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14A Wednesday, Ma,ch 28, 2ool FP0m Page One Decisions mUnued page Lusso calculated the cost of a totally new structure, versus the cost of new construction and renovation of the old. With contingency funds for un- planned costs, the new build- ing is estimated to cost $10.3 million, while a combination of new and renovated build- ings is estimated to cost $10.4 million. (See adjacent chart for all estimated costs.) Lusso also provided the su- pervisors with costs for a smaller facility. While Lusso said either sce- nario, building all new or a combination of old and new, would satisfy the county's space needs, all new construc- tion has some advantages. Building all new allows the old annex to continue to func- tion throughout the process; the county would receive an entirely new, more efficient building at relatively the same cost; and the new building pro- vides expansion opportunities, requires less maintenance and is more functional. "I'm in strong favor of de- molishing the old building, and going with a new one," Su- pervisor Ken Nelson said. Supervisor B.J. Pearson mentioned the possibility of decentralizing the services and providing some of them at the. county's hospitals. But, County Administrative Officer Jim Stretch said that decentralization was discussed at the beginning of the Project several years ago, and it was determined then not to be fea- sible. The supervisors voted unan- imously to build a new facility and demolish the old annex. The size of the facility will be discussed at the board's April 10 meeting. ing fees. Because the countyStretch's other recommend- the tobacco settlement moneyStretch said that, if the to- .$100,000 off the cannot charge lease fees, the ed funding source-taking should go to the hospitals,bacco settlement money isn't' just like thestate," building will be turned over to money from the county's to- Barry shared the sentiment, used, then more money wouldsaid. Northeastern Sierra Commu- bacco settlement--caused the "Some of the state's legislators have to come from the county's When the motion' nity Development Corporation, most outcry. This is the money believe it should all go to the general fund. vote, it was turned a nonprofit entity founded tobacco companies must pay as hospitals. I don't think it'sSupervisor Don Clark noted Clark, Dennison and] solely to handle this project, the result of a federal lawsuit, right to take the money from that ff a smaller building were The super 'isors The total estimated lease Hospital administrators "t43e people who bought ciga-constructed, then maybe thethe issue again April payment from the departments Charles Guenther of Eastern re t'es, and who come to the hos- money wouldn't be needed. Progress which will be housed in the Plumas District Hospital. pital 24 hours a day, and spend Supervisor Robert Meacher Though the building is $443,052. Sheila Grothe of Indian Valley it like this." said he wanted to see a not approve the Stretch said additional mon- Health Care District, and Jim Botand. the director of schematic of a building that funding for the ey could be taken from realign- Michael Barry of Plumas Dis- the Central Park and Recre- wasn't dependent on the tobac- did take other steps ment funds after approval at trict Hospital were present at ation District, said he didn't co money. "I'm strongly with the facility. an annual public hearing, the meeting and spoke out have any issues with the an- against it (using the tobacco The board directed Stretch proposed that $75,000 against this option, nex, but he wanted to remind money) at this point," he said. lic works de be transferred to both public Guenther thought the build- the supervisors of their Meacher even made a too- pare a survey and health and mental health to ing itself was too big. "Fifty- promise to him. tion to not dedicate any por- of the annex site help with facility cost. two thousand square feet "In 1990, the board said tion of the settlement money to ate aneasement Another funding source is would allow every man, recreation was highly valued,the annex. It was seconded by River College for the $152,000 annually which woman and child in Plumas TOT was raised from six to Pearson. parking, and water the county has been paying for County to stand in there," he nine percent, but it never went Supervisor Bill Dennison lines, ffnecessary. the sheriffs department build- said. to countywide recreation. In said he didn't want to close the County counsel ing. That debt will be paid off Guenther also told the board 2000, the board again agrees option this early. Supervisors begin work on the in the 2002-2003 fiscal year, that four entities providecountywide recreation is ira-Clark and Nelson said they agreement freeing up that payment for the health care and "one is not portant, but said, 'be patient shared that fear. and Northeastern annex. Plumas County." He believes and wait for tobacco funds.' .... If we don't take that velc How to pay for it County Administrative Offi- cer Jim Stretch presented the board with a mancing plan for the new annex. Based on the $10 million price tag, financed at 6.25 percent interest, Stretch said the annual payment would be approximately $765,000 per year for 30 years. More than half of that amount can be collected from the departments through leas- Jackson ,ffnuod Yyom page with the environmentalists' argument and rebuked DWR for perpetuating bad land use decisions based on expecta- tions that the state water con- tract will ultimately deliver 4.2 million acre feet of water each year. It said the water was being promised with little more "than a wing or a prayer." Though the state supreme court upheld the lower court's decision, DWR and the state water contractors continue to fight. The next step is for the those two groups to meet with Plumas County and its co-liti- gants to negotiate a settle- ment. Two judges will facili- tate the proceedings. That's where the services of Rossman and Jackson will be used. While Rossman will be paid for his work, Jackson will work on a contingency of two percent. Supervisor Robert Meacher thinks that's a good deal, be- cause he said standard contin- gency fees are usual!y30 per- cent. Likewise, Supervisor Bill Dennison likes the concept. "Re is .either going to get two perceffi-of nothing, or two per- cent of something. If he be- comes rich, then Plumas County would be very rich." Dennison said the arrange- ment won't cost anything un- less the county is successful, and if it is successful, it's a worthwhile investment. 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