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FEATHER RIVER Serving ...d Surrounding Areas Since 1866 Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Vol. 147, No. 31 Feather Publishing Co., Inc. 530-283-0800 www.plumasnews.com 50 CENTS Saturday: Country style breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. Choice of eggs "your way," potatoes, bacon or sausage, beverage for $6. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center. Final South Park Trail System workday, meet 9 a.m. at swimming hole near Oakland Camp. Volunteers help Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship put finishing touches on multiuse trail system. Bring backpack, layers, hat or sunglasses, work gloves, sunscreen. Tools, instruction, breakfast, lunch provided. Free; open to all ages. Wrap-up party, official trail opening follow. Fundraiser car wash, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Les Schwab Tire Center parking lot. Cars washed with interior vacuumed, wiped down for $15. Proceeds support Feather River College equine studies field trips. For information, to donate: Crystal Anderson, 283-0202, ext. 272. Second annual Denim & Diamonds Dance Party, 7 p.m., Veterans Hall. Plumas Health Care Foundation fundraiser. Wear denim and/or real or faux diamonds. No-host bar, appetizers, silent auction, live dance music by Stratus. Tickets, $20, available at Carey Candy Co., Pangaea Cafd and Pub. See Q, page 4A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 are being abused." a reported statement by a parent to a teacher A packed audience attends the school board meeting at Greenville High School, which featured a dozen district teachers and staff addressing the board regarding low salaries, pink slips, increased workloads and poor morale. Photo by Laura Beaton Speakers tell school board they fee overworked, ashamed of their wages Laura Beaton austerity creates stress for groups, every lunch period "We simply need a realistic tired. Staff Writer students, parents and spent working, the schoolinterpretation of the budget," From Portola to Chester ibeaton@plumasnews.com teachers, activities she attends with Oravetz summed up at the and everywhere in between, "You are being abused," apapers to grade and the end of her 15-minute address, teachers and classified staff "Money is seed corn, not parent recently told her. She ever-increasing duties that Oravetz was followed by stood up and spoke out in just sustenance," Aleece said in many districts, three keep piling up on teachers, many other eloquent and tones ranging from Oravetz said in her address preps are considered too This year alone she said emotional speakers, who beseeching to demanding to to Plumas Unified School many. In PUSD, teachers there have been six majorspoke of feeling hopeless, accusing. They asked the District's board of directors with four, five, six or even changes, many of them overworked, ashamed (of board to wake up and turn March 13. seven preps is the norm. unfunded:PBIS, Aeries, the district's pay scale), things around by spending Oravetz was referring to She spoke of her own Common Core, OARS ridiculed by their out-of-town some of the excess reserve on the district holding on to too 60-hour workweeks, her program,leadership teamscolleagues for the district's much-deserved wages. much money in its reserve dedicated Sunday afternoons and a realignment of the low wages and backbreaking fund. She said excessive for AP tutoring and studyCTE program, workloads, and above all else See PUSD, page 4A The Quincy Wetlands behind Quincy Community Services District on Spanish Creek Road was funded by a Prop 50 grant. The district supplies septage treatment for approximately 25 percent of the county, and recently received an offer to 9pply for unspent, re-allotted Prop 50 funds. Photo by Laura Beaton ! QCSD board working to rectify violations from pond leak Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com With the Quincy Community Services District's wastewater treatment plant permit expiring next January, board members and staff are gearing up to satisfy the new permit's discharge regulations that have yet to come to light. The district is in the dark because the regional water quality control board hasn't set the new regulations yet. To complicate matters further, the district is in the midst of rectifying violations incurred last year when the emergency pond, never a designed and engineered levee, leaked. "The whole thing's a mess," General Manager Larry Sullivan said. "Every damn little leak is an illegal discharge." And though the water discharged into Spanish Creek meets all water quality regulations, the fact that the leak is not the designated single-point source discharge creates a violation that must be addressed. To date, the district has invested about $70,000 for analysis, test pits, construction of a retaining wall, monitoring, surveying and more. "It's like pouring money down a rat hole," board director Dick Castaldini Said. Board members concurred with that statement. However, as board president Denny Churchill stated, "It's an illegal discharge." Glimmer of light It wasn't all bad news, however, as the board entertained an audience with Randy Wilson, county planning director, and supervisor Lori Simpson at its March 13 meeting. Wilson told the board he was there to discuss Proposition 50 funds, some of which were used to build the Quincy Wetlands Treatment Project on district land. There is $57,000 left in that grant, which was administered by Plumas Corp. Wilson said the county's contract with Plumas corp, for this project expired Feb. 12, and that Plumas Corp. had not met several of the project requirements, such as biological monitoring. Additionally, Wilson said the Last Chance See QCSD, page 5A ervisors Debra Moore Staff Writer drnoore@plumasnews.com Plumas County supervisors want contracts pertaining to a water plan, which total more than half a million dollars, to be put out to bid. The board directed Planning Director Randy Wilson to develop RFQs and RFPs (requests for qualifications and proposals) for assistance in developing the state-required Integrated Watershed Management Plan Update for the upper Feather River watershed. Wilson asked the ._ supervisors to approve seven contracts during their March 11 board meeting, but met with immediate resistance. "What process did we use to select the contractors?" Supervisor Sherrie Thrall asked, When she learned that a request for proposals had not been completed, she questioned how the dollar amounts had been developed. "If we're doing a good ole boy thing, that smells to me," Thrall said. Wilson explained that one of the contractors, Kennedy Jenks, had put the grant application together, and therefore was familiar with the project. Of the others, he said, "The process was to look locally." His selections are as follows: Kennedy Jenks, $163,132 Uma Hinman Consulting, $153,919 Plumas Corporation, $78,000 .See Bids, page 4A i