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Dissension on water board leaves unanswered questions

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Only three directors attended the March 25 Ramona Municipal Water District Board meeting, which just constituted a quorum, raising questions about what will happen at future meetings.

Director Rex Schildhouse, who walked out of the previous two meetings after disagreements with other board members, did not attend. Director Kit Kesinger has not attended a meeting since April 23, 2013.

Two Ramonans weigh in on county plan to boost agriculture

Two Ramona residents — Dave Harbour and Beth Edwards — weighed in at the county meeting where planning commissioners recommended moving ahead with a plan to promote more agriculture in the region.

The county proposes streamlining regulations for small agricultural operations in unincorporated areas such as Ramona. If approved by county supervisors, changes likely won’t take effect for two to three years.

Highway project clears major hurdle — money

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Caltrans announced Monday that it has secured funding to improve the intersection of state Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye Road for better traffic flow.
The $10 million will come from two sources: $7 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program, and $3 million from the County of San Diego, according to Caltrans.
The improvements will include construction to widen the intersection and to add lanes, shoulders and new traffic signals. Officials expect to break ground in late 2015.
When the project is completed in late 2016, it will mean good news for the more than 22,000 motorists who use that portion of SR-67 on an average daily basis, said Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman.
“Finding the dollars for these much-needed projects is never easy,” she said. “However, having the preliminary engineering completed positioned us to jump-start the project when funding was made available. We look forward to continuing to partner with San Diego County to improve mobility.”
For information on Caltrans transportation projects, see www.dot.ca.gov/dist11.

Planners recommend park money for school ball fields

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Ramona High School is one step closer to receiving funding for safety improvements at the school’s baseball and softball fields.

At its March meeting, Ramona Community Planning Group recommended that the county release $100,000 of Park Land Dedication Ordinance funds that RHS baseball coach Dean Welch, who served to champion the Baseball/Softball Fencing and Dugouts project, had requested.

Director walks out — again

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Accusations and a heated exchange among some members of the Ramona Municipal Water District board resulted in one director walking out of the meeting — for the second consecutive meeting.

“This is getting to be repetitious,” said Director Rex Schildhouse as stood up after being stopped from proceeding with his director comments by Board President Darrell Beck and a ruling from legal counsel near the end of the March 11 meeting.

San Diego County takes steps to regulate e-cigarettes

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San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday took two actions intended to limit the use of electronic-smoking devices.

The board voted 3-1 to add several types of such devices to its anti-tobacco policy, and ordered staffers to look into outlawing the devices in county areas where traditional cigarettes are banned.

County adds money to busy intersection

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San Diego County supervisors added the intersection of state Route 67, Highland Valley Road and Dye Road to the list of projects to be funded over the next five years during its annual update of the county’s TransNet Local Street Improvement Program.

Also at the Feb. 26 meeting, the supervisors adjusted funding for the Dye Road extension, San Vicente Road widening, and the Ramona Street extension.

Supervisors endorse two state fire tax relief bills

Two bills introduced in the state Legislature to provide relief from the fire tax imposed on property owners in state responsibility areas have the support of San Diego County supervisors.

The supervisors directed the county’s chief administrative officer to draft a letter expressing their support for Assembly Bill 1519 and Senate Bill 832.

On the Agenda

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Thursday, Feb. 27

Coffee with Constituents hosted by San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, 8:30 a.m., Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. Public invited to bring questions, concerns or ideas about county government or the community.

Park projects take step back

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Proponents for three projects recommended for Park Land Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) funds have had to take a step back to go through the proper channels.

Nearly $700,000 is available in PLDO funds for recreational uses in Ramona. The county charges the park fee with residential building permits.

Three of the projects on the eight-item PLDO Priority List — an amphitheater, Ramona soccer field expansion and Girls Softball LED scoreboards ­— are in Ramona Community Park, which is owned by the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD). The water district leases the land to the Ramona Parks and Recreation Association (RPRA), which is responsible to make sure all activities meet the insurance and permit requirements

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