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Sheriff, supervisors revisit reimbursement dilemma

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Subway sandwiches and Gatorade consumed the attention of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors during its Aug. 12 meeting.

Sheriff Greg Hagwood presented receipts for the food and beverages purchased for deputies during a marijuana garden investigation and eradication.

Auditor Roberta Allen said she couldn’t reimburse the expenditures without the supervisors’ authorization.

“We still don’t have a mechanism to address the expenditures,” Hagwood told the board, and added that he has appeared before the supervisors every time a similar operation is held.

“Is there anything we can do?” asked supervisor Lori Simpson.

Auditor Allen said that county policy would have to be changed, but worried about potential abuses by departments.

“I completely understand the need for checks and balances,” Hagwood said, but added that after more than four years, he and his department have a “pretty strong track record.”

The board voted to develop a policy specific to the sheriff that would give him the authority to spend up to a certain dollar amount each year for this type of expenditure without needing the supervisors’ approval.

New fee

At Sheriff Greg Hagwood’s request, the supervisors approved a $500 fee to be paid to the sheriff’s department when property annexations result in a change of fire protection jurisdiction.

“There is measurable expense attached to making the changes,” Hagwood said, of what’s required to update the 911 system. “These costs have to be incorporated as part of the annexation process.”

While the supervisors understood the request, they worried that it might dissuade some from seeking annexation.

“We would like to see consolidations,” Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said. “If we start piling on more and more fees, it could put a real damper on consolidations, so I have mixed emotions.”

“There needs to be something in place that’s equitable,” Hagwood said. “Ultimately, it puts community members and visitors at risk.”

If the information isn’t updated, then 911 calls can’t be dispatched properly.

“Most of this stems from my area,” said Supervisor Terry Swofford, who represents Portola and the Sierra Valley. “This is a good way of addressing it.”

His fellow supervisors agreed and voted unanimously to approve the new fee — the first block of 25 addresses would cost $500, with $248 for each additional block of 25 addresses.

New road department tool

Thanks to a grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the county’s public works department has a new tool in its arsenal — a Polaris Ranger utility terrain vehicle.

Public Works Director Bob Perreault told the board that the vehicle, with a purchase price of $24,298, would be purchased locally at DuPont Power Tools.

Perreault explained that the vehicle can travel on snow or revert to tires for summertime use. The road department will use it to assess the viability of roadways, but will also make it available to the sheriff in event of an emergency or to perform search and rescue operations.

Pay increase

In-home care providers will now be earning $9.50 per hour. The supervisors approved the 50-cent-per-hour increase, which will go into effect Oct. 1.

Following Sierra’s lead

The Sierra County Board of Supervisors is asking the 22 counties that encompass the Sierra Nevada to adopt local states of emergency because of the condition of the forest, which is choked with biomass, and the threat of severe fires.

Sierra County provided a draft resolution, which local officials will review and tailor to fit Plumas County before the supervisors consider it for adoption.

Road improvements

A 9.6-mile stretch of roadway from north of Beckwourth to an intersection in Clover Valley will soon be under construction.

The Federal Highway Administration, the Forest Service, Caltrans and Plumas County are coordinating the project, which will restore the roadway that serves as an access route from Beckwourth to Genesee or to Susanville.

Construction costs are estimated at $21 million, with the county’s match being the $206,000 it is paying for right-of-way acquisition.

What's up with Hagwood and the stanky sticky icky? After submitting nearly $900k is cost overruns he wants his sandwiches paid for too. Since 1996 this state has been gravitating towards legalizing cannabis. The republican governator decriminalized it making the penalty $100 for less than an ounce. Plumas conservatives should love the growing cannabis industry. When was the last time you saw an industry that is begging to be legit AND PAY ITS TAXES. When major U.S. corporations are creating shell/shadow companies to get out of tax obligations here's a homegrown industry that says we'll pay taxes. It's estimated to be a $30 billion dollar cash crop the state can now tax. It should lower our taxes and make the taxed enough already people happy too. Although making them happy sounds like mission impossible. Combine that with the savings from less helicopters, sandwiches, and prisons to name a few.
Cheech and Chong Friday, 22 August 2014
DId anyone monitor the marijuana - maybe the got the MUNCHIES 8)
propaghandi, I'm all for the legalization of marijuana, and an American-led, taxable, legal growth industry for not only medical marijuana, but hemp for many other goods. This does not solve the issues with grows operated by armed Mexican cartels, who still gain to make a profit by growing in Plumas and selling in the rest of the lower 48, or wherever else there is a market. As long as there is money to be made by illegal grows, armed cartels will continue to seek out fertile areas in America to do so, which leaves PCSO and the taxpayers with a problem.
Dmac you are correct. The misuse and damage to our public lands is the biggest crime in this situation. However, I do think ending the prohibition of this plant will have negative consequences to the cartels. Think about the Volstead Act and the 18th Amendment. It did not end the availability of alcohol. All it did was open an underworld market that was eager to supply a product. The gangs of the 20's bought politicians, local law enforcement, and guarded their enterprise with violence. The cost of cannabis at a dispensary is currently less now then 25 years ago. By making it available as a medical product to anyone who goes and visits a doctor for pain or headaches, the value of it has dropped. Now imagine if as a recreational substance it was legal. The price will continue to drop. Lots of growers in the Humboldt area are against the legalization because they know as an illegal substance profits will be greater. The price could drop so much that it would no longer be worth it to the cartels to supply. How much do you want to be paid to spend months in the forest tending to a plant? It can't be a great job. Then we can tax it here in the U.S and stop spending so much money that hasn't had any success in stopping the supply.
People in this County are chattering about what has been transpiring lately. Chattering as to why Mr.Hagwood keeps getting thrown under the bus from the newspaper and the County officials. Everything from a hundred dollar plaque, foresenic dig to a few sandwiches. Do people understand we are not living in Mayberry anymore? How many folks have asked themselves how much it cost out of our tax dollars just to pay the officials to discuss a few sandwich vouchers? Hagwood is obviously very aware of the dangers that we face in this County, i.e. Mexican drug cartels roaming around on public and private land ,growing marijuana and carrying large guns ,to the out of control meth problem on the streets. He appears to be on top of it the best he can ,with what he has to work with. He and his officers work hard on all areas of imminent problems to keep all of us safe, while still maintaining everyday law and order in the County, not to mention with a short staff that is underpaid. If there is cost over runs, that is not at all uncommon for any County. Do the research. Why is it that people can thank our firefighters, but they can't thank our Sherriff's? With that being said, The group of people I am speaking for wants to Thank Plumas County Sherriffs and staff, for keeping us safe,with the hope that others will also speak up and display their gratitude and thanks.
I second Speaks4Many.... It's a struggle in Plumas County to find the nickels to pay the bills sometimes. The Sheriff's Office is doing the best they can with the resources they have. I fully support Sheriff Hagwood and his staff... If the Board of Supervisors can't write the check for some sandwiches, I'll be happy to make some and send them to the trioops.
Propaghandi: Prohibition was making/smuggling booze into the USA, and the mob expanded control of slots, gaming, jukeboxes, illiicit drugs, etc, when Prohibition ended. Small story: the real boss of the 50s Chicago Outfit wasn't Giancana, it was Hy Larner, a childhood friend of Meyer Lansky. After the McClellan Hearings in 59, Hy high-tailed it to Panama, where he became a drug conduit between the CIA and Central/South America. He's the guy that arranged (with G Bush as CIA director) the trade of cocaine for cash/arms. That grew into the Iran-Contra Affair during the Bush/Reagan 'presidency'. The cocaine was smuggled into America, and rural sheriff departments were tied to controlling the traffic and trade.

"Bo" Boubede operated under Giancana and Larner. Bo and his 'family' were dinner guests at Giancana's and Larner's homes when they operated in Chicago. Bo's defacto uncle was Jimmy Rini, who was Larner's main muscle in the slots racket. Fast forward to 1981: Larner is pumping Noriega's coke into America through Bush's CIA, and Bo Boubede, his operative from the 50s, arrives in Keddie days before the Sharp/Wingate murders. Everyone but PCSO, including Bo's relatives, admit Bo was involved in the Keddie Murders.

As long as the cartels find it financially lucrative in Plumas (even if it involves greasing wheels), the grows will continue while current-day DeCronas claim record burns every year. A few sandwiches don't matter when the problem is systemic.
As the Prohibition Act was US-fed and mainly profited corrupt Americans (mafia, corrupt public officials, LE), it's not the ideal comparison to the bizarre and "gr***-roots" (pun unavoidable) decriminalization of weed in America. The US drug cartels are the pharm corporations that own our politicians. Look at the amount of money to be made by crooked LE in what is now the for-profit institutionalization of Americans, and the real issues about legalization revolves around corruption. Our government is to blame for drafting racist drug laws in the absence of Jim Crow legislation, and too many in the public sector stand to gain from the "war on drugs" since for-profit prisons were legalized. It's a huge issue, and "the war on drugs" is about as real as the "patriot act": Nothing but a calculated misnomer for the obliteration of a constitutional rights.

The biggest crime locally may seem like the abuse of public lands, and taxpayer dollars spent to 'eradicate' grows, but the problem is bigger. Back to the original issue: Why should cops get a free lunch when they work? If taxpayers are buying, why don't we put them all on a Subway diet? It sure would benefit the many guys who can't p*** physicals in a real test in a real town.



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