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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 1, 2015 3A Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plurnasnews.com In an effort to deal with : Plumas County's green waste problems, Public Works Director Bob Perreault is hoping to divide and conquer -- divide the waste into two :categories with different disposal options, especially when it contains Depending on whether it's dirt or rocks or when considered woody green residents hide household waste or non-woody green garbage in it. waste will determine where Perreault proposed the debris is to be taken for dividing the green waste into i disposal, two categories -- woody and When the county's two non-woody. mills -- Sierra Pacific in Examples of woody green Quincy and Collins Pine in waste include small trees, Chester -- ceased accepting brush, branches, limbs, trees : yard debris, the change left and logs. Non-woody green residents with few options, waste includes such items as : The green waste could be grass clippings, pine needles hauled to a transfer station and leaves. where residents would be Under Perrreault's charged same fee associated proposal, non-woody green with household waste or it waste would be treated as could be burned in areas household solid waste and where allowed, disposed of with the trash or But since air quality and taken to the transfer site, escaped fires are of constant where it would be charged at concern, burning isn't a the regular rate for trash preferred option for county disposal. A reduced fee of $5 leaders, per cubic yard would be The county purchased a charged on specific dates (to burner for the American be announced) for this type Valley area, (which could be of green waste, but it must be transported to other areas) segregated from the rest of and collected green waste at the trash and checked by a the Feather River Disposal facility attendant. site on Industrial Way, but Woody green waste would immediately there were be delivered to the Chester issues, including a fire Landfill or to the Quincy caused by a spark from the green waste disposal facility burner, on Industrial Way. The fee And Perreault quickly for woody green waste is $5 learned what the mills per cubic yard and wo~lhl b~ already knew -- not all green checked by an attendant. The waste is created equal -- Quincy facility is currently closed and won't be open until the July 9 weekend. Residents in Eastern Plumas have the Portola landfill or the Graeagle facility as options. Supervisor Lori Simpson discussed the importance of having an option for her Quincy area as soon as possible, noting that people are supposed to be making their homes fire safe, so there is a lot of debris to deal with. The supervisors also debated the $5 charge, which Perreault proposed but said doesn't cover the cost of disposal. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said that as a homeowner, "I consider it my responsibility to pay whatever it takes. I don't think we need to be underwriting people's private property." However the board also discussed the public safety nature of the situation, for which a case could be made that the county has a responsibility to find a solution. Perreault discussed the nature of green waste and said it was part of the solid waste stream and, as such, was part of the franchise holder's responsibility. The county works with Intermountain Disposal to provide service to the eastern portion of the county and Feather River Disposal for the remainder. County Counsel Craig Settlemire advised the board that chaug s or process would have to be negotiated with HEATING COOLING ELECTRIC County library offers sum mer program The Plumas County even if they do not have a Library is once again child participating in offering a free summer summer reading (although reading club for children attendees without children in ages 5 to 12, starting July 7 at the program are encouraged the Quincy Library. to make a donation to the The theme this summer isFriends of the Library, Read to the Rhythm, and the who are sponsoring the library's weekly programs program). will celebrate both reading In addition to the weekly and music, with stories,programs, children can sign crafts, games, and up for the summer reading performances by local game to track the books they musicians, read and earn rewards like Musical guests slated tostickers, books, and other perform include: prizes. Free reading logs and July 14: The Plumas bookmarks are available in Ukulele Society (a.k.a. The the library children's room. Pukes) Parents are encouraged to July 21: Ky Oats, with have their kids participate in Sherry O'Prairie, Steve the reading game even if they Turner, and Mitch Mitchell; do not attend the weekly Rope tricks/cowboy programs to help prevent storytelling by "Lariat"summer learning loss, also Larry Kluger known as "summer slide." July 28: Doug Sheehy Research indicates that The musical performanceschildren lose up to three are free, and community months' reading achievement members are welcome to over the summer if they do attend and enjoy the music not read. By fifth grade, some children will be three years behind their classmates due to the cumulative effects of summer slide. The weekly read-alouds shared during the summer reading program can help prevent summer slide and encourage children to view reading as a fun recreational activity. In fact, a nation-wide study by Dominican University found that students who participate in public library summer reading programs score higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who do not participate. The summer reading club at the Quincy library will meet every Tuesday in July at 1 p.m. in the community meeting room. Call the library at 283-6310 for more information, or email doramitchell@countyof plumas.com. We are thrilled to your new eye care provider! Welcome to our practice! www. fridenoptometry.com FRIDEN OPTOMETRY FAMILY EYE CARE CONTACT LENSES Jonathan Friden, O.D. 68 Central Ave. Quincy 283-2020 Complete vision and eye cadre, Optometrists and.Ophthalmologists on staff, Vision and Eye examinations, treatment of eye disease, cataract surgery, foreign body removal, threshold visual field analysis, contact lenses, glasses (large selection of inexpensive to designer eyewear), low vision aids for the visually impaired, and vision therapy for learning related vision problems. those companies, garbage, recyclables and residents burn their yard yard waste, debris, primarily pine Funding options "That wouldn't work in theneedles, or when Graeagle In addition to residents Basin," Thrall said of theLand and Water burns its paying and the county Lake Almanor area, where pine needle pile. subsidizing the programs she said residents are Supervisor Jeff Engel_ through the general fund or dealing with truckloads ofpraised Graeagle Land and other sources, there might be pine needles and other Water for its investment in other options, debris, equipment to speed the John Kolb, representing She then suggested that burning process and public works, suggested that there might not be a minimize the impact on air the county request a portion countywide solution, but that quality. of the annual fee collected each portion of the countyAs the discussion drew to a from homeowners by Cal might need to discover what close, Mihevc asked, "Can Fire. The fee is designed to be serves it best. you consider a non-burn dedicated to fire prevention Board observer Mark ordinance?" activities. Mihevc suggested that the "If we consider that, we're Supervisor Thrall said that supervisors consider a going to get hung," discretionary Title III funds composting option, which Supervisor Terry Swofford from the Secure Rural could become a good responded. "We live in an Schools Act legislation, could business for someone. He area where we have to do also be a funding possibility, also brought up a burn ban. this." "Are we going to ban Ultimately the supervisors Other ideas outdoor burning?" he asked, voted unanimously to Supervisor Simpson "We're killing people withproceed with the plan suggested that a third that 2.5 particulate matter." recommended by Perreault, container be added to waste Mihevc has often voiced which would divide green pick up as is done in many his concerns to the board waste into two types, subject municipalities where there about the smoke problems in to working out agreements are containers for household the Graeagle area when with the garbage companies. i Professionals who are always there for you! 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Help us convince the planning department not to approve this location. Please, let us stand together as a community and help those in need. We need your help now. Next time it may be you! l;