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14A Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001 From Page One/County News E ther Continued from page 1A tions were made to the board." Again, the supervisors dis- pute the grand jury's assess- ment. Clark said the county ad- ministrative officer "did not have sole discretion and, in fact, the clerk of the board and individual board mem- bers had and continue to have the ability to include presentation items on the agenda." Mar'tress PU'ilog; II'ltart IIMt pc,~ Jlllo OPEN By Terri Daoust Portola Editor Portola is one step closer to enlarging its boundaries and beginning construction of the Riverwalk, after the council approved the environmental reports on both issues. Before taking the final vote of approval of the environ- mental document for the an- nexation of Teanna Ranch, the council heard from three neighboring residents who were concerned that the city did not have enough informa- , new tion about a future develop- ment. The council explained that at this~me, there has been no development plan submit- ted to the pl~mning commis- sion or the council. The city wants to expand its boundaries to ensure it has control over any future plans for development. "If the property is not with- in the city limits, we wilt have no control as to the de- sign of any development which might occur in the fu- ture," said councilman Bill Kennedy. By increasing its bound- aries, the city will have more land, which can be developed into both residential and commercial areas, thus in- creasing its tax base. More revenue will mean more issues can be ad- dressed, such as poor roads, sewer and water lines, and other improvements the city would like to attack. Karen Downs, the city planning and redevelopment m ng EACH PIECE EACH PIECE ............ IN BUSINESS 26 YEARS. C4nl, Uc. MON.-SAT.. 2830 MAIN STREET . SUSANVILLE . 257-7788 448. e I manager, explained that if quiring the city to pay plans for the development of building. Teanna Ranch are submitted The Riverwalk proje in the future, the developer being funded by state would be required to com- and calls for a Class plete an additional environ- path which requires mental report and address be paved. any impacts on wildlife, If the city does not schools, roads and traffic, ward with the aesthetics, and much more. money would go to It would then be presented city for another project. to the planning commission Plans for the future and the council for final ap- that section of the proval, becoming a part of a The second public hearing wide bike trail. of the evening discussed the environmental report on the Having worked on proposed Riverwalk bicycle and pedestrian path and pedestrian trail, for nine years, Counci Portola resident Ed Laurie, Bill Kennedy made a staunch opponent of the tion to accept the Riverwalk, told the council mental report and the construction of 3200 feet project forward. of an asphalt bike path would The remaining four ruin the aesthetics of the bers of the council area and it would be washed and the Riverwalk will away with the first flood, re- toward construction. I By Alicia Higbee ployees. : Indian Valley Editor He hopes the district " After a presentation about be able to take good c~ why the Indian Valley Health them, so that they wi~> Care District needs the there to take good care $185,000 a year that the spe- idents, i cial tax would provide, there Medical equipment w~ly n were few questions asked by other area where spen(~ residents attending the Indi- little extra money wou l an Valley Community Forum helpful. ~ I ( meeting Wednesday, Sept. 26. Residents of rural are~ [] 4 David Schramel, leader of a pect a certain level of m~ - ( group of citizens who support services, and old equil~ the tax requested in Measure must be maintained 4~k M, spoke about the serious d- placed in order to meetrrj nancial situation at the hos- expectations. ~ ~ pital. - While Schramel ~Vz,~. In the next five years, a $1 tained that it did not Ih :,:~'~ million shortfall is expected that the hospital should~at due to increasing expenses an MRI or perform ~ks er and decreasing reimburse- surgery, he said the lab~_~s'. w ments by MediCal and ed to be kept up to da~d b Medicare. running well. ~,z__y ..1~5, S Without more money, he The lab is probably ~t said, the hospital would even- ly department at theno~,,,ter ] tually have to close, that shows a real prof~ snor "Sooner or later every 'one said. of us will have to utilize it," he said, before listing rea- sons why he thinks voters should support the measure. With 100 employees, the health care district is the largest employer in Indian Valley, Schramel continued, and employees bring approxi- mately $2 million into the community. Besides the employees, Schramel said the district it- self is a large purchaser of lo- cal food, gas and other com- modities. In this way, the hospital plays a large role in the econ- omy of the valley, he said. "The hospital is just as im- portant as schools and churches to residents of a rural community," Schramel said. "It's not like we lice in a city with anywhere from two to six hospitals to choose from." He and other group mem- bers planned the presenta- tion to answer questions they thought community mem- bers might have, like what the hospital would do with the money. Personally and as a busi- nessman, Schramel "wanted to see a serious plan formed to make sure there would be a viable hospital in five years, the period of time the special tax is requested for. Visions for the future in- clude a stabilized medical staff, which is already hap- pening with the hiring of for- mer district physician Jonathan Pace, who left to complete his surgery residen- cy after five years with the district in the 1980s. Since then, Pace has worked as a general practi- tioner and surgeon in Fort Bragg and New Hampshire. Schramel said it has long been a goal of the district to have three physicians with complementary practices that would provide a wider spectrum of medical services for residents and increase po- tential revenue for the dis- trict at the same time. He also discussed the need to retain employees with competitive salaries, benefit packages and a good working environment. Indian Valley does not pro- vide its employees with a re- tirement plan. With a shortage of quali- fied health care staff, it is hard to keep good staff when other hospitals can give em- ployees more. "I'm surprised that so many have been so loyal to Indian Valley Hospital," Schramel said of current em- The hospital itself is 50 years old, and it huge amounts of spent on it--not now, the future. "We own that Schra~el ~td. business, and we are asked to invest a in it." Health care district chairman Steve ( and added his request 1 port the hospital sure. "People you been saved at that Quinby said, before ing the times his wife's lives had been there in recent years. Questions from were few, includin about the expected revenue, which is The same asked if the hospital getting any of the funds being the county. The hospital $25,000 of those the county, which is earmarked to help old heart monitor at a about $50,000. District officials sure if or when they ever receive more bacco funds. Two other about the voting ~lf, such as what was! to pass the measure could vote. Registered voters the Indian Valley Care District, they are property Property owners the district who are ty will not be Voters would prove the tax two-thirds majority pass. Closing ter q Schrame[ asked think of the hospital stitution. "It is not said. "It is not X, who did this to me! ago, Simply, $ people not to hold He also asked believe in rumors through the than a car can be around it. He invited have questions or to call him at tact Steve Quinby or hospital admin Sheila Grothe at