THCSD Seeks Rate Hike


Posted by Shawn & Annette in Political, Tuolumne County, Twain Harte News on July 9, 2011

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The Twain Harte Homeowners meeting was well attended, with over 100 residents in attendance today at Black Oak School. Many issues where discussed, with residents expressing concerns regarding local signage and fire safety issues.

The Twain Harte Homeowners Association took up a donation for the Daffodil Fund, matching funds will be provided by a board members family, as part of the Twain Harte beautification project. Other projects include new informational signage for the Twain Harte area. The signs have already been approved by the Twain Harte board and will be put into place once approval for the new signs have passed muster with Tuolumne County.

County response to many issues has slowed to a snails pace as we discovered over the July 4th weekend, when an injured buck was shot by a sheriff and left to die on our property. I brought this issue up at the meeting but my question was never addressed, the moderator quoted time constraints as an issue. With over 400 Tuolumne County jobs having been cut or eliminated altogether, bringing the 950 county positions down to a mere 550, getting services in the future could take an act of congress. The county is due to lose another 81 jobs during the months of July/August.

The Twain Harte Community Services District (THCSD), will be seeking yet another rate increase to cover needed upgrades to our antiquated water and sewer services. The details are shared by Scot A. Moody, General Manager, on page 5 of the bi-annual newsletter available online in pdf format. I must admit having our electrical meters switched over to “Smart Meters,” wasn’t a big hit with the locals and now they are discussing switching our water meters to digital meters.

One of the projects listed is the replacement of our existing mechanical water meters with digital (green technology) water meters. The digital meters will allow the district to read the meters in a more efficient manner and will save the district manpower and fuel costs associated with this process. Additionally, the electronic meters are much more accurate than manual meters, and will allow us to provide you with better service. The District expects to save in excess of $43,000 annually as a result of this project. [Read more…]

There are even talks of putting a hydro-electric power plant online, which has been sitting idle since 1985, in order to sell power back to TUD and provide an offset for some of the planned rate increase.

The 2011 Litter Pick-Up Dates are as follows:

  • August 6 at 9:00 AM
  • September 3 at 9:00 AM
  • October 8 at 9:00 AM
  • November 5 at 9:00 AM
  • December 3 at 10:00 AM

Volunteers are always welcome to assist in the clean up efforts. Many hands make light work.

The issue I was most concerned about, the string of burglaries that were occuring in the Twain Harte area, was only briefly addressed. It was reported that 29 local breakins had occured in Twain Harte over a 6-month period, the main suspect was taken into custody last month, so the issue has been put to rest.

I am concerned because a group of about 50 mexican nationals were camping at Beardsley over the July 4th weekend and were causing trouble with local campers. It was reported that the non-English speaking group was playing loud music until 3:00 a.m. and raiding campsites. The trouble ended with guns being drawn by local campers, as the rangers were powerless to act against such a large group of people.

If you plan to go camping this year use caution and get to know the campers near you. You may need to band together to protect your family and your camping gear against unwanted predators and mischief makers.


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Triple Digits Expected


Posted by Annie in Outdoors, Twain Harte News on June 20, 2011

Tomorrow is the first day of summer and with it comes the heat. MyMotherlode reports in part…

According to the National Weather Service, the hottest days in the Motherlode will be on Tuesday and Wednesday before a cooling trend begins on Thursday.

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This will be the first significant heat spell of 2011 so residents are urged
to follow these heat tips:

1. Drink plenty of water.

2. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages such as coffee, soda and tea.

3. Limit outdoor activity between noon and 6 p.m.

4. Stay out of the sun.

5. Use sunscreen.

6. If available, go to air conditioned places during maximum heating

7. Dress appropriately with light colored clothes.

8. Use wet cloths or blue cooler packs on the face, wrists or neck for a
quick cool down.

9. Never leave children or pets in the car.

10. Pets need plenty of fresh drinking water and shade to be protected from extreme heat.

11. Check up on an elderly family member or neighbor twice a day.

12. If heat illness occurs, contact your family physician or call 911

These are all good suggestions but I’d like to add to their list…

If you must be out in the heat, try rubbing a little peppermint oil to the back of your neck. When the air hits the peppermint it provides a natural cooling effect and helps to make you feel cooler.

Years ago, I passed by days driving an ice cream truck from neighborhood to neighborhood. I can tell you from first-hand experience, those ice cream trucks can get pretty hot inside. So, I would dampen a couple of hand towels, shape them in the form of a U, then freeze them.

When the temperature went up, I could pull one out and lay it across the back of my neck. It was amazing. Once that towel became warm, I would swap them out, so that I had a nice frozen towel whenever I needed one. Worked like a charm.

Stay cool folks, summer is approaching.

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