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County News Wednesday, Nov, 21,2001 5A acting on behalf union, have s against the unfair labor the Public Relations Board, with judicial rescind a decision :OUnty to increase aefit deductibles discussing it the union is board to rescind decision to in- time for workers to 180 because Was not contacted issue stems from to initiate a of employees negotiating with the Which the union is sal. were filed with Oct. 29 by the the union Employment to rule "that breached its oblig- ation to meet and confer in good faith" with the union on the three issues. The union's attorney ar- gues that such a notification is "mandatory" under state law. Robert Conen, the county's administrative officer, said his office is in the process of putting together a response. He said the county received a copy of the complaint Nov. 15. "We don't agree that we committed the violations as alleged," Conen said. The Public Employment Re- lations Board will review the union's allegations and offer the county a chance to infor- mally rebut them. If the state believes the union has a legitimate case, it will file formal charges against the county and trig- ger a hearing process to assist the board is making a ruling. The process could take up to a year, but the complaint was filed at a critical time during contract talks between the union and the county, which may expedite the process. Recount loses Photo by Dave Keller A recount of Measure M, the special tax that would have helped provide new funds to the Indian Valley Health Care District, failed to provide the required two-thirds approval for passage. The original vote failed, 603 votes to 313, a losing margin of eight votes. The recount failed by four votes, 616 to 315. The district's board chair- man, Steve Quinby, asked County Clerk Judith Wells for clarification about a ballot Monday morning, while elections clerk Melinda Rother, left, listens in. Metcalf P toward helping County's el- the board of approved the pur- a new vehicle to as- and the public Director El- approached the requesting an existing ve- by the public function under whether it was money to replace a in a 1995 Ford board directed Seek estimates on of a new all- or drive for the pro- Metcalf Main Street location Plumas County's is sched- to the new De- on Cemetery A&D Direc- made that an- Nov. 15, follow- with key play- drug court pro- Nov. 14, Judge Ira Kauf- court representa- White, Greg Hag- Palmerton, County Probation Director Tom very cordial, very Minert discussed cur- Sing problems and "tlrrent location on Minert said the without state permits therapists and new A&D facili- HearthStone r.e office space is It Solves that prob- Is now fully opera- Robert Meach- Dennison ap- requests unities. $2,000 to Child Devel- the county play- The be used to put- engineered wood containment hot- to meet safety the state and $1,000 to the ey Chamber of o erect Christ- nners in the new car At that time, Smart said the public guardian program did not have the funds to fix the existing vehicle or to pur- chase a new one. He added that the vehicle is important because it allows representatives from that de- partment to visit elderly clients around the county, transport them as necessary, and to attend meetings out- side the county. Smart explained he was in- volved in getting bids for sev- eral department vehicles in Plumas County, and could add that to the list. On Nov. 13, Smart again ap- proached the board, request- ing $25,000 for the purchase of a new vehicle. Although Smart requested $25,000, he said he was certain the new vehicle would not tional under state regula- tions. Minert said that the fiscal management part of drug court, headed up by Palmer- ton, will remain in its current location. With drug court under the same roof as other A&D pro- grams, Minert said this is a step toward having all of those programs under one roof. And being under one roof means the program will re- ceive support as needed by the proximity of other pro- grams and partners. District Attorney James Re- .ichle has been the project di- rector of drug court, Minert said. With the move, however, that no longer seems practi- cal. Minert and Kaufman have served as the overall ad- ministration for the program. Minert said the manage- ment team and policy team are continuing. "It's working so well that way," he said. In the move, Proposition 36 funds, administered by A&D, can be used to help fund cer- tain aspects of the program. Under Proposition 36 guide- lines, drug offenders are eligi- ble for the program if they communities of Canyon Dam, Crescent Mills, Taylorsville and Greenville. The banners will be designed and manufac- tured locally. Dennison allocated $350 to the Chester Community Cho- rus for general expenditures. Dennison also gave $542 to K.J.'s cleaning service for a thorough cleaning of the Chester Memorial Hall. Den- nison said he normally doesn't make expenditures of that type, but said it was nec- essary to bring the Memorial Hall up to an acceptable stan- dard of use. cost that much. County Administrative Of- ficer Bob Conen explained it was important to approve more funding than Smart thought he would need. Conen said that if the board approved $24,000 and the vehi- cle costs $24,001, Smart would have to return to the board for another action. Any funds not used in the transaction remain in the general contingency fund. Supervisor B.J. Pearson asked what Smart was plan- ning to do with the existing vehicle. Smart said he needed to check with the county auditor about trading it in. Pearson said that any funds made off the 1995 vehicle should go back into the coun- ty's general fund. U have not committed a violent crime. Drug court is the natural second step for Proposition 36 clients who fail that program, Minert said. Drug court began in Plumas County in August 1999, when a $500,000 grant was received to implement a program in- volving four local agencies and residents who have plead guilty to drug use or posses- sion. In the following years, the program has experienced some turbulence as staff members, the acting director of A&D and Reichle clashed over policy and treatment procedures. Despite the internal diffi- culties, drug court statistics reflect it has had considerable success with clients. Smart said the vehicle could be used as a trade-in or go into the county's surplus property for auction to which Pearson replied that Smart should look at both options to see which was the most prof- itable. Supervisor Bill Dennison asked if the vehicle could be sold to a private individual. Cohen responded that there are government codes that regulate how the county can dispose of property. Cohen added that they needed "to be relatively care- ful." 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