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8A Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 Feather River Bulletin Gold Mountain says, 'We're doing fine' The historical recOunting of past Gold Mountain turmoil hit Gold Mountain residents uncomfortably. They'd prefer that ancient history remain un-dredged and that a more positive future be the focus. Soon after Part I of this series hit the stands, Steve Fuqua, president of the board of directors of the Gold Mountain Community Ser- vices District, and Jim Lafferty, president of the Gold Mountain Homeowners Association, contacted the Portola Reporter. Although they each used their own words, they said essentially the same thing: We've had a rocky road but we've met the challenges and overcome the obstacles and we're doing fine. In particular, Fuqua objected to the description of a "precarious future." "It would have been accurate to report that our district has in the past faced major challenges, but, that simply is not the case anymore," he said. And he explained why. "As you know, the Gold Mountain Community Ser- vices District (GM CSD) serves its community with water, sewer and fire protec- tion services. Water and sewer services are funded exclu- sively by fees collected from Gold Mountain property and home owners. Over the years, the residents and property owners of GM have over- whelmingly supported sub- stantial increases in water and sewer service fees. As a result, our water and sewer operational budget is sound and we are currently build- ing a capital improvement reserve. The district's water and wastewater systems function well and serves 80+ connected customers in addition to Nakoma Resort. "We have existing capacity to serve substantially more. We have a Utilities Master Plan to serve GM at build-out of its 401 residential lots and have mechanisms in place to finance expansion. "The GM CSD has over- come many of its challenges ... This has been accom- plished by the tireless efforts of our volunteer board of directors, :numerous citizen committee groups and dedi- cated district employees. Yes, we have umfinished work ahead. But, our future is bright. "Please know; we in the Gold Mountain communit y are working as hard as is humanly possible to over- come the hurdles laid before us ... We are making undeni- able progress and embrace the opportunity of working with Michael Schoff and the Schomac Group in mak- ing Gold Mountain the asset we all believed it would be. A successful Gold Mountain community and Nakoma Resort will long benefit the citizens of Plumas County through enhanced county revenues and jobs." Fuqua also pointed out in his letter that in 2006 the property owners self-imposed a fire parcel tax, which is not subject to fluctuating property value assessments. The property tax sharing agreement with the county was not negotiated until 2007, thus the CSD's coffers have seen little money from prop- erty taxes (only about $5,500 grand total) and expect none in the foreseeable future. The fire parcel tax is another story: it is not part of the "teeter" agreement and was not paid in advance by the county. As back taxes are paid on Nakoma parcels, those assessments since 2006 will begin to be paid to GM CSD. In fact, Plumas County Auditor Shawn Montgomery said, this is one of the rare instances that penalties and interest do not go to the county, but to the CSD instead. Gold Mountain HOA presi- dent Jim Lafferty added a few points from the homeowners' perspective that seemed important to note. Lafferty said, "The commu- nity has improved signifi- cantly and now our golf course is coming back to life. The community is employing more people and expecting an increased rate of new home construction. "Many of our owners are living on fixed incomes. All of our owners pay property taxes just like the rest of the Plumas County community. "They contribute to local charities and community organizations. In an effort to improve our roads, gates, fire suppression, water and sewer systems, they contribute quarterly to our HOA and CSD. They employ local vendors for construction and service needs. They are bringing an ever-increasing amount of money into the community. "It is apparent to me that the Feather River Inn and the Gold Mountain dvelopment efforts of Michael Schoff will provide improved tourist and residential facilities that can only increase county employ- ment and the local govern- ment's tax base. Fighting with Schoff is regressive and not in anybody's best interest. "Finally, it is in the best in- terest of all to work together. Why anybody would want to tear down the efforts at Gold Mountain and the Feather River Inn, is beyond me. "It would be much better for the community to help resolve problems that have beset both projects for an extended period of time." County sues dislcrict attorney :unan calls county o'[ficials 'out of control' Need help REPLACING REPAIRING: DOORS TRIM WINDOWS PLUMBING ROOFING ELECTRICAL If it's something we can't fix, we'll find somebody who can. 27 years and counting! During the past 26 years, we are proud to have built more than 70 homes and 100 garages in Plumas County, not to mention the hundreds of remodels, additions and insurance repairs we've done as well. With the change in the economy (specifically, fewer new housing starts), my business partner (and son) Donavon and I knew we had to change our business model. We're not going anywhere, and we still build new homes, garages and commercial buildings. So, in the past year we found there was a real need to assist homeowners in making their existing homes more efficient, attractive and valuable. We've helped lots and lots of people with all kinds of projects that might have only taken 15 minutes to several days or weeks to complete. And, if we couldn't do their job, we'd make sure to connect them with someone who could. THE GR^E^00LE LIGHTINC, COMPANY It's that kind of service and satisfaction that will help take us through our next 25 years!!! CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 FREE ADVICE FREE ESTIMATES and WE WELCOME OWNER PARTIC:IPATION! Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plunqasnews.com The County ol' Plumas filed suit last week in Plumas Superior Court against District Attorney Jeff Cunan, alleging he did not follow proper procedure with funds from the bad check diversion program. 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Basement is 19 6 sq. ft. with a window, excellent pantry and :'torage area. $110,000 ; 't 6r telUXU" : "" ho, in [io:! Go  FMo ( ain. oversized garage, workshop, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliance, wine room, birch flooring and maple cabinetst Three Bdrms and an office. All of this offered at $798,500 330 Bonta Street, Suite 1, Blairsden - (N ext to the Village Baker) * 24 W. Sierra, Portob - (Next to Subway) \\; Annual Holiday Art & Craft Fair presented by the Mohawk Valley Artists' Guild Friday, Nov. 26 lOam-4pm Saturday, Nov. 27 10'am-3pm Graeagle Fire Hall \\; Funds raised from the raffle table and refreshn wnts benefit local arts and music pwgrams in our schools. payment from Cunan of $14,771.55 and any other funds a complete audit may uncover. "This is the latest example of fiscal waste by (county auditor) Shawn Montgomery and (County Administrative Officer) Jack Ingstad and their need to find scape- goats," said Cunan. "I used district attorney monies solely for district attorney services in a way that saved Plumas County taxpayers thousands of dollars. There was no mishandling of money whatsoever. This claim establishes that the CAO and the auditor are now officially out of control." According to court papers, the bad check diversion pro- gram had at least $12,160.47 that Cunan assumed from his predecessor when he took office Dec. 31, 2002. After taking office and con- tinuing through May 13, 2010, Cunan collected more than $22,255.39 in funds for the bad check program. The problem, according to the county's complaint, is that the funds sat in a bank account first at Placer Sav- ings and then at Plumas Bank, when they should have been deposited into the county treasury. The county alleges checks drawn on or withdrawals from the account occurred outside the county appropria- tions process and, thus, did not have the blessing of the Board of Supervisors. Withdrawals and checks on the account from Dec. 31, 2002, to May 13, 2010, totaled at least $14,771.55 -- the amount the county is seeking from Cunan. Cunan had "no authority" to make those expenditures said Ingstad. "They consti- tute a gift of public funds. Many of them would not have been approved if they had been part of the budget process." Court papers note that it was Cunan who brought the existence of the account to the attention of Plumas County Auditor Shawn Mont- gomery. The court papers also note that Cunan made a closing withdrawal of $19,960.22 from the Plumas Bank account on or about May 13, 2010, which he paid over to the Plumas County treasurer. A management conference for the case is scheduled May 9, 2011, in Plumas Superior Court. Trenclz I00out, ique Carpets by Shaw Tuftex-Queens Philadelphia U C(3