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8A Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 Feather River Bulletin | Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plumasnews.com "Just silliness," is how building industry consultant Harry Moos described a Graeagle Fire Protection District special meeting, and the board's behavior, Dec. 4. The meeting's agenda listed a closed session to "address request for information on annexations" submitted by Feather Publishing for public documents pertaining to the district's demand for a $250,000 "cash, up-front" buy-in annexation fee from Feather River Inn's owners, the Schomac Group. Feather Publishing featured a story about the annex fee in the Nov. 26 editions ,of several of its newspapers. Surrounded by numerous uniformed volunteer firefighters, Graeagle officials called the recent meeting to order, It ultimately resulted in the following: --Board Chairman John Sciborski called on public and media attendees to verbally identify themselves, and print their names on an attendance list. --GFPD directors tabled the closed session when Brown Act violation issues were raised by Feather Publishing. --Another closed meeting was approved for district officials to convene privately with their attorney on "how to respond to Feather Publishing." --It was agreed that board members should contact Feather Publishing's owner and managing editor "to let (them) know what our side of the story is" and not the "story of lies" published Nov. 26. --A motion was approved for district officials to inform the Local Agency Formation Commission they need to provide the public documents requested by Feather Publishing, instead of GFPD. --Graeagle officials called the Feather Publishing reporter covering the story a liar, biased and responsible for creating "tension between the Welcome Back! Janet Thompson, NP Janet Thompson has returned to the rural health clinic at Plumas District Hospital. Janet specializes in women's health and sees patients on Wednesdays in the North Fork Family Medicine Building. Call for your appointment - 283-5640. "This is Mayberry FPD. We got Barney Fife showing up with his bullet in his pocket." Harry Moos Consultant to the Building Industry district and its community" as well as causing lost revenue to a local restauran owned by GFPD Chief Ed Ward because she wrote the article. --That reporter's questions were cut off, while other meeting attendees were allowed to comment and ask questions freely without time limitations. "We adjourn," said Sciborski, aware that Feather Publishing's remaining questions were neither asked nor answered. "Bye-bye." "The board is in charge of this discussion," added Ward. Following the meeting, Moos said he was "amazed" and disappointed in the board's behavior. DI$TRICT HOSPITAL "This is Mayberry FPD," he said. "We got Barney Fife showing up with his bullet in his pocket. Having the fire volunteers in there was just silly. They have taken this way too far." Moos was instrumental in the passage of Assembly Bill 1600 back in 1987. The legislation requires local agencies to establish a link between the fees being exacted, and the needs created by developments looking to annex into a fire district. The resulting process is commonly referred to as an AB 1600 fee justification study, which must be followed by other procedures including public notification, pubic hearings, approvals and establishing ordinances prior to the fee being exacted. "I worked with the California Building Association on getting AB 1600 passed in 1987 for the simple issue that fire districts and cities and counties were trying to get fees far and above what is reasonable," said Moos. "With the economy in slow mode I would think the board of the GFPD would want to get this developer a fee that is reasonable and tied to real costs." Jim Ewert, general counsel of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, also questioned the board's behavior, as well as its misinterpretations of public information regulations. "Take a walk through the Brown Act," he suggested. To start, Ewert said local agencies cannot require the public to register, provide any other information . uch as self-identification, or fulfill any condition for meeting attendance. If an attendance list is circulated, it musthave not answered Feather clearly state that the signing, Publishing's requests in a registering or completion of timely manner -- or at all. A the document is voluntary, verbal request for evidence of At the beginning of the an AB 1600 fee justification board's meeting, Sciborski study and what other instructed attendees to developers have paid in verbally identify themselves annexation fees was requested and a sign-in sheet was also during the board's Nov. 20 circulated for the same meeting. purpose. It did not state that Moreover, a written request signing was voluntary, for additional public records "We identify ourselves was submitted Dec. 3, per the here," he said. district's stipulation, even Ewert also said GFPD may though written requests not call a closed session unless are not required by law. it involves anticipated or .... Those requests have not pending litigation. Furthermore, GFPD officials See Board, page 9A CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF de minimis SECTION 4(F) DETERMINATION FOR THE YELLOW CREEK BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT LOCATED ON STATE ROUTE 70 IN PLUMAS COUNTY WHAT'S BEING PLANNED PROJECT The California Department of LOCATION Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is proposing to replace the Yellow Creek Bridge on State Route 70, located near the community of Belden in Plumas County. The bridge has extensive and on-going maintenance concerns, and does not meet current standards for width (lane width and roadway shoulders) and seismic stability. The proposed project would include removal of the existing Yellow Creek Bridge and construction of a new, single span bridge on the same alignment as the existing bridge. Bridge construction would require temporarily diverting stream flow through the project site in order to install rock slope protection along the banks of Yellow Creek and the Feather River. The proposed project would also include replacement of existing culverts, installation of a new down drain west of the new bridge, grading, tree and vegetation removal, relocation of buried utility vaults, and right of way acquisition. The proposed project would encroach on the base floodplain. at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum 700 Western Pacific Way near Old Town Portola For more information, visit www.wplives.org or call Debra Baer at 530-832-0819 The Safety Roadside RestArea facilities and parking adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail, Indian Springs Trail, and the Yellow Creek Trail would not be available during construction. The trails will remain open to pedestrian and equestrian use; alternate parking will be available nearby. Construction is anticipated to begin during the summer of 2017 and will require two years to complete. WHY THIS NOTICE Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966, as amended, allows approval of a transportation project that uses lands protected by Section 4(f) if there is no feasible alternative and the project includes planning to minimize impacts. Because the project area includes resources that are considered to be historic properties and/or recreational, the project is subject to Section 4(f). Projects with minimal impacts may be determined de minimis without analyzing alternatives. Caltrans has studied the effects of the proposed bridge replacement project as they relate to Section 4(f) and has determined that the project would result in de minimis findings. A discussion of the findings can be found in the Section 4(f) de minimis Determination for the Yellow Creek Bridge Replacement Project document prepared for this project.. WHERE YOU COME IN You are invited to review the Section 4(0 de minimis Determination document. A printed copy of the document can be found during business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the Caltrans District Office located at 1657 Riverside Drive in Redding, and at the project site. A copy of the Section 4.(f) document is also available on Caltrans' website at www.dot.ca.govldist3/departments/envinternetlenvdoc.htm. The comment period for the Section 4(f) document begins on December 8, 2014, and ends on January 5, 2015.Comments should be submitted in writing to California Department of Transportation, Attention: Christopher Quiney, North Region Office of Environmental Mgmt., MS-30,-1657 Riverside Drive, Redding, CA96001. You may also submit comments via e-mail to Chris.Quiney~dot.ca.gov._ For individuals with disabilities, we will provide assistive services such as assistive listening devices, sign-languag interpreting, real-time captioning, note-takers reading or writing assistance or training/meeting materials in Braille, | large print, on audiocassette, or on computer disk. To obtain such services or copies in one of these a/ternate formats, | please call or write, a minimum or 20 working days prior to the public review end date, to request these reasonable | modifications: Department of Transportation, Attn: Equal Employment Opportunity Officer,| l:l'l~iA 1657Riverside Drive, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 225-3163 Voice, TTY 711 | Saturdays December 6th, 13th & 20th 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Admission: $5.00 + 3 cans of nonperishable food per car load or $10.00 per car load to Benefit EPCAN, the Porto/a Food Pantry ~ Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Parents, bring your cameras! 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