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Feather River Bulletin 2A Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Board declares end of emergency; Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Plumas County supervisors terminated the local emergency that was declared following the February storms during their April 14 meeting, but are already preparing for the next disaster• Jerry Sipe, the director of the Office of Emergency Services, said that he hasn't seen new damage reports resulting from February's winds, and that a lot of the cleanup had been completed. "The waste site in Chester is now visible from space," he said, referring to wood debris that is stacked nearly 12 feet high over the size of two football fields. "There was a lot of talk after the event (the storms) about no warming centers in Portola and Chester," BOAB OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP Supervisor Lori Simpson said. Sipe said there has been discussion about what worked and what didn't during the February event and the county's disaster council will discuss it further April 28. Sipe said that he wants to ensure that there are county employees and disaster volunteers designated to respond. "I don't see the problem with the old-fashioned way of getting the word out," Simpson said, suggesting that Search and Rescue and others go door to door. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said that she wants the Almanor Basin prepared to take care of itself in a disaster• "We don't have county staff to cover the whole county," she said, adding that fallen trees closed all roadways into Almanor during the February storms• "I want to pull everyone together in the Almanor Basin to ensure that we're self-sufficient," she said. For example, who could provide heavy equipment? "I fully expect to have a major earthquake," she said. "It's not just fire and wind." Sipe warned the supervisors about the upcoming fire season, which he described as having the potential to be severe• "We don't usually talk about wildfire and evacuations in April," he said, referring to the Ward Fire that broke out prepares for the next lifetime guarantee. color matching for all models. pay fine )n to detail. specialist to work with Jrance company. ALL I:#A00AE & FINISH 20000,0191 ...... 1229 INDUSTRIAL WAY IN QUINCY,:r :. we'll keep you on. your Call 832.6600 today to schedule an, annual diabetic footexam at your local EPHC Clinic. www.ephc.org April 13. Sipe also asked the board to approve a memorandum of understanding for a coordination of radio communications, which he described as "very complicated" in Plumas. County. "It's really excellent and very well done," said Thrall before the supervisors adopted the agreement. Letter of support The supervisors approved a letter of support for Assembly Bill 590, authored by Brian Dahle, which would require a portion of the state's greenhouse gas reduction fund be used to support biomass energy production. "Our forests need thinning ir efforts to increase water supply and also to reduce the severe threat of catastrophic wildfireS," the letter read. "We need biomass plants as facilities to take fuels from national forest thinning, as well as residential forest fuel clearing to protect homes." The supervisors pointed to the February storm, which left hundreds of downed trees and wood debris, as a recent example of when local biomass plants would be helpful. Supervisor Lori Simpson said she put the item on the agenda after hearing Dahle discuss the legislation during a townhall meeting. A success Audrey Ellis, the executive director of the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce, reported that the county's booth at the Santa Clara Travel and Adventure Show was a "huge success." The show drew nearly 19,000 people and Ellis said that the booth's location • attracted many attendees. "A lot of them had heard of us," Ellis said, which was a change from previous years when she said she had to use a map to point out Plumas County. "It was pretty amazing," said Gloria LaPlante (the owner of River's Edge in Clio). "We promoted the entire county•" Both thanked the board for contributing to the effort and Ellis promised to return next year for more funding assistance• The board contributed money for brochures that were distributed. Curbside service Public Works Director Bob Perreault said that curbside recycling, which is currently available to Quincy Community Services District residents, is being discussed by the solid waste task force for other areas. Two public information meetings will be held. The first is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, at Greenville Meadows, and the second Thursday, May 14, at the Graeagle Fire Hall. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Budget basics Supervisor Sherrie Thrall announced that a board retreat to learn about budget i fundamentals is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m. in the Health and Human Services conference room in Quincy. She stressed that the meeting would not be about the county's upcoming budget, but rather it would be "starting very basically with the budget act" and learning about "how other counties do it." Appointments The board reappointed Merle Rusky to serve on the Mental Health Commission and Supervisor Terry Swofford to replace Sherrie Thrall on the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council. Proclamation The supervisors declared April 20 - 25 to be Earth Week in Plumas County. District looks at purchasing steel tank James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com At last month's East Quincy Services District meeting, engineer Dan Bastian asked for the board's permission to seek bids to replace the liner in one of the district's tanks. At last week's meeting, he asked the board to reject all bids. The district owns a 51-year-old concrete tank that Bastian estimated the cost would be $287,000. At the time, he thought that was a conservative estimate. As bids came in over the last month, however, Bastian had to revise his estimate. Bids ranged from $369,000 to $432,000. The polyurea liner has an estimated life of 20 years. After seeing the numbers, Bastian gave a different recommendation to the board. "I recommend thatthe , : will eventually need board consider constructingt rehabilitation work. Data new steel tank in lieu of .... from a recent study estimhfea :': coatiflg the existing concrete :: the tank leaks 3,000 - 5,000 tank," he said. gallons a day. Bastian estimated a new Last month Bastian, from steel tank would cost roughly , Bastian Engineering, $500,000. Pre-existing suggested the tank's interior problems with the current coating be replaced with a concrete tank would no longer polyurea liner, be an issue, he continued• "Because (our current tank) leaks and is seismically fragile, we need something more durable," Bastian said. Bastian recommended the board should start setting aside funds now for the future capital improvement project• General Manager Mike Green said the district could attract grant money to pay for the project once Prop 1 money is hashed out, but should move forward with the project now so everything wd becj ready should funds beq avallab!e ..... i ,, ....... "It never hurts to have • shovel-ready projects when funding becomes available," said Green. The board voted to reject all bids and start looking into funding options for a new steel tank• Justice for Braylon! 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