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More water restrictions considered -- Page 2A County bosses may soon be on the clock- Page 7A Vol. 149, No. 14 www.plumasnews.com 530-283-0800 Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 Today: Plumas Early Education and Child Care Council sponsors "Parent Caf~" for families of children with special needs. On-site childcare available and dinner provided. Parent Caf~ held on third Wednesday of month at First Baptist Church, 74 Reese St. For information, Brenda Lory 283-6557, ext. 5334 or email blory@pcoe.kl 2.ca.us. Ongoing Winter Apparel Coat Drive, accepting new and slightly used coats, gloVes, boots, socks, hats, scarves. Drop off at Plumas County Probation Dept., Plumas Crisis Center, Sav Mor. Information: 283-6304, 283-5515. Ongoing "CAN"DO Holiday Food Drive. Help feed hungry families. Drop off donations of canned and non-perishable food items at Feather River Bulletin, 287 Lawrence St., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon - Fri. Information: 283-0800. Donations accepted through Dec. 2. Magic Beanstalk Player program for K-2 grades, focusing on drama skills, improv, characterization, storytelling, monologues and learning a musical number. Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., at West End Theatre, 14 Crescent St. Johnsville Junior Ski Team accepting registrations for 2015-16 season. Open to ages 6-14, 6 p.m. at Quincy public library. Registration fees: $75 per child. Third child in the Same family: $40. Racer lift tickets: $35/race, includes morning of coach instruction. If unable to attend registration, registration also available at Recreation District office, 34 Fairgrounds Rd. See Q, page.SA To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 OSV collaboration between county and Forest Service a work in progress Delaine Fragnoli Staff Writer dfragnoli@plumasnews.com Like many relationships, things started well between Plumas County and Plumas National Forest. As the Forest began working on its over-snow vehicle plan, there were some misunderstandings. A public fight and some finger pointing ensued. As things cooled, the parties began assessing the future of their relationship. TheOSV plan provided the first real test of "collaboration," a poorly defined word that appears in various laws and regulations, between the Forest and the county. Most participants say the process has been two steps forward and one step back. "It's the first time we've had true coordination, rather than the Forest Service just announcing what they're going to do," said Supervisor Sherrie Thrall. "It's a process. Going into the future, it will be really beneficial, if it doesn't kill us first." Getting started The Board of $ zvisors formed an advisory body, called the Coordinating Council, in 2008 to coordinate the plans, policies and priorities of Plumas County operates under the Brown "Going into the future, it will be reallyAct's open meeting beneficial, if it doesn't kill us first."provisions. The meetings are public and are live streamed. Sherrie Thrall The Forest Service wanted Supervisor and Coordinating Council member to be able to discuss items that it was not ready to make ' public. So the council established a subcommittee, with those of federal and state county prior to the start of the whose meetings and field agencies, particularly the agency's public scoping trips are not open to the Forest Service. process, according to Dave public. Acting Forest Supervisor Wood, acting public services The subcommittee first met Daniel Lovato explained that staff officer. "This was March 20, according to Wood. the agency's 2012 planning important to them," he said. It met three more times and rule "said we could use "They wanted to see the took one fieldtrip. collaborative processes when proposal before it went Members say the appropriate. It helps steer us. public." " Subcommittee work was It lets the county say, 'Hey, The collaboration effort's effective. In particular, it have you thought about? ...'" first stumbling block wasallowed county In the case of the over-snow procedural. As an advisory plan, the forest offered last body to the board, the spring to coordinate with the Coordinating Council See Plan, page 4A Canyon classroom Seventh-graders from Quincy Junior-Senior High School on a trail during a field trip earlier this month to Feather River Canyon as part of their Life Science curriculum. The trip was part of a collaboration between the Forest Service and the school district. Fire restoration funding paid for the outing. Photo courtesy Ron Logan Duties formerly handled by the building dept. Debra Moore Staff Writer d moore@plumasnews.com Because code enforcement is going to include more than cleaning up. abandoned cars, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors asked the sheriff to take on the work. During this year's budget sessions, the supervisors earmarked $82,000 for code enforcement and assigned the duties to the county's building department, but Nov. 10 they changed their All Feather Publishing offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. This will affect deadlines for the Dec. 2 newspaper. Real Estate display ads for the classified section are due Tuesday, Nov. 24, at noon. All other display advertising and public notices are due by Wednesday, Nov. 25, at noon. News releases -- including letters to the editor, births, obituaries and cards of thanks --are due by Friday, Nov. 27, at noon. Classified reader ads are due Monday, Nov. 30, at 9 a.m. This is a portion of the green waste debris pile that will soon be burned outside of Chester. The vehicle is a full-size pickup truck that helps show the height of the yard waste that has accumulated. Photo submitted A mountain of debris to be burned Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.corn "People who don't live there have no concept of the amount of green waste generated," said Supervisor Sherrie Thrall of her district, which encompasses the Lake Almanor Basin. Public Works Director Bob Perreault was quick to agree during the Board of Supervisors meeting Nov. 10. "As a starting point, when Sherrie asserts that people don't have an appreciation... you could put me in that category," he said. In the wake of last February's windstorm, a staggering pile of residential yard waste has accumulated in Chester and now the question is how to get rid of it. Perreault said he has consulted with the air quality district, and it was agreed that burning would be possible and probably the best method would be to do it in one big pile, rather than breaking it into smaller parts. In lighting the large pile, there would be smoke initially, but it's hoped that it would diminish as flames intensify. "We would manipulate the pile to make sure it all got burnt," Perreault said. The remaining ash would then be buried in the Chester landfill. Perreault plans to wait for "the first decent snowfall" to ignite the pile. Thrall discussed her concerns regarding next year when the yard waste collected would reprbsent an entire season, not just a few months. She also asked whether in the future it would be necessary to separate the yard waste into debris that is more easily combustible from that which is not. Perreault said that topic would need to be discussed, but segregation could be possible. minds. "I put this on here," Board Chairman Kevin Goss said of the agenda item, "As a lot of code enforcement will be dealing with marijuana grows ... we need law enforcement there." When the supervisors originally decided to fund code enforcement, they discussed at the time whether to assign the duties to the building department or the sheriff, ultimately deciding on the former, because they reasoned that a sheriff's deputy would be too intimidating and a less heavy-handed approach might be more successful. But at the time they were discussing blight not marijuana. "If we do start processing marijuana codes, it would probably be good to have a sheriffs deputy," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said during the Nov. 10 meeting. Supervisor Jeff Engel reminded his fellow supervisors that he thought it should have been with the sheriff's department from the beginning. "Who would you be most impressed by?" Engel asked. Thrall also thought the reassignment would be appropriate because deputies are constantly See Code, page 5A