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Jerry Budrick
1 week ago

810 Court Street

Jackson, California 95642-2132

Phone (209) 223-6351

September 7, 2016

The Honorable J.S. Hermanson

Presiding Judge, Superior Court

County of Amador

500 Argonaut Lane

Jackson, California 95642

Re: Response by the Amador County Assessor

2015-2016 Grand Jury Special Investigation – Health and Human Services Building Lease

Dear Judge Hermanson:

As an initial matter, neither myself nor the Assessor’s Office had anything whatsoever to do with the negotiation, review,...

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Greta McElroy
1 week ago

There are two questions I’d like to attempt to answer this week. One is, “What is this cockamamie registration letter, I, or my dead dog, just got in the mail?” The other is, “When am I going to get a ballot in the mail?”

Voters throughout the State, including Amador County, have been receiving letters from the Voter Participation Center (VPC) stating that, according to public records, you do not appear to be registered to vote. They continue by saying that California law requires that all eligible citizens be registered if they...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago
The Amador County Board of Supervisors has voted to overturn the Amador County Planning Commission’s denial and allow the construction of a new winery tasting room on Ostrom Road, north of Fiddletown. Meeting in June, the Planning Commission had voted 5-0 to deny the use permit needed to allow construction of a proposed 800-square-foot tasting room to join the existing winery production facilities on the property. Plein Air Vineyards then appealed the decision to the Board of Supervisors, who, in their meeting this Tuesday, voted 4-1... [Read more]
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Greta McElroy
2 weeks ago

Editor’s note: Until 2016 election results are in, this spot will be devoted to voters’ questions, with answers provided by Greta McElroy, Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters, Amador County Elections Department, (209) 223-6270, gmcelroy@amadorgov.org.

We’re getting voter registration forms without signatures.

Before we can complete any voter registration, we must have a signature. If you register online, there is a box that needs to be checked to allow your DMV signature to be attached to the registration and sent to us. Please...

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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
Caveat Emptor? A sign outside the Amador County Health and Human Services building warns of snakes in the grass and other dangers. Photo by Eric Winslow
Shoppers for prime real estate may be keen to learn that the decade-old Health and Human Services building at 10877 Conductor Boulevard in Sutter Creek has recently been put on the market at an asking price of $20,000,000. If the property finds a buyer, it will have been the third time that it has changed hands, though the many names to which the property has belonged, as well as the percentage of interest they have had in it, have alternated multiple times since it was built in 2007 on a lonely parcel of 5.66 acres in the middle of... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago

In a short meeting Tuesday, the Ione City Council accepted a grant to improve fire safety in the city, and approved an agreement with the Amador Water Agency over the raw water pipeline that serves Howard Park.

The fire safety grant, which totals $462,000, from the Department of Homeland Security, will be used to encourage volunteer firefighters to join and stay with the department. The money will be used to fund a volunteer coordinator position for the next four years who would work on recruiting and retaining firefighters, as...

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Craig Baracco
3 weeks ago
Improvements continue at Minnie Provis Park in Sutter Creek, with a new bathroom/snack shack building under construction. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
At its Tuesday night meeting, the Sutter Creek City Council decided that the city will be moving back to having its own building inspector. The council voted to discontinue a contract with the City of Jackson to share building inspection services and to advertise for a part-time inspector, who will work directly for the city. In recent years, the city has contracted out its building inspection services, first with Amador County, and currently with the City of Jackson. City Manager Amy Gedney estimated the move will save the city... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago
Amador County District 4 Supervisor Louis Boitano addresses the crowd during the Third Annual ACRCC’s Labor Day Picnic Sept. 5 at Detert Park. Photo courtesy of Gwen Clayton

Small businesses and entrepreneurs have been making America great for 240 years. To honor the labor of these hard-working leaders, the Amador County Republican Central Committee held its Third Annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday, Sept. 5, at Detert Park, in Jackson. This year’s theme was “Make America Great Again!”

Emcee Tom Harmon announced the guest speakers, entertainment and other news. His wife, Kitty Harmon, opened the ceremonies by leading the crowd in an invocation, followed by ARCC Chair Dr. Arnold Zeiderman, who addressed...

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Greta McElroy
3 weeks ago

Editor’s note: Until 2016 election results are in, this spot will be devoted to voters’ questions, with answers provided by Greta McElroy, Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters, Amador County Elections Department, (209) 223-6270, gmcelroy@amadorgov.org.

It is E-60, 60 days before the election and time to check in to see what the elections staff is working on:

Cynthia oversees the office portion of the Elections Office. She is keeping caught up on the many online registrations that come in every day. Since the election in June,...

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Craig Baracco
09/01/2016 2:04 PM
Amador Water Agency Directors, from left, Art Toy, Rich Farrington, Robert Manassero, Paul Molinelli and Gary Thomas prepare to cut the ribbon on the recently created hydroelectric power generation facility at AWA headquarters. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
On Thursday, August 25, the Amador Water Agency held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate its new hydroelectric power generation facility at the Tanner Reservoir Water Treatment Plant, on Ridge Road, east of Sutter Creek. The new installation uses water flowing in the agency’s Amador Transmission Pipeline, which carries raw water from Lake Tabeaud to the plant, to power a small turbine. The turbine will generate up to 580,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power the treatment facility, as well as the... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
09/01/2016 2:03 PM

Holding a special meeting on Monday night, the Jackson City Council approved a package of items related to its ongoing efforts to ensure its sewer system complies with State water quality regulations.

First, the council approved an addendum to the environmental review of its plan to upgrade the city’s sewer system. The addendum reflects changes to the design of the project since it was given approval in 2014 and is required for the city to apply for financing for the project.

The council also approved a measure to appoint local...

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Craig Baracco
09/01/2016 1:55 PM
The Plymouth Farmer’s Market operates during Plymouth City Council meetings. Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig BaraccoThe Plymouth Farmer’s Market operates during Plymouth City Council meetings. Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

Water and the means to supply it were the main topics of discussion at last Thursday night’s Plymouth City Council meeting.

Plymouth City Manager Jeff Gardner previewed a possible water rate increase, saying that the city’s water fund was currently running a deficit and would be out of money by the end of the fiscal year. He said a water rate study by the city was needed to determine water rates that were sustainable. Gardner noted that the city’s previous rate study, conducted in 2008, on which the city’s current rates are bases,...

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Craig Baracco
08/25/2016 12:23 PM
Amador County Planning Director Susan Grijalva explains a detail in the General Plan. Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco

A new Amador County General Plan, a document the county has been working on and fighting over for ten years, now stands on the verge of final approval. A narrowly split Amador County Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to recommend approval of the plan to the Amador County Board of Supervisors.

The commission’s recommendation to the board passed on a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Dave Wardall, Ray Lindstrom and Ray Ryan all voted for approval, while commissioners Andy Byrne and Caryl Callsen voted against a positive recommendation....

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Craig Baracco
08/25/2016 12:16 PM

Personnel matters were the topic of discussion at the Jackson City Council on Monday night, as the council approved a new employee agreement with the city’s police officers and increased the salary of an unfilled wastewater tech position.

The city’s new agreement, called a “Memorandum of Understanding,” with its police officers does not include an increase in base salaries. However, it does increase the city’s contribution to officers’ health insurance and increases the number of plans that officers have to choose from. The new...

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Lucy Hackett
08/25/2016 1:04 PM
Water flowing through the Amador Transmission Pipeline now generates electricity to power the AWA Treatment Plant and offices. Amador Ledger Dispatch file photo

The Amador Water Agency Board of Directors, Amador County Supervisors, PG&E NLine officials and members of the Amador community gathered Thursday morning, at AWA headquarters, on Ridge Road, east of Sutter Creek, to dedicate the AWA’s Tanner Hydroelectric Generation Plant. Small turbines inside the 30-inch Amador Transmission Pipeline now capture otherwise-wasted energy, for a reliable, local and renewable source of electricity.

The turbine uses water flow inside the Amador Transmission Pipeline, and excess pressure at the water...

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Craig Baracco
08/25/2016 12:21 PM
Miss Amador 2016, Sydney Julien, and members of her court Angie Kay Lyman and Bailey Mitchell, thank the Board of Supervisors for their support of the Amador County Fair. Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
On Tuesday morning, the Amador Board of Supervisors approved its official response to the 2015-16 Grand Jury Special Report, which was highly critical of the county’s handling of a lease agreement for the county’s Health and Human Services Building. The supervisors’ response, approved on a 4-1 vote, offers a point-by-point reply to the Grand Jury report’s 19 findings and nine recommendations. While the board does agree with some of the items in whole or in part, for the most part the county response rejects most of the Grand Jury’s... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
08/25/2016 12:44 PM

Amador County deserves politics that are as good as its people.

I am responding to the unfortunate personal attack levied on me by former District 4 Supervisor Candidate Gwen Clayton in last week’s paper. I was saddened and dismayed to see Ms. Clayton bring to Amador County the worst kind of political rhetoric we are seeing in the presidential race today. Instead of focusing on what we can do together to make our county prosper or explain why she prefers the incumbent in the election, she chose to attack me.

I think we...

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Greta McElroy
08/25/2016 11:46 AM

Editor’s note: Until 2016 election results are in, this spot will be devoted to voters’ questions, with answers provided by Greta McElroy, Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters, Amador County Elections Department, (209) 223-6270, gmcelroy@amadorgov.org.

Who is on your ballot for this election?

In the November General Election, all voters receive the same ballot, no matter what political party you are registered with (or if you have no party preference). Your home address where you are registered to vote determines which contests...

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Eric Winslow
08/25/2016 10:51 AM
Supervisors Oneto and Forster. Photo by Craig Baracco

On June 22, 2016, a special Grand Jury Report, which investigated dozens of questions and problems with the County Board of Supervisors in its alleged mismanagement of the Amador Health and Human Services Building, was released to the public. Last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors made an official statement, formulated by a special ad hoc committee, called "Response by the Amador County Board of Supervisors 2015-2016 Grand Jury Special Investigation – Health and Human Services Building Lease" (see link to document, below).

The...

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Craig Baracco
08/18/2016 2:14 PM

Sutter Creek will resume work on updating the city’s General Plan, a project that has been left incomplete for four years.

At their meeting Monday night, members of the Sutter Creek City Council approved a new scope of work to complete an update of the city’s general plan. The new general plan, which plays a role similar to that of a constitution at the state or national level, was completed in draft form in 2012, but the city of Sutter Creek placed a hold on the update process, citing lawsuits against the Gold Rush Ranch...

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