The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed with county CEO Carmel Angelo’s responses regarding a grand jury’s claims of mishandling of the County Library. The county says the report contains mostly untrue findings. Among the allegations Angelo addressed are that the county has neglected to hire a permanent librarian, the librarian’s salary hasn’t been paid out of the correct fund and that Angelo has been incorrectly running the library. The supervisors and CEO did agree with one of the recommendations by the grand jury that the Board of Supervisors schedule semi-annual workshops with the Library Advisory Board. Angelo said it would be helpful to all parties involved to clearly delineate the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Supervisors, Library Advisory Board, CEO and County Librarian as it relates to library services.
At the first Lake County Drought Task Force meeting, representatives county departments, districts and agencies, discussed measures they’re taking to conserve water. According to Kelseyville Fire Protection District is limiting their use of water around the stations. Fire trucks aren’t being washed as frequently, watering of vegetation around stations has been cut down, and they are no longer using water in training exercises. Lake County Public Services has reduced water usage by 44 percent in county parks by limiting landscaping to keep vegetation alive, but not green. Special Districts ordered locks to place on fire hydrants last week, after incidents of water theft occurred. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is cracking down on with illegal marijuana growers using their own water systems and tapping into neighboring water systems or public water systems. Scott De Leon, Lake County Public Works and Water Resources director, said Clear Lake is expected to reach 0 on the Rumsey Gauge by Labor Day and –1 by October. Currently, the lake is at a level of 0.80 on the Rumsey Gauge.
The Middletown Pool, which has been closed for maintenance, will open today at noon. Public Services staff worked to regain water clarity standards and ensure that the chlorine levels are back at a safe level for swimming. High levels of chlorine were temporarily being used to treat an algae problem which closed down the pool last week. Normal pool hours are noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. The pool season runs through Aug. 10.
Some traffic advisories for today:
On Route 101 in Mendocino County, PG&E of Eureka has been issued a Caltrans Encroachment permit for utility work at Monroe Street in Willits from 9AM to 3PM. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction of travel. Motorists may experience minor traffic slowdowns.
In Lakeport, Public Works crews will be doing street maintenance work on Parallel Drive. The micro-chip seal work will take place today through 5 p.m. on Parallel Drive between Lakeport Boulevard and Highway 175. Lane closures and traffic controls will be in place while this work is being completed. Your’re advised to expect delays and to use caution when traveling in the area or use alternate routes if possible.
A woman is recovering from her injuries after being hit by a car in Ukiah Friday when she ran into the street after a toddler. According Ukiah Police Chief Chris Dewey, a 2-year-old boy ran into the street in the 500 block of Empire drive and the woman — a family member– ran out after him. She was able to push the child out of the way of the oncoming car, but she was then hit. The child suffered a minor head injury from falling, and both the child and the woman were transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center.
The Lower Lake High School Cheerleaders are having an all you can eat fund raiser at DJ’s pizza in Lower Lake. All you can eat pizza for only $8 dollars! Come out July 30th from 5–8. You can buy your tickets from any of the girls on the team or you can pay at the door.
The Lakeport Police Department has welcomed to its ranks two new reserve officers.
Dustin Roderick and Tyler Trouette joined the force and were sworn in by City Clerk Janel Chapman at the Lakeport City Council’s meeting last week.
Lakeport Police Chief Brad Rasmussen pinned the badges on both of the young men.
Rasmussen said of the badges, “I want you to remember what these things stand for,” explaining that the badges belong to the people of Lakeport, who the officers will serve.
Public Works crews will do street maintenance work (micro-chip seal work) on Parallel Drive between Lakeport Boulevard and Highway 175 starting tomorrow.
Work will be done from 7am to 5pm. Lake closures and traffic controls will be in place until the work is completed. Motorists are advised to expect delays and should use caution when traveling in the area or whenever possible to use alternate routes.
A $5 million bail was granted for a man who has been behind bars on a no bail hold for nearly three years. 52 year old Daniel Ray Loyd is accused of the murder of Cindy Quiett in September of 2011.
“I’m not sure that this represents progress — but from a strictly legal perspective it is a significant distinction,” Loyd’s attorney Mitchell Hauptman stated in an email Friday.
“Obviously, Loyd can’t afford any large bail amounts — nor can anybody that I know come up with a $500,000 premium for bail.“
Loyd is charged with six felony counts, including murder, and several special allegations. He has pleaded not guilty to his charges.
His charges date back to Sept. 13, 2011 when he allegedly shot Quiett in the abdomen and caused her death in Lucerne. He was reportedly trying to rob Patrick Ryden of drugs and money who was with Quiett at the time of the incident. Loyd allegedly pointed a revolver at Ryden’s face, who smacked the gun away and the gun was fired, killing Quiett.
Loyd awaits trial in custody at the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility, now with a $5 million bail set.
The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will meet today at the County Administration Building. Topics on the agenda for today include:
• The Mendocino County Drought Ad Hoc Committee will give an update from a recent committee meeting. The committee wants to approve sending letters to the State Water Resources Control Board and Sonoma Water Agency to minimize water releases from drought stricken Lake Mendocino.
• The Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show is seeking permission from the board to hold a parade in Boonville on Sept. 14. In order for the parade to be held, the fair must receive approval from the supervisors. The parade will take place on Highway 128 leading to the fairgrounds.
• Jordan Lewis Carroll, 18, of Ukiah, will be honored by a proclamation after he achieved the ranking of Eagle Scout — the highest ranking among all Boy Scouts. Only 5 percent of scouts nationally earn the title once a year. Carroll is a member of the Boy Scouts of America/Redwood Empire Council, Troop 49 in Ukiah.