What: Butte County Board of Supervisors meeting.
When: 9 a.m., Tuesday.
Where: County Administration Building, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville.
Online: Watch the meeting and read the agenda, http://tinyurl.com/buttesupervisors
Oroville >> The Butte County Board of Supervisors will consider eminent domain to acquire property from three land owners for a south Oroville pedestrian project.
On Tuesday, the board will consider a resolution of necessity to acquire 1,584 square feet of land and easements from three property owners as part of the Lincoln Boulevard Safety Project, according to information included in the meeting agenda. The property sought affects 8.1 percent of the owners’ properties, although about half is for a temporary construction easement.
If the resolution is approved, the board will then determine four criteria, including public necessity, that the project is planned to serve the greatest public good while minimizing injury, that the land is needed and an offer was made to the owners.
County staff indicated officials will continue to negotiate with landowners even if the resolution is approved.
The pedestrian project is intended to reduce conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians, particularly children. The project is needed because of several fatalities in the past, according to officials.
The county has been acquiring narrow pieces of land on 45 parcels along Lincoln Boulevard from Myers Street to Lincoln Boulevard since Sept. 10, 2013. It has reached an agreement with 36 of 39 property owners.
In order for the project to remain on schedule, the county needs to certify to Caltrans by Aug. 30 that it has acquired the right of way for the project or can obtain an order of possession from the courts.
The three properties are all located east of the boulevard, although they aren’t next to each other.
The county is seeking 144 square feet from a 5,854 square-foot property owned by Audrie Kleinert north of Virginia Avenue. The land would be used for building a retaining wall. The county is also seeking 766 square feet for a temporary easement to build the wall.
For the 6,789 square-foot property owned by Ronald and Patricia Stillwell on the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Mill Street, the county is seeking 229 square feet for a curb return and a ramp. It is also seeking a 195 square-foot easement for overhead utilities.
The county is also seeking a 250 square-foot easement for overhead utilities on a 6,863 square-foot property south of Grove Street owned by Jeffery Cooper.
All of the property owners were notified of Tuesday’s meeting.
Also Tuesday, the board will consider outdoor festival licenses for two events in June and July.
KZFR Community Radio is seeking to use the Lake Concow Campground, 12967 Concow Road, for the Sacred Movement Healing Arts and Music Festival. It is seeking to use the site from June 26 to 28.
One festival was held at the campgrounds in 2014. The station anticipates up to 500 daily participants on the 77.5-acre site.
The other event is the Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest from July 17 to 19. Applicant George Francis anticipates up to 3,000 daily participants on an 18.4-acre area between the Feather River and Pacific Heights Road.
County staff recommends finding that both events are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act and approving the applications with recommended conditions.
The board meeting begins 9 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville.
Reach reporter Ryan Olson at facebook.com/NorCalJustice and 896-7763.