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12A Wednesday, April 7, 2010 Feather River Bulletin l Jenelle Seibel and Brian Kemper John and Diane Seibel Kemper of Loveland. He is of Quincy announced the a 1997 graduate of Love; engagement of their land High School and a daughter, Jenelle Seibel of 2001 graduate of Cornell Lakewood, Colo., to BrianCollege, with a bachelor's Kemper of Loveland, in economics and The bride-to-be is a in communication. 1999 graduate of Plumas Brian proposed to Christian School. She Jenelle in their pasture a graduated in 2005 from the few weeks after purchas- University of Nevada, ing a new ranch near Las Vegas, with a bache- Devil's Backbone, Colo. lor's degree in hotel A small outdoor West- administration, ern wedding is planned for The groom-to-be is the June 12, at Ellis Ranch in son of Carl and Patty Loveland. Linda Satchwell offer, and they came back the likely future use of land municipal service review Staff Writer with a request they be in-and projects future "need and completed in the area where cluded in a discussion of capacity of services." a change in service is being fees and changes prior to the Benoit made it clear that,requested, as is the case of The dance between the vote. While Benoit said the while the LAFCo act provides Feather River Inn's request Plumas County Local Agency formula was complex and for regular sphere of influ- for annexation into Graeagle Formation Commission and each case was different, he ence updates, it is up to the Fire Protection District, the county's special districts indicated his willingness commission to decide if one Benoit wants to make sure continued at the March 15 to work with the special isneeded, the cost of the entire MSR meeting of the commission districts on the issue. In addition, he reiterated a doesn't fall to Graeagle Fire board. LAFCo stands to bene- Benoit also presented a concern he has regarding District and, consequently, to fit financially if the Special letter to be signed by LAFCo multiple service reviews. A Feather River Inn. Districts Association votes to commissioners that offered a multiple service review Since California law re- join the commission, point-by-point response to the attempts to analyze service quires the reviews take place Currently, aside from fees Special Districts Association providers --special districts throughout the entire county collected for services, the letter of October 2009. and cities -- in terms of over time, Benoit wants to city of Portola and Plumas Again, special district structure and function, assee this cost built into each County foot the bill for members noted they hadn't well as identify potentialapplication fee. In addition, LAFCo. While the special seen the letter prior to the areas for greater cooperation he'd like to add $15,000 - districts are angling to pay meeting, and they requested between providers. $20,000 to LAFCo's budget in less than33 percent, or a one- both hard copy and e-mail If there hasn't been a anticipation ofthese costs. third share of costs, it would of the letter, which they still amount to substantial could then distribute to all savings for the city and Special District Association perty rights group to meet county, members. For their part, the districts Key points covered in theThe recently formed chapter land use decisions, with are in the process of assess- letter include a discussion of of the Plumas/Sierra Coun-special care to preserve the in- ing whether or not apresence how the overall budget for ties' Citizens' Alliance for dividual rights of property on the commission and a LAFCo is determined. Property Rights will host the owners granted by the Consti- concomitant influence on In Benoit's response, he group's first official meeting tution. the way LAFCo does busi- explained LAFCo has a three- April 18 at noon at the Calpine The organization exists ness with them is worth the part budget, which includes Improvement Association/ to monitor actions in both investment, basic operating funds; costs Post Office Building in counties and to serve as a When, for example, Execu- accrued in applications for a Calpine. common voice of support to tive Officer John Benoit change in organization such Plumas/Sierra CAPR ex- resist unfair policy, whether reported his recommended as an annexation or forma- tends an invitation to all citi- from local process, or from new fee schedule for LAFCo tion; and in the preparation zens of Plumas and Sierra actions and regulations of the services, Mary Henrici from of municipal service reviews counties to attend the meet- state or federal government. East Quincy Service District and spheres of influence for ing. There will be a discussion Members of CAPR believe made it clear she would all agencies in the county, of the mission statement and organized community partici- like to have received the fee Benoit noted it was hard to purpose of the group; review pation and comment will be- schedule before the meeting estimate the workload of any of the actions undertaken up come increasingly important as the LAFCo commissioners given project and it was,to the present, including the to guide or to confront future had. therefore, very difficult to rationale for organizational regulatory developments. Benoit said it was on budget for these services, structure and reasons for While the CAPR board and Plumas LAFCo's website and The SDA's letter also forming a local chapter of a membership hope to convince that it had been noticed in questioned the "structure of larger national organization, others to join this necessary the appropriate places. He revenue streams and alloca- Other agenda items, includo cause, the main goals of said he'd be happy, however, tion of costs between special ing current business, will be the April 18 gathering are to to mail or e-mail it. districts, the county and city." managed in a public meeting provide a good time and an LAFCo chairman Robert Benoit replied he felt itwith the board presiding. A opportunity to meet theneigh- Meacher offered to put the important to charge for the looming concern is the revi- bors of both counties, and to vote on changes off until the direct costs of processing sion of the Plumas County engage in informal conversa- next meeting to give special applications so the city and General Plan. tion looking for solutions to district members in atten- county didn't have to bear Likewise, in Sierra County, common problems of land dance time to caucus before that burden, there are decisions currently use in unique mountain the commission voted. The SDA also wanted infor- being made that potentially communities. Special district representa- mation about "the frequency affect land use. Notable among Members of the public -- rives took himup on his and triggers for conducting them is consideration of whether they have land use is- municipal service: reviews clarification of the Stream Set sues or not -- are encouraged and reviewing spheres of Back Ordinance by specifying to join the local CAPR chapter influence." a method of determination of April 18, to meet with those LAFCo defines a sphere ofthe high water line. who are dedicated to preserv- influence as "a planning The CAPR board and ing and protecting property boundary outside of an members believe it is vital rights. agency's, e.g. a city's, legal support is given to logical and For more information about boundary." scientifically groundedregula- the Citizens' Alliance for In effect, an SOI considers tions that properly governProperty Rights go to -w OFFER ENDS SOON, CALL TODAY! ureas tellites YOUR LOCAL DISHNETWORK CONNECTION - 81ERVING OUR COMMUNITY SINCE 198e 1-800-434-7428 530-284-1701 530-257-5767 NETWORK. 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