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Though it had been two weeks since their last meeting, Plumas County supervisors stayed busy.
“I spent most of my time working on the budget,” said Supervisor Jon Kennedy during the board’s Sept. 3 meeting.
Kennedy said he also spent some time in Sacramento hoping to secure long-term protection for Eastern Plumas Health Care.
“I want to continue working on legislation for the future that exempts us,” Kennedy said.
During most board meetings, the supervisors share some of the highlights of how they spent their time working on county business.
“I went on a tour of the Mount Hough Complex Fire,” Supervisor Kevin Goss said. “It was actually a productive fire in terms of taking care of underbrush.”
Goss said that only 11 or 12 percent of the fire burned on Forest Service property, with the majority burning on Sierra Pacific Industries land and other private land. He said the company hopes to begin salvage logging as soon as possible.
Board chairman Terry Swofford reported that he had attended the annual LAFCo (Local Agency Formation Commission) meeting and found one topic particularly interesting — more people are migrating to cities from suburbs.
Supervisor Sherrie Thrall discussed her work on the Lake Almanor Sports Complex and described a Sept. 28 event designed to be entertaining and to share more information with the community.
Supervisor Lori Simpson said that it had been a relatively quiet couple of weeks, but that she had attended an Area Agency on Aging meeting, as well as an Integrated Waste Management Task Force meeting.
Of the former, she said that she was able to report good news with the Eastern Plumas Health Care exemption from cuts, and the successful senior summit that had been held in the county.
Mark Dotta and Darrin DaMonte will continue to serve on the board of the Last Chance Creek Water District through 2017. The supervisors confirmed their appointment, which leaves one vacancy on the board.
The water district serves residents in Sierra Valley.
The board also appointed Eric Rudgers to serve on the Plumas County Fish & Game Advisory Commission representing District 3, the Lake Almanor area.
The Board of Supervisors chairman, Swofford, now will serve as the county’s HIPAA privacy and security officer in the absence of a county administrative officer. HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects the private health information of citizens.
The county departments of public health, mental health, and alcohol and drug deal with HIPAA and have their own officers, but the county must have an officer that oversees all departments.
Supervisor Kevin Goss, who is familiar with HIPAA guidelines because of his family’s pharmacy business, researched the issue, along with Supervisor Jon Kennedy. Both recommended that the chairman of the board assume the role, which includes responsibility for oversight and training.
Public Works Director Bob Perreault received authorization to fill a full-time road maintenance worker position in Chester and in La Porte. Both positions are allocated and funded in the 2013-14 budget and became available as the result of a resignation and a promotion.
At the request of county Auditor-Controller Roberta Allen, the supervisors adopted the basic tax rate for the county, the school district and Plumas District Hospital.
The tax rate for Plumas County is 1 percent of the assessed value of the property ($1,000 per $100,000).
The tax for the Plumas Unified School District bond is $31.94 per $100,000 assessed value, and for Plumas District Hospital it is $27.63 per $100,000.
Board dissolves attachment to water group
The Almanor Basin Watershed Advisory Committee (ABWAC) is no longer a county committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
At the suggestion of Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, with unanimous support from the ABWAC board, the group wants to re-form as an independent body.
“I have been reminding them that they could become separate,” Thrall said of the group that formed in 2005 after 18 months of talk.
Thrall said the group formed to help advise the county about issues regarding Lake Almanor such as relicensing. The group also has worked on such issues as an invasive species of mussel, cloud seeding and septage problems on the east shore of the lake.
The change gives the group more autonomy.
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