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The interchange won’t destroy Clarksville

EDITOR:The Clarksville Region Historical Society is responding to the comments made by Sue Taylor at the Board of Supervisors meeting on June 25 concerning items 70 and 72 relating to the Silva Valley interchange. Sue Taylor has every right to voice her opinion on any issue as long as her information is correct. In this case she has imparted false information. She referred that Clarksville community would be decimated with the building of the interchange. Later in item 72 she referred to the destruction of Clarksville and no more Clarksville Days with no consideration of its historic value.1. The interchange does not impact the ghost town of Clarksville. What it does do is go through our parking lots. No parking lot, no Clarksville Day. However, when the onramp is built or near completion we will “cut” another parking lot. We estimate at least two years before another Clarksville Day.

2. Historic preservation: The Clarksville Region Historical Society met with the Corp of Engineers and the county Department of Transportation last summer. We voiced our concerns and listed 10 items to consider in the preservation process. I am happy to say that all 10 items have been met. We also listed three items with the Corp of Engineers and they have been met. We continue meeting with the Dept. of Transportation.

3. One of our main concerns is the Tong Family cemetery that is situated next to the freeway. Ground penetration has shown grave sites and there is orange netting around them. A wall will be built to protect the area. This cemetery would only be involved in Phase ll of the project many years away. Ground penetration has been on the north side of 50 with no visible graves sites found but all suspicious areas are undergoing carefully layered scrapes.

What is the Clarksville Region Historical Society doing in the meantime?

We are part of two other organizations dedicated to identify and preserve historic sites not only in El Dorado Hills but through the county. Those organizations: The newly organized “networking” Historical Societies of the county, the sub-committee of Historic preservation in CEDAC-EDH and the Clarksville RHS.

Betty January
El Dorado Hills

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  1. Kathleen Newell

    Sue Taylor has a valid point, which I agree with. The Silva Valley Interchange is destroying a good deal of the Clarksville townsite. Yes, some Cultural Resources Betty January mentioned are being protected or relocated, but as a whole, the Clarksville townsite is getting a giant interchange built on top of it.

    I get it. It’s called ‘progress,’ but for the record, it would be nice for folks to know about the full extent of the impact to the area where the interchange will be built. For more information on the Cultural Impacts to the area, and mitigation, read the UPDATED SILVA VALLEY PARKWAY INTERCHANGE CULTURAL RESOURCES CEQA DOC, which can be downloaded at the El Dorado County CEQA webpage: http://www.edcgov.us/Government/DOT/CEQA/SilvaValleyinterchange/UPDATED_SILVA_VALLEY_PARKWAY_INTERCHANGE_CULTURAL_RESOURCES.aspx

    I’d like to encourage Betty January to reach out to Sue Taylor and take advantage of her ‘can do’ community service attitude. Last April she was the organizer for the Mormon Helping Hands campaign here in El Dorado County where hundreds of volunteers worked on projects all over El Dorado County. Link: http://youtu.be/8YcTfY0iU4k

    Just think how much repair work could be done to the Clarksville historic structures with a group like that at your command.

  2. Kathleen Newell

    Sue Taylor has a valid point, which I agree with. The Silva Valley Interchange is destroying a good deal of the Clarksville townsite. Yes, some Cultural Resources Betty January mentioned are being protected or relocated, but as a whole, the Clarksville townsite is getting a giant interchange built on top of it.

    I get it. It’s called ‘progress,’ but for the record, it would be nice for folks to know about the full extent of the impact to the area where the interchange will be built. For more information on the Cultural Impacts to the area, and mitigation, read the UPDATED SILVA VALLEY PARKWAY INTERCHANGE CULTURAL RESOURCES CEQA DOC, which can be downloaded at the El Dorado County CEQA webpage: http://www.edcgov.us/Government/DOT/CEQA/SilvaValleyinterchange/UPDATED_SILVA_VALLEY_PARKWAY_INTERCHANGE_CULTURAL_RESOURCES.aspx

    I’d like to encourage Betty January to reach out to Sue Taylor and take advantage of her ‘can do’ community service attitude. Last April she was the organizer for the Mormon Helping Hands campaign here in El Dorado County. Hundreds of volunteers worked on projects all over El Dorado County. Link: http://youtu.be/8YcTfY0iU4k

    Just think how much repair work could be done to the Clarksville historic structures with a group like that at your command.

  3. Kathleen,
    I do applaud Sue’s work with the Mormon Helping Hands but with issues regarding Clarksville both of you are very uninformed. Betty and I spent 5 hours at Sacramento branch of the Army Corps of Engineers going over the Silva Valley Interchange preservation plan. Our major concern was the Tong cemetery. Later in EDH Betty and I along with two other board members, one of which is also on the County Cemetery Commission met with a group of others representing the county, the contractor and Ric Windmiller the author of the CEQA document you site. The purpose of this meeting was to insure the historical and cultural assets of the area were protected. We left the meeting completely satisfied. Neither you nor Sue were at any of those meeting.

    The CEQA document you site does not even cover the town site of Clarksville. Could it be that you did not read it? The Clarksville Region Historical Society is a “party of interest” to all development in the area and as such we are informed of any new projects in the area. I can assure you that at the present time there are no plans to develop Clarksville.

    For the last 7 years the society has been building the Clarksville Day brand it appears to be successful at our last Clarksville Day event we had nearly 5,000 people attend. I have no idea how much damage the two of you have done to the brand but I am not happy.

    If you want to know what is going on with Clarksville ask the people who are really involved. See our website at http://www.EDHHistory.org

    Hal Erpenbeck
    President
    Clarksville Region Historical Society

  4. Kathleen Newell

    Hal,

    Before I made my above comment, I talked with the Clarksville Townsite property owner, Jim Brunello, at a CEDAC meeting and told him I had read Betty January’s letter about preserving the site and wanted to know if that was true.

    He said something to the effect that there were no plans at this time to develop the property. After the meeting he also told me that the property he was referring to was east of the old Lincoln highway bridge (which his Grandfather, or Great Grandfather helped build) at Clarksville. You can listen to his full remarks on the audio recording of the El Dorado County Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee meeting on July 8, 2013.

    Since Jim Brunello was a founding board member of your Clarksville Region Historical Society, I am hopeful he will protect the property from new commercial development after the interchange is completed, and I applaud your organization for stepping up to ensure the site will be preserved for future generations to enjoy when you resume Clarksville Days.

    Regards,

    Kathleen Newell

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