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12A Wednesday, July 16, 2014 eatner I=ver uu.ezm Portola and community services district join forces Carolyn Shipp Staff Writer cshipp@plumasnews.com "We're neighbors, we might as well be friends," said Mayor Phil Oels at the regular Portola City Council meeting July 9. And that was just what the board at Grizzly Lake Community Services District wanted to hear. After little discussion and no hesitation, the City Council decided to enter into an agreement with the community services district in Delleker to help provide potable and state.compliant water to the residents of the little neighboring town. City Manager Robert Meacher explained to the council that the state approached the city about using the Lake Davis treatment plant to treat some of the district's Lake Davis allotr kent during the peak water usage months. Due to a uranium problem in the district's No. 2 well, the district has struggled to stay compliant with the state for a few years. At Grizzly Lake's special board meeting Thursday, June 10, board chairman Larry TerriU explained that they had four options to reach compliancy, each more expensive than the next. However, he said the state would be willing to provide a $409,000 grant to construct a pipeline that would connect DeUeker to the water treatment plant at Lake Davis, if they acted quickly and got the necessary permissions. The agreement the city established was an essential piece of the puzzle. It states that for $500 per acre-foot, which is around 380,000 gallons, the city would process Delleker's water during peak season and send it their way. The agreement can be terminated at any time. And Meacher said it would be about a three-year process to even begin pumping the water through. However, both the City Council and the district's board of directors mentioned their appreciation for the new cooperation between the city and the community services district. Director John Streeter, who was at the City Council meeting, mentioned the council's hospitality. "I have been to many City Council meetings, and this one I actually felt welcomed ... it was a good vibe," he said. The next step for the district is to approach the Board of Supervisors. After the district receives the OK from the board, it must begin the surveying process, which the state will also pay for. Summertime profusion A summertime profusion of flowers surrounds a rural delivery mailbox on a hot and humid overcast day: butterfly bush, snapdragons and morning glory predominate. Photo by Laura Beaton Collins Pine Co. to hold public hearing on renewal of yield plan The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, along with Collins Pine Co., will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Aimanor Recreation Center, 450 Meadowbrook Loop in Chester. The hearing is to accept comments regarding the proposed 10-year renewal of the Collins Almanor Forest Sustained Yield Plan. Timber operations in California are required to comply with the Forest Practice Rules, including section 933.11, which states, "The goal of this section is to achieve Maximum Sustained Production of High Quality Timber Products (MSP). MSP is achieved by meeting the requirements of either (a) or (b) or (c) in a THP (Timber Harvest Plan), SYP (Sustained Yield Plan) or NTMP (Non Industrial Timber Plan) or as otherwise provided in Article 6.8, Subchapter 7. "(b) Where a SYP is submitted for an ownership, an approved SYP achieves MSP by providing sustainable harvest yields established by the landowner which will support the production level of those high quality timber products the landowner selects while at the same time: "(1) Meeting minimal stocking and basal area standards for the selected silvicultural methods as provided in these rules as described; (2) Protecting the soft, air, fish and wildlife, water resources and any other public trust resources; (3) Giving consideration to recreation, range and forage, regional economic vitality, employment and aesthetic enjoyment; "(4) Balancing growth and harvest over time. The projected inventory resulting from harvesting over time shall be capable of sustaining the average annual yield achieved during the last decade of the planning horizon. "The average annual projected yield over any rolling 10-year period, or over appropriately longer time periods for ownerships which project harvesting at intervals less frequently than once every ten years, shall not exceed the projected long-term sustained yield. "A THP which relies upon and is found to be consistent with an approved SYP shall be deemed adequate to achieve MSP." Collins Pine Co. is part of The Collins Cos., a privately held forest products company operating continuously since 1855. It has been sustainably managing and harvesting timber from the Collins Almanor Forest for the past 74 years and was the in-st timber company in North America to receive certification under the rigorous Forest Stewardship Council standards over 20 years ago. For more information about this topic, visit collinsco.com/almanor-overvie w or contact Jay Francis, forest manager, at 258-4401 or email at JFrancis@coilinsco.com. Chester Public Utility District explores new revenue options M. Kate West Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.cOm The development of new revenue streams garnered the lion's share of discussion at the July 8 Chester Public Utility District meeting. General Manager Joe Waterman brought two proposals to the board. The first is the potential of setting up an ambulance membership system similar to the Susanville's Mountain Lifeflight helicopter ambulance servlce. "This is an exploration into more revenue streams like Lifeflight," Waterman said. "They will accept whatever your insurance will pay if you are a member. "The ambulance would operate on the same principle." He said would ask a representative from Lifeflight to make a presentation to the board. "We would operate our own system," Waterman said. "The representative would help us to understand how it works. I also believe a cost analysis needs to be accomplished." The second item up for discussion was a proposal to increase hydrant rates for construction. "As we are going through our water codes and what we bill out as a district we looked at hydrant rates for construction," he said. Waterman described hydrant rates as the hydrant water needed by construction companies to tap down dust. "We have surveyed other communities with construction water and hydrants and understand that we must do a notification procedure before a rate change can be effected. "What we propose is that we charge a $1,000 refundable deposit. Currently we charge $27.50 a month for an installed hydrant meter and then charge for water at $1.10 per thousand gallons," he said. "We are proposing to increase the meter rental to $50 a month and a base rate of $49.06 for a 3-inch meter (line) plus 6,000 gallon a month allotment." Prior to any construction rate increase CPUD will post legal notices in the newspaper announcing the date and time of the public meeting so comments may be gathered about the proposed change. Waterman updated the board on the district's attempt to recoup outstanding bills owed for ambulance service. "To date we have sent $115,463 to collections and have received $1,720/' he said. Waterman and the board looked at the potential of putting reserve dollars into higher earning cash deposits. Previously the district had banked with the Local Agency Investment Fund. While discussion evolved around a comparison of interest rates, no decision was made and the topic will be carried forward on a future agenda. 25 Y-earWarranty Full set.............s1048 Queen set.........s1099 King set ..,.....,.,$1399 Floor sample queen set,,$ AVARIS  wv  15 yr. warranty with gel visco foam Full set.............s1449 Queen set.........Sl King set Floor sample queen .t$1399 Twin Full set ...............s679 Queen set King set ...........s1099 VICTORIA PLUSH 15 yr. warranty t $ Twin se .............. 329 Full set ...........,...s419 Queen set...........s449 King set ..............$759