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“Save The Altaville Trees” Rally Set For Saturday

A "Save the Altaville Trees" rally is set for Saturday from 10am – 1pm at the historic Altaville schoolhouse in Angels Camp.

Wrenae Rowe, Tim Frolendorf and Bob Lehmann, all concerned citizens, were Friday’s KVML "Newsmakers of the Day".

Cal Fire is preparing to rebuild the Altaville Fire Station (built in 1950), a project that everyone agrees, needs to be done. This project has been in the works for nearly 10 years and is finally shovel ready. The problem is the site plan for the project. An added employee and ADA parking lot would force two/thirds of the standing oak trees to be removed, including a "dedicated" Redwood tree that was planted in 1950, according to the citizens.

Saturday’s rally will give the public an opportunity to learn about this upcoming building project. There will also be tours of the Altaville schoolhouse, which sits next to the driveway of the fire station.

Last week, the Calaveras Board of Supervisors signed a letter¬†seeking help from Governor Schwarzenegger to save the trees. It was a unanimous vote, although Russ Thomas was not present. A seperate letter asking for the Governor’s intervention was similarly agreed too and signed by the Angels Camp City Council. An additional one was signed by the Angels Camp Museum.

Senator Dave Cox, in a meeting with the concerned citizens in September, agreed that the trees should be saved and said that the parking lot needed be redrawn. However, after looking into the matter, Cox later sided with the Department of General Services, that to redraw the plans would cost an extra $500,000 and would delay the project for a full year.

The Historic Altaville Schoolhouse is located on Main Street (Highway 49), just north of the Highway 4 stoplight in the Jumping Frog Plaza Shopping Center.

The "Newsmaker of the Day" is heard each weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:46, 7:46 and 8:46am.

Written by mark@mlode.com