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2A Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 Indian Valley Record pervtsors sa lary increases rapt Debra Moore tions," Leslie wrote in a memo said that she had researched She said hiring more thera- The board voted 4-to-1 to de- ern end of the county, where Staff Writer to the board, the issue and recent recruit- pists would improve the work- ny Leslie's request for raises there is await list for services. Leslie told the supervisors ment efforts drew 14 qualified ing conditions of the current and tasked the department in- Clients are seen at the de- during their Nov. 13 meeting applicants for one position and employees because they would stead with "looking to increase partment's main office at the Fresh from layoffs and pay that her department was expe- 18 for another, not have as much on-caU time. the number of therapists t6 re- courthouse annex in Quincy, cuts during budget hearings, riencing a "constant and sus- "A lot of people are interest- Leslie said that she hadduce on-call for staff and ira- and also at satellite offices in the Plumas County supervi- rained growth in caseloads," ed until they can talk about the hoped to be able to do both prove services to the public." each of the communities. Addi- sors were in no mood to. grant and with a "lot of significant money," Leslie said, and added with the goal of improving re, Simpson voted "no" explain- tionally, therapists go to school pay increases to anyone, even health care changes coming," that three therapists left in tention, ing that it didn't include an op- sites to work with children and if the money would come from . she expected that trend to con- their first year because of Board Chairman Robert portunity for Leslie to return they make home visits. state and federal coffers and tinue, salary issues. And of the 14 ap- Meacher was sympathetic to mid-year. "I encourage you to A mental health therapist is not the county. During an interview follow- plicants thatThrall referred to, Leslie's plight, but said that come back," "Simpson toldcharged with working with in- Pat Leslie, the interim men- ing the meeting, she said that Leslie said, "Only four came the board had! "a sour taste of Leslie. dividuals with mental illness, tal health director, asked the the county historically had an for an interview." whacking everybody's pay in Following the meeting, when while a behavioral therapist supervisors to grant pay raises active, open caseload of ap- She said the department in- the budget process." He sug- asked if she would return, works with those who also for both mental health and be- proximately 300, but now the vests time and money in train- gested that the request be re- Leslie said that she "planned have substance abuse issues. havioral health therapists, number is closer to 500. One- ing, and then the individuals viewed mid-fiscal year. to keep the conversation mov- "Some of the population is Leslie said that the depart- third of the clients are chil- leave. Supervisor Jon Kenned); ing forward." dual-diagnosed," Leslie said. ment's .responsibilities were dren. "It's the same situation in agreed with Thrall and increasing and she was finding She said it is difficult to re- the sheriff's department," thought it wqs advisable to Waiting for therapy A new director it difficult to attract and retain cruit and retain therapists be- Thrall responded. "It's some- hire more thdrapists, which With nine therapists and a The Board of Supervisors is therapists, cause the pay scale in Plumas thing that rural counties deal would improve the employees' caseload of 500, can the depart- in the process of hiring a new "Mental health professionals County is low, while employ- with." work lives. : ment respond to everyone who mental health director and in- are critical to public safety, ees are asked to be on call Thrall advocated that the de- Board obser ,er Larry Dou- needs services? terviewed candidates Nov. 13. and a system limiting recruit- around the clock. The county partment use funds to hire glas spoke out on behalf of "Because we serve the entire Leslie has served as the in- ment and retention can result currently hasnine therapists more therapists, rather than Leslie's request and said, "We county, one area can be more terim director in the wake of in poor response or no re- on staff, raise the salaries of existing have to compete; we have to pressed," Leslie said.'Current- John Sebold's resignation last sponse to emergency sifua- Supervisor Sherrie Thralltherapists, give her the leeway." ly the pressure is on the east- May. Local expe Debra Moore Staff Writer dvise on h for 16 years. During an inter- cleans the unit. view last week, he talked about "My goal is to make it run as the importance of proper main- efficiently as possible," he said. tenance and offered tips to keep Though Kerr makes sure the Treat your heating system as fuel costs down. equipment is in top form, it's you would your vehicle. "It's important to make sure up to the resident to ensure That's the advice local ex- that they're running efficient- that it is operated properly to l- ,, perts share with their cus- y, he said, and a key indicator maximize efficiency. tomers. "Would you buy a is the flame. For example, when raising brand new car and not tune it "You need to maintain a blue the temperature setting, Kerr up for 10 years?" asks Richard flame," he said. A tall, yellow advises doing it just a couple of Kerr of AAA Maintenance. He flame indicates a problem and degrees at a time. "If you have services Toyo and Monitorcould lead to a cracked heat ex- been gone and set the tempera- heaters. "Everything thatchanger, ture at 55 degrees, don't bring burns fuel needs routine main- He also suggests checking for it up to 72 degrees immediate- l- ,, tenance." debris, dust and pet hair that y, he said. Judi Madden of Madden could attach itself to the unit, Kerr explains that a heater of Plumbing and Heating agrees, particularly the fan. He recom- this type has three or four She said that she had a cus- mends carefully brushing off speeds. When it is operating on tomer who was experiencing the fan and warns that an accu- high, it uses more fuel and is problems with his system, but mulation of pet hair could lead harder on the unit. By raising hadn't had it serviced in years, to a fire. it a few degrees at a time, the He happened to be a pilot. And though the surface ofunit will run on high only in- "If you serviced your plane the stove remains cool to the crementally. the same way, you would fall touch he advises caution with Many models of Toyo stoves out of the sky," she toldhim, putting items on top. have lights that indicate in Both Kerr and Madden rec-"I don't like to see Potted which mode the stove is operat- ommend an annual inspection plants," he said because if wa- ing, but in other models, the to ensure that your heating sys- ter were to spill on the unit it fan is audible and the differ- tern is safe and functioning could short out the circuit ence can be detected. properly. When a heater or fur- board. He also recommends us- He also advises placing the nace is maintained correctly it ing a surge protector, sensor in the correct position, will produce the most heat at When Kerr performs an in-about 18 inches off he floor the least cost. spection, he changes the fuel However, if it's a mobile home, Toyo and Monitor stoves filter, services the burner, in- he advises against putting the Kerr has installed and ser- spects the tank, looks for signs sensor on an outside wall, viced Toyo and Monitor stoves of water in the fuel oil, and which is colder and will force ~!iiiiiii .... i~iiii~: "'~/'re/siC I~ We NEED your supportl KQNY is hoping to increase its number of individual supporters! Please consider donating $10 per month to this unique and local community station. Enter to win a week long trip to Cabo San Lucas! Donate by November 30. Please tune in and contribute to support the station! 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"One of these stoves should only use one to 1.5 gallons per day," he said. At the current price of roughly $4 per gallon, that means a monthly heating oil bill of $120 to $180 per month. Forced air systems Whether the forced air sys- tem is heating oil or propane, Judi Madden recommends an- nual service. Madden st ggests having the unit serviced between April and August. She said that peo- ple usually wait until the first cold snap and then call, often when the furnace isn't work- ing. "We want to avoid crisis management," she said. When technicians make a call, they perform a number of tasks including checking com- bustion, replacing the oil filter, inspecting the electrodes and combustion tools, and.checking the blower. Madden said that the annual inspection for a propane fur- nace includes checks for car- bon monoxide, combustion effi- ciencies and condensation. Just as with the Toyos or Monitors, residents have their The following tips are provided by United States Department of Energy: Maintain your furnace. Clean your furnace filters monthly or re- place if necessary. A clean unit runs more efficiently. Use insulation. Insulate your attic to an R-value of 38 for a gas- heated home and 50 for an electrically heated home; your walls to an R-value of 19; and your sill box (upper portion of your basement walls) to an R-value of 10. Insulate around windows and doors. Weather-strip and/or caulk all areasof noticeable leaks around windows and doors. Remov- able caulking is a good option for windows that you open in summer but not in winter. Change your thermostat settings. In the winter, set your thermo- stat at 60 degrees F when you are sleeping or gone. Set the ther- mostat to 68 degrees F when you are at home. This can save 10 percent or more on your heating bills every winter. Turn down the thermostat when away. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, turn your thermostat down to save energy but never lower than 40 degrees F. If you have delicate houseplants, keep the setting at 50 degrees F or higher. Let the sun in. The sun's energy can have a noticeable effect on the temperature in your home, especially from windows facing south and west. Keep window shades and drapes open during winter months to let in the sun's radiant heat. Warm with a sl~ace heater. A portable space heater can heat a single room without using your furnace to heat the whole house. Using a space heater to heat all or most of your home costs more. Always follow the manufacturer's safety instructions when operating space heaters. Use the fireplace sparingly. Many older natural fireplaces are in- efficient and draw more heat out of the house than they pro- duce. Close the flue to eliminate drafts when not in use. Consider fireplace inserts, doors or covers. If you use your fire- place often, consider these products to help reduce the heat loss in your home when using the fireplace. You save money on your heating bills while still being able to enjoy your fireplace. tmportant to ensure that heat isn't escaping from a home. She said the swiftest energy roles to play in the proper . savings comes from sealing off operation of the theft" systems, any areas that allow outside air Residents are encouraged to to come into the house and in- change their filters regularly stalling attic insulation to pre- and Madden al o recommends vent heat from escaping. raising temperatures in two-de- Madden and her husband, gree increments. Jim, received their certifica- In addition tO proper mainte- tions as building analyst spe- nance and operation of a heat- cialists this summer. When ing system, Madden said it's they returned home, they turned an infrared light on their own house. 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