It’s the public’s turn to speak out on issues

Those who need a civics lesson about the role of the people and their relationship with those who govern should check out what’s happening right here in Susanville today, Tuesday, July 23 as two public agencies hear from their constituents. Clearly this is the time for the public to let its voice be heard.

The Susanville City Council holds a special meeting at 5 p.m. today to discuss Caltrans’ striping plan and the bulbouts along Main Street.

According to the public works department’s webpage, Caltrans will not move forward with its proposed striping plan — reducing Main Street from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction through the Uptown area — unless that plan is supported by the community and the city council. City leaders say they’ve heard from many constituents on both sides of the matter.

Hopefully the council can provide some direction to Caltrans this evening.

And just a half an hour later, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, the Lassen Municipal Utility District holds a public hearing to solicit comments on the general manager’s report regarding a proposed increase to the district’s monthly facilities charge. For those who cannot attend that meeting, written comments may be submitted prior to the meeting at the LMUD office, 65 S. Roop St.

According to LMUD, the facilities charge is intended to cover a customer’s fair share of the cost of constructing and maintain the transmission and distribution and general costs. If you have an opinion one way or the other about this charge, this is your chance to be heard.