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2A Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 Feather River Bulletin District attorney hopes new grant writer can find money for programs Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plurnasnews.com District Attorney David Hollister is turning to a grant writer to secure a steady funding stream for the county's Alternative Sentencing Program. During its Feb. 18 meeting, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved his request to pay grant writer Kathy Rahmeyer, of High Sierra Grants, $10,000 to find money for the program. "We are seeing the benefits of this program," Hollister said during an interview after the meeting. "I don't want to see it disappear." The Alternative Sentencing Program serves from 150 to 170 people, far surpassing the original estimates of two to three dozen. "We had no idea the impact that AB 109 would have," Hollister told the supervisors during their meeting. Assembly Bill 109 is the legislation designed to keep individuals out of state prison and place them back in their counties. The Alternative Sentencing Program offers an alternative to incarceration in the county jail by providing clients with counseling and education, access to housing and employment opportunities. Hollister said maintaining the program is a public safety issue. The bulk of the funding for the program to date has come from the county's Alcohol and Drug Department ($93,000 last year), but that money may no longer be available, as the department now has a new leader who zs expected to hire more staff to provide services. Alternative sentencing programs are required by the state, but counties handle it differently. "Some are in probation, some are in the DA's office and others arestandalone department," Hollister said during the interview. "I think it's eventually going to be a standalone department here." And that's what Hollister would like to see to avoid any conflict of interest. "The program has to work with the "We are seeing the benefits of this program. I don't want to see it disappear." David Hollister District Attorney courtsl probation, the DA and the sheriffs dePartment," Hollister said. But until the program becomes its own department (which would require action by the board of supervisors) Hollister is overseeing it. Alternative sentencing has one full-time employee, Stephanie Tanaka, and two part-time staff members. A secure funding stream would enable the program to have more help to keep up with the caseload. The supervisors approved Hollister's request to hire the grant writer. But a week earlier, during their Feb. 11 meeting, they denied a similar request by County Librarian Lynn Sheehy on behalf of the literacy program. At the time, supervisors were concerned about a $2,500 upfront payment and whether the grant writer could adequately represent all of her clients because of her workload. During the Feb. 18 meeting, the discussion evolved from talking about the district attorney's specific request to the county's overall need for a grant writer. SuperVisor Sherrie Thrall wants to assess the need for all county dSpartments. "I'm not saying that I want to hire an employee," she said, but suggested a countywide contract for a grant writer. Many departments, such as public health and the sheriffs department, Latheir ownstaff to write grants. Tanaka said that sometimes the grant writer brings grants to her attention that she otherwise wouldn't have known about. The grant writer is also able to pool requests in a single application. THE ROADS ARE OPEN FOR NOW! Come join us for Lunch & Dinner 11am - 6:00pm New Mexican entrees and other delicious specials by Chef Louie Call for Reservations Public Information Officer Brodie Mitchell stands between two of the latest additions to the county's California Highway Patrol fleet. The vehicles are Ford Explorer Interceptor patrol SUVs, which are replacing the discontinued Crown Victorias. Mitchell said the all-wheel-drive vehicles grip the road like glue. Photos by Laura Beaten Local CHP officers get new vehicles Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com The interior of the patrol vehicle boasts a laptop computer, special column shifter, large center console and seats cut out to accommodate officers' utility belts. The vehicles are fitted with heavy duty brake, cooling and electrical systems to cope with the rigors of patrol work. test-driving site. "Officers drove a myriad of different scenarios laid out in cones to become familiar with the all-wheel-drive Interceptor's traction control system," Mitchell said. "The training course was valuable, but compared to a trip down the Feather River A new type of California Highway Patrol vehicle ' began arriving at the local Quincy office Feb. 12. Public Information Officer Brodie Mitchell said the four Ford Explorer Interceptor utility SUVs arrived just in time for Quincy CHP officers to take a mandatory four-hour training course to learn to properly operate the vehicle. Two CHP training officers from the Northern Division Headquarters in Redding conducted the new patrol vehicle training course, which included classroom instruction and hands-on driving. The large asphalt parking area in front of the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds was the Canyon and back, it can't compete! That will be our true test." Mitchell said that when inclement weather struck Plumas County in the past, response times could be extended due to the need to install chains on the two-wheel-drive Crown Victorias. "Now that the standard patrol vehicle has all-wheel drive, our units can be that much faster to respond. Another improvement will be our ability to traverse more of our most treacherous roads immediately without having to return to the office for a four-wheel-drive Expedition." Mitchell and Sgt. Austin Matulonis said they invite any visitor with a curious streak to stop by and take a look whenever one of the new patrol vehicles is parked in front of the Quincy office. County applies for state cn:f-highway vehicle money Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Maintaining off-highway vehicles roads isn't just for recreation; it's a matter of public safety. "It's not just the OHV aspect," Sgt. Todd Johns said, "but our ability to go out and rescue people." Johns' comments came during a Board of Supervisors' discussion about thestate's ...... Planning sO)_dy for_ resultswillbeposted June2, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation grants program. Public Works Director Bob Perreault is preparing three applications for the state to consider, while the sheriff's office is submitting its own requests. The supervisors authorized Perreault to prepare applications for the following: OHV signage for roadways. county maintenance of forest roadways. Construction of an OHV trail in conjunction with the Beckwourth-Genesee Highway Improvement Project. Preliminary applications are due March 3 with public review and comment scheduled from March 4 to April 7. Final applications will be due May 5. The award followed by a 30-day appeal period. Final awards will be posted July 3. In addition to the three requests presented, Facilities Director Dony Sawchuk is working with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship to apply for trail grants. And the sheriff's office is focusing on funds to preserve trails for search and rescue operations. 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