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Board approves nearly $1 million in public safety allocations

The Plumas County Board of Supervisors met for roughly 20 minutes this morning, Tuesday, Sept. 8, before adjourning to closed session. The highlights of the morning meeting included an update from Public Health Director Andrew Woodruff about coronavirus in the county and the adoption of a budget that disperses funds to public safety partners. An afternoon budget hearing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Woodruff announced that today would bring the last scheduled COVID test results from Feather River College. To date, the testing has confirmed seven positive cases. The college, Public Health and Plumas District Hospital have worked together to provide on-site, same day testing of all students who either plan to live in the dorms or take in-person classes on campus. Today’s tests represent students who had not yet had the chance to take the test. Results are processed in the hospital’s lab using its state-of-the art testing system, which produces the rapid results. Students who test positive are not allowed to move into the dorms.

Woodruff also told the supervisors that Plumas County remains in the orange tier as of today. Counties must remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks before they could be moved to a less restrictive tier, or conversely, a more restrictive tier based on number of positive cases in a week or the positivity rate. However, that could change for Plumas and other rural counties. “Certain things may not apply to us as they do in other counties,” Woodruff said. He added that the point of the tiers is to “have less back and forth” for what businesses and entities can be open in counties and under what limitations.

Public Safety Realignment Funds

With almost no discussion, the board approved $935,592.16 in public safety realignment funds as presented by Erin Metcalf, the county’s probation director and chairman of the Community Corrections Partnership.

Following is the breakdown of funding:

  • District Attorney: $144,252
  • Sheriff: $460,976
  • Probation Department: $168,090
  • PCIRC Pathways: $45,000
  • PCIRC Ohana House: $45,000
  • Plumas County Literacy Program: $23,389
  • Behavioral Health: $48,885.16

PCIRC (Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center) received a total of $90,000. Ohana House is an emergency and transitional housing model for adults aged 18 and older, and is open to Plumas and Sierra County residents, Pathways helps offenders transition into housing and other services.

Correspondence and meetings

The supervisors reported that most of their conversations and meetings have pertained to fire and their effects on the county residents.

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