Forget climbing three flights of stairs — Plumas County residents will soon be able to view the Board of Supervisors proceedings from the comfort of their own couches.
Beginning sometime in January, the board meetings will be streamed live, as well as archived for future viewing on the county’s website.
Initially a camera will be mounted in the ceiling and angled toward the supervisors, but Dave Preston, the county’s information technology manager, said a second camera could be added to focus on the audience.
Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, who pressed for the live streaming and is even paying for the camera, likes the plan to mount it on the ceiling because it would be “less disruptive.”
Preston told the supervisors that the fiber optic upgrade for the county’s Internet “should be active in the next week or so.”
Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications has completed installation at the health and human services building near the college, and the mental health department is scheduled to be the first to go live.
In response to a question from Supervisor Jon Kennedy, Preston said that Plumas-Sierra will be the county’s new Internet service provider, replacing AT&T. But for a while, the two will run concurrently.
New road crew leader
Public Works Director Bob Perreault introduced Janice Thomas to the Board of Supervisors.
Thomas is the new road maintenance supervisor for the Quincy area, where she will supervise a 10-member crew, as well as seasonal employees. It’s the largest maintenance crew in the department.
Thomas told the supervisors that she had no idea when she first started working for the road department that it would become her profession.
“I learned how to change oil at Quincy High School from Mr. Swofford,” she said. Board chairman Terry Swofford taught auto shop at the high school for many years.
Supervisor Lori Simpson told Perreault that she appreciated his introduction of employees to the board and encouraged other department heads to do the same.
Grant funds accepted
The supervisors voted unanimously and swiftly to accept $8,659 from the Pacific Forest & Lands Stewardship Council to study the feasibility of building a trail at Bucks Lake. The county will contract with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship to complete the study.
The supervisors appointed Mental Health Director Peter Livingston to serve on the executive committee of the county’s Community Corrections Partnership.
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