April 14, 1989
Highway 50 plans: city wants traffic lights eliminated
by JOHN SAMMON
After months of reports, planning, study, public hearings, endorsements and condemnations of various alternatives, the wheels for an improvement of Highway 50 are beginning to turn.
The Placerville City Council debated the issue during the televised evening meeting that followed. The majority opinion among the council members was that there could be no further delay in the process to get Highway 50 improvements put on the State Transportation Improvement Program list.
Councilman Carl Borelli asked Robert O. Watkins, District 3 director of the California Department of Transportation, if he knew what Placerville’s cost would eventually be for the project, mentioning that Lake Tahoe casinos should share the cost.
Councilwoman Kathi Lishman said that she was not comfortable with the project. “I haven’t seen anything that shows me we’re not going to sacrifice downtown,” Lishman said.
The City Council voted 4-1 to send the message asking that Highway 50 be upgraded to freeway status, with elimination of traffic signals and cross-traffic. The decision leaves the specific design of the freeway open.
70 Years ago
April 13, 1944
Rotary Forms Local Club
Steps for organization of a Rotary Club in Placerville were taken on Thursday evening of last week when a group of seventeen business and professional men named temporary officers and voted to apply for a charter from Rotary International.
Officers and members of the new club in Placerville are as follows: H. V. Jesperson, president; R. M. Lutz, vice-president; Ellsworth Williard, secretary; Earl Sawyer, treasurer; and Al Nagel, James Steen, Jack Scott, Clyde Curtis, Henry Swearingen, Charles Snow, H. E. Hollenback, Chris Orelli, J. W. Caswell, Dean Robinson and Gloyde Funk.
The club meets weekly on Thursday evenings at the Blue Bell Coffee Shop and is looking forward to “Charter Night” when the new unit will be formally instituted in Rotary under the direction of District Governor Andy Haight.
“The Sphere Of Service”
Corporal Ray Lawyer is in Ward 9 of the Station Hospital at Camp Roberts under treatment for a fractured arm and shoulder, according to reports. The corporal got hold of the wrong end of sump’n or other and the jolt was a little more than he bargained for.
Staff Sergeant John R. Meder, of Camp Shelby, Miss, was home on furlough this week and called at the (Democrat) office to get Sergeant Elbert Gray’s address. Meder suggested that we undertake a collection of “shoulder patches,” just by way of demonstrating the variety of services in which the men from El Dorado County are engaged.
Private Milton Veerkamp has left for Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyoming, following seven days at home.
115 Years ago
April 15, 1899
New Enterprise for El Dorado
The El Dorado Power Company, has recently incorporated, has been granted a fifty years franchise to erect poles and wires upon the streets and roads of the county, for the conduction of electricity for power and lighting purposes. The wires are to be laid across the mineral belt of the county to supply power wherever required, and to offer electric light service in Placerville and other towns.