North Star House $13,000 clarified |

North Star House $13,000 clarified

Re the North Star article of Sept. 28 [ “North Star job went to Conklin’s pal”]: According to the article, “the Land Trust spent $13,000 coordinating with Carville Sierra … to create trails or a park on the site … that didn’t work out … because Carville Sierra did not have plans far enough along to create a park system.”

There is a subtle implication that Carville Sierra is a special case or that it may have received a portion of the $13,000. I want to set the record straight.

About a year ago, we were approached by members of the Trails Committee, Bill Haire and Brent Frazier, who were working with numerous property owners to create a public trail from the Brunswick Basin to Memorial Park in Grass Valley. We were one of those owners. We are committed to establishing numerous public trails on the Loma Rica property.

However, at this time we can not grant trail easements because (1) we have not worked out the exact locations of all roads, buildings and parks, and (2) our liability exposure. However, the actual trail easements will be dedicated after the Specific Plan is approved by the City of Grass Valley and the Local Agency Formation Commission has approved annexation.

We did not receive any of the $13,000. I expect that the $13,000 was the total sum expended by the Land Trust for all trails activities, maps, legal work and overhead while working with all the property owners.

Philip P. Carville

Carville Sierra, Inc.

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