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8A Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Plumas and Lassen supervisors attend joint meeting Ruth Ellis Staff Writer ,: rellis@lassennews corn draft environmental impact for the greater sage grouse, and a presentation from a representative from Trindel Insurace. Other discussions included Sierra County supervisors' and staffs concern with the lack of coordination with the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management in their county and reducing Lassen County Juvenile Hall's $1.3 million budget. Assembly Bill 109 Jeff Bosworth, Sierra County chief probation officer, shared how his department has utilized Assembly Bill 109 funding. Projects included setting up a portion of the probation office where probationers can come in and work on earning their high school diplomas or writing their job resumes. According to Plumas County Supervisor Lori Simpson, a similar 'program, which allows people to get back into the community, has been started in her county. Sierra County has also started an electronic monitoring program and a study is being done as the county is trying to keep its jail in place. The jail costs approximately $1,000 a day even if there are no inmates, according to Bosworth. Supervisor meetings Modoc County Supervisor Jim Willis suggested quarterly meetings be held between the chairmen of the boards of supervisors because it would be beneficial for all counties to meet and talk about common issues such as water and forestry. According to Willis, if an issue arises, each county will write a letter of support or opposition, but he explained one letter can get lost on a desk in Sacramento or TilE {IiAEAGLE LIGHTING COMPANY A special meeting allowed supervisors from Northeastern California to convene and discuss common issues and keep each board up to date on specific county items that may ripple out from one area to the next. Those in attendance at the April 29 meeting were supervisors from Lassen, Plnmas, Modoc and Sierra counties as well as counsels and various staff members. Representatives from the offices of 1st District Sen. Ted Gaines and Assemblyman Brian Dahle were also present. Agenda items included discussions on Assembly Bill 109 (the public safety realignment act), economic development efforts in Lassen and Plnmas counties, Sierra Army Depot, a response to the Bureau of Land Management's ughting Carpets Blinds Wood Flooring Also Lane Furniture/ www.graeaglelightingcompany.com Hours: Open Wed-Sun, 9:30AM - 4PM 7455 Highway 89 P.O. 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Learn more about Jim and share your concerns and ideas for Plumas County WWWejudd-dist5ocom 3oin Our Team Send a Donation Committee to Elect 3im Judd PC Box 202 Clio, CA 96106 jim@judd-distS.com www.jucld-clistS, com (530) 836-7311 . Plumas County Supervisor Lori Simpson shares about recent economic development efforts during a quad county meeting Tuesday, April 29. Washington, D.C. Instead, Willis said the counties should come together to oppose or support something together. Plumas County Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said she knows Plumas County would absolutely support that. Economic development Lassen County Executive Officer Richard Egan shared that county staff is also developing a request for proposals for disposing of property near Amedee Airfield for economic development. According to Egan, the request for proposal should be ready in the next Paid for by the CommiLLee to Eiect J,m udd Supervisor- District 5 several months. He said the Depot currently employs approximately 1,400 people and continues to grow and shrink depending on the needs of redeployment of various assets throughout the military. Plumas County economic development Simpson gave a brief update on economic development in Plumas County including the first mile of fiber optic line received through Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative. Simpson said it went to places such as the colleges, schools and hospitals. There are two remaining mills left in Plumas County: Sierra Pacific Industries and Collins Pine. According to Simpson, Sierra Pacific Industries is investing $7 million to upgrade its site, which is a huge investment. Simpson said when she was first elected they were trying to shut the mill down. "I know as supervisors, you're just like us, beat up all the time a6out bringing jobs and it's been hard these last few years.., we try all we can do to bring jobs into our county," she said. Trindel Insurance Dave- Nelson, executive director of Trindel Insurance, gave a presentation about the program, which covers 10 counties. Nelson also provided the supervisors with a written overview of a new insurance policy for inmate medical health care. In rural counties, the burden of caring for inmates' health is a burden of the general fund, according to Nelson. Some counties may use AB 109 money to help cover the costs, but if there is a birth, or complications from a disease, that puts someone in the hospital for an extended period of time where a deputy has to be by the bed every day, costs just keep going up and eat into a county's general fund, Nelson explained. Currently, Trinity County, a Trindel member, has been participating for the last two years. "And it's been a very good program for them," Nelson said. He explained the county paid a premium and got a benefit of three-fold in the first two years. However, there is a minimum of beds that will qualify for the program and Nelson said Lassen County is the only one to qualify, right now. Nelson said he was trying to collect all of the counties' information, submit it as one and get a group plan to offer. withaii ...... ill H your building needs- !1 l[  from plans to the [] R finished product HI 00ATTY (530) 283-2035 P.O. BOX 1369 QUINCY, CA 95971 LzC. #'453927 Waste regulations pose problems for rural areas Ruth Ellis Staff Writer rellis@lassennews.com Newly implemented and more proposed state regulations regarding solid waste management may sound good, but may actually create hardships for rural jurisdictions. Solid waste issues were briefly addressed during aquad county meeting of the Lassen, Plumas, Modoc and Sierra boards of supervisors on Tuesday, April 29. Lassen Regional Solid Waste Management Authority Manager Tom Valentino's presentation focused on fees, regulatory issues and some of the economic challenges in the waste-management industry. Regarding fees, Valentino said, each county present pays a waste discharge requirement fee to the state water resources control board for operating and closed landfills and those fees have increased in the past few years. Stafflook.ed at the fees late last year because there is a big difference on how fees are assessed on a cost per ton between rural and urban counties, according to Valentine. In 2012, Lassen paid more than $101,000 for 17,979 tons of solid waste; Plumas County paid more than $63,000 in fees; Modoc paid $54,000; and Sierra County paid $33,903 for 2,136 tons of disposal. 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