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Indian Valley Record Wednesday, May 16, 2012 5A :! li SUPERVISORS, from page 1A your area. You are going to take a certain position, where I'm going to take a neutral po- sition." "I disagree with that," Swofford said. "And I'm closer to the meet- ings," Simpson said. "I ain't buying that either, Lori," Swofford said. In between Simpson and Swofford's jousting, Plumas Corporation Executive Direc- tor Greg O'Sullivan tried to emphasize that whomever the supervisors appointed to the committee needed to have an open mind. "It's very important that whatever the appointment is today, it's balanced that this board doesn't become a veto board for projects moving forward," O'Sullivan said, adding that the four- member executive commit- tee's decisions had to be unanimous. O'Sullivan said "pond and plug" is just one of the issues the committee would face. He said a lot of the projects "are not controversial and need to move forward. They have grant funding and timelines to them." O'Sullivan said the Feather River CRM group, which is under the direction of Plumas Corporation, can't afford to be bogged down by politics. John Kolb, who is on the CRM steering committee, wondered aloud whether politics had anything to do with .the Simpson-Swofford battle. "I know both (Swofford and Simpson) are in an election battle themselves right now," Kolb said. "I don't know what bearing that is going to end up having on this. But we need to have some stability at the top. And we need some di- rection that is not politically motivated, but motivated by science and results. This is an issue that is going to continue on past elections." Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, who was sick, didn't attend the meeting. Supervisors Robert Meacher and Jon Kennedy said they couldn't deckle whom to pick for the committee. They said they felt Simpson or Swofford would do a good job. O'Sullivan objected to Meacher's idea of naming both supervisors to the committee. So Meacher and Kennedy looked at each other and tried to come up with a solution. "This issue to me is just a flip of the coin," Meacher said. "I don't like flipping a coin. I think that's stupid," Simpson said. "They should both (be on the committee)," Meacher said. "And they both care." "I would be more objec- tive," Simpson said again. "I've been working on water issues and natural resource issues." "Oh, and I haven't been working on water issues?" Swofford said. "Sherrie (Thrall) ought to weigh in on this. I think she has a ..." "She has your vote?" Simp- son said, igniting another round of laughter from the audience. "So what is Wrong with Meacher's idea? He has an idea for the county and not the Assembly race right now," Kennedy said, taking a light-hearted jab at the board chairman, who is running for the state Assembly. Kennedy added it didn't really matter which super- visor was named to the execu- tive committee because major CRM decisions would proba- bly require approval from the Board of Supervisors. "That is what I'm saying," Swofford said. "So you can't veto every- thing if we (supervisors) are going to make the decision," Simpson told Swofford. "Lori, you keep saying that," Swofford said. "It does kind of upset me that you are accusing me of planning to veto stuff that you don't even know what we are talking about! OK? "You are questioning my integrity. I'm damn pissed offi" When Simpson reacted to Swofford's outburst by laughing, Swofford grew more upset. "You just keep laughing!" Swofford said. "I'm sorry. I'm sorry," Simpson said, trying to compose herself. "But I saw you in action (during a public meeting addressing water- shed issues the previous week). And I thought you had an agenda there. And I don't think you would represent us and be fair." "That's your opinion," Swofford replied. "Was it regarding 'pond and plug'?" Kennedy asked Simpson about her opinion of Swofford. "Yes." Simpson said. After a few more minutes of debate, Meacher decided a coin flip was the best way to solve the problem. He said the loser of the flip would become an alternate on the committee. "This ain't gonna look good in the paper that you flipped a coin to decide this," Swofford said. "It's been in the paper before. We've done it before. He's done it," Kennedy said, pointing at Meacher. After Kennedy and Meach- er reached in their pockets and failed to come up with a coin, O'Sullivan held up one of his. "Looking for a coin?" O'Sullivan said. "Having budget problems?" O'Sullivan's remark sparked another round of belly laughs in the super- visors' chambers. After the laughter subsided, Meacher tried to explain that he wasn't trying to make a joke of the decision by flip- ping a coin. "The legislative intent of flipping the coin is because both the individuals are equally qualified," Meacher said. "And it's not to make light of it." "Shall we let the lady call?" Kennedy said. "I'm going to make a motion based on the result of this coin toss." "OK ..." Simpson said, "heads." Meacher flipped the coin and covered it on the back of his hand as he turned toward County Counsel Craig Settlemire. "Counsel?" Meacher said, uncovering the coin. "It's heads," Settlemire said, trying to fight back his smile. "OK, I move that Lori Simp- son be appointed to this," Kennedy said, "and Terry Swofford as alternate." "So ordered," Meacher said. "Can I have my quarter back?" O'Sullivan said. That was very'fnterest- ing," Meacher said after he dug O'Sullivan's 25 cents out of his pocket. "I hate to see what they are going to say in the paper, though," Swofford said. Academy preview includes barbecue Every year, St. Andrew's Academy has held an open house in the spring. It is a time for parents, relatives and friends of students to come and see what the students do every day at school. Of course, anyone from the community interest- ed in coming has always been welcome. This year, however, in- stead of one open house, St. Andrew's is having a few smaller events, or "pre- views," again inviting any- one from the community to attend, as well as family, friends and relatives. The added value in the May 17 preview is that it includes a free barbecue. The preview and barbecue will begin at 6 p.m., at the Academy's Main Street loca- tion in Chester. A fencing demonstration is planned, along with poetry, grammar and geography recitations. All are welcome. PRISON, from page 1A at one point brandishing a lamp at the arresting deputies. After he was apprehended, deputies found half a gram of methamphetamine in his pocket. It was learned that Papen- hausen had also provided meth to his girlfriend earlier that day. 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