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2A Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 Feather River Bulletin State says Plumas supervisor can work as city consultant Dan McDonald Managing Editor dmcdonald@plumasnews.com A state commission ruled earlier this month'that a sitting Plumas County supervisor isn't breaking any rules by working as a consultant for the city of Portola. In a Jan. 3 letter, the Fair Political Practices Commission wrote that Supervisor Jon Kennedy's work for the city doesn't constitute a violation of the Political Reform Act. The letter from Gary S. Winuk, chief of the FPPC's Enforcement Division, was in response to a written complaint filed by Lake Davis resident Trent Saxton. Saxton asked the state commission to investigate whether Kennedy's role as a supervisor constituted a "disqualifying conflict of interest under the Political Reform Act." Saxton argued that Kennedy could use his supervisor position to influence members of the Portola City Council. Winuk wrote that Saxton's complaint "alleges activity that has yet to occur.!' He added the commission would not be investigating the matter. Kennedy said he did his homework before accepting the consulting job. He said he sought legal advice to make sure he was in compliance with the Political Reform Act. "With all the experience that Trent Saxton claims he has in local government affairs and business, you would think he would know better about how we are governed," Kennedy said. Saxton, a former city councilman and mayor while in Placerville, said he understands how a city works. "I'll put my resum6 up against Jon's any day," he said. "The letter (from FPPC) just said there hasn't been evidence of a conflict at this point." Kennedy, the supervisor for District 5, entered a professional services agreement with the city Nov. 18, 2013. The city hired Kennedy as a consultant to help with several jobs until the City Council hired a new full-time city manager. The city is paying Kennedy $49 per hour for his services. According to the contract, the total amount Kennedy can earn is $5,000. According to the agreement, Kennedy's duties include serving as a liaison to the public, ensuring Brown Act compliance, responding to public records requests and helping with economic development. Kennedy, a certified conflict resolution mediator, also works as an economic development consultant for Lassen County. "I'm not taking the place of a city manager at all," Kennedy said in December. "I'm just helping the staff pick up the slack and get the city better prepared for their next city manager." Todd Roberts is Portola's interim city manager. He took over the job after Ian Kaiser resigned Sept. 13, 2013. Kaiser was facing sanctions by the City Council for allegedly violating personnel rules. It was Roberts who announced Dec. 5, 2013, that Kennedy and the city had entered a professional services agreement. Portola is conducting a search for a new full-time city manager. A third candidate emerges for for District 5 Supervisor race Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com And now there are three. Three candidates have picked up papers to run for District 5 supervisor, representing the Graeagle area and a portion of East Quincy, but will they? Thus far incumbent Jon Kennedy, businessman Jim Judd and longtime area resident Jeff Engel have tken forms from the ................. clerk-recorder's office, which allow them to begin collecting in-lieu signatures. The.signatures offset a portion of filing fees, but the official period to file declarations of candidacy doesn't begin until Feb. 10 and closes March 7. Candidates do not have to take out in-lieu papers.' County Clerk Kathy Williams said that while it is an indication that someone is interested in the position, it doesn't mean that they will actually run. "Sometimes they just want to test the water," she said. .... Sherrie Thrall, the incumbent supervisor for District 3, representing the Lake Atmanor area, plans to bypass the in-lieu process and simply file for the position. Most of the incumbents fOr the county's other elected positions have taken out in-lieu paperwork, including Sheriff Greg Hagwood, District Attorney David Hollister, Clerk-Recorder Kathy Williams, Treasurer Julie White and County Office of Education Superintendent Micheline Miglis. Assessor Chuck Leonhardt and Auditor Roberta Allen have indicated that they will run to retain their positions. Election day is June 3, with vote-by-mail ballots going out May 5. Westwood's 5th Annual CHOWDER COOK-OFF Sat., January I 12- 4 pm Westwood Visitor & Ash Street 0 V tdvs "*ZtSe Tasting Kits $5 R's not too late to enter your Famous Chowdert, We will accept chowder applications the morning of the Cook=Off. Applications can be picked up atYoung's Market or by calling 530-256-2456. Visit us on Facebook at Westwood Area Chamber of Commerce. To send a legal: typesetUng@plumasnews.com To send an advertisement: mail@phmasnews,com The new Spanish Creek Bridge, opened in July 2012, adds another accolade to its list of awards. Photo courtesy California Department of Transportation Spanish Creek Bridge Project wins prestigious national award The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 2, along with contractor C.C. Myers Inc., has been awarded the Engineering News-Record's "Best of the Best" Highway/Bridge Project Award for 2013. Seven hundred project teams submitted their work in the regional competition in May 2013. Caltrans District 2 and C.C. Myers Inc. won the Northern California Region award, beating out major projects like the Dumbarton Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project. The win automatically entered them into the national competition. There, a panel of new judges voted on the projects based on safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality and selected the Spanish Creek Bridge Project as the winner. This is just one of the many notable accolades for the Spanish Creek Bridge Project. It has also won the following awards: --2013 Excellence in Transportation -- Major Structures Award --2013 Finalist, California Transportation Foundation Structure Project of the Year --Caltrans Partnering Success In Motion (two Gold Awards) --2013 International Partnering Institute -- John L. Martin, Partnered Project of the Year Award (Ruby Award) --2013 Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) California Excellence in Partnering-- Projects under $50 million --2013 Meeting the Challenge of a Difficult Job -- Heavy Engineering Classification Constructor Award, AGC California (C.C. Myers Inc.) C.C. Myers Inc. began construction on the new Spanish Creek Bridge, located along State Route 70 in Plumas County, in July 2010. It opened tothe public in July 2012. The new 627-foot concrete bridge is one of only four arched bridges constructed in the last 50 years in California. Kennedy named chairman of board Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com District 5 Supervisor Jon Kennedy became chairman of the B0d of Supervi %s on Jan. 7, following the unanimous vote of his colleagues. District 2 Supervisor Kevin Goss will serve as vice chairman for 2014. As Kennedy took over the chair previously held by Terry Swofford, Supervisor Lori Simpson commended Swofford on his performance as chairman for the past year. The first meeting of the year was fairly brief, with the supervisors authorizing a number of employee recruitments and finalizing their grand jury response. Acting chief probation officer: Take two Daniel Prince, formerly a superintendent for the Nevada County Juvenile Hall, is the county's newest acting chief probation officer. Prince will succeed Doug Carver, who has served in the position since June 25, 2013, but whose last day on the job is scheduled to be Jan. 31. Carver, who took over a struggling department last summer, is precluded from working any longer because the terms of his public service retirement limit BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP the number of hours he can work. 'Tm really sorry that Doug's time is up," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said. "He did an outstanding job." Carver, and now Prince, are working in place of Chief Probation Officer Sharon Reinert, who is on an extended excused absence. Now hiring Social Services Director Elliott Smart rece!ved approval to fill two positions in his department-- a benefits assistance counselor and an office assistant. Mental Health Director Peter Livingston received authorization to hire a fiscal officer to replace Bianca Harrison, who transferred to the county auditor's department, as well as a therapist. Public Works Director Bob Perreault can hire a road maintenance worker for the Quincy crew. A promotion within the department created the vacancy. Name change delay The supervisors delayed changing the name of County Road 316A to Stover Mountain Road as aed, because ' another road with that name already exists: ' County Road 316A is currently called Chester Ski Road but it creates confusion because locals refer to it by various names. "This confusion has affected service, delivery and emergency response to the area," Public Works Director Bob Perreault told the supervisors. However, once he learned that there was already a Stover Mountain Road, the change couldn't be made as planned. Perreault will work with officials from the Lassen National Forest to come up with a solution. Contract renewed The Board of Supervisors renewed its contract with financial consultant Susan Scarlett to help prepare the 2014-15 budget. The contract is for one year and is not to exceed $30,000. 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