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12A Wednesday, Feb 21,2001 From Page One Temperature dipped to 35 when heater b @ tlm d fc m IA scarves and heavy boots on, That resulted in employeeto consider a plan at yester- heating system, is currently At the same time, the build- attempting to get on with sicknesses and absences, day's meeting to address the occupied by one to three peo- ing's heating system needs to what work they could accom-Ball was one of the employees problem, ple, according to alcohol and be fixed on a daily basis to plish. , who reported feeling to The supervisors were ex- drug employees. stave off freezing tempera-The county's Buildings and their stomachs, experiencing pected to raise concerns that For years now, alcohol and tures. Grounds Department was no- sore throats and headachesCounty Fire Warden Andy drug department employees tiffed of the heating failure, caused by the fumes. Ball Anderson will condemn the have tried to get county offi- No heat New parts were ordered, andsought medical attention, building, cials to fix the building s prob- Living with an old and mal-an attempt made to help solve On Friday, only four em- Department employees said lems, but they have been functioning heating system some of the program's many ployees were able to arrive at that Anderson inspected the largely ignored by manage- has become a way of life for electrical problems, work, and some of those were building last week and wasment. employees of the program. The following day found em-still feeling the effects of the troubled by what he found.And, as.employees stood Routine maintenance in- ployees arriving to a 35-degree previous day's incident, said Anderson declined to com- around last week in their volves attempting to start the building and waiting for parts Lia Bruno, A&D program ment. coats, clutching hot cups of heating system, on a regular to arrive so the heating could chief. One potential solution re-coffee for warmth, more than basis, be fLxed. But, as the handful of em-portedly includes moving the one said they were being But, on Tuesday, Feb. 13, That day, county mainte- ployees returned .to work,department into a new admin- treated like "second-class citi- the heating system couldn't be nance worker Paul Blanken- Bruno said heat was avail-istration building at the an- zens." started, ship was able to repair theable. To improve her own nex while the old building is Also troubling some of the Employees attempted to furnace, but his efforts didn't skills, and in case more prob- renovated, staff was that county officials work, canceling driving under produce the desired heat. lems occur with the heating The new building is about were not returning their calls. the influence classes, Alco- According to A&D Preven- system, she said Blankenship the same size as the current A&D employee Carol Lee holies Anonymous meetings, tion Officer Tim Ball, employ- patiently showed her how to alcohol and drug department said last Thursday that Coun- and postponing client ses- ees saw a cloud of smoke bil- fLx the system, facility, which is the oldest oc- ty Administrative Office Jim sions, low up from the small base- cupied remnant of the old Stretch wasn't returning her At length, employees ended ment where the furnace is County efforts county hospital, calls. up in one office, their coats, housed. Soon, noxious fumesThe Plumas County Board But the new .building, re-Ball said he had attempted began to f'ill the building, of Supervisors was expected plete with a central air and to reach Supervisor Ken Nel- roke son, but l mges The price and no heat has the small program. Outdated wiring, with power furnace, has merit the following:. Five electric valued at each; Five computers, $1,500 to 2,000 each; Two word Three monitors; Four battery ued at $30G There is also the counseling and clients, and the work time em lost due to the to Ball. Volunteers will do initial landscaping, little county mo IA Quincy resident and business- lined up and ready to go," from those in the audience,man Jack Dunn, said, "You Janowski said. Pearson said he didn't wantgot a railroad, go play with Jackson said that Quincy to spend county funds for athat." should have incorporated narrow benefit. Dunn's comment drew a years ago. "Every time this "How do I justify this to my reprimand from Board Chair-community tries to do some- constituents in District 1?" man Don Clark. thing, we get the support of Pearson asked. "It's not fair to Bob Janowski, owner of the one supervisor. It's not good the other districts." Feather Bed in Quincy, saidto be the county seat because But, attorney Michael Jack-that the Lions Club is anxious we're held hostage by the oth- son countered, saying, "Porto- to begin work on the project er four supervisors." la's been sucking off this and will donate labor to land- Jackson told the supervi- county way too long," and scape the park. sors: "This is a great plan, "We've got several crews please do it. If, 10 years from Continued from page 1A here in this room," Pearson said. Pearson said that the Porto- la City Council, on which he served until he was sworn in as a supervisor last month, was able to attract business development on its own, with- out a consultant. While Donato said he basi- cally agrees that the county al- ready has a great deal of ex- pertise, he said a consultant is necessary. What Donat0, Nelson, Pear- son and Plumas Corp Director John Sheehan do agree on, however, appears to be sub- stantial: Plumas Corp's authority over the funding of chambers of commerce and the arts com- mission--a source of contro- versy in recent years--would mmd Probst and Spurlock re- leased their hounds, and the li- on was found and shot shortly before lunch time. Spurlock and Probst think there are at least five more mountain lions roaming the North Arm area. No further sightings of the North Valley Road lion have been reported since Thursday, Feb. 8, when the large male was seen near the Indian Mis- sion Church. Orange says that it is not un- usual for mountain lions to move down into residential ar- eas during midwinter. January through March are when he receives the most calls about lions causing prob- lems near homes, especially in the Indian and American val- leys. Residents who see a lion, or tracks near their home, should call 911 if they are worried about their safety, or call the DFG 24-hour dispatch center at (916) 445-0045. Brochures about mountain lions and what to do if con- fronted by one are available at most Forest Service and visi- tor information centers throughout Plumas County. Plumml County Route 70 - Crack sealing operations from Mt. Tomba to Cromberg, Feb. 20-23. One way traffic control between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Delays -- 10 minutes. Lassen County Route 299 - Guard rail re- pairs from the Lassen/Shasta County line to Big Valley Mountain, Feb. 21-23. One-way traffic control be- tween 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. De- lays--10 minutes. Consultant to be hired be shifted to the board of su- year, the supervisors had to pervisors, step in to settle funding dis- -The Visitors Bureau, while putes between Plumas Corp remaining a part of the and others. Plumas Corp structure, would "What we do is set up a fo- be required to secure its fund- rum for confrontation (under ing from the board of supervi- the existing partnership)" sys- sors. tem, Supervisor Don Clark The county supervisors said. would be required to step up Under the proposed system, their day-to-day involvement Clarksaid, the supervisors with business attraction cam- will have "more input." paigns. Pearson also said that "corn- .The agency's organization- munications will be better all al structure needs to be exam- around." ined. The key issue appearsto Another key factor of the be the large, unwieldy size of proposed changes is that it the board of directors, will allow Plumas Corp to fo- The change in funding for cus on economic development. the chambers and the arts "Economic development commission will have the needs to be the central part of most immediate impact, be- what we do," Donato said. cause the organizations will Mix in more involvement by soon start working on their the supervisors and Pearson new fiscal budgets, said he is confident that shift "It is our firm belief that the in emphasis on economic de- chambers should come direct- velopment "will work." ly to the supervisors," Nelson "I think we'll have almost said. immediate success," Pearson For years now, the four said. chambers of commerce and Pearson said he would like the arts commission have had to see Plumas Corp and the su- to obtain their funding pervisors focus on areas that through Plumas Corp, under need economic improvements. what was known as a "part- "We should target areas in nership" program, which jobs are needed," Pear- The problem is that the sons aid. process has become more and But, Clark defended the su- more wearisome for the chain- pervisors' record on the issue. bers, which have not seen eye "We have been doing what to eye with Plumas Corp over you've suggested," Clark ex- funding in recent years, plained. 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"I'm not against the project, but I do It was had alread) the project as part c match required work being done ty. The supervisors unanimously to begi tial landscaping. Supervisors fear for lake @,o ttmmd PagelA shall honor all contracts our citizens or our communi- and/or historical agreements ties be the basis for those deci- both verbal and written, and sions. Instead, decisions will operating parameters, espe- be made in a federal court- cially as they relate to lake room, based on the interests levels, and provide upkeep of creditors." and maintenance for all water Because of those concerns, -related facilities. members of RCRC will lobby .Rural counties have power the legislature to protect coun- needs best suppliedby local ty interests as the future of facilities and, therefore, each the hydroelectric assets are county should have the right decided, to first call on power generat- RCRC established four crite- ed by facilities within their ria that the legislature must boundaries. meet for the organization to .All nonessential land back the state's takeover of owned by public utilities will hydro facilities: be transferred to the county Reasonable local water sup- governments for disposal at plies will be made available the county's discretion, in ac- for water users for the local cordance with their respective area. 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