As we were: How steep is too steep?

By From page B3 | March 10, 2014

Deibert Ken25 Years ago

March 10, 1989

Board requires agreement for steep driveways

Before granting a variance of county encroachment standards for a driveway with a 35 percent grade in Marina Village Subdivision, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is requiring both the property owner and the lien holder on property at 1998 Driftwood Circle to execute a “hold harmless” agreement from the county.

The county Department of Transportation was recommending denial of the variance request by contractor David Williams.

The “hold harmless” agreement is necessary because the 35 percent grade is in violation of county standards calling for limits of a 5 percent grade for the first five feet of a driveway and 10 percent for the second five feet, according to Transportation Director Scott Chadd.

“Driveways with grades steeper than the county standard present significant safety and drainage concerns, Chadd said.


70 Years ago

March 9, 1944

Mayo Will Run For Congress

State Senator Jesse M. Mayo, Calaveras publisher, has formally announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Congress in the Second Congressional District of which El Dorado County is part.

Senator Mayo was unanimously endorsed at a caucus of Republican county committeemen from the 18 counties of the district at Auburn on February 12. He was assured the complete support of the Republicans in the district.

Senator Mayo has served in the California State Legislature for the past 12 years, representing ten of the 18 counties in the Second District in the State Assembly for six years before moving to the State Senate. He now represents Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties.


110 Years ago

March 12, 1904

Memorial For Mr. Carnegie

President Roosevelt recently signed  a handsome embossed copy of his speech, delivered Jan. 7, 1903, the date of the acceptance of the Washington Public library by the trustees of the institution. This act of the president completes a beautiful memorial volume of the events of that day to be sent to Mr. Andrew Carnegie by the trustees. The edition contains the resolutions of the board and of the District commissioners, together with the speech of the president.

Modern Medical Appliances

The latest mechanical device for use in the treatment of throat and lung troubles is the Eureka Nebulizer, two of which are installed in Placerville, one in the office of Dr. Kellogg and one in Dr. Mountain’s office. A battery of different medicines in bottles is connected by tubes with a compressed air tank, and by an ingenious device, as the air is forced through these tubes a medicated gas is generated, which is taken into the head by a small rubber hose with a glass nozzle, through the ears or nostrils, and into the throat and lungs by mouth.


Defunct Gas Company Resuscitated

A new corporation has been formed to conduct the business, called the Placerville Fuel and Gas Company, with a capital stock of $25,000. The distribution of gas throughout the city for lighting, heating and cooking purposes will be a great advantage to our citizens.

Ken Deibert

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Special Publications »

    Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service (updated 4/30/2015) and Privacy Policy (updated 4/7/2015).
    Copyright (c) 2016 McNaughton Newspapers, Inc., a family-owned local media company that proudly publishes the Daily Republic, Mountain Democrat, Davis Enterprise, Village Life and other community-driven publications.