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2A Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Feather River Bulletin 28 years of service James Bequette accepts a plaque of recognition from fellow board member Dick Castaldini forhis service on the Quincy Community Services District board for the past 28 years at the board's regular meeting, April 9. The rest of the board members commented on the large gap that will be hard to fill with Bequette's vacancy. Photo by Katie Gay CO ETRYOUR W/AVOCADOS CHOI IZO (OPTIONAL) 557 Lawrence Street Quincy 7-2 Every Day "Serving Darn Good Comfort Food Since 1976" j James Wilson Staff Writer The Quincy Community Services District's Board of Directors approved wastewater treatment and water rate changes at its regular meeting April 9. The board approved the changes, but has to wait until after a June 11 public hearing to adopt the changes. The wastewater rate changes will increase QCSD customers wastewater bill by 13.96 percent. The current total for wastewater collection, debt service and wastewater treatment amounts to $45.82 per residential customer. The increase will raise the total wastewater bill to $52.22. Non-residential and commercial customers will see a similar increase in their bills. The increase amount for those customers will be dependant on the size of their meters and usage. Additionally, customers may see their water rates go up as well. The board approved the much-discussed tiered rate system. The new rate system was initially proposed as a conservation effort to try to dissuade customers from using excessive amounts of water. Essentially, customers that use less than 4,000 gallons in a month will see a decrease to their bill. Customers who use more than 4,000 gallons will see an increase. Currently, there are two tiers in place. For the fin'st 2,300 gallons, customers pay $0.158 per 100 gallons. Over that amount, customers pay $0.181 per 100 gallons. In the new system, usage will be split into four tiers for residential, multi-family and commercial with irrigation customers. For commercial customers with no irrigation, two tiers will is Heartworm Awareness Month Heartworm Tests Exams (if Needed) (a current exam within the last year is required to start preventative medication) Don't let your dOg be one of 250,000 dogs infected with this fatal, but preventable condition. INDIAN CREEKVETERINARY CLINIC 258 Old Arlington Rd. Crescent Mills, CA disease is serious! Call Today for an Appointment! remain, though altered slightly. See the graph included with this article for a breakdown of the rate changes. QCSD plan to send out notices to its customers soon. Instructions on how to protest the rate changes will be included with the notices. Customers must submit their protests in writing before the scheduled public hearing at 9 a.m. on June 11. The protest must include the parcel or parcels owned . by the protestor. The best way to identify the parcel is to use the Assessor's Parcel Number. One Written protest per parcel will be considered. If a majority of customers submit written protests, the rate increases will not go into effect. Protests should be addressed to Board Secretary, Quincy Community Services District, and can be mailed or hand delivered to 900 Spanish Creek Road. To beard or not to beard While reviewing the QCSD policy handbook, Board Secretary Katie Gay and General Manager Larry Sullivan came across a potentially hairy situation. The two suggested and the board approved a change to the district's policy on facial hair. Full beards and heavy stubble are no longer permitted on district employees. The reason is facial hair can interfere with the proper and safe operation of self-contained breathing apparatus and the seal around the facemask. "The point is, it's a safety issue," piped up board director Denny Churchill. "That's the end of discussion as far as I'm concerned." Gay told the board she researched other districts' policies, and a clean-shaven rule was not out of the ordinary. "In Marin, they're strict about not allowing any stubble. You never know when you will need to jump down a man hole and need to put on a facemask," she said. The board unanimously passed the change. Mustaches and goatees will still be permitted, however, as long as they can be maintained within a properly fitted respirator. USAGE RATES, FEES, AND CHARGES Quincy Community Services District Current and Proposed Water Rates Monthly Service Charge (S/moO 5/8" Meter 3/4" Meter 1" Meter 1 1/2" Meter 2" Meter 3, Meter 4" Meter Commodity Rates ($1100 gallons) First 2,300 gallons Over 2,300 gallons Residential ($/100 gallons) First 4,000 gallons Next 4,000 gallons Next 4,000 gallons Over 12,000 gallons Multi-Family ($/100 gallons) First Tier is 4,000 gallons per unit Next 4,000 gallons Next 4,000 gallons Over 12,000 gallons Commercial NO IRRIGATION First 4,000 gallons 4,001 and above Commercial WITH IRRIGATION First 4,000 gallons Next 4,000 gallons Next 4,000 gallons Over 12,000 gallons Current $26,75 $38.88 $63.15 $123.80 $196.58 $366.43 $609.06 $0.158 $0.181 July 2015 '$26.75 $38.88 $63.15 $123.80 $196.58 $366.43 $609.06 $0.158 $0.199 $0.235 $0.272 $0.158 $0.199 $0.235 $0.272 $0.158 $0.199 $0.158 $0.199 $0.235 $0.272 Proposed tiered water rate changes for Quincy Community Services District customers. CURRENT AND PROPOSED NEW WASTEWATER RATES Residential Flat Rates ($/mo.) Single Family Wastewater Collection Wastewater Treatment Total Multi-Family (per DU) Wastewater Collection Wastewater Treatment Total i Non-Residential Wastewater Rates Monthly Service Charge (S/month) 5/8" Meter 3/4" Meter 1" Meter 1 1/2" Meter 2" Meter 3" Meter 4" Meter Commodity Rates ($/100 gallons) Low Strength User Medium Strength User High Strength User Schools East Quincy Wastewater Treatment Rate Service Charge (S/month) Current July 2014 $45.82 $40.77 $8.54 $10.91 $16.86 $32.42 $50.34 $92.19 $151.90 $0.528 $0.651 $0.959 $0.485 $21.17/DUE $29,426.30 July 2015 $24.65 $27.57 $52.22 $22.17 $25.00 $47.17 $9.73 $12.43 $19.21 $36.95 " $57.37 $105.06 $173.11 $0.602 $0.742 $1.093 $0.553 $27.57/DUE Pro posed wastewater treatment rate changes for Quincy Community Services District customers. Hospita scho arsh" an nun ilable Plumas County Department of Public Works REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS For the Preparation of Triennial Performance Audits For: Plumas County Transportation Commission Plumas Transit Systems Plumas County Seniors Transportation April 7, 2015 GENERAL INFORMATION The Plumas County Department of Public Works is seeking submittals to its Request for Qualifications (RFQ), from qualified firms or individuals for the preparation of triennial performance audits for the Plumas County Transportation Commission, Plumas Transit Systems, and Plumas County Seniors Transportation. The performance audits shall be for fiscal years July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015, and be prepared in compliance with the requirements set forth in the Transportation Development Act. The "Request For Qualifications," including instructions for submittal of responses, is available at the Department's website at: or during normal business hours from Plumas County, Department of Public Works, 1834 East Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971; Telephone: (530) 283-6268; or by emailing your request to: "ogo hn- April 15, 2015 FRB and so much more is just I C LIC K AWAY The Plumas District Hospital Volunteers group is offering a scholarship to someone pursuing a career in a health-related field. The award amount is $2,000. To qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria. --Have completed a minimmn of one year of academic studies in a health-related curriculum or employment in a health-related program. --Either be a resident of the Plumas Hospital District or Indian Valley, or a graduate of a high school in those areas. Completed applications must be received or postmarked by April 30. Applications are available online at Select 1947 Lee Road "Volunteers" from the left menu, then "Scholarships" from the right menu. Applications are also available at, at Plumas District Hospital and at the Bargain Boutique on Main Street in Quincy. Questions may be directed to Bonnie, scholarship chairman, at 283-2706.