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4A Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Laura Beaton directors Jim Bequette and reduced or standby rates to policy. During the Dec. 15, letters out reminding district's fipancial records (in Staff Writer Ruth Jackson, brought up "snowbirds," or allow 2013, Pizza Factory fire,customers of the benefits and light of the recent Indian Ibeaton@plumasnews.com some issues that emerged customers to have their water firefighters used more than a cost savings of conserving Valley alleged embezzlement during the committee's recent meters pulled. Quincy does not. million gallons of water,water. Magnets with a fiasco), Singleton said the "I have no problem meeting with general The district's existing rate which came straight from the suggested assigned day board was doing a good job: charging the base rate," manager Larry Sullivan and policy states that customers district's hydrants. A watering plan will be He said the Indian Valley Quincy 3ommunity Services secretary Katie Gay. must pay the base rate even if customer would pay $1,800 for included. Community Services Distric board president Gay said customers get they are not connected to the a million gallons. In essence, GM Sullivar remarked that District's recent discovery of Denny Churchill said during angry when told they mustservice. For instance onethe district donates that water most customers' summer financial mismanagement, a discussion regarding the still pay the average base customer has a private well, as a community service, water usage Increases by four resulting in at least a $360,000 district's water and sewer sewer rate of $45.82 per but has to pay the monthly The board set a special or five times their winter use loss, "boiled down to a board rate policy, month, even if they leavebase rate anyway, because the meeting to discuss its base -- primarily because of that lost its perspective on "I have no kids in the school town for six months. The community water supply israte policy Feb: 24. outside watering, what its role was." district, and I still pay. We same is true of their water accessible. Director Doug Ely said he pay for the fire hydrants on rates, which average about Some commercial Drought measures Clean audit praised Quincy's board for the street. They're not just for $26.75 per month, customers have opted notto With the governor's The district received a clean always asking questions of ornamentation. If you're As Churchill said in his connect to the sewer main, declaration of a drought 2012-13 audit. Auditor Clay district staff, and gave credit down there in Arizona, fine. comments, the district must but to pay the base emergency, the district wants Singleton was on hand to to the budget committee for You're paying for the maintain its infrastructure, commercial sewer rate of to raise awareness levels of its deliver the good news to the its contribution and infrastructure." and depends on its customers' $8.54 per month instead, customers and encourage board and to answer questions, oversight. The district's ad hoc rate base rates to do so. The district also discussed water conservation. When asked about the level The next regular meeting is committee, comprised of Some service districts offer its fire protection water use Therefore, staff will send of the board's oversight of the set for March 13, at 9 a.m. District i n't facing drought-related problem. from page 1A rate in the event of a stalemate. the rates Quincy has Further, Zernich said charged the district, as well that Quincy had never as Quincy. 's accounting of provided an accounting where its $1.9 million went. for EQSD's $1.9 million EQSD's attorney, Robert contribution. "You've had it multiple Zernich, voiced his concern about Bequette's proposal times," director Mike Green after Bequette left the Feb. replied. "I have it right 11 meeting and the board here." made a motion to approve Green dug through his the proposal, files to produce the Zernich said that within document, which outlines the proposal was the $1.84 million in capital stipulation that if the improvements and related committee failed to establish projects to Quincy's a mutually agreeable rate, wastewater treatment plant. Quincy reserved the right to After a lengthy discussion, establish the rate on its own wherein Martin commented, (as it has been doing all "This mechanism would along), allow us to crawl before we Zernich suggested adding walk," the board approved a clause designating a third the proposal to establish the party arbitrator to set the joint committee by a 4-0 ANDERLINI & M -Sx %ENE LLP We specialize in wild fire litigatioJ~ and FEATHE ER Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. .Office is open Mon. through Fri 8 a.m! to'5 p.m. HOW to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. Email: mail@plumasnaws.com Website: plumasnews.com 0wnershlp and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) sub~;equently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - 1945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadllnos: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.rn,; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytimel To subscribe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to subscriptions@pluma~news.com Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qua fed for publication of matters required by law to be published in a neWspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. P Michael C. Taborski Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Keri Taborski Mary Newhouse Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fomey Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin~ Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherd McDonnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager Member, California Newpaper Publishers Assoc. recycled paper I 1 1 1 I 1 1 1 1 I 1 1 II Subscripfon Order Form Feather River Bulletin RO. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subscription for [~ Enclosed find my chock for $ years. [~l In County $26 per year [~l Out of State $44 per year ~l In California $37 per year, I Name i Addreos I City, State, Zip - Subecdptlons can be transferred, but not refunded. =" == -- == == l == -- == == m -- == =li EQSDdrought update The East Quincy Services District board of directors discussed this winter's record low precipitation, its effect on residential use and the governor's drought declaration: w We monitor our water storage and underground water resources on a continuous basis. Though we don't expect to come under a mandatory state rationing plan locally, we do advise customers to consider water conservation, both to preserve maximum summer water supplies and to minimize their monthly use cost. Visit eastquincycsd.com for water conservation information. vote, with Green, who works district's water projection for QCSD, abstaining, has not budged. The board appointed However, the board Martin and Kathy Felker to declared its concern and serve on the committee, wants its customers to know that the district will Drought issues continue monitoring its Staff reported that the water carefully. The board district is currently facing encouraged customers to no drought issues. All of conserve water, and to its wells are pumping as view its website, usual, and acting general eastquincycsd,com, for manager Shawneen Howe conservation tips and told the board that the other information. Vascular surgeon headlines next 'Dinner with a Doctor' CAKES, from page 1A had to quickly gather my thoughts." Host Julissa Ortiz stood on set with Traci and pointed out some of the intricate designs on the cakes, in particular the petals on a tiered wedding cake. 0rtiz was particularly pleased with the sculpture of herself that Traci had placed atop one of the cakes. Traci explained to Ortiz how she created her sculptures from clay, fondant or modeling chocolate, depending on whether her customers wanted them to be edible. While Traci worked, Mark roamed the studio taking photos. "Mark was thrilled. He was having so much fun seeing the inside the studio," she said. Her appearance was over within three minutes, but Traci and her husband stayed at the studio until 11 a.m. As instructed, she had brought a cake to finish decorating on set, and when it was complete, she sliced it for the crew. "The whole experience was so amazing," she said. Plumas District Hospital presentation. Milne joined presents "Dinner With a the medical staff at Plumas Doctor" on Wednesday District Hospital about a evening, March 26, at St. year and a half ago and sees John's Hall on Lawrence patients in the Quincy Street in Quincy. Doors Family Medicine Building. open at 6 p.m. The cost is $10 Dinner tickets are per person. . available in the main lobby Admission includes a at the hospital or at Carey healthy meal and a Candy Co. on Bradley Street presentation by general and in Quincy. vascular surgeon Dr. Dinner With a Doctor is a Lawrence Milne. A community education forum question-and-answer session sponsored by Plumas will immediately follow his District Hospital. G O '"'F "COURSE is now accepting resumes to fill the following position: Assistant Superintendent Preyious experience of at least 2 years working on a golf course, mechanical and irrigation experience needed. ' Must have / or the ability to obtain a Pesticide QAC by April 15th Strong leadership skills and be able to handle day to day operations of the golf course required. Benefits which include vacation~sick leave, retirement and some health coverage provided. Drug screen required Pay is $17.00 - $20.00ph Job starts around Aprit 1, 2014 Send resumes to Lawgolf2@frontier.com or call 530,259-4549 West Almanor Community Club is an E.O.E Salary and benefits Felker and director Greg Margason presented their salary and benefits committee report. Felker said that two years ago, the board looked at reducing employee benefits. At that time, the board decided to let the benefits stand, but create a committee to examine the existing benefits and make recommendations. However, the committee never formed until a few months ago, upon Felker's initiative. The committee presented historical and current employeebenefits and salary figures before making several recommendations. The first recommendation was for employees to pay their own EPMC (employee paid member contribution), which the district has been paying in full since 2008, when changes were made in the salary and benefit schedule in anticipation of merging with Quincy. A second recommendation was made to restrict sick leave benefits to the "The television hosts were so employee who earned them down to earth and so warm. -- instead of allowing It all felt very natural." employees to donate their For those who missed the sick leave to other employees, segment, Traci's Sweet A third recommendation Surprises' Facebook page.is filled with photos, as well as was made: to no longer cash a video of her morning out sick leave benefits for employees upon retirement appearance. Despite her morning of orseparation. Employees fame, the following morning would be able to use those found Traci back in her East hours to add time in service. Quincy kitchen baking. Finally, the committee Traci operates a cottage recommended the business out of her home and establishment of a 457 plan, doesn't have a storefront. similar to a 401K, which The baker produces pies, would allow employees to cookies, cupcakes and, of contribute toward their retirement, course, cakes for every occasion. The latter is her The next board meeting is passion. set for March 11, 6:30 p.m. To see some of her The next American Valley decadent concoctions visit Community Services her Facebook page or go to Authority meeting is tracissweetsurprises.com. scheduled for March 18. 50 inspiring ,drawings, designs & ideas for the Meditative Artists Garage Doors w/openers from $900 and up Front Doors from $300 and up Interior Doors from $80 and up Handle Sets & Locks from $50 and up Eric Joa CA Lic #911600 604 Main St Suite D Chester 530-258-9709 ejsgaragedoors.com