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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 5A PLAN, from page 1A Wood said. In a similar inserted verbatim into the Sherrie Thrall, a council planning effort, the Tahoe environmental draft or ifmember. "We will continue Plumas counterparts, Wood National Forest had five or they could be combined into coordinate and to try to said. six alternatives, Wood said. various ways. get people to the table." The analysis is expected to At least two alternativesWhile the Forest will The county could do that, take a year, with release of a are already on the table. One consider all public comments Wood said. "They could get draft environmental impact is the Forest's existing on its plan, it is not the that info and give it to us." statement slated for proposal; the other is a agency's role to build The public will have February 2017. no-action, or status quo,consensus, Wood said. another opportunity to That environmental alternative. Plumas County, which comment when the Forest document will outline a Plaintiffs in the weighed in with a letter from releases its draft number of management aforementioned lawsuit have the Board of Supervisors environmental report. That alternatives and describe a right, per their settlement supporting the status quo, feedback will help inform a their impacts, agreement, to offer will continue to try to final environmental study, How many alternatives alternatives, influence the draft's content expected in August 2017. A will appear is up in the air, Wood said he was unsure if through its coordinating final decision will follow in those would have to be council, said supervisor winter 2017-18. Eastern Plumas directors don't agree on much Susan Jacobson Staff Writer The Eastern Plumas Recreation District will hold a special meeting tonight, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m., to potentially dissolve the district and to create a process to select a firm to audit the last six years of the district's activity. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Mohawk Community Resource Center at the corner of Highways 70 and 89 in Blairsden. The topic of dissolution appeared on the agenda at the district's meeting held Nov. 18, but meeting time ran out prior to its discussion. The board members spent almost the full two hours on agenda approval and prior meeting minutes causing Plumas County Supervisor Terry Swofford to say, "We've sat here for an hour and half going round and around and accomplished zero. I'm going to talk to county counsel and see what it takes to dissolve this board. You guys are wasting your time. There's some good people here and you're not going anywhere." During interviews with district board members and supervisors Swofford and Jeff Engel following the Nov. 18 meeting, each member identified challenges faced by EPRD. Separately, the board members identified the primary challenge to be that they, as a board, are unable to work together to accomplish the needs of the district and that the district has no regular source of income or tax basis to operate as a true recreation district. "It will take more than just a functioning board to make it happen. We need to be able to have a reliable source of income, have the ability to borrow money to build things, repay those debts and be a serious special district not just a shell of a district," said Vice Chairman John Rowden. Engel pointed out that policies, procedures and budget should be improved to create transparency and reflect the needs of the area. "Until they get all of that settled nothing is getting done. They have been starting at the wrong end of the project," said Engel. shared that sentiment andButtes Trail stewardship, The district board said, "I am hopeful that a yoga lessons in Blairsden, members and Swofford and solution will come out in the improvements at the Portola Engel see the current and course of the conversation at pool, off-highway vehicle future needs and advantages the meeting. Maybe it is trails outside of Chilcoot and of a recreation district, solvable; maybe we can doimprovements at the ski bowl. "The natural resources something; but by looking at In 2011, EPRD entered into that are available in eastern the whole picture: What can a 10-year operating Plum is County are the we possibly do for those that agreement that governs nucleus of full-time, are donating and those weconstruction and winter year-ound job creation in are serving in our district?" operations of JHSB, which the area and the simplest way Should the board decide has included the long board to achieve those goals would that the district remain a ski races, Winterfest be for EPRD to remain a viable entity, the other topic activities and music festivals. district," said Treasurer for the meeting was the The board completed a John Olofson. decision to proceed with an strategic plan that describes The elected five-member audit that is one year the district's intent over the board is split over the overdue and has been a next three years. dissolution topic. Dissolution source of contention among Though developing the JHSB appears to be the only option the Board. has been a focus, the EPRD to Condliffe and Rowden if while all members sought funding to support all the board continues to be identified supporting thetypes of recreation unable to work together in a need for an audit, the limited opportunities in eastern civil manner for thepublic's financial resources available Plumas County including benefit, have made approval Wafts and other facilities, as "EPRD should get along complicated. District board well as recreational events. within itself and remember members have researched The district depends on our goal is to provide good options available, soughtinput from the community to recreation for the people who county advice and reviewed identify and support live here and visit here. If we the 2009 audit to determine recreational opportunities in can't get along then we need needs for the audit process, the eastern Plumas County to do something different," "We are working hard on areas that it serves. said Secretary Jennifer getting things in order," said Residents and visitors that Condliffe. Director Margaret "Mimi" value recreational Swofford is hopeful that the Garner. opportunities in those areas topic of dissolution will move Plumas County voters or have an opinion regarding the EPRD board to get back to created the EPRD in 2002 and the status and/or need for the the business at hand and it was granted $250,000 district can attend the Dec. 2 understand that working authorized from funds from meeting. together is critical to the the "California Clean Water, More information on the success of the JohnsviUe Clean Air, Safe EPRD can be found on its Historic Ski Bowl and the Neighborhood Parks, and website at easternplumas many possible projects that Coastal Protection Actof could be accomplished as a 2002" (Prop 40). The EPRD district, used the funds to support Chairman Don Fregulia youth sport teams, the Sierra "Stop the car- let's eat!" Gift Certificates, the perfect gift Dine in Take out Lunch Dinner 59428 Highway 70 Open Cromberg, Ca Wednesday 530 836 1365 through Sunday EVENTS, from page IA Saturday: ETA ALPHA 40th annual holiday craft fair, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Commercial Building, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Santa available for photos 10 a.m. -noon, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Hand made gifts, goodies, 50150 drawing & more. For table information call Sally 283-2668 or etaalpha2604@gmail.comor. Plumas National Forest Christmas tree cutting permits available, Mt. Hough Ranger District, 39696 Hwy. 70, 283-0555, 9 a.m. - I p.m. Also available during regular hours, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., or by mail. For information, fs.usda.govlplumas. Masonic Lodge hosts bi-monthly pancake breakfast at Masonic Hall, 70 Harbison St., across from library. Breakfast, 7 - 10 a.m., consists of scrambled eggs, sausage, OJl coffee, hot chocolate and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Donations at door: adults, $6; Children under 12, $3; Students with ID, $5. Proceeds go to scholarship fund and other fraternal purposes. Saturday - Sunday Boy Scout's annual Christmas tree sale, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., both days, while supplies last. Old DMV office next to CHP office. For information, call Jan, 258-6366. (530) 283-2211 200 E. Main St., Quincy Tuesday: Get tuned up for Christmas bird count. Plumas Audubon will host December meeting at Feather River College, Science Building, Rm. 107, using extensive specimen collection dating back to 1880s. A great way to ' get ready for Quincy, Lake Almanor and Sierra Valley Christmas bird counts, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Sierra West End Educational Theatre, a drama-based program for teens, trains peer educators and mentors. Meets 6 - B p.m., Tuesdays at the West End Theatre, 14 Crescent Street. Wednesday: FRC's annual Town Hall debate: "Gun Control" by FRC speech students, 6 p.m. For information, Dr. Joan Parkin, 283-0202 ext 252 or Richard K. 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