Amador BOS Appoints Ad HOC Committee And More

Amador BOS Appoints Ad HOC Committee And More 

The Amador County Board of Supervisors worked on a wide range of issues at its meeting Tuesday. The board appointed a special Ad HOC committee to work on new legislative proposals. The board agreed to work on a new county ordinance that would require property owners to help make their properties fire resistant by clearing potential fuels. This new law was proposed by the Amador Fire Safe Council and would be similar to an ordinance already adopted in El Dorado County. The board also appointed a committee of two supervisors to study a new half-percent sales tax to fund road repairs. Termed a “self-help” tax, the measure would raise an estimated 3 million dollars a year and would help qualify the county for matching state funds for additional repair projects. Such a new tax would require voter approval. The board also received a report on counting the homeless population in the county. The count, conducted in January by the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency, found 214 individuals, including 20 under the age of 18. The count, also showed that 167 requests for service at Amador County shelters were denied in 2018. And finally, there is little prospect for the opening of Upper Shake Ridge Road full time this year, but the board did approve $10,000 for emergency repairs, and will work towards making the road passable in case of an emergency such as wildfire.

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