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2A Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 Feather River Bulletin New screen for Town Hall Theatre goes missing James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com "How in the world you could 'lose' something that is 28 feet long and weighs 600 pounds defies reason,, said a i frustrated Roxanne Valladao, ' director of Plumas Arts, last Tuesday morning. Valladao was expecting the delivery of the new screen for the Town Hall Theatre later that day, but received word that morning that the screen apparently went missing during transit from Indiana, where it was manufactured. The screen was to be part i of the new digital projection 'system the Town Hall Theatre purchased after a huge fundraising effort that started in July. Over the last few years, studios have started : transitioning from producing :film copies of movies to i so!ely producing digital copies. In order for the Town Hall Theatre to stay viable, it had to raise $80,000 to purchase a new projection system that is compatible with the new digital format. Plumas Arts sent out a plea for help to the community, and the community ', responded. Within three "We're humorous and good-spirited about t i;. We know that eventually it will get here." Roxanne Valladao Director of Plumas Arts months the goal of $80,000 was met through donations and fundraisers and Valladao began shopping for a new system. The timing couldn't have been more appropriate. As fundraising progressed, it also became increasingly more difficult for Valladao to confirm movie arrivals at the Quincy theatre. As of November, she had to start scheduling movie show times on a week-by-week basis. Once the new system is in place, Valladao said she will have confirmation on show times far in advance, and will be able to produce a monthly calendar of movies at the theatre once again. The new screen was the first part of the new system scheduled for installation. Initially, the screen was scheduled for delivery Dec. 2. The manufacturer called Valladao and told her it would take one more week. Then, on the day of delivery, they informed her it might take a bit longer, because they had to find it first. "Well, it could almost be funny, or at least bordering on ridiculous, but the humor is wearing off," said an anxious Valladao. The next day, the Indiana manufacturer emailed Valladao with an update on the missing screen. "It was burned up in a truck-trailer fire outside Chicago," the email stated. The manufacturer then reassured Valladao that it constructed a new screen that will be on its way shortly. "We're humorous and good-spirited about this," Valladao later said on the delay. "We know that eventually it will get here." The last piece of the new system, the digital projector, is scheduled to be installed in the theatre Jan. 5, 2015. Thht is, unless it gets lost in the mail as well. Plumas Arts is tentatively scheduling "The Book of Life" as its first film to play on the new system Jan. 9. Valladao describes the film as a visual masterpiece that will showcase the capabilities of the new screen and projector. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from KQNY! KQNY sincerely appreciates your continued support during 2014. Please consider making an end of the year donation to KQNY. Visit www.kanv919.ora or mail a donation to P.O. Box 350, Quincy, CA 95971. We would not be on the air without your support! $26 i $3i TestJng aiso available at the following locations (call for lab hours): Graeagle Medical Clinic 530.836.1122 Loyalton Hospital 530'993.1231 Indian Valley Medical Clinic 530,284.6116 Payment due at time of service. Insurance will not be billed. You must be 18 years or older. Please fast for 12 hours prior toyour blood draw. These prices are for lab work only; office visits scheduled/billed separately. Districts approve joint effort to work toward compliance James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plumasnews.com Board members of East Quincy Services District and Quincy Community Services District made progress on bringing the wastewater treatment plant into compliance with state regulations by Unanimously approving an expense of $50,000 per district for an engineering study on maintenance needed on the plant. Members from both districts have been meeting regularly over the last year as a bidistrict wastewater rate committee. One goal of the standing committee was to figure out how to best deal with American Valley's wastewater. Initially, the committee reviewed two base methods for building a capital reserve into rates -- one based on depreciation of the wastewater treatment plant's components and a second based on a rolling five-year projection of expenses for costs not financed and costs financed by long-term loans. A problem the committee came across with the second method was that most lenders want to see a single signer rather than two districts. Short of blending the two districts, the best bet for the two districts in accomplishing this goal was to adopt mutual ordinances. Two resolutions were presented to both boards last week. The first, to use a five-year capital projection mechanism, was tabled for further discussion by both boards. The second, which requested $50,000 from each board for a study of the wastewater treatment plant, was passed unanimously. The study will help determine what costs will be associated with future endeavors to bring the plant up to code and receive a natiomll pollutant discharge elimination system permit from the Environmental Protection Agency. After the EQSD board unanimously passed the resolution based on the committee's recommendation during its regular meeting Dec. 9, EQSD legal counsel Robert Zernich objected to the resolution, stating it wasn't presented clearly enough on the agenda. The board scheduled a special meeting to revote on the resolution the morning of Dec. 11, 30 minutes before the QCSD board met. Between the two EQSD meetings, Zernich protested the resolution even further. According to EQSD director Bill Martin, Zernich believed that in terms of wastewater, EQSD was simply another customer of QCSD and shouldn't be charged additional fees. Martin disagreed. "East Quincy Services District is not just a customer, because other dustomers don't contain and maintain multimillion-dollar customers of their own," said Martin. Another concern of Zernich's was whether passing the resolution would be subject to Proposition 218, and require a public vote to pass. "I called our insurance company and asked them about that. They said unless it's going on our customers' bills, Prop 218 doesn't apply. This money will be pulled from our reserve," EQSD General Manager Mike Green told the board. For its second time within two days, the board voted on the resolution and it passed unanimously. Later in the morning, the QCSD board voted on the same resolution -- and also passed it unanimously. QCSD General Manager Larry Sullivan told the board he plans to call Pace Engineering to start the feasibility study soon. Customers will not see any changes on their bill due to the resolution. Next month, however, use of a five-year capital projection mechanism that would affect customers' bills will be discussed by both boards at their regular meetings. EQSD meets at 6:30 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month, while QCSD meets at 9" a.m. every second Thursday of the month. Letter to water control board In addition to passing the resolution to contribute $50,000 foi: an initial study, the EQSD board reviewed a letter Green composed to send to the Regional Water Quality Control Board. The letter states there have been questions over the years as to whether it would be cost effective for EQSD to build a treatment plant of its own or continue on with QCSD. Furthermore, the letter asks whether the RWQCB would even allow a second wastewater treatment plant in American Valley and allow deregionalization. "If you could give us a formal letter stating whether or not it is possible to separate, it could go a long way to unifying or separating these two districts. Right now EQSD is having a hard time trying to decide to join in with the costs to upgrade QCSD's plant or move in a different direction," the letter reads. "I believe that a letter from the board could help focus Quincy's efforts for the good of the community," Green continued in his letter. 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