With a 3-2 vote on May 14, the Placerville City Council approved a plan to explore all options, including a roundabout, for improvements to Clay Street and the intersection of Cedar Ravine and Main Street with an eye to preparing documentation for an Environmental Impact Report. The plan will include a series of public workshops [...]
There’s a definite slump to Deena Court in the Deer Crossing subdivision of Placerville. The center of the street where the water mains are has sunk 8 inches. Of the five houses on the cul-de-sac, four of them have had to replace water regulators due to water pressure in excess of 100 pounds per square inch. One home also sustained damage due to flooding of water lines into the house. There are lumps and ruts in the asphalt, alligator cracks everywhere, loose gravel and failed pavement.
Placerville has many substandard streets, but Deena Court is in a subdivision that is only 23 years old. Deena Court resident Richard Evans has lived on the street since 2002 and he has been trying for a year to get the city to repair it.
They came bearing anonymously delivered flyers that urged them to stop the return of the roundabout, but it was apparent that many of the 60 + attendees of the April 30 Neighborhood Chat between community members and community leaders, did not come with open minds. The topic of the Chat, as introduced by Placerville Mayor [...]
For the past few years, due to economic reasons, the Placerville Aquatic Center has closed in early August, after being open to the water loving community for two and a half months. At the April 23 Placerville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved a memo of understanding between the city and El Dorado County [...]
Almost a year ago, Michael Webb became Placerville’s first director of Community Development and Engineering. On May 9, Webb will leave his position to return to the city of Davis where he has accepted the position of Director of Community Development and Sustainability. City Manager Cleve Morris announced Webb’s decision to leave at the April [...]
George F. Duffey Park will soon be a swinging place. On March 5, “Professor Playground” Wally Sealok, his foreman and a three-man crew from the Placerville Public Works Department were using a Bobcat to drill footing holes in the park soil, preparing to install more than $30,000 of playground equipment.
The equipment was donated by the Placerville Kiwanis Club and will be suitable for both 2-5 year olds and for older children.
“The design is like a clover-leaf,” said Sealok. “The equipment for the 2-5 year olds will be near the entrance so they don’t have to go across the play area …
Placerville City Council decided unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to keep the city police department rather than to contract with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department to provide law enforcement services. An emotionally charged, standing-room-only, and very articulate crowd presented their case for community policing and they were heard. With the May 17 retirement of police [...]
Island annexation does not include a beach and a Corona. It’s a process by which property within city limits, but belonging to the county, is reclaimed by the city by annexation. It’s a lengthy process and one that the Placerville City Council, looking at too much opposition and too little benefit, decided to scrap at [...]
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Placerville Police Department, in conjunction with Placerville Community Services Department, removed illegal homeless camps located on the hillside behind the shopping center on Upper Broadway. The camps have caused severe blight in the area as evidenced by the amount of garbage taken from the site. None of the homeless who [...]
Placerville City Council meetings might not become any shorter, but they will start earlier. Effective Feb. 26, the open session of City Council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m., with closed session being at 5 p.m. Mayor Wendy Mattson greeted the introduction of the resolution to change the meeting time at [...]
The temporary road closure of part of Fair Lane was extended through Feb .3 by a unanimous vote of City Council at Tuesday’s meeting. The closure of both lanes of Fair Lane from Vintage Transport up to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office began the week of Oct. 29 and was extended from its original [...]
Last January, the city of Placerville finalized a lease with option to purchase agreement with A.M. Pacific Engineering for the old City Hall buildings at 487 Main St. This January, the buildings are, once again, up for sale. The buildings, locally known as “catsup and mustard” for their exterior colors, were for sale for about [...]
It was a jubilant crowd that left Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting as a last-minute alternative rescued Hangtown Haven, the city’s only legal encampment, from imminent closure to a year-long stay.
Hangtown Haven at 1688 Broadway in Placerville is a temporary solution to the nationwide problem of homelessness. In July Hangtown Haven Inc. was granted a 90-day temporary use permit for a trial-run legal encampment for the homeless to determine if such a facility could succeed.
On Wednesday morning, a few residents of Hangtown Haven, the city’s first legal homeless encampment, gathered in the common area as resident Sam Carter, 32, cooked the fixings for breakfast burritos for all.
In August, Hangtown Haven Inc. was granted a 90-day special use permit to allow the camp on the Broadway property owned by Barry Wilkinson. The Mountain Democrat talked to residents of Hangtown Haven, neighbors, Placerville city staff and the organizers of the encampment to find out how things have…
At the Sept. 25 Placerville City Council meeting, the council approved the evolution of volunteerism in the city. The new Volunteer in Placerville program (VIP) is the next step in the city’s already thriving volunteer arrangement and an outgrowth of suggestions made by the public at the city’s Neighborhood Chat meetings. City Manager Cleve Morris [...]
El Dorado County Supervisors, for the second time, have put off a decision on a proposal to advance $2 million to the city for Phase 1A of its Western Placerville Interchange project. The loan would make it possible for the city to begin “mobilization” and cover “the first payment to the contractor,” according to documents [...]
The historic buildings at 301 and 305 Main Street will wait until after the first of the new year to get new faces, but no one is dragging their feet. At the Aug. 28 Placerville City Council meeting, the council heard an update on the restoration progress of the buildings from City Manager Cleve Morris. [...]
The 2011-2012 El Dorado County Grand Jury report recommended consolidation of city and county services, but at Tuesday’s Placerville City Council meeting, City Manager Cleve Morris said that the Grand Jury’s assumptions were based on a lack of concrete data and detail. “Cities were established to address specific needs that existed at the time of [...]
The Placerville City Council voted to buck new state mandates suspending portions of the Brown Act during the Aug. 14 City Council meeting. The Ralph M. Brown Act is the state law governing the requirements for open meetings for local legislative bodies. California State Assembly Bill 1464, the Budget Act of 2012, contained a schedule of [...]