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I By Alicla Hiipxm If the air quality had not im- Indian Vatley Editor proved, Graham said, mitiga- Should there be burning re- tion measures would have strictions and mandatory been implemented countywide, woodstove changes for Indian not just in Quincy. Valley? The state doe~ not just look Not until there is more infor- at one small town within the mation, according to most resi- county, Graham said. dents who participated in the Graham and the others pre- Indian Valley Community Fo- sented proposed changes in rum Wednesday, March 28. woodstove and burning re- Jim Graham, from the quirements, not because emis- Plumas County Planning De- sions have changed due to partment, was surprised that growth in Indian Valley, but residents were so open to the for health reasons. information presented, as well Their proposal included as some of the suggested miti- three changes: gation measures. • Adopt measures currently Graham was joined by Su- being used in Quincy, in- pervising Public Health Nurse cluding the banning of Tammy White, George backyard burning within Ozanich of Northern Sierra town limits; Air Quality Management, and • Fireplaces, or other open Environmental Health Special- stoves in new homes, will ist Laura Barnthouse. be required to have EPA County officials are trying to approved inserts; control pollution levels before • The number of woodstoves the state Environmental Pro- allowed in new home con- tection Agency (EPA) steps in struction will be limited. and slaps on mandatory con- Most participants in the fo- trois, rum meeting wanted more in- Pollution levels are current- formation before any limits or ly being monitored in Quincy, restrictions are imposed. Portola and Chester. Several also wanted to know Quincy had high emissions what other options or alterna- in 1990, and county supervi- tives might be out there. sors took actions to lower the There are free composting levels, workshops offered throughout EPA officials backed off due Plumas County each year, for to those actions, and air quali- example. ty in that area has steadily ira- Master Composter Bob proved. I I Boschee, of Quincy, organizes In Plumas County, the only them each year, and usually places that accept leaves, there is an annual workshop at brush and other yard trim- the Dawn Institute in Indian mings are the cogen plants, Falls each fall. with limitations. Some equnties have central- One resident said that, if ized locati&a, for residents to participants approved one mit- bring their yar trimmings for igation measure, that two burning, years from now the Board of These large burns would be Supervisors could slap on even fast and hot enough to reduce more restrictions that they the overall emissions, were not in favor of. Graham said that any other m Residential burning is the• Construction or demolition use of an outdoor fire to dis- debris pose of the following materi- • Furniture ais: • Clothing • Vegetation • Diapers • Untreated wood • Plastics • Clean paper • Tires and other rubber • Clean cardboard products Residential burning is al-• Tar paper lowed only on the property of • Insulation a one or two-family dwelling • Paint, paint cans or con- in which the material burned tainers originates. • Waste oil Burning is allowed only on• Electrical wire permitted burn days. • Glass bottles and cans Materials that cannot be • Animal carcasses, urine or legally burned include, but feces are not limited to, the follow- Burning illegal materials ing: and burning on a no-burn • Household garbage day may lead to costly times. • Painted or stained wood To report an illegal burn, • Plywood, particleboard or call the air quality manage- other treated lumber ment district at 283-4654. products changes would have to go through the whole public input process again. According to Graham, the majority of forum participants were in favor of woodstove changeouts when homes are sold, and a requirement for EPA approved inserts in fire- places and other open stoves, but only in new construction, not in existing homes. Most people objected to any limits on the number of wood. stoves allowed in new con- struction and to any limits on backyard burning, although a few complained about the smoke. Downtown Greenville often smells of burning trash during the evenings of late winter months, for example. Graham said that officials are now focused on woodstove requirements and not back- yard burning, although there is a current, albeit very pre- liminary, statewide move to ban trash burning. Fireplaces and older wood. stoves put out up to three times as much pollutants as the newer EPA approved mod- els. White said wood smoke can be harmful to human tissues. It travels close to the ground for miles, she said, and this is the air residents are breathing. The elderly and children of the county are at most risk for respiratory and problems associated smoke. Smoke can blopd, so an" cannot tissues pacted the most use 50 percent pound of body adults, And, cases creasing among ty children. To protect corot---- health, the American IJ sociation has identifl0 smoke as a problem, a~ ty officials are tryi~ proactive, White said. For those cerned about a trash fire or back For more the proposed quirements, call Jim at 283-6210. Every you'll know Residents hear about rules from animal control By Christi Sevtap ed numbers, ' he said. censed, but they should be vac- Chester Editor In addition to changes in cinated and spayed or " " : " " Members of the Hamilton fees, the fee schedule has been neutered," Mareina said. Branch Neighborhood Watch amended to allow for payment "And, you do have the same learned several points about of one to three years of licens- right not to have someone's an- animal control on March 31 ing, School said. He then ex- that are pertinent to all plained the citation and timing Plumas County residents, process. Roberta Hanson-Turner, the There is a leash law, he said, Neighborhood Watch coordi- but the dog does not necessari- nator, introduced Tom ly have to be on a leash, only Mareina, Sergeant of Adminis- in the owner's immediate con- tration for Plumas County; trol. Deputy Mike Smith of the If a dog at large is collected Plumas County Sheriff's De- by an animal control officer, partment; Vern Stroud, of the the owner must face a fine of Hamilton Branch Boat and $250 for an unaltered dog. The Beach Security; and Tim time can be reduced to $76 ffthe Schooler, an officer with owner alters the dog by the Plumas County Animal Con- courtdate. trol. "This is not intended to gen- Schooler explained the ha- crate revenue for the county," ~ s of animal control to the Schooler said, "but to encour- idents, noting that with the age compliance." 4ecent addition of a new offi- The fines for barking dogs cer, Plumas County has two areat the discretion of a judge, animal control workers to re- noted Schooler. tatepatrol. + "I'll monitor if the dog's "Response time can be any- been barking for a long stretch where from 10 minutes to an of time and I'll issue a cita- hour," he said, "depending tion," he said. A resident can where we are patrolling." issue a citizen's arrest, but The animal control office must be willing to appear as a works mainly with domestic witness in court, where the animals, he said. "The Health judge will set a free for the dis- Department handles the turbance of peace. skunks and bats, but we're def- In cases where a barking initely an information source." problem persists and residents Schooler described the li- are willing to title formal com- censing system, which has plaints, the judge can go so far been newly amended to pro- as to order the dog "de- vide incentives to spay and barked," Schooler said. neuter. Brian Johnson, a Hamilton An altered animal costs $5 Branch resident, asked School- per year to license; unaltered er what exactly constitutes a animals costs $35, he said. Ra- nuisance. He noted that "It bies vaccinations must be cur- seems everything is anti-dog rent in both cases, owner." "Sounds like China to me," Schooler admitted that there said one resident. "I wouldn't is no detiming law. "It's in the want to be spayed." eye of the beholder," he said. Tom Mareina assured the When asked about the regu- resident that spaying and neu- lations regarding cat licensing, tering animals is necessary to Schooler explained that cats avoid overpopulation, are not under the same restric- "The shelter and facilities tions as dogs. cannot accommodate unlimtt- "Cats don't have to be 1i- imal on your property," Schooler said. "You can trap the animal and we'll come and take it." Mareina explained that the cat would be impounded and the owner subject to the same fees, but citations could be is- sued. Current regulations limit the number of domestic ani- mals--whlch exclude farm ani- mals such as chickens, rabbits, pigs, sheep, cows and hors- es---o six. Each dwelling is al- lowed three dogs maximum and three cats maximum in residentially zoned areas. Other animals raised for 4-H and Future Farmers of Ameri- ca, such as chickens, rabbits, lambs, etc., may be permitted in the residential zones with a special permit issued free of charge. 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