IVCSD celebrates at the last meeting of the year

Right before the last Indian Valley Community Services District meeting for the year Dec. 11, a few community members along with the directors and staff of the IVCSD gathered around a festive holiday table for beef stew, potluck and desserts.

That segued into the beginning of the meeting and the official swearing in of directors Bob Heard and Bob Orange, who will serve through 2023. All directors attended, however director Wayne Dannemiller went home early due to apparent illness.

There were a few highlights in the three-hour evening.

During public comment period, newcomer to the IVCSD meetings, Mike Grant, introduced himself to the board. Grant informed the board that he will be retiring in two weeks from the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and is running for supervisor of District 2. Grant offered to answer questions about his campaign, but the board declined citing that it was not appropriate to do so during public comment.

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Fire Chief Tony Balbiani was present to give a rare in-person report along with his regular written report to the board.

Balbiani started by summarizing the calls for November and stated that the new Care Flight ground ambulance service — which started operations last month —has been professional and welcomed.

“The feedback has been positive. Mostly from our own guys. Care Flight gets on the scene and out to the hospital without hanging around the scene,” he noted.

Balbiani noted the Dave Humphrey at Crescent Tow had donated a car for the fire volunteers to use in training and said he’d find more of them in the future.

Johnny Cervantes from the sheriff substation gave a training on first responders dealing with crime scenes.

Balbiani also indicated that Care Flight would be offering EMT credits free to the volunteers.

Director Mina Admire asked what the volunteer firefighting force looked like now, and Balbiani responded that there are 16 volunteers, 11 of whom come to trainings on a weekly basis, with a core group of five to six that respond to calls.

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“I’m much more comfortable when I leave town these days than when I first came on as chief,” said Balbiani.

Two board policies were unanimously approved during the meeting. Updated Policy 5010 covered posting procedures of agendas before meetings with just a brief discussion on typos before passing.

Updated Policy 2575 was also passed after the board solicited input from district employees on how the health and benefits package would effect them. All present employees were positive about the package.

A third updated set of nine fire policies required more discussion before approval.

General Manager Chris Gallagher delivered his general report informing the board on various trainings employees attended, project progress, and financial planning mid-way through the fiscal year — with no perceived crisis of any of those aforementioned on the horizon.