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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Deputy shooting fallout: The children of a Portola man who was shot and killed at Eastern Plumas Health Care last year are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
  • The trout must go: The state is planning to pull all of the brook trout out of a Plumas County lake in order to protect the yellow-legged frog.
  • Inspections delayed: Cal Fire was scheduled to begin property inspections this week, but decided to wait until the public could better understand what the inspectors are doing.

Board tackles host of topics from hauling sludge to changing hours

  The Plumas County Board of Supervisors began its June 4 meeting with a packed agenda and a full boardroom for most of the day.

  Supervisors considered a host of items from honoring a public works department employee, which drew in many members of the road department crew, to discussing next year’s budget, which attracted most of the county’s department heads.

Fair money

  The Plumas-Sierra County Fair has something to celebrate — $36,000 from the California Department of Fairs & Exhibitions.

  Fair Manager John Steffanic said that $21,000 would be used for maintenance and repairs and the remainder he hoped to use to put in his fund balance to be used at a later date.

Probation hours

  The Plumas Board of Supervisors agreed to change the hours that the probation department is open to the public at the request of Lori Beatley, the acting chief probation officer.

  Instead of being open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the department will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with the last hour of each day devoted to data entry.

  “The reason for this request is to assist the front office staff as well as the probation officers to complete vital work without constant interruptions,” Beatley wrote in her presentation to the board.

  Beatley explained that the department staff is working with a new case management system, which is an asset in terms of recording information, but is time-consuming.

  She said she realized that other departments face the same dilemma, but they must be available to the general public. Her department serves a more specific clientele who are required to make appointments.

Time for a raise

  Home health workers will soon be getting a raise, albeit a small one — 25 cents per hour.

  The supervisors, acting as the In-Home Supportive Services governing board, raised the hourly pay rate from $8.56 per hour to $8.81 per hour if approved by the state’s Department of Social Services.

Road worker needed

  The supervisors authorized Public Works Director Bob Perreault to fill a vacancy in the road department created by a retirement.

In it for the long haul

  Plumas Sanitation will now be allowed to haul its processed sludge material directly to the Lockwood Landfill, instead of using InterMountain Disposal.

  Public Works Director Bob Perreault said that Ricky Ross of InterMountain Disposal agreed to the request and that the proposal had been reviewed by Environmental Health Director Jerry Sipe.

  The supervisors also approved the $25 fee per delivery that Perreault suggested should be charged to Plumas Sanitation. The permit will be in effect for five years.

General plan timeline

  Planning Director Randy Wilson announced that the planning commission plans to host a public hearing July 11 on the final environmental impact report for the county’s new general plan.

  The meeting will be held at the fairgrounds to accommodate the crowd that is anticipated to attend. The document will be posted on the planning department’s website June 26 for the public to review.


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