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12.ak Wednesday, Nov. 21,2001 County News F=~" Expansion plans for the Wildwood Congregate Apart- ments will be the highlight of Center in Chester, as well as the annual meeting sched- other senior and community uled for Thursday, Nov. 29, at programs. 6 p.m. in the Wildwood Se- The current Wildwood fa- nior Center. All residents of cilities were constructed with the Lake Almanor Basin are an $855,000, 50-year, 1 percent invited to attend the annual loan from the Farmers Home meeting of Almanor Residen- Administration, the federal tial, the local nonprofit orga- agency now known as "Rural nization that owns Wildwood. Development." In addition to Dinner will be served at 6 the loan, the Lake Almanor p.m., and the program will Basin community con- follow at 7 p.m. Reservations tributed approximately can be made for the dinner at $250,000 of grants, cash, and $10 per person by calling the in-kind contributions. Wildwood office at 258-3350 or An application has been Dorothy Higbee at 2,58-43,53. submitted to Rural Develop- Architectural plans will be ment, under a different feder- presented for the proposed $4 al program, for a partial loan million addition to Wild- on the proposed new con- wood. The new facilities will struction. include 14 one- and two-bed. A lease of additional land is room apartment units for se- anticipated from the Collins niors and disabled adults, as Pine Company, the donor of well as 15 apartment units of the original parcel. Without assisted living for frail elder- this additional land, the ex- ly residents. Services to pansion would not be possi- all residents will include a ble. full meal program, weekly A waiting list for apart- light housekeeping and linen ments and assisted living is laundry, In addition, resi- being compiled. Anyone in- dents of the assisted living terested in more information section will receive help with or the wishes to be on the personal care, 24-hour super- waiting list for the new units vision and assistance with or the current apartments self-administered medica- may call Robin or Susan at tions, the Wildwood office at Nichols, Melburg and Ros- 258-3350. setto, architects of Redding, Wildwood is owned by ta and local consulting archi- local nonprofit organization,. tect, Robert G. Bell will pre- Almanor Residential, Inc., an sent the preliminary archi- all-volunteer organization of tectural plans funded local residents. Current through a grant from the beard members are Aaron Se- Thomas Family Foundation. andel, Edith Brown, Eleanor David Keller, of the Plumas Burns, Judy Cook, Ron Dav- County Community Develop- ey, Dorothy Higbee, and Gini ment Commission,will dis- Natali. Membership in AI- cuss project financing and manor Residential is open to the anticipated timeline for interested residents of the the new development. In the Lake Almanor Basin. Those most favorable projection, attending the annual meeting the new facilities could be will be invited to become open in two years, members and will be eligible The existing facilities at to vote in the election to fill Wildwood opened in 1990 and board vacancies. include 15 one-bedroom Wildwood is operated un- apartments for low- and mod- der a management contract erate-income seniors and dis- with the Plumas County abled residents. Meals, Community Development housekeeping and linen laun- Commission, which is also a dry are currently provided, partner with Almanor Resi- The Wildwood Senior Center dential in the development of is home to the Senior Nutri- the new facilities. By Allchl HIIP)ee Ind~ VaJtey Editor tion Program and the Moun- Due to a scheduling snafu, tain Caregivers Resource Plumas County Supervisors will.not hear Indian Valley Heal~'C~-e District's request for a $68,00Q loan until Tues- day, Dec. 4. Supervisor Robert Meacher foresees approval. The district has a good track record where the county is concerned, he said. In 1994, supervisors ap- proved a $50,000 loan to the district, and Meacher said it was paid back with no prob- lems. The district struggled along The current crisis is due to was worried during those years, payingthe hospital's former electron- payroll, back the loan and making pay- ic billing system vendor, who volving line ments toward a bankruptcy went out of business. $130,000 was almos0 settlement. The administration negoti-The usual The last bankruptcy pay- ated a contract with another portionof ment was made at the begin- company, but there have been es is promised to ning of 1998. delays getting the system up the line of credit. Since then, the district has and running. The only hope been hit with unexpected ex- The delays resulted in late help now seems penses time and again, billing and a huge increase in rival One such occasion includedaccounts receivable, new district repair costs and mandatoryManagers and other staff changes to the geothermal members pitched in to help heating system, make out bills the old way, by Relocation of the laundry hand, and money finally start- tients is the key t room was another major ex-ed to trickle in. more money, pense, though it was expected. Even so, the administration administration. I By M=wliam Liddell award and oversee all of the Chester Editor proposed construction fund- With help from the Forest ed by the Forest Service and Service and Caltrans, the Caltrans. Chester Public Utility Dis- Caltrans will pay approxi- trict (CPUD) will soon have mately $200,000, and the For- sewer and water lines in est Service will pay an addi- place to allow for future tional $700,000. The CPUD Chester utility annexations will pick up any remaining west, from Watson Road on costs on the estimated $1 mil- Highway 36, to the overflow, lion project. The Forest Service and Cal- When the water and sewer trans signed an agreement lines are complete; the CPUD with the CPUD for water and will own the project. sewer construction to their Future developments along buildings on Highway 36. both sides of Highway 36 will Bob Merrifield, manager of be allowed to tie into the new the CPUD, was authorized by water and sewer lines. A new the CPUD board of directors annexation fee formula was "to sign any and all neces- developed and the CPUD will sary documents and do any keep 2 percent of the fee and and all acts in the execution reimburse the remaining of the water and sewer sys- one-third to Caltrans and tem construction along State two-thirds to the Forest Set- Highway Route 36 to service vice. the USFS and Caltrans prop- The board also approved a erties as well as other parties new water well for the pro- in the future." posed project, because an ad- The CPUD will design, bid, ditional supply well is needed. II I scare IS I The Chester post office an- said they have had no inci- thrax scare was a not-so-fun- dents since Nov. 1 and things ny hoax. are seemingly back to nor- Nov. 1, the post office re- real. ceived a suspicious-looking The public is reminded letter with traces of some sort again that all suspicious let- of powder, ters are taken very seriously The powder traces were and pranks or hoaxes will not identified as talcum powder, be tolerated. Anyone sending Postmaster Mike Barone, a letter as a prank or hoax of the Chester post office, will be prosecuted. Merrifield said the first the cost would well site tests were on private $2,000 to the property and the property will have to was too costly for the district erty from the to buy. Preliminary approval Two wells are has been received to place a be placed on well on the county airport cycles during property, which is close to and the district the rest test site. two more efficient However, the hydrologist, ing peak hours. from GeoConsultant, Inc., Year, the said that the new .site was too $45,000 for far from the first well tests es and was and another test would need get. The 2001-02 to be done at the airport site. electricity for The board approved addition- trict is $56,000. al tests and Merrifield said Collins to cut The Collins Companies demonstrated will team with the World leadership in Wildlife Fund and the Cen- forest ter for Energy & Climate So- we're leading the lutions to cut their carbon U.S. industry to dioxide emissions as part of global warming," ~ a new Climate Savers Mosby, senior agreement, dent of The Collir~ Nationally recognized for hies. "Businesses leadership in sustainable multiple sectors forest development, The practical steps Collins Companies now be- duce CO2 come business leaders in energy, and undertaking actions that bottom line." mitigate global warming. In Chester, Their efforts involve loca- ing reductions in tions in California, Oregon a result of the and Pennsylvania. Under other im[ the Climate Savers agree- log yard of the ment, The Collins Compa- plant, as well nies became the first forest ments in fuel products company to corn- the power plant mit to absolute C02 reduc- With these tion targets and the sixth alone, the business to join Climate eliminated burn Savers. 27,000 gallons "The Collins Comoanies per year. Start sending your letter and art (less than 100 words please) and Feather Publishing will for- ward them to Santa Claus at the North Pole. Your family can help if you're too young, but be sure to sign your own name. We will publish the letters December 12th in a special Christmas section. 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