern Humboldt Unified School District was defeated, a move to recall the county district attorney failed and second district supervisor Roger Rodoni outdistanced three opponents to win a third term on the board.
Of particular interest to Southern Humboldt was Measure E, a proposal to ad a $75 per year tax to all eligible parcels of property in the district.
Garberville/Redway Chamber of Commerce executive director Janis Tillery was appointed as a member of the Humboldt County Medical Marijuana Task Force. Tillery was one of 20 people, and the only Southern Humboldt resident, selected by the Humboldt County board of supervisors to establish the direction of a proposed county ordinance designed to codify existing laws to better serve medical marijuana users and caregivers.
Earlier, in establishing the task force, supervisors determined a number of specific areas, such as law enforcement, education, business, industry, medical profession, medical marijuana patients, and caregivers that should be represented on the panel.