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IOA Wednesday, Jan, 17, 2001 Regional News Feall'~1 By Alicla Higl)ee Indian Valley Editor About three years ago, the move to locate a septage receiving facility ad- jacent to the Greenville sewer ponds was shot down by residents during a meeting filled with emotional out- bursts. Indian Valley Community Services District (IVCSD) directors brought the subject up again during a meet- ing last June, and now, they are ex- ploring ways to work with the Chester Public Utilities District and "possibly locate the facility near the airport. The money is already available to locate the facility, according to IVCSD director Don Williamson, and if Greenville residents do not want it, he thinks Chester will. He estimated annual profits from lllam Staff Wnter Lassen County's troubled, publicly-owned utility compa- ny asked the state for the money to end its financial woes, according to a resolu- tion written by the Lassen Municipal Utility District's General Counsel, Susanville attorney., Frank Cady. Faced With sky-rocketing utility costs, which it must pass on to its consumers LMUD's board of directors passed a resolution on Thurs- day, Jan. 11, requesting $19 million from the state coffers to "forestall the impact of the unprecedented increase in the cost of wholesale power." The resolution was ap- proved by a unanimous vote of four directors at a continu- ation of the district's regular- ly-scheduled Jan. 10 meeting of the night before. The directors continued the meeting in order to have the resolution ready and in hand when Lassen County Supervi- sor Jim Chapman travels to Sacramento next week to lob- by legislators about the coun- ty's plight. LMUD's next regu- larly scheduled meeting, held on Jan. 24, would be after the date of Chapman's trip. Cady wrote the resolution overnight. According to the resolu- tion, approved by directors Louie Templeton, Richard Parker, Michael Deal, and Marino "Buzz" Giannotti, the district's proposed 162-per- cent rate hike "will result in a loss of one-third of the coun- ty's disposable personal in- come with the result being a devastating effect upon the residents of Lassen County, their quality of life, and their livelihoods." Director Darrell Wood had accompanied LMUD General Manager John Baxter to Sacramento prior to the con- tinuation of the meeting and was unable to vote on the res- olution. According to the resolu- tion, California "embarked service s k$ By Alicla Hii l ee Indian Valley Editor The Indian Valley Ambu- lance Service Authority (IVASA) wants about $40,000 of debt to the Indian Valley Health Care District forgiven. Directors figure that they owe the health care district and vice versa. IVASA directors agreed to have Ken Walker, treasurer of both boards, present their re- quest during the Indian Valley Health Care District meeting Thursday, Dec. 28. Altogether, there is a debt of almost $I00,000. Walker said about $19,000 of that debt is from ambulance rental fees that the health care district charges for. Another portion of the debt comes from hospital use of the ambulance to transport pa- tients to other facilities, some- times for special tests or ser- vices. "These debts are paper on- ly," director Mark Delizio said. "No money is actually changing hands." The remainder of the debt shown on the ambulance bal- ance sheets comes from the underpayment of bills to in- surance, such as Medicare and MediCal. such a facility could be about Hollingsworth askedthen. During the meeting three yearstreatment methods. $40,000. The issue of traffic may be nonex- ago, Plumas County Public Works Another major Three years ago, one of the mainistent now that directors have put- Department Director Tom Hunter dents three years ago concerns brought up by Greenville chased the old Cheney and L.P. Mill told residents that, in order to make unsightliness, according residents ,was the increased truffle-, site. a septage receiving site cost-effec- Chairman Don Dunham. on Hot Springs Road. District director Don Williamson rive, it had to be placed near aThis issue was not Northbound traffic on Highway 89has been working to gain highway sewage treatment facility, ing the June meeting. would have a very sharp corner to access into the Greenville Communi- The existing sewer ponds in In Chester, there was a navigate, and the increased traffic ty Park, where the historic Western Greenville would be about 100 yards bag" of reactions from would affect the residential street Pacific freight depot sits. away and across the creek from the the Chester Public Utilities that is also used for health care and The new" road seems more promis- proposed facility, when they met Thursday, forest service business, ing now that Plumas County Super- More recent discussions have also cording to Chester Progres t Tamara Hollingsworth, grand- visors have decided to build the ani- included a possible site just north of writer Mary Kathleen West- daughter of Helen HoUingsworth and real shelter there, downtown Greenville. Chester residents will ex heir to a portion of the Indian Valley At the district meeting last June, Another issue raised three years first chance to comment Hot Springs property, accused direr- directors were still trying to locate ago was odor, and in the feasibility proposed septage receiving M h tors of trying to destroy her prime the facility in Greenville. study process, it was determined that during their next meeting, La ae recreational property. District and sanitation manager there would be a potential odor prob- day, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m.ik,-" Her property sits beside the road Jim Hamblin said the septage la- lem. The meetings are condu $h leading to the sewer ponds, goons would be constructed on the Now, three years later, Hamblin water district office, locater "What am I supposed to do, sell west side of Wolf Creek adjacent to says there will be no odor problem, Ayoob's hardware store o to* q lemonade to the truck drivers?" the community park. due to improvements in modern Street. I upon a novel and untried course of deregulation of the electrical industry" with the enactment of AB 1890. Since the passage of the bill, which replaced the Gold- en State's publicly-owned, cost-plus market with a pri- vately-owned supply and de- mand market, the cost of elec- trical power has increased from 3.5 to 5.5 cents per kilo- watt hour to as much as $1.50 per kilowatt hour. During this time, prices have aver- aged between 30 and 90 cents. These changes insulated publicly-owned companies with generation facilities or with significant allocations for federal power from the "devastating effects of this unprecedented rise in the cost of wholesale power," and those with excess generation sold that power at "exorbi- tantly high prices" to the detriment of small municipal districts such as LMUD, ac- cording to the resolution. "As a result of the Laissez Faire economic model im- posed by AB 1890, LMUD has been and is being irrevocably harmed" and forced to pur- chase power "at a price which is approximately 12.5 cents higher that the Erices at which LMUD hist*o rically purchased its power." Due to the additional power costs incurred by LMUD, an additional $16-$19 million will leave the county's economy-- an amount which is a loss of "one third of the county's dis- posable personal income." Since the state of Califor- mia, "as evidenced by the Gov- ernor's recent State-of-the- State Address, as well as leg- islative activity, has recog- nized the fallacy of AB 1890 and the problems it has caused, LMUD should be con- sidered "the poster child" of everything that went wrong with AB 1890. With the state's help, PUBLIC NOTICE The Mr. Hough Ranger District is seeking public input on two special use permit proposals. 1) Authorize the operation and maintenance of approximately 300 feet of existing waterline in T.25N., R.8E., Section 18 to provide water to provide water to private land owned by Kevin and Heather Moore. 2) Aulhorize the installation, operation and maintenance of a well to service the Daniels Creek Water System Improvement Association in Haskins Valley (Forest Service Lots #8, 9, and 20). For (urther information or to c~ment, Please contact Peggy Gustafson, Public Service Staff, Mt. Hough Ranger District, Plumas National Forest, by Januaq/31, 2001. Address: 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, CA 95971, Phone: (530) 283-7622. published in FRB Jan. 17, 2001 Permit hearing NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District will conduct a public hearing on March 8, 2001, at 10.t)0 a.m,, via video conference from two sites: (a) Helling Library Conference Room~ 980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA, and (b) Plumas County Health Dept., 1446 East Main Street, Quincy, CA. The purpose of the hearing is to consider amendment of Rule 522, TITLE V--FEDERAL OPERATING PERMITS and amendment of the District's T=tle V Permit Program. By this notice, the pul:~ic and affected industry are specifically requested to comment on the proposed amendment of Rule 522 and the Title V Permit Program. Copies of this proposed rule revision and Program can be reviewed at the District Offices located at 200 Litton Drive, Suite 320, Grass Valley, CA and at the Courthouse Annex, Hwy. 70, Quincy, CA. All written comments must be received no later than the end of the business day, March 7, 2001. Oral comments may also he provided during the pubic hearing at the time and date set. Please direct all preliminpry questions, and written comments to Gretchen Bennitl, at (530) 274-9360, or Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, P.O. Box 2509, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Punished in FRB Jan. 17, 2001 " t LMUD could be "the poster child of what the state can do to correct the devastating im- pact of AB 1890." LMUD's Board of Directors resolved that the district, "on its behalf, and most particu- larly on the behalf of its con- stituents, customers, and all the residents of the County of Lassen, hereby request that the state of California imme- diately provide economic re- lief in the amount of $19 or another amount as deter- mined by the state to forestall the impact of the unprece- dented increase in the cost of wholesale power to LMUD and its constituents." The directors also asked the state to follow the suggestions and provide the solutions out- lined in the governor's speech. Eight hospitalized after gas i iilzme: rii !;i n tmas Coffe P i HAZMAT Team donned their the leak may hav~lqll] protective gear, grabbed their propane, upon recei 0fL air testing devices, and expertsreportThurS l moved into the building. Cassou did think it Using a device that men- that mot victims sures gases in the air, team tire an odor before members found no concentra- ill. |(IOl tions of dangerous gasses, al- Though no odor though the building was yen- ed, some employees tilated and some time had a bad taste in their to a mysterious gas leak in the main Greenville Rancheria building early in the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 10. Employees and patients at the Rancheria clinic recov- ered quickly and were re- leased, according to Indian Valley Hospital Director of Nursing Jocelyn Cote. Performing regular disas- ter drills paid off, Cote said, as the emergency was han- dled smoothly by hospital personnel. Volunteers and emergency response crews were quick to block off the scene, with sher- iffs deputies and highway pa- trol officers setting up road blocks. elapsed since the evacuation, according to Cote. _J~ In the attic, the team did After talking with l~l~l] find loose connections in the puny officials, Casso h heating and air-conditioning to think that empty.I l system, and thought freon, a tanks were what catr ,7 cryogenic gas also known as situation, el R22, had leaked. A propane leak had Symptoms of the victims paired by gas romp# k, were similar to those of freon sonnel the previous poisoning, including short- the almost empty tan]i ness of breath, coughing and not refilled, t l burning eyes and throats. 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