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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 3A Delaine Fragnoli Staff Writer dfragnoli@plumasnews.com One-quarter of the way into its fiscal year, Quincy Community Services District is on track with its budget, accountant John Kimmel told directors at their regular monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 12. "We're in the ballpark," he said of actual income and expenses compared to budgeted income and expenses. "I'm feeling good about these figures." In reviewing the district's "figures for the 2014-15 fiscal year, Kimmel noted, "You have very little liability except for the USDA loan. We're not bleeding; we're paying for operations." He highlighted the depreciation figure of $720,900. "That's going to show as a loss. It's not a cash loss, it's on paper." The depreciation is an estimate of the loss in value of the district's facilities and materials as they age. "It's purely an estimate," Kimmel noted. "It doesn't reflect the exact value." The amount is important, Kimmel said, because it shows that "you are not able to collect enough money to self-fund improvements. You are going to have to go to outside funding rather than systematically saving yourselves." And that is important as the district attempts to line up funding for much-needed improvements to its water treatment plant. "What you can do," Kimmel explained, "is keep the district viable so in the future you can borrow the needed money for improvements." Earlier in the meeting, the board approved a resolution authorizing an application for fmancial assistance from the Water Resources Control Board for the necessary planning and design work for the water treatment plant improvements. "We're perfect candidates," said Larry Sullivan, district general manager. "They have a wad of money tQ give away." Board member Denny Churchill noted, "It's a rare opportunity to get money for planning." Later in the application process, the district will have to pledge revenues and designate the revenue stream it will use to pay for its portion of the work. At that point, the district will ask East Quincy Services District to chip in, since East Quincy, which does not have a wastewater plant, uses the Quincy facility. "It's not required at this time," Sullivan told Mike Green, general manager of the East Quincy district who was at the Quincy meeting. "But we're giving you a heads-up." The two districts have already each contributed $50,000 to a joint wastewater treatment account. The Quincy dwectors wants to ex Maggie Wells Staff Writer mwells@plumasnews.com The relationship between Plumas Unified School District the possibility of a partnership with the E1 Dorado County SELPA. Washburn said that this did not mean PCS would be leaving the district for special and Plumas cheer School education delivery, but merely and special education was discussed at length during the district meeting Nov. 12. After a fmancial presentation of Plumas Charter School's budget for the current and next school years, Executive Director Taletha Washburn requested that the board release PCSfrom the PUSD Special Education Local Plan for the next school year, with an effective date of June 30, 2016. The SELPA is a service area that provides special education services within a school district. Washburn requested that PCS be released from PUSD so that PCS can explore requesting permission to "explore our options" by being able to submit an application to E1 Dorado County. Board members present at the meeting -- Dwight Pierson participated remotely via Skype and Christopher Russell was not in attendance -- indicated that they needed more time and information to study the issue before granting any request to explore options. One issue is the $68,000 per year that the district receives for special education for students currently enrolled in Plumas Charter School. ,Z , , ," , , Free flu shots available Thursday Plumas County Public Health is giving the public another opportunity to receive a free flu shot this Thursday, Nov. 19. The event will be held at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in the Tulsa Scott Pavilion from 11 a.m. to I p.m. Unlike the prior clinics held throughout the county, this is a walk-in clinic. Flu forms can be downloaded in advance at plumascounty.us/publichealt h/fluinformation. Those who still need a free flu vaccination, but are not available Nov. 19, can call 283-6330 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available in Ch.ester, Greenville, Quincy and Portola. El Special recognition The PUSD also recognized students and a retiring educator in Greenville. PrinciPal Jerry Merica-Jones chose one Indian Valley Elementary School student and one Greenville High School student to single out and acknowledge for good citizenship and leadership. Sixth grader Wade Neer demonstrated exemplary "kindness, respect, and resPonsibility," Merica-Jones said, "particularly with his time he spends with the kindergarteners each morning. He's very patient with them." Neer's family was on hand to congratulate him for his achievement. GHS junior Joshua Hernandez, who was not present, was also honored for his leadership skills and his quest for knowledge. ,'He was Co cYi6N .... Due to an editing error, a headline on Page 2A in last week's Feather'River Bulletin was incorrect. The headline should have stated, "Council says supervisors should support status quo for Forest's over-snow plan." Feather Publishing regrets the error. Quincy Elks Lodge Invites You to a Fundraiser for Lifetime Elk & Quincy Citizen II Buzzy is in the hospital waiting for a new liver and the costs are mounting for his family. Net proceeds go to help Buzzy and his family deal with those costs. The Elks will hold a luncheon & Silent Auction on Saturday, November 21,201S from noon to 3pm Tri-tip Sandwiches Macaroni & Potato Salad & Chips Walk-ins welcome at all clinics: PORTOLA GRAEAGLE LOYALTON INDIAN VALLEY Medical Clinic Medical Clinic Medical Clinic Medical Clinic 530.832.6600 530.836.1122 530.993.1231 530.284.6116 All for just SlO. Quincy Elks Lodge, 2004 E. Main Street, Quincy, CA For more info call: John or Tracy 530-283-2265 Silent Auction Items can be dropped off at the Ranchito Motel, Next Door to the Lodge. approved a $6,600 payment out of that account to PACE Engineering for work on a feasibility study for the wastewater plant. "The draft study should be complete by late January," Sullivan said. "We should have a joint meeting with East Quincy at that time since it will affect both of us," Churchill suggested. "We won't have definitive answers in January," Sullivan replied. "Each board should Consider the study separately, then there could be a big powwow in February or March." In other business, the board approved spending $24,600 for new operating and email servers. The district currently operates on Windows 2003, and Microsoft ended support for that system in July. "When we're down, we're down," Sullivan said. "Filihg state reports, customers paying bills -- business stops." partnership particularly outstanding in his leadership as a camp counselor with the sixth graders outdoor ed trip," Merica-Jones said. The third person to be honored was retiring PUSD employee Coleen Banchio. Banchio began as a parent volunteer in the 1980s and then served on the PUSD board for six years. At the same time, she'd gone back to school to get her teaching credential and soon began a lifelong career of teaching for the district, mostly in Greenville, but with several years in Chester. Banchio pioneered a reading readiness program and later became a reading specialist for the district. Banchio, whose family was present for the honor, received a standing ovation from those present for her collective thirty years of service to the children of Plumas County. Rapid Response Ambulance (call 911) Experienced and Compassionate Staff at Portola Hospital The board also approved an concerned that cutting use $65,000 payment to All Phase would decrease revenues, but Excavating and Construction comparisons of 2014 to 2015 for for a waterline replacement the summer months of July, project. August and September Engineer Jim Webster told showed revenues decreased the board the project was 92 only $4,000. percent complete. The pipe "The state doesn't think passed bacterial and pressure about that," Churchill said. "If tests, but some paving you cut use by 25 percent, you remained to be done. "We're lose 25 percent of your not expecting any revenue. You may be doing unanticipated bills," ,Webster great conservation, but you're noted, losing a bazillion dollars." The board heard good news "Our base rate is constant," about its water conservation Sullivan noted. "That saves efforts. 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