Hanvelt Remains Concerned Over Local Economy
Tuolumne County Supervisor Randy Hanvelt has been dealing with tough times and continues to see problems ahead in Tuolumne County.
Hanvelt was Friday's KVML "Newsmaker of the Day".
"In spite of bits of good news here and there, the local economy does not seem to be getting better," said Hanvelt.
"The population continues to slightly decline. That means enrollment in our local schools is also slightly declining. Too many retail shops have closed their doors and they are not reopening.
We still have lots of people seeking jobs. I remain concerned about several issues including public safety, road repairs, libraries and recreational opportunities. Many of these things are affected, when our budget is this tight.
The housing market continues to be interesting. Housing prices have recently gone up but over the last month the inventory has also been increasing. I'm not sure where things are going in the real estate market from here.
We need to find ways to do things within our county. Positive things to make a positive difference and improve the economy.
We want to continue to work with Larry Cope in the Economic Development Authority in order to develop jobs and work with the Forest service to properly care for our natural resources.
We know that we can get wood products out of our forests and there's a market for that. Our forests are overgrown and we have a severe fire danger."
Hanvelt has been active with the Fire Safe Council and has been helping to address specific issues in which fire safety is a concern.
The "Newsmaker of the Day" is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45am
Written by Mark Truppner