Hobart Mills Road paving receives OK
Smooth driving lies ahead for residents of Russel Valley, who voted in a special assessment measure to fund paving of Hobart Mills Road from Tahoe Timber Trails to Dog Valley Road.
Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Bruce Bolinger announced the results of the vote this week. Twenty-eight of the 39 registered voters in the affected region returned their mail-in ballots, and all voted in the affirmative.
Every property-owner will be assessed a $216 fee for the next three years, to pay for a portion of the cost of the the paving work. Funds generated by the tax will pay for about $43,000 of the total $172,000 construction cost.
Russel Valley resident Tammy Richardson, who was the driving force behind the measure, said she was pleased with the results, and thankful for the aid Nevada County officials gave her in organizing the effort.
“Sam Dardick was the first person I talked to, and he’s the one who told me to talk to Tom Miller,” Richardson said. “Both of them gave me a lot of great advice.”
Richardson said she had the idea of a special assessment for Russel Valley after she found out Tahoe Timber Trails residents had voted for one to pave Hobart Mills Road from Highway 89 to their entrance.
“After I went through what we needed to go through to get the county to improve the road through the self-help program, I talked with Tom Miller about it, so we could put it on the property tax,” Richardson said. “I sent out letters and told people what I wanted to do, just before the county supervisors met up here. The county sent out notices to everyone to attend the public hearing.”
Nevada County Supervisors approved the mail-in ballot for the special assessment fee during a meeting in Truckee on July 21.
“I also sent out a straw poll, and most of the answers, like our election, came back positive,” Richardson said. “Everyone who spoke at the public hearing was positive also. Since it looked like everyone wanted it, we went ahead with it.”
Richardson said the county plans to start paving the road in 1999, but may not finish it until 2000.
Russel Valley resident Michael Wresch said he too was pleased with the outcome of the vote.
“This will help everyone,” Wresch said. “It will increase property values and it will provide more revenue for the county. There’s enough taxation going on out here to help support the county now. It’s not like it used to be, when this area was a drain on the county.”
He pointed out that residents who currently pay half of the county’s cost for snow removal will see a big savings once the road is paved.
“Next year the county will take responsibility for the road and the whole thing will be plowed out to Dog Valley Road,” Wresch said.
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