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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 15, 2015 3A Debra Moore 0 Staff Writer Chief Probation Officer Dan Prince is moving to Imperial County and Clint Armitage, the department's supervising BOARD OF probation officer, will fill the SUPERVISORS position on an interim basis [ OUNDUP until a new chief is hired, plagues the department is the Prince, who was hired in ability to keep employees. "I January of 2014, is leaving to be hope the supervisors can work nearer to family, with the bargaining units to be "I'm leaving with a heavy more competitive," Prince said. heart," Prince said during an "We have to get salaries up or interview April 7, a few hours the county will be operating at after the Board of Supervisors a significant deficit." formally accepted his Prince said that he focused resignation. "I loved the on "collaboration and community; my wife loved the transparency" during his time community; but family here, and giving probationers obligations require me to be in the "skills and opportunities" Southern California." necessary to make a successful He will begin serving as the transformation back into chief probation officer in public life. Imperial County on May 4. Prince said the work has been Supervisors chime in challenging in Plumas, but the During their meetings, the department is filled with supervisors share the hard-working individuals, correspondence that they have One of the issues he said received that is out of the ordinary and some of the activities that they have participated in recently. Lori Simpson said that she has heard from homeowners who are upset about the California Highway Patrol looking at a piece of property behind the high school as a possible location for a new headquarters. The 5-acre parcel faces Quincy Junction Road. Both Terry Swofford and Sherrie Thrall shared their unhappiness with the county's ability to respond to their constituents' needs during the February power outages. Thrall said that she was preparing her community (the Lake Almanor area) to fend for itself during a natural disaster. She and Swofford also discussed recent complaints by the hospitals in their respective areas about the wait for mental health services. They both quoted wait times of eight to nine hours. The supervisors renewed a Supervisors grant fair wish list Debra Moore Staff Writer Fair Manager John Steffanic's request to spend $36,000 from the state on various projects at the fairgrounds morphed into a larger discussion about how departments are funded, but in the end the supervisors granted his request during their April 7 meeting. Steffanic will use $10,000 to pay the fair's electric bill and then spend the remainder on a dump trailer, materials for planter boxes, a water tank, tree trimming, a six-person golf cart, and a single-wide trailer. The latter, which he would buy used for $3,500, could be used as a dressing room or accommodations for two. Steffanic envisions being able to rent the trailer to High Sierra and other groups when they are using the fairgrounds. The used dump trailer will be purchased for $4,800 and the golf cart for $4,000. In making his request, Steffanic told the supervisors that "I'd like the whole amount," but if the board wanted to put the money in the general fund, "other than the electricity, we will survive." Supervisor Sherrie Thrall used the request to return to a topic that she has brought up repeatedly when a department head received unanticipated funds and wanted to spend them. When the requests come from departments that receive money from the county's general fund, Thrall suggests that the unanticipated money could be used to replenish the general fund "Using this as an example, contract between the sheriffs department and an online auction house that sells unclaimed evidence and asset forfeiture property. The arrangement is free for the department as sends a truck to pick up merchandise, which it then processes, sells and ships to customers. In return, the sheriffs department receives 12.5 percent of the sales. It doesn't add up to a lot of money -- usually around $1,500 annually -- but it does save the department from having to store the items and eventually dispose of them. Merchandise on the website ranges from watches and jewelry, to electronics, bicycles and more. Appointments The supervisors appointed Jeff Engel to be their alternate representative to the Nor-Cal EMS board of directors. Terry Swofford th is ti me do we have to continue on this Steffanic received the money in a savings path?" she asked the rest of the unsolicited support from account, but he can do things board. Johanna Downey, executive like purchase a tank to have "The fair is always running director of Plumas Crisis ready when it is needed. really lean," Supervisor Terry Intervention & Resource The supervisors voted again, Swofford said. Center. She noted how the with DaForno changing the Steffanic said that in 2002 the requests would better serve the order of the voting, beginning fair had six full-time public and address issues such on the other side of the room. employees and more than a as accessibility (golf cart). "I This time the request passed dozen part-time staff. Now it is think his request is very unanimously. just Steffanic and the reasonable," she said. "This is an issue," Thrall fairgrounds maintenance Thrall agreed and moved tosaid following the vote, an manager, Oran Morrison. approve the request. As Clerk issue that will be discussed "The workload hasn't to the Board Nancy DaFornoduring this year's budget changed," Steffanic said. began the roll call vote with process. "We're getting it all done, but Jeff Engel, he said, "I have Following the meeting, there are things that we keep some questions " Steffanic said he understood putting off." He told Steffanic that in his the supervisors' concerns and Supervisor Lori Simpson business you set aside money that is why he offered to give said that she and her fellow and then purchase what is the money to the general fund, Plumas supervisors should needed when the money was but the budget he submitted, as thank their counterparts from available, with most departments, was other counties who lobbied the "You can set aside the barebones as the supervisors governor hard to make the money," Steffanic responded, had requested. Eventually funds available. "I think the "but I can't." improvements to the governor was saying, 'Forget "I don't see the need to spend fairgrounds have to be made. the state of Jefferson; here's every cent of it," Engel said. your money.'" Steffanic said he can't put r Mohawk Community Resource Center is a service of MORE TV. LESS MONEY. 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