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Lassen County Times Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 7A Shayla Ashmore Staff Writer sash mor~@lassennews;com A group of Lassen County residents are tired of getting no response to repeated com- plaints about abandoned cars and trucks, weeds and bark- ing dogs. For more than a year, Standish resident Sally Dilts has taken complaints to the county code enforcement offi- cer, the sheriff's department and the animal control offi- cer. She recently told Board of Supervisors the only county department to respond was animal control. "I did get them to respond because of negligence on feeding animals," Dilts said. Saying a lot of Standish- Litchfield residents have the same issues, Dilts said she called the sheriff's office to complain about many bark- ing dogs. '~knd the sheriff's office would take down the name and address and nobody would show up," Dilts said. Standish resident Leona Parker said she agreed with everything Dilts said. "My main concern is the fuel passing when the cars are brought in and disman- fled and that could go into our water," Parker said. Litchfield resident Wanda Wilson told the board at its Tuesday, Oct. 23 meeting she had the same issues as Dills and Parker, but her issues were specifically connected to the trailer park in Litchfield. She said the new owner burns trash creating a toxic odor. "The sheriff's department is out there almost nightly with gunshots and fighting," Wilson said, "It really, really is a mess and I just need some help from you guys on what steps I need to take. Either get it completely fenced so nobody can see it, or get it cleaned up or something. And I want to do it the right way, not a vigilante-type thing." District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson said the three women "represent the rest of the community," adding he'd had DYER, from page 1A statute of limitations sets a deadline for filing a court action challenging approval area will lead to "a wide array of significant environmental impacts," it said. The EIR analyzes the impacts "only in the most general terms, leaving the tiative rezoned the land from timber production to moun- tain resort, paving the way for a ski area that would "serve 10,450 skiers at one time and include the capacity other complaints about the same issues. Parker said the concerned residents "all have really nice places. Down the road, we may want to sell those places. However, we can't do it." Board Chairman. and District 3 Supervisor Brian Dahle agreed, "It's bringing your property values down." "That's right," Parker said. ' nd we want to bring citi- zens to Lassen County to buy high-dollar property." More than just bringing down immediate property values, junk affects the whole community, said District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman. "My wife teaches there at Shatter School," Chapman said. "She drive by these places every day and she's even commented to me. Even the kids in school, she's lis- tened to the kids talk about the problems there in the trailer park." Wilson said her 10-year-old all, at that trailer park." Dilts said the residents j ust want to look out their win- dows and see something nice, "not a Volkswagen covered in weeds." District 1 Supervisor-Bob Pyle said the sheriff's depart- ment is supposed to have a program to remove aban- doned vehicles. Pyle serves on the Lassen County Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Service Authority, which last met in January. The California Department of Motor Vehicles now authorized to collect a $1 abatement fee, but is not doing so yet, according to County Treasurer Richard Egan. The fee from vehicle registrations in Lassen County will fund the authori- ty Egan said the city of Susanville and the county agreed to an abatement plan detailing how abandoned vehicles will be collected. to distribute the estimated $30,000 the fee will generate. Fifty percent of the fee will be distributed based on the percent of vehicles abated. The other 50 percent is divid- ed based on population and geography Egan said the city and coun- ty do not agree on how to define the division based on geographic area. The authori- ty will meet in the next couple of months to .iron out that provision of the agreement. "Obviously, the county had a greater geographic area than the city and it's more costly to tow a vehicle from Bieber or Doyle than Susanville," Egan said. Assistant County Counsel Traci Witty said she plans to give the board an update on the fee at its Tuesday, Nov. 20 meeting. DaMe directed the county code enforcement officer and the sheriff's department to investigate the complaints of the project under CEQA 30 days after the county files a notice of determination. The county flied the notice on Sept. 25. The Bay Area law firm Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger filed the unlimit- ed civil lawsuit against the county of Lassen, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors and several as-yet-unnamed respondents. Alleged CEQA violations This suit claims the county violated CEQA in approving the EIR and tentative parcel map on Sept, 25 and the devel- opment agreement ordinance on Oct. 9. Calling the four-sea- son resort southwest of Westwood a huge new devel- opment, the suit said the 6,741-acre ski area and golf resort on undeveloped land on the flanks of Dyer Mountain "would house at least 17,382 people, making it in essence a brand-new city, just miles from Westwood, a small com- munity of about 2,000 people." The large new population and unprecedented degree of construction in an undevel- oped and sparsely populated public and decision makers in the dark about the details of the real impacts," the law- suit claims. The petition for writ of mandate claims the EIR failed to identify mitigation measures sufficient to avoid the impacts it does identify By approving the project, the county '?made a decision without all of the informa- tion needed to properly weigh the consecluences of the development." It approved the project based on a series of findings lacking "the sup- port of substantial evidence." "Based solely on the self- interested assertions" of the deCeloper, the county found alternatives infeasible, though any alternative "could have been less envi- ronmentally damaging than the project itself," it said. In finding the project's ben- efits would outweigh its envi- ronmental consequences, the county simply assumed the resort would be successful, "completely ignoring the J:hreat that glo.bal. war .ing poses to this low-altitude ski area, as well as other factors." A November 2000 voter mi- to house at least 17,382 people daughter "is not allowed, at They have yet to agree on how and report back to the board. in 4,104 dwelling units." The lawsuit claims, "The project site stands at the con- fluence of two of California'S major ecological regions, the Sierra Nevada and the Cascades. "This geography brings to the site a unique array of wildlife and plants, including federally-protected bald eagles and a variety of rare plants," it said. "The project area also includes several sites sacred to the Honey Lake Maidu people." The petitioners submitted comments on the draft EIR, circulated in November 2004, noting it failed to provide suf- ficiently detailed analysis of the resort's impacts. As a gen- eral review of the resort's overall impact, the EIR "failed to fully account for the resort's cumulative and growth-inducing impacts" and "improperly deferred mitigation measures" until project-specific plans are sub- mitted for individual phases of development. The lawsuit claims the EIR also failed to anaiyze an ade- quate range of alternatives. RETIRE, from page 6A Lassen County students how to drive, serving for many years as the college's drivers training instructor. Callegari praised the col- lege for launching a new fire science program, but he said the college should increase its offering for law enforcement officers, especially correc- tional officers. "There are a lot of wildfire jobs in the summer," Callegari said, "but except for the Susanville Fire Department, all the rest of the jobs are volunteer. Let's talk about custody jobs. There's a heck of a job market out there." Callegari said he's too busy to really get into his retire- ment yet. 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