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Supervisors approve TV service for jail -- Page 2A Life lessons learned at cemetery -- Page I OA Vol. 149, No. 5 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 iiiiili Classic event--The iiiii 29th annual Street Rod ii!{!i!!i Extravaganza comes to Chester Park on Saturday./Page 1B ii ;i: ii!!i ,o=,,,v.. !ii !iii! Remembering 9 / 11 i Too many Americans i ii have forgotten the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001,i and returned to a paradigmPre'9/11 mentalitYof the and world./Page llB i?,:. i~,ii:: !!!!i Lady Indians roll ...... :::!:s The Greenville High School volleyball team turned in a convincing ....... N 3-0 victory over Chester./Page 1C ii: Far-out fashion The Fashionistas are cutting edge, ahd proud to ey will present their 3D annual benefit f~shion show Veteran's Hall at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10. See the story on Page 7A. Photo s~bmitted :: Possible spending freeze designed to help reduce $1.56 million deficit Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com Bad timing versus ugly consequences was up for debate as Plumas Unified School District off~cials considered the lesser of two evils regarding a possible spending freeze so early in the school Year. In July, the PUSD Governing Board adopted the 2015-16 budget with a $1.56 million deficit. In August, a spending freeze was already listed on their regular meeting agenda. ,,we can't just stop spending," Terri Ryland, of Ryland School Business Consulting, told gov, erning board members at their Aug. 13 meeting in Quincy. "School is starting." Nevertheless, board member Traci Holt said it was time for a districtwide reality check -- regardless of the current academic year's Aug. 31 start date. "The reality is, if we don't start doing it now, we are going to be forced to do it later and things will be ugly," warned Holt, referring to current and projected "The reality isi if we don't start doing it now, we are going to be forced to do it later and things will be ugly." Traci Holt Trustee Plumas Unified School District deficits. Several months in advance of approving the present budget, school officials held a series of workshops and meetings focused on reducing costs. While PUSD was able to slash its deficit in half, from about $3 million to $1.56 million, officials said future projections show a significant shortfall. "If you look three years out, we're still looking at a $3.4 million deficit," said board member Leslie Edlund. "It's a very austere budget with no wiggle room." Rather than a full-fledged spending freeze, the board See PUSD, page 6A Today: "Price Right" lab screening; comprehensive lab screenings for less at Pumas District Hospital Laboratory, 1065 Bucks Lake Rd., 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. A physician order is required For information: 283-2121. Tomorrow: Words & Music Quincy, Patti's Thunder Caf~, 557 Lawrence St., 7 p.m. Featuring writer Delaine Fragnoli; $3 at the door. Sponsored by Plumas Arts. For information: 283-3402 or visit plumasarts.org. Plumas County Fire Safe Council holds monthly meetings to learn about fire safety. This month's meeting will be at Plumas County Planning and Building Services office, 555 Main St., 9-11 a.m. Chamber of Commerce meeting to discuss latest news, projects. Second Thursday each month at Express Coffee Shop. 2061, E. Main. Meetings begin 7:30 a.m. Express Coffee Shop, 2061 E. Main St. For information: 283-0188. Friday: Friday night barbecue, 5 - 8:30 p.m., Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Road. All-you-can-eat ribs and chicken, bonfire sing-along with s'mores; wagon rides, horseshoe tournament, horseback rides, swimming. Salmon, veggie kabobs available with advance notice. For information: 283-0930. Plumas Audubon Society is sponsoring live music with Chico singer-songwriter Pat Hull, hosted by California Sister Nursery at Feather River Hot Springs, Hwy. 70, east of See Q, page 6A To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 Reputation of contractor with lowest bid questioned Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com Word of mouth advertising can be one of the most powerful tools in a company's success, according to marketing experts. There's also karma. And, given actions taken by the Quincy Community Services District at a special meeting Sept. 1., both could backfire for All Phase Evacuating and Construction. The Redding-based contractor was the lowest bidder out of three companies vying for the "I'm going to suggest that you delay the awards. We opened the bids last week and the lowest bidder was All Phase Construction, which does not have a good reputation in this valley." James Webster Webster Engineering Quincy QCSD Summerfield water owner James Webster told Quincy Services District. line replacement project, board members. "We openedThe $157;822 job involved Nevertheless, a low quote the bids last week and the putting a new water main doesn't guarantee All Phase lowest bidder was All Phase line between Lee Road and the job and officials Construction, which does not Highway 70. The line ran postponed the commission have a good reputation inthrough the Plumas-Sierra based on advice from this valley." County Fairgrounds. Webster Engineering. Webster referred to a 2011 Reports state EQSD "I'm going to suggest that capital improvement project withheld about $47,000 due you delay the awards," All Phase did for the East on the contract because of several problems it had with the contractor, which included finishing the work behind schedule, failing to pay for materials and billing for extra work and expenses the district disputed. One of the charges in question was a $940 bill for a one night at the Lariat Lodge for four workers in two rooms. The district wasn't the only dissatisfied customer. "The fair board was not happy with the way All Phase followed through on their commitments," said John Steffanic, fair manager. Steffanic recalled that the contractor removed a tree without permission and cut See QCSD, page 6A Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com With items like "spending freeze" already showing up on Plumas Unified School District agendas less than two months after the 2015-16 budget was approved, officials are looking for ways to cut costs at every turn- including what to do with surplus district properties. Enter the District Advisory Committee. The DAC, a reiteration of the 7-11 Committee, is a vital component in helping the district save money by examining and advising trustees on the status of leased and vacant school sites, according to PUSD Assistant Superintendent Terry Oestreich. Committee members have facility tours, meetings and See Surplus, page 7A The status of the former Plumas Unified School District office on Main Street in Quincy is one of several surplus properties the District Advisory Committee is evaluating to provide recommendations to the PUSD governing board. Photo by Ann Powers %