Supervisors approve first round of music festivals
Music festival season begins soon and the Board of Supervisors approved the first two requests, both from Belden Town.
During their April 8 meeting the supervisors heard details about “Emissions,” to be held May 16 – 18, and “Raindance,” scheduled for June 6 – 9.
Belden resident Darrel Smith, who is not enamored with the local music festivals because of fire and public safety issues, voiced his opposition via letter.
“The only time there isn’t any problems is when the events are small or Duds (no one shows up),” Smith wrote.
“We are all aware of the property owner who is not happy,” said Sheriff Greg Hagwood, who was in attendance. “I will assign a sergeant to work with the property owner.”
He also indicated that he “would staff the Canyon” during the festival.
That caused Supervisor Sherrie Thrall to question whether that would take deputies away from the outlying areas, including her district, which encompasses Chester, and if the sheriff’s department would be compensated.
“This won’t be impacting Greenville or Chester,” Hagwood assured her.
As for the cost, Board Chairman Jon Kennedy said that the county “had received a little over $1 million from TOT (transient occupancy tax) and that helps to pay for these things.”
Supervisor Kevin Goss, who represents the Belden area, asked to be included in any meetings regarding the music festival and the sheriff’s department.
“Apparently I’m going down the Meacher path,” he said, referencing a line from Smith’s letter, which compared Goss to former supervisor Robert Meacher, who Smith felt had ignored the situation.
Event organizers anticipate 700 attendees at each festival, including staff, participants and spectators.
According to Jerry Sipe, the county’s director of the office of emergency services, the maximum allowed in Belden for such events is 1,250.
Belden is scheduled to hold four more concerts later this summer.
The supervisors passed a resolution officially confirming their withdrawal from the Feather River Coordinated Resource Management Plan Government Process, often simply referred to as the Feather River CRM.
Instead the board will focus on the Integrated Water Management Plan Update, an anticipated two-year process.
Every 15 minutes
Board Chairman Kennedy asked his fellow supervisors to allocate $3,500 from the county’s contingency fund for Every 15 Minutes, the popular California Highway Patrol program that brings students face to face with the aftermath of a fatal drunk driving accident.
The program rotates between the county’s four high schools and this year’s staging will be in Portola. A portion of the county allocation will be used to create a video for the other schools.
“I am a staunch supporter of this,” said Goss, as he made the motion to approve the request.
Juvenile hall option
The county now has three options for housing local youths in juvenile hall. In addition to facilities in Trinity and Lassen counties, youths now may be sent to the Nevada County Carl F. Bryan Juvenile Hall.
“For a certain type of juvenile, this would provide additional services,” said Dan Prince, the acting chief probation officer.
Dony Sawchuk, the county’s director of facility services and airports, is seeking bids for reconstruction work at Rogers Field in Chester.
“I can attest to that being needed,” Chairman Jon Kennedy said, as the board approved the request for proposals that Sawchuk is poised to post.
“It’s already been engineered and ready to go to bid,” Sawchuk said.