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  As the Vice President of the Rubicon Trail Foundation I am providing grant input on behalf of the foundation. The foundation supports all of the three grant projects that propose to continue important work on the Rubicon Trail. All of these projects are important to keep the trail maintained, to keep restrooms serviced and clean, and to continue to meet environmental standards that keeps the trail open. The foundation supports the efforts of the county and commends previous grant projects that made it possible to meet all of the requirements of the Regional Water Board and to lift the cleanup and abatement order last year. The foundation is concerned about how these three Ground Operations projects were written by the county for work on the Rubicon. We believe that all three are important projects as a whole and we are not sure why they are written as three separate projects. We believe that they should be combined as one project which would be easier to manage and easier for the public to understand and review. We also believe combining the projects would allow them to score better and these important and worthwhile grants would be more likely to be funded. For the annual Maintenance component of the project, we would suggest that more hours be included for staff time because we feel that additional staff time should be dedicated to guiding the Adopt-A-Trail groups in their first seasons of implementation. It has become clear that this is important after last year’s successful pilot effort. We would also like to see additional information included in the project description about the Unimog that RTF uses in partnership with the county to keep the restrooms along the trail pumped out. This piece of equipment was purchased under a previous RTF OHV grant and is eventually going to need costly repair and replacement of major components to keep it running and servicing the many restrooms on the trail. For the Rock Transport component of the project, we are in support. The project makes financial sense as more needed trail armoring rock can be transported by helicopter more quickly and efficiently than many weeks of manual transport of the same quantity by slow and arduous methods. For the Rubicon Bridge component of the project, we are also in support. The bridge has been heavily used and it is time to replace the deck and the skirt portion of the footings are in need of repair. We feel that a plan for continued removal of floating debris and logs from upstream of the bridge should be included in this part of the project because of the ongoing danger to the bridge from this debris, especially during flood stage. We also noted that the county inadvertently listed less than the allowed 15% charge for Indirect Costs on these projects. I would recommend that the full 15% be included in the revised combined project for administrative costs and county overhead related to the grants. Thank you for your consideration. John Arenz Vice President Rubicon Trail Foundation - 3/23/15


  As the Vice President of the Rubicon Trail Foundation I am providing grant input on behalf of the foundation. The foundation supports the Safety and Education grant that proposes to continue important work on the Rubicon Trail. This grant is important to continue the excellent educational efforts undertaken by the county and the foundation. The foundation supports the efforts of the county and commends previous grants that made it possible to meet all of the requirements of the Regional Water Board and to lift the cleanup and abatement order last year. The foundation is concerned that last year’s cost estimates for Mid Trail Staff were used. As the foundation’s costs have increased and Mid Trail Staff hours have increased because of increased shoulder season use in the last several and current dry years, a new estimate was given to the county to help the foundation cover these costs. The number of hours should have been 1488, not 1360 as applied for, and the hourly rate was increased last year to $25. The total request amount for this program should have been $37,200, not the $27,200 requested. Thank you for your consideration of these comments, John Arenz Vice President Rubicon Trail Foundation - 3/23/15


  I think this agency should reconsider patrolling on bicycles. The illegal activity that goes on this this corridor needs the Sheriff to do this by motorcycle. The ones that are doing this illegal activity will not respond the Sheriff's on bicycles like they would if they were on motorcycles. I strongly urge the county to reconsider and change to motorcycles for their patrols. Thank you Terra Nelson - 3/31/15


  With the growing awareness of the SPTC has come increased use of every user group. Unfortunately that has included illegal motorized use. These uses tear up the trail tread in the wet season, cause unsafe conditions with their speed, and discourage the non-motorized uses. These uses have increased to nearly a daily occurrence, but move so fast, they are gone by the time the sheriff can get there. A better solution is needed for this local neighborhood trail. Thank you for your consideration. Jackie Neau - 3/31/15


  The SPTC corridor is frequently used by motorcycles and the Sheriff will have to patrol these 25 miles to stop the use. Mt Bikes are ok, but I think motorcycles are going to need to be used by the Sheriff to stop the motorcyles. Shingle Springs and many sections of the corridor have been complaining for years about the illegal motorized use and it needs to be stopped. Money put into enforcement is needed. Michael Kenison - 3/31/15


  I support EDC's grant request. Illegal OHV use is rampant in the County and any place it can be curtailed is a plus. OHVs have hundreds of miles of legal opportunity in the county and Eldorado National Forest. They should be prevented from damaging cultural resources and possibly injuring recreationists on foot. Karen Schambach - 4/3/15