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,12A Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009 Feather River BUltetin MEND, frompage 1A a decision that night, remainder ofthe term. duty in Portola. He went on to say the comparison betweenthe old "We wanted to introduce - Hagwood added that sinceThe 01d contract, he said, $70,000 proposed in the con- contract and the new; they the topic and to give you a the resignation falls within had been quite different, and tract has already been budget are as dissimilar as apples level of cooperation" and draft contract to review," he an 18-month period, he stipulated the city pay for and if COPS funding were and oranges. said, "What I am offering said. understood the supervisorsone full-time deputy, cut, the city would have to The old contract called is our entire substation's Kennedy said he could sup-would be making an appoint- Council Member William dip into reserves to satisfy for the dedication of one commitment to your city. port the idea of a one-year ment. Weaver commented on the the budget. The city council full-time officer at the sub- While you had one commu- contract with the sheriff's "My personal feeling is loss of manpower experi- would then have to addressstation and outlined his nity service officer five days department to replace the that the men and women at enced by the sheriff's office, the impact in next January's duties, as well as assigned a week, 40 hours a week, I CSO position. "I can support the substation are going to Hagwood affirmed it had lost budget discussion, responsibility for outfitting, will give you our efitire sub- that for one year to find out provide a stellar level ofseven positions in the last He added that the proposedwith Portola providing the station seven days a week, whether or not the good service. At the sheriff'sfive years, contract would effect an car, gun, etc. about 19 hours a day. I think graces that you have present- department, we are commit-Regarding contracts with $11,000 savings in CSO Along with the sponsorship your bang for the buck is im- ed to the city that we didn't ted to being an example for the city of Portola or the on-call time that would beofa CLETS terminal (used in pressive." have before are going to con- county and city relation- courts, Hagwood said, "I shouldered by the sheriff's looking up driver's licenses Larrieu responded, "I. tinue and to see if you'reships," Hagwood said, adding think we need to take a department in the future, and car registrations), the didn't mean to give the im- elected or not." that those assigned to theprivate business approach to The council voted to have new contract focuses heavily pression that I am negative Larrieu asked if Hagwood local substation were one of our contracts that may not the city's staff continue on accountability and re- toward it because I'd really would be the acting sheriff the finest groups of enforce- have existed in the past:negotiations with the sher- ports, both written and like us to get back on track for the next year. ment oEmers in the county.You're a paying customer and iff's department. Larrieu verbal, to the city manager. with this kind of prdgram. I Hagwood responded he Council member Dan it's our obligation to satisfy summed it up,"The waytogo City council members will think this is probably our op- intended to occupy, at least, Wilson asked why the last that paying customer." about it from the beginning is review the proposed contract portunity to do it right now, the position of acting under- contract with the sheriff had Wilson asked if the COPS to be right up front with each before it appears as an but I'm not sure what the sheriff during that time and been terminated, funding normally applied other. Some of us have been agenda item in the future. process is to get that going." avoided a more definitive Murphy replied the sherifftoward law enforcement for through this process for At the same time, legal Murphy explained the draft answer, was the one who terminatedthe'city was forthcoming,many, many years." counsel for Plumas County contract had been passed Murphy thought the matter it and that reduced staffing Murphy replied, "COPS As to the draft contract Sheriff's Office and the along to county counsel would go before the Board of issues had been at the funding has not been elimi- itself, it was not discussed, county are also reviewing and probably to the county Supervisors, who could hold core. He said the SO had hated; it also has not been nor its points debated, aside the draft and are likely to administrative officer. The an immediate election or instituted policies resulting guaranteed. 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Pernetti explained cell phones were affected because "all cell-phone calls, at some point, are routed through landlines." When asked what areas were affected, she responded, "Roughly, southern Plumas County--Portola, Loyalton, Blairsden, Sierraville, Quincy numbers." Emergency services Although all of the effects of the service outage listed above were certainly incon- veniencing and, given the right circumstances, could have led to major problems or dangers for families living day to day, the most frighten- ing part of the incident was its drastic impact on the com- munications of Plumas first responders and other emer- gency service providers. Deputy Grant, the resident PCSO communications ex- pert, explaine d the situation. He began,.by sa ying: the county's new ,'r:everse 911" call system can't function without landline phone service. Grant added that a third of the PCSO's radio capability phones as they could call 911 would have moved their was compromised by the and their calls would be rout- equipment to strategic loca- outage, edto another dispatch center, tions to assist emergency The deputy pointed out dis- People in Cheste/ and services in communicating. patch phont s also were out: Greenville possibly had a Summing up the incident, dispatchers could not receive larger problem in terms ofGrant said he would like to "911 calls for about 45 minutes, reaching emergency services get secondary communica- During that time dispatch-and were prdbably less likely tions fully prepared so the 45- ers were using a non-AT&T to know that there was even minute set:up time would be cell phone to call hospitals an issue with communica- shorter in the future. and fire stations to get people tions as their phones wereHe added that this was only with non-AT&T cell phones working fine. the second time a communi- to stand by there, creating Meanwhile, a sergeant and cation outage of this magni- an ad hoc communication dispatchers activated a satel- tude had hit Plumas County system, lite phone that allowed them in recent memory: Dispatchers also called to speak to other dispatchGrant said adding redun- Sierra County, which takescenters and receive calls dancy to tha emergency ser- over dispatching duties for from them as well. vices communication system Plumas when issues like At 11:30 a.m., a second occurred as a result of the these arise, backup communication sys- last incident, which he Grant said he couldn't tell tern was assembling in Por- thought would be enough to if Sierra County lost phone tola, as Plumas Amateur avoidit happening again. service simultaneously or Radio Club and Amateur He said it was hard to pre- shortly after Plumas, but in Radio Emergency Service dict the next way something any event the dispatch center members Dennis Dickinson could go wrong until there in that county quickly noti- and his father, Roy Dickin- was an actual incident like fled Nevada County that itson, were setting up ham ra- thisone. would have to cover both dio stations in the Eastern He also said many of the Plumas and Sierra counties. Plumas District Hospital problems, such as Chester He also said that residents parking lot and making con- residents getting a busy in the Chester and Greenville nections with amateur radio signal, were hard to envision area had working phones, but operators in Quincy and fixes for when the corpora- got a busy signal when call- Reno, Nev. tion that owns the infrastruc- ing 911 for part of the outage The duo notified local ture that malfunctioned was because there was essentially ARES and Radio Amateur unwilling to share more in- nowhere for their call to go og; ina,ted Emerger y SeS- form aU0n ahaut what went with dispatch ph~ outof .......... ......... mJ~t~~~~.... ! " ' : '" ~'--~ 1 ........ ~ ' service in Quincy. i of the service outage using Additional reporting by Por- This actually put them at a radio repeaters on Mount tolaEditorDianaJorgenson. disadvantage compared to Hough and Mount Rose. Those interested in becom- people in Quincy and Portola They said that ff the outage ing an amateur radio operater who had non-A&T cell had gone on, other operators can call 281-6348. CalFire h ets D U I QUESTIONS, frompage ,A He explained the depart- ment activated its new Joshua Sebold Quincy CHP Sgt. Jack reverse 911-call system for Staff Writer Bomquist said Hymas ob- The representative com- the first time during the jsebold@plumasnews.com served signs and symptoms of mented, "For us it's safety incident, sending out a mes- intoxication when speaking first and if incident command sage to 16 residents in the Cal Fire Director Del with Waiters. Bomquist said thinks we're in danger, we Tobin area, warning that a Walters, 55, of Redding, ap- Waiters subsequently failed a stop ... you always want to wildfire was nearby and pointed by Governor Arnold sufficient amount of the tests to err on the side of safety, advising an evacuation could Schwarzenegger in 2008, was be taken into custody on a DUI Always." follow. arrested on a charge of driving charge. The sergeant also said a Plumas County Sheriff's Grant added that it was a under the influence on High- blood test was taken from Wal- Department Deputy Mike precautionary message and way 70 near Camp Layman ters, with results strll pending. Grant addressed the evacua- no actual evacuation was around 5:30 p.m. Friday,Walters was booked into the tion rumors, ever declared. Aug. 21. Plumas County Correctional Quincy California Highway Center Friday and released REICHLE, from page 1h be revised as it called for him Patrol Officer Robert Hymas Saturday, Aug. 22. to represent Plumas Superior allegedly observed a Silver The Plumas County District Court and the Local Agency Nissan 350 Z going over the Attorney's Office has not Formation Commission. speed limit and made a stop. received the case yet. The attorney explained the courts were a separate entity. Neither LAFCo nor the bar & grill PLUMAS PINES Sunday Brunch ~ 9am- 2pm Breakfast & Lunch Fare Eggs Benedict -- Country Benny -. Waffles Omelets ~ Certified Angus Beef ~ Weekly Specials We proudl9 iCeabJre local rrarm- Cresh eE : s and produce. special event seatin is limif [. Resewafions re__ ]uirec[ 530-836-1111 Plumas Pines Golf Resort, 402 Poplar Valley Rd., Graeagle www.plumaspinesgolf.com 1 1 Reichle said he would also handle employee negotia- tions instead of farming them out, as had been done in the past. 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