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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 9A Supervisors tackle varied topics during month's first meeting Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com From whattheir constituents thought about the state of Jeferson to the need to hire more staff, the supervisors discussed a number of topics Feb. 3. But the first meeting in February was shorter and less controversial than the last meeting in January when the board discussed not only the formation of a new state, but the effort to establish a tourism improvement district, and listened to a church leader suggest that a supervisor had practiced religious discrimination. Plumas-Sierra County Fair Manager John Steffanic brought some good news to the supervisors during the department head comment period, and announced that the fair received $33,000 in revenue from the state that had not been budgeted. He also told the board that the governor's proposed budget included funding for fairs: $3 million for operations and $7 million for infrastructure. Of the operational portion, Steffanic said it could mean "$50,000 to $60,000 to us," and he was hopeful that a portion of the infrastructure funding would also be awarded. He requested money to repair a roof, replace a water tank and repave areas. Steffanic also reported that usage was up at the fairgrounds, and that the event planning boot camp event was so successful that he scheduled another to meet the demand. Invitation to the state At the request of Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, the supervisors sent a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board inviting its participation in a townhall meeting Feb. 11 in Chester. The meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. with a presentation by, Paeic Gas,and,Electric Co. about the Lake Almanor relicensing, which would be followed by an opportunity for the public to comment on the draft environmental impact report associated with the project. Thrall and Planning Director Randy Wilson said BOARD ,OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP that the water board did not have to conduct a public hearing, and they were both pleased that the public was being given this chan,, ce to comment on the record. "They are willing to come up and expose themselves to the wrath of everyone there," Thrall said. One of the alternatives in the draft document is the thermal curtain, the subject of intense opposition. Thrall invited her fellow supervisors to attend, noting that the Almanor Basin "is one of the revenue drivers of the county." It's feared that the thermal curtain would destroy the habitat of Lake Almanor. By accepting the comments, the water board will have to address those remarks in its final report. The letters are in Each of the supervisors reported receiving letters and emails regarding the state of Jefferson, with most receiving letters both for 'and against the proposal. The exception was Supervisor Lori Simpson, who said that she had only received letters opposing the formation of the new state. Airports Dony Sawchuk, the county's director of airports, reported that he was working on more grants for the county's airports in Chester, Quincy and Beckwourth, and that usage was up at each of them. Appointment The supervisors appointed Peggy Addington to serve on the Portola Cemetery District Board, replacing George Ellis. Permission to hire Chief Probation Officer Dan Prince received authorization from the supervisors to fill a full-time probation assistant position that became vacant. The position, which involves administering drug tests and transporting probationers, is funded by a combination of grant and county money. Prince is also signing a contract with the Alliance for Workforce Development to help those in the criminal justice system prepare for employment opportunities. The $15,000 allocated for the work comes from grant funding. Supervisor Lori Simpson asked if data would be collected on the outcomes to monitor whether the program is successful. "The alliance is very focused on outcomes," Prince said. Public Health positions Public Health Director Mimi Hall received permission to hire a qualified candidate at a higher step to fill the vacant program division chief position in her department. She described the successful applicant as someone who holds two bachelor's degrees as well as a master's in infectious diseases from UC Berkeley. She also received authorization to make the senior services director position a full time rather than half time job, and fill the position. She said the job has been challenging to Fill because it requires experience in restaurant management and transportation, and, at half time, she had been unable to attract someone to the position. By augmenting the funding for the position with public health funds, the position will be full time. "You've done a great job," Supervisor Thrall told Hall. "These programs are really, really important." Hall also updated the supervisors on efforts to save Quincy's nursing home, and announced that she would be teaching the health and human services portion of the California State Association of Counties' new supervisor training later this month. Every 15 Minutes "This is the process we go through every year," Sheriff Greg Hagwood told the February is National Pet Dental Health Month Package includes: Dental examination pre-anesthetic blood work iv catheter with fluids • anesthesia clean & polish • dental package to take home Call today for an appointment Dr. Doyle Rolston, DVM , Dr. Suzanna Elkjer, DVM INDIAN CREEK vETERINARY CLINIC 258 Old Arlington Rd. 284-6187 Crescent Mills, CA BREAKlltl8 NEWSI supervisors when asking them to approve a budget item for the Every 15 Minutes program, which is designed to prevent teenage drunk driving. The California Highway Patrol funds and operates the program, but the sheriff's department manages the finances. The supervisors approved the request and Supervisor Lori Simpson reminded the sheriff that last year Supervisor Jon Kennedy wanted the event, which rotates through four county high schools (this year it's at Quincy High), to be Ftimed and distributed to the other communities. Hagwood said the event is already Filmed annually. The board discussed posting it on the county and school district websites, as well as on YouTube. Lease renewed Plumas Corporation can continue to lease the airport administration building in Quincy, but the rent is going up. Rather than its current annual rate of $1,100, the new yearly payment will be $5,112 to reflect market value. As part of the arrangement, Plumas Corporation will maintain the public restrooms and the pilots' lounge, and provide free wireless Internet for the building. The area that was formerly occupied by the Visitors' Bureau will become the pilots' lounge. The second floor will be reserved for airport administration. CHESTER TACTICAL SPORTS Webley & Scott 20" BL, 3" Chamber 12ga $199 -:""""' Sig Sauer 238 TT *580 .... ° ....... 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All prospective players MUST bring their birth certificate and a parent MUST be present to register Evaluation Day* Saturday, March 7th at FRC Gym *We will also have an equipment swap at Sign-ups and Evaluation Day Anyone who may want to play minors or majors needs to attend Evaluation Day For more information, contact Michelle Morrison 283-3322 or Holly Buus 283-1522 O Like QuincyLittleLeague on Facebook