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Public Invited To Hear Latest On Post Rim Fire Resiliency Center Plans

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Sonora, CA — Public updates are coming up relating to two resilience centers planned for Tuolumne County using a funding chunk from a multi-million dollar federal grant.

As reported here, county officials have been seeking public input for the past year-and-a-half to plan and design the two facilities. Tuolumne County and the State of California received official word in January 2016 that the state’s post Rim Fire recovery oriented application on behalf of the county had won one of 13 national Natural Disaster Resiliency Competition (NDRC) funding awards through HUD, roughly a third of which was allocated for a resiliency center project.

According to Tuolumne County Deputy Administrator Maureen Frank, over the past seven months county staff has been closely working with community members, Lionakis Architects and Ascent Environmental Services on the centers’ development plans.

To date, she says, accomplishments include finalized programming documents; selection of proposed facility site locations for the community resilience centers (CRCs); completion of required environmental reviews and schematic designs. Additionally, project leads facilitated stakeholder collaborations to determine proposed CRC programs and services.

Public Updates Set For Planned Centers in Tuolumne, Groveland

“It is now time to come back to the community and give everyone an update of the project,” Frank shares. “We have planned two meetings — one for each Resilience Center Project. These meetings are the result of a commitment we made to the public several months ago…to include the public all the way through the process of developing, designing and building these centers.”

— The Tuolumne Community Resilience Center meeting is this Thursday, March 21 at the county supervisors’ chambers in downtown Sonora (2 S. Green St.), beginning at 5:30 p.m.

— The Groveland Community Resilience Center meeting is next Wednesday, March 27 at Groveland Community Hall (1918 Main St.), beginning at 6 p.m.

As part of the next steps process, public comments are requested at both public meetings, during which county staff will overview related findings and goals for the CRCs; present site and floor plans developed through the schematic design process; also, discuss planned partnership programs and services.