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2A Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Longtime EQSD board member Peay resigns Laura Beaten Staff Writer I beaton@plurnasnews.com There was an empty place at the East Quincy Services Dis- trict board meeting Dec. 11. Bill Peay, who served on the board for about 20 years, wrote in a brief letter to the board that he "regretfully" must re- sign due to health reasons. Peay went on to say that he has enjoyed working on the board with the various board members and staff. Board members said they were sorry to see him go. They decided to wait until the new year to recruit and appoint a replacement board member. The board elected new offi- cers for the 2013 year. Ernie Eaton was elected chairman and Greg Margason vice chairman. Their duties will start in January. Plumas Unified School Dis- trict asked EQSD for a re- duced water and sewer rate for Pioneer Elementary School. The school sits empty since its students have moved to Quincy Elementary and is used very rarely for meetings. The board voted to reduce the rate, contingent upon Quincy Community Services District reducing their corre- sponding wastewater collec- tion rate. The district is reviewing its "snowbird" policy after gen- eral manager David Edwards brought the matter before the board. Edwards said it was costing the district money to keep 05 fering the services currently in place, and proposed a less- er rate reduction for "snow- birds," residents who leave in the winter for several months. , Elwards also reported the purchase of a used service truck from Plumas Glass +for $1,700. The former general' manager's truck was de- stroyed by a falling tree a cou- ple years ago and had not been replaced. Edwards told the board about a dispute with the Plumas-Sierra County Fair- grounds over a bill for $5,169.18 for sod replacement and other damages incurred during EQSD's CIP-Fair- grounds Loop Project this past summer. The district's engineer, Dan Bastian, explained that the contractor who initially did the work failedto adhere to the job's specifications and left a 12-foot'swath of bare dirt and destroyed grass in- stead of the 2-foot strip al- lowed in the contract. However, fairgrounds staff signed off on the work done, saying it was good enough. But High Sierra Music Fes- tival officials did not agree, and wanted the area repaired before their festival began in early July. Because of the short time- frame, fairgrounds staff or- dered the materials and got the job done without consulting the district, Bastian said, and therefore the district is not legally liable for the expense. Additionally, Bastian said he did not receive a formal bill from the fairgrounds un- til Nov. 21. Edwards said fair manag- er John Steffanic refused a recent compromise offer made by EQSD to pay for fairground staff's labor ($844.71) and split the re- maining bill. The board members ac- knowledged it was a sticky situation and said they could see both sides. They directed Edwards to research the mat- ter further. The finance report was giv-. en and approved. The next board meeting is sched*uled for Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Take your pick and Subscribe Today Reno e-Journal USA Today New York Times Delivered to your doorstep These newspapers are also available in newsstands throughout the region Email: mynewspaper@ymaiI.com or call . 530-927-7030 Assistant Chief Tom Forster receives theFire Instructor of the Year Award on Dec. 8. Back, from left: Chief Bob Frank, Chief David Schmid, Capt. Bill Robinson, Deputy Chief David Windle and Chief Thomas Hansen. Front, from left: Julie and Sneakers Cassou, Fire Chief Ed Ward (Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association president), Forster and Chief Robbie Cassou. Forster earns fire instructor award This year's recipient of the Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association "Chief Robbie Cassou Fire Instructor of the Year Award" is Assistant Fire Chief Tom Forster. The award was presented to him at the Chiefs Association. meeting Saturday, Dec. 8. Forster comes from a long family line of firefighters spanning five generations. He holds two associate degrees from College of Matin, one in physical sciences and the oth- er in fire science. He earned his bachelor's degree from Cal State University Chico in 1983. In 1993 he completed his master's degree in human re- sources and resource devel- opment at the University of San Francisco. Forster serves as an ad- junct instructor for the Mon- terey Peninsula College fire technology program and is a master instructor for the Cal- ifornia State Fire Marshal's Office. While working for Lucas- film Ltd. over the last quar- ter-century he has held many titles including director of community relations, direc- tor of operations and facili- ties and fire chief at Sky- walker Ranch. In 2006 he was appointed to the position of assistant fire chief of the Plumas Eureka Volunteer Fire Department. "Though a relative new.- comer to the Plumas County Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association meeting attendees gather in honor of the presentation of the Fire Instructor of the Year Award. Photos courtesy Plurnas County Fire Chiefs ASsociation fire services," said Fire Chief Robbie Cassou in pre- senting the award, "he has made an enormous impact on us all." "He has been an invaluable asset to the Plumas County ChiefsAssociation where he now serves as treasurer. He has introduced us to, and de- veloped, our organization's strategic plan. He has helped record our county's past, giv- ing us a clear view of where we are as an organization to- day as well as a unified vi- sion of our direction for the future. "Through his 'leading from behind' style, he has brought it:+ *  Buy 1 Gt t'f Certificate, ' i Get I FREE Massage! SushanaMassage ! ._+:   : us closer together as an asso- ciation and given us a sense of ownership in our collective future "As an instructor, this year's recipient is unsur- passed in his abilities. His selfless devotion to his stu- dents and the betterment of the fire service has been an inspiration to us allY Forster has brought class- es and instructors to Plumas County communi- ties, and also recently taught a Level 1 fire instruc- tors' series in Graeagle, dur- ing which participants put in more than 136 hours of classroom time. "W.e all know how much of a commitment this means to the instructor," said Cassou. "But as usual he went above and beyond the call of duty. Throughout the class students +. would invariably miss a day of class. This instructor, in the midst of his own relent- less schedule, would find time to give makeup days to these students to make sure they would succeed. "We took the class once, he taught it twice." Forster ensured that all profits from the class went to the Fire Chiefs Association. "To me this man has been a mentor, a giver of hope and clarity when times are at their toughest," contin- Ued Cassou. "He has served as a barometer for me to help me making decisions that serve the greater good. Most of all he has been a true friend." The award was presented on behalf of local fire officials and the Plumas County Fire Chiefs Association. 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