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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9A MUSEUM, from page 1A possibly by taking funds from tourism and economic development contributions. The board helps fund Plumas Arts, the various chambers of commerce, the county fair and Plumas Corporation, which includes the visitors bureau. Simpson said the museum did a lot more work than the public was aware of and volunteer workers were help- ful but couldn't be depended on to do everything. Eastern Plumas Supervisor Terry Swofford commented that he heard most museums were run by volunteers these days. He added that multiple historical groups in Portola were run by volunteers. Lawson responded that his department helped a lot of those volunteer groups with trainings and other forms of assistance. Graeagle and East Quincy Supervisor Ole Olsen indi- cated that he thought the museum was very worth- while and leaving it with only one employee would force it to close when that worker was sick or took vacation. He agreed that volunteers were great but argued that he wanted paid staff to oversee fiscal matters. "This is a difficult situa- tion," he admitted before adding, "If any way possible, I'd like to see it stay." Near the end of the morn- ing budget discussion, Simp- son quipped, "good thing I ran for supervisor or I wouldn't have a job," to raucous bittersweet laughter from the audience. Indian Valley and Feather River Canyon Supervisor Robert Meacher said his dilemma was that he was impressed by the museum association's ability to get letters of support sent in to the BOS, but none of the envelopes were filled with money or suggestions as to what should be cut instead of the museum position. He added that the public complained about cuts but wasn't willing to raise revenues with taxes. BOS Chairwoman and Chester Supervisor Sherrie Thrall added that the associa- tion was one of the few groups that might have deep enough coffers to fund a county position. Lawson said the associa- tion was currently picking up the tab for the department's phone bills. In the afternoon session, former county supervisor "... obviously we've heard through 500 letters and e-mails that it's a community priority." Robert Meacher County Supervisor Don Clark spoke during a public comment opportunity, representing the museum association board of trustees. He said eliminating this assistant director position would represent the loss of two-thirds of the depart- ment's staff in one year. Addressing the individual who was currently in that position, he added, "We think we've hired the person that is the long-term answer for the museum." "We feel if we lose him it's gonna be very difficult to find somebody of his caliber to replace him sometime in the future." Meacher asked if the asso- ciation had enough funds to offset a significant amount of the department's costs in the upcoming fiscal year. Clark said the board of trustees was currently dis- cussing that possibility, but cautioned the supervisors, "This is a very new concept." Apparently, the board's affinity for the current assis- tant director quickly over- came any fears of a brave new world of employment through fundraising, as Clark returned about an hour later and told the supervisors the association was willing to cover the base salary for the position. Clark said there had been at least two employees at the museum for 42 years and the association would pony up $34,000 to keep that streak alive. Essentially, this meant the association would cover the base salary for the position, hoping the county would match it with $24,000 for the assistant's benefits. Lawson said the founda- tion would send in funds before every paycheck or quarterly, whatever worked for the county. He said the foundation, had around $50,000 to its name, with some of those funds restricted because of its non- profit status, but it would take on a fundraising effort and use the current funds to give the county some guarantee the money would come in. Later in the day, the super- visors discussed their options. At this point they had touched on various budget topics throughout the general fund but hadn't found a source to fund the $24,000 in benefits. Thrall came back to a previous idea that the museum and a county tourism department being housed together would solve some staffing issues. She indicated the problem with the idea was that several members of the public had voiced strong opposition to replacing the visitors bureau with a county tourism department. If the county made that move in- stead of funding the assistant museum director position, "it wouldn't save the young man that everyone thinks so highly of." Meacher suggested that the county could use some funds from a $75,000 account the board created for public re- quests in the area of tourism and economic development, arguing that the museum position was in that category. "If we say that that's a community priority," Thrall commented, referencing the fact that the budget commit- tee suggested the county come up with a system of determining what projects should get funded out of that account. "If we say that that's a com- munity priority, obviously we've heard through 500 letters and e-mails that it's a community priority," Meacher responded. Later, after the supervisors had agreed to keep funding the visitors bureau instead of replacing it with a county de- partment, Meacher suggested that the museum and visitors bureau could still work together and cross train even if they weren't housed at the same place. Suzi Brakken, who runs the visitors bureau, agreed that would make sense and even suggested that when the museum had a staffing con- flict her group could operate out of the museum building so that it wouldn't have to close on those days. The board agreed in concept to take the $24,000 out of the tourism account and work on a formal agree- ment with the museum asso- ciation to fund the assistant director position. BUREAU, from page 8A back on topic and the discus- sion was "getting into a level of minutia that isn't really the purpose of the Board of Supervisors." Sheehan said he had no problem with new contracts and accountability measures which would please the board, but it would have been better to talk about these is- sues in a more fruitful fash- ion instead of trying to figure it all out in an afternoon, "but it didn't happen." "It didn't happen because of timing and so these ques- tions that you have, none of them have been aired really before in a way that we could be responsive to you." "Well, we're airing them now and it's to the public, and that's what I like," Simp- son responded. Thrall said part of the su- pervisors' frustration was that they felt like Plumas Corpora- tion's 2002 economic strategy document was outdated. Sheehan told her there had already been two workshops at the Plumas Corporation board, two at the planning commission and a large meeting with all the cham- bers of commerce addressing that issue. He said the delay was that the document was being made concurrently with the general plan update so that it would be compatible with the new economic element. At this point, Thrall asked if Plumas Corporation could continue to provide service if the $158,000 intended for the new county department and transition costs was restored to his budget. He said one or more tourism positions would be affected by the cut in funding but he would make it work. Simpson chimed in, "You know my concern is we con- tract with you for this and we should set the priorities, not you. I mean if we want an ad- vertising budget, then we want an advertising budget. Don't hire some more staff." "Sure, absolutely," Shee- hun replied, "but that kind of insistence has not taken place." "Up to this point, Lori, I can honestly say to you that the Board of Supervisors has delegated that authority to the tourism committee and to Plumas Corporation." He said he would welcome more hands-on involvement from the board than in the past and that prior boards had shown no interest in that. Brakken also agreed to work with the museum staff to cross-train employees so that they could cover for each other when shorthanded, at times possibly having the vis- itors bureau even operate out of the museum if necessary. At the end of the day, the board unanimously approved restoring $158,000 to Plumas Corporation with Simpson leading a committee to write a new contract. Plumas Corporation had sustained a one-third cut compared to one percent cuts to the chambers' combined $113,000 budget from last year and to Plumas Arts' $30,000 budget from last year. Quincy High School Sober Grad 2010 ank The Quincy High School Class of 2010 and the QHS Trojan Boosters Club would like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize all the businesses, parents, community volunteers and each class for their dedication, donations and hard work to make this year's All Night Grad Party a huge success! The following list represents the many donors who have given their gift of time, cash or product donations, and their individual expertise to help support a safe and sober party for our graduating class. Our seniors send their special thanks. Cathy Rahmeyer, Sober Grad Project Director Bill Abramson James & BiUie Bequette Child's Exempt Trust Coast Gas Epilog Books Feather Travel Gold Pan Lodge Pete Hentshel Lassen Beverage Gary McGowan One Stop Plumas Glass Quincy Lions Club Russell Reid Stirling Builders Bruce Walker, DC Body& Soul Warner's Chevron Forest Stationers Les Schwab Tire Center Pizza Factory SavMor Foods High Sierra Grants Michael Herndon, DDS La Sierra Lanes Quincy Hot Spot Lynne Koeller Tom Froggatt Coyote Bar & Grill American Valley Animal Hospital Bequette & KimmeU, Accountancy CIC Local Union 3074 Coldwell Banker Pioneer Realty Peter & Diane Duncan Feather River Industrial Park Stephen Grosse, DC Michael & Ruth Jackson Meadow Valley Fire Department North Fork Family Medicine Pioneer Parent Cooperative Plumas CHP Squad Club Ken Roper & Associates Smith Financial Services Richard Stockton, State Farm Vieira's Concrete & Construction Ayoob's by Two Sisters Dylan Kelly-Best Buy Stores High Sierra Professional Massage Little People Toy Store Plumas Caf Sights & Sounds Studio Richard & Colleen Davis American Valley Hardware Great Northern Hair Company Quincy Chamber of Commerce Quincy Tow Services & Repairs Steve & Cathy Rahmeyer Earl Thompson American Valley Aviation Bucks Lake Marina Class of 1960 Cornerstone Learning Center Eta Alpha Chapter 2604 Flanagan & Leavitt Insurance Hair It Is - Lisa Wallace John's Automotive Electrical Mt.Huff Ranger District Laurie & Jerry Pendray Plumas Bank Plumas Physical Therapy Sierra Cascade Street Rodders Soroptimist Int'l of Quincy Top Dog Grooming Studio Webster Engineering Courthouse Caf Dunn's Coffee & Fine Teas Golden King Chinese Restaurant Pangaea Caf & Pub Classic Image Mike & Yolanda Wood Darlene Guiterrez American Valley Speedway Madden Plumbing Sportsmen's Den Yagotawana Outfitters Angle Wilcox Carolyn Rouse Ken Barnard & Associates Cal Sierra Title David & Tamara Cline DeMartile Automotive Environmental Alternatives Friden Optometry, Inc. Dale Harris, DDS R.Lobrado & A. Williams Mr.B's Auto Techtronics Pine Hill Motel Lori Simpson, Supervisor Quincy Drug Store Sierra Pacific Foundation Sports & Shorts T.Vaglivielo-Sierra Concrete Allied Washoe Dave's Carpet Cleaning Feather River College Hatchery Fuel Star 76 Papa's Donut House Safeway Stores Alley Cat Caf Bob & Cherry Shipp Central Plumas Rec Dept. Plumas Motor Supply Stewart Gately, DDS Carey Candy Company Bank of America Bob & Julie Hatzell To send a legal: typesetting@plumasnews.com To send an advertisement: mail@plumasnews.com r