Sunday, April 26, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

County to proceed with Dunnigan truck stop plan; final vote expected early next year

By
From page A4 | December 12, 2012 |

WOODLAND — Following a lengthy public hearing Tuesday, Yolo County supervisors voted 3-2 to have county staff begin drawing up an agreement that would pave the way for a 19-acre truck stop to be located in the town of Dunnigan at the intersection of Interstate 5 and County Road 6.

But whether the proposed Love’s Travel Center will actually become a reality remains to be seen, with two supervisors saying they likely will support the plan, two expressing opposition and Supervisor Don Saylor of Davis the possible swing vote when the matter is heard again in January.

“I’m not sure where my vote will fall,” Saylor said Tuesday. “I’m inclined to support a truck stop in this area. … It makes good sense to put this here and it will bring some 50 jobs. But the verdict is still out for me.”

At issue is a truck stop that would include two fast-food restaurants, a convenience market, a tire-installation facility, 24 fuel pumps and 120 parking spaces for trucks. In addition to employing 25 to 50 people, the center would generate an estimated $427,000 annually in county revenue.

The promise of tax revenue to help fund county programs has drawn the support of Supervisor Jim Provenza of Davis, who was the only supervisor to vote in favor of the truck stop when the plan originally came before the board in March. His colleagues on the board sided with Dunnigan residents who oppose the project.

Following the March meeting, Provenza and Supervisor Mike McGowan of West Sacramento worked with county staff to try to find a solution that would bring Love’s to Yolo County, including looking at potential sites on County Road 8 — a location Dunnigan residents support. But Love’s representatives were adamant that the company was interested only in the County Road 6 location and, failing that, would focus on a Colusa County location instead.

On Tuesday, the original proposal returned to the board for reconsideration and, once again, dozens of Dunnigan residents turned out to plead with supervisors not to approve the project.

County Road 6, residents said, is the gateway to Dunnigan — what many called the town’s “Main Street” — and is intended for community development, including an elementary school, grocery store and medical offices. Putting a truck stop there, opponents said, would permanently change their small community of 1,500 people and Dunnigan’s future plans.

“We don’t need fast-food and convenience stores,” resident Wilma Gullatt told supervisors. “We already have that. We need a school and grocery store. I’m asking you not to be swayed by the $427,000.”

Also weighing in against the plan were two representatives of the Pierce Joint Unified School District.

Noting that the truck stop would be built close to the planned elementary school, Pierce Superintendent Ernest Sopp said, “This is what students will see when they leave the classroom.”

“Before you make your decision,” he told supervisors, “go to Dunnigan. If your child lived in Dunnigan, what would you want for them? What kind of atmosphere … do you want to create for the children of Dunnigan? There is more at stake here than just profits. This is about building a community.”

Duffy Baily, also representing the school district, expressed concerns about the truck stop’s planned above-ground fuel storage tanks as well as the transient nature of many truck stop customers being in such close proximity to children heading to school and back.

As they did in March, nearly all of the two dozen people who spoke out Tuesday against the County Road 6 site said they actually supported bringing a Love’s Travel Center to Dunnigan, provided it’s built at County Road 8.

Now, county staff will work with Love’s to draw up a development agreement for the County Road 6 site including a long list of conditions for approval. McGowan also requested that staff hold a community meeting in Dunnigan to better determine what negative impacts the truck stop might bring and how they can be mitigated.

“If we can build a truck stop on County Road 6 and we can do it in a way that doesn’t undermine your fundamental values,” he told Dunnigan residents, “I would probably be supportive of that.”

Supervisors Duane Chamberlain and Matt Rexroad both voiced their continued opposition to the project.

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] or 530-747-8051. Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy

Comments

comments

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

.

News

Davis team wins world robotics championship

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
 
 
Nepal quake death toll exceeds 1,800

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

Spring storm delivers late rain, snow to Northern California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
At the Pond: Plenty of pleasures in our bioregion

By Jean Jackman | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Pioneering organic chef presents her memoir Monday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Suspect in UCD assault arrested

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4

Dog park marks anniversary with cleanup

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Rail-safety bill passes Senate committee

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Free Family Bike Clinic set Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Watch them in action

By Julia Ann Easley | From Page: A5

Stocks rise on tech earnings; Nasdaq adds to record

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

 
Dodd speaks as part of public policy series

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

We did it (together)!

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

 
$2.72 million judgment ordered against Dollar Tree Stores

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

Fly Fishers to hear about advanced streamer tactics on Tuesday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
Bicycle activist will speak Monday at Hall of Fame

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

UCD hosts bike auction Saturday, May 2

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
.

Forum

Those texts still linger

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B6

 
New ways of giving locally and beyond

By Marion Franck | From Page: B6

 
Study questions accuracy of tumor gene mapping

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Water, water everywhere?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

 
Mayor’s Corner: A spirit of renewal permeates Davis

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

More work to do for a safe Picnic Day

By Our View | From Page: A12

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

Poker proceeds help youths

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

 
Invest in water of the future

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12

 
Anaheim, where The Force is with you

By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A13 | Gallery

.

Sports

Davis gets two baseball wins in two days

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1

 
Grizzlies dominate young Blue Devils on Senior Night

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Energy, fan-friendly happenings highlight UCD spring football game

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Blue Devil golfers capture CAL Invitational title

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

UCD roundup: Aggies reach water polo semifinals

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

 
Blue Devil swimmers are up to the challenge

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Babich brings the heat as DHS girls stick it to Oak Ridge

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12 | Gallery

 
DHS softball struggles continue against Sheldon

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12 | Gallery

.

Features

.

Arts

History comes alive in ‘The Sacramento Picture’

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Big Italian food, sports bar to fill Little Prague

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Yolo County real estate sales

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A7

Davis Roots hires new general manager

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
Comcast announces speed upgrade

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
.

Obituaries

Whitney Joy Engler

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Valente Forrest Dolcini

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, April 26, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B8