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2'6A Wednesdayi Nov. 10, 2010 Feather River Bulletin Supervisors send out contracting letters Joshua Sebold Staff Writer The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved letters to state, federal and Forest Service representa- tives at its Tuesday, Nov. 2, meeting voicing unhappiness with the recent use of a no-bid process to hire the contractor for the Nervino Airport project. The supervisors also, sent correspondence to Komada, the company selected by the Forest Service, urging it to use local subcontractors. All the letters argued that the county had a current unemployment rate of 17.9 percent after topping out at 22.7 percent in March. Letters to politicians and Forest Service leaders high- lighted the fact the bid was higher than the original projections, causing barracks to be eliminated from the plans. They also indicated Komada "now has the monopoly in our region to obtain such lucrative bids from the federal government as the only construction company that fits the SBA 8a qualifica- tions. "That fact decreases any incentive from the federal government to have a bid- ding process that encourages fiscally responsible use of taxpayers monies." The board asked represen- tatives to reinvestigate the practice of the Forest Service awarding non-competitive bids "to insure that fiscally responsible use of taxpayer monies are being conducted in our county, in our state and in our nation." The Small Business Administration formed in 1953 when Congress passed the Small Business Act. Plumas National Forest Public Affairs Officer Lee Anne Schramel Taylor recently told the super- visors federal agencies are mandated to give out non-competitive awards to "participants of certain socioeconomic programs." She said the SBA 8a program targeted '"small, minority- owned, disadvantaged businesses." Nervino timeline The Plumas County Board of Supervisors approved a lease agreement with the Forest Service in May, after hearing the agency had $2.2 million in stimulus funding for a construction project at the Nervino Airport. At that time the project was expected to include "a 24-person barracks unit, a fire station with six bays, and a storage building for equipment, as well as a helipad and a parking apron for the helicopters." At that meeting Supervisor Terry Swofford asked if the Forest Service would use as many local people as possible in the construction process. Plumas National Forest Supervisor Alice Carlton responded, "The idea of the Recovery Act, as you know, is to get the people to work." The main contract would go to one of two companies, from Reno, Nev., or Yuba City, because a large contractor was required, but, she added, "We expect that they will pick up a lot of local workers, as much as they can." The Forest Service subse- quently awarded the project to Komada LLC, a Small Business Act 8a eligible company. Residents protest transfer site closure in Graeagle Joshua Sebold Staff Writer Several Graeagle residents voiced their displeasure about the impending closure of their local transfer site during the public comment section of the Board of Supervisors Tues- day, Nov. 2, meeting. They were upset with the decision; the way it was made; and the fact that it wasn't on the board's agenda when the motion was made. Marcie Sheehy, of the Graeagle property owner's board, told the board she eas- ily raised a petition against the move in a very short time. "We have almost 200 signa- tures in four days. I think we have almost the whole Graeagle population for November." She commented it was diffi- cult to get to the DeUeker site, the next nearest site, in the winter and said, "We're all Closing the Graeagle Trans- fer Site was mentioned as a possible means to keeping rate increases relatively smaller during Board of Supervisors discussions in summer 2009. At the time the idea was generally unpopular among board members and dropped into the background of rate discussions. pretty old in Graeagle, if you're not aware." Sheehy didn't know the sta- tion was being closed until she read an article in the paper and a flier at a Graeagle gas station the week of Oct. 27. She said the articles in the paper didn't make her think the station would be closed down and there was no notifi- cation from the county. Sheehy indicated her board would have talked to local homeowners about volun- teering to raise their rates to pay for the station. Graeagle resident Jack Bridge added it wasn't clear from the agendas of the pre- vious meetings that closure of the site was being considered. Board chairwoman Sherrie Thrall told those present that the board wasn't allowed to respond thoroughly during public comment because the issue was not on the agenda. Thrall said the issue would be on the agenda for Tuesday, Transfer site background Audit results in September 2010 confirmed rate increases were likely warranted. The board returned to closure of the transfer site as an option, approving the measure, with a 9 percent rate increase at a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 5. The board held a second reading of the ordinance at Nov. 9, and public works staff would sit down with resi- dents in the meantime. "We might be able to come up with a solution that will work for everybody and keep it open," she added. Graeagle Transfer Site Costs $150,000 Cost of upgrades to Graeagle Transfer Site to meet safety and accessibility standards $45,000 Cost to close transfer site $1OO IMD daily operating losses, four days per week. $208,000 Annualized losses ($100/day x 4 days/ week x 52 weeks/ year) Figures reported by IMD Manager Rick Ross at Oct. 5 BOS meeting the following week's meeting. Both agenda items de- scribed a rate increase, but neglected to include the trans- fer station closure as a topic of discussion. Both Feather Publishing articles following those meet- ings covered the board's deci- sion to close the station, along with the rate discussion. Hospital reuse study complete, ready for viewing Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor The reuse study for the old Indian Valley Hospital building has been completed and is ready for review. Indian Valley Health Care District Chairman Guy McNett will make sure there is a copy for the public to view at the Greenville Branch Library. The documents are avail- able on a compact disk, and the library has computers for viewing. There were two comment periods; the last one has been extended to June 30, 2011, to give at least one interested party extra time to formulate a comment. While engineers found the building to be sound, they also found it needed major repairs and maintenance. The electrical system is out of date, although the plan ' ourcommuni00sjnce1989 :: 1 800 434 7428 s3"e4"71d00s0000 530-257-5767 " i NETWORK, Visit us online at: AUTHORIZED RETAILER Digital Home Advantage plan requiras 24-manth agreement and credit qualification, If service is laminated before the end of agreement, a cancellation fee of $17.50/month remaining applies. 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Engineers noted it would not be feasible to re-permit and use the geothermal system for: its designed pur- pose of heating the building, unless the cost of electricity increases "significantly." Of all the uses explored, engineers noted the health and wellness center to be the most cost-effective option, due to minimal remodeling needs. It was also the option shown to have the best poten- tial to create more jobs in the near future. The proposal for the well- ness center was withdrawn, however, during the same meeting the plan was made available for the first time. Meanwhile, in September directors decided to move ahead with plans to declare the hospital and business properties as surplus in preparation for a possible sale. "Somehow this district has to generate a half to three- quarters of a million dollars to get us out of that chapter nine," McNett said during the September meeting. The district has been in bankruptcy since 2003. 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