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The mood turned sentimental during the Plumas County Board of Supervisors meeting Nov. 5, when Public Health Director Mimi Hall requested authorization to accept $17,756 for the veterans service department that she oversees.
The money would be used to hire more help and purchase equipment to serve veterans, with the goal of expanding outreach to the community.
Supervisor Jon Kennedy choked up while telling the story of a local World War II veteran who, along with his wife, struggled financially. Kennedy talked about how the man, like others of his generation, went to war, came home, got a job and went about his life, not expecting any help.
But when another Eastern Plumas veteran learned of the situation, he connected the man and his wife with veterans services, and now they are receiving assistance.
“Outreach is so important,” he said.
Wants performance review
The supervisors approved a request by Social Services Director Elliott Smart to renew a contract with the Nevada-Sierra Regional In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority to provide administrative services for the county’s in-home health services.
The program serves 300 elderly and disabled clients each month.
Plumas entered the original agreement in 2003, and shares the cost with two other counties.
Supervisor Lori Simpson asked if there had been a performance review of the service provider, and when she learned that there had not been an evaluation, requested one.
“Other counties should get on the ball too,” Simpson said.
The supervisors authorized vacant positions to be filled in the agriculture commissioner’s office, in road maintenance and in senior nutrition.
The ag commissioner is looking for an agriculture and standards inspector to replace an inspector who has accepted a position with Fresno County.
The public works department is hiring a road maintenance worker in Beckwourth following the resignation of an employee who left for another job, and a half-time assistant cook will be hired for the Chester nutrition site.
All available county jobs are posted on the county’s website: countyofplumas.com.
The supervisors unanimously voted to appoint Michele Gosney to the Almanor Recreation and Park District board and Milt Frei to the Last Chance Creek Water District board.
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