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2A Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Plumas supervisors hear from their constituents Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com "The Graeagle Transfer Station -- it's a dump," said Graeagle resident Mark Mihevc and asked that something be done to "spruce it up." Mihevc, speaking during the public comment portion of the Board of Supervisors meeting, said that the county needs to update its infrastructure if it's going to attract residents and suggested that work could start with the transfer station operated by InterMountain Disposal. In addition to cosmetic improvements, Mihevc recommended that the entrance be changed to facilitate traffic flow. Mihevc was one of four men who addressed the board during public comment. Indian Valley residents Jack McLaughlin and Todd Anderson spoke about land use issues, with the latter "The usage is not iustifying the cost, I d ds00derstand BOAR. OF that position II SUPERVISORS Supervisor Sherrie Thrall ROUNDUP Regarding Chester court closure asking why complaints that he filed regarding floodplain code violations had not been addressed. "One of us will look into the complaint," Board Chairman Jon Kennedy promised. Portola resident Larry Douglas suggested that the board se some of its general fund money to restore staffing levels such as in the county clerk's office. Not for the public Facilities Director Dony Sawchuk updated the supervisors on the April management council meeting. Management council is composed of the county's elected and non-elected ZA! ONLY! & Saturday, May 2 & 3 Sewing by Sandy Tailoring, Mending, Hemming, Patches Competitive Pricing! 30+ Yem 00erience .... department heads. He relayed presentations made by Auditor Roberta Allen about claims and insurance and Gayla Trumbo about CalPERS regulations. A committee is also developing a new employee evaluation form. "Who evaluates department heads?" asked audience member MarkMihevc. "We do," responded Supervisor Lori Simpson. Todd Anderson asked if the meetings were open to the public, and if the use of public funds was discussed. Sawchuk assured him that the meetings consisted simply of department heads discussing management issues, and County Counsel Craig Settlemire said that the meetings were not public. Bang the gavel Chester residents will no longer be able to pay their fines or process small claims at their local courthouse. Effective July 1 the Chester location for Plumas Superior Court will close. It had been open three days per week. All traffic and small claims cases will now be heard at the courthouse in Quincy. The closure is blamed on budget cuts. Chester's fate now mirrors that of Greenville, whose court closed in 2012. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall met with both superior court judges who said that volume had dropped significantly and they could no longer justify the expense. "The usage is not justifying the cost," Thrall said. "I do understand that position." However, Thrall is concerned about Chester residents being able to access Quincy, particularly those who have traffic citations, and, as a result, no driver's license. An effort will be made to coordinate the court calendar for those cases with public transportation. Those who would like to submit written comments on the court's closure may send them to Deborah Norrie, Court Chief Executive Officer, Plumas Superior Court, 520 Main St., Room 104, Quincy, CA 95971. The supervisors also discussed the annual payment the county makes to the courts, which for Greenville is $10,775 and Chester is $22,060, since Cases will no longer be heard in either location. "We are obligated to continue to pay," County Counsel Craig Settlemire advised the board. "I think we should quit making the maintenance of efforts payments and see what happens," Thrall said. It was decided that Settlemire would investigate the need to continue the payments. A lot of asphalt The county road department maintains 679.493 miles -- that's the official number that Public Works Director Bob Perreault will submit to the state. The mileage is used to calculate the amount Of gas tax money and other state money that the county is entitled to receive. The ayes have it The supervisors certified the results of the Peninsula Fire Protection District's special tax election held April 8. With a vote of 300 to 106, the tax measure passed. It needed two-thirds of the votes cast to be successful. Do you live in a fire di00!trict?. Group amasses comprehensive Iis of who s In, who s out Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com A dedicated foursome has determined which Plumas Open Monday thru Thursday" 9am-4pm yS I your building needs- ran w 8 Vu 00o00o,ao00,o,00e ] 2834277 I .................... fln iS product I  102 Hain St., Quincy  " I 00ATTY 00A:r Paid political advertisement J ENGEL SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 5 My wife Jennifer &I bega "ENGEL CONSTRUCTION" in 1982. We started our business with an older dump truck, trailer and backhoe which was able to feed our family, paid our bills and provided our home. Our equipment served us well for many years. As I have been fortunate enough to have worked on many of the parcels of property in our local Plumas and Sierra County areas, we were able to purchase more equipment, one piece at a time. This area has been very good to our family. As our business grew, we were able to hire many good, local and willing workers all needing and wanting jobs. Having worked in construction the past 33 years, depending on the economy, I have employed anywhere from 1 to 13 skilled, willing and local employees, depending on the economy, and I've hired many local independent contractors for various jobs. I use our local sub-contractors for hauling rock, sand, gravel, and they also haul my equipment from job to job. I try to keep our local businesses busy as they offer most of the materials I need. I am only one of the local, small, self-employed business's that depend on our other local business's that help me remain in business. Without our following local business's, it would be very hard for me to remain in business. I appreciate each and every one of our local businesses, especially the ones I deal with. The employees that show up on time to the job, those I speak and order with in the office, all have been very polite and professional. My Small Business alone buys/trades from the following local business's ......... Plumas Sanitation, White Cap Ready Mix, Collier Trucking, Donovan Trucking, Plumas Sierra Rural Electric Co-Op, Bastian Engineering, Graeagle Land & Water Company, Carmichael Trucking, Intermountain Disposal, Napa Auto Parts, Sierra Mountain Pipe & Supply, Plumas Ace Hardware, Les Schwab Tires, Mountain Hardware, Hunt & Sons Fuel, Graeagle Store, Sierra Energy, Longfellow Building Supply, Plumas Bank, Joy Engineering, Martin Rizzo, Blasted Rock Quarry, Graeagle Chevron, Piper Electric, Robert Wilkinson Construction, Ross & Matt Compton Construction, Brennan & Son's Roofing, Wes Boyd Construction, and Jeff Olsen (OJ), Bequette & Kimmel, and our local county health & building departments. There have been many others over the years that I've dealt with and if I've missed anyone or business, I'm sorry. Please contact me and I'll make it right in my next article. As I've said in the past, "We need job security ...... ". Many of your concerns are also my concerns as well. Please let me hear what is important to you. We have an underperforming economy and we can't ignore the will of the people, personal responsibility, common sense and reasonable regulations that will assist in getting our unemployed back to work. We need people, private sector and government employees, that are willing to work together to cut down on or invest in job training that is much needed cut down "I live here, I've raised my family here, I work here, I love it here..." We would greatly appreciate your time, helping hands & voice donations. We are trying to "Home Grow" our campaign. Our committee to elect Jeff Engel consists of me, my wife Jennifer & our family www.jeffengel.org (530) 836-0257 Paid for by the committee to elect Jeff En County residences are in a fire district and which are not, but the next step is to get that information to the public. "We're just concerned about homeowners living outside the fire district," said Charlie Plopper. Plopper, along with Pam Gill, Fred Salvato and Paul Erickson, amassed a comprehensive list of properties located outside of a fire district after serving on the 2009-10 grand jury and learning about the problem. "I just want to thank you so much," said Supervisor Lori Simpson during the April 8 Board of Supervisors meeting. "It shows the power of the grand jury. Yqu , served and then you all volunteered." Properties t!hat are not in a fire district can be denied insurance, charged higher premiums for insurance, or charged the costs of fire suppression. Plopper said that many individuals think that they are living in a fire protection district, and they are not. "We still need to work on a notification plan," Plopper said. In the interim, residents can check with their local fire department. Those who aren't in a district can begin the annexation process, which Plopper described as "long and complex." Board chairman Jon Kennedy wanted to assure those who currently aren't in a district that they would still be protected. "They're all covered," he said. "If they dial 911 someone will come." But there is:a ,chance the resident could be charged for the response, or might not be a priority if firefighters are on i call elsewhere in the district. Jerry Sipe, the county's director of emergency services, acknowledged the group's work. "They created an incredible awareness," Sipe said, including their work with local Realtors. "I echo what Jerry said," Assessor Chuck Leonhardt said. "They created a good tool for the fire departments." The four former grand jury members volunteered more than 3,000 hours of their time and paid for their own expenses. The result is a thorough report, 208 pages of property listings and a CD that contains a list of all 4,000-plus parcels. In addition to amassing the information and sharing it with interested parties, the work group made three suggestions to improve fire coverage in the area: consider the formation of a countywide fire district; ask Cal Fire to place more fire stations in the county; and help fire districts annex properties outside of their boundaries. Additionally the group would like to see a streamlined annexation process. "Annexation is incredibly difficult and expensive," Salvato said. "It seems wholly unnecessary." Check Protect your property =,. ." !  =l./ / from " W:|L)P|M Thinning, piling and burning of private property. 6 years of WlLDLAND FIRE experience! BS BLology from Humboldt State FREE consultation and Estimate Call William at 588-6200 Quincy Nursing & Rehab Ftmdratser Barn Quilt Drawing Sl per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets Tickets available at the Co-op & Quincy Nursing & Rehab Drawing to be held May 1st Proceeds go to Resident Activity Fund 50 E. Central Ave., Quincy. 283-2110 |