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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3A County mulls offer regarding film industry Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plu Lights, camera, action! Is there a big-budget feature film in Plumas County's future? Maybe not, but there could be a made-for-television or a small independent movie set in one of its picturesque locales. That's the conclusion of S.A. "Sam" Jernigan, who is trying to assemble a six-county film office to promote the industry in Plumas, as well as Butte, Nevada, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba counties. "If you don't have a film office, you're not on the radar," Jernigan told the Plumas County Board of Supervisors during its Aprii 16 meeting. She's hoping that the board will contribute $20,000 to the effort and left a proposal for County Counsel Craig Settlemire to review. The supervisors will discuss the financial commitment at a later date, but did listen as Jernigan talked about the immediate economic boost that a film crew brings to an area, as well as the long-term tourism benefits that could result from the exposure and publicity that a movie brings. As an example, she cited the Hallmark Channel movie "The Christmas Card" and what it meant to Nevada City, where it was filmed. She said that the film crew of 55-plus worked in Nevada City for seven weeks with 44 days of filming. "This alone represented over 2,700 room nights," Jernigan wrote in a letter she presented to the supervisors. "And not only did they make multiple trips to hardware stores, etc., purchasing a variety of materials, but they rented vehicles, generators and other items, and even bought the cast's entire wardrobe locally:" Supervisor Sherrie Thrall pointed out that Nevada City and neighboring Grass Valley have more infrastructure than Plumas. "It would strain what we have," she said. "You've had major filming in the county before, so it's possible," Jernigan said. A number of movies have been filmed in the county, including "Pink Cadillac," starring Clint Eastwood and Bernadette Peters. Despite her infrastructure concerns, Thrall liked the concept and the opportunity that Jernigan presented. According to Jernigan, a film office typically provides the following services: --Promotes a geographic area with a location library packed with photos of possible filming locales. --Provides a resource guide with an array of support services and a roster of industry professionals. --Facilitates an array of pre-filming logistics such as permits. --Provides a concierge-type service for the productio n company during filming. Jernigan explained that large cities and counties often have their own film offices, but it's becoming more common for smaller jurisdictions to pool their resources. Taking a regional approach provides a "more interesting menu," Jernigan said of the architecture, locales and landscape that can be offered. "As you represent six counties, what's your plan to ensure that every county gets equal representation?" Thrall asked. Jernigan said it's key that there are "point people" in each county and that she would seek to market each county's unique features. "Doing it full-time is key," Jernigan said. Jernigan explained that some entities have part-time staff dedicated to the effort, but she doesn't think that's as successful. "The idea is to be proactive and go after film contracts," she said. In making her presentation, Jernigan read portions of a letter written by film executive Deborah Moore. ' "First and foremost, let me express my appreciation to you on your efforts to create a regional film office in the Northeast California Tree removal bids vary by $60,000 Debra Moore Staff Writer d The bids ranged from $3,000 to $63,000 to remove 24 trees. How could there be that much of a discrepancy? That's what sent Plumas County Public Works Director Bob Perreault to the Board of Supervisors on April 16. "We will add words to the project description and re-bid it," Perreault told the supervisors. Perreault had asked for bids to remove 24 trees at the Chester transfer station to make room for the addition of a compactor facility. The department received seven bids, which were publicly opened March 29, and varied by as much as $60,000. Perreault said that his department had received several phone inquiries during the bid process, but the questions appeared routine. "Nevertheless, the significant range of bid results is very unusual and a concern to public works staff," he wrote in a background memo to the board. The supervisors approved his request to reject all of the bids received and issue a new call for bids. Another bid issue During the same meeting, Perreault asked the supervisors to award a bid of $86,585 to True North Constructors (Anderson) to build an addition at public works' mechanic shop in East Quincy. Two other bids -- one for $94,711 from Burfeind Construction (Taylorsville) and $135,654 from DML Construction (Verdi, Nev.) were also received. An engineer estimated that the cost would be $87,900. Dog training classes begin June l st at High Sierra Animal Rescue 103 Meadowridge Lane, Portola For more infrmatin: www'dgtrainingbyPj'cm or call 775-82,8-0748 to register or email Preference can be given to local providers even if their bid amount is more, but Burfeind would have be within 5 percent of the low bidder. However, the issue that surfaced regarding the bid wasn't the amount; it was whether all of the required documentation had been supplied. Perreault said that "due to a sentence that could be interpreted in two different ways,, one contractor submitted the complete bid book, while the other two submitted only the relevant pages. The low bidder did not submit the complete bid book; DML did. Perreault said that after discussing the matter with county counsel, the department could accept the low bid. The supervisors approved awarding the contract to True North. 2-DAY EVENT Friday, May 3rd Saturday, May 4th 8am - 5pm Hwy 89, Greenville 284-7313 " 5th Annual --)--7 ojan 5_K_K R_ un/M/alk Join the  \\; Quincy High School Track Team on an enchanting 5K RunAValk from Quincy High School along the bike path to the lovely Feather River College campus. Finish this invigorating run/walk with a lap around the ER.C. all weather track. Saturday, May 4 e lO:OOa.m. Registration 9a.m. Adults s25 e Students "15 Family rate s80 I i. ''=C" ' "" ..... "--- - ;:"% ..... 283o1656 to sign ul): ::   Call I >v" /)".% ]Qiect at the Quincy High School ....' '" gym parking lot .... > ....... i:i:,:!!!!iiii!i ..... " ...and so much more is just 1 C LICK AWAY Our community benefits from it! counties," Moore wrote. "As a film executive and independent producer for over 25 years, I have worked closely with film commissioners in numerous states." She added, "For me, the lack of a functioning film commission is a 'non-starter' as far as any consideration to shoot in that area is concerned." Jernigan is presenting her plan to each of the six counties, which she said has been an interesting process because her experience is in the private sector, not the government sector. She wants to work with elected officials because "contracting with the county adds legitimacy" to the effort and makes it easier to seek grants. Supervisor Jon Kennedy asked her about the funding and what would happen to the rate if a county doesn't participate. She said the process is evolving, but so far no entity has said "no." - ( %,- ,  m NN; Do you have someone who wants to be a superhero in your household? What about a mad scientist? Maybe they just want to be by themselves... We want to give them the best start in life! Yearly eye exams and screenings can detect and treat early signs of eye problems. Call us and schedule your appointmen ts today! -', FRI_.__DE__N OPTOMETRY FAMILY EYE CARE CONTACT LENSES Jonathan Friden, O.D. 68 Central Ave. Quincy 283-2020 i Complete vision and eye care, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists on staff, Vision and Eye examinations, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal, threshold visual field analysis, contact lenses, glasses (large selection of inexpensive to designer eyewear), low vision aids for the visually impaired, and vision therapy for learning related vision problems. 2013 - Quincy Little League Zf 00penlng Day At Rotary Field in East Quincy Saturday, April 27 th * I 0am 2nd Annual Wayne Tweedle Memorial Bat-A-Thou Games Schedule incy Minor Boys...l l:00am00 I Farm Team,.. 11:00am Farm Team... 12:00pm Major Boys VS Portola...Z:30pm J We will also have Tri-Tip Sandwiches, Treats & Drinks available for purchase. All proceeds go towards ldds uniforms & equipment for the 2013 season. )