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Deadline to appeal asphalt
plant decisions approaching

- July 22, 2105

By Nick Baptista, which has been spearheading opposition against placement of an asphalt hot plant at the Hogan Quarry near Valley Springs, has not formally filed appeals to a pair of July 9 Calaveras County Planning Commission decisions favorable to quarry operators, but anticipates it will do so.

   The public has 15 days from a commission decision to file an appeal to the Board of Supervisors, so that deadline is Friday, July 24.

   “It’s going to happen, but not yet,” said President Joyce Techel when asked by The Valley Springs News on Monday whether her organization was going to appeal the decisions.

   The decisions being considered for appeal are the commission’s vote on a resolution backing county Planning Director Peter Maurer’s April 30 decision the asphalt plant is a permitted use at the Foothill Materials Inc. quarry located at 3650 Hogan Dam Road and reversal of a determination by county Environmental Management Agency Director Brian Moss that a new use, such as the asphalt plant, triggers an environmental review.

   In the meantime, residents have scheduled a community meeting in opposition to the asphalt plant from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the La Contenta Events Center. Tom Infusino, an attorney for the Calaveras Planning Coalition, is scheduled to make a presentation. did not organize the community meeting, Techel said, “but we’ll be happy to show up and support them any way we can.”

   Although the approval process if far from done, has posted several photographs at its website of additional hot plant equipment being installed at the quarry.

 CCWD customers reduce water
use an "incredible" 40% in June

- July 22, 2015

   Calaveras County Water District customers have proven they’re serious about saving water with a 40 percent reduction in use during June, according to information released this week by the district.

   June’s “incredible” reduction, CCWD officials say, is 2 ½ times the 16 percent reduction required by the State Water Resources Control Board. The state compares current water use to the same time period in 2013.

   "This is a continuing demonstration by members of our community that they are dedicated to saving water," said CCWD General Manager Dave Eggerton. "We had such a great response with 18 percent savings last year, and this just builds upon that. I can't thank our customers enough for their commitment to conserving water during this fourth consecutive year of drought."

   The huge water savings in June were well beyond the district's expectations, and may have financial implications if conservation continues at this level throughout the summer. The fiscal year 2015-2016 budget built in a 20 percent reduction in water use due to water conservation. With conservation levels reaching 40 percent, significantly less consumptive revenue is likely to come in.

   In light of the high level of water conservation and in response to widespread customer concerns, district staff will work with the CCWD Board in coming weeks to allow greater flexibility with irrigation schedules, which will help residents preserve the life of their trees and shrubs.

   In the meantime, CCWD officials urge the public continue following Stage 3.5 Mandatory Water Conservation Measures that were put into place May 13 by the board. To view the list of watering restrictions, go to and click on "Watering Restrictions."

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