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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 13A: City council plows through a pile of issues Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor After a couple of months of reduced meeting schedules for the holidays, the Portola City Council hunkered down during January meetings to tackle a number of serious is- sues affecting the city&apos;s future and, at the same time, deal with a series of snowstorms that hobbled city residents. Snow removal Snowplowing issues were at the forefront of the Jan. 27 meeting, beginning with pub- lic comment from school bus driver Bob Morton who said, "The streets in the city were just fabulous, especially the ones leading to the schools." Morton noted' city crews were out plowing when he was out driving the bus at 6:15 a.m. and still plowing 12 hours later when he worked on his home driveway. "I'm happy and I thank you," he said. Council member William Weaver complimented city staff as well and Mayor Lar- rieu summarized, "They're hardworking, and we want them to know that they're ap- preciated." The topic of snow removal continued to be a theme that wove throughout the meeting. Later, council member Curt McBride added his wife was also a school bus driver and she, too, was pleased with the snow removal. "Our city crews are using antiquated equipment and do- ing the best job they can," he added. In his City Manager's Re- port, Jim Murphy thanked those in attendance for their kind words and compliment- ed Public Works Director Todd Roberts for "an incredi- ble job." He announced that the city now had three new transmissions guaranteed for three more years, since all of the equipment had failed dur- ing the snowstorms. In preparing for the snow- storms, Murphy said city staff had posted and handed out flyers warning residents of impending weather and pre- dictions, and included a warning from the city. "The city of Portola will strictly en- force parking and snow re- moval regulations during this weather event. Vehicles parked on any city street will be towed. When removing snow, do not deposit it on city streets and rights of way." "We did what we thought was a good thing, but it turned out to backfire on us," said Murphy. He proceeded to paint a dismal picture of city staff's experiences in the past week. Business owners called and worried customers could not come to their stores; cus- tomers called and worried that they could not go to stores. People called and com- plained, usually in angry tones. Out on the streets, it was worse. There were confronta- tions between, the community service officer, Plumas Coun- ty deputies, other city staff and various residents. In some cases, there was a great deal of profanity. A man ran alongside a snowplow, beating at the windshield with his snow shovel and attempting to smash it. Another resident followed the snowplow for two hours, yelling and driving erratical- ly. Still another inebriated pair ran in front of the snow- plow, attempting to prevent it from berming their driveway with slush. Probably never a popular ordinance, the snowplowing regulation with its snow re- moval towing provision has been in effect since 1970, and was re-established in 1985. Murphy said it was essen- tially the same across Plumas County in Greenville, Chester, Crescent City and in South Lake Tahoe. COMMUNITY CORNER Murphy emphasized that after the street had been plowed, residents could re- turn their cars to the streets, but if another storm threat- ened, they would have to re- peat the procedure. City policy is to begin clear- ing streets as soon as there is approximately four inches of snowfall. Snow removal crews follow a prioritized plan for removal. In residential areas, Mur- phy said the city was making an effort to notify people in advance, and in the evening CSO Leah Turner would place yellow cards requesting the car be moved. Towing opera- tions would not begin until the following morning. More complete guidelines are avail- able at City Hall or can be re- quested from the CSO. At the end of Murphy's managerial report, Weaver requested Murphy read a complaint from Portola resi- dent Georgia Marks, who re- acted badly to her vehicle be- ing towed. Murphy's response was identical to the discus- sion that had already taken place at the council meeting. Council member Bill Kennedy thought it was time to show support for city staff and employees by demon- strating to the public that the city council was in full support of the snow removal ordinances. Murphy suggested they place the current ordinance on the next agenda for review and renewal. Council mem- bers agreed. Electric franchise Mayor Larrieu reported that he had attended the meet- ing of the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, which he de- scribed as a very official meeting, with a judge and a clerk-recorder. He testified that in years past, Portola had had more re- liable electrical service be- cause there was a portable generator that switched on during outages. "The judge gave an order to all of the people there to come up with a plan for reliability of power to this area," he said. Larrieu reported tle hear- ings and meetings would con- tinue until November. For the moment, the judge ordered the parties to meet and come up with some sort of concilia- tion, to avoid the long se- quence of meetings. He planned to attend the next meeting in Reno, Nev., Feb. 4, with the same attor- neys, Calpeco, Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative and others. He added, "The settlement has to include tell- ability of power for the city of Portola and I think that's re- allykey." Woodbridge : In his manager's report,: Murphy gave an update from: Wade Associates regardingl this year's plans for the Woodbridge development. They intend to continue l  new construction of Wood- bridge Road past the court- house and construct 12 dwelling and retail units and: a small coffee shop next to the, courthouse. They also hope to complete: preparation work and grad- ing for the next step expected in the construction. In addition, Wade included a long list of tasks they and- city staff needed to accom- plish to keep the paper stream >. moving along. :, In a related construction " topic, Murphy announcedi! that beginning in 2011, new .. fire standards would require fire sprinkler systems in all new housing. ": "Do you think that will hin- i der construction of new hous-:- ing in this area?" Murphy::. asked rhetorically. " "It's even worse for com-i  mercial buildings," Roberts i said.  The announcement elicited :' considerable comment from '; council and staff. 5 , '5 ;3 COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, Feb. 4 AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Women's Support Group, Every Thurs., 1-2 p.m., Plumas Crisis Center, 591 Main St., Quincy. Call 283-5515. AI-Anon, 5:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, upstairs in back. For families & friends of al- coholics. W OlTte n ' s ..,Cjcd_e,_ 6 r 7: 3 0 p.m.,+ PRS office] 1 E. Main, Quincy, 283-0866. NA, 7 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Troop 130, 7 p.m., Church of Je- sus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 283-3953. Cub Scout Pack 151, various times & locations. Dave Saltel, (916) 425-9489; Inez Robbins, 283-1568. Lions Club, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, noon at Moon's, Quincy. Call 283-0495 Plumas District Hospital Vol- unteers, 1st Thurs., St. John's Parish Hall, noon. 283-0474 for info. Second Horizon Club, Veteran's Hall, 1 p.m. 1st & 3rd Thurs. Feather River Grange, Feather River Grange Hall in Quincy, 1st Thurs., 6:30 p.m. potluck, meet- ing follows. Call 283-2782 or 283-2930. Plumas County Fish & Game Commission, Vets Hall, 7 p.m., 1st Thurs., April - Dec. Meeting of the Morns play- group. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Episco- pal Church, Lawrence St. 1st & 3rd Thurs. Call Pare Becwar, Women's Mountain Passages, 283-0859 for info. Friday, Feb. 5 AA, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Today's Weather ? ": 44/34 Showers possible. Highs in bhe mid 40s and lows in the mid 30s. Sunrlsa Sunset 7:10 AM 5:26 PM 43/37 shower= ileibJe, Highs in ths low 4( and tows in the upper 30s. Sundle Sunset 7:09 AM S:27 PM 45/38 rein. HI;hs in mid 40s and lows in ths upper 30s. Sunrlle lunlet 7:{I AM 5:28 PM Area Citle Anaheim 65 47 rain Modem se 43 ,=n Baker=field 60 45 rain Mojave 58 37 rldn Bar=tow 59 34  Monterey 58 47 r=th Blythe 68 46 rain Needles 65 48 rsln Chico 54 42 rein Oakland 56 46 r=in Costa Mesa 65 48 rein Palmdals 58 38 rein El Centro 71 44 rein Pasadena 67 46 rldn Eureka 53 48 rain Reddlng 62 41 r=ln Fresno 58 45 pt sunny Riverside 64 42 r=ln Los Angeles 65 48 rein Sacramento 56 44 rldn National ClUe i. lr,m i.' Atlanta 56 35 mst sunny Houston Boston 35 21 snshower LosAngeles Chicago 29 22 pt sunny Miami Dallas 48 44 rein Minnqna Denver 51 30 pt sunny New York NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy.. AA, 8 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. NARFE, Feather River Chapter No. 2236. 1st Fri., noon, Moun- tain View Manor Community Room, 1 16 Circle Dr., Quincy. Catered lunch. Federal employ- ees, spouses, guests, welcome. Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex- Orchard House, Quincy. Rotary Club, Mineral Building, fairgrounds, noon. Call 283- 2127. Boy Scout Troop 151, Mon., 6 p.m. Scoutmaster Rob Robinette, 283-0858 for location. Duplicate Bridge. Every Mon- day, 6:30 p.m., Resource Center, Blairsden, corner of hwys 70 and 89. Call Ruth Bright, 836-1454 or Richard Kiel.horn, .2BK-!65,,.,Dick .J,al e..Lucky 836-2232. ...... , Castaldini 283-1349, or Greg Margason 283-0686. Saturday, Feb. 6 NA, 6:30 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House. Quincy. AA, 8 p.m. 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House. Quincy. Dukes of Plumas Cribbage Gang. Meet 10:30 a.m., start 'play 11 a.m. 1st, 2nd, 4th Satur- days at Mt. Tomba, Cromberg; 3rd Saturdays at Coyote Bar & Grill, Graeagle. Arts, Crafts, Hobbies & Col- lectibles, every Saturday, Quincy Grange Hall, 55 Main St. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Vendors welcome. Call 283-1940. Sunday, Feb. 7 NA, 7 p.m., 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse Annex - Or- chard House, Quincy. Trap Shoot, sponsored by Quin- cy Sport Shooting Assoc., Go- pher Hill site, 11 a.m., weather permitting. Call 283-1145. Every other Sun. AA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church in Quincy, upstairs at the back 282 Jackson. Masons Lodge #60, meets 2nd Mon., Quincy Masonic Hall, 7:30 p.m. Quincy Reading Group, 2nd Mon., 7 p.m., private residence in Quincy. Free, all Mary Weddle, 283-5351. Come prepared to discuss book. Feather River 4-H, 2nd Mon., 6:15 p.m., Mineral Bldg, Fair- grounds, Quincy. Cindy Edwards, 283-5384, for more info. Tuesday, Feb. 9 PRS-WlC, Supplemental food & nutrition education for children under 5 & pregnant-nursing women. Every Tues., 10 a.m., Quincy. 283-4093 or (800) WIC- 4093. Board of Supervisors, 10 a.m., Courthouse, Quincy, 1st 4 Tues. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex - Orchard House, Quincy. Soroptimist International of Quincy, Moon's, noon, JoAnne Prince, 283-3302. Overeaters Anonymous meet- ing, 5:15 p.m., 260 County Hos- pital Road, Courthouse Annex - Orchard House, Quincy. Quincy Weight Watchers Two meetings: 9:30 a.m. weigh- in, meeting at 10 a.m.; and 5 p.m. weigh-in, meeting, 5:30 p.m. _Our .ator Lutheran Church, 298 East High Street, Quincy. 1-800-621-6000. NA, 7 p.m., Methodist Church, 282 Jackson St., Quincy. Coffee Express, hosted by IHSS Public Authority, In-home caregivers & receivers welcome. 2nd Tues., 10 a.m., Mountain View Manor, Quincy. For info call (866) 577-6331. Quincy Youth Center Advisory Board, 2nd Tues., 6-8 p.m., Plumas County Library meet- ing/conference room. Open to public, especially youth. For info call Plumas Rural Services, 283- 3611. Taylorsville Community Grange, 6 p.m., at the Grange Hall. 2nd Tues. of month. Call 284-6310. BINGO! Benefits Plumas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advo- cates). Quincy Vet's Hall. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Doors open 5 p.m., play begins 5:30. Cash prizes and a nightly drawing. For Monday, Feb. 8 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets each Mon.& Wed., 9 a.m., Art Barn, Plumas/Sierra Fairgrounds. Call 283-6320 or 283-1978 for info. NA meeting, noon, 260 County 44/35 Shower= polble. HIgil in the mkl 40e and IcNm in the mid 30s. Sunrise Sunsat 7:07 AM 5:29 PM 46/34 Showers. Highs In ths ndd 40e and Iov in the mid 30s. $unse Summ 7:06AM 5:3OPM ,om tlinu 61 45 rain Sin Bamardino 63 42 rein San Diego 62 52 rein SanFr=nctsco 55 45 rein San Jo=e 57 46 rain Santa m 63 47 rein Stockton 56 43 rein Susanvile 39 26 rned Truckee 38 23 sn sl,.ower VIMdt 57 43 rain : ili if;l, ll'j II, lh ;llliiilqll 54 50 ndn Phoenix 61 4g rain 65 48 rldn San F 55 45 rein 73 65 m,t sunny Seattle 53 42 rein 25 15 Ck St. LouIs 40 29 ptItmny 41 28 On shower Wslhington, DC 45 31 pt sonny 1.9 > 7:42 a.m. z 1"3 1/'26 1/27 A : /; - .. !\\;" 7.2111m ' i Chi:A -d' k Quincye Po;ola ',t SpotNYGold(1/2Z):$]_OSt/oz] /  i j-' Tmckee; o, O++l I I+',;FISi IiI:! tl'lI Ashurst Lake. There are a number of Regional 5 1 0 6 Previous week 3 1 0 i 4 & = It was another quiet week as the number of regional earthquake remained at the single-digit level for the fifth straight week in a row. The last time a streak this long occurred was in the Spring of 2006. That quiescent streak lasted nine weeks. The largest earthquake measured M 2.4 and occurred at 929 a.m. Tuesday. Janu- ary 26, about 14 miles northwest of Eagle Lake on the High Volcanic Plateau near northwest-southeast trending faults that course through the plateau that have caused various amounts of displacements in the last ZS,000 years, however, none have ever been studied in detail. Of par- ticular note is the fact that many of the active volcanoes are lined up along these fault trends, suggesting that when large earthquakes have occurred, they act as conduits for magmatic fluids to rise to the surface. Some of these volcanic cones are less than 10,000 years old. Cra- ter Lake Mountain actually has a small lake in the remnant volcanic edifice. more in fo call 283-5515 or Wednesday, Feb. 10 Spanish Peak Lumber #2 Restoration Project, meets each Mon.& Wed, 9 a.m., Art Barn, Plumas/Sierra Fairgrounds. Call 283-6320 or 283-1978 for info. Library preschool story time, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toastmaster's International, A m e rica r=gall'6;C h apte :.'"ve r'y Wed., 12-1 p.m., Plumas Bank Credit Administration Confer- ence Room, 32 Central Ave., Quincy. For more info, contact Jacky Madarang, 530-283-3970. AA meeting, noon, 260 County Hospital Road, Courthouse An- nex- Orchard House, Quincy. Senio( lunch, Blairsden, noon,' Mohawk Community Resource Center. Call 836-0446 for reser- vations. Quincy Community Supper, 6 CHURCHES Center for Spritual Living, 283-9690, 304 Lawrence & Church St., Christian Life Fellowship, 283-0345, 317 First St., E. Quincy. Christ the King Episcopal Church, 283-1608, 545 Lawrence St., Quincy. Christ The Redeemer of Indian Valley Episcopal Church, 284-8317, 120 Bush St., Greenville. Church of Christ 283-1191,152 E. Jackson St., Quincy. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 283-2170 or 283- 5175, 55 Bellamy Ln., Quincy. Community United Methodist, 283- 1740, 282 Jackson St., Quincy,, First Baptist, 283-1160, 74 Reese St., Quincy. Meadow Valley Community Church, 283-4259, 48 Cemetery Rd, Meadow Valley, office: 353 Jackson St, #100, Quincy. Our Savior Lutheran, 283-2546. Church & High Sts., Quincy. Seventh-Day Adventist, 310-2042 or 283-3092, 233 Pine St., Quincy. Springs of Hope Christian Fellow- ship, Pete, 283-1613, or John, 927- 7626, 59 Bell Ln., Quincy. St. John's Catholic Church, 283- 0890, 176 Lawrence St., Quincy. Starlight Missionary Baptist, 283- 1505, 171 Redburg Ave., Quincy. ,,W Rockt" Advanced Geologic Exploration, Inc. Scientists of the Earth TM 180 Main St. P.O. Box 19S6 Chester * CA 96020 (530)258-4228 See an archive of past earthquake reports at Truth Tabernacle of Quincy, 260- 8006, 2205 East Main St., Quincy. p.m. every Wed, United:; Methodist Church. Free. :; Women's Circle, 6-8 p.m. every, Wed, 586 Jackson St., Quincy. ".' AA, 7 p.m., upstairs in back,:' Methodist Church, 282 Jacksoni', St., Quincy. :; American Valley 4-H, Mineral.: Building, 7 p.m., 2nd Wed.: Maria, 283-4889 Plumas Chapter OES 246, Ma-il sonic Temple, 7:30 p.m., 2nd: Wed. :' Breast Cancer Support Group,!: 2nd Wed., 6-7:30 p.m., Great/, Northern Hair Co. Judy, 283-:i 1008 or Michelle, 283-0174 for-: info. '" " Quincy/Plumas ComputeC Users Group, 7-9 p.m., 2591i Jackson St., Quincy. 283-2542.,; 2nd Wed. ': Elks meeting, Elks Lodge, Hwy/! 70, E. Quincy, cocktails 6:30: p.m.; dinner 7 p.m.; meeting 8: p.m.; 2nd & 4th Wed. Plumas County Mental Health' Commission 2nd Wed., Worki: Connections, conference room,, noon-2 p.m. Public invited. For< more info, Hank Eisenman, 283 :' 0782. To change information on this calendar page, please call Eva a t the Feather River Bulletin: 530-283-0800 or email LAST WEEK'S TEMPERATURES Date High Low Precip. Snow Jan. 26 43 33 .63" -- Jan. 27 50 35 .01" -- Jan. 28 48 27 .... Jan. 29 52 30 .... Jan. 30 46 33 .41" tr Jan. 31 46 30 .... January average high: 46 January average low: 32 January totals: 9.67" precip, 9.5" snow Season totals: 20.35" precip, 25" snow Compiled by Ron Trumbo LAKE LEVELS Lake Almanor *Elevation tCurrent 4,4B0.67 1 Year Ago 4,476.77 Lake Almanor **Capacity 1"Current 803,179 1 Year Ago 712,479 Bucks Lake *Elevation tCurrent 5,131.82 1 Year Ago 5,126.15 Bucks Lake **Capacity "[Current 62,799 1 Year Ago 54,280 *Elevation above sea level in It. **Storage in acre ft. tJan. 24, 2010 )/Jan. 17, 2009