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Live from the boardroom Supervisors tackle topics and change a street name

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
2/19/2014

 

After a trial run, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors’ meetings are now streaming live beyond the courthouse walls.

“I’m pretty pleased with the way it’s come together,” said Dave Preston, the county’s information technology director, during the board’s Feb. 11 meeting.

The public can access live video and audio of board meetings by going to countyofplumas.com and clicking on the link. Archived video from previous meetings will also be available on the site. The archived video will include indexing so the public can view a specific agenda item.

A camera mounted in the back of the boardroom captures the board as well as the first two rows of the audience. Additional cameras might be added at a later date to provide more coverage.

Supervisor Sherrie Thrall championed the project and paid for the camera.

 

Four-county meeting

The Plumas County supervisors will meet with their counterparts from Lassen, Modoc and Sierra counties Tuesday, April 29, in Lassen County, were they plan to discuss topics of mutual interest.

The counties have periodically held the joint gatherings, but it has been a while.

“They are very valuable; they open the lines of communication,” Thrall said.

 

New name for Chester road

It’s official, the new name for County Road 316A, formerly Chester Ski Road, is Stover Mountain Road.

The supervisors had been poised to make the change Jan. 7, but then learned that a road by the same name already existed in the Lassen National Forest. It has been renamed North Stover Mountain Road to allow for the Chester road name change.

Supervisor Thrall, who represents the Lake Almanor Basin, asked for the change because of the confusion caused by people calling the road by different names, though Stover Mountain Road seemed to be the most popular.

“This confusion has affected service, delivery and emergency response to the area,” Public Works Director Bob Perreault wrote in a memo to the board. “The various road names have also caused confusion to the general public seeking locations along the existing roadway.”

 

Social services now hiring

Social Services Director Elliott Smart received authorization to fill three positions in his department: a benefits assistance counselor, a social worker and a fiscal and technical services assistant. Funding for these positions comes from the state.

 

State awards county nearly $700,000

The state’s Department of Water Resources awarded a grant of $679,657 for water planning in Plumas County. The money came from Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water Bond Act of 2006.

To update the county’s Integrated Water Management Plan, 80 public meetings are planned during a two-year process. The first meetings will be scheduled toward the end of March.

Planning Director Randy Wilson presented the supervisors with a 2-inch thick packet of backup materials.

Supervisor Thrall commended Wilson on the work and said, “To get this done parallel with the general plan is amazing.”

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