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Placerville Mountain Democrat (Newspaper) - March 30, 2015, Placerville, CaliforniaC a l i f o r n i a s o l d e s t n news a p e r e s t. 1 8 5 1 monday March 30, 2015 a Democrat. Com volume 164 Issue 38 75� Hwy 50 @ red Hawk Parkway 888 573 3495 Redhaw Casino. Com win up to $ 50000 saturdays through june 27 drawings 7pm & 9 30pm Call 530 344 5000 for convenient Home delivery and free online Access to wow. A Democrat. Com courthouse debate results in City letter Wendy Schultz staff writer the Placerville City Council voted unanimously at the March 24 meeting to Send a letter to the California judicial Council in support of relocating the courthouse within Placerville City limits and requesting assistance with mitigating the anticipated economic Impact to the downtown area. Recent concern expressed by downtown business owners prompted both the letter and a special Community meeting on March 22 with City Council members and members of the Community to talk about the courthouse both the main Street courthouse and the proposed new facility. The conversation that began at comic cafe continued at the City Council meeting clarifying issues for Many on both sides of the debate. In 2002, when the state took Over the operation of All courts All court facilities were to be transferred to the state As the result of sb1732. The goal of sb1732 was to improve the Security and safety of All court facilities through seismic retrofitting bringing fire and life safety up to current codes improve accessibility for people with disabilities re mediate hazardous materials like Asbestos upgrade electrical and lighting systems and replace heating ventilation and air conditioning systems. Funding to address the physical condition of the courts was approved in 2008 and Placer Villers historic courthouse built in 1912, made almost the top of the list of courthouses in immediate and critical need with so Many critical issues that the state declined to take Possession of it to i x supervisors take on rails to trails Board members unite on second item Chris Daley staff writer county supervisors denied a proposal by the Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad to extend its excursion train trips to 30 for this year. In the second train related item of its March 24 Agenda the Board compromised by allowing two of the 30 requested excursions As special events. A charter trip for the local California native Plant society will be allowed to run within the next month or so and the groups summer Breeze extras will occur saturday and sunday june 5 and 6. The charter will run Between Folsom and Latrobe while the june trips will Only go As far into Al Dorado county As the Deer Creek Bridge. Both events will be powered by a sir res ska git motorcar engine. Parks and recreation division manager Vickie Sanders who brought the train issues to the boards Agenda told supervisors she did not recommend the proposal for the Extension to 30 trips in 2015. Sanders said the boards direction since 2011 has been not to allow such an Extension of the rail program. She told supervisors that while the Board can change that policy she could not recommend More trips until it had created a new policy. She also expressed serious concern about Overall Public safety acknowledging that safety is a subjective Issue. Chairman Brian Veerkamp asked what else is impeding this Sanders then described the need for 31 culverts to Deal with drainage problems and said you cant get horses safely across some of the Bridges. According to the California Public utilities commission she said More than 190 signs need to be installed just to come into compliance with regulations. They would include Stop signs at intersections and a variety of caution or Hazard warning signs just for a seven mile stretch of rail Between Missouri Flat Road and Shingle Springs. She told supervisors that her current budget does not include Money for signs or their installation. Sanders responded to a request for More information on the sign Issue with an extensive e mail quoted in part below the Parks and recreation commission formed an and hoc committee to discuss signage on the corridor. The committee broke the signs out in three categories required safety and informational. Some of these signs Are not required. The majority Are informational because of the multiple uses in the corridor hikers bikers equestrians and rail. I am not Happy with the 193 signs that the signage committee came up with and would work with the Puc and Trail advocates to put up Only the ones required and perhaps put the rest of the information at the staging areas. I do not want to ruin the Beauty of the corridor with signage. Of the 193 signs 66 would be required for rail three i  Erent signs at 22 locations in the seven Miles. Of the 193 signs 30 signs Are required for trails. The remaining signage would be safety and informational. On the Bright Side Sanders was effusive in praising the work and collaboration she has seen prosecution rests its Case in Harris trial defendants journal contents discussed Cole Mayer staff writer at the end of the second week of the Colleen Harris murder trial on March 26, the prosecution rested its Case. But it a snot until the contents of defendant Colleen Harris journal were addressed in court. The Day before March 25, detective Mike lensing confirmed that Harris had a Flat a  act during most of the interview following her husband bobs death. Though he said she choked up at the beginning of the interview and reiterated that when bobs a  air was mentioned she became much More animated and actually engaged in conversation. Ken Barber another detective on scene at wilderness Way in Placerville in 2013, took the stand after. He testified to the contents of Colleen Harris journal. Ive never Felt so empty so destroyed so drained she wrote calling the year following the discovery of bobs a  air a year of torture. She rhetorically asked if he was hoping she would be angry or divorce him or kill herself. No she wrote on sept. 2, 2012, the Day she found out she was hopelessly in love with him. But on sept. 9, she wrote if i had a gun id blow my head o  right now and end this torture. She wondered if he would read her journal later to understand her thinking. Life has no meaning for me no Joy no happiness no warmth. She said she tried so hard to be there for you to Bob but he kept pushing her further and further away. Nine Days later she called 35 year old mongolian schoolteacher Aza a smart girl and there was no Way she loved the 72 year old Bob. She was in it for the Money. In november she wrote i truly love Bob and that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with him never wanting to divorce. She hoped he would go to counselling. She also wrote i am so lonely and so sad right now and she was the one making an e  Ort to save the marriage. I need his a  Section so badly i need his love. B breakfast is served Ron Mikulaco noted a history making event at tuesdays Board of supervisors meeting. He claimed the unanimous vote on a rails to trails Issue was the first Ever. Often contentious events rails to trails has pitted the so called train Guys against the Trail people in numerous Board meetings Over the past five years. In general the Trail people Are members of friends of the Al Dorado Trail and their Many supporters who have pushed the county to establish restrictions on use of the Trail. In response former boards opted to designate certain parts of the Trail As multiuse which includes rail hiking biking and equestrian. Rail use has so far been limited to occasional excursion trains from Folsom to Latrobe run by the non profit Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad usually shortened top Vrr. The Al Dorado Western railway foundation a Branch of the count yes historical museum operates smaller occasional rail Tours from Missouri Flat Road to the Al Dorado Railroad Park and has plans to extend its excursions to Shingle Springs. Under the auspices of the Placerville Sacramento transportation corridor joint Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene Placerville mayor Patty Borelli Center addresses a gathering of downtown merchants City Council members and other interested parties in an informal meeting to discuss concerns about the Impact of losing the downtown courthouse. See letter Page a9 Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum prosecutor Joe Alexander left and detective Mike lensing stand in court before trial on tuesday March 24. See Harris Page a3 see breakfast Page a9 see Bompage a9 Ron Mikulaco

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