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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7A EQSD: BoarcI to present coupl00 plaque, gift certificate from page 1A reported the leak by He said he made several switched it back on. Cottle QCSD routinely purchases water from EQSD during dry months, but not typically at such a constant, prolonged rate as happened during its well refurbishment. A discussion regarding how to prevent such an occurrence in the future resulted in the board directing Cottle to investigate options such as a telemetry overflow alarm and/or a float switch on the overflow valve. John Kolb, the district's newest board member, proposed that the district reward the couple who adopting a resolution honoring them for discovering the water loss, and present them with a plaque. The board agreed that the couple deserved recognition for taking action that saved the district from potentially losing millions more gallons of water, and voted to give them a gift certificate as well. i July 4 woes Cottle had another issue to report to the board -- an emergency concerning the district's wastewater pump 2, which failed July 4. Cottle East Quincy Services District water report for March - July 2014 Month Pump_e_d Billed Water loss Percent July 30,321,570 26,800,960 3,520,610 12% June 16,525,690 12,948,450 3,577,240 22% May . 8,418,540 6,920,350 1,498,190 18% April 6,773,660 5,021,240 1,752,420 26% March 6,228,690 5,847,370 381,320 6% Total 68,268,150 10,729,780 16% *Note: Acceptable industry standard is 10% water loss per month was on pager duty and received the emergency call. He said he went to investigate, and found that the pump had shut itself off. attempts to fix the problem, including reversing the flow, but couldn't get the pump to work. The backup pump, which switched on automatically when pump 2 failed, solved the immediate problem throughout the weekend. Cottle said when he and Tobi Leathers, the district's other operator, pulled pump 2 and took it apart, they found a 2-foot section of 1-1/2-inch flat jacket hose caught inside the pump. He said the pump was not damaged and after removing the hose, he and Leathers replaced the pump and said he did not know how the hose, which Green speculated was a dewatering hose from something like a sump pump, got into the sewer system. New vice chairman Director Kathy Felker was elected to fill the position of vice chairman of the board, which has been unfilled since former vice chairman Mike Green resigned a couple months ago. Felker was not present at the meeting. The next regular board meeting is set for Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Income survey, to be conducte,e A random selection of Quincy Community Services District and East Quincy Services District sewer customers will be receiving an income survey in the marl. It is part of a joint effort by both districts to seek a solution for wastewater treatment in American Valley. The districts are interested in knowing if they are eligible for grant or low-interest loan funding to pay for some of the expenses that would be incurred in evaluating wastewater treatment options. An income survey can give them some answers. No decisions have been made by either district. Both districts have reported they need more information in order to make the best decision for their customers. The Plumas County Community Development Commission is conducting the income survey on behalf of the districts. "The survey is confidential," said David Keller, executive director of the commission. "No individual income information will be available to either district. Our agency has conducted many income surveys for special districts and we have developed a protocol to assure the security of the information. Only authorized representatives of a monitoring agency or potential funding agency can have access to the data." For more information contact Margie Corderman at Plumas County Community Development Commission at 283-2466, ext. 111, or mcorderman @plumascdc.org. Library to host The Quincy public library is hosting a free basic computer skills workshop Monday, July 28, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The workshop will be led by Community Connections volunteer Linda McDermott. free computer Participants can learn how to access and search the Internet, set up and manage an email account, set up an account on Facebook, apply online to jobs and more, as time and future workshops allow. skills workst00op The library's 10 new computers will be available and participants may bring their own laptops or iPads also. For more information call the Quincy library at 283-6310. i "lDetailing Special[ pott00 |rig (530) 283-9945 '399! Ii SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014 - 5:00 TO IO:OOPM BOW WOW AT NAKOMA - "RESCUE DOGS ROCK" DINNI:I INCLUDES TIll-TIP, CHICKEN, VI:GPTAIIAN PLATI: & MO[l:! NO-HOST BAR, LIVP MUSIC, PUTT FOR THI: MUTTS, LONGEST DRIV[: CONTI:ST, [AFFLI: AND SILI:NT AUCTION... SOMETI-IING FOR EVERYONE! TICKI::TS $45 EACH. I::OR MORI= INI::ORMATION CALL 832-4727, QCSD, from page 1A A voluntary assigned-day conservation practice was implemented two years ago, when the district sent out suggested assigned-day watering magnets. The district asks residents of even-numbered home addresses to water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; odd-numbered residences to water Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; and for all customers to refrain from watering on Mondays. During times of high water use, Quincy buys water from East Quincy Services District. While the board is happy to have - that water available for its customers, director Dick Castaldini pointed out that the district is paying more for the water than it sells it for. Quincy buys the water for $1.95 per thousand gallons and charges just $1.81 per thousand gallons, on average. Quincy's water rates are tiered, but about 90 percent of customers pay $1.81 per thousand gallons, Gay said. Directors agreed they need to raise their rates, but said it probably won't happen until next year. Wastewater rate committee Castaldini and Jim Bequette represent Quincy on a joint ad hoc wastewater treatment rate committee that meets regularly with EQSD counterparts Kathy Felker and B}ll Martin. The dual-district committee reported that at its June 17 meeting members discussed the need for financial reserves to sustain the wastewater treatment plant serving American Valley. An additional topic discussed was the upcoming income survey conducted on behalf of the two districts by the county's community development commission. The committee reported that American Valley has the potential to demonstrate median household income well below the average, which could allow the districts "to secure future funding than can help offset the challenge posed by mandatory wastewater treatment compliance supported by a relatively small number of ratepayers." Gay advised the board that the committee's ad hoc status should be revised to that of standing committee, now that meetings are being held regularly. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Aug. 14, 9 a.m. VALUE IS PART OF EVERY PACKAGE Anid Planet C-SPAN a' FOX News Cmn HSN QVC e TV Land o  C-SPAN2 Groat American Coun NodeoNck Ae N 0" RFTV Wea Cmn eleion DishHOME Interactive TV Hallmark Channel Nkdadodeon/Nick Id Nite ON) DIY HaJlmark Movie Channel Nicktoom  le Hub Nilock P/Ul MIr MOI Cam Food Nelwock HLN Outdoor Channel -' TVdO NMo : I '''''' '+''':+" ACT NOW AND ALSO GET:. PREMIUM CHANNELS for 3 months +  .4dlwtyoucanuve*1Olmo, , .1.  WiTH DISHIET HIGH-SPEED INTERNET Call today for the best deal! Satscan Electronics d.Qh PO Box 209, Quincy, CA 9597"1 * (530) 283-3800 Brings It Down To Earth Aumo.=B.sm,=. bltIll lrm and CondlUonll: Pronlotl0nal Offm: Require actlvldlon of new quailing DISH leffice. All pd ,            A 1 vld lot IIr 24 iiorls. Require COMMUO el&rnt In Autny wiflll Billing. Afll  m  m  bb PM  Rmm  b;3  You are invited to .a Public Prayer Service Pray for the PCT Hikers Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:00 pm Free food, water & wifi available for hikers A free-will offering will be gathered for the continued support of the hikers IIII Our Savior Lutheran Church 161 Aspen St., Chester. (530) 258-2347 ,.,. (across from Chester Elementary School) o I k/ tl