Supervisors discuss government closure and the State of Jefferson

 Debra Moore
Staff Writer

Local residents had two things on their mind when they called their Plumas County supervisors last week — the federal government closures and the state of Jefferson.

During their Oct. 11 meeting, board members said they received the most calls and emails regarding the closures.

Many of the callers were upset that the boat ramps had been removed at local lakes.

Board Chairman Terry Swofford reported that a business owner was particularly unhappy about the boat ramp being pulled at Frenchman Lake and campgrounds being closed.

Supervisor Lori Simpson said many of the closure-related calls she fielded had to do with timber sales.

Swofford encouraged the public to call Congressman Doug LaMalfa to complain about the federal government shutdown.

The supervisors also discussed receiving comments about the state of Jefferson, following the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors’ decision to research the possibility of seceding from California and forming a new state with other parts of Northern California and Southern Oregon.

After Supervisor Kevin Goss commented on calls that he had received about the state of Jefferson, Supervisor Jon Kennedy said that he had a couple of long discussions about what he referred to as “forming the state of confusion.”


Meeting schedule

As the calendar year draws to a close, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors finalized its own calendar for the remainder of the year.

The supervisors typically meet the first three Tuesdays of each month, but due to the Nov. 19 22 California State Association of Counties annual meeting, the board will meet the first two Tuesdays in November: Nov. 5 and 12.

In December, the supervisors will meet Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Additionally, beginning in November, the board meetings will begin one hour later, at 11 a.m., to accommodate those who have to travel during poor weather conditions.

The Community Development Commission will meet at 10 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, except in November.


New title

Jerry Sipe runs the county’s environmental health department and also serves as the county’s director of the office of emergency services. As the former, he comes under the umbrella of the public health department and works for Public Health Director Mimi Hall, and under the latter, he reports directly to the Board of Supervisors.

Now he will have a new title: the emergency management and environmental health director.

“This is memorializing what’s been going on since 2009,” Sipe said of the title change.

The board created the new position and formally appointed Sipe to fill it Oct. 11. There is no salary increase with the new title.

Supervisor Kennedy asked what would happen when Sipe retired, because the job seemed to be tailored to his skill set.

Sipe said that the board could find someone to replace him, or redefine the position. “You have the ultimate flexibility with an at-will position,” Sipe said of the department head role.

Public Health Director Hall said that she and Sipe had surveyed other counties and found that they structured their organizations based on the available resources.

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