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2A Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Feather River Bulletin E Debra Moore Staff Writer Owners who let their dogs run amok on county property, such as parks and ball fields, have county leaders considering leash' laws. Cleaning up the fecal matter has become increasingly problematic for county workers, and in some cases poses health issues. "On many occasions our employees have had to go home to change their clothes and shower because their weed eater has struck a pile of waste," Facilities Director Deny Sawchuk wrote in a report to the Board of Supervisors. Facilities workers have installed two pet waste stations at Gansner Park so that bags are available on site and they plan to install more in other areas. Sawchuk, who spoke during the Board of Supervisors' June 3 meeting, has also received complaints about dogs bothering picnickers and running loose in ballparks. "These facilities were designed for the enjoyment of all, pet owners and non-pet owners alike," Sawchuk said. He also wants a leash law BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP that could be enforced at the airports to prevent dogs from running onto the runways. In response to a question posed by Supervisor Lori Simpson about possible punishments for offenders, Sawchuk said he would recommend a fine. A public hearing must be held before a free can be implemented. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall suggested that the leash law be extended to the courthouse grounds. The supervisors took the first step to approve the leash law and pet feces ordinances as recommended, which will apply to Gansner Park, Chester Park, Story Ball Field, Rotary Ball Field, Dame Shirley Plaza, the courthouse grounds and the Taylorsville Campground. Pet owners will be required to pick up after their pets and to use leashes no longer than 8 feet. Taking money to make money The state's Division of Fairs and Expositions is giving the Plumas-Sierra County Fair $36,000 and Fair Manager John Steffanic wants to use a portion of the proceeds to install a commercial ice machine. "The ice machine will eliminate the need for us to contract with an ice company for the fair and will become a revenue generator," he wrote in his recommendation to the supervisors. In addition to the ice machine, Steffanic wants to purchase a commercial refrigerator, a storage container and folding chairs and tables. The remaining $16,000 would be used for repairs to the water system and structural improvements to some of the buildings. "What you are going to buy is going to enhance our services,,' Board Chairman Jan Kennedy said. His fellow supervisors agreed and approved Steffanic's spending plan. New sound The boardroom now has new sound to go with its video capabilities. Ken Donneil, of Donnell's MusicLand in Greenville, installed the new system that debuted for the June 3 meeting. It is expected to produce better sound for those watching the live-streamed meetings. Positions to fill Acting Chief Probation Officer Dan Prince is looking for two employees -- an office assistant and a probation report writer. The first will be filled from an existing list of applicants, and PrinCe will recruit within the department for the latter. Sheriff Greg Hagwood will also look internally when he hires a new jail commander. Hagwood has rewritten the job description for the jail commander, and now the person filling that position must be a sworn peace officer. "It's a markedly different environment," Hagwood said of the county jail, compared to years past. "It's more like a prison now," Supervisor Lori Simpson said. In the wake of Assembly Bill 109, individuals who would previously be housed in state prison are now held locally, and for greater lengths of time. "Prior to AB 109 the average stay of an inmate was less than 40 days," Hagwood wrote in his request. Ken Donnell, center, shows Clerk to the Board Nancy DaForno and District 2 Supervisor Kevin Goss the new audio system for the Board of Supervisors chambers. The system replaces outdated equipment and should enhance the audio portion of the board's live streaming of meetings. Photo by Debra Moore "Currently, one inmate Elliott Smart also received is serving a five-year authorization to fill a vacant sentence." office assistant position Social Services Director due to an internal promotion. emergency res Debra Moore Staff Writer Concerns about adequate emergency medical response prompted the Board of Supervisors to delay authorizing a music festival in Belden during the Fourth of July weekend. The supervisors were poised to approve permits for three concerts during their June 3 public meeting, but refrained from approv g tcel..ess .... concert scheduled for: July4 - 6 in Come to Preventive ALL-IN,ONE * Insured patients withHealth & service. For other insurance, care at 100% our Billing WWW.EPH Belden. They were scheduled to discuss the issue again during their June 10 meeting, after giving p?omoters time to address concerns raised by paramedic Steve Tolen and Ashley Blesse, a registered nurse and emergency services manager for Plumes District Hospital. "Our resources are already stretched thin," Blesse said of the holiday weekend. PDH typically has three ambulances available, but one is undergoing repairs. Another ambulance is already committed "We have people who live here, pay taxes, and that should be our priority, not people who come to the festival and go no farther than Belden." Sherrie Thrall Supervisor to being stationed at High Sierra Music Festival on that weekend, which leaves just one to respond for the rest of the hospital's coverage area. Tolen told the supervisors that during a music festival held at ea Clinic - Sat. June 21, 9:00 am- 1:00 pm ntment co-pay or, irance. most cash s C.ORG ess over 50 to'receive this free preventive need to f re not sure ce or Belden earlier this year, PDH personnel made five ambulance runs to the venue during a three-day festival, resulting in just two transports to the hospital. That costs money because the hospital has to call in extra staff and pay overtime, and it takes an ambulance out of the area for an extended period. The fact that only two transports resulted from five trips prompted a discussion about the expertise and the adequacy of the medical service provided by the festival. Richie Folen, who is affiliated 'Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but. the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Calvary Chapel 1953 E. Main St., Quincy with Belden but isn't one of the concert promoters, said that two paid and licensed EMTs are present during the event, and that one of the individuals is always in the medical tent. The supervisors discussed the possibility of ambulance coverage from elsewhere in the county, as happens on a routine basis, but because it's a busy holiday weekend, worried that it might not be realistic. "We have people who live here, pay taxes, and that should be our priority," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said. "Not people who come to the festival and go no farther than Belden." But since tickets have been sold for the event, the supervisors decided to give concert promoters a week to work with PDH to see if a solution could be reached. The supervisors questioned why they were being asked to approve a permit for a concert that was so imminent, but then learned that their own ordinance requires a public hearing no sooner than 60 days before an event, and no later than 30 days. In addition to medical response issues, California Highway Patrol Commander Joe Edwards attended the meeting to discuss traffic concerns at the request of Supervisor Lori Simpson, who said she was shocked to learn that one of the participants was run over by a worker during the last event. Edwards said High Sierra had its own traffic issues, but after working with promoters for a year, they had been addressed. He offered to do the same with Belden events. "I think we could come up With a way to mitigate problems down there," he said. "Let us use our expertise." 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