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2A Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The Plumas Board of Supervisors meeting Jan. 13 opened with some good news -- Frontier Communications will pay to underground its lines along the Highway 89 corridor in Greenville. Public Works Director Bob Perreault made the announcement following a conference call with representatives ~rom the company. "They had a desire to find a solution to our present impasse," Perreault said. Placing utility lines underground is part of Greenville's beautification Y BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP effort designed to coordinate with Caltrans' work this year. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. earmarked funds to underground its power lines, but, last. October, Frontier announced that it couldn't justify the cost, which ranged from $275,000 to $1.2 million depending on the scope of work. The lesser amount would underground the company's lines located along the Highway 89 corridor. During two public hearings, Frontier officials reiterated that they would be unable to participate, so last Tuesday's announcement from Perreault was welcome news. "This is good news," Board Chairman Kevin Goss said during an interview following the meeting. "It's pretty exciting; now we can get a portion of the project done." Goss had challenged Frontier representatives during the public hearings and questioned their commitment to supporting the communities where they have a presence. And while he says he would have liked Frontier to participate more fully in the project, Goss is Chico State University to the election results during pleased that the main include economic and social their weekly meeting. highway corridor will be impacts in forest project beautified, documents. Positions to be filled When asked why Frontier "This is a special, one-time During other board changed its position, Goss project," said Supervisor Lori business, three department said he didn't know. Simpson, who attends the heads received approval to During an interview coaliti0n's meetings, fill vacant staff positions. following the meeting, Tressa Probation will hire an Bader, vice president and Results certified administrative assistant; general manager for Whitehawk Ranch social services will be seeking Frontier's California residents passed a special tax a benefits counselor; and the properties, said, "We've for maintenance, repairs, alcohol and other drugs always been looking at a operations and upgrades for department will select a solution for both parties. I their community services substance use disorders think what we came up with district, specialist. struck a good balance." The $200 annual tax passed by the required two-thirds Appointments $500 contribution with 66 voting "yes" and 16 At the request of The supervisors voted to voting against the Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, take $500 from the county's assessment, the board appointed Barbara contingency fund to support Voter turnout totaled 70.69 ScaUy to the Chester Cemetery an effort by theSustainable percent. District board of directors, Forest Action Coalition and The supervisors certified replacing Wayne Lichti. le nsel incy gal cou James Wilson the legal counsel position Staff Writer would have knowledge in jwilson@plumasnews.com public law, Brown Act law, special districts and The board for the East governing boards and be Quincy Services District able to attend board accepted the resignation of meetings on the second its legal counsel, Robert Tuesday of each month at Zernich, at its regular 6:30 p.m. meeting Jan. 13. Zernich wrote a letter of Feasibility of new plant resignation dated Dec. 15, Is American Valley even 2014, to board chairman allowed to have a second Ernie Eaton. The wastewater treatment plant? resignation came shortly EQSD hopes to find out, if after the board disregarded for no other reason than to Zernich's advice during last move on to other ventures if month's meetings, the answer is no. The board passed a The board was presented a resolution to contribute final draft of a letter to the $50,000 for a wastewater Regional Water Quality treatment plant study Control Board, asking for during a special meeting clarification on EQSD's Dec. 11, 2014. The resolution options in regards to was part of a joint effort wastewater treatment. with Quincy Community In 2009, the regional board Services District, and one passed a resolution that that Zernich opposed, supported regionalization. After accepting Zernich's The intent of the resolution resignation, the board was for districts to work reviewed a request for together to share proposal to be flown, wastewater treatment seeking new legal plants. representation. The letter to the regional Preferred applicants forboard states there is no plan or policy to work toward a future plant for East Quincy's district alone. "Nevertheless, questions and rumors still surface about constructing our own WWTP, and our continuing operations are sometimes compromised in that a district cannot make certain plans if other plans are being assumed or expected by others in the community," the let.ter states. Since the East Quincy board resolved last month to participate with the Quincy board in a wastewater operating reserve program and may share a capital reserve mechanism, the letter's intent is to get the clearest possible signal as to whether a new treatment plant would even be considered by the regional board. The letter asks for a quick reply, for the benefit of the community of Quincy. The board accepted the :draft of the letter, which ~il ~-Will be sent: before ng~t :]" month's meeting. County supervisors discuss business permits, but want more information Debra Moore The city of Portola commercial recycling Staff Writer requires a business license; program, that's not dmoore@plumasnews.com the county does not. enoUgh." Simpson suggested that a She also wondered who When it comes to Plumas business license might cost would manage the business County issuing business $10 and would allow the license program. licenses, there are more county to keep track of its "There would need to be a questions than answers, businesses, lot more discussion," "No one knows what Supervisor Terry Board Chairman Kevin Goss businesses are here," Swofford explained that the said. Supervisor Lori Simpson city's business license fee Auditor Roberta Allen said. "We should get with was based on gross sales, said that all of the the program." "The cheapest is $60 per information required to Simpson's remarks came year," he said. determine which during the Board of Supervisor Sherrie Thrall commercial customers Supervisors' Jan. 13 said that the county couldn't should be part of the meeting, when John arbitrarily pick a fee. "We mandatory recycling Sciborski, chairman of the have to establish a need for program might already exist county's Integrated Waste a license," she said. "And in the assessor's office. Management Task Force, would have to do Some kind Assessor Chuck said that a business license of a fee study." Leonhardt wasn't present would make it easier to get "It's not going to be $10," during the meeting, but said compliance with state law Swofford said. in an interview following regarding mandatory County Counsel Craig the meeting that he could commercial recycling. Settlemire agreed with gather the information, if he "There's businesses that Thrall that a variety of knew the parameters. don't sign up for solid waste questions would need to be "If they want a target (services)," Simpson said. answered, audience, they could talk to "Ricky has to guess." "We need more me and we could strategize," Ricky is Ricky Ross, information," he said. Leonhardt said. co:owner of InterMountain "If we're going to look at a The supervisors didn't Disposal, the county's solid business license, we need to reach any conclusion waste franchise holder in define'why,'" Thrall said. regarding business licenses, the eastern portion of the "If the only reason is for the nor did they schedule it for county, business to go into a future discussion. 1 Free/low cost dexa (bonedensity) scan and bone health appointment with Christina Potter, FNP. CALL 832.6600 NOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR APP{ Osteoporosis is a silent disease until a fracture occurs. 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