Caltrans Begins Removal of Remaining Hazardous Trees

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State of California • Department of Transportation

NEWS RELEASE

Today’s Date: October 7, 2019
District: 1 – Eureka
Contact: Bonnie Kuhn
Phone: (707) 441-4678

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALTRANS BEGINS REMOVAL OF REMAINING HAZARDOUS TREES

Eureka – Caltrans has identified dead and dying trees that are hazardous and pose a significant threat to the safety of motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, impacting the safety of the traveling public along Routes 20, 29, 53, and 175 in Lake County. Most of the identified trees were damaged by the Valley Fire in 2015.

After the initial removal of dead trees during the Valley Fire cleanup, it was determined that a certified arborist would re-assess trees that were identified with the potential for recovery at a later date. These trees are located along our right-of-way and on personal property. Each tree is evaluated for health, viability, and the potential to become an immediate or future hazard to public safety.

Property owners will be contacted by Caltrans to perform the tree assessments along the right-of-way on their property. They will be sent a “Permission to Enter,” that will allow Caltrans to cut and remove the identified trees or keep the timber for personal use. If homeowners refuse the removal of the trees by Caltrans, they will be held liable if the trees fall, causing damage or harm to utilities or the traveling public.

Reasons for removing live trees include the presence of internal decay, insect damage, fungus, signs of stress such as excessive pitching and/or deformed growth, loose bark, signs of instability and fire damage. The arborist has currently identified over 500 trees that need to be removed, although there are many more miles of road to assess.

Dead or dying trees will be marked with a blue paint ring to facilitate identification. Hazardous tree removal began Monday, Sept. 30.

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2018 Draft RHNA Housing Units – Numbers Released

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Lake County/City Area Planning Council (APC) has prepared a draft Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) pursuant to Government Code 65584 et. Seq., which proposes a distribution of needed housing units within Lake County and the incorporated cities through 2027 as estimated by the State of California Department of Housing & Community Development. The draft RHNA is now available for public comment.  Comments may be submitted to the Lake APC at 367 N. State Street, Suite 204, Ukiah, California, 95482.

 

A public hearing will be held by APC to adopt the final RHNA Plan on August 8, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Lakeport City Council Chambers, 225 Park Street, Lakeport ,CA. The public comment period will be open until the time of adoption.  For further information, please contact our office at 707-234-3314.



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Lake Transit Authority has launched a shopping shuttle to assist those who have been affected by the recent fire at Hardester’s Market in Middletown.  The shuttle will provide transportation to residents in the surrounding area to other grocery stores and shopping centers. Read the press release to learn more about the shuttle, or, to arrange a ride call 994-3334 at least 24 hours in advance. Lake Transit said if no one is signed up by noon on Mondays, the service will not run the next day.


Planning Contractor Retires, Names Successor

On Monday, June 4 at the regular meeting of the Mendocino Council of Governments (MCOG), Executive Director Phil Dow announced his retirement after a career of more than 40 years in transportation. Mr. Dow has also been under contract with the Lake APC to provide Planning Services for over 25 years. He has chosen Nephele Barrett as his successor, starting immediately. The recent MCOG Press Release highlights Mr. Dow’s accomplishments.