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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 9A BOARD, from page 8A been fulfilled. District officials also told Feather Publishing that public documents could not be copied or taken out of the building, and that their attorney would have to be present anytime public documents were viewed, at a time scheduled at his convenience. "We don't have a timeline as to when we're responding to all of this," said Sciborski. "Nor do we have to declare if we'll be providing it." Not true, says Ewert. Under the law, public information -- !ncluding copies -- must be provided, upon request, to members of the public without delay. Ewert added that GFPD has no authority to insist its lawyer, or any district official, be present when viewing public documents. "They can't stand there looking over your shoulder to see what you're doing," he explained. In addition, Ward announced he wouldn't be providing a media-requested copy of the McMillan Study he originally cited as a substitute for an AB 1600 study drafted by the district's engineer. In response to a Nov. 20 request for a copy of the study, the fire chief said he only had one Copy of the study and couldn't make copies per board members' instructions. But, at the Dec. 4 meeting, Ward had a new reason for not making the report accessible: Ward said that Schomac paid for the study and that negates its public document status. "I can't release a report that's not mine," he said. "This is Schomac's report." Ewert had a different interpretation. "It's either a public document or it's not," he said. "Any document or record connected with the public business of the administration of public affairs is a public document." Schomac officials said the district requested reimbursement for the study several years ago, saying it was part of the annexation ,,., process and the developer should be responsible for the cost to help move the annexation along. Addressing the board chairman's silencing of a Feather Publishing reporter from asking questions at his discretion, Ewert said a public agency can't limit one person's questions and comments if it hasn't imposed a time limit in advance. If it has, all attendees must be allowed the same amount of time. Graeagle officials also said there was a conflict of interest with the reporter covering the story because of her relationship with a Schomac employee. However, participation of GFPD director Dan West, a major developer and entrepreneur in the area, was not considered a conflict of interest -- despite his role in determining other developers' annexation fees as part of his board duties. "I'm not positive that he's a conflict of interest," said Sciborski. "But, I'm going to guess not." Board members closed the meeting indicating there would be additional discussion regarding the release of public information during their next meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 18, at the district fire house located at 7620 Highway 89 in Graeagle. James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plu masnews.com How can event coordinators in Plumas County avoid unintentionally competing against one another? That was the topic of discussion at a roundtable meet-up of various county event organizers at the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 2. Audrey Ellis, the chamber's executive director, gathered together event coordinators from various organizations in the community. 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The biggest problem, according to the event coordinators, was double booking. They said often in Plumas County, too many events are planned for the same day, resulting in low attendance for all events. Ellis brought up a website that has been around for quite some time, but is underutilized, in her opinion -- plumasevents.com. The website, powered by Chamber Nation, lists all the events registered with Plumas Arts and all of the chambers of commerce in the county. Ellis urged everyone at the meeting to check the website for date availability and to submit their events the • moment they set a date. This will act like a reservation, Ellis said. Events on the website can be listed years in advance. According to Ellis, if all event organizers in the county use the site, there will be a lot more communication and a lot fewer scheduling conflicts. The next topic discussed was the Plumas County event-planning packet presented by the Quincy chamber. The packet presented was assembled to make it easier for first-time event planners to coordinate an event. Included in the packet are various forms event coordinators have to fill out from environmental health, California Alcoholic Beverage Control and public works. Also in the packet are samples of letters to the Board of Supervisors and different county departments, along with liability waivers for vendors and participants to sign. Tips on event planning are provided. Copies of the packet are currently available at the Quincy and Eastern Plums chambers of commerce. Ellis stated she plans to post an online version of the packet on plumasevents.com and the chamber websites soon. At the (Next to ClIP Office) Quincy Catch the Boy Scouts of America Quincy, California Troop #151 87 YEARS IN QUINCY! 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