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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, March 18, 2015 3A James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com Is it feasible, or even allowed, for East Quincy Services District to build its own wastewater treatment plant? Based on the opinion of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, the answer is no. EQSD General Manager Mike Green presented a letter • : of response the district received from the regional i water board at its regular meeting March 10. EQSD previously sent the water board a list of questions in January to determine once i and for all if the prospect of • building its own wastewater treatment plant was a venture worthy of pursuing. Hd James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com James Bequette, after serving on the Quincy Community Services District board for 28 years, turned in his letter of resignation at the March 12 meeting. In his letter, Bequette listed health problems that make it increasingly difficult to participate as an active and concerned board member as the reason for resigning. Bequette selected April 10 as the effective date of resignation. He will serve on one more Wastewater Rate Committee meeting and one more board meeting in the next month. "If there is anyone that deserves to leave any time they St: John's Catholic Church is set to host a Brats & Bingo event 6 p.m. Saturday, March 21. The menu includes brats, rolls, German potato salad, sauerkraut, coffee, punch and cookies. Donations are as follows: dinner $6 adults, $4 children PLANNING A HOME, REMODEL, ADDITION OR GARAGE? Now is the time to choose your builder. Call: CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif• Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 The initial letter was sent shortly after EQSD resolved to participate with Quincy Community Services District in a wastewater operating reserve program, hoping to jointly resolve issues with the pre-existing wastewater treatment plant operated by QCSD. For years, the idea of EQSD having its own plant stirred much discussion in and out of board meetings. The much-tossed-around idea included exporting secondary treated recycled water from the proposed treatment plant to the nearby Sierra Pacific Industries lumber mill. The water would be used to water logs, keep a log pond full and to feed the co-generation plant. In its response, the water on Quincy S want, it's Jim," director Denny Churchill said before addressing Bequette.'"You've given your heart, soul and spleen to this board." Churchill reluctantly made the motion to accept Bequette's resignation, and the rest of the board members present all voted aye. "In the last 27 plus years I have been proud of the district, the board, and the personnel and I leave it reluctantly. I hope that I will be able to visit future board meetings as a 'Public,' keep my mouth shut, and just listen out of interest," Bequette wrote in his letter of resignation. The board also approved a special vacancy notice, inviting people of interest to apply for a seat on the board. Those wishing to apply for the 10 and under; bingo cards $10 for eight games, three cards each; blackout games $2. Cash prizes will be awarded. "Serving Darn board wrote, ',This type of recycled water use would require disinfected tertiary recycled water, not secondary recycled water." According to Paul Reuter from Pace Engineering, the increa&e in cost to a plant to produce tertiary recycled water would be roughly $3 million. Water from the plant would have to meet Title 22 recycled water standards, requiring a traveling bridge filtration system and UV disinfection in the plant. On March 4, Green, Reuter, Q'CSD General Manager Larry Sullivan and one board member from each district had a conference call with the regional board. During the conference call the regional board made it clear that it was not in favor of a new wastewater treatment plant in American Valley, Green told the EQSD board March 10. "The idea of EQSD building its own plant was brought up by the regional board members who were less than favorable of this action," said Green. "It was stated that they did not want to see the two districts separate and have two different discharges in the valley." The economic impact on EQSD customers as well as QCSD customers was also discussed, Green said. Customers from both districts would see an increase in costs on their monthly bills. "In my opinion it will be easier to get a grant for a plant that the state of California has permitted and needs to upgrade ervices District rd position may submit a letter of interest before May 14 to Katie Gay, board secretary, at 900 Spanish Creek Road. Possible future rate changes The board voted to approve a rate change to be added to the budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Customers may see a $6.98 increase to their bill in the near future. On Tuesday, March 10, the East Quincy Services District passed a similar resolution. Members from the two districts have been working together over the last year on a Wastewater Rate Committee. The committee recommended the change to wastewater collection in anticipation of the costs that will be associated with upgrading the wastewater Tickets are available by calling 283-0890 or 283-0138. Those purchasing tickets early also receive giveaway tickets. Egg scrambled w! 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