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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 7A HELP, from page 1A adding more people as long as they're needed and afforded?" Kennedy asked his fellow supervisors. "And they are providing the service," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall added. Livingston will work with the human resources department to begin the recruitment process. The board did not discuss the possibility of contracting work out to therapists rather than hiring additional employees, as recommended by the Kemper report. Put the brakes on Livingston's request to purchase 16 new vehicles -- nine to accommodate the new employees and seven to replace existing vehicles -- was put on hold. "Does every therapist need their own car?" Kennedy asked Livingston. "Case managers live out of their cars," he responded, and stressed the importance of having safe transportation not only for his staff, but for the people they transport. While employees can be reimbursed for mileage if they use their own cars, Livingston said he prefers that they drive one of the department's vehicles. The list included several all-wheel-drive vehicles, two caged vans, three additional vans, a truck and nine sets of winter tires, totaling $456,475. "There's no doubt that we live in a county that is diverse and geographically challenged," Supervisor Thrall said, but she prefers a more countywide approach to purchasing vehicles. "I wouldn't say 'no,' I just wish we could take a broader approach," she said. Thrall acknowledged that it's the department heads' responsibility to present their wish lists, but it's the supervisors' duty to make decisions with the entire county in mind. For example, during the discussion, Livingston discussed his need to have two caged vans, which are required when an individual is being transported to a hospital. While the need to transport two individuals simultaneously is rare, it's possible. In the past, Livingston has borrowed the probation department's caged van. "Ourshas over 100,000 miles on it," said Probation Chief Dan Prince from the audience. That's an example of how vehicles could be pooled, but Thrall acknowledged that having a central vehicle pool is not easy. Kennedy didn't want the board to become bogged down in the merits of the vehicle purchases. "Let's get staff first, vehicles second," he said. "But prioritize ones that are really needed. I would suggest that we set aside this item; we can get a car quicker than a therapist." As for the other items -- workstations and new' equipmefit -- the board told Livingston they were a function of running his office. Additional office space in the outlying areas, as well as in Quincy, would be addressed as opportunities became available. Q, from page 1A The Pinelli Band, 9'.30 p.m., Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. For information: 283-9788. Sunday: 45th annual Courthouse Community Sing, 2 p.m., courthouse. Combination of choral, instrumental performances, group Christmas carol singing sponsored by Soroptimist International of Quincy. Wednesday, Dec. 17: Holiday Storytime and Gift-Making Workshop, 3 - 5 p.m., Plumas County Library bt 445 Jackson St. Free; open to ages 5 and up. For information: 283-6310. Spaghetti dinner fundraiser, 5 - 7:30 p.m., Moon's Restaurant at 497 Lawrence St. Salad, bread, beverage, dessert benefits Quincy High School ski team. To-go orders available, $12 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Pay at the door. TORLAKSON, from page 1A showed Torlakson the ins and outs of the 3-D printer the school acquired for educational purposes. Torlakson took with him a trinket in the shape of California with Plumas County cut out of it as a souvenir. "You have a different set of challenges here, but you're being creative," said Torlakson after the tour. 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