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rr /*~" TM Servin8 Quincy and Surroundin8 Areas Since 7866 # Members of Johny Mc- Donald's string orches- tra played for court- house employees as they enjoyed their annu- al potluck luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 18, at noon. McDonakl lead her musicians through a vs- dew of son PhOtoS by Met If i By t/Ictorla Metcalf Pearson was in the middle of Staff Walter it all along," Beatty said Three members of the about the real reason behind Plumas-Sierra County Fair Clements' dismissal. "B.J. Board of Directors resigned said that if I kept my mouth Dec. 19. A fourth will submit shut (about some things) he'd his resignation in February, come to the board and talk to and a fifth is still considering the board in closed session." it. That never happened, Beat- Vacancies will be filled by ty said. members of the board of su- In a resignation letter Beat- pervisors in Plumas County ty submitted to Don Clark, according to districts, and chairman of the Plumas Sierra by the entire board. County Board of Supervisors, President of the board for he said, "I considered it an the past year, Mike Beatty, honor to take over for my fa- was the first to submit his ther (Hal Beatty) who loved resignation, the fair very much." "I'm leaving the board and "My dad believed Just as I there are a few of us that do that the fair board is the are," Beatty said about his body that is closest to the op- decision, eration and should be al- In the last "go-round" with lowed to oversee the fair and the'board of supervisors related activities," Beatty when they terminated an at- stated. will contract with former "His frustrations with the Chief Executive Officer Mike CAO (County Administrative Clements, Beatty said "the Officer) and the board of su- process stunk." pervisors are very much And that began with the alive today as I prepare to fair board's own members, leave this board," Beatty con- Beatty said. "I know (supervisor) B.J. See Resigns, page 12A By Victoria the Jan. 8 meeting of the Staff Writer board of supervisors. Despite talk of cooperation He said he would llke to get from all factions of the input from the fair board and P1umas-Sierra County Fair then take that to the supervi. Board, tension continued In sors. the Dec. 19 meeting, showing At this point, the board has up In several key votes, not discussed tim interim all- County Administrative Of- rector and an announcement ricer (CAO) Bob Conen was seeking a new CEO hasn't present---along with supervi, been drafted. sors Don Clark and Ken Nel- Fair board president Mike son--to discuss the board of Beatty said he knew the supervisors' hiring position board was already contacting for a new chief executive offi- individuals to see if they're cer (CEO) at the fair. interested in applying for the Former CEO Mike CEO position. At least one of Clements was relieved of his those contacts was made be- duties by a 32 vote of the fore the board of supervisors board of supervisors Dec. 4, had terminated Clements. In despite a majority vote of the fact, he was In that Indlvidu- fair directors to retain him. ars office at the time the su- With all fair directors pre- pervisor made the call, creat- sent except Bill Rouse, who ing at best an awkward situa- had an excused medical ab- tion. sence, Conen attempted to ex- Director Leonard Ross said plain the county's position in that, in the past, the fair appointing an Interim direc, board had been responsible tor and eventually hiring a for screening applicants and new CEO. then taking their recommen- Conen said the best time to make a decision would be at See Dissension, page New Year's early deadline Due to the upcoming at noon. Fourth of July holiday, all Display advertising is due Feather Publishing offices by Wednesday, Dec. 26 at will be closed Wednesday, noon. July 4. This will affect the Legal advertising is due by deadlines for the newspaper. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at noon. Deadlines are set as fol- News releases/letters are lows for the Jan. 2 edi- due by Thursday, Dec. 27, at 5 tlon: p.m. Real estate displays are Classified ads are due by due by Wednesday, Dec. 26, Friday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m. Plumas basketball teams clash. See page 1C. Page 10B Page 8B Gardner talks about engine, religion and other issues. See page lB. Classifieds: Page 2D Letters: Page 9B nlil Architects are skeptical that facility can be built for that By Dave Keller Lusso said most buildings Departments housed in the stud wall framing or metal Staff Wnter of this type typically cost building would Include social stud wall framing, Lusso The new courthouse annex from $8.3 million in many services, mental health, alco- said. will cost at least $6.5 million, communities to $10.4 million hol and drug, veterans af-But construction costs according to the architect's in San Francisco." fairs, public health and envi- would increase--up to $7.35 latest draft of the project."This project is extremely ronmental health, million--as the quality of the While the cost is close to ambitious in terms of the For many years, those era-planned building materials what the county has been cost," Lusso said. ployees have worked in theimproves. prepared to pay for the 52,000- Last week, Lusso addressed existing annex, which is in In any case, the project square.foot project, officials the Plumas County Board of decay and seen as unsafe, would emphasize what Lusso admit it will be a challenge to Supervisors about the de- Under the current plan, the called a "clear and straight- build it for that price, signs for the project, new building would open inforward approach." The Plumas County Board The supervisors did not the spring of 2004, but Lusso Lusso is recommending a of Supervisors and county comment on the project, but put forth a plan that shows a pitched roof, which would staffers limited the project agreed to discuss it further finished product by springhelp ease snow build-up on costs to $125 per square foot next month. 2003. the building. or less, and the architects Lusso said that building Lusso said the supervisorsThe supervisors, who are have toiled to do it. costs are at a low today, help- will have their choice of four facing increasing pressure to "Doing this for $120 to $125 ing the county to meet itsalternatives for the building,, put up the new building as a square foot is hard," said cost projections, including one with a fiat roof soon as possible, are expected Michael Lusso, the project ar- As proposed, the building and one with a pitched roof. to make a decision on the fl- chitect. "We'll need to be dis- would house 168 county em-The board also can choose nal design of the building ciplined to pull this off." ployees, between projects with woodwithin six weeks.