Napa Superior Court announces selection of 2019-2020 Napa County Grand Jury

Superior Court Judge Victoria Wood has announced the selection of 19 members of the local community to serve on the 2019–2020 Napa County Grand Jury. The term of office is July 16, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

The grand jury functions as an arm of the judicial branch of government and operates under the authority of the Napa Superior Court. It investigates and reports on the operations, accounts, and records of local government officers and agencies. Grand jurors also have the power to investigate citizen complaints about local government.

“Due to their investigatory responsibilities, serving on the Napa County Grand Jury represents a unique opportunity for citizens to observe and learn about the workings of our government institutions and the people who govern our local affairs. By performing this important civic duty, the overall experience provides grand jurors with an avenue to help make their community a better place to live,” Wood said.

The foreperson of the grand jury is John Morris of Napa. The other 18 grand jurors are Renee Acosta, Charles Bertagna, Francine Knittel, Leah Miller, Sonya Milton, Elizabeth R. Parker, John W. Pearson, Paul A. Renne, Denise Rosselli, David Rouatt, Constance Sauer-Stueland, Martin Spitz, Michele Tonascia Stanley, Shelley Viviani, Michael Wallace, and Yolanda Woods of Napa; Kimberly L. Phinney of St. Helena; and Thomas Nelson of Yountville.

Conn Creek Bridge replacement work to begin

Caltrans is scheduled to begin construction of the replacement of the State Route 128 Conn Creek Bridge in Napa County on the Silverado Trail near St. Helena. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start as early as Tuesday, July 23.

During construction, the left and through lanes on westbound SR-128 (northbound Silverado Trail) will be combined for traffic turning left on Conn Creek Road as well as for through traffic continuing north on Silverado Trail.

A separate left turning lane will be provided on eastbound SR-128 from the southbound Silverado Trail onto Sage Canyon Road, in addition to the through lane for traffic continuing south on the Silverado Trail.

Flaggers will direct motorists during temporary lane or highway closures (5-10 minutes). Motorists should expect delays.

The project is necessary because of wear and tear on the existing bridge’s foundation from the creek’s current. The new bridge will be wider to accommodate trucks turning right from eastbound SR-128 (Conn Creek Road) onto Silverado Trail.

As the project proceeds, there will be intermittent nighttime lane closures with one-way traffic control. Caltrans will provide the public with advance notice of any such temporary closures.

The bulk of construction is scheduled to take place during daytime hours with bridge construction tentatively expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

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