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2A Wednesday, July 1, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Debra Moore Staff Writer d moore@plumasnews.com Don't shoot the messenger -- that was essentially Sheriff Greg Hagwood's message as he addressed a group of upset homeowners near the Little League fields in East Quincy on the evening of June 22. Nearly three dozen residents of South Redberg Avenue and Circle, and Forest View Drive, showed up to tell Hagwood and their county supervisors Lori Simpson and Jeff Engel, that they didn't want the new jail to be located where three ball fields now sit. Hagwood took the lead -- giving a history of the new jail search and repeatedly reminding those gathered that the decision is not his but that of the Board of Supervisors. Hagwood said that he has "been the tip of the spear" in discussing the new jail and it has been frustrating to see himself vilified in social media. "I've been accused of being an SOB and cramming this down your throat," he said. "I get your concerns; I don't make the decisions." Those who attended the Board of Supervisors meeting the following morning took Hagwood's message to heart. In her opening remarks to the board during public comment June 23, Forest View resident Stacey Felker said, "First I would like to make sure that the supervisors know that we the people understand the need for a new jail, and have never disputed this necessity. "With that said, up until last night's meeting I had focused in on the sheriffas the target of my frustration, and the supervisors as a secondary target. "Although I can be quite "Supervisors wait for the next grant, or the one after that, whichever one allows you to build in a location not surrounded by homes and children." Stacey Felker Neighbor say that I do believe that the sheriff does not think that the ball field is the optimal location for this new jail, and that he feels limited in his role in this process since is he is the jailer, and not the jail builder. "That means now that the supervisors have become my primary focus ..." Felker reiterated that she understood from listening to Hagwood that the ball fields were not the preferred location, but because of a state funding grant deadline, it was the location being pursued. "Supervisors wait for the next grant, or the one after that, whichever one allows you to build in a location not surrounded by homes and children," Felker said. Next grant Felker echoed what many residents had told Hagwood and the supervisors during the June 22 meeting -- don't rush into this location. "Let's postpone this," Jacque Blanton said. "And you get what you want and you can grow and expand out there." Hagwood had said that his preferred location was what he referred to as "the Sheriff Greg Hagwood, left addresses residents who are concerned about the new jail's proposed location. Supervisor Lori Simpson is in the foreground and Supervisor Jeff Engel is to the right of Hagwood. Some of those who attended the Monday evening, June 22 gathering, also attended the Board of Supervisors meeting the following morning to again express their concerns. Photos by Debra Moore industrial area of Quincy -- but because the land would need to be purchased and go through the environmental and specialuse permit processes, itcouldn't happen in time for this grant. And the sheriff has said repeatedly that there is no guarantee that there will be a next round of state funding for county jails. Nor, is there any guarantee that Plumas County will secure a grant in this round. Plumas is one of 30 small counties in the state that are eligible for $20 million. Five awards are slated to be granted, but the sheriff doesn't know how many will submit applications. One of the reasons the Little League fields are attractive is that it is county-owned property, whereas the Conover property would have to be purchased. When a resident asked who South Redberg residents Jim and Jenine Paige are sharing their sentiments about the proposed jail location in their neighborhood. They pz~id to have this banner made and received permission to hang it on a fence off of Lawrence Street. that the county would pay to relocate them. "You're looking at a $1 million job," said resident Jim Paige, a landscape architect. "Why not take the $1 million and go buy it (the Conover property)." him. The proposed jail site is 60 to 70 yards from the current location. "I never heard a complaint about this jail before," he said. Many of the residents built or bought their homes knowing that the jail was in the neighborhood. itself would be pushed as far back on the lot and as close to the current jail as possible, some Redberg residents appeared to be appeased. But the farther back the facility is placed, the closer it gets to the backyards of those who reside on Forest View. Resident Kory Felke, a parent of three small children, reiterated that point during the board of supervisors meeting June 23. "I ask all supervisors how they would like to sPend their afternoons playing with their children, or family get-togethers in their backyard, while looking at a jail," he said. During the evening meeting Felker had pointed out the roof of his house through the trees. The process The Planning Department is in the California Environmental Quality Act skeptical ofwhat many :,pnover p[operty" --a would be paying to relocate Objections "It was here in 1974," process on the Little League ..... ..... !: * the ball fields, Hagwood,Sa.id pohtmlans have to say, I will IS,aCre p cel an R c ?nts have many : SimpsOn said. 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Those who cannot attend in person may submit written comments. As the Monday evening meeting drew to a close, Hagwood acknowledged the difficulty of the board's decision -- whether to pass up an opportunity for $20 million to build a new jail and hope for another funding cycle -- or proceed with the current location and its impacts. "I wished I ran a carnival or a pony ride," Hagwood said, noting that a jail is not an easy facility to locate anywhere. "I knew everybody was going to be mad," Simpson added. Resident Rich Blanton called for everyone to work on the situation. "We've got to come to a consensus here," he said. "We can't stomp our feet. We have to come to an amiable agreement. Give us all something we can live with." Up-to-the-minute forecast and road conditions at plumasnews.com ,,:L i