by Regina Purcell | RecordCourier.com

by Regina Purcell

Staff Writer

Assistant County Clerk Barbara Howard said the county had to adopt the resolution in preparation for its application for Community Development Block Grant money. The resolution reportedly amended the Alpine County General Plan Section 5 in its housing element.

Howard said there was public comment on the housing element to include affordable housing and smaller lots for single family homes.

The resolution was necessary for California state-mandated updates.

Howard said the state requirements includes employee housing availability at Kirkwood and Bear Valley with new developments.

In other business Tuesday, the board:

n Approved requesting bid proposals for Construct Hazard Removal project at the County Airport.

Howard said the board approved submitting an application up to $90,000 with a county match of $9,000. It also approved future execution of contract with Caltrans and the preferred bidder, subject to availability of Caltrans Aeronautics funding and county review and approval as to form.

n Approved a memorandum of understanding between the county and the Alpine County Watershed advisory group for the Proposition 50 Watershed Grant Program Implementation Agreement. The agreement runs for three years and costs $100,000.

Supervisor Chris Gansberg was the lone vote against the project. He said Wednesday the money could be spent on better projects, such as the “dilapidated” sewer system in the county.

“I am just not for this big government,” he said. Markleeville “has been here 101 years and how did my grandfather on the ranch get along his whole life without a watershed coordinator?

“I just think it’s ridiculous, a sham on what the money is being spent for.”