News for the week of May 21, 2015
Cool and tasty. . .
IT WASN'T exactly watermelon eating weather for the Modoc Children's Fair Saturday, but that didn't keep the kids from munching down on the cold, red fruit during the watermelon-eating contest. The weather did break up and offer some warmer hours in the afternoon. Photo by Jamie Hoover.
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City moving forward on Wall Trust projects
The City of Alturas has two committees working on projects under consideration for the John Wall Trust funds, of over $2 million. One committee is charged with the Alturas Pool and the other a Community Center.
The City of Alturas Swimming Pool Committee held its first meeting on Monday, May 18, in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Committee members present were Cheryl Nelson, Dick Steyer, De Funk, Karen Shimamoto and Mark Steffek. The Committee reviewed the Walls Trust and results from the community workshops which clearly stated the number one priority of having a covered swimming pool.
“The Committee will work toward this goal along with other options regarding size, location and potential services eg. physical therapy sessions. Also discussed was the development of partnerships and fundraising activities, including seeking available grant opportunities,” said City Councilman Mark Steffek.
As a first step, the Committee will invite three regional engineering firms to present their experience and success with other community swimming pools and what they feel would be feasible in Alturas. The Swimming Pool Committee will report their findings to the City Council at their June 16 meeting. Additional information regarding the activities of the Swimming Pool Committee will be posted on the City of Alturas website as it becomes available cityofalturas.org.
The Community Center committee is also meeting, and at Tuesday’s City Council meeting reported that it was working on securing a location as well as discussing just what would be included in the center. It was reported that Modoc Medical Center had sent a letter to the Council offering to help and pledging some of its Wall Trust funding to the projects.
Mayor John Dederick suggested the two committees come together with engineers to look at the options on the table. Both committees will probably have a progress report at the June meeting.
City chip seal plan one of many street projects
The City of Alturas awarded the bid for a major chip seal project to Advantage Paving, of Yreka, during Tuesday’s meeting. The company had the lowest bid.
The project which involves several miles of City streets, was estimated at about $600,000 and the low bid came in at $580,390.
According to Public Works Director Joe Picotte, the funds come from a CalTrans grant for repair and maintenance and the project includes Carlos from Main Street to the Warner Street project. Picotte predicts that re-surfacing should add about seven years of life to the street before any major repairs are needed. He said if the work isn’t done now, Carlos would soon be plagued by potholes.
Other streets getting needed attention include West C from the highway to Second Street, Howard Street, Brooks Park streets and other areas where a chip seal will help. That project is expected to begin in June.
The Alturas airport is getting a chip-sealing project now of about $400,000. Those funds come from a Federal Aviation Administration grant.
In addition, Caltrans will be overseeing the State Route 299 rehabilitation project, worth over $2 million. The bid award went to the second bidder, Rocky Mountain Construction.
Remembering their sacrifices
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Pete Christensen Post 3327, with the assistance of American Legion Post 163, will hold a Memorial Day Services at the Alturas Cemetery at 11 a.m., Monday, May 25. The public is invited to the service.
The Surprise Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7888, will be holding a Memorial Day service for all veterans at the Fort Bidwell Cemetery at 11 a.m. on May 25. This year, gather at Jack MacDonald's grave, to honor Jack and all veterans who have served their country.
Public road meeting announcement
The Modoc County Road Department will be holding a public meeting at the Canby Fire Station on June 11, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., to discuss possible solutions to the traffic problems at County Road 82, 83 and State Highway 299 in Canby.
The Modoc County Road Department, Modoc County Transportation Commission members and representatives from Cal Trans will be in attendance. Please feel free to join us for this meeting.
If you cannot attend please direct comments to the Modoc County Road Department at 530-233-6422.
Frederick (Fred) William Derner, born April 26, 1938, and went to be with Our Lord on May 15, 2015 at Modoc Medical Center in Alturas, California at 8:30 a.m.
Memorial Services will be on May 30, 2015 at 12 noon at the River of Life Church located on Eighth Street in Alturas, CA, next to Blevin’s Glass Shop. A potluck to follow immediately. If you would like to bring a dish and are not sure what to bring, please feel free to call Dawn Veverka at (530) 233-3197 or Georgiana Derner at (530) 233-0959.
Gary M. Hays
Gary Michael Hays was born August 26, 1960 in Healdsburg, CA to Gary Hays and Doris Dederick Hays Groff. He passed away May 16, 2015 in Alturas, CA.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. in Alturas. Potluck to follow.
Joe L. Ontiveros
A celebration of life for Joe L. Ontiveros will be held on Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m. at Veterans’ Memorial Hall, So. Main St., Alturas. Mr. Ontiveros was a 28-year resident of California Pines.
Harriet Pauline Libby
Former Alturas resident, Harriet Pauline Libby, 92, of Sioux Falls, SD, died May 10, 2015 at Avera McKennan Hospital after complications of a stroke. Harriet was born to Harry and Myrtle (Crockett) Johnson on November 18, 1922 at home on the kitchen table on East Bridge St. in Westbrook, Maine.
A memorial service is planned for late July in Maine. May she be remembered with fondness.
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