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2A Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Indian Valley Record Board tackles host of topics Debra Moore Staff Writer d moore@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors began its June 4 meeting with a packed agenda and a full boardroom for most of the day. Supervisors considered a host of items from honoring a public works department employee, which drew in many members of the road department crew, to discussing next year's budget, which attracted most of the county's department heads. Fair money The Plumas-Sierra County Fair has something to celebrate -- $36,000 from the California Department of Fairs & Exhibitions. Fair Manager John Steffanic said that $21,000 would be used for maintenance and repairs and the remainder he hoped to use to put in his fund balance to be used at a later date. Probation hours The Plumas Board of Supervisors agreed to change the hours that the probation BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP department is open to the public at the request of Lori Beatley, the acting chief probation officer. Instead of being open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the department will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with the last hour of each day devoted to data entry. "The reason for this request is to assist the front office staff as well as the probation officers to complete vital work without constant interruptions," Beatley wrote in her presentation to the board. Beatle explained that the department staff is working with a new case management system, which is an asset in terms of recording information, but is time-consuming. She said she realized that AN HEATING AIR CONDITIONING CUSTOM SHEET METAL CA Contractors Lic #975209 Providing Green Energy Solutions at Competitive Rates! 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In it for the long haul Plumas Sanitation will now be allowed to haul its processed sludge material directly to the Lockwood Landfill, instead of using InterMountain Disposal. Public Works Director Bob Perreault said that Ricky Ross of InterMountain Disposal agreed to the request and that the proposal had been reviewed by Environmental Health Director Jerry Sipe. The supervisors also approved the $25 fee per delivery that Perreault suggested should be charged to Plumas Sanitation. The permit will be in effect for five years. General plan timellne Planning Director Randy Wilson announced that the planning commission plans to host a public hearing July 11 on the final environmental impact report for the county's new general plan. The meeting will be held at the fairgrounds to accommodate the crowd that is anticipated to attend. The document will be posted on the planning department's website June 26 for the public to review. Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plurnasnews.com With the 2012-13 fiscal year drawing to a close, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors is looking to next year. "I think it will be status quo," said Susan Scarlett, the county's budget officer. "Status quo was a painful place," Supervisor Jon Kennedy responded. The exchange came during the supervisors' June 4 meeting, after Scarlett provided some preliminary budget information to the supervisors. Scarlett told the supervisors that after consulting with Assessor Chuck Leonhardt, "it looks like we will hold steady on property tax." , Last year, the county experienced a 5 percent reduction in property tax revenue from the prior year. That reduction contributed to some of the .cuts the supervisors made to the 2012-13 budget. Scarlett also led the supervisors through a year-to-date review of each department's revenue and expenditures for this fiscal year to determine if there woul be any major surprises that could impact the new budget. Most county department heads attended the session to answer questions, but there were no glaring issues. The supervisors discussed the budget process and decided to adopt the approach that they took last year, where they conducted budget workshops in the boardroom and then held public hearings. Scarlett said she thought the proces would be less time-consuming this year because the board had balanced the budget last year and wouldn't be facing the level of cuts previously experienced. And last year the supervisors used the budget workshops as an opportunity to understand how each of the departments functioned and how their budgets uperv sors su worked. The board balanced last year's budget by implementing a series of cuts including furloughs, which left most county employees working four nine-hour days, which closed some departments on Fridays. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said the reduced hours impacted both the employees and the county's service to the general public. "I would really like to see us eliminate some furlough days," she said. The board is also aware of the unfunded liabilities it has in te[ms of retirement and other post-retiree benefits that were not addressed in last year's budget. While Thrall pressed to conduct the budget sessions sooner, rather than later, Scarlett said it's important to have a more complete revenue picture. It's anticipated that the workshops and hearings will occur later this summer, probably in August. po erl request for Title III fund Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.corn When it came to approving Title III funding requests, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors said "yes" to the sheriffs department, but "no" to former Supervisor Robert Meacher. During their June 4 meeting, the supervisors considered three requests for Title III, the county's discretionary portion of forest reserve funding. Plumas County roads received $1.65 million, as did its schools. Title III received $272,484.02. 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Please make an appointment with your primary care Physician if you have questions regarding your tests results For more information call: Michaele 258-2067 There are three categories to be considered for Title III: Category 1: Carry out activities under the Firewise Communities program to provide homeowners in fire-sensitive ecosystems education on, and assistance with~ implementing techniques in home siting, home construction and home landscaping that can increase the protection of people and property from wildfires. Category II: Reimburse participating county for search and rescue and other emergency services, including firefighting, that are (a) performed on federal land after the date on which the use was approved or (b) paid for by the participating county. Category III: Develop community wildfire protection plans in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture. Sheriffs department request Assistant Sheriff Dean Canalia submitted a request for $135,000 to purchase and install communications equipment, such as vaults and radio towers, since many areas of the county do not have service. Canalia explained in his request that since the Federal Communications Commission directed public safety agencies to use narrow band equipment, the county's communication capability had decreased. "In no area will this shortfall in coverage impact emergency operations more than with Search and Rescue (SAR)," Canalia wrote. "Recent SAR calls on USFS land had teams operating at times with no direct communication with the Sheriffs Dispatch Center in Quincy. In some cases teams had to travel for miles to re-establish communications, which severely hampered search efforts and the safety of those deployed and those in need of help." Canalia also requested $25,000 to augment the Search and Rescue budget. 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