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144k Tuesday, July 3, 2001 From Page One FeaRer nd o!Ury wants the role of CAO better definr l mented on the position jority," the report says tainlng qualified personnel whose primary responsibili- meetings," the ju Cm mN d from page IA county administrative officer " "Given current trends, it is fort by the county's human(CAO), which has been a con- unlikely that the new CAO, resources chief to provide stant source,of controversy once h-'lT d, will have or ap- management training and a in recent years, pear to hat s.the reins of gov- means to evaluate depart- While the grand jury ernmentinhi sor her hands," ment heads' performances, agrees with the board of su- the reports adds. But it is too soon to tell pervisors that the position is On the other hand, the whether'management train- important and worth keep-county will cor tinue to have ing will become a regular en- ing, the role of the CAO trouble serving residents un- deavor and "whether all man. needs to be different now, the less additional changes are agers will be kept account- report states, made, the jury reported. able by being effectively eval- "This came about political- The panel explained that uated every year," the report ly as well as due to what we "department heads continued states, believe are discrete changes to express concerns about the The grand jury also corn- in the view of the board ma- difficulty of hiring and re- due to low compensation lev- ty is carrying out board di- making a reference to. els for new hires." rectives, including oversight . Stretch's practices. The grand jury issued four of the departments and evalu- Third, the supel recommendations that cover ation of the departments and need to ensure that a variety of issues, evaluation of the managers." ments are receiving First, the board needs to Second, open and public di- in order to help define the CAO's duties, the alogue between departmentprove their panel stated, heads and the board should the panel said. be encouraged, the jury said. "There Is no point in hay- Fourth, a method ing a county administrative "The CAO should not have ating the p officer if his or her functions the authority to arbitrarily managers and the are reduced to clerking for block access by department hess of the the board," the jury states, heads to the board ofsupervi, tern needs to be "The board requires a CAOsors or the agenda of their place, the jury said. Grand jury find vast improvements at animal shelter .c mtlnu l from page 2,A the department now gathers fines, fees and other collec- found it to be organized, tions as required by the law. At the same time, the jury Along the same lines, ani- said, the animals at the shel- reals are now being kept for ter appear to be attended to, the legal time period before and there are no strong odors being put to sleep, the Jury or loud noises, said. The Jury noted that In addition, a logbook and Mareina visits the facility dally receipts are maintained vlrtuagy every day--a sharp in a professional manner, the contrast to the policy of the Jury found. former county administra. Citations rather than tlve officer, warnings are now issued to The Jury also states that animal control law offenders, ed. animals which were shown rived, while other the panel stated. Although the grand jury to be adopted on the animal were shown to be put Fines are billed rather than was not able to substantiate impound log was 45 percent the day before they collected at the site of the rio- anything, it discovered the higher than other records in. arrived. lation, the grand jury said. department was a disasterdicated. But that's not the A year ago, the picture was prior to the sheriff taking At the same time, the num. day, the jury said. not so rosy. over. ber of dead-on-arrival ani- "Under the sheriff'., "The record keeping was For example, the number reals shown on the.impound ment, the facility is terrible," Undersheriff Terry of animals shown to be logs was nearly 10 percent managed, run on a Bergstrand said a year ago. picked up by their owners on lower than other records fessional basis, fines Before the sheriff" took the impound log was 20 per- showed, lected appropriately over, the grand jury investi- cent higher than other Other records showed thatployee relations gated a complaint that records indicated, numerous animals were putthe grand Jury said records were being fabricat- In addition, the number of to sleep the same day they ar- port. Oentlmmd from Page stay for at least one more year. Following a favorable an- nual review of the school board on June 26, Williams was granted a four percent raise that was given to all em- ployees earlier this year, and a five percent step increase. Those increases bring his combined salary as school district superintendent and the county's superintendent of education to $113,000. The school board will de- cide at its July 10 meeting in Greenville what to do with the vacancy left by Meeker. cials changing roles in dist 'ct offi Meeker was the assistant su- perintendent, but also the school district's business di- rector. As such, he was re- sponsible for all district fi- nancial matters, including the budget. Meek r said he is sorry to be leavlng Quincy, but the new position, which is much closer to home, will afford him more time with his fami- ly. Meeker said he will pre- sent a plan for reorganizing the business office to the school board. "We have a lot of talent in this office," Meek. er said. Two other key posRions al- Busin ConUnued Page I#, of the water system in Quin- cent from the original plan. cy. At first, Quincy Communi. But now, the district needs to fix the rest, Sullivan said. ty Services District officials The district is attempting estimated that the cost of ira. prove ments would be about to arrange for the largest wa- S6 million, ter and sewage users to pay their fair share, Sullivan "Some of the improvementssaid. will be delayed (a decade) to ease costs," Sullivan said. And, since the largest users--the ones with the Sullivan said he is con- largest meters.--put the cerned that the communitylargest strain on the system, may think the district is ask- they will pay the largest ing for too much, especially after getting local support for amount of money. Sullivan is predicting that increases several years ago. "most single-family cus- The increases allowed the tomers will see little change district to improve 33 percent in their bill." By Dave Keller Staff Writer Quincy's two water dis- tricts are calling for volun- tary water rationing efforts fl'om the community. In a Joint announcement, the East Quincy Services Dis. trlct and the Quincy Commu. nity Services District are ask- ing residents and businesses to cut back. Residents and businesses with even number addresses are being asked tO water their lawns and restrict other outdoor water uses to even calendar days. Residents and businesses with odd number addresses are being asked to water their lawns and restrict other outdoor water uses to oddcal- endar days, In addition, the districts are asking that the water use be limited to before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. "The drought situation will result in shortages, which could reduce pressure on fire hydrants and otherwise ham- per fire protection unless ira. mediate steps are taken to conserve water," the districts' Joint statement said. According to Larry Sulli- van, general manager of the Quincy Community Services District, such voluntarily ra- tioning can cut water use in half. II I I SHADETREE AUTO SALES ' 283-9740 III II I Pizza, Sandwiches, Soup, Salad Bar PLUMAS PINES SHOPPING CENTER * 283-2320 so have new officials filling years.) rector of personnel, will try two remaining those roles. Mike Chelotti, As a result, Greenville to maintain his dualroles, tors. the former Greenville High High School's vice principal, Williams replaces Person-At the high School principal, will serve Torri WUlits, will be the new nel Director Art LaCues, who Portola High as the director of curriculum, principal. The school is now retired in June. tant principal, Laura Chelotti was originally hired seeking a half-time assistant The changes leave Jim Pin. son, will be the new to fulfill the position on a principal, dell, the district's director of principal at half-time basis, but he found Meanwhile, Bruce special education, and Paul School. She re that there was too much Williams, Quincy Elemen- Mrowczynski, the district's Lundbom, who has work to be done. (The posi- tary School's principal and director of special projects Portola High School tion had been vacant for two the school district's new di- and the ROP program, as the ing a new assistant By Victoria Metcaff Staff Writer Food stamps are becoming a thing of the past, not just in Plumas County but across theUnited States. In place of a booklet with government issued food coupons, recipients will be- gin receiving plastic cards that link them electronically with their food assistance ac- count. As the card is used in gro. cery stores, it will open the client's account, indicating how much assistance is available, and then subtract- ing the amount of the trans- action. Pilot counties in California will begin issuing credit card-like devices next spring. Plumas County should be on- line by 2004. Approaching the Plumas County Board of Supervisors June 19, Department of So- cial Services Director Elliott Smart discussed electronic services. While Smart agrees that using new technology for food stamps is a good idea in Plumas County, he asked the board's approval to decline the state's newest program to add electronic services for cash benefits to CaIWorks re- cipients. Under this program, Cal- Works recipients would be is- sued a similar credit card, which would allow them to access cash as needed at ATM machines and banks. According to Smart, the number of people who are en- rolled in CalWorks programs. wouldn't justify the expense. Smart added that many of the individuals in more rural parts of Plumas County would have to travel in order to access their accounts. Under a new California Welfare and Institutions Code, CalWorks recipients could be issued an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card, in addition to the food stamps card. But this is an optional plan, and up to the county to determine its implementa- tion. t According to Smart, two years ago, the department be- gan to analyze the costs and potential benefits of imple- menting F. B'Ps foi cash. "Our review examined the factors that argued for in- cluding cash at that time, comparing those factors to our own experience," Smart said. In discussing the move with the county treasurer and auditor, Smart said there could be potential benefits to using the EBT cards in larger areas, but those benefits are i not seen locally. Using current participa- For instance, in some ar-tion figures of 175 per month, eas, the cards could reduce Smart said it costs the pro- the number of checks lost in gram $112 a month or $1,344 the mail or stolen. That isn't annually for cash assistance a problem in Plumas County. benefits. Another advantage to ira-In using an estimated cost plementing the system at this of $2.69 per month for EBTS time is the state would pay for cash cards, it is flgured it any non federal costs related would cost the department to implementation. $471 per month and $5,649 an. "If Plumas County adds the nually. cash option later, there is no "There would also be addi. guarantee that the state will tional state costs for operat- cover the cost of adding cash ing a help desk for recipients later," Smart said. having problems accessing If the county decides to add their benefits and for the first the program later, Smartsaid four ATM transactions he doesn't think the costwhich are required to be at would be too great, no charge to the recipient," Looking at projected costs Smart said. of implementing the system, "We surmise this cost Smart said it currently costs would be paid for by the state the department approximate through the EBT vendor con- ly 64 cents to prepare and de- tract," with Clticorp Ser- liver warrants to recipients, vices. Additionally, the ment determined Vk'ik costs would increase Writer ly to at least $4,300, Bert creases as the casel creases, j's n8 In breaking down wild share, Smart saide cost the federal govest ..... .F uUl $2,150, the state $I, ie the county $645. wl "While the Plumas rWard share of the increa]Voull pense is relatively sn n. tat continue to believeL.V,' - - uea persuasive business gument cannot be _ JP uUI( warrant the added =_c d spective of the source t s ment," Smart said. The board Smart's send the state a ing the EBT cash program at this time.