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8A Wednesday, May 12, 2010 Feather River Bulletin fees $7 boat launch or $35 annu- al pass Antelope Lake, Lost Cove Bucks Lake, Sandy Point $19 camping Bucks Lake, Lower Bucks Lake $20 camping Bucks Lake, Grizzly Creek $23 camping Antelope Lake Lone Rock Boulder Creek Long Point Bucks Lake White Horse Sundew Mill Creek Feather River Canyon Gansner Bar North Fork Queen Lilly Hallsted Spanish Creek $25 lakefront camping Antelope Lake Lone Rock Long Point Bucks Lake Sundew Mill Creek $75 group camping Antelope Lake, Long Point Bucks Lake, Hutchins . " ;.::::::ii:.:i,,_,....., " !. .7  ':::!:::::i:iii:i!: .'il , . FEES, from page IA She said the forest was also working to repair a cable that was "ripped in half due to the plowing of snow on the boat ramp." "There are also a couple patches of pavement that are deteriorating out there." Sedlacek said the Forest Service also "installed a in- formation board and fee tube up there." Simpson asked, "When the federal government decides to raise fees like that is there a public input period?" The resource officer told her there wasn't one when a concessionaire was involved because "it's a business opportunity and it's usually through an operating plan and it's approved by the forest supervisor." The supervisor asked representatives from Royal Elk where their corporate office was located. They told her it was in Hollister in San Benito County but clarified there was a local office in Twain. At that point, Portola Supervisor Terry Swofford said, "This really concerns me because most of this county is owned by the federal government." "So, with the lack of timber industry that we've lost here, we have to depend on tourism and stuff." He said when the Forest Service raised fees, "You're driving more of the only industry we have left away and that really concerns me." Swofford also told Royal Elk he wasn't blaming them for the fee increases. Indian Valley Supervisor Robert Meacher provided some backgroundinforma- tion from his point of view. "The board needs to know that we have a new conces- sionaire because of an unresolved issue between the previous concessionaire and our assessor's possessory use tax that overlaid these concessions where they'd never been before." Meacher said the conces- sionaire lost interest when this dispute arose. In a short phone interview, Meacher clarified that he wasn't blaming the assessor's office for this incident. He Assistant Resource Officer Lisa Sedlacek, most recently from the Eagle Lake area of the Lassen Forest, meets with new concession- aire Adam Damm of Hollister and his uncle, Mark Query, most recently from Kauai, who will manage the concession locally. Photo by Alicia Knadler . said the Board of Supervisors ordered the county to start collecting the possessory use tax. "All we were doing was what every other county has been doing forever." The possessory use tax became an issue in Plumas County in 2008, when it held up the county's negotiations on the most recent High Sierra Music Festival contract. At that time the county had begun to receive pressure from the state to enforce that tax. At the board meeting, Meacher said he understood the concessionaires needed to increase fees to make a profit at this point. What he didn't understand about the Sandy Point situa- tion was, "If we've been collecting $5 all these years, where has the money gone when all of the sudden we need repairs? "I understand the need for repairs, but that's why we col- lect a fee, and if the fee was not high enough perhaps they need to be reviewed with the concessionaires annually so that we don't end up like we are at Antelope Lake of putting in a $7 fee where there was no fee since the dam was built in the '60s." Meacher was also incredu- lous about whether the concessionaire would "be able to police the new fee." "I think what's going to happen is we're going to spend more trying to insti- tute this fee and enforce this fee than we will generate in revenue from collecting the fee:,_ The supervisor said he feared fhe sheriff's :boat patrol would spend all its time enforcing the new rules. Meacher was concerned because the area seemed to go through concessionaires fair- ly often and it would be tough, before turning to the Royal Elk representatives and saying, "I wish you well." Sedlacek said there were improvements being made at Antelope Lake with old toilets being replaced by new ones that are supposed to smell less. She also said the forest was trying to get funding from the California Department of Boating and Waterways. "Some of the ideas that may be approved if they are funded will be to resurface the lot up there, the parking lot; there's going to be a nice new boat dock, potential shade verandas for the picnic sites, and then an accessible trail that leads to the picnic areas." She also said Royal Elk wanted to survey the public on what kinds of equipment, such as canoes and paddle boats, they would like to be able to rent. ) SCHUYLER COLLISION/ ]BENNETT ENTERPRISES is now spraying colors available Schuyler COLLISION-REPAIR 43B Alta Avenue (behind SavMor Gas Station) Quincy, CA 530-283-9945 LIFETIME GUARANTEE by our trained professionals. x. d Responding to the law enforcement concerns she said, "We're not really rely- ing on the sheriff to enforce boat passes; we're relying on Royal Elk Park Management to do that work." Meacher mentioned that another difficult sell for fish- ing in the area was the fact that a lawsuit was stopping Fish and Game from stocking the lake. Quincy Supervisor Lori Simpson commented, "I hope the Forest Service knows we want to keep camping still affordable." Swofford said he talked to fishermen from Reno, Nev., who told him "they're not coming back here. If they have to pay seven bucks to launch their boat they're going somewhere else. So that's where my point comes from. We're losing tourists, people we depend on." Sedlacek told them, "We'll work hard out there to provide a quality recreation experience for them so we won't lose those folks." Manual & Aquatic Therapy Orthopedic & Sports Injuries Post-surgical Rehabilitation s Sciatica Program PLUMAS PHYSICAL THERAPY Kory Felker, MPT 78 Central Ave., Quincy 283-2202 OFFER ENDS SOON, CALL TODAY! 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