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6A Wednesday, Nov, 28, 2001 County News I By Victoria Metcalf Staff Writer In tones reminiscent of his predecessor, James Stretch, County Administrative Offi- cer Bob Conen encouraged the supervisors to leave nego- tiations over a proposed six- bed transition house in Plumas County to him. Ignoring that proposal, four members of the board of supervisors voted unani- mously Nov. 20 that the for- mer Department of Alcohol and Drug building is a good candidate for a transition house. Supervisor Bill Denni- son was absent during the morning session• The board made it clear, however--it isn't approving funding or any other plans at this stage. Transition house Plumas County'Alcohol and Drug Department (A&D) Director Bob Minert, and Hank Eisenman, chairman of the county's Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, ap- down every place the board proached the board, recom- has examined over the past mending the former A&D decade• building be set aside as a fu- Clark said that working ture transition house, with Feather River College The building, was vacated and emp~ees at the county by A&D in October, when the annex--esp6~-i˘!ly when the agency moved to larger quar- new facility is built in the ters on Cemetery Hill in next five years, is of key im- Quincy• portance. "There is a tremendous Following need in this county," Minert Clark's state- said, for such a program• "It ment of en- would remain full, year- couragement, round," and complies with Conen asked needs for both Proposition 36 the board to funding goals and drug court "refer it to needs• me." Agreeing, Supervisor Don Conen's Bob Minert Clark, who attends Alcohol concern was Director, Plumas County and Drug Advisory Board that, if the meetings, said the board has board ap- been looking for a suitable lo- proved the cation for a transition house transition house at this time, in Plumas County for years., it "would be considered a With the location across blank check," for the ira- from the annex, Clark said provements needed to the fa- there would be less chance of cility. the plaguing problem of "Not "I'm aware of the benefits in my backyard" or"NIMBY" that a transition house can arising• That issue has shot provide to assist in the recov- ery of residents addicted to alcohol and other drugs," Co- nen said in his message to the board• "However, I do not recommend that the board commit to a particular loca- tion or specific facility until such time as the costs associ- ated with a commitment She's someone with integrity, compassion, unfailing spirit, and she's an advocate for justice to all. Most of all she's a wonderful mothefi PINKIE FORBES DECEMBER 4th!!! Since she won't allow her family to give her a party to make it special, please call her and wish her a happy birthday! We Love You! Your family m m is need in would remain board chose the site now, "other opportunities might come up that would not be looked at•" Supervisor Robert Meach- er said he recognized the need for such a facility, but he agreed the costs need to be considered. He said he didn't want the board to commit to an tremendous action that a couldn't be re- this county, It versed. full, year-round." Addressing the supervisors, Eisenman said the advisory Alcohol & Drug Dept, board has been searching for a site since 1991. Members of A1- were known and weighed coholics Anonymous also against other county needs." want a transition house in Conen said that, in the fu-the county• ture, county employees will "You have no idea how se- be available at the new annex rious the NIMBY (problem) is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and that in Plumas County," Eisen- would be "close at hand" toman explained. the transition house• He said the Alcohol and In an earlier interview Drug Advisory Board has with Minert, the proximity of studied the situation and it is the transition house to coun- a "once in a lifetimeopportu- ty facilities was discussed, nity when this building came Minert pointed out that resi- up." dents at the house will be Eisenman said there are a working or looking for jobs, lot of good reasons why and have carefully structured Plumas County should have schedules. The point was that its own transition house• residents would have little Some of them included: time to interfere with county .No NIMBY problems with employees, new location "I'm not saying the house .It's near family members won't work," Cohen said, but .Housing costs would be re- recommended a "careful duced (For areas outside the analysis" of the site• county) Conen added that if the ,There would be strong sup- Even if you have a car, why not save some money? That's right, we'll save you money, sanity and together enhance the air quality of our beautiful coun- ty. Plumas Transit Systems provide bus service from Chester to Portola and all communities in between. This service is open to everyone, Monday through Friday, except major holidays. Fares range from fifty cents to three dollars. In addition, special rates are provided to seniors and persons with special needs. Whether you need to get to work, school, or just take a trip around town, Plumas Transit Systems can get you where you're going. So what are you waiting for? Get on board and enjoy the ride? First Time Riders...Need Help? PCT's now offering the Transit Companion Program This program offers acompanion to help new fident as they explore everything Plumas Transit has to, companion is easy. Simply you want to ride port • The county could come from the As the discussion ued, Clark asked, this item only get utes?" referring allotted on the ly, there was much to cussed• Originally it mended that a put before the board, was disregarded ing can be found the structure. "Something is nothing," Minert targeting the facilitY. requested that A&P the lead agency in: funding for "I have some concerns on pervisor B.J. ring to a in the board's Although the questing board the former A&D withdrawn from tion at this time, said he didn't want to county into a proving funding for ject at this time, ' Eisenman son's concerns, he was aware of dollars. Eisenman said tion house will lars because it is hoe! the county more to dents housed in ties. New Easy to Use Phone # --- 800 Call for Your Appointment Today! Free, confidential one-on-one counseling, _ for current and Prospective business owners in Plumas, Lassen and Modoc counties. .i Parenting Tip #3: Encourage Safe Exploration and Play As he begins to crawl and walk, encourage exploration of the world around him. Play with him, and watch how much he learns! Parenting Tip #4: Help Him Feel Good About Himself Your child learns self-esteem at a very young Praise him daily--whether he's learning to over or learning to climb stairs! This parenting message is brought to you as a public service of the Plumas County Children and Family Commission, and is paid for by Proposition 10 funding; designed to help our youngest Californians reach their fullest potential! Fore more information on Prop 10 funding, contact the PCC&FC at 283-6159. For information on Parenting and Early Child Development, call 1-888-503-4KIDS.