TEXT_SIZE
Please update your Flash Player to view content.

Fairground blows a fuse, literally

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
1/19/2011

Fair Manager John Steffanic recently told the Plumas County Board of Supervisors (BOS) the majority of the fairgrounds is currently without power or heat because of an electrical problem that could cost between $50,000 and $150,000 to fix.

“Monday morning we came in and we had full power in the administration building, half power in most of the other buildings,” Steffanic told the board during the public comment section of a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 11.

The fair manager said PG&E’s equipment extended to a pole in the parking lot, while most of the electrical infrastructure inside the fairgrounds was county-owned.

He explained there were high-voltage lines underground with an expected lifetime of 25 years, but on most of them “we’re pushing 50.”

Steffanic reported that “something blew” in a vault under Old Town.

“We opened it up; it was scorched. A fire occurred inside there, fused wires together, and blew a 40-amp breaker.

“Those are those big, heavy-duty things; it probably sounded like a shotgun when it went off.”

The manager said high-voltage lines and equipment were very expensive and an electrician required a special certification to work on them. He told the board there was around 500 feet of wire that had to be replaced.

Steffanic said power was restored to the Head Start building but the rest of the complex was down.

He added that maintenance staff was draining water from various areas to avoid freezing if the weather changed.

Steffanic concluded his report by telling the supervisors he would be investigating funding options for the repairs, but wasn’t extremely hopeful given the state’s economic situation.

 

Update

In a telephone conversation Friday, Jan. 14, Steffanic reported he located a vendor in Reno that would be submitting an estimate for “probably less than $50,000” later in the day.

Steffanic estimated the repair would take about five days once he received approval from the supervisors to proceed. He hoped to be on the agenda for the Tuesday, Jan. 18, board meeting for emergency approval.

The fair administration and Head Start buildings have power but the rest of the fairgrounds is still shut down. Serpilio Hall can be powered by generator if necessary.

Although community group meetings held at the fairgrounds would have to change the location of or postpone their meetings, no revenue-generating events were facing cancellation.

Chief Administrative Officer Jack Ingstad was out of town at press time and unavailable for comment.

 

Additional reporting by Staff Writer Mo
Move
-

Sports Headlines

Top Headline

FRC rodeo to open arena for anyone brave enough

FRC rodeo to open arena for anyone brave enough

This cowboy holds on for dear life during last year’s saddle bronc riding portion of the rodeo clinic at Feather River College. For the third year, FRC’s rodeo...

Read More...

New class plans paddle fest

New class plans paddle fest

Quincy locals try out some human-powered boats at last year’s Plumas Paddle Fest, presented by the Outdoor Recreation Leadership program of Feather River College....

Read More...

Fishing Report for the week of 4/18/2014

Fishing Report for the week of 4/18/2014

Robert Paulson, of Meadow Valley, holds up the 23-pound Mackinaw he caught at Bucks Lake on April 6. Photo submitted Michael Condon Staff Writer 4/18/2014Read More...

Contact Us
up_contact

BarberBtn

KennedyBtn

Facebook Image
Local Events

National Headlines

Auto Parts
CanyonMotorsButton
Moving and Storage
LassenNews.com
Yellow Page Directory
Yellow Pages
Advertise with us
Dining Guide
PlumasDiningCoverWeb
Visitors Guide
"); pageTracker._trackPageview(); } catch(err) {}