Plans under way for May music festival in Belden
The Plumas Board of Supervisors voted to approve a permit for the Emissions Festival to be held May 17 – 19 in Belden — with some stipulations.
There is a 1,250-person limit (including talent and support staff) and festival organizers must ensure that there is adequate sanitation, parking and other services for the three-day outdoor music event.
The Emissions Festival is approximately one-third of the size of another music festival, The Bounce, planned for the June 20 – 24 in Twain.
The supervisors are scheduled to hold a public hearing on that festival next month.
In years past, that festival was also held in Belden, but this year, organizers hope to move it to the old mill site in Twain. The mill site will also provide the overflow parking for the Emissions Festival.
Goss reappoints Schramel
Supervisor Kevin Goss reappointed Betsy Schramel to the county planning commission.
Former Supervisor Robert Meacher had originally appointed Schramel, but her term in office concluded with his retirement from the board at the end of 2012.
She continued to serve through February because Goss and other county officials didn’t realize that she needed to be reappointed.
Goss could have appointed another candidate, and had received applications, but he reappointed Schramel at her request so that she could complete the general plan process.
Goss also appointed Susan Neer to serve on the Greenville Cemetery District board of directors.
Transfer taps county contingencies
Plumas County’s contingency fund dropped $30,000 on April 2 when the supervisors approved transferring that amount to the county’s literacy program. It was the literacy program’s money through a 2011 grant from the state, but had been held in the contingency fund.
The transfer leaves the county contingency fund at $157,577. That money is to be used for unbudgeted expenses that arise.
Health department spending
Each year the supervisors review the spending of its various departments during the budget process. But some departments, such as mental health, public health and social services, aren’t funded by the county, but rather with federal and state money.
During last year’s budget process, the supervisors decided to invite those departments to share their budgets so that the board could better understand the departments and their functions.
Public Health Director Mimi Hall gave an overview of her department to the board April 2 and the county’s budget consultant, Susan Scarlett, reviewed details of its budget.
Nearly $1 million a year flows from public health to the county’s general fund to help pay for a number of health-related items in other departments.
Supervisors oppose $75 fee
Clerk-Recorder Kathy Williams asked the supervisors to join her in opposing Senate Bill 391, the California Homes and Jobs Act, which would implement a $75 recording fee.
The fee’s proceeds are to be used to fund affordable housing in the state’s top 10 metropolitan areas.
Counties’ recording offices will receive no compensation for collecting the fees, but will be assessed if the money is not turned into the state in a timely manner.
But that’s not what concerns Williams the most.
“My basic concern is the added $75 will be hurting the people we’re trying to help,” she said.
The $75 doesn’t apply to the recording of deeds involved in a property purchase, but involves all other property transactions.
The board voted to join Williams in opposing the legislation.