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12A Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Feather River Bulletin RUNOFF, from page 1A Meeting more people gives me a better insight on the needs of our county. I've even had some pretty tasty fried chicken while knocking On doors during dinnertime. I look forward to meeting more people and moving our county forward." In other county races, Greg Hagwood scored a convincing victory over Bob Shipp, 81.81 percent to 17.81 percent, for county sheriff. Multi-term assessor Chuck Leonhardt won re-election • over challenger Mike Gardner. 75.93 percent to 23.89 percent. Uncontested county races included incumbents Sherrie Thrall for District 3 super- visor (98.72 percent); Shawn Montgomery for auditor/ controller (98.14 percent); Kathy Williams for clerk/ recorder (99'.6 percent); and Glenn Harris for superinten- dent of schools (95.54 per- cent). Elected for the first time were David Hollister as district attorney (98.86 percent) and Julie White. as treasurer/tax collector (99.42 percent). Plumas soundly supported (83.59 percent) Proposition 13: Seismic Retrofitting, which passed at the state level with 84.5 percent. Out of the two election re- form measures, the county preferred Proposition 14 (59.16) to Proposition 15 (36.45 percent). Statewide, Proposi- tion 14, which will create open primaries beginning in 2012, passed with 54.2 percent of the vote. The PG&E-backed Proposi- tion 16 garnered 55.25 per- cent, and Proposition 17, the insurance rate measure, squeaked by at 50.60 percent in Plumas, but they were defeated at the state level. Turnout in Plumas County was 52.48 percent. Sierra County had the largest turnout in the state at 73.3 percent. our 27th year in business! During the past 26 years, we are proud to have built more than 70 homes and 100 garages in Plumas County, not to mention the hundreds of remodels, additions and insurance repairs we've done as well. With the change in the economy (specifically, fewer new housing starts), my business partner (and son) Donavon and I knew we had to change our business model. We're not going anywhere, and we still build new homes, garages and commercial buildings. So, in the past year we found there was a real need to assist homeowners in making their existing homes more efficient, attractive and valuable. We've helped lots and lots of people with all kinds of projects .... that might have only taken 15 minutes to several ................ days or " '- weeks to complete. And, if we couldn't do their job, we'd ............... _ make sure to connect them with some- one who could. It's that kind of service and satisfaction that will help take us through our next 25 years!!! 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 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 FREE ADVIC| FREE ESTIMATES and WE WELCOME OWNER PARTICIPATION! Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved a lease agreement at a mid-May meeting, allowing the Forest Service to use 4.5 acres of land at the Beckwourth Nervino Airport to build a multiagency fwe center. County Director of Facility Services Joe Wilson told the board the airport would receive $13,500 per year from the federal agency in an agreement his backup material indicated was based on a lease at the Hemet air- port in Southern California. The background material indicated a consumer price index would allow for annual adjustments to the annual contribution from the Forest Service, but payments would never go below the initial amount. The document also ex- plained the price would be adjusted every five years to ensure it was 8 percent of the property's appraised fair market value. The agreement also in- cluded a 10 cents per gallon "fuel flowage fee" to be paid by the federal agency for fuel pumped into any vehicles used by the Forest Service or its subcontractors at the airport. Wilson said the lease was for one year, with 29 re- newal options, but "They've indicated since they are in- vesting so much money, $2.2 million, into the property that they will be renewing all 29." In his background docu- ment Wilson explained the $2.2 million is stimulus fund- ing allocated to the Forest Service for the design and construction of "a 24-person barracks unit, a fire Station with six bays, and a storage building for equipment, as well as a helipad and a parking apron for the helicopters." Wilson told the board the lease was for land in the northeast corner of the air- port, along Industrial Way. Background materials added the Beckwourth Fire District entered a separate agreement with the Forest Service to provide structural protection to the new base, which would also "allow them to be strategically lo- cated for a quicker response to portions of their service area." Wilson's material listed additional perks from the agreement to include the possibility of "bringing in an air ambulance service" and the fact the Forest Service would bring in electrical and wastewater services, allow- ing the county "to more easily market and develop the north side of the airport." County Administrative Officer Jack Ingstad said he hadn't found time to look at the contract yet and wanted board approval to be contin- gent upon his, Chairwoman Sherrie Thrall, and Acting County Counsel Brian Morris approval of the agreement. Thrall and Ingstad voiced reservations about the lack of a diagram or description of what the actual buildings would look like. Wilson said the Forest Service was taking a "design and build" approach: The contractor doing the work would also design the struc- tures. "It's not going to be an air attack base initially. Perhaps in the future, if we have a runway extension and a taxiway on that side of the airport, that might be a feasibility." Ingstad asked what kind of 'hurdles were left in terms of other agencies approving the lease and construction. Wilson said he already received approval on the lease and construction con- cept from the Federal Avia- tion Administration and the county's airport land use committee. Planning Director and Zoning Administrator Randy Wilson has approved the special use permit and envi- ronmental document for the project. After the, board added its approval to the list, Eastern Plumas Supervisor Terry Swofford asked ff the Forest Service would use as many local people as possible in the construction process. Plumas National Forest Supervisor Alice Carlton said, "The idea of the Re- covery Act, as you know, is to get the people to work." She said the main contract would go to one of two com- panies, from Reno, Nev. or Yuba City, because a large contractor was required, but "We expect that they will pick up a lot of local workers, as much as they can." Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com Another piece of the county's ongoing soul search about Plumas Corporation and the most prudent use of funding took place at an early May meeting when the Board of Supervisors approved a con- tract with the nonprofit to administer a grant. Flood Control and Water Conservation District Man- ager Brian Morris reminded the board the county was awarded a $7 million grant from Proposition 50 funds, approved bY California improve and secure the state water supply. Morris said the grant appli- cation included funding for administration. Grant administration can consist of tracking budgets and other benchmarks to prove that the funds are spent properly and the rules of the grant are followed. Morris said the original plan was to use the adminis- tration funds, along with some other sources, to hire a staff person at the flood dis- trict, as it was one of the grant recipients, to do that and other work. He said some of the other voters in 2002, to provide revenue sources dwindled funding for projects to over time and the staff ONO PAINTING Busting Prices"* • Interior & Exterior Paint and Stain • No Job Too Big orToo Small : :, Serving Plumas & Sierra counties for over 20 years person was never hired. The manager indicated Plumas Corporation offered to do the administration work and would have an interest in doing a good job, as it was another recipient of the grant funds. Morris said Plumas Corpo- ration would get the $35,000 marked for administration of the grant once the state paid the money to the county. He also said he would ulti- mately approve the results that came out of the adminis- trative work, providing over- sight. Quincy Supervisor Lori Simpson objected to the concept initially, "I just don't understand where your office or the flood control is reduc- ing funds. You're having fund reductions and then you're farming out $35.000 to somebody else." Morris said the problem was that $35,000 was not enough to hire someone to be a full-time administrative 1996 to 2010 consultant who works in Plumas County on various water issues and is very in- touch with the trends in funding and politics in that area, but he didn't think this type of administrative work was a good use of her time. The manager said he'd prefer Wills to work on find- ing "other grant sources or some more money." He added that Plumas Cor- poration had people on staff working for the Coordinated Resource Management group who had experience in this type of work. Chester Supervisor Robert Meacher, the re,dent state water politics specialist on the board, agreed that admin- istration of a grant wasn't a good use of an attorney's time, referencing the fact that Morris splits time between managing the dis- trict and serving as county counsel. "But we're not talking at- f torney, we're talking flood assistant to do this type of control manager," Simpson Call for pre-season pricing "- :’~,!, .. work, particularly when it retorted. 836-1339 ~[ could cover a two-year period "Right, but even the man- would of the grant administration ager of the district, it I CA Lic. #759277 through Plumas Corporation be like having John Sheehan with that amount of funding, administer the grant; you In loving memory Michael & Mary Peters Dr. Grosse gave me back the life I love! • Neck Pain • Back Pain • Shoulder Pain * Knee Pain Stephen P. Grosse, D.C. 2254 E. Main St., • Quincy 283-5666 Initial Consultation & Exam Simpson persisted, "If you have a reduction of funds, why are" you sending out funds?" "Well the thing is we have funds to do different things. We have a number of differ- ent grant projects that we've been working on. We've got other sources of funding." Morris said another option would be to hire Leah Wills, a have staff that does that stuff and that's why you can get al- most two years of this, out of $35,000/' Meacher continued. "I would love to hire some- body in-house that could do this and other stuff for us but the money flow is not secure enough right now." Eastern Plumas Supervisor See Grant, page 16A BIKE & SKI SHOP SALES RENTALS SERVICE downtown Graeagle 836-1708 ~ kk Diamond Thank You to all the volunteers who came out for the Pew Pond Jr. Fishing Derby, the Graeagle Mill Pond Jr. Fishing Derby and the Creek Clean-up on the Middle Fork of the Feather River. ~/e sincerely appreciate all your help and participation. Save these dates for the SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES June ! 7: cancelled • July 22 and August ! 9: TBA September 14: will be Dining ala "Art" at the Lodge at ~Vhitehawk Ranch For more info: Contact Cindy Noble at cindyOscfswc.com