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FEATHER RIVER Wednesday, July 7, 2010 Vol. ' rounding Areas Since 1866 5o CENTS PRS wins transit contract Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebold@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved the county transportation com- mittee's contract with Plumas Rural Services, making PRS the new provider for Plumas Tran- sit. A committee made up of BOS chairwoman and trans- portation committee mem- ber Sherrie Thrall, another transportation commission- er, and Assistant Director of Public Works Marty Byrne selected PRS as the winning bidder. The full commission en- dorsed the committee's rec- ommendation. At a Tuesday, June 15, BOS meeting, Quincy Super- visor Lori Simpson asked Public Works Director Robert Perreault about the contract cost. Perreault said it was slightly higher than the pre- vious one but within budget. Simpson said she would have liked to see the num- bers. Indian Valley and Feather River Canyon Supervisor Robert Meacher said the transportation commission controlled its own money, which just passed through the county in a bureaucratic manner. He said that meant the BOS approval was "more of a formality." Perreault said he would send information on the contract's cost to the board members who weren't mem- bers of the commission. See Transit, page 10A End to end Take our wildflower tour through Plumas County See page 1B In the arena Rodeo action from the Silver Buckle See page 1C II1!!!!!1H1!!!!!11 To subscribe to the Bulletin call 530-283-0800 Patriotic kids & canines The spectacle and attendance have grown in recent years at the Meadow Valley parade, but there's always room for local kids and canines to join in the procession, held Saturday, July 3, this year. For more photos, see next week's edition. Photo by Joshua Sebotd Music and love The 20th annual High Sierra Music Festival brought thousands of people to Quincy last week for four days of joy and entertain- ment. Ryan Young (fiddle) and Dave Carroll (banjo) of Trampled by Turtles per- form on the Big Meadow Stage. Hannah Morrow (far left) and Evelyn Thielman- Gifford are happy to find each other. Photos by Shan- non Morrow Board declines new CEO contract Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews.com Plumas District Hospital board president Dr. Mark Satterfield explained the background leading up to a possible vote on a new con- tract for Chief Executive Of- ficer Dick Hathaway at the July 1 board meeting. In February, the board had become aware that "a CEO agreement can last no longer than four years in a district hospital." Hath- away's contract had been in effect for nine years, so the board "began the process of negotiating and securing a new contract." Hathaway's current con- tract, signed in April 2002, includes a starting salary of $134,365, increasing to $139,365 in July 2002, with possible upward adjust- ments taking place each January at the board's dis- cretion. In addition, Hathaway re- ceives a bonus based on 10 percent of base salary for "goals accomplished" dur- ing the previous year. The board also determines the bonus on an annual basis. This year, the board de- clined to give Hathaway a bonus. He receives medical and life insurance and a retire- ment plan. Finally, if he is "involuntarily terminated without cause," he receives "severance pay in a total amount equal to six months' salary and benefits." Alluding to the ongoing hospital tax debacle, Satter- field said that despite "other distractions" the board had made good progress towards a new contract. In fact, board members met in closed session twice -- June 10 and 18 -- and had ap- pointed board members Va- lerie Flanigan and Bill E1- liott to negotiate with Hath- away's attorney regarding contract details. Over the past few weeks, some board members -- be- cause of the dismal April PDH financials, the econo- my in general and the volatility the hospital is ex- periencing on the tax issue -- felt increasingly uncom- fortable with approving a more expensive contract for Hathaway. Ongoing negotiations had experienced "a couple of wrinkles toward the end here," said Satterfield. "We'retrying to consider where to go with that." Flanigan, one of the two negotiators, said, "With re- spect to Mr. Hathaway, who deserves an updated con- tract, given the situation that we're not in agreement (on the new contract), I can at least make a motion that we (update) the outdated contract ... so he's at least not operating without a con- tract." Board member Fred Thon made a motion to table dis- cussion on the new contract and extend the existing con- tract until September. He wanted to see the results of the August tax cap election before he voted on a new contract he said. Elliott amended Thon's motion to extend the cur- rent contract for 18 months, "to the end of 2011, but with an agreement that in Janu- ary of 2011, once the See Contract, page 10A