60 years ago

Brentwood Boy Scouts entered in Big Camporee: Brentwood Boy Scouts of Floyd Pedersen's Troop 159, will attend the biannual Scout Camporee in the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds. Perry Brown, leader of local Explorer troop expects to enter Richari Kutsch, Done Crane, Harry Geddes and Warren Libby, four of his six members. Over 2000 Boy Scouts and leaders are expected to attend the gigantic event, which will start Saturday morning with troops checking in between 8 and 10 a.m. The official closing time is set for 1 p.m. Sunday when awards will be presented to camping units according to standards of camping proficiency and Scout skills. A giant campfire program, scheduled for Saturday evening at 8 p.m., will take place at the grandstand with Robert Clarke, of Rodeo, as chairman. The public is invited any time during the weekend activity.

25 years ago

BI offers non-penalty sewer hookup: People who have hooked up their homes to the Bethel Island sewer system without a permit have until May 23 to acquire a permit under an amnesty program offered by the county. Residents otherwise face the prospect of a $3,000 fine on top of a $3,000 hookup fee.

According to Elmer Schaal of the county engineering services department, the standard permit fee is about $3,000 per house in the County Sanitation District 15, which encompasses all of Bethel Island and off island to Rock Slough and up to Cypress Road. After May 23, an investigation fee will be added to the permit fee, raising the cost of the permit to about $6,000 per home, Schall said in a news release.


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But Howard Holmes, president of the Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District, was opposed to the program.

In his news release, Schaal said the intent of the investigation fee is to place the cost on those who have illegal sewer connections, rather than spreading the cost to everyone.

Those who secure permits before May 23 will not be charged an investigation fee. Also, those permits taken out in accordance with district ordinances before the start of sewer work will not be charged and investigation fee, said Schaal.

-- Brentwood News files