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Lassen County Times 2A Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 Barbara France Managing Editor bfrance@lassennews.com Rerouting truck traffic down the abandoned Paul Bunyan logging road is not an option, the Highway 36 Town Hill Safety Taskforce decided at its annual meet- ing. According to Chairman Jim Chapman the idea of having a truck bypass through Susanville Ranch Park to Skyline Drive has been tossed around for years and it was time to make a decision one way or another. "As soon as I learned Caltrans would require a two- lane road built over the log- ging road rather than a low profile one-way bypass, I knew that was the deal break- er," Chapman told a packed audience in the Lassen County Supervisors Chambers. Dale Waggoner, a Caltrans District 2 engineer, told the task force that he took the Chapman's idea and applied Caltrans rules to the project. "It is doable," said Waggoner, "but is it what you want to do?" Mark Miller, of Caltrans District 2, added the highway bypass would have to be two lanes; it would have a similar grad as the Uptown hill and cost a minimum of $20 mil- lion. " Supervisor Brian Dahle, who represents District 4, the area of the proposed bypass, asked the task force to aban- don the plan. He noted trucks would have to drive through Susanville Ranch Park, through a residential area and near an elementary school. Many residents from Cherry Terrace, Wildwood Way Lakewood Way, Ashley Way and Brookwood Street were at the meetings express- ing the same coricerns. Carolyn Smith, owner of Sierra Theatre, located at the corner of the most dangerous Main Street curve, said she hoped those in the audience would continue to show up at the task force meetings. "When the meetings were focusing on how to protect the theatre, often I was the only audience member besides a representative of the news," said Smith. She stated the problem is a citywide issue and someone will be affected no matter how the problem is solved. She said it would take the entire community to come up with a plan. The seven members of the task force approved not rec- ommending the Paul Bunyan Road concept to the Lassen County Transportation Commission. The LCTC meets every other month, with the next meeting sched- uled for 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at 707 Nevada St. The task force unanimous- ly voted to recommend to the commission a barrier wall on the Uptown hill to be complet- ed as soon as POSSible. The barrier offers the commis- sion the option tof deciding if it should be a barrier at the curb in front of the theatre or in the middle of the road. The task force is also ask- ing the commission tO relieve theatre owner Mike Smith of the burden of planning and implementing the wall. When a finai report was submitted in 2004, Smith, who is also a contractor, agreed to erect the wall. However, for whatever reasons, Smith told the task force he is not able to pene- trate the bureaucracy and get the wall built. Completed projects In other business, CHP Susanville commander Lt. Eric Liband told the task force the platform scale to be located at the top of the hill before coming into town is not expected be funded and built until 2016. David Stain, a representa- tive of Senator Dave Cox, attended the meeting and said he plans to take the issue to the senator. Chapman added Cox and Assemblyman Rick Keene might be able to get funding for the platform scale sooner. Liband did say that he would not be able toman the scale 24/7 and though it may help, it will not prevent the current problem. Chapman said at the Nov. 5 LCTC meeting a report will be shared on how the state is planning to turn Highway 395, Highway 44 and Highway 299 to the coast into a north- ern truck route to relieve pressure on 1-80 and Donner Pass. "If that is the plan, then we will see more trucks and maybe we can make aplea for mor$ commercial CHP offi- cers to man the platform scale," said Chapman. Other ideas Throughout the meetings Citizens gave the task force other ideas on how to allevi- ate the truck problem. Amoi]g the suggestions were to route trucks behind Susanville Ranch .Park and behind the Skyline subdivi- sion. Waggoner said he is already working with city staff on a northern route. Realtor Jim McCarthy sug- gested trucks turn onto Cottage Street then Unionthe Main Street hill be Street and back onto Mainwidened and a grade separa- Street. The route is similar to tion be made for east and the current one used whenwestbound traffic. Miller said Main Street is closed fortwo homes on the east side of Uptown events such as tomor- the road might be affected. row, Oct. 31, the Safe and Sane The task force has been Halloween. When trucks and meeting off and on in differ- cars are directed off of Main ent capacities for more than Street, they stop at the end of 25 years. Its next scheduled Cottage, where the streetmeeting will be in October intersection with Riverside 2008 or perhaps April 2008, Drive and Weatherlow Street. said Chapman. It vas also proposed that The curve at the top of Main Street has been a problem for many years with accidents and over- turned trucks. File photo Emergency burn ban in effect until Oct. 31 Monticola Club to hold Christmas boutique Cal Fire is making an emer- gency Burn Ban for Northern California. Cal Fire will not allow any outdoor burning in Plumas, Lassen, and Modoc Counties. Burning will be suspended until Unit Chief Brad Lutts formally cancels the emer- gency burn ban. week. Cal Fire will notify the media and post information at www.cdflmu.org when this emergency burn ban will be lifted. Contact your local Cal Fire station if you have any ques- tions. The statewide draw down of resources 'due to the fires This burn ban is expected in iSoufherh :C} lffornia and to last approximately one an expected wind event with warm weather are the rea- sons for this emergency burn ban. The Monticola Club is host- inga Christmas Boutique at 4 p.m. to 8 p.m Nov. 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Nov. 17 at Monticola's Club, 140 S Lassen. There will be beauti- fu] giftS, country store, food and beverages, plus raffle baskets. The wind event is a north wind expected Thursday in Northern California.This 'Foen wind' is the Local Church hostin2 haruestfestiuat same type of winds that are currently active in Souther n H ney Lake Valley Sunnyside Road) is hosting a There will be a costume con- California. ~ ~,/.~:~'~;;:' Asseml~y,~of God Church Harvest Festival from ~-8 tea:t, 10is:Of games, 16ts"and 'l ,0r addition ziif6rmatmn A-3 :JanesVi e p:m: ; ::':": ,:-i"'):: 10ls'0f'caildy)For more infor visit fire,ca gov .- ; : Between . Sears and On Wednesday, " Oct 31. mation call 2534222. TEFAP . v/~ ttfa ~m Don't be afraid call us today! 251 - 2552 www. ta n dctea m. co m This office'is independently owned & operated 1913 MAIN STREET . SUSANVILLE ~000 &Camtry Real Estate The following is the TEFAP food distribution schedule for November 2007. Salvation Army: Pick-up to be arranged, unless other- wise noted. Milford: Distribution is scheduled from 11:30 a.m, until 2 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 14 at the Milford Community Building Big Valley: Distribution by Tracy Murphy, Realtor Fast Facts: 2004 average DOM, 74, average sales price $143,036 2005 average DOM, 92, average sales price $138,608 2006 average DOM, 127, average sales price $216,302 " 2007-current. average DOM, 144, average sales price $207.564 DOM=days on market Based on single family residence in the Susanville area. Data from Lessen time in Bieber, Lookout, and Adin to be arranged. Little Valley: Pickup will be made at the same time as Big Valley. Distribution time to be arranged. SusanviHe: Distribution is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Jensen Hall - Susanville Fairgrounds. .Do);le: Distribution will be made at the Doyle Senior Center, at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. Janesville: Distribution is scheduled at the Janesville Fire Hall, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, Friday, Nov. 9. County MLS. For mere news log on to bheardrealty.com HEARD REALTY 257-7113 921-9263 % Johnstonville Quality Foods For convenient Parking & Service in Johnstonville 7am to 8:30pm Frozen Foods * Groceries Beer, Wine and Ice -Drive Safely- Jerry Crum, M.D Annie Westerbeke, CMT Roman Ruhnke, CMT Weekend/Evening Appointments Av//ilable n lle ,