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.- % },*" ? Serving Quincy and Surrounding Areas Since 1866 water returns 4~~ ~ ! p~=byv~n~ back to lifo. Down steep mountaimddes, out culverts, and cascading rock surfaces, waterfalls were created whe nothing dry ground for months. As moro peeclpitntion anive the showers of crystal promise to become bigger, bntter and more plentiful, a delight to phot lib Dave Keller Staff Writer The Plumas County Board of Supervisors has sent the local unions a proposal that would bar employees from driving a county car if they have used alcohol. But, because they see the proposal as too wobbly, the supervisors' support of the plan is less than ,d= enthusiastic. I Not only did Supervisor in Robert Meacher openly oppose the plan, Super- visor B.J. Pear- son also ex-B.J. Pearson pressed con- Supervisor cerns about it. And, al- though it is too soon to tell for sure, the county's bar- gaining units are also expect- ed to raise questions about the plan. The unions' support is needed before the supervi- sors can sign off on the new policy. County Counsel Rob Shul- man said union input is "part of the ritual" of changing em- ployee rules. The proposed policy change would bar the use of alcohol and drugs four hours prior to driving a county ve- hicle. The current county policy we don't have any teeth it, why bother going the exercise?" merely prohibits employees from being intoxicated while they are working. Meacher said he opposed the proposed change as writ- ten, foreshadowing the con- cerns the unions are expect- ed to raise. Meacher called the proposal "too broad and too sweeping." Pearson said he is anxious because the proposal may not be strong enough. He said it does not spell out the potential punishment for offenders. "If we don't have any teeth in it, why bother going through the exercise?" Pear. son said. As a result, the supervisor said, popular courthouse fig. ures may be able to get away with vio- lating the poll cy while oth- ers would not. Supervisor Bill Dennison said he agreed with Pearson to some extent. An "administrative remedy is needed" for the policy to be effective, Dennison said. But others, such as Super- visor Don Clark, are support- ive of the change. He said the new policy is "pretty clear." course $800,000 should be enough to help the project By Dave Keller John Sheehan, whose agency sign meeting. Staff WrRer is assisting the developers.If all goes as outlined in the Investors will be required The county, through the report, the golf course would for the proposed golf course commission, helped fund the open in 2004 and would gen- in Quincy to be built, stated a study, erate 26,000 rounds of golf by financial report on the pro- The project will cost about 2006. $4.86 million to build, the Sheehan said that, in addl- According to the reporL an stud states, tion to private Financing op- additional $ 0,000 from in- Under the projected level of ttons, public financing from vestors would make the pro- revenues for the course, a such sources as Central ject more attractive to lender may not be to Plumas Recreation and Park lenders, finance the total cost of the District and the Feather Rlv- Stanley C. Young, one of project, the report states, er College Foundation will be the project's developers, told An investment of at least researched. the Plumas County Commu- $800,000 would improve what nity Development Commis- is known as the debt service Young said the golf course sign that he intends to issue coverage ratio, the reportdevelopers will seek a permit a prospectus for interested continues, for the project once the flnan- investors. Under thfit scenario, a cial issue is resolved. "This study has provided a lender would be providing Don Clark, the chairman of basis for the prospectus," only 83 percent of fhe pro- the commission's board, Young said. ject's costs, urged Young to move for- The commission met last Investors are interested in ward on the project. week with Young and Plumas the project, Sheehan said "This project needs to go," Corp Executive Director during last week's commis-Clarksaid. By Dave Keller netics the money at the ogy Magnetics, they ex- Staff Writer prime rate, Pearson said.pressed a level of discomfort. Plumas County officials The county, in return, Bill Dennison, for instance, said they will try to help a would collect an additional 1 said that other businesses Quincy business and its 32 percent as its fee. "will be lining up right be- employees. "There would be no hit on hind" Trilogy Magnetics. The Plumas County Board the budget," Pearson said."I feel very uncomfortable of Supervisors, not exactly Pearson called Trilogy Mag- doing this," Dennlson said. knowing what kind of help it netics "a poster child for the "It would be precedent set- can offer, asked Plumas Corp kind of business Plumas ting." and the county's community County would want to bring John Sheehan, Plumas development commission to here if it already wasn't here." Corp's executivedlrector, find a way to help Trilogy Pearson was making a ref- was asked by the supervisors Magnetics. erence to the county's ongo- to find a way to assist the The fact that the company !ng efforts to attract medium- Quincy firm. needs help was brought to sized businesses to the area. "I'll examine ways of the board by Supervisor B.J. In this instance, Pearson pulling together a plan," Pearson. said, it is more important to Sheehan said. Pearson's plan called for the use the county's financial re Sheehan said the county is county to guarantee a bank sources to keep an existing better off if Plumas Corp or loan for the 23-year )ld firm. business than to attract a the community development Pearson reminded the oth-new one. commission can find a solu- er supervisors that they have "Our real interest shouldtion. already reserved $95,000 for be in trying to protect the It would be better if the su- future economic develop- jobs we already have," Pear- pervisors were not directly ment. son said. "This would be a involved he stated, calling That money could be used proper use of the countfs as- such a process "fraught with to guarantee the bank loan, sets." land mines." he said. While the other supervi- Sheehan agreed to update Plumas Bank has already sors agreed that something the supervisors at their Dec. agreed to loan Trilogy Mag- needs to be done to help Trtl- 4 meeting. are seven are seek-Wittick as the sixth resident 5 su- interested in being the next su- pervisor to represent East Quincy and the Mohawk Valley. Con- However, that doesn't mean resident all six will actually be on the ballot. Candidates have until a Graeagle res- Dec. 12 to submit their formal and operates a declarations of candidacy. a former Dis- If all six remain in the race, who served then a clear-cut winner in the '70s. March primary is unlikely, Ken Barnard, and the top two vote-getters Price, will face a runoff in the No- and Ralph vember general election. Fall Ball season comes to a close. See page 1C. Native shares view of county's past. see page lB. Obitum'le= Page 5B ClmeJlfled=: Page 2D nion= Page 88 Letter== Page 9B