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Supervisors to discuss Ridge Trail, inmate housing

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Next week, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will consider plans for fencing along the much-debated North Slope Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail.

Acting in its role as the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the five-member board is slated to discuss and possibly approve the plans during its regular Tuesday meeting.

The short segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail – intended as a link in the 550-mile chain of trails ringing the San Francisco Bay – was a longtime topic of discussion in the Supervisors’ chambers, but finally won approval two years ago. The current agenda item would submit plans for fencing along the trail and authorize the Open Space District to solicit bids for its completion.

Then at 10 a.m. Tuesday, under the auspices of the Community Development Commission, supervisors will conduct a hearing and possibly approve the $350,000 sale of the former Sheriff’s Valley substation property located at 16717 Sonoma Highway, Agua Caliente.

Other proposed actions on the Tuesday agenda include authorizing the county sheriff “to sign inmate housing agreements with various neighboring and Bay Area counties to reduce the inmate population at the Sonoma County Adult Detention Facilities.”

The meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 4, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, 575 Administration Dr., Room 102A, Santa Rosa. For more information, visit sonoma-county.org/board.