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   Mountain Democrat (Newspaper) - March 22, 2000, Placerville, California                            See below Carver helped grow county Foothill Life B-1 Pies go eyeward Troy beats EDHin rally WEDNESDAY MARCH 22, 2000 Vol. 149 No. 46 20 Pages 2 Swttonc 7 Supplements www. mtdemocrat.com 940 AREA SMITH iH5 E AROUE7 AVF SUNNYVALE A idudes tax Justice Center EIR, juvenile hall plan continue By ROB COLE Staff writer In early February when the Justice Center lease-and-buy-back agreement was voted down 3-2 in favor of a November 2000 bond measure by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, much of the enthusiasm behind the much-needed civic project was downed as well. Failed was an idea to pay for the million Justice Center over a 25- to 30- Will courts, others campaign for Nov. 7 bond? year period at an estimated million per year. An idea that was to be paid for in part by the state tobacco lawsuit settlement fund of an estimated million and the county's General Fund. Salvaged was the portion of the plan to develop a new 60- bed juvenile hall, which the county must start building by August to retain a million state grant for the new facility. But preparation work is still being done in hopes that the remaining aspects of the Justice Center, to be located south of Forni Road in Placerville, will some day become a reality. And still looming is a consider- able penalty or "compensation for work done" up to 1.1 million imposed by the project's developer All Star Investments of Sacramento. For the last month or so the board and its chief administrative officer, Michael Hanford, have publicly said very little about the development of the square-foot justice complex, which was initially designed to house the county Superior Courts and Sheriff's Department, along with the district attorney and public defender. Early this week, Hanford said the pro- ject is still moving forward. "Right now we're in the process I of completing the EIR (Environmental Impact said Hanford. "Nothing can be done until that is completed." Both Hanford and county Planning Director Conrad Montgomery have cated that the three-phased environmental document will be available for public see PLAN, CHP U-turn on Mother Lode results in wreck Photo by Pat Dollms CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICERS inspect the damage on one of their own patrol cars after officer Douglas Kennedy crashed into an oncoming car while trying to pursue a speeder on Mother Lode Drive Monday afternoon. By ELIZABETH BUCCERI Staff writer A California Highway Patrol officer attempting to pursue a speeder on Mother Lode Drive Monday afternoon crashed his patrol unit into an oncoming car, forcing it off the road and down an embank- ment. Officer Douglas Kennedy, 43, attempted to make a U-turn after a 'speeding vehicle flew by him in the westbound lane west of Buckeye Road just before 5 p.m. But in doing so, Kennedy failed to see an oncoming 1989 Buick Century driven by Shelley Nicole Gillett, 17, of Placerville, said officer Lee Anderle. The left front end of Gillett's vehicle smashed into the right front end of the offi- cer 1996 Ford Crown Victoria, and the impact forced the Buick off the road and down a wooded embankment. see WRECK, page A-10 Classic car race plans to stop in Placerville By ERICA BROOKS Staff writer The Placerville Downtown Association announced last week the History Channel Great Race will include Main Street as a stop this June. Placerville, the second-to-last stop for about 100 vintage, pre-1960 cars driving from Boston to Sacramento, could win for the public library if the drivers vote it a "Great American City." The competition, however, could be close. "Several cities on the route this year have previously won the award, and are anxious to defend their said Mitzi Korcala, director of national events for the race. At the race's end, drivers vote for the cities in three categories pit stops, lunch stops and overnights. Placerville qualifies as a pit stop. The racers judge the cities on hospi- tality, crowd enthusiasm, and decora- tions. And the PDA plans to go all-out. "I think we have a great chance (of winning the said Lisa Crummett, marketing and promotions coordinator for the PDA. Crummett said she has spoken to some winning pit stops from previous years to pick up tips. One town gave out see CLASSIC RACE, page A-10 EID reports '99 surplus Possible rate reductions? By ERIC OLSON Staff writer i The El Dorado Irrigation District approved the 1999 end-of-the-year budget report Monday, which shows that EID operated under budget last year. According to the report, total district revenues exceeded projections by 12.1 percent while expendi- tures were 10.3 percent under budget levels. Cash balances for the district increased 27.6 per- cent to million and water, sewer and recreation funds operated under budget, with funding exceeding operating expenditures. Hydroelectric, as expected, operated over budget see REPORTS, page A-10 1 Hwy 50 head-on crash victim dies Driver may face manslaughter charge By ELIZABETH BUCCERI Staff writer The 6-year-old boy injured in a head-on collision near Cameron Park March 8 died early Saturday morning at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, said Lee Anderle of the California Highway Patrol. Koty Dakota Bunch of Folsom died just before a.m. after spending more than a week in the hos- pital for treatment of a cervical spine fracture and bruised lungs. His mother, Lori Sue Bunch, 32, was initially flown by helicopter to Sutler Hospital in Roseville for treatment of numerous leg fractures but was later transferred to UC Davis to be near her son. see CRASH, page A-6 EDH Fire Dept. raises fees 66% By ELIZABETH BUCCERI Staff writer Builders in El Dorado Hills may soon have to pay 66 percent more in fire department development fees, said the board of directors at its meeting Wednesday night. The board unanimously approved raising the fees for a new single-family dwelling from to if approved by the Board of Supervisors, said fire officials. The increase will fund capital improvements as outlined in the district's five-year plan, which include see FEES, page A-9 'Buzz' Carver witnessed, helped growth of county By GEORGE LLOYD Staff writer It's fair to say some advice Placerville resident Earl "Buzz" Carver gave to Larry Cameron years ago led to the development of Cameron Park. "In 1957, Larry Cameron bought a couple of hundred acres on Sand Ridge Road and called the Soil Conservation Service office, ask- ing for help in determining the suitability of the land for cattle said Carver, 73. Carver working for the Soil Conservation Office at the time determined the land more appro- priate as a watershed and wildlife see CARVER, page A-9 Democrat photo by Joanne McCubrey EARL "BUZZ" CARVER enjoys some sunshine in his back yard in Apple Hill. 15 YEAR HOME LOAN Purchase Refinance 7.625 rixea Rate 7.91 Annual Parcwitage Rate Check the El Dorado Advantage: No application fee No prepayment penalty. Local processing and servicing MUM SOTfflfl BJUB Main Street 6221492 PUCHtVULE 4040 El Dorido Road 622-1492 W. rUCHVIllE Or k Ray lawyer 626-3400 DIAMOND 694 Pleasant Wiley Rd 626-5701 CAMEION fUK Hwy 50 Cameron Park Dr 677-1601 WUOCK PINES 6484 Pony Express Trail 644-2363 933-3002 GEORGETOWN Hwy 193 al Church St 333-1101 7.71 ro. 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