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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 5A Thanksgiving dinner livery In what has become an annual holiday tradition, Safeway and the Quincy Rotary Club join forces to provide and deliver Thanksgiving dinners to several homebound senior citizens who were identified by the staff of the Senior Nutrition program. Rotarian and Safeway store manager Toni Thomas, left, coordinated the effort. The meals, a complete turkey dinner with all the fixings, were delivered last Wednesday evening, Nov. 21, by John DeSelle, Karen Kleven, Chuck Leonhardt, Herschel Beail, Mike Beatty and Dave Adrian. Photo by Mike Taborski i1 Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Access to homeowners in- surance, reduced CalFire fees and emergency response with- out a charge are just three ad- vantages to living in a fire protection district. According to statistics pro- vided by the Plumas County Building and Planning Depart- ment, 22 percent of private acreage is outside of a fu'e pro- tection district; however, much of this land is not inhabited. It's estimated that 95 per- cent of the county's popula- tion resides within a fire pro- tection district. A majority of the remainder lives in com- munities that were estab- lished from the late 1800s through the 1960s, before planned communities includ- ed fire protection. In a document released this summer -- "Fire Protection in Plumas County: Public Educa- tion and Information" -- it's speculated that many resi- dents simply don't know that they aren't part of a district, or may assume that their property taxes pay for fire pro- tection. It suspects that some may not know the difference be- tween suppression efforts by the U.S. Forest Service versus a local fire department, or how to be annexed or enter in- to a service contract with the fire department. And while dialing 911 will bring help, the property own- er could be charged for the cost of the response. According to the informa- tion provided, a small house fire that takes four hours to contain could result in a bill of $8,000. Volunteers, elected officials and county employees have spent the past six years laying the groundwork to annex as many property owners as pos- sible into a fire protection dis- trict. Substantial progress has been made. Fire protection activities Updated general plan policies: The updated general plan will require fire protection for any new development. Building permit review: Applications for new construction are reviewed by county staff to determine if the property is out-" side of a district. Permit applicants will be advised of what that means to them as property owners. annexation process and the fewer the property owners, the less able they are to spread the cost. Despite some obstacles, Sipe said there is a lot of momen- tum and the effort will contin- ue to move forward. "I think it's important that the board remains updated," GIS website update: The planning department's GIS data on Supervisor Lori Simpson said, I Richard K. Stockton, That's turkey talk for "Dig in;' fire district boundaries are now available on the county's "unlike previous boards who I website, making it easy for fire districts and the public to kept their heads in the sand 20 I CLU ChFC, Agent There's no better time to I Insurance Lic. #0B68653 thank you for your continued determine whether a parcel is in a district, years ago." I Providing Insurance & Financial Services business Happy Thanksgiving District sphere of influence updates: The Local Agency Forma- I 65 W Main St, Quincy, CA 95971 ou a' our famil ' ' to y nd y y. tion Commission continues work on updating fire districts' I (530) 283-0565 Fax (530) 283-5143 Like a good neighbor, spheres of influence. These spheres serve as a blueprint for I www.richardstockton.usState Farm is there." possible future annexations. I WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVECALL ME TODAY. I Fire protection communication plan: This plan, completed in August 2012, is a comprehensive tool to guide fire districts through the process of educating the public and gaining support for service agreements or annexations, i St?teFarmo Close-of-escrow notification: County staff is investigating options for escrow notification regarding fire district status. 0907518 1 ~ State Farm, Home Office, Io0 n g t0: Firewise and safe communities development: The fire preven- I " : ..... : tion specialist continues working throughout the county to encourage fire safe activities to reduce the risk and conse- ~ , ~ ,~:~ :: ;: quences of wildfire. necK Out ., _ . _.-_ -. _ Parcel by parcel reviews: A volunteer group is developing a list Our r ]DLUM/~SN]EWS.(~OM of all parcels in the county that are outside of a fire protection district. This information will be provided to local fire chiefs and boards to aid in annexation discussions. Jerry Sipe, the county's di- emergency services to all of rector of emergency services, Plumas County." began working on this project "This has been a very long in 2010. and arduous process, but we "Until we put Jerry in are basically annexation charge of this, it didn't make ready," Sipe said during the progress," Board of Supervi- meeting. sors Chairman Bob MeacherSupervisor Jon Kennedy said during the board's Nov. asked about La Porte. 13 meeting. "Their community is almost But Sipe attributed the overwhelmingly supporting progress to the Feasibility an annexation," Sipe said. Study Group, which had been "Some communities are much working on fire district annex- more ready than others." ation. He singled out Pam Gill, He cited Red Clover as an Charlie Plopper and Fred Sal- area that is less ready. vato for having "done a "My strategy is we work at tremendous amount of workthe grassroots level," Sipe helping solve this problem." said. "It's a lot like a courtship The study group was formed some are quick and work in 2007 with the mission well, otherstakelonger." to "determine the fundingEven when property owners feasibility'of providing uni- like the concept, it can be form and comprehensive expensive to go through the COME TO THE ANNUAL GRAEAGLE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL Saturday, December Ist' 2012 1 to 6 pm Kick off the Holiday Season and Make it Your Tradition!! • Horse-drawn Trolley Rides • Merchant Open Houses with Refreshments • Street Carolers • Bring your camera for Pictures with Santa • Gather Round the Bonfire while Santa Lights the Tree Fast, Friendly Service! • Enter the "Graeagle Bucks" Drawing at your Favorite Shop for a Chance to Win Merchant Certificates www.graeaglemerchants.com ",\ ' '.9 We NEED your support! KQNY is hoping to increase its number of individual su pporters! Please consider donating $10 per month to this unique and local community station. Enter to win a week long trip to Cabo San Lucas! 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