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8A Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. Feather River Bulle-tin DISTRICTS: Treatment plant s cu,:ly could answer many que,rtions From page 1A public input, LAFCo'decided to postpone its decision until after the AVCSA board had a meeting to answer public questions. Several customers from both districts peppered the AVCSA board with questions about the pros and cons of consolidation. A few said they couldn't understand how 16 years' worth of work could fall apart just a few months before the July 1, 2011, date when the two districts were scheduled to consolidate. The AVCSA board ad- dressed every concern, but many of the answers were general in nature. "Obviously a lot of the answers you've received tonight are less than satisfac- tory," Churchill told the audience. "There is a lot of discussion that needs to continue. I'm right now very concerned about what we do with this valley in the short term -- where we are going to go with our waste- water treatment in this val- ley and water development the jousting board members. "Gentlemen ..." Ellis said. "We live here and now. Let's not argue about last year." AVCSA chairman Denny Churchill, who is a Quincy board member, tried to sum- marize the districts' differ- ences. "I think the last exchange (between Hughes and Be- quette) pretty well put into focus what the problem is here. And What the problem has been for well over 16 years," Churchill said. "There is a long and colorful legacy between these two (boards) of cooperation and then non-cooperation." The Local Agency Forma- tion Commission (LAFCo) board advised that the joint meeting take place in hopes the two districts would find some common ground. The LAFCo board was pre- pared to approve the dis- tricts' request to formally end consolidation at its Jan. 9 meeting. But after hearing "This sounds fike a bad marriage. Do you think there is some way that you can join minds again like we were a year and a haft ago and renew the process? Or is it going to take new boards, and new thinking?" in this valley." Kim Kraul Former Board Member Quincy Community Services District 'or legally separated by May. up to encourage public input. Treatment plant study The AVCSA board encour- aged the public on hand to attend a Monday, Jan. 30, public meeting where East Quincy's engineer Dan Bastian was to unveil the results of a wastewater treatment plant study. The East Quincy board commissioned Bastian to examine the feasibility of building a wastewater treat- ment plant in East Quincy. 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East Quincy's directors have argued it might be more cost-effective to build a new plant rather than help pay for upgrades to the Quincy plant. "I look forward to Monday (Jan. 30)," Bastian said. "I think there's going to be a lot of information that will actually answer a lot of your questions." The Quincy board mem- bers praised Bastian for conducting the study. And the AVCSA board said the report could help decide how the valley treats its waste- water in the future. "To Dan's credit, he has come to our (Quincy) board meetings," Churchill said. "Particularly when we had engineering reports dealing with the collection system over here, and engineering presentations for what our options and alternatives are for the existing wastewater treatment facility to be in compliance." The report from the Jan. 30 meeting was not available before the Feather River Bul- letin's deadline. A story will be featured in the Feb. 8 pper .... Two districts, one check When the Quincy and East Quincy districts agreed to formalize the consolidation by July 1, 2011, LAFCo sub- mitted the appropriate paper- work to the state. As a result, the State Board of Equalization recognizes AVCSD as the only services district in Quincy. Therefore it sent just one property tax revenue check. LAFCo said the two dis- tricts face an accounting prob- lem if they aren't consolidated With that problem in mind, LAFCo director John Benoit recommended Jan. 9 that the districts remain separate. "This recommendation is largely because time is of the essence. And we need to take care of business," Benoit said at the time. "If the taxes are brought together, there's going to be large dysfunction in the two districts. Because what revenue goes where?" LAFCo hoped the Jan. 25 AVCSA meeting would indicate which direction the districts wanted to go. AVCSA vote The Jan. 25 vote was not intended to address consoli- dation. But the wording of Bequette's motion left the consolidation option open. Bequette moved that the AVCSA ask LAFCo to correct the legal status with the Board of Equalization, be- cause the consolidation never took place. The motion also asked for a maximum of two years to continue to work on the consolidation. The AVCSA board ap- proved the motion by a 6-2 vote. However, the motion will not be formally sub- mitted to LAFCo because AVCSA bylaws require a majority approval from each board. The Quincy board voted 5-0 to approve the motion. The East Quincy directors voted 2-1 against the motion. East Quincy directors Hughes and Ernie Eaton voted "no." New East Quincy director Mike Green ab- stained, and East Quincy director William Peay was absent. Green has agreed to ab- stain on any consolidation vote because he has a poien- tial conflict of interest. Green works for the Quincy Com- munity Services District. Public vote The LAFCo board said the public could ultimately de- ce the consolidation issue. If LAFCo approves the deconsolidation, there would be a public protest hearing. If a majority of people at the hearing speak in favor of consolidation, it would go to a vote. It would take about six months to get the measure on the ballot. Only residents in the two districts' service areas would be eligible to vote. A simple majority would decide the issue. Customers speak out The Jan. 25 meeting was set The districts' customers voiced many questions, 0p in- ions and concerns during the two-hour session. "We (county Board of Supervisors) are not trying to take sides with Quincy or East Quincy," PlumLas County Supervisor Lori Simpson said. "We are just trying to get the facts to determine what is going on between the two boards. TWe don't have jurisdiction as county supervisors over your boards. But whatever you do does affect our county." Several East QuinLcy customers said the East Quincy board was accurately representing their feelings. "(The East Quincy board) is responding to what we are telling them in East Quincy. They are not making these choices on their own," a man stated. "Yes, the board's di- vided. But we've got basic questions like, 'What hap- pens to the rates in both dis- tricts when we combine, or if we don't combine?'" Resident Kathy Felker said she still doesn't understand why the consolidation fell apart so quickly. "I've never been given a satisfactory explanation for why," she said. "The excuse seemed to be the personality issue of the Quincy board selecting Larry Sullivan as the manager versus (Mary) Henrici. That's what I got out of the paper. But I can't believe that's the real reason. Because that's just so unrea- sonable. Why did that one particular thing derail the whole process?" Les Ellis, who has been attending both boards' meet- ings to speak for consolida- tion, said he was glad to see the two boards sitting at the same table again. He approached the table and shook each director's hand after the meeting. "The fact is that we have too small of an economic base for the huge problems that we have," Ellis said. "We can't afford to be split down the middle. We have to have a consolidation. It's going to take us all working together." Former Quincy and AVCSA director Kim Kraul said it might take new board members to bring the community together. "This sounds like a bad marriage," Kraul said. "Do you think there is some way that you can join minds again like we were a year and a half ago and renew the process? Or is it going to take new boards, and new thinking?" Another satisfied customer ... Mike Beatty and Debra Moore "Trying to complete a majorrenovation from a distance can be challenging, but Mike Beatty made it easy for us. 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