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6A Wednesday, May23, 2oo County News I By Victoria Metcalf Staff Writer A final decision on whether prime property on Fair- grounds Road will become the new home of a Quincy skate park was put on hold by mem- bers of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors May 15. Supervisors accepted a protest from Plumas-Sierra County Fair Board of Direc- tors President Mike Beatty that the board had not had an opportunity to review new material produced by Land Image of Chico. That material was a third option, produced between the time of the last public meeting in March and the May 15 meeting. Supervisors gave members of the fair board a month in which to call a meeting to re- view the new material. Beatty also said that Land Image representatives ig- nored an invitation to present proposals for development of a piece of property located be- tween the fairgrounds and Pi- oneer Park. He also protested the inclu- sion and design of a section of fairgrounds property behind the grandstands. From the outset, the fair board has asked to be includ- ed in the planning phase of the project, but, except for public meetings when general , planning concepts were taken, the fair board has not been given that opportunity, ac- cording to Beatty. The meeting Land Image representatives Brian Firth and Greg Gilman, flanked by the Plumas County Planning Department's Jim Graham, gave their first pre- sentation of completed de- signs and a survey to the board of supervisors. Land Image was hired by Plumas County last year to complete a $25,000 study of county property within the Quincy area to determine a suitable location for a skate park--funded by the Quincy Rotary Club--and potential additional recreation facili- ties for .future expansion pos- sibilities. In its first public planning meeting last fall, Land Image tossed out the further develop- ment of a potential site at Gansner Park. In studying the location, Melton said the site where deteriorating tennis courts now exist wasn't a prime area for a skate park. Representatives also listened as some of the parents at the meeting said that Gansner wasn't a visible location for safety factors, and too far from town. From that point on, Land Image concentrated its ener- gies toward developing plans for an eight-acre-plus section of land, owned by the county, but traditionally controlled by the fairgrounds. In its report to the board of supervisors, Melton pointed out the various merits of two fully detailed plans for not on- ly a skate park, but a basket- ball court, a youth center, bathroor0s, showers and laun- dry facilities, and other recre- ational amenities. Members of the board of su- pervisors pointed out that no additional facilities would be built, unless funding came from another source. A third, and recent, addi- tion to the scheme showed the skate park, some parking and a lot of open space. In two of the options, the skate park would be located in the corner across from Pio- neer Park and abutting the Pi- oneer RV Park. In one plan, the skate park was placed in the center of the lot. Melton said that, in design- ing the area, buffering tech- niques, including trees and shrubs, would be included to help reduce the noise. Also, the skate park would be devel- oped in a bowl, which lessens the noise. He added that skate parks, in his experience, aren't as noisy as basketball courts. Board diecu Supervisor Bill Dennison asked if estimated costs were provided by Land Image. Melton responded they were not included. Initially, the skate park was estimated to cost $70,000 to build, but that price may have increased since Rotary first began inves- tigating the project three years ago. Supervisor Robert Meacher asked who would ultimately be in charge of the area. He said he realized that the Cen- tral Plumas Recreation Dis- trict (CPRD) would be respon- sible for overseeing the skate park, but wondered whose ju- risdiction the rest of the prop- erty would fall under. Meacher added that the site had traditionally been con- trolled by the fairgrounds. Graham quickly pointed out that the land didn't belong to the fairgrounds, but was coun- ty property (which the fair- grounds is, too, but the 13- member board has been ap- pointed by supervisors to run the facility.) As discussions continued, Beatty said, "My concern here, however, this is the first look we've had at option three. And I resent that frankly, if you expect to con. tinue to work with us." Referring to proposal A, Beatty said the fair board has not had the opportunity to dis- cuss it. Melton pointed out that it was presented at the March meeting, but only a small com- mittee of fair board members could attend that meeting-- not the entire board. Beatty then pointed out that Land Image had declined to discuss the proposals with the fair board during one of its meet- ing where the entire board could hear it. Supervisor Don Clark agreed that proposal A, the area behind the grandstands, integral to the fair." He adde&that a decision should be tabled until the fair board had an opportunity to review it. Dennison ag 'eed, but moved to discussion proposal B, which dealt with the large park area. Supervisor B.J. Pearson said he thought A and B went together, and couldn't be sepa- rated. As discussion progressed, Dennison asked Beatty if the fair board was against any de- velopment. "Not necessarily," Beatty said. "We just want time to look at (proposal) A." Dennison asked if they were against the skateboard park. Beatty said they weren't against a skateboard park or skateboarders, but against its location on that site. Audience input "We all know what the issue is here," Clark said. "I think we ought to hear the public's discussion today." Leading the proponents of the plan, CPRD Director Jim Boland pointed out that his board and the fair board have a long history of working co- operatively together. Boland said that the CPRD surveyed other locations around Quincy, and each of the other sites "had at least one fatal flaw." In looking over the two main proposals with his board, Boland said that CPRD chose the second option. John DeSelle, of the Quincy Rotary group, said it wasn't an either/or proposition. "I think they can go togeth- er," he said, about the extent of the proposed project and its location. Supporter, and parent, Greg Gilman pointed out that the skate park takes up only one quarter of an acre. Gilman lat- er went on to say that one Quincy resident has the con- nections to locate funding for the rest of the park, if the ini- tial project is put through. In giving time for those against the project to speak, Fair Board Director Leonard Ross said he wasn't against a skate park, but was afraid that once it was in place, the fair would soon lose all rights to the piece of property. Beatty, in using a survey de- veloped and prepared by Land Image, pointed out that, next to the fairgrounds, Gansner Park received more visitors than any other location. Walt Moss, a representative of the owners of the Pioneer RV Park--initially built by the county--said they were opposed to the park, and that if the skate park is built on the property, it will negative- ly impact their business. Moss said the people who use the RV park come to the area to enjoy its beauty and At Chester Park Downtown Chester by the Feather River (Sat. lOam to 5pro) May 27 (Sun. Oam to 4pro) Come and join us for a fun filled, fantastic weekend with great Arts & Crafts and delicious food in beautiful Chester Park. Bring the whole family/ Some of the new artisans this year are Gary & Lyn Beem with one of a kind birdhouses with incredible detailing, unbelievably beautiful wildlife art by Susan Wilhite & Joanne Graham, unique silver jewelry by Cathi Shavram & Ling Yen Jones, beautiful hand thrown pottery from Chris & Joanne Borggren. Also included are metal garden cut-outs, beautiful florals, handmade clothing and quilts, country signs & crafts and much more. (Plus) * Diane Lewellan, face painting * Crazy Eric's Chicago Style Hot Dogs & Barbecue * Briggs Cool Snow Cones & * Roy's Kountry Kettlecorn (For more information call (530) 585-2430) sponsored by 'KABIN' 99' \ \ L.EC:~=NI~ Plumas-Sierra County Board of Directors President Mike Beatt sentatlve of Land Image put forward Proposal A involving part of the fairgrOe t said the fair board hadn't been given an opportunity to review the plan. I LE~EN~ Option 1 of Land Image's proposals skews the skate park in the center of Rotary member and project leader John DeSelle said he preferred having in the center. the setting. "Would you' like a Gansner Park said the biggeSl skateboard park next to your Getting around to dis- parents was home?" cussing the merits or difficul- ties of Gansner Park, Melton ALL TRANSFER SITES AND RECYC CENTERS WILL BE CLOSED Monday routes will be run on Tuesday, May 29th A SAFE AND HAPpy HOLIDAY