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8A Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 Feather River Bulletin Audit findings "Our operational review did not identify any major issues or concerns related to the ef- ficiency or effectiveness of ei- ther company's franchised op- erations. Our review leads us to conclude that the county is being well served by both of its franchise haulers. " Both companies have dedi- cated and experienced man- agement. Both companies currently have very "lean" operations without excessive staffing or equipment. Driver wage rates, overtime percentage, and maintenance and administrative staffing levels all fall within a reason- able range. The productivity of each company's routes appear to be reasonable given the char- acteristics of the service area. Both companies have good Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety records over the last several years. Both companies have effec- tive maintenance operations and have received "satisfacto- ry" inspections from the Cali- fornia Highway Patrol. Neither company has re- ceived any violations related to their transfer station opera- tions from the local enforce- ment agency during the last five years, nor has the agency identified any "areas of con- cern" during that time period with IMD. The agency did re- port a number of areas'of con- cern with FRD. The audit did find two ways the county could help the franchises, particularly IMD. It could: Enforce its own code that re- quires commercial businesses to be serviced at least once a week Enforce its own code against self-hauling waste out of the county Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor A year after they put a deci- sion about a rate increase for waste services in Eastern Plumas on hold -- pending a management audit of Inter- mountain Disposal -- the su- pervisors purposefully ig- nored the very report they said they needed to make the decision, reading of the ordinance that Board chairwoman Sherrie By ignoring the audit, would enact the rate change Thrall said, "To say we're go- which gave IMD and Feather when they put the brakes on. in g to ignore the thing we River Disposal a clean bill of At a meeting Tuesday, said we needed to make the health, they could move Sept. 14, county counsel decision doesn't sit right ahead with the rate increase Craig Settlemire advised the with me." process, seemingly motivated .supervisors that if they used But after another half-hour by compassion for the long- the now completed audit re- of discussion that's exactly suffering Ricky Ross of IMD, port to make their decision what the board did. who originally asked for the about the rate increase, they A clearly frustrated Ross rate increasefor the 2008 - 09 would have to baok up andsaid he thought he was going year. start the customer notifica- to get a final decision on his At the time they asked for tion and public hearing request that day. "We need the audit, supervisors had process all over again, immediate relief now. The conducted the required pub- If they did not base their audit shows we're doing all lic hearing for raising rates decision on the audit report, we can." in IMD's service area. They they could, in essence, re- Even without re-starting were set to have the first sume where they left off, with the process, IMD cannot im- a reading of the relevantplement a rate increase until ordinance. December at the earliest. The Back at Shriners Thank you for your prayers & good thoughts! The Le Coq Family CArE ~f IIIit Iit illlll 189 Main St., Quincy Gutter debris is a tinderbox around your roof! If you live in an area at risk for fire, you must be extra-careful about keeping your roof and gutters clean. In wildland-urban interface areas, new building codes now require gutter protection on newly constructed homes. Protect your home with Byers' LeafGuard With Byers' LeafGuard, leaves, pine needles and debris roll right over the edge, so debris doesn't build up m your gutters, OurGuarantee: For as long as you own your home, if your LeafGuard Gutters ever clog, we'll clean them for FREE! The gutter that never clogs.., ever. Guaranteed! *Discount not valid with any other offer. U, Lic.en~ 518784 Serving Northern Cafifomia since 1987 ~:: ~:~:~i~: :::.P;; ::~ :T~: .... T i] L !~: