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2A Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Supervisors debate and split on request for computers Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The Mental Health Department&apos;s request to spend $88200 on computers triggered a lengthy discussion during the Plumas County Board of Supervisors meeting Aug. 19. The money would cover 42 ' desktop computers, seven laptops and two tablets, as well as multiple monitors. Mental Health Director Peter Livingston spent much of the time defending his request for two monitors per computer. "It's a luxury," Supervisor Jon Kennedy said. "! have it, but I'm a private citizen." Using two monitors makes it possible to have multiple windows open more easily. "I understand your point," Livingston said, "but to me $5,000 (the portion of the cost attributable to monitors)... you garner that much in efficiency." Supervisor Sherrie Thrall wasn't just concerned with multiple monitors; she wanted to know if the existing computers could be upgraded. Livingston received help from Dave Preston, the county's information technology director, who said that trying to update 8-year-old computers could cause more problems. Thrall also wanted to know what would happen to the old computers. Livingston explained that to protect health information, the hard drives are removed and sent to Kings View (the county's system provider) to be destroyed. "They could go to the county," Livingston said of the remaining hardware. "You are the county," Supervisor Lori Simpson said. Livingston said he simply meant "as opposed to the Chico Recycling Center" or another similar entity. The supervisors ultimately approved the equipment purchase but with the admonition that Livingston carefully consider the need for each piece of equipment, especially the monitors. Thrall voted against authorizing the purchase, and Terry Swofford wasn't present for the vote. The county does not fund the mental health department. Its revenues come from state and federal sources. The department also received authorization to frill two vacant positions: a program chief and mental health or behavioral health therapist. It's official The supervisors joined the city of Portola in declaring a local emergency due to the drought. Jerry Sipe, the county's director of the office of emergency services, said that while the declaration provides little functionally, it brings attention to the area. New job descriptions The supervisors approved new job descriptions for the assistant director of public health and a green waste attendant. The former is a new description that more accurately describes the job. " "The change will broaden the pool of applicants and creates a nice ladder," said Human Resources Director Gayla Trumbo. The second description is for a new position. Where in the World? Jim and Gloria Boland attend the first game -- which the 49ers lost -- in the new Levi's stadium. The Quincy Chamber of Commerce and the Plumas- Sierra County Fair announce the winners of the 2014 Plumas-Sierra County Fair Parade: Club or Organization Float: . , . , : Commercial Float: Bands: Walking - Jr. Group Walking- Sr. Group Youth Decorated Bicycle: Auto: Special Interest Vehicle: Motorcycle: Horse - Jr. Group Horse Drawn Vehicle Machinery- Antique Machinery - Vintage Machinery - Present Day lst: Bronco Buckaroos ::-:::z_: 2nd: Golden Grads 3rd: Dramaworks : 2nd:W's;25 ': '=< : ....... i i }  ;I{ - 1st: Face the Music Studio lst: Kristina's Gymnastics  ................ 2nd: Mini Trojans } z"  lst: Main Street Girlsfor M.S. iQUIN 2nd: QHS Centennial 3rd: Scentsy 1st: Kaela Zigas 1st: Rich Baucom 2nd: Tie: John H. Babcock & Feather River Xs 3rd: Ken & Liane Myers lst: Hunt & Sons 2nd: Quincy Tow 3rd: Ed Cammack lst: United Bikers lst: Indian Valley Riding & Roping Club lst: Greenhorn Guest Ranch lst: Michael Reeson 2rid: Dutch Scoppwer lst: Chris Guidotti lst: Sierra Pacific Industries Congratulations also to Plumas Bank - Outstanding Entry winner! Thank you all for being in our parade! We look forward to seeing you again next year! We would also like to thank the following individuals and businesses, without whose time, efforts and energy,, the parade would not have been the success it was this year: CalTrans Plumas Co. Dept. of Public Works Joe Blackwell Janice Thomas Terry Wert Chuck Pierson Joey Blackwell Kevin Correira Justin Saltel Chase Neiman Sheriff Greg Hagwood and the Sheriff's Department Lt. Joe Edwards and the Quincy CHP Office Quincy VFW Post #3825 Kent & Adrienne Barrett Plumas Bank Bill Jay David Adrian Footloose Dance Studio John & Carol Kolb Plumas Christian School Foley's Garage Plumas Motor Supply Main Street Styles Ron Trumbo Tommy Miles Jim & Judy Madden T's 2 Go Krissy Bauer The Knook Sydnee Zigas Diane Forsberg Jennifer Stewart Greg Spitzer We would like to also thank those that sponsored this year's parade. Without your generous donations, the parade would not have happened. Thank you! Ada's Place - David Adrian - Richard & Nancy Andrews - Frank & Georgia Augugliero - Robert & Judith Baalman - Barratt & Peggy Bailey- Tracy Ball & Brenda Lantow - Nancie Barker - James & Mary Lou Battagin - Dorrie Beck - Laurie Beck - Wayne & Shirley Bene- dict - Bequette & Kimmel - J. D. Blesse Construction - Joseph & Linda Brennan - Bresciani 1982 Family Limited Partnership - Sandra Brooks - Linda Brownlee - David Carlson - Robert & Dolores Chambers - Ronald & Marflyn Christensen - Steven & Kay Christenson - Denny & Clare Churchill - Robert & Moura Cobb - Rod & Cathy Decrona - Joseph & Helen Dembosz - Tim & Rose Dembosz - DuPont Power Tool- Grant & Cynthia Edwards - Gary & Sharon Fauver- Siegfried Fiolka - Bob & Mary Fitzsimmons - Flanigan & Leavitt Insur: ance Agency - Nancy Gambell - Stephen Grant - Kevin & Donna Griffin - Johanna Griggs - Joe & Gretchen Hagwood - Christopher & Amy Hendrickson - Peter Hentschel & Kimber Kraul - Bob & Peggy Hiss - Ted & Betty Hoskins - Fred & Susan Howe - Robert & Ellen Jeskey - Wayne & Marilyn Johannson - Pamela Johnson - Syd & Judy Kahre - Granville & Priscilla Kibbee - Richard Kielhorn - Alice King- Scott & Lynne Koeller - John & Carol Kolb - Duane & Marlene Labs - Carol Leonhardt - Michael & Cynthia Manit - Bill Martin & Susan Christensen - Linda McDermott - Dave & Sandy McKee - Helen Millay - Morgan Construction - De Anne Mosley - The Murray Company- John & Marjorie Murray - Bob & Judy Neideffer - Betty Penland James & Debbie Quiring - Maurice & Janice Ragusa - Nola Robinette - Jeffrey Rockholm - Andrew Ryback - Jeffrey & Carlene Sedgwick - Roger Settlemire - Mike & Sue Smith Plumas County department leaders outline budget needs. Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plu masnews.com County counsel and the building official both have another employee on their budget wish list, while the fair and museum will struggle through another year without asking for additional revenue. Another group of officials appeared before the Plumas County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 19 to present their budgets for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The supervisors are meeting with each department head before making any final decisions. "We are all aware of the shoestring budget that you're on," Board Chairman Jon Kennedy told Scott Lawson, the museum curator. "What room is left in the budget unless we close it?" The county funds Lawson's position, but the reminded her fellow board members that the museum is more than just a place for residents and tourists to take a walk down memory lane; the facility houses many of the county's historical documents and artifacts. County Counsel Craig Settlemire presented a status quo budget but said, "I have a wish list -- another attorney." With an additional attorney, Settlemire said that he could accomplish more work in house without having to rely on outside attorneys, as well as provide assistance to special districts, among other benefits. Settlemire also lobbied to raise his two current employees to a higher pay grade. "You appreciate the work of people who have, stepped up," he said. Likewise, Building Official John Cunningham museum association picks : presented two budgets: p. the' other costs. : ..... statuS quoand one With an Supervisor Lori Simpson additional employee that he would like to divide between building inspection and code enforcement. "Building is struggling to keep up," Cunningham said. "We are falling behind on plan check." Chairman Kennedy suggested tfiat Cunningham could budget more revenue since his permit fees have been consistently higher than he has budgeted, and that the sheriff has been working on a hybrid position that would include code enforcement. The remainder of the departments -- the ag commission, information technology, auditor- controller, the grand jury and Board of Supervisors -- recommended little change. The supervisors were scheduled to discuss the public safety departments yesterday, Aug. 26. 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