San Diego County Supervisors today authorized the acquisition of a third firefighting helicopter, one of a series of recommendations stemming from the rash of wildfires in May.
The county will spend up to $5.2 million for the Bell helicopter.
The new permanent helicopter is expected to arrive next year, but the county has leased a third helicopter until the end of October.
Ramona Design Review Board will meet Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. Topics on the agenda include: site plan reviews for Salerno Winery, new signage for Starbucks, and increase in size of previously approved signage for Albertsons; waiver request for Stater Bros. to replace deteriorated monument sign; and preliminary review for Mountain View Community Church.
Sep 18 2014 | Posted in Government
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More recycled water and increased storage at Fire Station 81 were two items approved by the water board that directors said will benefit San Diego Country Estates residents.
Ramona Municipal Water District directors voted 3-0 Sept. 9 to authorize the district’s general manager to execute a contract with Enaqua for a third reverse osmosis (RO) unit at the San Vicente wastewater treatment plant to generate more recycled water. Voting were directors George Foote, whose Division 5 covers a portion of the Estates, Joe Zenovic and board president Darrell Beck. Director Rex Schildhouse, representing Division 3, which
Upgrades to the San Vicente wastewater treatment plant and Fire Station 81, both of which serve San Diego Country Estates, were recommended by the three Ramona Municipal Water District directors who sat through the entire Sept. 9 meeting, as one director walked out early following an angry encounter with board president Darrell Beck.
It was the third or fourth meeting this year that Director Rex Schildhouse, who represents a portion of the Estates in his Division 3, walked out of a meeting after clashing with other directors. He told the Sentinel he did so in
A public meeting to solicit comments regarding affordable housing, low-income assistance and federal Community Development Block Grants will be hosted by the county’s Department of Housing & Community Development on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Ramona Library, 1275 Main St.
The county receives federal funds to create affordable housing opportunities, assist low-income residents and improve neighborhoods in unincorporated areas. To receive the funds the county must develop a five-year plan — the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan — that will analyze community needs and set funding priorities, along with an annual plan that will allocate funds to specific projects.
In addition to obtaining public input, the meeting will provide information on applying for next year’s Community Development Block Grant funds. The application deadline is Oct. 24.
In the past, the county has allocated federal funds to street and sidewalk improvements, community park improvements, fire equipment, community and senior center improvements, development of affordable rental housing units, programs to assist home buyers and to assist homeowners with needed repairs, housing, operations and services for homeless residents, and housing and services for residents with HIV/AIDS and their families.
The federal funds must be used primarily to assist low- and moderate-income residents, including special needs groups such as elderly persons, severely disabled adults and homeless persons. Low- to moderate-income for a family of four is at or below $63,100 annually, and at or below $44,200 annually for an individual.
Making good on a commitment to choose a citizens’ oversight committee before the November election, school trustees are accepting applications from Ramonans interested in serving on the committee.
Details about the committee, its duties and the application process are on the Ramona Unified School District website, www.ramonausd.net, at the top left under “Headlines.”
Ramona Community Planning Group, 7 p.m., Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main St. Among agenda topics: San Vicente Road Improvement Project, Park Lands Dedication Ordinance priority list, consider removing floodplain designation from Durgin Street area in the Acres, consider removal of dead oak tree in right of way on Archie Moore Road south of Rancho De La Angel Road, update on Santa Maria Creek Cleanup, Ramona Design Review Board report, Village Design Committee report, new disclosure language, county meetings, planning group member absences, upcoming election. More: 760-445-8545.
Sep 4 2014 | Posted in Government
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San Diego County Water Authority Board supports Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion state water bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.
The board vote on Thursday was unanimous. Representing Ramona Municipal Water District on the board, David Barnum, the district’s general manager, was among those voting. The Ramona district is one of the authority’s 24 member agencies.
To provide information to residents and address concerns about the San Vicente Road Improvement Project that is set to begin Sept. 15, a community outreach meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Charles Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School 1521 Hanson Lane.
The public forum, to be facilitated by the Ramona Community Planning Group (RCPG), will include county staff and representatives from the Ramona Fire Department, Ramona Unified School District, Ramona Municipal Water District, San
Presented with preliminary plans for Mountain View Community Church’s building expansion, Ramona Community Planning Group members responded by suggesting the architecture blend with the character of the community.
To do that, planners recommended the proponents take a look at the Ramona Village Center Plan of form based codes that was adopted into the county zoning ordinance by the county supervisors on July 30 and provides architectural designs reflective of Ramona’s rural character.