The Mt. Diablo school board on Wednesday expects to vote on an Environmental Impact Report related to proposed field improvements at Ygnacio Valley High, along with the project itself, a construction award and a contract for inspection of the work.
This vote comes on the heels of a Sept. 30 community meeting, where neighbors, parents and staff came together to discuss various options for mitigating some of the adverse impacts of the project such as noise, light and trash.
The meeting got off to a rocky start — with some neighbors complaining they had no input into the agenda for the meeting or the alternatives presented. However, after those present broke into groups and began talking, it appeared that the neighbors genuinely felt like the district was listening to their concerns. The groups came up with a variety of ideas for conditions that could be imposed on the project, which didn’t necessarily coincide with those laid out by Tim Cody in his PowerPoint presentation: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceQnM3eUZLc05IYlU/edit?usp=sharing.
Here are notes from the meeting prepared by a YVHS staff member, who commented at the end that some of the recommendations conflicted with each other: http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/d0638c4c-2204-42b5-80e1-2e1bb7c72833.pdf
As a result of this meeting, Tim Cody compiled an “Exhibit D,” which outlines different options for possible use conditions: http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/d0638c4c-2204-42b5-80e1-2e1bb7c72833.pdf
The neighbors who live around the school have sent the following letter to the school board, expressing their dissatisfaction with Cody’s Exhibit D and asking the board to postpone its vote so both parties can spend more time talking out a compromise: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6mS2O1_NKceTkYzUk5ObG9fOEU/edit?usp=sharing
They have asked that this letter be included in the official record for the Oct. 9 meeting.
Do you think the board should postpone its vote to allow more time to work out a mutually agreeable deal with the neighbors?