Supervisors offer video capabilities to other groups

Debra Moore
Staff Writer

    Now that the Plumas County Board of Supervisors live-streams its meetings, Sherrie Thrall hopes other entities will follow suit.
   Supervisor Thrall suggested that other boards and commissions could benefit from the technology that the county has procured.

    The groups would need to meet in the Board of Supervisors chambers and provide a laptop computer.
   “If we make something available and they don’t avail themselves of it — it’s on them,” Thrall said of the offer.
    Thrall was such a proponent of live-streaming the board meetings and then archiving the video for later viewing that she paid for the camera.
    During their March 4 meeting, the supervisors shared some of the work that they did outside of the boardroom during the past two weeks.
    While all interacted with their constituents and attended a variety of meetings, Terry Swofford and Jon Kennedy dedicated time to drought concerns.
    “I attended several drought meetings,” Swofford said. “The ranchers are concerned about wells going dry.”
    Kennedy described ranchers as a resourceful group who can figure just about anything out with “baling wire and duct tape,” but said, “It’s a little bit different with water.”
    Supervisor Kevin Goss devoted a lot of his time to dealing with Medi-Cal and health care issues.

    Supervisor Lori Simpson was in Washington, D.C., to attend a legislative conference hosted by the National Association of Counties.

Life’s a picnic
    At least it will be June 7 when the annual county picnic is held at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. 

   Fair manager John Steffanic told the supervisors that this year there will be a new addition — a Friday night concert featuring a funk band out of Grass Valley — to kick off the event.

    Steffanic also announced that May 2 – 3 the fairgrounds will be a drop-off location for e-waste.

    “Bring electronic waste to the fairgrounds,” Steffanic said. And while all electronics will be accepted, Steffanic said that monitors and television screens are particularly valuable for the fair.

    Steffanic told the supervisors that plans were well underway for the 2014 fair with the theme of “Fun and Games.”

    The Sweetheart of the Mountains pageant is set to return after a 15-year hiatus, and new attractions will include beach volleyball and redneck games.

One-month anniversary
    Louise Steenkamp, the county’s new alcohol and drug director, celebrated her one-month anniversary on the job by appearing before the board.

    Steenkamp briefly updated the supervisors on what has been happening in her department and stressed that she is focusing on collaboration with other departments, such as mental health.

Speaking of mental health
    At the request of Hank Eisenman, the chairperson for the Plumas County Mental Health Commission, the supervisors appointed Traci Ingle, Nansi Bohne and Heidi Wakefield to the commission.

   “Two of the ladies are from Greenville,” Eisenman said, noting that they were the first from outside of Quincy to sit on the 17-member commission.

    Eisenman also presented the board with the commission’s annual report.

    The Mental Health Commission meets the second Wednesday of the month at noon in the Quincy library meeting room. The public is invited.

Going once …
    A public Internet auction will be held May 10 – 13 to sell tax-defaulted properties.   

Tax Collector Julie White received authorization from the supervisors to conduct the sale and now begins the process required by the state, which includes notifying parties of interest, conducting searches, sending certified notices, making personal contact and more.

    Potentially 65 properties will be available for sale.

    During an interview prior to the board meeting, White said that this is “really buyers beware.”

    White posts the information that she uncovers, including Internal Revenue Service liens, special assessments and estimated values. Some listings include photographs.
    Properties are located throughout the county including several in Portola that represent a subdivision.
    Check the website for information as it becomes available.

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