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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 3A Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com After a trial run, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors' meetings are now streaming live beyond the courthouse walls. "I'm pretty pleased with the way it's come together," Said Dave Preston, the county's information technology director, during the board's Feb. 11 meeting. The public can access live video and audio of board meetings by going to countyofplumas.com and clicking on the link. Archived video from previous meetings will also be available on the site. The archived video will include indexing so the public can view a specific agenda item. A camera mounted in the back of the boardroom BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP captures the board as well a.s the first two rows of the audience. Additional cameras might be added at a later date to provide more coverage. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall championed the project and paid for the camera. Four-county meeting The Plumas County supervisors will meet with their counterparts from Lassen, Modoc and Sierra counties Tuesday, April 29, in Lassen County, were they plan to discuss topics of mutual interest. The counties have periodically held the joint gatherings, but it has been a while. "They are very valuable; they open the lines of communication," Thrall said. New name for Chester road It's official, the new name for County Road 316A, formerly Chester Ski Road, is Stover Mountain Road. The supervisors had been poised to make the change Jan. 7, but then learned that a road by the same name already existed in the Lassen National Forest. It has been renamed North Stover Mountain Road to allow for the Chester road name change. Supervisor Thrall, who ml Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plu masnews.com It's more than halfway through the fiscal year and Plumas County's midyear budget report reveals revenue and expenses are on target. County budget consultant Susan Scarlett led the supervisors through a department-by-department review during the board's Feb. 11 meeting. The figures reflect revenue and expenses through Dec. 31, the fiscal halfway point. "It looks pretty good. I don't see any red flags," Scarlett told the board. Some departments are spending less to date than would be expected based on their approved budgets, but in many cases that's because there are vacancies that have not been filled. "Where payroll expenditure is low we are understaffed," Scarlett said, and used the probation department as an example. "It looked pretty good. I didn't see any red flags." Susan Scarlett Budget consultant Many of the county's department heads were in the audience, but few had anything to add to Scarlett's summation, because many had discussed their budgets with Scarlett prior to the meeting. Supervisor Lori Simpson thanked "all of the department heads for running a tight ship," and added that the "public needs to know how hard they work." Supervisor Sherrie Thrall was pleased to see that the budget was balancing while the board had been able to put money into reserves as well. While expenses are down, revenues are coming in as budgeted, with some unforeseen increases. County Clerk-Recorder Kathy Williams reported an increase in revenue generated from recordings related to property sales. Looking ahead to next year's property tax revenues, Assessor Chuck Leonhardt said, "It's still a mixed bag." He reported that recently a Lake Almanor home sold for $3.5 million, and that on the eastern end of the county, more sales in the $500,000 to $600,000 range are closing. However, he noted that those properties would have sold for $1 million-plus before the recession. Leonhardt said that available homes in Quincy are dwindling and that he had heard of bidding wars on PUSD, from page 2A into the fog here," he said. "We need to build positive relationships between the two staffs." The problem is not that teachers are adversarial, GHS teacher Shelley Fuller said. They just don't have time to sit and collaborate and solve partnership challenges. "Both sides are struggling with what the vision is," Weber said. She said the two schools are like two different families with their own sets of issues. "If we're going to make this work we need a person who's mediating the totality. We want to design something new. We need the right people sitting at the table." Weber wants to see teachers from both schools teach to their passions. "Passionate teachers are what motivates kids," she said. Fuller said GHS teachers need to know what the parameters are: their teachers are in the union, IVA's are not. GHS is highly structured with lots of rules, while IVA has much greater flexibility. She said teachers don't know what they can and cannot do. "The parameters are what you set, believe it or not," board president Chris Russell weighed in. Superintendent Miglis said she would work with staff on collaboration and intervention. The biggest obstacle is creating a master schedule for next year -- hopefully one that offers students more classes, greater choices and a vision that the entire Indian Valley community can embrace. Please join KQNY for an evening of Wine, Spirits and Chocolatel Explore the fabulous pairing of chocolate with wine or spiritsl February 27th from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Carey Candy Co 91 Bradley Street in Quincy. Suggested donation of $10 per person. Must be 21 years or older to participate. All proceeds benefit KQNY. Visit the web (www'kqny919. rg) f r m re inf rmati n! Thank you Our family would like to send our heartfelt appreciation for the outpouring of affection over the loss of our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, A1 Brubaker. We are so grateful for all the calls, cards, flowers and letters that we have received over the last week. The specialists at Renown took great time to convey to all of us that his survival during the ambulance ride was solely due to the quality of care he received at Plumas District Hospital. We would like to thank specifically his physician, the EMT's, paramedics and transport team that kept him going long enough for his family to arrive and say goodbye. Thank you to our precious community, our local hospital and specifically -- Thank you Dr. Chew, Stacy Kingdon, Ed Woods, Eddy Mutch, Scan Fripp and Rick Gullotto for seeing to the care of the man we all loved so much. Sincerely, The Brubaker Family represents the Lake Almanor Basin, asked for the change because of the confusion caused by people calling the road by different names, though Stover Mountain Road seemed to be the most popular. "This confusion has affected service, delivery and emergency response to the area," Public Works Director Bob Perreault wrote in a memo to the board. "The various road names have also caused confusion to the general public seeking locations along the existing roadway." Social services now hiring Social Services Director Elliott Smart received authorization to fill three positions in his department: a benefits assistance coflnselor, a social worker and a fiscal and technical some properties. "I think we are heading in the right direction," Leonhardt said. He read a list of foreclosures (trustee deeds sold on the courthouse steps) from 2004 through 2013. The number steadily rose from nine in 2006, peaked with 294 in 2011, and dropped to 171 in 2012 and 87 last year. Our community benefits from it! services assistant. Funding for these positions comes from the state. State awards county nearly $700,000 The state's Department of Water Resources awarded a grant of $679,657 for water planning in Plumas County. The money came from Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water BondAct of 2006. To update the county's Integrated Water Management Plan, 80 public meetings are planned during a two-year process. The first meetings will be scheduled toward the end of March. Planning Director Randy Wilson presented the supervisors with a 2-inch thick packet of backup materials. Supervisor Thrall commended Wilson on the work and said, "To get this done parallel with the general plan is amazing." Eye Diseases Strabismus (cross-eyes) Amblyopia (lazy-eye) Myopia (near sightedness) Hyperopia (far sightedness) Astigmatism (blurred vision) We can help diagnose and treat many inherited eye diseases. Early treatment and preventative care keeps your vision healthy. 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