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14A w e, ay, Au . 29, 2ool From Page One Issues discussed Continued from page 1A II II lem was that "a lot of people were crammed into a small area." As a way to help alleviate the problem, Davis said it would be a good idea to open the gates, on the initial day, earlier to avoid traffic con- gestion right at the time busi- ness xpeople are going to work. Trumbo said he was wor- ried about parking problems in the future if areas now used were eliminated. He asked if that issue had been addressed. Besides parking near the front gate, festival partici- pants also used facilities made available on Lee Road at Wilburn Construction, and a section of land belonging to Phil Bresciani. Supervisor Ken Nelson said the problem he was con- cerned about was festival or- ganizers didn't get a special use permit for access ease- ment to use a road leading to Bresciani's property. That land was also zoned as agri- cultural property. Nelson said the festival or- ganizers were issued a cita- tion for not getting that spe- cial use permit. "I don't want to run them out of town," Nelson said about the High Sierra Festi- val. This was tt e first, but not the last, tim,'he would make this comment'h uring the meeting. Nelson added that he wants to solve the parking issues, along with other problems that were encountered. He added that some people were also living in the park- ing areas, and that wasn't ac- ceptable. In a final discussion about parking and traffic concerns, Nelson said it would be a good idea to issue residents along Fairgrounds Road an ID to prominently display so they wouldn't be stuck in lines and could get in and out more easily. Mahlah Holden, a member of the audience, asked if Nel- son thought the Plumas-Sier- ra County Fair Board of Di- rectors knew about the per- mit requirements, but delib- erately didn't pass that infor- mation along?. Nelson responded that he likes to give people the bene- fit of the doubt, but that also the fair board had stipulated that High Sierra was in charge of obtaining all its own permits. When High Sierra repre- sentatives were notified of the problem, they took down signs indicating the use of the access road. Ea. Pc. PEOPLE *f . FnU om .v . r EE SET UP of y0ur new m; I JSINESS OVER OPEN MON..SAT. 2830 MAIN STREET SUSANVILL|= 257-TTW Bruce Livingston, a mem- ber of the audience, who was also videotaping the meeting, asked if Bresciani was cited for allowing the festival go- ers to use his land. Nelson said he had no idea. Future "They made a lot of mon- ey," Nelson said about a mu- sic festival that has steadily grown in the three years it has been located in Plumas County. "I don't think they want to walk away from a lot of money." During its first year, num- bers were down because the festival was temporarily relo- cated to Plumas County from Alpine County. Heavy snows kept the event from locating in its traditional location. In 2000, the festival re-- turned, this time because fes- tival organizers and Alpine entities managing the prop- erty used couldn't reach deci- sions. Last year, with the as- sistance of Plumas County counsel, a five-year contract was drawn up allowing High" Sierra to use the fairgrounds. This was the second year of that contract. While Nelson admitted there were "a lot of really, re- ally nice people," at the festi- val, "unfortunately" there were a few who were "not so nice." In listing other problems that need to be corrected be- fore the next festival, Nelson said there weren't enough re- stroom facilities provided throughout the grounds and the camping areas for the number of people who ar- rived. He added they also needed to be cleaned more often. Once a day, which seemed to be the schedule, wasn't often enough. Nelson said he had talked to the health department about the situation, and re. strooms were also required at the rivcr sites near Oak- land Camp. When considering the is- sue of busing festival partici- pants to that area to enjoy swimming, Nelson admitted he never considered the pos- sibility that services were needed. This year, the Mt. Hough Ranger District required portable toilets be installed in the area. High Sierra then cleaned up the swimming sites following the event. Nelson said that maybe the county should require the posting of a bond by High Sierra to handle clean-up or damages if the organizers didn't hold up their end of the bargain. Quincy resident Loretta Stringfellow said that Oak- land Camp swimming areas weren't the only sites where portables were needed. Stringfellow said that the corner of Highway 70, where a former mobile home sales lot was located, became an emergency stop for many who were waiting in line. Diecuiudon "My vote is against the fes- tival," said Donna McElroy, a Meadow Valley resident. "We can't even have a Fourth of July parade," she objected, but the festival gets to take place. While several members of the audience openly dis. agreed with McElroy, she added, "What are we doing to our little community?. A lot of these people are the ones who are trying to shut down our timber industry." "At the present time, it's something I think is benefi- cial to the community," Nel- son responded. Nelson said he spent Sun. day night of the festival (July 5-S) at his house in East Quincy, and couldn't sleep because of the music. He added that he didn't get many noise complaints, but he was concerned about the level of the music on a night when many residents were facing work ing. An the audience can hear the the rodeo." Her advice ant. Although Nelson said wasn't much ed with this The Sheriffs had made the centrate on side the went inside in pursuit of a er. Inside the organizers had curity force. Nelson said heI iff Len tional deputies on dug festival. This member of point out that law enforcementl events in Ta killing Nelson added derstood the former owner Lake Lodge, he requested at the lake in and was told available deputies were lorsville. Nelson said residents pay for police the "We've got there's a limit to people come son said about Festival anticipating this year and approximately According to who said he other wasn't as vious events. "I don't wan ger," Nelson Bus sett, who said it was tire." He added, "I "That to orbit," but those Nelson said cerned about lations, such consuming smoking parking lot at Margo Avenue music doesn't double doesn't believe festival lowed to do dents aren't other times. Quincy Wyeth pointed really aren't dards. She consider the that goes on at River College Wyeth's big cerned real numbers. Nelson said Chamber of still of the Rodeo held in late had time to suits. Following sion, PlumaS C, ommission anne ValladaO talked to chie who were just tival on the indicated than willing to community on A meeting department, tatives, Supervisor for sometime ber, Nelson tablished. Dave Kelle about 100 Wri Two The Quincy Pop Warner in program is conducting a based in ftmd-ralser to support the or- Those ganization's activities, bulbs are The organization will be tact a selling flower bulbs of vari- In addition, ous types to raise funds for at equipment, the sheriff's The program has three football teams and three The last cheerleading squads, with derwlll