Board declares 2013 ‘The Year of the Child’

  The 3,600 children in Plumas County might not know it yet, but 2013 is now officially “The Year of the Child.”

  The Board of Supervisors passed the resolution during its April 16 meeting at the request of Ellen Vieira, the executive director of First 5 Plumas.

  Vieira and Colleen Kroll, a parent who serves on the commission board, talked about the work of First 5 Plumas. The organization receives approximately $350,000 annually for the health and education of children from prenatal to age 5.

  The funding comes from a tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

  Vieira said that David Finigan, president of the California State Association of Counties, encouraged all counties to join in the “Year of the Child” declaration.

  Following the presentation, Supervisor Jon Kennedy brought a little levity to the topic when he quipped, “It’s always the year of the child at our home.”

Help wanted

  The public works department is hiring an equipment maintenance worker to fill the position of an employee who is leaving the county to take a job in the private sector.

  “He got a better offer elsewhere,” Perreault told the supervisors April 16. “It’s a trend that I will address later. The list is getting longer.”

  “We’ve had pretty severe income cuts to our employees,” Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said.

  The supervisors approved Perreault’s request to fill the position, which was already funded.

Wickman appointed

  The supervisors appointed Bill Wickman to serve on the Plumas County Coordinating Council, replacing Frank Stewart, the county’s forester, who recently retired.

  Wickman, a former U.S. Forest Service employee, serves on a variety of resource-related boards and commissions.

  The supervisors established the council in 2008 to coordinate the plans, policies and priorities of the county with those of federal and state agencies, particularly the Forest Service.

Kitchen contribution

  The supervisors approved the receipt of a $5,000 contribution from developer Lake Almanor Associates LP to help with the improvements for the Lake Almanor Recreation Center commercial kitchen.

  “Yippee!” said Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, who has been working to see this project completed.

  The center is also benefiting from an estimated $50,000 worth of commercial kitchen equipment donated by the county health department to the recreation center. The equipment became available when the Greenville nutrition site kitchen closed.

  Thrall said that the center had been designed with the intention of someday housing a commercial kitchen so it would require minimal construction.

  She said a community organization was also working on a grant to help with recreation center costs.

  Thrall hoped there would be enough left over to pave an area in front of the center.

       Thrall also thanked the new facilities director, Dony Sawchuk, for working with CalFire personnel to move the heavy

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