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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 3A Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Subway sandwiches and Gatorade consumed the attention of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors during its Aug. 12 meeting. Sheriff Greg Hagwood presented receipts for the food and beverages purchased for deputies during a marijuana garden investigation and eradication. Auditor Roberta Allen said she couldn't reimburse the expenditures without the supervisors' authorization. "We still don't have a mechanism to address the expenditures," Hagwood told the board, and added that he has appeared before the supervisors every time a similar operation is held. "Is there anything we can do?" asked supervisor Lori Simpson. Auditor Allen said that county policy would have to be changed, but worried about potential abuses by departments. "I completely understand the need for checks and balances," Hagwood said, but added that after more than @ BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP four years, he and his department have a "pretty strong track record." The board voted to develop a policy specific to the sheriff that would give him the authority to spend up to a certain dollar amount each year for this type of expenditure with6ut needing the supervisors' approval. New fee At Sheriff Greg Hagwood's request, the supervisors approved a $500 fee to be paid to the sheriffs department when property annexations result in a change of fire protection jurisdiction. "There is measurable expense attached to making the changes," Hagwood said, of what's required to update the 911 system. "These costs have to be incorporated as part of the annexation process." New employ While the supervisors understood the request, they worried that it might dissuade some from seeking annexation. "We would like to see consolidations," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said. "If we start piling on more and more fees, it could put a real damper on consolidations, so I have mixed emotions." "There needs to be something in place that's equitable," Hagwood said. "Ultimately, it puts community members and visitors at risk." If the information isn't updated, then911 calls can't be dispatched properly. "Most of this stems from my area," said Supervisor Terry Swofford, who represents Portola and the Sierra Valley. "This is a good way of addressing it." His fellow supervisors agreed and voted unanimously to approve the new fee -- the first block of 25 addresses would cost $500, with $248 for each additional block of 25 addresses. New road department tool Thanks to a grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the county's public works department has a new tool in its arsenal -- a Polaris Ranger utility terrain vehicle. Public Works Director Bob Perreault told the board that the vehicle, with a purchase price of $24,298, would be purchased locally at DuPont Power Tools. Perreault explained that the vehicle can travel on snow or revert to tires for summertime use. The road department will use it to assess the viability of roadways, but will also make it available to the sheriff in event of an emergency or to perform search and rescue operations. Pay increase In-home care providers will now be earning $9.50 per hour. The supervisors approved the 50-cent-per-hour increase, which will go into effect Oct. 1. Following Sierra's lead The Sierra County Board of Supervisors is asking the 22 counties that encompass the Sierra Nevada to adopt local states of emergency because of the condition of the forest, county officials' wish list which is choked with biomass, arid the threat of severe fires. Sierra County provided a draft resolution, which local officials will review and tailor to fit Plumas County before the supervisors consider it for adoption. Road improvements A 9.6-mile stretch of roadway from north of Beckwourth to an intersection in Clover Valley will soon be under construction. The Federal Highway Administration, the Forest Service, Caltrans and Plumas County are coordinating the project, which will restore the roadway that serves as an access route from Beckwourth to Genesee or to Susanville. Construction costs are estimated at $21 million, with the county's match being the $206,000 it is paying for right-of-way acquisition. Eye Diseases • Strabismus (cross-eyes) • Amblyopia (lazy-eye) Debra Moore the need for a successionSawchuk also wants Staff Writer plan. additional help, which he "~' r dmoore@gLumasnews.com m calculated woul cost about (Herrin) is younger, but may $72,000 with salary and After years of cuts in " be in a better position to benefits. He said in lieu of personnel, department retire," he said. "How doadding an employee, an heads want to see some you keep continuity as you alternative would be to positions restored, move into the future?" change the job Of the six county He continued, "I get classifications of his current department heads who met concerned about staff and then add some with the Plumas County institutional knowledge. I'm temporary help. supervisors Aug. 12, three a planner; I look to the Sawchuk described asked for more employees, future." several instances in which The supervisors were in Supervisor Lori Simpson his crew was able to save the information-gathering noted that hiring anothercounty money because of mode, not making decisions, planner wouldn't guarantee their abilities. so the officials made their that he or she would stay. "Again, by utilizing the pitch but will have to wait She also asked Wilson to talent we have, we saved the until the board has met with better define the jail $15,000 (in doing all of the departments before department's workload, electronic lock work)," he knowing whether their "I'd like to see how manysaid. "All of our equipment, requests will be granted, projects are coming in," we don't send it out, we Planning Director Randy she said. repair it in house. It's a Wilson, Director of Wilson itemized some of shame to use that talent for Facilities Dony Sawchuk the tasks he and Herrin face weed whacking." and County Clerk Kathy every day, from simply Clerk Williams asked for Williams presented their answering the phones to an additional employee departments' budgets and processing mining permitswhose time would be asked for an additional to completing divided between her office employee each. environmental studies, and records management. Treasurer Julie White, It's also time for the The supervisors were Human Resources Director county to update its zoning scheduled to meet with Gayla Trumbo and Assessor ordinances to reflect theseveral more departments Chuck Leonhardt presented new general plan. "The Aug. 19, with the final basically status quo budgets, zoning code could be moremeetings set for a special In making his pitch for controversial than the board meeting Aug. 26, extra staff, Wilson cited not general plan," Wilson said. which will include the only the workload, but also Facilities Director sheriff, district attorney and probation. A public hearing is scheduled for T~l~g(l~y, Sept. 23, with final adoption scheduled for Sept. 30. In September, the board will depart from its normal schedule, skipping the first Tuesday of the month, and meet the final four Tuesdays. 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