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September 29, 2015

37 Miles of Great Shasta Rail Trail Opens

Great Shasta Rail Trail opened three sections of trail totaling 37 miles following ceremonies in Mc- Cloud and Burney on September 26 and 27. Trail head signs identify open sections of the 80-mile former McCloud Railway Company rail bed. Ten-years in development, the recreational trail is for nonmotorized, year-round activities such as hiking, walking, bicycling, equestrian, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing.

In the picture above, Co-founders of the Great Shasta Rail Trail Joe Studenicka and the widow of co-founder Wayne Pauley, Laura, cut the ribbon officially opening the Burney end of the trail.
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Mayers Honors Dahle
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
FALL RIVER MILLS – California State Assemblyman Brian Dahle has been instrumental in getting legislation passed and signed that has made it possible for Mayers Memorial Hospital to survive on at least two occasions recently. The last, authoring and guiding Assembly Bill 1290 to a successful conclusion made it possible for the hospital to fulfill the mandates of the Seismic Compliance law in the tight time frame which demands completion by January 1, 2020. By making it possible for the district to contract with one firm to do both the design and the building, the project became viable and will be completed within the deadlines set in the seismic law.

In recognition of his help the invited him to last week’s Mayers Board meeting and presented him with a plaque and resolution thanking him for his tireless work on their behalf.

In a surprise move, at least to the recipient, Interim CEO Louis Ward presented the district’s Chief Financial Officer, Travis Lakey, with a framed copy of the USDA loan documents obtained through his months of almost daily contact and effort which is giving the district the bulk of the money needed for the seismic driven construction. In his report to the board Ward said, “On August 26th we received the call our community has been waiting on for the better part of a decade.

State Senator Pushes for Early Completion of Fall River Bridge
September 23, 2015
Malcolm Dougherty,
Director California Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 942873
Sacramento, CA 94273-0001

Re: Cassel-Fall River Bridge

Dear Director Dougherty: I am writing regarding the emergency closure of the Cassel-Fall River Bridge. A recent inspection revealed that Pier 3 is approximately 25% undermined, Pier 4 is more than 50% undermined and Pier 5 is approximately 25% undermined. Both CALTRANS and the Federal Highway Administration have deemed the structure unsafe.

While I fully understand the need for the emergency closure, I am concerned about how long the community will go without a replacement bridge. I am told that replacing the bridge is complex because the site is archeologically and environmentally sensitive. I can appreciate those sensitivities, but I believe that CALTRANS needs to do everything it can to streamline the replacement due to the very real public safety issues that have arisen.

Big Eddy residents are understandably concerned that Fall River fire and ambulance response times will jump from 4 minutes to more than 20. The response time for a fire engine from Johnson Park jumps from 18 minutes to 36 minutes. A fire engine responding from Soldier Mountain will take more than a half hour, when the pre-closure response time was less than 20 minutes. In any emergency, minutes matter. I therefore respectfully request that CALTRANS exercise all possible flexibility in fast-tracking this project, which is already eligible for federal bridge replacement funding. It is critical that the environmental studies be concluded before winter.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Ted Gaines Senator, First District

Rumble Strips Filled In
BURNEY — Caltrans filled in the controversial rumble strips on Highway 89 at the intersection with Highway 299 Monday, September 21.

The strips had been the start of an effort to cut down on the number of serious and often fatal accidents at that intersection years ago. Serious and often fatal accidents continued to occur. A Blinking red light was added and still the accidents continued to occur.

Finally, after a double fatality which garnered a major protest from local residents. Overhead flashing red lights were added and the major accidents ceased.

The cuts in the rumble strips caused a major vibration in vehicles which led to trucks losing nuts and bolts, the fear of vibration sensitive cargo, dishes and other items in motor homes being damaged.

A noticeable number of drivers, from long haul, logging, to delivery trucks, campers, motor homes and passenger cars familiar with the placement of the rumble strips began to pull onto and drive on the shoulders, creating the potential for accidents with other vehicles who thought they were turning right and began to pass them.

Last year after articles and editorials appeared in Mountain Echo Caltrans partially filled in the east and west strips on Highway 299.

After another year without any major accidents Mountain Echo brought the matter to the agency’s attention again. As before we asked that they review their studies and only remove the strips if it was not going to increase the potential for serious accidents.

Last week they filled in the north and south strips on Highway 89 at that intersection.

The overhead flashing red lights, illumination of the intersection, warning signage and four-way signals do remain. In addition enough of the indentations remain to give a gentle rumble all four ways.

Mariah Maier Honored
Fall River High School announced today that Mariah Maier has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT).
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Burney Water District Pays for Sludge Removal
By Walt Caldwell
Mountain Echo editor
BURNEY – Why do special districts, such as the Burney Water District, need reserve accounts?

That district’s board demonstrated the need last week when they authorized District Manager Willy Rodriguez to transfer $136,000 from reserves for capital improvements to the main cash fund to pay for the latest round of sludge removal from the collection ponds at their sewage plant off Black Ranch Road.

Rodriguez told his board that the district is getting closer to their goal of being in a position where they can replace the pond liners – another major expense.

The board also authorized the district manager to sign all necessary documents to secure financing for the district’s vehicles. The lender, he explained, had given them three repayment options. The shortest would cost them approximately $14,000 in interest. The longest would cost them $28,000.

In other business Rodriguez let his board know that Shasta LAFCO, the local area formation commission for the county was in the process of doing sphere of influence and municipal service reviews as required by law. He said he didn’t expect the process to be a big deal or more expensive than usual.

He also told them the district was filling out an application for a permit for regulatory coverage for drinking water discharges to waters of the United States, something they had never done before. He didn’t expect any problems.

The new mandate was brought about by districts who chlorinate or use other chemicals, flushing hydrants and otherwise allowing their water to run into drain systems which in turn get into reservoirs, streams or lakes, with a possibility of harming the environment. He didn’t feel they’d have a problem getting the permit because they don’t chlorinate or use other chemicals.

He told the board the outside auditors hadbeen to the district August 27 and 28 and had completed the work there. He expected to know the preliminary results shortly. Pool Manager Stephanie McQuade reported that the pool had closed for the year. The regular season had closed September 4 and 47 people had paid to use the pool during the late season which had just ended. Among a number of services, the district had given 187 swimmers pool lessons,. They had sold 20-non resident pool passes.

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