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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, May 23, 2012 -9A A pile of contaminated dirt is covered in a parking lot next to Dame Shirley Plaza in Quincy Wednesday, May 16. Crews are expected to remove another 350 tons of contaminated soil this week. Photos by Dan McDonald TANK, from page 1A this without completely re- moving it." Wilson said additional work would include a gee- probe investigation to deter- mine the limits of the conta- mination in the groundwater. He said the excavated ground would be backfilled and groundwater monitoring wells could be installed. After that work is com- pleted and the park is reha- bilitated, Wilson said the tab could be $75,000 to $100,000 more than the $100,000 that is covered by the county's insurance. The supervisors approved Wilson's request to use up to $100,000 from the county's general services budget. The "professional services" line item in that account currently has a $274,658 bal- ance. So the county wouldn't have to take money from its contingency funds. The Quincy Hotel, which opened in 1925 and burned down in 1966, was the third hotel at the Dame Shirley site. The original Plumas House Hotel was constructed in 1853. It burned to the ground in 1866. The Plumas House was quickly rebuilt and later expanded in 1873. According to historical accounts, the hotel "stood as a beacon in mountain accom- modations." But it burned down again in 1923 and was replaced by the Quincy Hotel. The oil tank was used to fuel a boiler that generated steam heat for the hotel. When the tank was discov- ered in March, it was estimated to be about 20 feet long and between 45 and 70 years old. But Wilson said the tank, which once held 7,200 gallons of oil, turned out to be bigger than originally thought. The original estimate to remove the tank and replace the contaminated soil was a little more than $30,000, well under the $100,000 that would be covered by insurance. Those figures changed after the county realized the extent of the contamination. Wilson said the contamina- tion hasn't caused the state to change its mind about buying Dame Shirley Plaza from the county. Courthouse delay On Monday, May 14, Gov. Jerry Brown proposed cut- ting $544 million from the state's court budget. Because of the budget cut, proposed construction of about 50 new courthouses has been put on hold. Quincy's Dame Shirley Plaza was one of the sites targeted for a new court- house by the Administrative Office of the Courts. Monday's decision by the governor leaves Quincy's new courthouse plans up in the air. "So it may be several years before (the California Admin- istrative Office of the Courts) asks to purchase the Dame Shirley property," Wilson said. AUDITOR, from page 1A have to be Conducted in $., sessions open to the public. However, Trumbo said the supervisors "could look at resumes and appoint some- one and not go through the interview process." Mental Health director Unlike the case with the auditor position, outgoing Mental Health Director John Sebold said he has been grooming his potential successor for months. Sebold told the supervisors he would like them to appoint the department's care coordi- nator, Pat Leslie, to the position. He said Leslie has been acting as the director, with Sebold in a consulting role, since he announced his retirement in March. "'I don't have any question about Pat's capability to man- age the business side of this operation," Sebold said. "Pat"s knowledge base is extraordinary." ' Sebold told the supervisors that Leslie filling his role was a key component of his transition plan. The supervisors voted to make Leslie the acting director after Sebold's official retirement May 29. However, Settlemire and Trumbo said that because the county is an equal oppor- tunity employe& it was oblig- ated to open the job to all qualified candidates -- even those outside the county. "We could have a situation, given the requirements of this particular job, where if you are just doing it in-house, you are not really observing an equal opportunity," Settlemire said. Meacher said he felt Leslie "probably already has three votes on the board." But Supervisors Jon Kennedy and Thrall said that wasn't necessarily true. "As you know, since John (Sebold) announced his pending retirement, we began to get emails from citizens who feel they are qualified," Thrall said. "And I'm certain they would object if we do not allow them the opportunity." Sebold said regardless what the supervisors decide to do, they shouldn't expect Leslie to do her current job and run the department at same time. At least not for very long. "One of the reasons this (Mental Health) department has run well -- both service. wise and on the financial side is because there's very, very little redundancy in this department," Sebold said. "If you walk in there, on any giv- en day, everybody is working and grinding out on some- thing. It is a constant effort. "So when a part leaves that department, you've got things that are not going to get done," he said. "Leaving Pat in a position for very long where she is doing her job and my job is not going to work." PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT ELECT JAMES HUFFMON SUPERVISOR * DISTRICT 4 JUNE 5, 2012 o:o Local Business Owner o:* Quincy High School Graduate o;. Self-Employed for Over 10 yrs as a licensed plumbing contractor o; Member of the California Association for Local Economic Development "1 have two questions for you: 1)Are you happy with the direction Plumas County is going? 2) Do you think you are being represented effectively? If the answers are no, then cast your vote for me, and we will work together on revitalizing this community." www.JamesHuffmonForSupervisor.com PAID FOR BY THE COMMITTEE TO ELECT HUFFMON FOR SUPERVISOR 2012 395 MAIN STREET, QUINCY, CA 95917 530-283-3277 i A hole at Quincy's Dame Shirley Plaza measuring 30 feet long, 25 feet wideand 14 feet deep is seen in this Wednesday, May 16, photo. A 90-year-old fuel tank that was removed from the site May 10 left behind hundreds of tons of contaminated soil. it f" Gray It's the perfect time to plant your G Vegetable Gardeners $159 We've got a great selection! Choose from: 4" Winter & Summer Squash, Pumpkins, Broccoli, pot Cabbage, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Melons,  X,umbt, ' Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts and more. ,- N!0N. SETS 0000TOMATOES' Great Selection Ud wh,. 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