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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 3A Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Nearly a half-million dollars is coming to Plumas County to maintain and build trails. Facilities Director Dony i Sawchuk announced during 4he Board of Supervisors Sept. 9 meeting that the county would receive $159,000 for existing trail maintenance and $299,000 to ibuild new trails from the state's off-highway vehicle program. : "This is our first step up to ' the plate," Sawchuk said of ',his effort to secure funding from the state for this purpose. The county will partner with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship to :build the trails. "This money will stay in :Plumas County," Sawchuk :said of those who will be working on the project. "I hope people can spread the good news," Supervisor Lori Simpson said. "This is economic development for Plumas County." State of Jefferson i Supervisor Terry Swofford attended a recent Plumas Charter has wait list Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Students who want to attend grades K-8 at the Plumas Charter School in Quincy have to wait. "We.cap our classes at a reasonable number," said the school's director, Taletha Washburn. She said that number is 24, and all classrooms are filled. All but the kindergarten class feature combined grades. Following are the classes and the number on the waiting list: Kindergarten, 5 First/second, 1 Second/third, 3 Fourth/fifth, 8 Sixth/seventh/eighth, 3 When asked if she would like to expand, Washburn responded, "We're not sure that we want to grow; 120 kids is a good number." Each class has one teacher and one full-time aide. Class is in session Tuesday through Friday, with independent study reserved for Monday. That's the day that the school also offers extracurricular or enrichment activities, such as equine guided leadership. The school is housed on the former Pioneer Elementary School campus, which also provides space for Plumas Unified School District administrative staff. For a short time, the two kindergarten ' classes from Quincy Elementary , School are housed there as well; : the kindergartens were moved temporarily to allow for work to proceed on one wing of Quincy Elementary. Those who would like to enroll their students in Plumas Charter School may call 258-3365. For more information, visit the school's website at plumascharterschool.org. Free In-Home Consultation Your choice of menus prepared in your kitchen Leave your kitchen spotless We can assist with all your building needs - from plans to the finished product CONSTRUCTION (530) 283-2035 P.O. Box 1369 QUINCY, CA 95971 L[C. #453927 O , BOARD OF SUPERVISORS t OUNDUP presentation about the state of Jefferson, the effort to form a new state in northern California, and suggested that representatives be invited to make a presentation to the supervisors. "It would behoove this board to let them talk to us," Swofford said. That suggestion riled Chairman Jon Kennedy. "I've spent much of my time working on the budget for this county," he said. "I can't imagine wasting one minute of my time listening to that BS." Budget frustration Tempers also flared later in the day as the supervisors discussed the 2014-15 budget. As in past meetings, budget consultant Susan Scarlett presented current figures and the supervisors discussed the ramifications. D The Quincy Community Services District asked customers to cut back on water usage by 20 percent. Last week the district reported its customers exceeded that goal. "We would like to thank our customers for their support, understanding and effort during the drought," QCSD General Manager Larry Sullivan said. "The implementation of mandatory watering restrictions is not something we take lightly. And we greatly appreciate the cooperation we received." Sullivan's comments came during the district's monthly board meeting Thursday, Sept. 11. The meeting featured plenty of good news. The district also announced it received the President's Special Kennedy led most of the discussion, though he often asked his fellow supervisors to express their opinion. (Supervisor Sherrie Thrall was not present for the meeting.) In making some of his remarks, Kennedy referred to a printed page of numbers that the other supervisors didn't have. When Supervisor Terry Swofford questioned what he was holding, Kennedy explained that it was all information that had been presented before, but he asked for in a different format. When Swofford pursued the subject, Kennedy tossed the document to him, and Swofford tossed it back. Scarlett assured the supervisors that it was all information that they have received. The supervisors spent about 90 minutes discussing the figures, but made few final decisions, preferring to wait until the Sept. 16 meeting when Thrall would be back from vacation. The meeting ended with the , supervisors still facing a $1 million-plus deficit before any new spending requests, such as additional employees, deferred maintenance or new vehicles are addressed. Appointments The supervisors appointed Joyce Scroggs to the Plumas County Mental Health Commission and Louise Steenkamp to the county's Community Corrections Partnership Executive Committee. Steenkamp is the director of the Department of Alcohol and Other Drugs. Social worker sought Social Services Director Elliott Smart received approval to frill another vacant social services worker position. This vacancy was created because the school district hired the employee to become its new student services coordinator. This is the eighth social worker position to become vacant in the past 35 months. The position Smart seeks to fill has experienced the highest turnover rate in recent months. On the ballot Whitehawk residents will be asked to approve an additional $200 tax per parcel for maintenance and S conserva ion Acknowledgement Award from its insurance company. The award recognized the QCSD's efforts toward proactive risk management and loss-prevention training. The district has not had a "paid" property/liability or workers' compensation claim for the past five consecutive years. The bottom line is lower annual insurance premiums for the district. NPDES permit The board approved a proposal by Carollo Engineers to assist the district with the new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit negotiations. 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