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  • Quick fix: A plumbing problem is forcing the Plumas Unified School District to move its headquarters to the former probation building.
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Supervisors agree to fill several vacant positions

  Plumas County supervisors were in the mood to say “yes” May 7 and approved several requests to fill vacant positions.

  Social Services Director Elliott Smart received approval to hire a benefits assistance counselor, a social worker, an office assistant and a staff services analyst.

  When the board members learned that all of the positions were fully funded, they approved the request with no discussion.

  Mental Health Director Kimball Pier asked the board to fill two vacant positions in her department. Since those positions — a fiscal and technical services assistant and a mental health therapist — were also fully funded, the board granted that request without discussion as well.

  The board also approved a request from the public works department to allow one of its employees a work week of 10 hours a day four days a week.

  The supervisors also approved a request by Lori Beatley of the probation department to transfer money within her department to cover salaries.

Every 15 Minutes

  The board became more animated when discussing a request from Sheriff Greg Hagwood to accept $9,999 from the California Highway Patrol to stage Every 15 Minutes at Quincy High School.

  The two-day program, which challenges high school students to think about the horrendous consequences that can result from drinking and driving, rotates between Plumas County communities.

  “This needs to be done every single year at every high school,” Supervisor Kennedy said, adding that it “drives the message home.”

  Hagwood said that he agreed with Kennedy’s sentiment and that holding the events every year at each high school would be preferable to the four-year cycle.

  Board Chairman Terry Swofford suggested that the video shot during the event be shown at the high school until a new event is held.

Cost for GIS

  The county will now charge for geographic information system services at a rate of $68 per hour.

  Planning Director Randy Wilson presented a new fee schedule to the supervisors for their approval.

  The resolution adopted by the board reads in part “the County wishes to recover a reasonable portion of the costs associated with development, maintenance, and dissemination of GIS data to reduce the cost burden on other County funds.”

  Hard copy maps will range in cost from $5 to $14 and information presented on a compact disc or DVD will cost $16.

Appointments

  To the Health Insurance Advisory Committee, the supervisors appointed Public Health Director Mimi Hall and Auditor/Controller Roberta Allen; as well as retired county employee Ernie Eaton; Liz Cortez, representing the confidential employees; Mike Grant, representing the Sheriff’s Association; and Jim Boland, representing a government agency.

  The board also appointed Cindy Harrell to the Area 2 board of directors for the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Jeff Watson to serve on the Greenhorn Community Services District board of directors.

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