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I-eatner Ktver uutletm Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 3A Supervisors finalize response to grand jury Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved a response to the 2012-13 grand jury report Jan. 7, shortly after being accused of breaking the law for not responding in a timely manner. Marlene White, a member of the 2012-13 grand jury, told the supervisors that she was having a "hard time with the lack of a response." Citing penal code, White said that the supervisors had 90 days to respond to findings in the grand jury report, but that six months had already elapsed White said that because there is no defined penalty for adhering to the timetable, any violation becomes a misdemeanor. "A sitting judge can decide what the penalty will be," White said. Wh ere in From left: Mitch Polzak, Travis Engle, Nikki Hall, Luke Hall, C.J. Goni, Nick Polzak and Lizz Hauner have a rockabilly New Year's Eve at the Warehouse Cafe in Port Costa, where they enjoyed live music from Mitch Polzak and The Royal Deuces. The venue stocks more than 200 beers from around the world and, as the sign states, all cocktails are poured as doubles unless specifically ordered otherwise. The bear they are standing in front of is a world record class polar bear shot by J.O. Kirby out of Feel beautiful on your day. (00loset "Gently Used Clothing for Women" 367 Main St.,Quincy 283-1779 The lack of a prompt response frustrates grand jury members, they said, because it makes them question whether their work is taken seriously. "Part of the frustration is that you put all this work in and it gets shelved somewhere," said Dennis Doyle, the former grand jury chairman. But timeliness wasn't the only infraction that worried White as she turned tn tho. matter of confidentiality. One of the grand jury's findings concerned the disparity in salaries between the district attorneyand the county counsel. Supervisor Lori Simpson asked White about the grand jury's investigation into the matter and why no one from the grand jury "stepped into the county counsel's office" to interview the staff. "The research is confidential," White said. "If you do have inside information (about the investigation) that's t.ne World? Kotzebue, Alaska, in April 1965. It is one of many taxidermy pieces on display along with various antiques and bits of Americana. a violation of the penal code." Doyle said that knowledge of interviews -- either people being interviewed or not being s interviewecllby the grand jury -- constituted a violation. Doyle stressed the importance of confidentiality. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall noted that her own confidentiality had been breached by a former grand jury when her name and comments appeared in a report. But "she encouraged the supervisors to return to approving a response. "We're getting bogged down here," she said. A few changes County Counsel Craig Settlemire wrote the draft response to the grand jury report after asking for input from the supervisors. For the original draft, which the board considered Dec. 17, only Terry Swofford and Lori Simpson submitted written remarks for inclusion in the document. At that December meeting, Jon Kennedy said he had started to write a response several times, but never pressed the "send" button out of frustration with the process. Due to a lack of time Dec. 17, the supervisors delayed further discussion to Jan. 7 and planned to use the extra time to draft more. comments. Kennedy did just that, focusing on the portion of the response that dealt with the salary discrepancy. He wanted to eliminate most of the original response language, which he described as "unnecessary." Kennedy thought that trying to compare the salaries of the district attorney and the county counsel was comparing "apples and oranges." District Attorney David Hollister, who was in the audience, addressed Supervisor 'hrall sees a need an I Days for it Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com First it was a camera for the county boardroom and now it's Wi-Fi for the Almanor Rec Center. When Supervisor Sherrie Thrall identifies a need, she reaches for her checkbook. "Financially I'm in a good position to give back to the community," Thrall said. Historically Plumas County supervisors had discretionary funds that allowed them to pay for special needs within their districts. Local events, 4-H groups and other organizations benefited from the supervisors' ability to assist with costs "Our discretionary funds went away during budget cuts," Thrall said. But that doesn't mean that the need did as well. To help offset the loss, the supervisors allowed community groups to use county facilities at no charge, which helped in some instances. But the recreation center had other needs. "More and more people are using it and they want to do presentations, but they need Wi-Fi," Thrall said. She offered to pay for the installation and a year of monthly service, which averages about $60 per month The cost of the camera to air Board of Supervisors' meetings is approximately $700. Thrall had advocated for live streaming of the board of supervisors' meetings and purchased the camera to make it possible. "Plumas County needs to come into the modern age," Thrall said of her push for live coverage. "People need to know who they're voting for. Who are they? How do they act?" The equipment is on back order, but is expected to be installed sometime this month. 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