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.8A Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 Feather River Bulletin RECYCLE, from page 1A "Yes," Kolb answered. "A lot of agreements must be made first, but that is the hope." Council member William Weaver asked if there were any health hazards. Kolb replied, "I don't ex- pect anything different than what it is right now." Weaver countered, "It's a mess right now. It's filthy out there. Have you ever been out there?" Kolb said he had. "I have to do inspections out there. It's garbage," he added, saying a certain amount of flies and odor were expected. He also pointed out the facility would create quite a few more jobs in the Portola area. City Manager Jim Murphy expressed concern about traffic impacts and cited a previous traffic study that had been done when a gro- cery store and strip mall were contemplated on the corner of Highway 70 and Delleker Road. That study recommended a new turning lane be constructed. Gross said that, although the application packet re- ferred to an environmental initial study and mitigated negative declaration as in- cluded, they had not been re- ceived. Karen Downs was told the county felt they were insuffi- cient and wasn't circulating them with the rest of the ap- plication. In the absence of knowing what already concerned the county, Gross said city staff had looked at everything. Gross began his recitation of city concerns with future growth in Delleker at the top concern. There has been a building moratorium in Delleker Park due to insuffi- ' cient water flows. Rectifying that deficiency requires the installation of a 10-inch water line and find- ing the money to do that has stymied Grizzly Lake Resort Improvement District for many years. "As part of this project (MRF), I understand that this 10-inch water line would be constructed and that would open the door to further growth and development in that area. "Further growth and devel- opment in that area just to the west of the city is an is- sue that we've talked about for some time," Gross said. ' He added that the city had just hired consultant and planner Tom Jacobson, a de- partment head at Sonoma State, to help identify core areas of concern to the city. "We're hoping to develop a strategy (for development) with Mr. Jacobson's help, that we Can take to the coun- ty, who is the planning agent for that area," Gross said. "Should this project go for- ward, one of the require- ments of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act), when you look at potential environmental impacts are cumulative impacts. "In this case, one of the cu- mulative impacts from the approval of the construction of a water line is increased development in that area. We, the city, are concerned about that kind of growth and development. I'm not saying we're against it, just concerned about it," Gross said. Murphy added that if the building moratorium were lifted, traffic impacts would be greater than just the MRF. Mayor John Larrieu want- ed to know if the MRF pro- ject was a public or private enterprise. Kolb replied, "It's a private concern under a franchise agreement with the county." After further discussion about traffic issues, commod- ity trucks and long-haul trucks, Weaver asked who would pay for the new water line. Kolb replied IMD, with a loan, would install the line and collect back from the businesses that would bene- fit from it. Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wil- son asked who determined whether the environmental reports were a full EIR, a mitigated declaration or a negative declaration. Gross said it was the coun- ty's decision. Kolb added the county was looking for guid- ance as to the scope of the en- vironmental studies. Wilson thought the report should look into as many ar- eas as possible to prevent any problems. He also want- ed to know how long ago it was zoned heavy industrial and whether in the current climate of environmental concerns, it would be given the same zoning in 2009. Kolb did not know, which led to questions as to when the new General Plan would be ready. Council members expressed other concerns about seepage, protection of the Feather River and ground water, and contain- ment measures: The Council unanimously approved of a draft letter to the county and directed Gross to add a paragraph re- garding other studies possi- bly added if the scope of the project were to change sig- nificantly. The three-page letter also raised concerns about other checklist points that are part of CEQA review: aesthetics (24-hour operation creating a new source of substantial light); air quality, green- house gasses and odor; haz- ards and hazardous material; biological resources; hydrol- ogy and water quality; noise; transportation and traffic; utilities and service systems; along with cumulative im- pacts of an increase in growth and development. At the end of the critical discussion, Supervisor Terry Swofford asked the council not to lose sight of the fact the state is requiring ever higher diversion rates. "The MRF will help the county and it will help the city to do this." He said he understood the city's concerns regarding de- velopment, but he doubted the state was going to back off on these requirements. The city may end up being fined for noncompliance, Swofford warned the council. Murphy responded, "Terry is absol'utely right. For years, the city has been un- dera 50 percent reduction re- quirement and we've never been able to meet it. The best we're able to do is about a 35 percent reduction and right now we're averaging 28 per- cent." He added that in the past two years, new bills have been introduced to change the diversion requirement to 75 percent. "The MRF is a very impor- tant facility," Murphy said, Larrieu said, "The project itself makes sense, but we want to make sure that it's done right." Kennedy expressed his concerns, as he has before, about building along High- way 70, with industrial facili- ties like the MRF visible to passersby. "It's a scenic highway, but it won't be a scenic highway much longer, and the MRF isn't going to help it be a scenic highway, either." YOUNG, from page 1A to be the master of cere- monies. He was a member of the Rotary Club for 62 years, again proudly following in his father's footsteps. Young Sr. was a founding member and the service club's first president. At the encouragement of some community leaders, he ran for the Assembly in 1968, losing his one and only bid "for state office to Pauline Davis. In 1979, as an outgrowth of a highway safety project in- stituted by Quincy Rotary, Young headed an impressive movement that included sev- eral local business and com- munity leaders asking Cal- trans and state lawmakers to make immediate and long- overdue improvements to state Highway 70. Their efforts ultimately re- sulted in the additionof more guardrails, turnouts and passing lanes in the Feather River Canyon. .In the early 19B0s, he and Louise owned and she oper- ated a restaurant in Quincy, Gansner Bar and Grill. In that same timeframe, Young and three associates purchased the land the Quin- cy Hotel once occupied that is now Dame Shirley Plaza. Their hope was to build a ho- tel and convention center on the site, only to find out after years of exhaustive research it wouldn't be feasible. Scott Lawson, Plumas County Museum director, who also served On the Town- hall Association board with Young, said he will remem- ber Spike for his apprecia- tion of local history and the county's heritage, but added that Spike also keep looking forward for ways to better the community. "We lost a true county icon with his passing," Superior Court Judge Ira Ka'ufman said, adding that in the court- room and on the street Young really knew what he was doing. "He truly had a sense of the county and the people in it." Judge Janet Hilde said, "Judge Young was a wonder- ful, supportive role model for me. In addition to being a well-respected judge in our county and around the state, he was truly dedicated to his community and affected many people's lives in a posi- tive way." Young's lifelong best friend, former County super- visor Jim Gossett took the news of his passing hard. "From the time we attended grammar school to the pre- sent, we were as close as any two people could be. I learned a lot from Spike and loved his sense of humor. I'll miss him." As of press time, services .are tentatively planned for Saturday, Jan. 16, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Quincy. His full obituary and details will appear in next week's newspaper. RE-OPEN, from page 1A Dave Goicoechea, along with Supervisor Pat Whitley, rep- res6nts Loyalton citizens and was delighted. "The re-0pen- ing of SPI's biomass facility is a major :benefit to the town and the county. It:is the first step to getting a stable and reliable power source for the town of Loyalton and for Sierra .Valley." Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative" also FREE ESTIMATES Free Advice applauded the announce- ment by Sierra Pacific Indus- tries to restart the Loyalton facility. PSREC General Manager Bob Marshall said, "This is a great New Year's gift for the SPI employees and our local economy."  ' Marshall expiained the SPI facility in Loyalton does not sell power directly to the co- op system, but it does sup- port overall electric reliabili- ty in the region. In the past, the facility's = This Weeks operation has allowed the co- alton experiences an outage. operative to switch to the Marshall said that while Nevada electric grid during the SPI Loyalton facility was outages on the PG&E Feath- online, the co-op supported er River Canyon system, re- the Portola andLoyalton re- sulting in shorter power out- gions three times in the past ages for co-op members, year. The same flexibility also Nevada Energy is the con- works in reverse. The facilE- tractua| p.urchaser of r.gyl t3 also allows the co0perff 2: prodcd at the' I'o'y:iton tive to keep the lights on in plant. " " .... the Portola and Loyalton re- gions when Sierra Pacific Power Company's--now Nevada Energy--main pow- erline from Truckee to Loy- SPECIAL BUY! v" Site assessment / Advice from a local contractor / Personal accountability / Shake hands with a real person / Snow load & wind loads engineered for your local area. Sierra Pacific Power's de- cision to become Nevada En- ergy and divest itself of its California customer base (al- though not,its transmission lines) upset more than the applecart at SPI. Nevada Energy is in the process of selling its Califor- nia service holdings to a Canadian firm, CalPECO. The sale is before the Califor- nia Public Utility Commis: sion at this time. Truckee-Donner Public Utilities District and PSREC wish to purchase the service areas appropriate to their districts, and locals expreSs concerns that Nevada Ener- gy's crews, based at Tahoe, will make them a secondary concern during outages. Truckee-Donner PUD, PSREC, Sierra County, Plumas County, and the cities of Loyalton and Porto- la have intervened at the California Public Utility Commission in the proposed sale of Nevada Energy's Cali- fornia service territory. They hope for a hearing with the commission in mid-Janu- cry. One of the key concerns raised in the intervention is regional electric-service reli- ability. While the restoration of the Loyalton SPI biomass fa- cility is the first step in en- suring reliable electrical ser- vice for 2the enD,re,region, lo- cals also s'ee=t the irst step in creating local jobs and improving the economic climate in Loyalton, which has been hit hard by the re- cession. Increased cooperation be- tween the Forest Service and biomass facilities, while turning "doodles" (slash piles) into usable energy, will spawn jobs for truckers and perhaps other workers. That is the hope. NEW HOMEs GARAGES e CARPORTS REMODELS COMMERCIAL BLDGS. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 SETTLE, from page 1A agrees that he shall not and cannot ever, for the rest of his life, apply for, reapply for, seek, or accept employ- ment with the county." The county spent $100,000 on outside legal counsel to handle the case before County Counsel James Re- ichle intervened and arranged for mediation. The case had been scheduled to go to trial in January, at an estimated cost of $300,000. The county is self-insUred for $100,000, which will go to the outside counsel, and has excess insurance through the California State Associa- tion of Counties, which will pick up the rest of the costs. This is not the first time Ball and the county have been at odds. Ball filed a grievance when he was ter- minated in 2002. In that case, an arbitrator ordered that the county reinstate Ball with back pay. 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