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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9A Su pervisors d ivvy u p CAO's job d uties Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plumasnews.com Plumas County is prepar- ing to sail into another stormy budget season. But this time it won't have a fis- cal captain at the helm. A week after firing county financial officer Jack Ingstad, the Board of Super- visors spent a portion of its Tuesday, April 17, meeting weighing options and divvy- ing up the CAO's responsibil- ities. After lengthy discussion and a couple of votes, the supervisors decided to use a team approach until they decide whether or not to hire a new administrative officer. The board decided chair- man Robert Meacher will take over the CAO's signing authority, which also in- cludes making him the county's risk manager and purchasing agent. County Auditor Shawn Montgomery will add county budget officer to her duties. Montgomet'y, who by law became the budget officer in the absence of a CAO, asked the board to "make it quite clear" that she was running the budget. She said she wanted the clarification because it would require "an immense amount of work." "We are talking about a $30 million budget that has to be entered into the system and has to be balanced and has to be checked," Montgomery told the board. "And you have to communicate with the department heads (about budget requests). "I tlink that clarification needs to be made so that the department heads and myself know exactly what this board is expecting." Montgomery has to work with county department officers to develop a recom- mended,, balanced budget that will be submitted to the board by June 30. She has worked closely with Ingstad on past budgets. Weeks before he was fired April 10, Ingstad projected the county could be facing another million-dollar budget deficit in fiscal 2012-13. The supervisors unani- mously agreed'to postpone a decision about searching for a new CAO. They said they wanted to hear what the county's management council recommends. The council is scheduled to provide a recommendation after it meets Thursday, April 26. The supervisors' next scheduled meeting is May 1. Meacher said that when the county had an abrupt ter- mination of the CAO seven years ago, the management council recommended hiring a new one. He said a few people have already offered to do the job. "We are getting calls and emails from individuals who would like to come and step in -- either interim or permanently -- as county administrative officer," Meacher said. "And as I shared with man- agement council, I wouldn't touch the job with a lO-foot pole, if I was qualified. Because there is no, staff, except for (Clerk of the Board) Nancy (DaForno)." The supervisors unani- mously voted to terminate Ingstad's contract during a closed session at their April 10 meeting. Ingstad, who was the county's CAO for nearly seven years, came under fire from depart- ment heads who criticized his management style. HALL, from page 1A Hall's resignation. But Hall said the board didn't ask her to reconsider, either ... until Simpson's message. "Lori's message said, 'Please, is there anything we can do?'" Hall said. "She asked me to reconsider. Nobody on the board had said that until then. "Until I got that message, I think I would still have gone to work for Dignity (Health)." Hall and Simpson met for a long talk Wednesday, April 18. Hall said that conversation cemented her decision to withdraw her resignation. Simpson tried to downplay her role in helping Hall change her mind. She said she merely told Hall what many people in the county were already saying. She said she received many emails and calls from constituents who wanted Hall to return. "The messages I was getting were pretty clear," Simpson said. "But I planned to call Mimi all along. I figured I would give it one more shot .... I believe it was fate." According to the law, Hall should be able to keep her county job without any action from the Board of Supervisors. Except for a two-week Credit cards now accepted for permits The Plumas County Build- ing Department can now accept credit card payment for building permits. Pay- ment can be made either in person or online using GovPayNet, a third-party, consumers-to-government credit and debit card pay- ment processing company. GovPayNet charges the con- sumer a service fee, which is calculated based on the permit fee. The building department has provided two complete sets of the 2010 California Building Codes to the Quincy and Chester libraries. Con- tact the libraries for hours and availability. For the Chester library, at 210 First Ave., call 258-2742. For the Quincy library, at 445 Jackson St., call 283-6310. Need help REPLACING or REPAIRING: DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING ROOFING ELECTRICAL If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can. CONSTRUCTION IINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lie. #453927 (530) 283-2035 Mimi Hall vacation to tend to her father, who is terminally ill, Hall has remained on the job. Her county position took on added importance last summer, after she was appointed by the supervisors to become the County's alco- hol and drug administrator. The county hasn't had an A&D program since 2008. It was shut down after the county deemed it to be dys- functional because of person- nel problems and annual half-million-dollar budget deficits. Plumes is the only county in California without a state- sponsored alcohol and drug program. In addition to a loss of critical services, the county hasn't been able to use $500,000 in state funding available for A&D support. Plumas County Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman has strongly criticized the county for prompting Hall to leave. He said Hall has done an "outstanding job" resurrect- ing the A&D program. With- out those vital services, judges have not been able to render alternative split sen- tences that are an essential component of the.Assembly Bill 109 inmate realignment. Instead, all of the sentences are being served in the 67-bed county jail, which is quickly approaching its capacity. Kaufman said he was excited at the prospect of Hall returning. "I'm very pleased about it," Kaufman said. "Now we have got to give her free reign to do what she has been doing and what needs to be done. "Mimi is very good at what she does. And she shares my vision of the services that the county needs to be provid- ing." KRETH HANDYMEN BUILD IT FIX IT REMODEL IT We Care About You! NO .lob Too Big or Too Small Steve Kreth Insured CA License #907193 Bus: 530-836-0870 Cell: 249-3126 Ill Need a new deck or deck repair? We can do it RIGHTI bar & grill OPENING! Friday, April 27 Bar/Deck Menu 12noon to closing Dinner Menu 6pro to dosing Full Bar -Mother's Da B  Sunday,gay ,ruffch 836-1111 402 Poplar Valley Rd., Graeagle A www.plumaspinesgolf, corn 00:00r"4th Annual ojan 5_K KRun/wa,kl ( Join the Quincy High School Track Team on an enchanting 5K Run/Walk 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 FRC all weather track. Saturday, May 5 10 a.m. Registration 9 a.m. Adults *2,5 Student *15 Family rate s80 Call 283o1656 to sign up. Meet at the Quincy High School gym parking lot. All proceeds benefit the Q.H.S. track team Q. from page 1A Saturday: Horses Unlimited Inc. volunteer ' orientation and enrollment, 10 a.m., SPI Arena at Plumas- Sierra County Fairgrounds. First training May 1, 3:30 p.m. For information: 836-4551. Elks fashion show, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Quincy Elks Lodge. In- cludes social hour, luncheon, fashion show with champagne. Benefits Elks' annual Quincy High School scholarship. Tickets $18 each, limited to 100, pre-sale only. Available at Ayoob's, Great Northern, Carey Candy, My Sister's Closet, Roper's, Toy Store/Little People, Bargain Boutique, Ranchito Motel. Mourning Dove Banding Pro- gram training, noon - 3 p.m., Plumas Unified School District Office at 50 Church St. Califor- nia Department of Fish & Game seeks volunteers to help trap, band 4,000 birds this summer as part of cooperative effort to ensure success of valuable game bird species. Participants must be over 18 (or with guardian), have good organizational skills, commitment to wildlife preser- vation. Training and materials provided. For information, to participate: Michelle Jimenez- Holtz, 283-7643, mjimenez holtz@fs.fed.us. Sunday: Seven - eight mile hike from Pulga to Mayaro. Led by the Chico Yahi Group of the Sierra Club. Loop takes in views, waterfall, remains of old resort town. Wear comfort- able walking shoes, bring lunch and water. To arrange meeting place: Kellie, 892-1744; Jeanne, 899-9980; Alan, 891-8789. Building Bridges benefit dinner, 5 - 8 p.m., Elks Lodge. Spaghetti dinner, no-host bar, live music by Toboggan Squad and Flywire, auction. Proceeds support medical care for Milissa Bridges. Tickets, $10, available at Carey Candy Co., Traci's Sweet Surprises, Ayoob's, Feather River College SlFE students. For information: Chris DeHart, 394-0680. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT ELECT JAMES HUFFMON SUPERVISOR " DISTRICT 4 JUNE 5, 2012 o:o LocaiBusiness Owner o: Quincy High School Graduate o: Self-Employed for Over 10 yrs as a licensed plumbing contractor o: Member of the California Association for Local Economic Development "1 believe that communication is the key to all relationships. We need to create an environment at the county where everyone feels comfortable expressing their concerns and ideas." www.JamesHuffmonForSu pervisor.com PAID FOR BY THE COMMITrEE TO ELECT HUFFMON FOR SUPERVISOR 2012 395 MAIN STREET, QUINCY, CA 95917 530-283-3277 Plumas County Tire Amnesty Day NO CHARGE to residents of Plumas County. NO more than nine (9) tires per user will be accepted.* For a Transportation Exemption to carry up to 20 tires or for additional information, please contact Plumas County Department of Public Works at (530) 283-6268 Date" Locations" Hours: (for Drop-off) May 5, 2012 Highway 89 Greenville Jr./Sr. High School Parking Lot 9:00 am to 2:00 prn Subject to early closure if trailer is full Free disposal is not available for tire dealers or other businesses. kndustrlal; farmingt or heavy equipment tires are NOT accepted Sponsored by Plumes County and the Rural Counties' Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority. Funded by the Department of Resources Recycling and RecoVery. Funding for this program is limited. Plumas County reserves the right to stop accepting tires for free disposal at any time, with or without notice. *California law prohibits transport of more than nine (9) tires at any time without the exemption