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8A Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Feather River Bulletin CUTS, from page 1A director Bill Peay voted against it. Director Howard Hughes was absent. Eaton justified his motion for "a zero increase" by say- ing the district should look at reducing employee benefits. Ratepayers have ques- tioned EQSD employees' com- pensation during recent meetings. They argued the district's workers shouldn't be getting pay raises while other public servants in the county are taking pay and benefits cuts. "Before the start of the fiscal year, we should investi- gate several areas that I see where we may make adjustments in employee benefits," Eaton said during his motion. Eaton said the district should consider having employees contribute more to their retirement and health insurance. He said the district should also consider returning to a 35-hour work- week. "Have we gained that much by going from a 35- to 40-hour week?" Eaton said. The district added an hour to its daily schedule in September. The additional hours, combined with a 3.5 percent cost of living in- crease, would cost the district about 24 percent more in wages than last year. When he revealed his rate study in April, Bastian warned the directors that not increasing rates could lead to higher increases down the road. His projections showed EQSD should expect rising expenses and falling revenue for the next several years. With that in mind, director Peay made a motion to raise sewer rates by 3 percent as a compromise to Eaton's "zero" increase.. Only Green voted against the motion. Bastian initially proposed 5 percent water and 8 percent sewer rate hikes during his April presentation. But the board met Monday, "These finances and these accounts ... you put garbage in, you are getting garbage out." Les Ellis Resident May 14, to look at the district's budget '"line by line" to see where cuts could be made. Among the cuts the board agreed to make was the employees' cost of living increase. Other cuts included elimi- nating a part-time worker after a general manager is hired. The district, which has 10 applicants for the GM position, said it hopes to hire a new manager by July. The district's bookkeeper has been acting general manager since Mary Henrici resigned from the position last fall. The board also agreed to 15th Annual Lake Almanor Memorial weekend ' Cra00: Fair 5pons0recl b 9 the Kotry Club of Chester Maju & ZT, ZO1Z 10 am - 4- pm Chester, CalflCornia A week-end ot: fun, shoppingt:or your lCavorite handmade crafts, art,jeweirg, ceramics and more in the beautiful mountain cornrnunit 9 ot: Chester. Vor more imCo, please contact ched at (0) Z8-Zld or lakealmanormemorialclagcrarrbCair@gahoo.com ........... I11 hi il I1 It, ['11 il' ' 1 1 ' "* i i .... i " i i'' i ..... 3RD ANNUAL COMMUNITY APPRECIATION AND 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Saturday, May 26 The fun starts at 9am FREE ACTIVITIES for the WHOLE FAMILY Live music starting at noon Come and enjoy the best we have to offer: Fishing Swimming * Horse Shoe Tournaments Hot Air Balloon Rides, Bounce House Come see Greenhorn Creek Fire Trucks and Care Flight Helicopter Hot Dog & Hamburger lunch on the lawn at 12pm Adults: $5 kids 12 and under FREE Pulled Pork BBQ Dinner at 4pro Adults: $12.99 kids 12 and under FREE For more information, contact Sara at 1-800-33-HOWDY or 283-0930 www.greenhornranch.com 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road, Quincy We are dog friendly eliminate expenses for travel, extra labor, training, vehicle fund and other wages; and cut facility maintenance, uni- form and other professional services by 50 percent. The amount budgeted for "conservation efforts" was reduced as well as that for capital improvements. Bastian used the potential savings identified in the budget meeting to lower his recommended rate increases. "I just want to personally thank the board for having 4 that meeting Monday," said East Quincy resident Kathy Felker, who attended the Monday meeting. "It was very enlightening. And I think it was very enlighten- ing to the board to actually take the time to go through it. "I think you need to take the time every month to look at that itemized (expense) listing -- and there are things on there all the time that should be looked at. What are we buying? And it's us (ratepayers) who are buying it." Many ratepayers at the meeting offered suggestions and questions for the board. Resident Les Ellis blasted the board for what he con- sidered to be sloppy account- ing by the district. Ellis said statements by the district's auditor backed up his claims. "Looking through your accounts ... every year the auditor comes back and makes recommendations and you haven't done anything about it," Ellis told the board. "This has been going on since 2009." Ellis said he was particu- larly upset that the district didn't account for the differ- ence in time employees spend working on water as opposed to sewer duties. He was also critical of the district for having too many expenses categorized as "miscella- neous." "These finances and these accounts ... you put garbage in, you are getting garbage out," Ellis said. "The ship needs tightening up, gentle- men." The new rates, which will raise the average monthly bill from about $70.65 to just under $72 -- are set to take effect in July.. The district will hold a protest hearing July 2 at 6 p.m. at the EQSD office. Plumas County group wins award for best practices The Plumas County Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program was awarded the 2012 Best Practices Award for Excellence in Program Evaluation from the California state WIC program. Program staff received the award May 2 at the annual California WIC Association Conference in Palm Desert. This award brings Need help REPLACING or REPAIRING: DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING .......... ,. ROOFING. ........... ELECTRICAL If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 m General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 statewide recognition to the Plumas County WIC pro- gram. The state WIC program solicits nominations for this award from all of its 84 local agencies, and one agency is selected as a winner in each category. This honor recog- nizes the outstanding service and dedication of the local WIC staff, as well as the integrity of the program they FUll. Responsible for this excep- tional program are Katy Dyrr, WIC registered dietitian/ coordinator; Carmen Lopez, WIC nutrition educator; Pamela Nixon, program as- sistant/nutrition assistfint; and Debbie Jones, program assistant/nutrition assistant. WIC provides vouchers for supplemental foods, nutrition education and breast feeding support for low/moderate income families. WIC serves pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women, and families with children from birth to age 5. This includes fathers, grand- parents, guardians and foster parents. The program is headquar- tered in Quincy, and staff travels to sites throughout Plumas County every month to serve eligible families. The WlC program is a service of Plumas Rural Services. More information about WlC and the services and resources it offers to the community can be found at plumasruralservices.org/WIC or by calling 283-4093 or (800) WIC-4093. Q, from page 1A Book signing, 2 p.m., Epilog Books. John Probst will sign copies of his fifth novel, "Scenes from Childhood," as well as previous works. Monday: Seventh annual Veterans Memorial Service, 10 a.m., Veterans Memorial in Dame Shirley Plaza across from courthouse. Includes speeches, music, keynote address by Assemblyman Dan Logue. To donate: Bob Zernich, 283-1010; or visit Quincy branch of Plumas Bank. Wednesday, May 30: Concert on the Green, 5:30 p.m., Quincy High School. Featuring local yo.u.th musical groups. Moves to the gym in case of inclement weather. Thursday, May 31: Inaugural Quincy High School Expo0 4 - 6 p.m., courthouse lawn and entrance areas. Students share expertise, show off academic successes, showcase outstanding QHS programs including senior projects. Expo takes the place of open house; all parents and community members invited. EPHC IS PLEASED TO WELCOME DR. DAVID KITTS, BOARD CERTIFIED SURGEON, BACK TO OUR PORTOLA CLINIC. Dr. Kits will see clinic patients twice per month and perform outpatient surgeries. For more information and to schedule a referral appointment with your primary care physician, please call 832-6600. www.ephc.org