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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 5A BUDGET: Not all elected officials taking pay cuts from page 1A During a discussion aboutSheriff Greg Hagwood camethe SB 678 money could be initial round of cuts, Scott Chairman Robert Meacher why the department doesn't to her defense, used more broadly. Lawson is the only employee told Kaufman. Departments spend more funding from AB "Sharon and I and the DAsIf so, the supervisors could working at the museum, and that aren't funded by the 678 (state money to prevent have all been to a number of cut more from probation's he is nolonger full-time. county's general fund, such recidivism) Reinert ex- meetings andthat's what the budget, but settled for a Clark Said that Lawson, as Social Services and Men- plainedthat the money could evidence is indicating. The $200,000 cut, which would who has a family, doesn't tel Health will remain open only be used for moderate- to higher the probation in- result in the layoff of one want to work every Satur- on Friday. high-risk offenders (the term volvement, the greater the employee, day. As for the probation de- applied to the likelihood of likelihood to re-offend," he "Does the museum serve partment, Kaufman called it an individual committing saidoflow-risk offenders.Museum the public or the employee?" a "strange animal," because another crime.) Supervising Probation Of-Former Supervisor Don Supervisor Lori Simpson the courts hire the chief pro- The supervisors thought ricer Lori Beatley explained Clark appeared before the asked. "We have deputies bation officer, but the county that more money could be that SB 678 was designed to board representing the mu- who don't get to do things funds the position and the used to pay the salaries of offer programs that ad- seum. with their families." department, those who worked with low- dressed reasons why people "It's just unfair that you After some discussion it He cautioned the supervi- risk offenders, because it re-offend, not to pay for the don't bring members of the was decided that the hours sots not to be "penny wise could be argued that every- status quo. public into the discussion," would remain in effect, but it and a pound foolish" because thing the probation depart- "This is about as clear as Clark told the supervisors of would be up to Lawson and it's "cheaper to keep some- ment does is to prevent indi- mud," Supervisor Kennedy their decision to order the the foundation as to how it body out of jail, than it is to viduals from committing said. museum open Wednesday put them in jail." more crimes. After studying the depart- through Saturday, particu- would be staffed. The foun- And it's the probation de- "We are asking for your ment's organizational chart, larly when the museum dation can provide volun- partment's job to monitor indulgence to be creative,, he said, "You inherited afoundation pays for allofthe teers to keep the museum and offer programs to keep Meacher said. complete mess. This isn't go- services and supplies for the open more days. individuals from re-offend- "We have been creative," ing to work without a com-- museum. Later in the day the ing. Reinert responded, and then plete makeover. .... It's those of us in the com- supervisors discussed the Though a lot of the discus- added "Paying attention to He offered to work with munity who are raising the possibility of leasing the mu- sion between the supervisors low-risk offenders increases the department to addressmoney to keep the doors seum to the foundation for and Reinert focused on how the likelihood that they will the problem and he and open," Clark said. $1 per year and giving its much to cut her budget, the re-offend." Meacher said they would The county owns thebuiid- directors control of the talk turned philosophical at When the supervisors call the state's Department ing and pays the salaries entire operation, including times, balked at the reasoning, of Finance to determine if of m.useum staff. After an personnel. Will officials take pay cuts? While some elected offi- cials are joining their em- ployees and taking a 10 per- cent pay cut, others are not. Treasurer Julie White, and Assessor Chuck Leon- hardt are giving up their pay, while Sheriff Hagwood, District Attorney Dave Hol- lister and County Clerk Kathy Williams will keep their salaries intact. The department heads who are funded by the general fund will take the pay cut and include the agriculture commissioner, auditor, building official, county counsel, fair manager, envi- ronmental health, facility services, human resources, technology and planning. The departments that are primarily funded by the state and federal govern- ments, including public health, mental health and social services, aren't affected. EQSD, from page 1A and go from there, ty grant In other matters, EdwardsAtas recommended buying a used which formed when EQSD economical vehicle to use and QCSD planned to merge, whenever possible instead of dissolved about a year ago either of the two existing ve- when the two districts failed hicles, which get 10 - 14 to have a meeting ofthe miles per gallon. minds. He noted exorbitant fuel A subcommittee of the costs in 2012, and in addition American Valley Communi- to purchasing an economical ty Services Authority (AVC- vehicle, he has mandated SA), the AVCSD governing that employees record their board, has been working to mileage whenever using dis- revise the bylaws, which trictvehicles. * o are no longer representative Edwards reported that a ., /e of the AVCSA. major leak was found and re- • That committee, com- paired on an unoccupied I! prised of two directors from property near PAWS on .... . each board, contacted coun- highway 70. • ty counsel Craig Settlemire EQSD was notified of the requesting "legal guidance leak by a local contractor in the proper procedures who discovered a "swamp" .. .... necessary to not only dis- on the lot after being hired ...... . .......... solve the joint powers but to to clean up the place ......... - ..... also fashion new resolu- Regular board meetings i " : . • tions." take place the second ....... Once Settlemire responds, Tuesday of the month. Visit the AVCSA committee the website at eastquincy !ill will schedule a meeting csd.com to learn more. ,~:~.~ ,,. i~. QCSD, from page 1A recognition certificate to QCSD for achieving a no paidQuincy High School pastry class students Miriam Denisse, Helen Lewis, Bethany Rouse, Samantha King and teacher Nicole guidance from county coun- claim period of five continu- Yoacham enjoy the benefits of a $30,000 grant from the Hoppe trust. Yoacham, a pastry chef and graduate of California sel Craig Settlemire before ous years in the Workers' Culinary Academy in her seventh year teaching at Quincy High, wanted a more professional kitchen to teach culinary arts. proceeding. Compensation program. The first of three upgrades to the kitchen was completed this summer, including stainless steel countertops, a rolling butch- General Manager Larry er block table, cooking scale and food storage bins. The class often bakes goods for sale at the Alley Cat Cafd. Last year the Hoppe grant also funded the 4.0 trip, a fun day of celebrating academic success for students who maintain'a 4.0 grade Sullivan alerted the board to Bio-dome pilot study potnt average. PhotobyLaura Beaton correspondence he received Three months' data re- from the Federal Communi-vealed that the bio-dome pi- cations Commission man- lot study is going very well, dating new licensing require- according to Sullivan. ments for wideband opera- Data shows significant re- ', tions by Jan. 1, 2013. ductions in biochemical oxy- QCSD must reduce its gen demand, suspended with asphalt grindings wideband emissions and solids and ammonia. comply with narrowbanding In addition, the bio-dome Concrete & Construct, on- Work Case Goods licensing requirements. 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