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County has new administrator

The Plumas County Board of Supervisors has hired a county administrator! Gabriel Hydrick was set to begin his duties Monday and then serve alongside the supervisors in his new capacity at the Feb. 5 board meeting. It will be interesting to see how this proceeds. It’s no secret that this newspaper has long advocated for the Board of Supervisors to hire a County Administrative Officer and even though this position is slightly different, we’re pleased that an individual has been hired to assist with the day-to-day machinations of running what is the equivalent of a multi-million dollar corporation.

This doesn’t mean the supervisors relinquish control or oversight, it simply means that they have an individual who can assist them make this county run as efficiently and effectively as possible.

This individual can provide them with the background information necessary to make informed votes as they work their way through packed agendas. They will no longer have to rely on the arguments offered up by department heads, an outside entity or the public, without someone sharing what the ramifications would be if a certain decision is made. In other words they will be working less in a vacuum.

This individual can help them not only develop a balanced budget, but maximize all funding opportunities.

This individual can be a readily available resource for department heads and others who seek information. If given the authority, he can help mediate when departments are at odds with each other.

The board has been working on its own for several years and the supervisors have become accustomed to it. It will be interesting to see if they can relinquish control and use the county administrator as the resource that he could be.

Growing your own

Could neighborhoods become self-sufficient?

No, this isn’t about cannabis; it’s a reference to Pamela Noel’s Community Green column in this issue of the newspaper. She raises the idea of neighbors and communities organizing to grow their own food. It’s a fascinating approach to organizing an entire neighborhood to virtually provide all of the food that an area would need to sustain itself.

She wonders if this is an idea that would be fruitful here. We think it could be. There is already a lot of emphasis on local, sustainable gardens and individuals willing to share that knowledge. In fact a seed ‘n’ feed workshop was scheduled to be held this past weekend.

Even if it’s unlikely that a neighborhood could be completely self sufficient, substantial amounts of food could be raised and preserved. And in the process, neighborhood bonds would become stronger and manifest themselves in other positive ways as well.

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