Sutter Creek

The Sutter Creek City Council took a major step in the process to build a new sewer treatment plant for the city.

Meeting on Tuesday, February 18, the council voted unanimously to approve a contract for the design phase of a new wastewater treatment plant. The vote followed months of discussion, mostly before the city’s sewer committee.

Sutter Creek’s existing plant is more than 70 years old and with the Gold Rush Ranch project no longer going forward, and the agreement with the City of Ione to dispose of treated water scheduled to end, Sutter Creek must now plan a new plant on its own.

This phase of the project will not only cover the creation of the design of the new plant, but all the associated permitting required, such as the environmental review documentation and permits from the State Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The design phase contract is for $395,000, which is expected to be covered with state grants. As part of the design process, the engineering firm hired by the city is expected to seek grants and/or loan funding for the new plant, which could cost tens of millions of dollars.

Plymouth rejects ‘road tax’

The Plymouth City Council is the first local jurisdiction to reject a resolution supporting putting a half-percent sales tax on the November ballot.

While previous support resolutions have been approved by Sutter Creek, Ione and Jackson, the proposed sales tax increase to pay for road repairs, met a skeptical reception from the Plymouth Council at its latest meeting on Thursday, February 13. Councilmembers expressed concerns over the share of the money that goes to Plymouth – estimated at $86,000 out of a total of $3 million per year – wasn’t enough, fears that voters wouldn’t support the measure, and that Plymouth’s roads were in better shape than the rest of the county and didn’t need additional funding.

The council heard arguments in favor of the measure from county Supervisors Frank Axe and Brian Oneto, but were also urged to oppose the measure by citizens during public comment.

Councilmember Jon Colburn made a motion to adopt a resolution in favor of placing the measure on the November ballot but received no second, so the motion died without a final vote.

In other matters, the council approved a slate of changes to the city’s policy in awarding transient occupancy tax grants and discussed different configurations for a new speed hump and crosswalk on Main Street near City Hall.