By Debra Moore
During the July 18 meeting of the Plumas County Board of Supervisors, the topic of Dame Shirley Plaza came up toward the end of the meeting when the supervisors discuss the correspondence received from constituents. As Supervisor Greg Hagwood mentioned the plaza, County Administrative Officer Debra Lucero said she just had received a letter from the state judicial council asking the board to decide whether the plaza was an option to site the new courthouse.
Plumas News reached out to the Judicial Council following the meeting and received this response, “The Judicial Council emailed a letter yesterday (July 17) to Debra Lucero, County Administrative Officer for the County of Plumas. The letter asked if the county was still in support of locating a new courthouse on Dame Shirley Plaza, next to the existing courthouse — specifically, would the county provide a Board of Supervisors Resolution by August 10, 2023, expressing that support.”
The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors is Tuesday, Aug. 1, and the supervisors are scheduled to discuss the issue then.
The project is currently in the site acquisition phase and three sites have been shortlisted from the 10 locations originally identified: Dame Shirley Plaza, the Feather Publishing building on Lawrence Street and the Stone House in East Quincy.
“As one of those three sites, the council at this point is doing its due diligence to determine if Dame Shirley Plaza is a viable location and if the county would be willing to support the transfer of the property for this purpose,” read a statement on the topic by the Judicial Council.
The Council then reiterated that before any decision is made on the location, the Judicial Council, the Superior Court of Plumas County, and the Project Advisory Group will review/analyze the locations to ultimately confirm one preferred and one alternate site.
Those two sites will then be presented to the council’s Administrative Director and at a public meeting of the council’s Court Facilities Advisory Committee. The public can provide written or in-person comments at committee meetings—dates and meeting agendas are posted on the committee’s public webpage. The committee will discuss the site options at its meeting and take action on the site selection package presented.
Further steps on the process are under that same Schedule section on the project webpage.