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2A Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Parent encourages supervisors to endorse youth court Debra Moore Staff Writer drnoore@plu masnews.corn With Terry Swofford undergoing surgery and Jon Kennedy out of town, three supervisors gathered for the May 13 Board of Supervisors meeting. Kevin Goss filled in for Kennedy and chaired the meeting, which, with a short list of agenda items, ended quickly. Only three supervisors were anticipated to attend yesterday's meeting, with Swofford continuing his recuperation and Supervisor Sherrie Thrall out of town. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP Bob Perreault told the supervisors that workers salvaged whatever they could to help offset the cost of cleaning up the blighted property and that the county counsel and treasurer would be involved in the next steps to recoup the full amount from the property owners. Perreault worked through legal channels to clear the land after numerous neighbors complained about the eyesore, and the snakes and rats it attracted. Teen justice Portola resident Kim Wilbanks, who described Chilcoot cleanup No snakes but four kittens were found when county workers cleaned up a Chilcoot property, and there is already a waiting list at PAWS to adopt the tiny felines. Public Works Director BARBER GEORGE A. SCHEUCHENZU BER m" Summer Buzz Cuts ...$8.00 (no sizzer cuts) I^ at the I Plumas County Picnic ' Saturday, June 7th , Atthe Gazebo L00I ! Proceeds donated 50/50 tothe rqlk00 I , Plumas County Museum i & the Fairgrounds herself as a concerned parent and Rotarian, introduced the supervisors to "Youth Court" -- an alternative to the traditional way of dealing with teens who have committed a crime. The nationwide program is now practiced in half of California's counties, and Wilbanks would like to add Plumas to the list. A superior court judge oversees the court, which authorizes a teen jury to administer a sentence to a peer. Sentences can include community service, counseling and restitution. Wilbanks described the program as "restorative justice." "It's geared to have children make better choices," she said. Records are expunged when teens complete their sentences. This makes it easier for them to move forward in life without a conviction on their records. To be eligible for the program, a teen must: Be a first-time offender. Plead guilty to the offense. Have parental commitment to receive family counseling. Wilbanks has already spoken with Superior Court Judge Janet Hilde and District Attorney David Hollister. She said both support the concept, but are concerned with funding and staffing. The supervisors will write a letter of support for the program and encourage county departments to participate. May is for mental health The supervisors approved a proclamation declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month. The item was on the consent agenda so there was no discussion, but the proclamation contained the following information: Thii:ty percent of the county's population is comprised of citizens with mental illness 20 percent adults and 10 percent children. Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease. One in five families is affected in their lifetime by a severe mental illness. The proclamation calls for more education, legislation and interaction among agencies to improve the quality of life for those with brain disorders. Promotion and new position The sheriff received authorization to promote a correctional officer to sergeant. Hagwood told the supervisors that he had hired four new correctional officers, but since they are younger and less experienced, supervision would be required. "We've been operating in the absence of one of our sergeants for some time," he said. Daniel Prince, the county's acting chief probation officer, asked the board to change the positions that are allocated to his department, switching one deputy probation officer position to a probation report writer. "There is a significant increase (in report writing) as we deal with local probationers," Prince said. The position is already funded and the supervisors voted to approve his request. He also received authorization to replace Monica Richardson, the department's fiscal officer, who has assumed that role for the mental health department. Me 00cner offered Portola City Manager job Debra Moore Staff Writer d moore@plurnasnews.corn Former Plumas County Supervisor Robert Meacher has been offered and accepted the position of Portola city manager. While there has been a verbal commitment between the city council and Meacher, the final contract won't be signed until all details have been resolved including Meacher's pre-employment physical scheduled for Thursday. "The city has offered me an exciting opportunity," Meacher said during an interview Monday morning. "I think he's going to be a great asset," Councilman Bill Powers said. "He has experience, and a knowledge 6f the area and the relationship between the city and the county." HOME IMPROVEMENT HEADQUARTERS Come See Us For ALL Your Outdoor Living Needs. |P Fencing Materials Treated, Metal, Cedar and Redwood Posts. Wood and Vinyl Lattice Enjoy Your Patio Furniture BBQ's Glazed Ceramic Pots Garden Soils Planter Boxes Weekend ounT.nln _ . 1947 Lee Road, Quincy CA 530-283-0924 (00BAS 00LITE  Like us on facebook Robert Meacher Meacher represented Indian Valley on the Board of Supervisors for 20 years, before stepping aside at the end of 2012 to run for the assembly seat now held by Brian Dahle. He is a 40-year resident of the county and a business owner for 25 years. A city manager must live within 15 minutes of the city and Meacher plans to relocate from his Genesee home to Portola as soon as possible. "If I could be within walking distance of City Hall that would be great," Meacher said. His tentative first day on the job will be June 1, but he could become involved sooner as budget talks get underway next week. The city's public works director, Todd Roberts, and planner, Karen Downs, have taken on the duties of running the city since former city manager Ian Kaiser resigned in September 2013. "Both of them have been tremendous," Powers said. "They're trying to run a city and do their own jobs." Meacher said that he is looking forward to the new challenge and working in Portola. "I've always loved the east side." he said. But that doesn't mean he won't be spending time in Indian Valley. He and his family will continue to operate the Genesee Store, which is open on weekends during the summer. Quincy man in critical condition after crash A 71-year-old Quincy man was listed in critical condition Monday morning after crashing his truck Saturday night, May 17. Earnest Daniel "Danny" Leonhardt was driving his 2006 Dodge Ram eastbound on Lee Road, just east of Sierra Park Drive, at an unknown speed. The California Highway Patrol press release stated: "For reasons unknown, Leonhardt allowed his vehicle to drift across the westbound lane and onto the north shoulder." The vehicle subsequently overturned and came to rest on its roof on the north shoulder facing an easterly direction. The report stated Leonhardt was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the 10:32 p.,m. crash and he suffered major injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and was released to Plumas District Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Later, Leonhardt was care-flighted to Enloe hospital in Chico where he remains in critical condition. Paid political advertisement JEFF ENGEL SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 5 June 3rd -- Election Day -- is almost here. I'd like to contrast a few more of the differences between my opponent and myself: I have NOT asked for or accepted any financial donations during this campaign. I want each of you to know that if I am elected your supervisor, I owe no favors. I am "The Longtime Local, Self-Employed Businessman." I own & have operated my business in Plumas County for over 33 years. My employees are Local as are over 95% of the materials I use. Being a local businessman, I know how hard it is to stay in business. I don't want to jeopardize anyone's business or divide our small community in any way by publicly listing my supporters in the newspaper. I would like to "Thank" each and every one of you for your encouragement. My wife Jennifer and I have spent much of the last 5 months in District 5 knocking on your doors and talking to you. It's been nice visiting with so many of you. We thank everyone for your kindness, hospitality and your willingness to share ideas you think might help Plumas County rebound from our underperforming, slow growing economy. We've listened to District 5 residents and business owners who are struggling to stay in Plumas County because of the downfall in the economy and the high unemployment rate. It is vital that we work together for all of Plumas County to have a strong local economy. We need to explore all possibilities that could keep and bring in well-paying, local jobs. With good, local jobs coming into our county, growth will follow. With that growth comes financial" security and the ability to fund needed public safety and the ability to protect funding needed for all of our community, businesses, public employees, veterans (some homeless) and senior citizens. I kindly ask for your vote on June 3rd We Live Here, We Work Here, We're Raising Our Families Here, We Love It Here. J Ei www.jeffengel.org (530) 836-0257 Paid for by the Committee to Elect Jeff Engel Our committee consists of my wife Jennifer, our family & myself Email your items to Feather Publishing Advertising: smcconnell@plumasnews.com; News: dmcdnald@plumasnews'cm; Public Notices and Calendar updates: typesetting @ Plumasnews'cm