BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
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RESOLUTION FINDING AN IMPENDING PERIL TO PERSONS AND PROPERTY AS A RESULT OF THE SLOPE FAILURE AT 606 LARCHMONT, SO AS TO CONSTITUTE A PUBLIC NUISANCE; AND DIRECTING STAFF TO HIRE A CONTRACTOR TO DEMOLISH THE HOUSE AT 606 LARCHMONT (BUT LEAVE THE FOUNDATION INTACT), AND, IF NECESSARY, INSTALL EROSION CONTROL AND DRAINAGE MEASURES TO STABILIZE THE HILLSIDE
RESOLVED, by the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo, State of California, that
WHEREAS, the Board has considered evidence and testimony, including expert opinion, regarding the slope failure at 606 Larchmont, unincorporated Colma (APN 006-312-340) that occurred during winter rains in April 2006 and the likelihood of further damage during the coming winter;
WHEREAS, it is the expert opinion of County staff that once it begins to rain, it is anticipated that water will again saturate the loose soils on the hill at 606 Larchmont, and movement will continue, leading to a concern that, if the winterization plans does not work, there could be further slope failure, and the house could collapse, endangering neighboring persons and property;
WHEREAS, it is the expert opinion of County staff that, given the steepness of the slope, the evidence of substantial slope movement during the 2005-2006 winter rains, the fact that no repairs have yet to be made to the slide area, and the uncertainty that the proposed winterization plan will be effective in arresting further slope movement, there is a substantial though unquantifiable risk of future slope movement that could impact properties and person located below the slide area; and furthermore, that if the slide reactivates as a result of the winter rains, there is a substantial likelihood that there will be additional failure of the structure at 606 Larchmont.
NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DETERMINED AND ORDERED
1) The Board finds that there is an impending peril to persons and property as a result of the slope failure at 606 Larchmont, so as to constitute a public nuisance; and 2) staff is directed to hire a contractor to demolish the house at 606 Larchmont (but leave the foundation intact), and, if necessary, install erosion control and drainage measures to stabilize the hillside in anticipation of the coming winter.
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