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f Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2.014 7A Feather River Bulletin upervtsor li Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com In a rare display of outrage, Supervisor Kevin Goss questioned representatives of Frontier Communications about their refusal to pay to underground their lines in downtown Greenville. "Basically you don't have any money?" Goss asked two Frontier representatives during a public hearing in front of the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 4. The public hearing had been continued from Oct. 14 when the supervisors learned that Frontier would not pay its share to underground its communication lines, and if those lines weren't part of the program, then Pacific Gas and Electric Co. couldn't participate either, since the "1 don't think she's (Maggie Wilderotter, CEO of Frontier Communications) very committed when the rug is getting pulled out from under us in our small town.." Supervisor Kevin Goss quoted as saying, "This contest is designed to challenge a community's brightest and most innovative thinkers to develop meaningful strategies and, plans that transform their town or city. Whether ideas come from an individual or a group, visionaries in a community can effect powerful transformations." She continues, "Frontier is committed to the small cities and towns we serve, and one of the best ways to demonstrate that is through terms of its program require our new America's Best that all lines be taken off of its Communities prize poles, competition." only recently learned of the plans to underground utilities, and he asked PG&E to investigate when it first notified Frontier of the plan. Placing power, phone and cable television lines underground was intended to coincide with Caltrans' imminent road improvement project. Frontier estimated it would cost the company $250,000 to underground the lines just along the Highway 89 corridor, and up to $1.2 million to participate in the entire project. The Highway 89 corridor serves 27 customers, and Where in the world? 1 Sharon Sousa visits the Green Mountains of Vermont. The issue that triggered "I don't think she's very Frontier said it couldn't Goss' temper was twofold: not committed when the rug is justify nearly $10,000 per I only did Frontier's decision getting pulled out from under customer to underground its [ come at the end of a very us in our small town," Goss lines. I said. Goss said he will pursue the • [ lengthy planning process, but "It's frustrating to me; effort with Frontier and the lr7 .." .1 ..... ..1 .. o. _ I it dovetailed with the absolutely frustrating he public hearing was continued F / Ull{ sUrUU_)7 1 l It$ Mi [ announcement that Frontier added, until the board's final -- - -- • I had joined Dish Network in aGoss questioned meeting of the year, set for Dl1: ) 'D 1"11:) I $10 million campaign to Frontier s assertion that it Dec. 16. IL- l ,ll'YllL lJ.) I invigotate rural -- " AI F " " " communities. P I America's Best George Courtemanche Jr./ so eazurzng I Communities is a multistage, three-year contest that turns the / WINI ER BAR & (GRILl EI U [ provides $4 millionin seed fl 1 money and other support to / RIBS* FRIED CHICKEN* GOURMET BURGERS" MEXICAN SPECIALTIES I assist communities as they,Y -- ' • U • SOUP • * LAP MENU develop growth and " " / S SALADS FUL PETIKER I threereVitalizati°ncommunitiesPlanS'willThe top [ / DECADENT DESSERT MENU I receive a tQtal of $6 millionin We all !; / Open 5 days * TUESDAY-SATURDAY I priZeMunicipalitiesmOney, with wish / , Full Dinner Menu. 3PM TILL CLOSING I populations of 9,500 to 80,000 ] [ Happy Hour* 3 TILL 5PM " ' [ serviceand locatedareaWithincan apply.Fr°ntier's _ -. y [ RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED-ESPECIALLY ON PRIME RIB NIGHTS/ [ Communities with Nltt l*'ltt ....... [ populations under 9,500 are Y Y ..... coUaborate with adjacentencouraged to join forces and Birthday[ C 0 Y (530) 836-2002 t " I communitieS.Goss read excerpts from a Love, / 8296 Hwy 89, Graeagle (Located at River Pines Resort) I press release regarding the Ron & Steffn / - -- www.coyotebarngrill.com J contest in which Maggie J . a d. c ew at :i ............. .... = . i. . , ....... Wilderotter; th :CEO of ] Frontiereommunications, is Horton Tire/Les Schwab in Q S[ cy :;: ..... ......... .............. ........ CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION A NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE YELLOW CREEK BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT LOCATED ON STATE ROUTE 70 IN PLUMAS COUNTY WHAT'S BEING PLANNED The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is proposing to replace the Yellow Creek Bridge on State Route 70, located near the community of Belden in Plumas County. The bridge has extensive and on-going maintenance concerns, and does not meet current standards for lane and roadway shoulder width and seismic stability. PROJECT ,LOCATION The proposed project would include removal of the existing Yellow Creek Bridge and construction of a new, single span bridge on the same alignment as the existing bridge. Bridge construction would require temporarily diverting stream flow through the project site in order to install rock slope protection along the banks of Yellow Creek and the Feather River. The proposed project would also include replacement of existing culverts, installation of a new down drain west of the new bridge, grading, tree and vegetation removal, relocation of buried utility vaults, and right of way acquisition. The proposed project would encroach on the base floodplain. The Safety Roadside RestArea facilities and parking adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail, Indian Springs Trail, and the Yellow Creek Trail would not be available during construction. The trails will remain open. and alternate parking wilt be available nearby. Construction is anticipated to begin during the summer of 2017 and will require two years to complete. WHY THIS NOTICE Cattrans has studied the environmental effects of the proposed bridge replacement project and has determined that the project would not have a significant effect on the environment. A general discussion of the environmental considerations can be found in the Initial Study/Negative Declaration prepared for this project. A Negative Declaration is the official term used in the California Environmental QualityAct (CEQA) that applies to projects that will not have a significant impact on the environment. WHERE YOU COME IN You are invited to review the environmental document. A printed copy of the document can be found during business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the Caltrans District Office located at 1657 Riverside Drive in Redding, or at the Quincy Post Office (Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), located at 222 Lawrence Street in Quincy. A copy of the environmental document is also available on Caltrans' website atwww.dot.ca.govldist31departmentslenvinternetlenvdoc.htm. The comment period for the environmental document begins on November 3, 20i'4, and ends on December 2, 2014. FHWA For individuals with disabilities, we will provide assistive services such as assistive listening devices, sign-language interpreting, real-time captioning, note-takers reading or writing assistance, or training~meeting materials in Braille, large print, onaudiocassette, or on computer disk. To obtain such services or copies in one of these alternate formats, please carl or write, a minimum or 20 working days prior to the event, to request these needed reasonable modifications: Department of Transportation Attn: Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, 1657 Riverside Drive, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3163 Voice, T'I'Y 711 a dozen} Can be ord red by calling nle . at or i at ;s from Plumas Bank in Quincy} CALTRANS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER