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4A Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 . Feather River Bulletin Q, from page 1A notice. Runs weekly through September. For information: 283-0930. Tailgate Food Giyeaway. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, St. John's Catholic Church, 176 Lawrence St. Open to any low-income Plumas County residents in need of food. Contact 712-2600, option 3, or Northstate food Ed Meyer, former Quincy resident, will hold an economic roundtable on rural economics at Plumas County Library, 9 a.m,-noon. For information., contact Lori Simpson: 283-0317. Saturday: Cattlemen's Day BBQ at the Fair, 5 p.m. and Extreme Bulls and Broncs, 7 p.m. at the Equestrian Arena at the fairgrounds. Tickets for Extreme Bulls and Broncs, $15; $30 per person includes tri-tip meal and VIP seating at Bulls and Broncs. Ranch Rodeo at8 a.m. is free. Tickets available at Plumas Bank in Quincy and Portola or contact Brenda Roccucci, 283-7345 ex. 7102. Ed Meyer, author of "Canyon Covenants," book signing at Epilogue Books in downtown Quincy, 12:30-2:30 p.m., after the fair parade. For information: 283-2665. Live music by Back 40, Eastside Public House, 1760 East Main St. Call 283-9805 for information and times. Friday and Saturday: Art/craft show, Ranchito Motel. Free. For information: Tracy, 283-2265. CODE, from page 1A It's been 50 years already! deteriorated," Thrall said. "It's hurting tourism, property values and quality of life." Now Thrall wants to address the problem. "I encouraged John and company (Environmental Health Director Jerry Sipe and Planning Director Randy Wilson) to bring this forward," Thrall said. "We probably have the money to fund this." Cunningham estimated that it would cost $95,000 to $122,000 to implement the program, depending on how much money could be Friday, August 14, 1965 + 50 Years Tuesday: California Native Plant Gathering. Field Trips, plant ID, and more. Bring your knowledge and ideas to share. 6:00 PM, Quincy Public Library 445 Jackson Street. Contact David Popp for information: 283-1350. realized from the state's vehicle abatement program. Auditor Roberta Allen warned the supervisors about some big-ticket expenditures that the county is facing, including contributions to the employee retirement system and higher insurance costs. "We do have a fund balance that has increased," Allen said, "but I have cash flow concerns." Thrall acknowledged those concerns, but said, "I want to establish it as a priority. A little history Plumas County had two code enforcement officers until 2008, when budget cuts dropped that number to just one. During the 2011-2012 budget cycle, the supervisors eliminated that position and the office entirely, relying instead on the departments of planning, building and environmental health to deal with code violations that were under their jurisdiction. What was meant to be temporary is still in place and becoming increasingly untenable for the departments. "These departments frequently lack adequate staff necessary to fulfill their mandated legal responsibilities," Cunningham said in his presentation to the board. Cunningham explained the time-consuming process involved to force a property owner to comply, which he said results in most code enforcement complaints going unaddressed. Cunningham said that while Plumas County residents might differ on what they want from their property -- whether it be rural and rustic or formal and gated -- "code enforcement functions to ensure that all residents have the opportunity to create the safe, healthy, satisfying life they desire." SUPES, from page 1A do," he continued. After researching various options, Sawchuck is recommending a new system, which he described as "a lot more use friendly" that will cost approximately $36,000. Sawchuck said the failing system wasn't anyone's fault, just a victim of ever-changing technology. The card system is the second improvement the supervisors have authorized recently for security at the Health and Human Services building, often referred to as the courthouse annex. Other measures include hiring uniformed guards to be stationed in the lobby who are available to greet the public and assist employees as needed. Vacancy Agricultural Commissioner Tim Gibson received authorization to fill a technician position that became vacant following the release of a probationary employee. Funding requests It's that time of year when the supervisors seek proposals for Title III funding from Secure Rural Schools and Community -- $229,111 this year. Title III funds may be used for three purposes, the first of which is activities performed under the Firewise Communities program. This program provides education and assistance to property owners in fire-sensitive areas with home location, construction and landscaping to increase their protection from wildfire. Funds may also be used to reimburse the county for search and rescue and other emergency services, including firefighting, which are performed on federal land, but paid for by the county. Finally, the money can also be used to develop community wildfire protection plans in coordination with the appropriate agency. Applications are available at or can be picked up from the clerk to the board at the county courthouse. Applications are due Sept. 15. Employees speak out County employees once again filled the boardroom and spoke out during the public comment portion of the meeting, reiterating their desire for a pay raise. Employees have vowed to attend the supervisors' meetings, which are regularly scheduled for the first three Tuesdays of each month, until an increase is granted. AMBULANCE, from page 1A. calls. When the new model arrives, the older one will be used as a backup. And that will be a welcome sight for Mary Lou Batchelder and Derek Gay, an emergency medical technician and paramedic respectively, who are looking forward to a new ambulance. "Paramount is patient and emergency personnel safety," Gay said, "and it will definitely have that." One of the new features of this ambulance is safety belts for the emergency technicians that allow them to be secure, but still have movement. "The safety belts will move with you," Batchelder said. "We'll still be belted in, but we can get to the patient." Another feature that Batchelder appreciates is an auto lift device that will allow one responder to lift a patient. "I could load 400 pounds by myself," Batchelder said. The design of the ambulance will be different than the last and there will be added features, but Batchelder and Gay both made it clear that reliability is key. "Everybody's looking forward to having a reliable rig," Batchelder said, "and we are so grateful for all of the fundraising that everyone has done and is' doing." Once the fundraising goal of $160,000 has been reached, the ambulance will be assembled to the hospital's Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Office is open Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to contact us: All departments: FAX: (530) 283-3952. Emaih Website: (530) 283-0800. Ownership and heritage: The Bulletin was established Aug. 11, 1866, as the Plumas National (later changed to Plumas National Bulletin May 16, 1892) subsequently changed to its present name May 7, 1931, which merged with the Plumas Independent (1892 - i945) June 7, 1945. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display advertising: Thursday 4 p.m.; display classified: Thursday, 3 p'.m.; legals: Thursday 4 p.m.; news: Fridays, 3 p.m.; classified: Monday 9 a.m. Breaking news: anytime! To subscribe: Call (530) 283-0800, come to the Bulletin office, use the handy coupon below or send email to Adjudication: The Feather River Bulletin is adjudicated & legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 4644 (1953) and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper. Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. Michael C. Taborski Jenny Lee Elise Monroe Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Bookkeeper Keri Taborski Mary Newhouse Eva Small C0-Owner/Legal Advertising Classified, Circ. Manager Graphics Dept. 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