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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 2, 2012 11A EQSD board budgets 0 ............................ .... " " ...... o -- . (/ :' a ,.e yo I for general manager o- r00oay to ' es and Ready to Grow! District board approved a pre- here," director Brnie Baton ally tied to Social Security liminary budget that would include hiring a new full-time general manager. At its meeting Tuesday, April 24, the board of direc- tors unanimously agreed to preliminary figures that in- cluded $70,000 for a general manager. It also included a 3.6 percent cost of living pay in- crease for its employees. The final budget for 2012-13 is scheduled to be approved and adopted in August. No timetable was set for hiring a new general manag- er. The district's book-keep- er/secretary, Shawneen Howe, has been working as the interim general manager since Mary Henrici resigned in June 2011. The district interviewed five general manager candi- dates after Henrici left to take a similar position in Rio Lin- da. However, the board mem- bers didn't offer the job to anyone last summer. They said they decided to wait to determine what qualifica- tions they wanted a new gen- eral manager to have. The board confirmed at the April 24 meeting that it wanted any new general manager to have water and wastewater op- erator certification. Howe does not have those certifications. said. Director Mike Green said he felt the same way. "The general manager should be educated in water and wastewater," Green said. "That way they have an idea of how things work. They should know all of the things that are required of their per- sonnel. If they don't under- stand how it works, how do they make an educated deci- sion on how things should go?" The preliminary budget projected another drop in to- tal revenue from the district's roughly 1,000 households. District engineer Dan Bast- ian, who is conducting a rate study to be presented May B, said revenue from water fees are falling below projections this year. Total expenses are also pro- jected to fall. But the district will pay $333,012 to use the Quincy Community Services District's wastewater treat- ment plant. That fee is up from the $330,432 it will pay this year. The two districts are ex- ploring the possibility of col- laborating resources to build a new treatment plant. One customer who attended the meeting questioned increases. "It might be time to re-ex- amine that," customer Kathy Felker said. "I know you guys have always done the 3.6 (percent increase) based on Social Security. But I would point out that is for senior citizens who aren't entitled to step in- creases. It just helps them break even." Felker added that county employees have been taking pay and benefits cuts. "Just keep that in mind," Felker said. "Especially if you are proposing rate increases for your customers." The directors said they un- derstood Felker's concerns. • Board chairman Greg Marga- son said the district should al- so consider having its em- ployees contribute to their re- tirement fund. "We might want to look at that also," Margason said. "That seems to be the trend everywhere -- business, gov- ernment, all levels -- that em- ployees start paying for at least a portion of it." Green, who works for the Quincy district, pointed out that East Quincy's pay scale for employees is currently "substantially higher" than Quincy's. Fair chairman to board members: attend or resign Mona Hill Staff Writer For the second month in a row, the Plumas-Sierra Coun- ty Fair board has not met be- cause it could not muster a quorum among its 10 sitting directors. April marks the third or fourth time since fall 2011 that the board has failed to meet. The December 2011 meeting was cancelled be- cause of weather, but all other cancellations were the result of directors' nonattendance. Fair manager John Steffan- ic said the board's bylaws ex- cuse absence for weather or health-related reasons only. According to those same by- laws, after two consecutive missed meetings or three missed meetings in a year, a director may be deemed to have resigned. Steffanic said board presi- dent Dr. Robert Abbott (Dis- trict 1) has drafted a letter to board members reminding them of their obligations to the board and asking them to resign if they can no longer meet their commitments. Steffanic expected the letter to go out this week. As the fair's summer sea- son and the end of the fiscal year approach, the board's failure to meet leaves the fair manager without direction from his board. Steffanic said, "It's (business is) getting done," implying that he's moving on with, or without, board input. Plumas and Sierra county supervisors appoint the fair board. In Plumas County, each supervisor appoints two directors; Sierra County ap- points three additional mem- bers. District 3 (Chester-Lake. Almanor) has a vacant seat and Sierra County has only appointed one of its three seats. Questions about the impor- tance and function of the fair board have arisen in the past, notably during former Dis- trict 4 Supervisor Rose Cam- stock's tenure. At that time, Comstock and former County Administrative Officer Jack Ingstad stripped the fair board of much of its tradition- al powers. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT Current fair directors District 1 Dr. Robert Abbott, president Lawrence Goss District 2 Susan Neer Carol Viscarra District 3 Marci Johnson Open District 4 Kenny Chance Thelma Olson District 5 Howard Hughes Tom Joyce Sierra County Barbara Butterfield Open Open Asked whether it was time for a smaller board, Steffanic admitted it was an informal topic of discussion. What was certain, he said, is that Abbott will be asking absent direc- tors to honor their commit- ments or step down. 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