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16A Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Feather River Bulletin QCSD, from page 1A a 20 percent grant, lowering representative, said the new system since the 1960s. that number by around PVC pipes shouldn't experi- The board also discussed $800,000. ence any problems for at thd possibility that some cus- pair it down to a $3 million They said there was a de- least 75 years, compared to tomers might be asked to project now. What's one ofcent shot that the district the current clay pipes, which make repairs on their side of the first questions people are could get the maximum $1 degrade completely or are in- the property line someday in going to ask us?" Bequettemillion grant from USDA. vaded by roots that can cre- the distant future to extend queried. Board secretary Katie Gay ate blockages in the system, the life of the plant, but the di- "When are we gonna said that would put the rates On the topiC of selling the rectors agreed they couldn't come back for another around $40 per month, repairs to the public, Reuter justify asking for that when rate increase?" CastaldiniThe board members then said the board should talk there were still issues to ad- responded, with Bequette discussed the fact that they about the fact that pieces of dress on the district's end. nodding in agreement, would have to apply for a the system would have to be Krantz said on a total guess Castaldini said he under- loan for the full amount and replaced as they failed in the he would say 20 percent of stood that point but "I don't propose raising rates by the near future, customers might have issues know what'smorepalatable, full amount. He said spot repairs that would need to be Jim." If the district gets the carried out in that fashion addressed years from now. "There's a lot of people out grants from USDA and, it would be more expensive in He said those types of re- there in our community that hopes, others from sourcesthe long run and the district pairs could cost from $500- are really hurting from a like thestimuluspackage, it would also have to pay $3,000 depending on how far a dollar standpoint, and I would have to raise the rates for cleanup and possibly person's house was from the just question putting a $20 the full $42 initially andface more regulations when road. per month burden on a lot would be able to lower them sewers overflowed. At a previous consolidation of retirees that are living on back down when the fundingDirector Ruth Jackson said meeting EQSD and QCSD Social Security right now." was secured, the situation was "kinda like agreed that projects like this At the May meeting the deci- This means the rates paid saying your car is working would continue to be paid for sion to choose a $4.3 million by customers would be lower and then all the sudden one by people from the original project came down to an at- than those approved, day it quits and, if you're like districts that approved the tempt to strike a balance be- The project itself would fo- me and you don't know that projects, even ff the two con- tween spending money effi-cus on major repairs and re- much about what's under the solidate. cienfly and keeping rates down. placements of sewer mains in hood, you think it's f'me until This means that QCSD QCSD manager Larry Sulli- four of the district's sub- it won't go." ratepayers would vote on the van reminded the board that basins, with less broad re- Krantz said this kind of project and would pay for it. rates would have to rise to pairs on "severe deficiencies" project would lower the Rate increases for sewer $38.15 per month for the US in the other three, amount of rainwater and customers require a 50 per- Department of Agriculture All customers who don't groundwater entering the cent protest vote to be denied, loan system to allow the have a "two-way cleanout" system and plant by 50 per- meaning half of all ratepay- project to receive grants,would get one at their property cent, which he argued would ers, not just half of those who The board determined that line. extend the life of pumps and vote, would have to mail in a the $4.3 million project option Cleanouts help the district other equipment. "no" vote to stop the project. would raise rates to around work on its side of the system Sullivan argued another This year's rate increase $42 per month, and also allow customers to important point for cus- has already occurred; fund- Churchill and Sullivan unclog their side or address tomers to understand was ing for this project won't be agreed there was a good backflow issues, that no significant work had voted on until next year at chance the district would get Paul Reuter, another Pace been done on the sewer the earliest. BUDGET, from page 1A accompanying this article. The sheriff's office made a voluntary reduction of $184,732 through various measures like leaving the office manager and under-sheriff positions unfilled. The district attorney's office made a similar contri- bution, reducing $86,000 in county contributions by having two employees voluntarily reduce to 80 percent of full-time, cutting the on-call budget in haft and other savings. The proposed budget also includes a $25,000 reduction in the county counsel depart- ment budget. Another creative budget fix included in the draft was a proposal by Public Works Director Bob Perreault. The director proposed to fund the vacant engineering tech position in the engineer- ing department, which he also heads, with funds from public works road projects that the position will be assigned to work on. The cover letter also included descriptions of several ideas that were still at a discussion level or where the committee couldn't agree on what to recommend. Two of those conversations explored restructuring the museum by moving it to Revenue reductions The proposed budget in- cludes the following pro- jected revenue reductions: Property Tax $450,000 Sales Tax $250,000 In Lieu $ 50,000 Timber $100,000 TOT $100,000 Cost Plan $429,451 Zoning Permits $ 22,600 Environmental Health $209,847 Engineering $ 60,000 a non-profit with a county contribution or moving it under another department while eliminating the director position and maintaining the assistant director position. The current budget draft eliminates the assistant director position. In a phone interview Ingstad said one ides was to combine the library, tourism and museum functions into one department. Another discussion topic listed in the cover letter was closing all libraries on Mondays. The other miscellaneous topics discussed were possible reductions to the senior nutrition program or local resource centers. Position reductions ii 1 | Shape sunlight in beautiful new ways with the intelligent design of Hunter Douglas window shadings and sheers. Enjoy summer savings June 1 through August 15, PIROUETTE® WINDOW SHADINGS LUMINETTE® PRIVACY SHEERS TE SILHOUETTE® WINDOW SHADINGS ~IP~~~ ~ !i! .... ~P4~i~l'~ ~4~J[l˘ FI 2830 MAIN STREET, SUSANVILLE 257-7788 " CA LIC 448528 The proposed budget rec- ommends 11 position reduc- tions. The elimination of three of these positions would result in layoffs, three : others are filled by •people with multiple titles who would still be employed at reduced hours, and the rest are currently vacant. Probation $51,770 Museum $57,401 Assessor $68,548 Building $88,257 Clerk $55,186 EnvironmentaIHealth $84,663 Facilities $58,498 Library $44,772 Veterans • $48,646 A dyisor $14,435 IT Communications $12,224 GRANT, f,om page 12A Terry Swofford said he felt secure about the fact Plumas Corporation would only get paid if the grant money arrived and the funds were going to be spent on adminis- tration one way or another. Meacher agreed, adding that they were talking about tedious paperwork, "and you don't need your top people doing that in my opinion." After the discussion, the board approved the agree- ment with Plumas Corpora- tion. Need help If it ng we can't 'll find some o can. : 19~11 m General Building Contractor Calif. Lie. #453927 283-2035