Concerns regarding charter school’s proposed site
July 31, 2013
I am writing this to express my concerns about the Yuba River Charter School's building plans. I am most certainly not against the building of schools, but I am concerned about the area of this one.
I have lived on Adam Avenue for 50 years, and our son played on that property and dug up old bottles when he was a young boy. We didn't know it had been a dump at one time. He, however, never experienced any ill effects from being there. Through the years we have often seen flooding during the rainy season, which can be long. We have seen The Oak Super Market on Squirrel Creek Road flooded many times. It also floods at the intersection off Ridge Road and Rough and Ready Highway every year.
Adam Avenue has been poorly maintained and is very narrow. There are ditches on both sides of the road in places, the pavements are breaking off sides of the road and there are no sidewalks. It's dangerous to drive out of our driveways, especially at the middle and ends of the streets. There is a hill that creates a blind spot where we can't see the cars coming over the hill, and they can't see us pulling out of our driveways. There have been several unreported accidents there. It is also difficult for those who live close to the intersection of Adam Avenue and Squirrel Creek Road. At the top of the hill on Adam Avenue, where the school plans to locate the entrance of the school, it is also very dangerous. The cars coming from past Twin Cities Church have a 45 mph speed limit, as well as traffic from the intersection of Rough and Ready Highway and Squirrel Creek Road. Theydrive faster most of the time just before Adam Avenue. On both sides there are curves, so it is difficult to get onto Rough and Ready Highway. It's also hard to get onto Rough and Ready Highway from the end of Ridge Road for the same reasons.
One solution could be that Adam Avenue be connected with Ridge Road to make a four-way intersection with four-way stop signs. This would make a safer way for school children to enter or exit from the charter school if it is approved for building at that location. It would also be a safer place for the public bus stop near Adam Avenue and near to the end of Ridge Road on Rough and Ready Highway.
It seems with the large grants the school is receiving, the school could do this for the safety of its students. I ask that the supervisors spend actual time driving this area before making final decisions on rezoning this property for a school, for the safety of our children.
Teddy Parman lives in Grass Valley.