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Page 8 Feather River Bulletin Year 2001 In Review Mandatory evacuations occurred in the River Roost Mobile Home Park, Hillcrest Drive, Miller Road, Cheney Creek Road and Hobo Camp Road areas as well as the entire unpaved part of South Street, paved South Street to West Street and South Lassen to Carroll Street. Schools were closed on Tuesday in the Susanville area because of the unhealth- ful conditions from smoke as well as evacuations. According to a spokesper- son for the Lassen National Forest, nearly 1,300 firefight- ers have been assigned to the fire, including 14 air tankers, 6 helicopters, 104 engines and more than three dozen crews. Officials say the fire started at about 3 p.m. Sunday seven miles west of Susanville and one mile south of Highway 36 in the Devils Corral area. Officials believe the fire was started by someone who was target shooting. According to the Forest Service, containment of the fire is not expected for several days due to the ample supply of dry fuel and weather con- ditions, which include 10- mile-per-hour winds and high temperatures. June 13 Facing a short construction season and a backlog of build- ing permit applications, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors hammered away at the problem during its Tuesday, June 12, meeting and approved some short- term solutions. The building department will offer a "pending permit" option, will limit public access to the plan checker, will restructure how plans are handled, and require 48- hour notice for some inspec- tions. A pending permit allows a contractor to begin construc- Bright holiday wishes from our staff JustTravel tion on a project before the plans are checked. McMorrow said this works best with simple structures, such as a garage. Pending permits won't be allowed on more complicated structures. McMorrow also said that public access to the plan checker will be limited to three hours per day: 8-9 a.m., one hour at midday, and from 4-5 p.m. This change will allow the plan checker to work uninter- rupted, McMorrow explained, and hopefully, this will result in a quicker turnaround of plans. Also, code compliance offi- cer Scott Howsden will begin making inspections. McMorrow said his goal is to produce "projects that will meet code and not fall down." He said there are four key areas that ensure a successful project: plans, plan checking, building, and inspection. The county is responsible for plan checks and inspec- tions. McMorrow said he heard suggestions that "we do less in plan check." But, he said, that means more work for the inspectors. The submission of accurate and complete plans would also help the turnaround time in the building department. McMorrow estimates that 40 percent of plans submitted have to be sent back. When those plans are changed and resubmitted, they come back in at the top of the priority list. McMorrow suggested that this procedure be changed. "I propose we make them go back to the bottom," McMorrow said. "That way we don't penalize others." McMorrow explained that more complicated structures frequently require repeated changes, and, because they simply return to the top of Photos by Victoria Metcalf Two major injuries and four minor injuries were reported when six teenagers were involved in a high-speed incident Wednesday, June 20, on Quincy Junction Road. Emergency personnel scrambled to assess injuries and load patients into ambulances as California Highway Patrol officers examined the scene and interviewed the vic- tims. The driver of the vehicle was arrested. the list, smaller projects are bogged down. Supervisor Don Clark said he was aware of several prob- lems with larger homes because the plans are more complicated. "The Frank Lloyd Wright house was a disaster," Clark said, referring to the struc- ture at Gold Mountain. The solutions that the supervisors approved are designed to speed the process for the short-term. Long- approaches for adopting new supervisorial district bound- aries, the plans are becoming more refined and are incorpo- rating the suggestions made by the supervisors. While the supervisors would like to preserve their districts as much as possible to minimize disruption for their constituents, some changes have to be made to balance the districts' popula- tion. District 2, the Indian Valley term, the building depart-and Canyon areas, represent- ment needs more employees,ed by Supervisor Robert but has not been successful in Meacher, must expand. Many recruiting additional help. Part of the problem is Plumas County's salary schedule--other counties offer higher pay rates. June 20 The Plumas County Board of Supervisors favors Nike-- not the athletic shoe, but rather, a new redistricting plan. As the July deadline of the earlier redistricting plans had District 2 encom- passing portions of the Sierra Valley. For many reasons, the supervisors have decided that is no longer a viable option and. instead, are focusing on the Lake Ahnanor area for District 2 expansion. At issue are the 595 peoplg who live in Hamilton Branch. Many of the plans divide Hamilton Branch, giving 291 of the residents to District 2, with the rest remaining in District 3, the area represent- / \ ed by Bill Dennison. Dennison has favor of keeping Branch in District 3 its community with Chester, the heart district. Board Chairman Don said, "Bill's (Dennison's munity of interest is Lake Almanor, but it's big." June 27 Despite a judge's that he wants more tion from the United Forest Service about cide use on Quincy Group (QLG) projects, continues in the forests. That's because U.S. Court Judge Lawrence Karlton has given the Service 120 days to the information. The decision came after the ronmental document pared by implement the QLG work challenged by for Alternatives to (CAT). Dave Peters, the local official charged with menting the QLG plan, he is forming a team to the supplemental mental impact required by the judge. Because the focus of environmental work is narrow, Peters antici will take a four-to-five- team to complete the and believes it will take to the 120 days allowed by judge. July 3 The Plumas County of Supervisors and ott local agencies have tried reform local government, they still face challenges. Those were among ings by the 2000-2001 County grand jury, whi released its year-end ishing you peace and happiness throughout this holiday season. and your kin. Second Tune Around Furmshings In the spirit of kindness and generosity, our best of wishes go to our valued customers. 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