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2A Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Feather River Bulletin School board approves contract with consulting group James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com The Plumas Unified School District board approved a contract with Capitol Advisors Group LLC at a special board development workshop held Feb. 28. Since the consulting and lobbying firm from Sacramento presented its proposal to the PUSD board at the Oct. 9, 2014, meeting, board members have been hashing out details in the contract. The board's ultimate hope in hiring the group is to get more funds for facility repairs, upkeep and construction. The advisors group plans to look into multiple sources of funding and prepare the necessary eligibility forms, All the board members except Traci Holt voted in favor of the agreement, passing the resolution. "I'm all in support of identifying our facility needs and doing an analysis of what we have," explained Holt. "I just felt the contract presented was too broad in scope," Services from the advisors group costs $3,000 per month plus travel expenses not to exceed $1,000 per month. An amendment to the contract the school board specified in its January meeting was for the advisors group to focus on the early phases of the services it offers -- mainly analyzing the district's needs and examining all funding sources to fig those needs. At the recent special board development workshop, the board agreed to enter into a contract, up to Superintendent Micheline Miglis' discretion, regarding dates of progress and completion. Another stipulation the board made was the' cost is not to exceed $36,000. "I try to stayconscious of the dollars we spend," said Holt. "I hoped we would have had a tighter timeline." Deficit spending' In addition to approving a contract with the advisors group, the board reviewed the district's deficit spending. As a result of previous year's reductions, actual savings in 2012-13 amounted $267,153 -- slightly more than the predicted $259,200 estimate. Supervisors d Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Sierra Institute for Community and Environment's Jonathan Kusel has a vision that would heat and provide power to buildings throughout the county, while providing an outlet for forest biomass and promoting timber sales. He asked the Board of Supervisors to sign a letter endorsing the first location Eastern Plumas Health Care in Portola -- during the board's March 3 meeting. "Developing a biomass-powered boiler and using thermal energy to heat. the Eastern Plumas Health Care campus will save EPHC -- and patients -- money ebate oiomass D iler opIion with resident the hospital's architect that requires that equipment pass a "shake test," which the biomass boiler has not yet undergone. - The hospital has fwo aging boilers. "Even though they're old, we're nursing them along," Hayes said. If the biomass option doesn't work, he will be looking for funding to cover the cost of a traditional boiler system, which would run somewhere between $1.5 and $2.5 million. "It's a great idea that's environmentally friendly and Jonathan has worked hard on this," Hayes said of the biomass option. "It would be easier if another entity did this and we could purchase the heat." The supervisors had their own questions about the because of reduced fuel costs," the letter read. "Use of a locally abundant and sustainable fuel source will also benefit Plumas County residents through increased fire protection and improved forest health." During an interview prior to the meeting, Tom Hayes, the chief executive officer of the hospital, said that he is very supportive of ha/ing a biomass-fueled boiler on the hospital campus, but it may not be possible due to state regulations. The Office of Statewide Planning and Development governs construction for hospitals and requires that all boilers meet strict seismic guidelines for acute care facilities. Hayes said according to Please join KQNY {or an evening of Wine, Spirits and Chocolate! Explore the fabulous pairing of chocolate with wine or spirits! March 26th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Carey Candy C., 91 BradleyStreet in Quincy. Suggested donation of $10 per person. Must be 21 years or older to participate. All proceeds benefit KQNY. Show your wristband at Moon's for 10% off your meal. Visit the web (www.kqny919.org) :: for more information! III H I II ICANYON AUTO PARTS I proposed project and declined to sign a letter of support until more details are provided. Eastern Plumas Health Care isn't the only location that Kusel is targeting. Last month he presented the supervisors with a number of potential sites, including a shared boiler at the county's health and human services building and Feather River College, as well as at the Forest Service headquarters in Quincy. Graeagle resident Mark Mihevc objected to the biomass boiler at all locations, which he described as "massive industrial thinning that will kill the forest" and that will impact the health of the area's citizens negatively. Supervisor Terry Swofford objected to Mihevc's characterization of how it would destroy forests. "Don't tell me that thinning harms the health of the forest," he said, and invited him to view the Carmen Valley Ranch off of County Road A23. "I don't believe fire is good." "Forests love fires," Mihevc responded, and described "trees as more important than all of us" because of what they contribute to the environment. "But what if they all burn up?" Supervisor Lori Simpson asked. In 2013-14, projected savings were estimated at $440,925 and actual savings were $481,259. "Regretfully, some of the savings came as a result of staff reductions (such as the PUSD Office Receptionist position) and not filling support positions when vacancies occur," Miglis wrote in an email March 3. In total, the amount budgeted from the County Off'me of Education to PUSD is $1.6 million, or 60 percent of the PCOE unrestricted revenue, Miglis continued. Academic calendar The school board approved the academic calendar for the 2015-16 school year during the special board development workshop. After summer vacation, students will return to school Aug. 31. This next school year, PUSD schools will align their spring breaks with Pl.umas Charter School's. In the past, parents with children in both schools have reported difficulty managing two spring breaks in one household. Air district, supervisors discuss green waste options Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plurnasnews.com First it was Quincy, and now the Chester area is without a green waste collection site. Historically, residents could take their yard debris to the mills in each town, but that is no longer an option. The county's Public Works Department, working in conjunction with Feather River Disposal, set up a collection site in Quincy. The debris is then incinerated. A temporary site has been set up in Chester adjacent to the county yard, to accommodate storm debris, but a permanent solution is still needed. Public Works Director Bob Perreault is spearheading the effort and has formed a committee, which includes Supervisors Lori Simpson hnd Sherrie Thrall. "I object to Lori being on that board because all she wants to do is burn everything," said Graeagle resident Mark Mihevc. Mihevc spoke multiple times during the Board of Supervisors' March 3 meeting, as the board discussed not only the county's green waste issues, but also biomass boilers and burning. Perreault said that green waste is an "important element of the solid waste program" and once immediate needs are met, he wants the committee to focus on a long-term solution. To burn or not to burn Gretchen Bennitt, the executive director of the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, discussed controlled burning at designated sites throughout the county. It's hoped that allowing controlled burning in approved areas will reduce the amount of burning conducted by individual property owners. "It's a great tool because it puts material in one location," Bennitt said. Mihevc suggested that burning be limited to twice a year and area residents notified, but rather than burn at all, he would Prefer to see the material composted. 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