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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 3A Debra Moore Staff Writer Typically the Plumas County Board of Supervisors meets the first three Tuesdays of a month, but September was an exception. With a budget to pass and a personnel director to hire, the supervisors met for the fifth week in a row Sept. 29. As is the usual practice, the meeting began with public comment and East Quincy resident Kory Felker read a letter regarding the Sept. 24 escape of two inmates from the Plumas County jail. Felker, who lives near the jail with his family, questioned the decision not BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP to alert neighbors of the escape immediately. He said he only became aware when he received a call from a neighbor. "As we are grateful to the Plumas County Sheriffs Office that the inmates were caught and no one was injured, it raises many questions," he read, including "Why was the Plumas County emergency response email/text/phone alert not completed?" Felker had been a vocal opponent of building a new jail on the existing Little League fields because it would be too close to homes, and the sheriff and the board agreed to locate it on another parcel, but still in the vicinity. Now Felker opposes that option." "In a few short weeks, we will all learn whether or not Plumas County has received a grant proposal for a new jail in our neighborhood. I ask ahead of time that, if we are approved, measures be taken to build a jail outside a residential neighborhood." Budget The supervisors adopted the 2015-16 budget (see related story) with little discussion, following months of meetings on the topic. Highlights of the budget include a $2 million reserve, a $250,000 contingency fund, increased funding for the sheriffs department, a new code enforcement officer, $300,000 for new accounting software, and more than $400,000 in facility maintenance and projects. Hiring the hirer The supervisors interviewed several candidates to succeed Gayla Trumbo as the county's new human resources director. Meet the docs Dr. Paige Lewis, center, mingles with attendees during the Meet & Greet held Sept. 30 at the Main Street Artists Gallery in Quincy. Lewis practices family medicine with a focus on obstetrics. The event allowed the public to meet Plumas District Hospital's newest health care providers, including Lewis, Kathleen Solomon, a family nurse practitioner, and Dr. Andrew Tang, the new dentist for the hospital's dental clinic. Family nurse practitioner Kathleen Solomon talks with Jeff Kepple, the chief executive officer of Plumas District Hospital. Solomon is an ears, nose and throat specialist. Photos by Debra Moore Rather than narrow the field of qualified applicants for interviews, the board opted to meet and question each individual over the course of two days, Sept. 29 and 30. "We interviewed some very qualified candidates," Supervisor Lori Simpson said. They selected the top three for background checks. Trumbo plans to retire Nov. 13 and it's hoped that her replacement Will be in place before that time. Appointments The supervisors appointed Nansi Bohne to frill a vacancy on the Plumas County Mental Health Commission. They also appointed Rick Roberti and David Guidici to four-year terms on the Last Chance Creek Water District, and Milton Frei to a two-year term on the same board. Mike Shehorn, Rick Allison and Ron Matlock were appointed to the Sierra Valley Fire Protection District board of directors to form a quorum. ! 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