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Feather River Bullet Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3.~ Debra Moore Chester, and if the sheriff's Event organizers anticipate Every 1,5 minutes addition to facilities in Trinity Staff Writer department would be 700 attendees at each festival, Board Chairman Kennedy and Lassen counties, youths compensated, including staff, participants asked his fellow supervisors to now may be sent to the Nevada "This won't be impacting and spectators, allocate $3,500 from the County Carl F. Bryan Juvenile Music festival season begins Greenville or Chester," According to Jerry Sipe, the county's contingency fund for Hall. soon and the Board of Hagwood assured her. county's director of the office of Every 15 Minutes, the popular "For a certain type of Supervisors approved the first BOARD OF As for the cost, Board emergency services, the California Highway Patroljuvenilel this would provide two requests, both from Belden SUPERVISORS Chairman Jon Kennedy saidmaximum allowed in Beldenprogram that brings students additional services," said Dan Town. ROUNDUP that the county "had received a for such events is 1,250.face to face with the aftermath Prince, the acting chief During their April 8 meeting little over $1 million from TOT Belden is scheduled to hold of a fatal drunk driving probation officer. the supervisors heard details (transient occupancy tax) and four more concerts later this accident. about "Emissions," to be held that helps to pay for these summer. The program rotates between Airport work May 16 - 18, and "Raindance," happy," said Sheriff Greg things." the county's four high schools Dony Sawchuk, the county's scheduled for June 6 - 9. Hagwood, who was in Supervisor Kevin Goss, who Officially out and this year's staging will be director of facility services and Belden resident Darrel attendance. "I will assign a represents the Belden area, The supervisors passed a in Portola. A portion of the airports, is seeking bids for Smith, who is not enamored sergeant to work with the asked to be included in any resolution officially confirming county allocation will be used reconstruction work at Rogers with the local music festivals property owner." meetings regarding the music their withdrawal from theto create a video for the other Field in Chester. because of fire and public He also indicated that he festival and the sheriffsFeather River Coordinatedschools. "I can attest to that being safety issues, voiced his "would staff the Canyon"department. Resource Management Plan "I am a staunch supporter of needed," Chairman Jon opposition via letter, during the festival. "Apparently I'm going down Government Process, oftenthis," said Goss, as he made the Kennedy said, as the board "The only time there isn't That caused Supervisor the Meacher path," he said, simply referred to as themotion to approve the request, approved the request for any problems is when the Sherrie Thrall to question referencing a line from Smith's Feather River CRM. proposals that Sawchuk is events are small or Duds (no whether that would take letter, which compared Goss to Instead the board will focus Juvenile hall option poised to post. one shows up)," Smith wrote, deputies away from the former supervisor Robert on the Integrated Water The county now has three "It's already been engineered "We are all aware of the outlying areas, including her Meacher, who Smith felt had Management Plan Update, an options for housing localand ready to go to bid," property owner who is not district, which encompasses ignored the situation, anticipated two-year process, youths in juvenile hall. In Sawchuk said. Debra Moore Staff Writer With the demand for services for the criminal defendant population growing dramatically due to the impact of Assembly Bill 109, District Attorney David Hollister asked ' the Board of Supervisors for authorization to reorganize the alternative sentencing program. The program had been developed in 2012 with an anticipated average of 25 participants. "As of the end of March there were 170 participants and more services than originally conceived," Hollister said during the board's April 8 meeting. Supervisor Terry Swofford asked if Hollister's proposed reorganization would impact the general fund, but Hollister indicated that any changes would be grant funded. Hollister didn't ask for more positions, but rather more flexibility in job titles and compensation. His request ledto a discussion of pay parity for the probation department and eventually morphed into an overall salary discussion. "We're establishing something that's right, but when do we start addressing others?" Kennedy asked. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said, "We're only two months away from budget hearings," but cautioned that she wasn't seeing an increase in the county's revenue streams. Acting Probation Chief Dan Princesaid his staff had been voicing concerns about salaries. "I'm acutely aware of recruiting and retaining probation officers," he said. "Perhaps there is an opportunity to look at salaries in a compensation study." The board voted to approve Hollister's request, but Clerk-Recorder Kathy Williams didn't fare as well. Filling vacancies For the past 15 years, County Clerk Kathy Williams has sought to restore staffing levels in her department. On April 8 she tried again. "This department has been one of the first departments considered for staff reduction each time the budget needs to be reduced," Williams wrote in her request to the board. "We struggle to get by then have to come back to the Board to reinstate staffing levels." Williams asked for two positions to be reinstated and for $14,420 from the general fund to pay costs for the remainder of the year. "These positions aren't currently allocated," Thrall 123 Crescent St., Quincy, CA (530) 283-2136 or 88-88-2-RIDE-1 www.dupontpowertool.corn Annual - STOREWIDE COME IN AND LOOK FOR THE COLORED EASTER EGGS! You'll find discounts of 40% OFF ! EXCLUDES PRODUCT said, adding that it's "basically a request for new positions." "This is a difficult time before budget; I think this is premature," Thrall said. "At this point I'd take even half," Williams said as she described the difficulty of allocating staff to meet the public's needs. "Just about every department is in the same boat as you're in," Supervisor Terry Swofford told Williams. "We tend to be the stepchildren of this county," Williams said. "We try to make ends meet and work behind the scenes." She shared her frustration with losing employees to other departments. "It's just complicated to keep this department running effectively," Williams said. "You're making a very good argument for every other department," Swofford replied. But Williams maintains that her department is different than the others because it generates revenue for the county and could fund the positions. As it is now, the money goes to the general fund. Thrall argued that it wouldn't be fair for other departments that don't generate revenue and therefore wouldn't have money to hire needed staff. Supervisor Lori Simpson asked if extra help could offset the workload until the positions could be considered during the budget hearings. But Board Chairman Jon Kennedy wasn't optimistic that there would be money in the budget for the positions, and Williams said it requires too much training to make hiring extra help a solution. "Obviously this won't pass, it needs a four-fifths Vote," Kennedy said. 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