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2A Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Laura Beaton Staff Writer beaton@plumasnews•com One of the top 15 employers in the county, Plumas Rural Services, wants to construct a new building at the top of Cemetery Hill next to its existing facilities at 711 E. Main St. in Quincy. They've got the funding awaiting them, and now need a special use permit, which has 17 requirements that PRS must meet in order to break dirt, said public works assistant engineer John Kolb. The one pertaining to Quincy Community Services District was the topic of discussion at the QCSD board meeting April 10. In order for the project to move forward, LAFCo (the Local Agency Formation Commission) requires that the district that services PRS' water and sewer be the same district that the PRS land lies within. Therein looms the problem. The boundary line dividing the Quincy and East Quincy service districts currently places the PRS property in Quincy's service area, but East Quincy actually serves the site. PRS Executive Director Michele Piller asked the QCSD board to approve a resolution to detach PRS from its boundaries. The majority of the board approved the resolution in theory; however, it was not an action item on the agenda. The board decided to hold special meeting April 14, at 9 a.m., to revise the proposed resolution and take action. "That area has always created agony between districts," board president Denny Churchill said. "Here's an opportunity to put that one to rest." Director Doug Ely agreed, • saying, "The olive branch has been flown it's time to move forward." Piller told the board that the building would house a domestic violence shelter and a training center for staff. Prop. 50 funds Last month the district heard from county planning director Randy Wilson that it had been selected to receive French Toast! We will be closed Easter Sunday! 283-3300 557 Lawrence Street Quincy ~ ~ ..... :::z " 7-Z!E~'e~ Day "Serving Darn Good˘omfor, FoodSifice .1976" .j 497 Lawrence St. Quincy, Ca 95971 - 283-9900 mllenge of caring for ' stress and feelings of overwhelm, we provide a clear path for optimal care options, resources for planning and restore peace and ........ balance to their lives. Graceful Transitions Coaching ::! ~: www.gracefultransitionscoaching.com ~ l 530.927.7786 Joanne Danielson, CPC, ELI-MP surplus Proposition 50 funds toward its Quincy Wetlands Treatment Project. This month, Gia Martynn, chief administrative officer and Plumas Corporation's watershed coordinator, gave the board her perspective on the wetlands treatment project, for which Plumas Corp. was the project sponsor and administered the grant. She said of the seven Prop. 50-funded projects in the county, the wetlands project had achieved the most success, with a 78.5 percent completion rate. She explained that the grant funding was fraught with delays and freezes in reimbursements by the state, as well as a lack of manpower to administer the grant effectively due to Wilson being preoccupied with a response to the general plan update. She said most of the work had been done in a timely manner often on Plumas Corp.'s unreimbursed dime. She said Plumas Corp. is into the project for about $45,000. When Plumas Corp.'s contract for the project expired and was not renewed by the county, Martynn said she could no longer do the work for free. The project came to a halt, leaving the biological monitoring portion incomplete. Meanwhile, general manager Larry Sullivan presented an amended Prop. 50 project proposal totaling $300,000. Sullivan worked with PACE Engineering's Paul Reuter and Churchill to amend its initial wetlands treatment proposal. The goal of Prop. 50 funds is to assure clean drinking water. Since QCSD provides wastewater treatment for approximately a quarter of the county's population, Wilson urged the district to submit a proposal for more funds. The next regular board meeting is May 8. Where in the World? Eldora Duniphin and her daughter Cheryl view the future site of the Ark Encounter theme park in Williamstown, Ky. The flagging in the background indicates the actual size of Noah's ark. Ground breaking for the park will be May 1 and opening day is set for June 2016. For more information on the park go to arkencounter.com. Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plu masnews.com The county might be doing just fine without a, CAO, but the board of the East Quincy Services District is leaning toward hiring a general manager to run its operations. The district has been without a permanent GM since September 2013, when former GM David Edwards resigned his position of one year. Since then, district employee David Cottle has taken on the interim operations manager position, while secretary/bookkeeper Shawneen Howe resumed the position of interim GM that she held before Edwards was hired. A commi*tee comer se, o* Kathy Felker and Bill Martin, the board's newest directors, presented their I mail@plumasnewslc°mIboardrep°rt at the April 8 EQSDmeeting. Their !i !% .... Cl~~l ients, Trustees and Beneficiaries for: Probate, Conservatorships, "No one should assume that we are promoting or deflecting the possibilily of a future consolidation with QCSD., Kathy Felker, director recommendation, based on numerous considerations, was to search for and hire a permanent general manager• Felker noted that despite the committee's recommendation, "no one should assume that we are promoting or deflecting the possibility of a future consolidation with QCSD." The board attempted to GM Leanna Moore was mentioned as just one of many reasons emphasizing a need for increased oversight of operations by the board. In addition to its recommendation to hire a GM, the committee presented a revised job description for the board's approval. A special meeting was scheduled to revisit the GM hiring proposal along with several other items. hire a GM earlier this year but could not find a qualified candidate willing to do the job. Howe said that was because the district was offering a salary that was too low. The board tried to hire a "rent-a-manager" from the California Rural Water Association, but was unsuccessful due to a lack of qualified personnel at the CRWA. According to CRWA representative Angela Wendele, this is unlikely to change any time soon. That leaves the district with no one possessing the proper licenses and qualifications at the helm. The alleged embezzlement by former Indian Valley Community Services District 1 1 PRS annexation to EQSD Another issue added to the special meeting, set for April 16, 5:30 p.m. was the possible annexation of Plumas Rural Services' land plots at 711 E. Main St. Currently~ :the PRS headquarters li,es within the Quincy Commtlnity Services District area. However, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. 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