Jobs well done

Quincy Services districts consolidate

We want to congratulate the efforts of the two services districts in Quincy (which after years of effort) have emerged as one consolidated American Valley Services District responsible for water and sewer services to Quincy and East Quincy residents. Attempts were made in the past, but ultimately the need to build a new wastewater treatment plant drove the boards of both districts to finesse the merger through to completion.

The board members knew that by providing a united front, their ability to obtain grant funding would be strengthened. Entities are regularly rewarded for collaborative efforts. It wasn’t easy to merge two separate organizations with employees and leadership teams already in place, as well as salary and benefits packages that vastly differed. It could have been a turf war, but the boards worked through all of the hurdles, overcoming each obstacle including naming a new district manager, Jim Doohan, and board president, Denny Churchill.

This consolidation could serve as an example for other districts throughout the county that have thought about extending their relationships beyond the collaboration stage. While entities — such as fire districts — tend to work well together and complement each other, there are opportunities for more unification through consolidation. It’s a way to maximize scant resources and better serve communities as a whole.

Responding to weather challenges

While the dire weather that was forecast last week didn’t live up to the hype in some parts of the county, our local officials — from the school district to the sheriff to the CHP and more — demonstrated once again their ability to work together to keep the public informed and protected during adversity.

Some may question the school district’s decision to call for a snow day last Thursday, but if the dire weather that had been forecast by all weather services had come to pass, students could have been left stranded in cold, dark classrooms while the roads became impassable. We applaud the district’s decision to exercise an abundance of caution when it comes to protecting the well-being of their students.

And that same proactive approach is being taken with another challenge facing schools — overall safety on campus. Again, local law enforcement and county leaders will join school district officials in meeting with the public to share the measures that are being taken to protect students.

Congratulations to our new judge

Last week Gov. Jerry Brown appointed local attorney Doug Prouty to be Plumas County’s newest superior court judge. Prouty was one of four local attorneys who had applied for the opportunity to succeed Judge Ira Kauman who retired last year.

Prouty brings to the role a wide range of experience from working in a district attorney’s office, to private practice, and as a public defender. That array of work should serve him and the community well in this new position.

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