2016-08-11 / Front Page

Supervisors green-light log sorting site



A discussion of nearly four hours on Tuesday resulted in the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors approving a resolution that sets in motion establishing a log processing area.

The issues was contentious from the start of the meeting as many residents of East Westfall and Triangle roads were in opposition to the proposal.

However, many other people, including representatives from CAL FIRE, were in favor of the proposal, saying it would help with the ongoing fire danger in Mariposa County.

The proposal was presented by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), which has committed to removing around 30,000 dead trees this year with operations to continue for at least the next two years.

In order to do that, PG&E officials said they need an area to sort and process the trees that are being removed.

A landowner at 3269 East Westfall Road, which is about a quarter-mile west of the Triangle Road intersection, agreed to allow PG&E to use the land.

Because of that, PG&E officials made a presentation to the board on Tuesday asking the resolution be adopted so they can move forward with environment and permitting processes that still need to take place.

After a lengthy discussion, the board voted 5-0 to move forward with the plan, with the condition that PG&E officials arrange a public meeting in the near future to meet with the homeowners in the area.

Because the length of the discussion and our press deadlines, we were not able to get a story in this week’s edition. We will have complete coverage of the controversial meeting in our Thursday, Aug. 25 edition.

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