2016 Reports

2016 District 2 Reports

By Merlin Jones

  1. October
  2. September
  3. August
  4. June
  5. May
  6. April
  7. March
  8. February
  9. January

As I'm sitting here writing this article, the days are starting to get a little cooler, but the moisture content of the vegetation is even lower than this time last year. We'll need to be extremely careful about anything that might cause fire, like a chain dragging on the road. There was a 150-acre fire below Pilot Peak on the Old Yosemite Highway We have been lucky so far with all the bug trees that we have had no major fires in Mariposa County.

There are a few issues on the county level that the B.O.S. is deciding on. One is what we are going to do with the landfill, in hopes to lower the cost of disposing of our garbage. I was involved in getting the Silver Tip Project started with the grading permit. The project will bring in a lot of TOT dollars into the county to help fund a lot of our discretionary money projects. Another item that each one of us can help with is we are mandated and watched by Cal-Recycle to continue to improve on our recycling, so it doesn't go to the landfill.

We, in Mariposa County, are fortunate to have our fairgrounds. The state has cut almost all funding for the fair, but they regulate how we maintain it. This year, for the first time, the county contributed $150,000 to help keep our fairgrounds running. It is not only the fair, but it is the center for fire crew's camps, fundraising events, social events and much more. I have strongly supported our fair, both personally and through the county.

The tree mortality issue is still something that the county and all agencies are trying to work out the details to solve the problems. The B.O.S. passed a log sorting site with page&E in District 4 to take a lot of the bug trees. Some of the neighbors are unhappy because no one wants it in their backyard, but it needs to go somewhere. The B.O.S. has put out an RFP to hire a person or firm to manage the tree removal around houses and roads, in doing so it will make the county a safer environment for everyone. The mills are about through taking logs, but China is still importing some, otherwise, I don't know what we can do except burn the wood. If anyone needs any help, let me know and I will put you in contact with the right grants or agencies.

We posted our website and the number of hits it is getting is amazing. It is being updated daily. We are just getting started and are putting up more information all the time. Thank you to all of you who have responded, letting us know that this is what Dist. 2 has needed for a long time. If you haven't already, check out our website. You'll find current road and fire conditions, calendar of events along with pictures of what has happened, county job postings, and an inexpensive advertising section that will be available to you.

I am not talking about all the meetings I attended and going to Mariposa 4 to 5 days a week, because I am limited on the amount of words I can have, so if you want more information, go to my website.

I always remember I work for you, the people of Mariposa County and District 2. Call me any time in Mariposa at 966-3222 or my office in Greeley Hill at 878-3158. Thanks for letting me work for you.