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Supervisors to vote on signs honoring veterans

Soon, anyone driving through Del Norte could know that veterans are respected around here.

The Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Tuesday will vote on whether to adopt a resolution that will lay the groundwork for the eventual installation of three signs at three major entrances into Del Norte. The signs, which would be placed at the state line on U.S. Highway 101 North, at the border with Humboldt County on Highway 101 South, and at the state line on U.S. Highway 199, would read either “We Honor Veterans” or “Where We Honor Veterans,” depending on where they’re placed. Each sign cost $150 and would be installed by Caltrans.

The resolution, which comes up at a time when the federal government is under fire for its treatment of veterans in regard to health care and hospital wait times, is in response to a request from the Veterans Council, according to District 1 Supervisor Roger Gitlin, who spearheaded the plan.

“I’m very happy to finally see this has reached a level of decision-making process and hopefully we’ll be moving forward and having the signs put up very soon,” Gitlin said. 

Also on the Board’s agenda is an item that will allow for the continued counting of certain fish in the Smith River. The item, which supervisors will vote on, involves a California Department of Fish and Wildlife grant for nearly $100,000 that would be used toward counting salmon and steelhead fish with sonar devices. Such a count is critical for managing fisheries and identifying conservation needs, according to the Board report.

The Board will also vote on a resolution that would see Jim Buckles, who currently serves as the deputy agricultural commissioner for the county, appointed as Del Norte agriculture commissioner, a position that has been vacant since March.

Supervisors meet at 10 a.m. today at the Flynn Administrative Center, 981 H St., Crescent City. Agendas and staff reports can be found at www.countyofdelnorte.us.

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