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County News Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001 7A Branch is a com- if there was any aY. Plumas County de Btlpervisors passed -~ri~Wm011 declaring it so. taken during Aug. 7 meeting, stemmed from resident con- cerns following changes in the supervisorial district boundaries. Hamilton Branch has long been part of District 3. Dis- trict 3 includes the majority of the Lake Almanor Basin including Chester and the Lake Almanor Peninsula. Following the 2000 census, according to state law, the su- pervisorial districts were re- defmed to try to equalize the residential population of the districts. Originally, the supervisors approved a plan which kept Hamilton Branch in District _ c tu County employees ="-l Ore for health care, !1 Plan still is consid- the best available It co n s. o ,lll in- =,o and ibles by e rec. tions range from increasing deductibles and premiums, to modifying services offered, or even to changing insur- ance carriers. The county offers its em- ployees a plan which covers l 'n private sector they had to reduce bem I don't see how we can that since 1989, the group has "continually looked at other plans." Board Chairman Don Clark said that county employees should consider themselves "very lucky" because the pri- vate sector can no longer offer such benefits. "We're being viewed as too competitive," he said. Supervisor Bill Dennison said, "In the private sector they have had to reduce ben. efits. I don't see how we can continue doing this." Supervisor Robert Meacher called for "continued vigi- lance" in selecting health care options How the increase will be shared is a negotiated item between the county and the employees' union, but histor- ically, it's been a 50-50 split. de by 'lulnas llealth j Advi- Bill Oennison Supervisor , t' aPloy ted to rep- Were selec . [ ee]various levels of I L .Visory committee ith consultant Terri ) L analyze what is best @aPloyees. The corn- , var,o.. ) i reserving service T irnizing costs. Op- do/ng fills." medical, dental and eye care. It is a self-insured program. In deciding to remain with the self-insured program, the committee also reviewed plans by Blue Shield and Blue Cross. Ernie Eaton, a spokesper- son for the committee, said m Keller ing the budget, has been placed on the table Plttlnas County Board Don Clark and Ken Nelson by various departments. have met with each of the de- Conen said Plumas County will open its partment heads to discuss has to be careful in its ap- ' 0t Iget hearings Mon- their spending requests, proach. at 9 a.m. For a decade, former Coun- He said every effort is be- arings, which will ty Administrative Officering made to "maintain exist- least through Jim Stretch worked with for- ing service levels." mer general services oWzcer He acknowledged, howev- LWill focus on budget re.any departments ies P Frs, Plumas Corpo- z001-2002 spending be scru dur- first set of hear- first time in a supervisors are active role in form- Mike Tedrick, who is now the er, that the supervisors will county auditor, to assemble take "a stingy" approach to the budget, new spending. But, with the resignation of Conen said the cautious ap- Stretch, the supervisors have proach stems from a cohi- assumed much of the work, nation of issues, including with assistance from interim higher utility costs. ....... CAO RobertConen. A preliminary tm set was This year, about $2 million being put together by Conen needs to be shaved from what and others, but it was not completed at press time. 3. "The decision was based largely on the input of Hamil- ton Branch residents who overwhelmingly asked to stay in District 3, because they felt it was their commu- nity of interest. But, Supervisor Robert Meacher objected. To keep his district, District 2, out of Hamilton Branch, it meant taking portions of Quincy. Meacher's constituents ob- jected, fearing that he would be spread too thin, with too many far-flung areas to rep- resent. He represents Indian Valley, the Canyon and por- tions of Lake Almanor now. On July 24, the supervisors adopted a plan called Caradoc, which gave Hamil- ton Branch to District 2. At the meeting, Dave Henise, president of the Hamilton Branch Homeowners Associa- tion, said that the residents he represents would go along with the decision, if Hamilton Branch would be included in meetings held for District 3. He received verbal assur- ance from the board, but County Counsel Rob Shul- man put it in writing. The resolution states that "The supervisors from Dis- tricts 2 and 3 work coopera- tively to ensure that Hamil- ton Branch as a community of interest is notified of AI- manor Basin issues; and the Hamilton Branch community may freely contact the super- visors from District 2 and 3." II II l 20th Annual I I I II On the grounds of the II III II I1[ IIIII III III I L # 1 Main Street Fine Art Jewelry Pottery Metal Sculpture Woodwork Clothing Stained Glass Carvings Sky Chairs Puppets Sculptures & Much More!!! A Cyrcle Production Quincy 515 W. Main St.. 283-0940 Chester 201 Main St. 258-2628 Shorts & Swimsuits Chester Will be closed August 16 to prepare for the sale/ or