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16A Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Laura Beaton Ivan Houser and Mark Roths- Staff Writer berger, registered profession- Ibeaton@plumasnews.com al forester Danielle Banchio and others. If a tree falls on Chandler Supervisor Lori Simpson Road, the powers that be are and more than 30 Chandler going to hear about it. Road area residents also at- On Monday, June 4, Public tended the meeting, intro- Works Director Bob Perreault duced by Perreault. and the Plumas County Plan- Residents spoke openly ling and Building Services about what the big deal was: hosted a standing-room-only this historic and scenic coun, meeting led by Plumas Coun- try lane is highly prized for ty Chandler Road Advisory its meandering, winding road Committee Chairman Hank lined by much-loved giant Eisenman. sentinels. These tall trees, The issue was the Plumas- mostly ponderosa pines, have Sierra Rural Electric Cooper- " been around for 100 to 200 ative's (PSREC) application years or longer, and residents for a Plumas County el- don't want them cut down. croachment permit to remove There were two main hazardous trees along Chan- prongs of questioning: one dler Road and Quincy Junc- was directed to Public Works tion Road. personnel regarding policies In a meeting that lastedand procedures pertaining to nearly 2-1/2 hours, an over- tree work and removal. Main flowing room of concerned concerns on this front includ- residents of Chandler and ad- ed the Chandler Road commit- jacent roads posed questions tee and area homeowners be- to Public Works employees ing notified about impending and PSREC representatives abatement work. Even though including Paul Erwin andthe land abutting Chandler Greg Lohn, CalFire associates Road may be private property, the county, PSREC and other utility companies such as Pa- cific Gas and Electric Co. have access to what is called a prescriptive easement: the right to access and maintain that land in a way that pro- vides safety as well as upholds the many rules and regula- tions required by law. Citizens were concerned about the county cutting down trees. Many residents spoke up about trees being cut without prior notice. Other residents brought up some illustrious history of Chandler Road tree-cutting in the past, and openly declared their mistrust of the county. When residents saw 27 trees tied with marking tape, they were'alarmed and took action. The county had earmarked an additional 16 trees, apart from the 11 PSREC-designated ones, to be removed. Over the years, by combining forces, the county and PSREC have helped each organization re- duce costs and increase effi- ciency. J But upon protestation by concerned residents over these 27 trees earmarked for removal, the county removed its hazardous trees from the chopping block, effectively bowing out of the long-stand- ing collaboration with PSREC on this project. Eisenman and Perreault have plans to meet again and discuss these is- sues. Why, residents wanted to know, were two trees recently cut down at the corner of Quincy Junction and Chan- dler roads? And why weren't homeowners notified of this event, as per the agreement made by the Chandler Road Advisory Committee and the Public Works Department? Perreault said he was un- aware of these trees being re- moved. It was revealed by oth- er Public Works employees that those two trees were haz- ard trees that needed to be re- moved as part of routine maintenance. 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PSREC representa- ardous, the potential liability tives were grilled about how, to PSREC had already been why and when these danger established, and they won- trees were designated, re- dered if there was a way to moved, processed and dis- work with Public Works and posed of. People wanted to PSREC in the future to pre- know what happened to the vent such designations from timber when the trees were occurring when, in fact, there felled, are thousands of potential PSREC's Erwin explained hazard trees growing every- that whenever possible, the where -- each one of them a timber was sold to offset the threat to power lines and a high costs of removing such wildfire risk. big trees, which necessitated Despite strong feelings and the use of a giant crane. Haz, high emotions, the tone of the ard trees, however, are often meeting remained civil and diseased and/or conrail met- thoughtful: residents won- al from barbed wire or utili- dered if there were any mea- ties-related purposes, making sures that could be taken to them dangerous to process save the trees, such as mov- and difficult to sell to lumber ing power lines, burying mills, them underground or utiliz- For PSREC, legal liabilities ing a special insulating "tree and the safety of residents, wire," which could potential- homes, forests and other in- ly offer more protection frastructure mu'st necessari- against those weakened, ly take precedence over aes- structurally compromised ar- thetics, eas of trees that occur when a According to Erwin, PG&E tree breaks, forks or suffers recently suffered a fine up- some kind of damage, and wards of $30 million for a fire that pose particular danger in Southern California when near power lines. caused by hazard trees that By the end of the meeting, were not properly dealt with. however, citizens seemed re- Closer to home, the local Lay- signed to the fact that these man Fire in 1989 cost PSREC 11 trees would have to be re- more than $4 million, moved. Forester Banchio was There seemed to be hope called upon to explain how that more collaboration and the trees were designated communication between resi- hazardous. She explained the dents and the Chandler Road criteria involved in deter- Advisory Committee would mining the health of trees, be established. and had statistics available Eisenman and Perreault on each of the trees to be re- will meet again to brainstorm moved, ways to better work together. Suggestions were made Also to be clarified is the is- that perhaPS PSREC could sue of whether the Chandler get a second opinion on the Road Committee is under the health of these 11 trees. Even auspices of the Board of Su- though Banchio's report was pervisors or its own jurisdic accepted and supported by tion. FRC president may leave Mona Hill College, and did so." Staff Writer His email reminded employ- mhill@plumasnews.com ees of his earlier promise to tell them if job prospects else- Feather Publishing haswhere became serious, writ- learned that Feather River ing, "Well, this is getting seri- College President Ron Taylor ous." r,. was one of four candidates to Doard members, faculty and attend a public forum in staff from Merced College will Merced June 5. According to visit FRC Monday, June 11, an article in the Merced Sun for a site visit. Site visits are Star, Taylor is in the running used to "vet" a candidate's for the chief executive posi- abilities as an administrator. tion at Merced College. Reached by telephone June The Merced paper reported 8, Taylor confirmed his Taylor told those present at Merced candidacy, saying, "It the forum that he has been was not without soul search- through fiscal and accredita- ing that I even considered do- tion challenges similar to ing this (applying for the posi- those Merced faces, tion)." FRC currently awaits re- Taylor also confirmed that sults from its recent accredita- FRC trustees have been aware tion visit, due out by mid-Ju- of his application to Merced ly. The college continues to for aboutthree weeks. struggle with budget cuts and Taylor thought Merced revenue deferrals spanning could make a decision in the the last three years, next week. His contract with In an email to FRC employ- FRC requires 60 days' notice; ees dated June 7, Taylor however, Merced officials wrote: "I was urged to apply hope to have a new president for the presidency of Merced " on board by July i. 12th Annual Horses IJnlimitecl, Inc. Golf Tournament Thank You ..... Horses Unlimited, Inc. (HUI) recognizes tee sponsors, raffle prize don )rs, and Virginia Luhring (for her "Foursome Challenge"), whose generosity aids the continuing mission of HUI and their dedication to the enhancement of therapeutic riding. We also thank Plumas Pines Golf Resort, Brandon Bowling, Golf Pro, Seal Conry, Chef @ Longboard's and their great staffs for being so wonderful as hosts of this year's tournament. Your help and kindness is appreciated beyond words!! Donors... Gray's Flower Garden Sugarpine Aviators Virginia Luhring Betty Wilson Tim Landes- Horses Unlimited, Inc. Sierra West Valuation Shirley Leschinsky-Events4u2. Larry & Renee Walker Jim King, Cowboy Poet Pat & Norm Nichols Judy Story Safeway Food & Drugs Tink Mercado Quincy Natural Foods Sprague Family Rusty Warren and, of course, the Players! Spa at Plumas Pines and the Volunteers... Feather River Park Resort Mimi Garner Quincy Hot Spot Judy Story Carey Candy Co. Pam Babbitt Great Northern Hair Co. Renee Walker Forest Stationers Bryan Sprague Demartile Automotive Brian Marcus thank you,. ,thank you!! I |