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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Deputy shooting fallout: The children of a Portola man who was shot and killed at Eastern Plumas Health Care last year are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
  • The trout must go: The state is planning to pull all of the brook trout out of a Plumas County lake in order to protect the yellow-legged frog.
  • Inspections delayed: Cal Fire was scheduled to begin property inspections this week, but decided to wait until the public could better understand what the inspectors are doing.

Board approves sheriff’s request to hire more correctional officers

  There was an extra chair at the Plumas County Board of Supervisors meeting Aug. 6. Along with the five supervisors, county counsel and clerk to the board, 9-year-old Madeline Goss claimed a seat next to her father, District 2 Supervisor Kevin Goss.

  The young Goss led the flag salute and then settled in to watch local government and her dad in action.

  The board tackled a variety of subjects and concluded the day with a discussion of the 2013-14 budget. (See related story.)

 

Grizzly Ranch fees

  Property owners in the Grizzly Ranch Community Services District will once again pay $1,368.70 per lot for water and sewer.

  The Plumas County auditor collects the annual fee in conjunction with the property tax bill. The auditor’s office collects a $2.50 fee per bill for providing the service.

  “We are returning to the procedure of sending out tax bills,” Public Works Director Bob Perreault said. “The good news is that the fees are remaining unchanged.”

  The Board of Supervisors serves as the governing board for the Grizzly Ranch Community Services District.

  Perreault said that last year the bills were sent separately, but it’s the preference of the property owners to have the fees included on the tax bills.

Belden hosts another festival

  The Heart Shine Music Festival is coming to Belden Sept. 20 – 22.

  Approximately 1,080 people, including staff and artists, are expected for the event.

  Richard Folen, manager of Belden Town, presented information to the Board of Supervisors that addressed security, water and food, sanitation, medical aid, parking, camping, garbage removal and access.

  Supervisor Lori Simpson noted that it is “a bad fire season” and wanted to know about an evacuation plan.

  “I think it’s a blanket one for the facility,” said Jerry Sipe, the county’s director of the office of emergency services, who was in the audience.

  Folen said that there is one more festival scheduled for Belden during the first weekend in October.

Promotion time

  Sheriff Greg Hagwood asked the supervisors for authorization to promote a correctional officer to a sergeant.

  He said that the position had been vacant for several months, but it was critical to return the jail to full staffing and provide necessary oversight.

  Hagwood said the position was especially important “as we bring in a younger, less experienced staff.”

  Hagwood will advertise the position at the jail. The sheriff also received approval to fill two vacant correctional officer positions and told the board that he anticipated returning soon to ask to fill two more positions as well.

  “I have to hire five more to be fully staffed,” Hagwood said and added that the positions had been allocated and funded.

Needed: two used dump trucks and a street sweeper

  Public Works Director Bob Perreault is in the market for two 10-wheeled dump trucks and one street sweeper to replace older diesel models that are no longer compliant with California air quality standards.

  Perreault estimates that he can purchase the trucks at a price not to exceed $160,000 each, and a sweeper for $55,000 or less.

  According to Perreault it’s difficult to ask a vendor to “hold” used equipment during a bid process, so he asked the supervisors for permission to waive the formal process and review proposals as they are received.

  “It’s an efficient way to seek out low-mileage used equipment that meets CARB rules,” he said, he said referring to state regulations.

  Perreault also received approval to hire a maintenance worker in Beckwourth and a road maintenance supervisor in La Porte due to vacancies.

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