Board takes step to protect students

  According to the school’s safety plan, if Chester High students are forced to evacuate their campus, they would go to the elementary school campus. But if that site weren’t available, where would they go?

  Principal Scott Cory asked District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall to make the Chester Memorial Hall the high school’s secondary evacuation location, and asked for a key that would be kept with the school’s evacuation kit.

  “Chester Jr. Sr. High School is currently working on revamping our Site Safety Plan to make it more relevant and realistic in light of recent events,” Cory wrote in his request.

  Supervisor Sherrie Thrall asked her fellow supervisors to approve the request during the board’s Feb. 5 meeting. She said that in light of recent school violence as well as the potential for natural disasters, she wanted to make the memorial hall available to the school.

  Despite some concern about giving out keys to county buildings, the supervisors unanimously approved the request.

A formal thank you

  Thrall and her colleagues also approved a formal thank-you letter to be sent to the Friends of the Chester Library for their work on the project to “repair, restore and repaint” the building.

  The action included a delayed thank-you for a donation that enabled the library to purchase two computers and books for the children’s section, with the help of a matching grant.

Lease terminated

  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be looking for new office space after the supervisors voted to terminate the organization’s lease in the courthouse annex.

  The space occupied by Fish and Wildlife will be the new home of the county probation department.

  Fish and Wildlife had been slated to move into a portion of the building occupied by environmental health, but it was determined that there wasn’t enough space.

  Probation will move from its East Quincy location to the annex, freeing up the building for the county to sell or lease.

What they did

  Time is dedicated during each board meeting for the supervisors to share correspondence as well as details of various meetings that they attended.

  During the Feb. 5 meeting, all of the supervisors reported that the bulk of their correspondence from constituents during the prior week focused on the county’s general plan and Agenda 21.

  The board dedicated the afternoon portion of that meeting to hear a presentation from the Indian Valley Citizens for Private Property Rights on the subject, as well to give others a chance to comment. (See related story.)

First 5 appointment

  The supervisors voted to appoint Joanne Burgueno, the mother of two young children, to serve on the First 5 Plumas County Children and Families Commission.

  The commission receives approximately $350,000 annually to fund education, health and other social service programs for children from birth to age 5. The funds are the result of Proposition 10, which voters passed in 1998 to levy a tax on tobacco products to fund the program.


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