Supervisor attends last meeting; Board approves two-year limits for building permits

The Plumas County Board of Supervisors met Dec. 13, which would be Terry Swofford’s last meeting as a supervisor.

Swofford came to the Board in 2007. Several of the Supervisors told Swofford that they really enjoyed working with him and that he was always “a calm steady hand” that they could rely on.

Water Management

The board, acting separately as the Plumas County Flood Control and Water Conservation District board, unanimously adopted the “Upper Feather River Integrated Regional Water Management Plan 2016 Update.” Adoption of the plan update will make it possible for the county to apply for state Proposition 1 water bond funds for water quality, water supply and water infrastructure improvements.

Conflict of interest standards

The Board unanimously approved the conflict of interest codes for both the over 50 special districts and 38 departments and agencies in the county.

Since the mid-1970s, the State of California has required decision-making government officials, and those who advise them, to file a statement of their economic interests every year.

In even-numbered years, governments must report any changes in conflict of interest to the state.

County Counsel Craig Settlemire informed the board that only 38 of 50 county special districts had sent their updates to the county for review and the county will be contacting overdue districts for their updates.

From jail to kitchen

For the second year, the board authorized the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Plumas County and Feather River College for adult vocational training for low-level, nonviolent offenders.

The amount paid to the college will not exceed $94,000. The funds are from a grant obtained by the county’s Alternative Sentencing Program, the Sheriff’s Office and Feather River College.

District Attorney David Hollister advised the board that the Nutrition, Food & Culinary Arts certificate program at Feather River College made it possible for most low-level offenders to obtain jobs last year.

Hollister said that having a job is the most important factor in keeping offenders from ending up back in the judicial system.

Building permits

After listening to testimony from the public, the board voted unanimously to put a two-year limit on building permits. However, six-month permit extensions will be available and those extensions can be repeated.

Grand Jury report

The 2015-2016 Grand Jury reported to the board 15 findings and 16 recommendations on how county government could be improved.

At its Dec. 6 meeting, the board went through each submission one by one noting what was being done to meet most of the recommendations.

The board also set time limits for further study or for the implementation of those recommendations that the board agreed with. The board’s response was officially adopted at this meeting.

To see the complete list of findings and recommendations and the board’s responses to them, go to countyofplumas.com/index.aspx?nid=216.

Best visit the museum now

The board confirmed the annual closure of the Plumas County Museum to the public during the months of January and February. The purpose of the closure is to give staff and volunteers time to catalogue collections and revise displays.