I read your email and your Facebook post.
First this isn’t about “me” this is in regards to a proposal affecting the county and it would be wrong for me to take this personal.
I appreciate you reaching out to me and asking about what was going on. My answers to your questions are below. It gives the background on this issue.
With that said, I’ll make a quick comment about your quote in the post, “Don’t see any of your short roads under the proposal for off road vehicle use. This is NOT okay!”
Yesterday I called a friend up to tell her about the meeting subject for next Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting. She told me as well that a person or people were saying that this doesn’t affect any roads on my family’s ranch so that is why I support it.
First, it would be unethical for me to just worry about what effects “me” personally and disregard the public. It’s not been my past practice nor will I ever have that mindset.
Secondly, that statement is false, over 5 miles of the proposed roads run through my family’s ranch in 3 different locations. One route’s location is a stone’s throw away from my home where I raise my family.
I just want to set the record straight regarding the personal charges on this issue, but as I said this isn’t about “me”, but the issue.
Now in regards to the issue, I’ll share some background information.
-On 2/4/14 the Siskiyou County Off Road Riders (SCORR) mentioned during public comment time at our meeting that they are thinking about routes for off highway vehicles and had proposed suggestions.
-On 7/1/14 SCORR came back before the Board of Supervisors with further details on their plan. There were people that attended the meeting who supported the concept and staff relayed to the Board that some constituents contacted them with both support and concerns over the concept. The Board discussed positive aspects to the concept and concerns that needed to be addressed.
-On 1/19/16 County Departments along with SCORR presented an update of where things stood. To quote the minutes exactly “Discussion followed regarding the areas involved, the cost, safety, education and the staff to support the effort.” The minutes also show, “It was the consensus of the Board to have this issue return in June 2016 for a decision.”
-June came along, but with more pressing county issues the county was dealing with, SCORR was kind enough not to pressure us and remained patient as this issue was delayed. What would have happened is the county would come up with a proposal for which routes to use, the costs of doing this, the safety concerns, the benefits of doing this. The State of California also has to be consulted and give their approval. The Board will have a 1st reading for an ordinance that must be published. The Board would then need to approve the 1st reading. Then the next reading must be published and there the Board can approve it as county policy.
Something like this can’t be rushed.
-On November 5th at a Townhall in Copco a constituent presented me a petition opposing any Off Highway Vehicle Ordinance. In order to share this petition with my fellow Supervisors, I needed to schedule it for discussion at a Supervisor’s meeting according to the Brown Act. That date is Dec. 6th. I notified SCORR and I notified the person who handed me the petition against the OHV last Monday giving both parties a 1 week plus 1 day notice that this would be on the agenda. The intent here was to give enough time.
The December 6th meeting is not a meeting where we can adopt the OHV ordinance, in fact there is no OHV ordinance even on the agenda to be voted up or down. As I explained above, there are other hoops that must be jumped through. My intent for this meeting is clear in the agenda worksheet that you read along with the map you referred to regarding the roads. My worksheet states quote:
“Discussion and possible action regarding Siskiyou County Off Highway Vehicle Ordinance. As a follow up to the January 2016 Board discussion regarding staff, we will provide an update of progress to develop an Off-Highway Vehicle Ordinance and discuss community concerns raised in the attached citizen petition. “
My intent is to give an opportunity for proponents and opponents to discuss this before the Board. Personally I think this will be an informative meeting for not just the Board members, but the proponents of the concept as well as the opponents of the concept.
All the best,