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Citizens speak out during supervisors’ meeting

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

    A number of citizens spoke out during the public comment portion of the Plumas Board of Supervisors’ meeting Sept. 10.

    Quincy resident Nansi Bohne supports the idea of live streaming of the board’s meetings.

   “I’m here to tell you how excited I am about Sherrie Thrall’s suggestion,” Bohne said. “I want to be on record to say, ‘Go for it!’

    Thrall said she wants to provide live coverage of board meetings so that county residents in outlying communities can watch the board in action.

    Greenville resident Todd Anderson asked the supervisors to complete a new census and change the supervisor district boundaries accordingly.

    “There’s 535 voters that are a whole mountain range away from Indian Valley,” Anderson said.

 Anderson was referring to District 2, which has morphed from including Indian Valley and the Feather River Canyon to now encompassing areas that were traditionally part of District 5: Cromberg, Sloat and Greenhorn, as well part of Quincy.

    Anderson accused District 5 Supervisor Jon Kennedy of lobbying for the changes before he took office as a supervisor.

    “I do want to clarify something,” Kennedy said when Anderson had finished his remarks. “If I had my way, I would have kept Sloat and Cromberg.”

    Graeagle resident Mark Mihevc asked the supervisors to deny a rate increase for InterMountain Disposal, the garbage service provider for the eastern portion of the county.

    InterMountain Disposal and Feather River Disposal are guaranteed a rate of return, which Mihevc said the former could achieve without a rate increase if it removed equipment costs from expenditures.

    Indian Valley resident Heather Kingdon invited the supervisors to a Sept. 28 meeting at the fairgrounds. Defend Rural America will focus on the Endangered Species Act, with some mention of the general plan. The meeting begins at 10 a.m.

Sheriff’s department

    The sheriff’s department will continue to provide law enforcement to the city of Portola for a $75,000 annual fee.

    Sheriff Greg Hagwood told the supervisors that his department has had the contract for the past three years and that this “is very much in keeping with prior arrangements.

    A correctional officer at the county jail will be promoted to sergeant, following a resignation.

    Hagwood said that he had a list of candidates and “that any of them would be a good choice.”

    The supervisors authorized Hagwood to continue administering the Homeland Security Grant, which is $68,239 this year.

    Historically the money has been used to modernize public safety communication equipment, and the sheriff said this year would be no different.

    Most of the funding will be used to replace mountaintop repeaters, add microwave links for repeater control and also add network equipment to maintain security for the systems.

Vehicles for sale

    Plumas County will be auctioning off 24 county vehicles that are described as “well broken in” by Facility Services Director Dony Sawchuk.

    The mixture of four-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive vehicles average about 150,000 miles.

    Sawchuk said he was proud of his employees who were able to get most of the vehicles operational, even those that previously had been labeled “not running.”

    The vehicles will be auctioned off either locally via sealed bid or online. Most of the vehicles are now being stored behind the former probation department building in East Quincy.

    More details of the auction will be released when they become available.

    Supervisor Lori Simpson thanked Sawchuk for handling the issue, noting that she had received complaints from constituents about the number of county vehicles that filled local parking lots.

Tax specialist position

    The board authorized Assessor Chuck Leonhardt to hire a property tax specialist, who will be responsible for changing title, valuing boats and interacting with customers.

    Leonhardt told the supervisors that the position is critical to his office to avoid incurring major backlogs.


    Mental Health Director Kimball Pier received approval to extend extra-duty stipends for 60 days for some of her employees, but the supervisors encouraged her to hire more staff.

    Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said that when employees take on extra duties “every once in awhile that’s one thing,” but when it becomes routine, then the situation should be addressed.



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