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File #: 21-497    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Public Hearing/General Business Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 3/17/2021 In control: Council and Authorities Concurrent Meeting
On agenda: 3/23/2021 Final action:
Title: Discussion on Consideration of the Sale of the Loyalton Ranch Property (Continued from March 16, 2021)
Attachments: 1. Loyalton Map and Pictures, 2. Loyalton Fire Map and Pictures, 3. 2020 Loyalton Appraisal, 4. PMM
Discussion on Consideration of the Sale of the Loyalton Ranch Property (Continued from March 16, 2021)

Deliver and Enhance High Quality Efficient Services and Infrastructure

The City of Santa Clara owns and maintains approximately 10,270 rural acres of undeveloped land in Lassen, Plumas, and Sierra Counties near the California-Nevada border. The Property is located in northeastern California, about 30 miles north of Truckee, CA northeast of Sacramento and about 20 miles northwest of Reno, NV. The land is referred to locally as the Trosi Ranch, and within the City, as the Loyalton Ranch Property. The City purchased the property with electric utility funds in 1977 for $1,613,850 or $157/acre. The City's Electrical Department, doing business as Silicon Valley Power, (SVP) is responsible for the care of the property.

The property consists of three parcels that are remote and in a generally native state (Attachment 1 Loyalton Map and Pictures). The property consisted of a two-story ranch house, detached garage, guest house, out building for livestock watering, out building for livestock feed, out building for well house, and a barn. In the past, the City had a caretaker on the property to manage the facility. However, over time it became difficult to hire a facility caretaker and the structures were under significant disrepair and slated for removal. The last time a caretaker was on the property was in in 2014.

The property has historically been used as seasonal grazing land and continues to be used as grazing land since the City's purchase in 1977. Since the property was purchased, grazing leases have been issued to various ranchers to graze cattle. Currently SVP leases the property for cattle grazing, the yearly revenue is $21,750 per year with a 3% yearly escalator. No other use is planned for the site.

According to City records, the property was acquired with the intent to develop a...

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