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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 5A SHERIFF: Supervisors agree to monitor heriff's budget monthly from page 1A objected to Kennedy's pro- posal to use AB 443 funds. "I'm very relieved. Very He called it "supplanting," pleased," Hagwood said. which he said was illegal. "And I think the citizens of But duping Thursday's an- nouncement, the sheriff said Plumas County can enjoy a renewed sense of confidence using up to $500,000 of AB based on the events of 443 funds the way Kennedy (Thursday) morning, where proposed would not be con- Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Swofford,sidered illegal Mr. Hollister and I came to- "When it (using AB 443 gether and set aside the funds) is done by design, then supplanting becomes events of the last two months -- and particularly an issue," Hagwood said. this last week- and focused "But it was not done by de- on genuinely working to- sign in this case. We have gether. When it comes to historically spent that mon- public safety, our priorities ey in this fashion, and will are the same." continue to do so." Hagwood said the sheriff's Kennedy, who let Hag- office and the two supervi- wood do most of the talking sors at the meeting agreed to during the press announce- concessions, and a commit- mint, reassured the sheriff mint by both sides to moni- that he wasn't trying to tell him how to spend his depart- tor the sheriff's budget on a monthly basis, mint's money. Sheriff Greg Hagwood, far right, tells the Board of Supervisors during its Oct. he needs to reorganize his department. From left: Board Chairman Robert Nancy DaForno, Supervisor Terry Swofford and Supervisor Sherrie Thrall. Photo The agreement still re- quired approval by the Board of Supervisors. But Kennedy said the approval should be a formality. "I feel that the board will completely agree with what Terry Swofford and I dis- cussed with the sheriff," Kennedy said. "The board has already indicated clearly that they have a strong com- mitment to public safety." Part of the agreement calls for the sheriff to use state grant money from Assembly Bill 443 to offset cuts from the county's general fund. Hagwood previously 9 meeting why Meacher, Clerk by Debra Moore EQSD, from page 1A income study on American Valley residents to deter- "It wasn't by design," Kennedy said. "But, in my Hagwood and Kennedy The sheriff admitted thatcommitments to each other mind, I'm saying, 'I think stressed that making the he has felt the stress of this to make it that way. Because you will still be OK (with the new agreement work would year's budget process. Hewe understand that that's general fund cuts) because be contingent on conces- said reaching an agreement theway it shouldbe." you've got money coming.'" sions from the employees was a "tremendous" relief. The sense of relief dis- The sheriff nodded in union. Hagwood said he felt "The events of the last played by Hagwood and agreement. And then he the employees were willing couple months will no Kennedy was clearly visible clarified why he was initial- to help. longer be an added source of as the press conference ly opposed to the AB 443 sug- "In my conversations withanxiety, not just for those of wound down. They said gestion, my staff, they are fully us involved in county lead- their personal relationship "I took exception to those aware, and absolutely pre- ership, but for the citizens of outside the boardroom prob- monies being identified pared, to make the conces- Plumas County," Hagwood ably helped solve the prob- specifically in the context of sions that will allow Mr.said. lem. the larger budget discussion," Kennedy and I to be success- "Confidence during these "Mr. Kennedy and I can Hagwood said. "And Mr. ful in meeting our goals that times is very, very impor- have very strong and oppos- Kennedy is absolutely right, we have put together," Hag- tant," he said. "I feel like we ing viewpoints. And we can insofar as those monies being wood said. "They (employ-now have taken a train that carry on heated debates in spent for the purposes that ees) play a central role in was completely derailed and the boardroom setting. And he's proposing." our0verall success." off the tracks We righted we have. And we may very it. It's on the right track. It's well in the future," Hagwood headed in the right direc- said. "But we can leave that recipients to sit out a year af- approval before taking tion. Because we (the sheriff setting with the ability to sit ter a grant award, action, and the supervisors) made down and continue to work Last month's water flows Other news showed a mere 0.001 percent The board approved variance, indicating virtual- toward a solution. "And that is what we ex- pect of each other. And that's what the citizens of Plumas County rightfully expect from each of us " The sheriff went on to praise Kennedy, who is often the target of critics because of his outspoken opinions. Hagwood said Kennedy takes his job very seriously. "Mr. Kennedy has taken a leading role on the board. He's not afraid to speak his mind." Hagwood said. "And with that willingness, given the topics at hand, Mr. Kennedy understands that there are risks attached. He accepts that. "Our goals are the same. But our roles are very differ- ent," Hagwood added. "While I'm singularly focus- ing on my responsibility as the sheriff, Mr. Kennedy has a very broad scope in terms of the collective issues that he's addressing throughout the county. "I sympathize with him in terms of what he's dealing with," Hagwood said. "There's a price to be paid when you --" "Meddle in everything," Kennedy said, trying to fin- ish the sheriff's thought. "-- When you take a lead- ership role and you involve yourself in these issues as vocally as he has," Hagwood said, finishing his own thought. "I totally agree with that," Kennedy said to Hagwood. "YOU put things more elo- quently than I do." mine whether the two dis- tricts are eligible to apply for further grants of up to $100,000 for an in-depth feasi- bility study on the proposed wastewater project. However, when asked for a timeline, Keller said it was unlikely that the $10,000 would be received from the state before winter. He added that before the grant could be accepted, the Plumas County Board of Su- pervisors wanted to be cer- tain that the two service dis- tricts were fully invested in a collaborative and coopera- tive effort. This led to director Mike Green making a motion to go forward in a good-faith effort with the Quincy district to look for a solution to Ameri- can Valley's wastewater needs. The motion was passed unanimously. 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