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14A Tuesday, July 25, 2001 From Page One Busin will see greater increases than resi attended the meeting, "it's tration. stupid." "We've tried to merge. We The result, he said, is du- tried a few years ago," Kraul plication of services and said. that could be handled The East Quincy Commu- a Court Bennet Quincy resident ConUmmMI from Page J Jr veiled at a highly publicized The fast year of the plan is July 19 town hall meeting, aimed at putting some of the was expected by district offi- f'mancial burden of fixing the cia,s to generate a lot of cdn,, water and sewer system on troversy. In fact, the district 'costs customers who place the asked retired Judge Stanley ' largest burden on it, district C. Young to moderate the officials contend, meeting. But only eight resi- They say that the remain- dents attended. ing nine years of the plan are While residents did not re- intended to pay for the ject the ambitious plan, some swelling costs of modernizing raised questions about the the system and for stabilizing need to raise rates so drmat- the district's leaky fmancial ically. picture. (See story.) Quincy resident Court Ben- "Currently, the district is nett said the increases trou- behind the curve," said con- ble him because they are a sultant Bob Reed, who was product, at least in part, of hired by the district to devel- the community having two op the new financial plan. "It water and sewer districts. needs to get ahead of the "Two water companies for curve." a town of 5,000," said Bennett, The plan, which was un- one of the few residents who III I I water companies for town of $,000. more efficiently and cheaply by one district. Board member Kimber Kraul said she agrees with Bennett and shares his frus- nlty Services District has re- sisted such a proposal for a variety of reasons, even though the two agencies stopped squabbling several years ago and agreed to share business sewer services, cerns is the Terrance Reeson, the gen- line sizes eral manager of the Quincy He said Chamber of Commerce, said he is troubled that the plan are could be adopted without not much input from the commu- of their nity. Another frustration is they will pay the size of the documentation services theY | that explains the new rate ing. structure, he said. Quincy's "It's almost overwhelming," was he said. "This is a lot of stuff den to digest." as. Reed said Reeson urged the district to nity has find a way to post the key customers points of the document on the is Internet to help inform the on the public, tem. Seven "People are going to be in- cies, such terested hi these rates." School, whilei Reeson said that one of the business. By Dave Keller nearly $7 million to abouttoo low, especially on Boyle Staff Writer 85.3 million, the agency is ex- and Coburn streets. The Quincy Community petted next month to impose ,Water welts are operating Services District needs to in- a series of rate increases to fi- under capacity or not at all, crease water and sewer rates nance a modernization of the resulting in the district buy- to pay for 85.3 million in ten- water and sewer system, ing water from the East Quln- ovations, agency offmials say. During a public hearing cy Services District. In November, the district last week, district officials .Several sewer pipelines commissioned a study to de- and consultants outlined the are leaky. termine what needed to be project and the problems that .The sewer pipeline south fixed and how much it would prompted it. of Gansner Field is too small. cost. .Water system mains are .The Headworks sewer Although the district has too small, too corroded and pump station is operating un- trimmed the original budget too leaky, der capacity, and there are by nearly 25 percent, from.Water system pressure is potential problems with oth- erpump stations, pair work will take placelife station .The sewer treatment plant right away, district officials system im discharge into Spanish Creek saY" Main and is turbid--a potential viola- Some of the work needs toOther tion of California environ- be done to stay ahead of include mental guidelines, scheduled roadwork by Cal- er .There are cracks in thetrans, because the district district's chlorine basin at does not want to damage the Coburn Street the sewer treatment plant, highway renovations planned by the state. Other .There are plastics and oth- er debris in the sludge at the Those projects would in- treatment plant, clude installing a sewer pipes pipeline at Spanish Creek, re- nity, would A major portion of the re- locating the Spanish Creek over the 1he Me chart Illustrates the breakdown, by percentap, Court will pay the county foqr various services. of tim imown mourn the ==Auditor a Information technology [:] Janitorial n Sheriff-bailiff m Reoords management BOther I'la.m Increased CoaUmmd fnm imge gA operation. hill equipment as well as up- "The ski liftt grading the general area. dated, there All the comments were not -be found negative toward the improve- down and ff ments and sevdral Johnsville return a residents spoke in favor, say- needed," he Ing it is "a breath of fresh Rob Russell, air." Involved Robert Murray, a skier and more than 15 20year resident, said he hill can't helped coach the local ski new ]JR. club, which had nearly 70 children this year. Russell is with Ithe and said 'Ithe of that "This ski hill adds a lot to the community and the youth and although I do have a con- cern with parking and traffic, there is nothing which can't be overcome," he said. Jim Webster, president of the Plumas Ski Club, and has been a part of the ski hill be- fore it became Ski Gold Mountain. He said the proposed im- provements are not new, but were a part of the business plan which had been written before Gold Mountain took over board the the 1850s. "If we lose will lose a tory of -the be gone Anyone mritten the im hill may Ken gist, Sierra Parks, P.O. CA 96142. m m By Dave Kellor quired to use our services Plumas County Sheriffs De- Staff Wnter and we are not required, in partment will provide two County officials and the most instances, to contInue full-time bailiffs for the Plumas County Superior to provide them," said Robert courts in return for about Court have come to terms on W. Cohen, the county's inter- $147,000. a 2001-2002 contract, im administrative officer. The county treasurer will The deal requires the court "However, because of the charge the courts about $700, to pay the county at least long-standing relationship while the county human re- $276,000 for the new fiscal between the county and the sources department will be year. courts, there are many ser- paid nearly $2,700 for ser- The bulk of the financial vices that the courts need on vices. agreement, about $147,000, a daily basis that the county The courts will pay more covers the cost of bailiffs for will continue to provide" as than $10,000 for the county to the courts, outlined in the new contract, archive their records this The courts, using funds Cohen said. year. from the state, pay the court- The agreement, approved For personal property and ty for various services, earlier this month by thecriminal crime insurance, That's because of a state Plumas County Board of Su- the county will receive about law, passed in 1997, that cre- pervisors, $565 from the courts. ated a financial and organiza- The courts will pay aboutIn addition, the county will tional separation between $9,300 for services provided receive an unknown amount the county and state, by the county auditor, of money for photocopying, More and more, the courts The county's information postage and paper costs. have become less dependent technology office will supply There are a host of other on the county, but it is cheap- 800 hours of work this year unknown costs beyond the er and more efficient in some for nearly $94,000. 8276,000, including health in- instances for the two agen- Janitorial services will surance benefits. cies to work together, cost the courts about $11,000. 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