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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 3A ecall el CO Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.corn The financial responsibility will fall solely on the Indian Valley Community Services District when elections are held in response to a recent petition's approval. The petition included sufficient signatures to move the process forward to recall three directors to the board. The next step will be an election to ask Indian Valley voters if they want to recall the directors. If so, the people can vote for candidates to replace them. Melinda Rother, assistant Plumas County clerk-recorder, said the election will likely cost IVCSD anywhere from 153,000 to $7,000. Rother said costs will :iinclude the printing and mailing of ballots, legal i notices in the newspaper :and stafftime. She said it is ::difficult to give an exact cost iprior to the election. A call for balance In response to a Nov. 26 :newspaper article about the :irecall petition's approval, Jesse Lawson, IVCSD :general manager, asked Feather Publishing to hear i:his point of view. "My integrity is being :'questioned," was his :concern. The article stated: "(recall ommittee members) said . eneral Manager Jesse ,'Lawson switched over to *emergency wens without ,Jgomg through the proper "channels to do so. They said : reenville residents who ,think their water comes rom Round Valley Reservoir have been deceived." Lawson said he knows / nothing of "emergency wens," and he asked a reporter to contact him about any future allegations to tell his side of the story and to let the other directors do the same. He said he would rather not comment further, but when he had more time he would present documents and proof that the allegations were false. Mina Admire, spokesperson for the recall COU Derailment cleanup continues committee, told Feather Publishing, "In an effort to prevent sensationalism and misleading the community, we have gone to great lengths to confirm things we have heard and diligently researched information on each issue before taking an official stand." In a phone interview last Wednesday, director Mike Yost also expressed a concern that the directors hadn't been given an appropriate chance to respond. "It's disheartening to work really hard for years and then have your name dragged through the mud," he said. He said the article, which included accusatory comments from the recall committee members, upset him because he was not asked for a response. One reason some community members are dissatisfied with the board members is the $625,000 embezzlement that occurred under their direction over the course of several years. Formey general manager Leanna Moore was convicted of the crime in September. "It was a sophisticated attempt and we were busy with other things," Yost said of the embezzlement. District Attorney David Hollister, who prosecuted Moore's case, has also commented on the sophisticated nature of the crime. The recall petitions for each director list 11 bullet points, reasons to recall him or her. Some of the concerns are that the board members ignored counsel from the 2006-07 grand jury pointing out red flags in their financials, and neglected to verify financial records or state-mandated audit reports from the general manager. Members of the recall .... 0f choral a!aff instrumental committee have said they performances along with disagree the crime was sophisticated, and that they think the board should have known about the theft. The recall petitions are for board members Jane Braxton Little, Mike Yost and Brad Smith. 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Photo by Kyle Norderer sing returns YOUR The 45th annual Christmas carol singing by Courthouse Community Sing all in attendance. will take place at 2 p.m. The master of ceremonies Sunday, Dec. 14, at the will be David Hollister; courthouse in Quincy. the song leader will be This well-loved community John Probst. This event event features a combination is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Quincy. ;1 Dinner to Benefit QHS Ski Team Salad, Bread, Beverage & Dessert (To-go Orders Available) 497 Lawrence St., Quincy k '12 per adult / 1 *5 per child 12 and under Pay at the door HEALTH OR FLEX SPENDING ACCOUNT Before it expires at the end of the year. 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