Aug. 23–Sutter County is taking the initial steps to address residents’ concerns about commercial trucking off Highway 99 just south of Yuba City.
An at times contentious debate at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting saw nearly a dozen residents complain of safety concerns, road conditions, a decrease in property values and prostitution associated with multiple trucking terminals near Highway 99 and Oswald Road.
“What do we want that corridor to look like?” said board chairman Jim Whiteaker. “Obviously, we don’t want that area to be the truck capital of the county…You folks have legitimate concern. Believe me, your concerns are not falling on deaf ears.”
The board took action to create an ad hoc committee to work with both residents and trucking interests in the area on how to remedy concerns. Supervisors Dan Flores and Ron Sullenger were named to the committee. Whiteaker declined a position on the committee and suggested Sullenger take his spot.
In addition to the ad hoc committee’s creation, three other items were unanimously approved by the board, which are also associated with that area.
The board authorized the county to solicit for consultants to create a long-term strategy for the area that has nine trucking terminals in a mile radius.
Stop signs will be installed on Railroad Avenue, which intersects with Oswald Avenue, in the northbound and southbound direction. Multiple residents complained the lack of stop signs allowed trucks to unsafely speed through Railroad Avenue.
Lastly, a maintenance overlay of asphalt on Oswald Road is meant to remedy deteriorating roads associated with constant trucking traffic. The temporary solution is meant to alleviate deterioration until a long-term strategy can be put in place.
In other items, the board approved:
n A transfer of $1.3 million of Pacific Gas and Electric electric underground credits.
The funds will be used to cover a portion of the $4.7 million cost of “undergrounding” utility lines associated with Live Oak’s Streetscape Project.
An ordinance setting a 35 mph speed limit on True Road between Hopper Road and Tierra Buena Road.
An initial recommendation of a speed limit of 25 mph because of pedestrian concerns in the area was not adopted.
n An item associated the possible restructuring of the county’s cannabis ordinance was pulled just prior to the meeting.
Chuck Smith, public information officer, did not give a reason why the item was pulled or if it will be moved to the board’s next meeting.
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