As we were: Fire fees requested

By From page B2 | October 15, 2012

Deibert Ken


25 Years ago

Oct. 14, 1987

Placerville Fire Department seeks $500 fees


Due to increasing development in Placerville as well as its sphere of influence, Fire Chief Al Herzig is asking the city to levy $500 per parcel development fee.

The proposed ordinance states that as a condition to any permit for development of any residential, commercial, institutional or industrial use in the city, the developer shall be required to pay a fee …

Herzig, who brought up the proposal at a recent City Council study session, told council members the Placerville Fire Department is one of the only fire protection agencies in the county that receives neither development fees nor parcel fees. Increased development means an increased workload of daily fire and medical calls, weed abatement, citizens complaints and various other duties which have affected the department, he said.

In addition, both the fire department and the Placerville Fire Protection District stand to loose money if the city annexes lands currently located within the district . They both stand to lose because of their working relationship, which is unique and somewhat confusing.

The fire department protects all property within the city and the districts protect all property on the city’s periphery. Both are separate entities with separate budgets, yet they share equipment and stations …


Four new community columnists announced

Four new community columnists will bring their views to the editorial page of the Mountain Democrat announced Managing Editor Michael Raffety.

Called “My Turn,” the column appears Wednesdays and is rotated among four writers …

The new group includes Betsy Passes, Don McDonald, Bill Kramer and Steve Healey …


75 Years ago

Oct. 14, 1937

Shingle Springs Youth Shows Unusual Talent In Art

Waldo Sabini, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Sabini of Shingle Springs, is attracting attention locally by his skill as an artist, to make a name for himself as a commercial artist.

A graduate of El Dorado County high school in the class of 1930 with three years training at the California College of Arts and Crafts at Oakland. Sabini has acquired a surprising portfolio which attests his interest in his chosen field and his talent for the work.

He has completed a number of other drawings recently, including a drawing of the official seal of the City of Placerville, which will be used on new letterheads which are now being prepared for the city …


120 Years ago

Oct. 15, 1892

A Serious Accident

A serious railroad wreck, which might have been worse, occurred on Friday of this week about a mile and a half below the Placerville depot. As the train was passing through a cut, the engine ran on to a cow and was derailed. The veteran engineer, James Hanford, was badly and it is feared, fatally injured. For thirty years he had walked around this engine like a king, only to be killed by it at last. The fireman, who was on his third trip, and whose name we failed to get, was badly but not fatally injured. The passengers, among whom were Al Duncan and wife, were roughly shaken up, but not hurt.

Ken Deibert

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