Supervisors approve slew of requests during Dec. 6 meeting

By Debra Moore

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The Plumas County Board of Supervisors conducted the public portion of its Dec. 6 meeting in a little under an hour — quickly approving a variety of requests and hearing an update on the effort to revitalize Quincy — one of 25 communities selected nationwide to receive expert assistance in the effort.

Following are some of the requests that the board approved without discussion — some were on the consent agenda, which means they are considered routine and noncontroversial, while others were on the regular agenda and passed quickly without comment:

  • Certification of the Nov. 8 General Election results
  • Authorized the Chief Probation Officer to fill two full-time positions
  • Authorized a service agreement with Feather River Forestry for hazard tree assessment services
  • Approved contracts with MGE Engineering for the Snake Lake Road bridge replacement project, as well as the Graeagle-Johnsville Road Rehabilitation project
  • Approved contracts with Bender Rosenthal Inc. for the Sloat storm drainage repair project, as well easement acquisition services for Radio Hill Road and utility easement project
  • Approved contracts with four companies for snow removal services, not to exceed $100,00 per each agreement: Pavement Coatings Company; J.W. Bamford, Inc.; Wilburn Construction and Dig It Construction.
  • Approved improvements to the sewer system in Beckwourth
  • Authorized the Clerk Recorder to conduct a special vote-by-mail election for the West Almanor Community Services District special tax for emergency medical and fire protection
  • Authorized the purchase of a used steel drum roller destroyed during the Dixie Fire
  • Authorized the Sheriff to sign a contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to house inmates that require advanced medical care.

 

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Public Health

Public Health Director Dana Loomis sought permission to sign an agreement with Dr. Erin Barnes to serve as the deputy county health officer; Dr. Mark Satterfield is the county health officer. Loomis told the supervisors that this would provide 24/7 health officer availability as required by a funding source for the position. Loomis said that it’s good  for “another local physician to learn the health officer’s job.”

Supervisor Greg Hagwood liked the idea because it “could potentially be succession-oriented.”

The board unanimously approved the request.

Information Technology

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Director Greg Ellingson presented a 20-page Acceptable Use Policy to establish guidelines for all Plumas County owned technology resources. “This has been sorely needed,” Ellingson said, adding that the last policy was drafted in October of 2000. He described it as an “all encompassing” policy that will protect the county and its employees.

“I think it’s a long time coming,” Board Chairman Kevin Goss said.

Supervisor Greg Hagwood asked Ellingson if the new policy was “in keeping with industry standards” and was assured that it was.

Public Health Director Dana Loomis said he supported the policy, which would replace the current “piecemeal approach.”

Without further discussion the supervisors approved the policy.

Quincy Community Action Plan

Planning Director Tracey Ferguson introduced Nova Collinson from the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, the organization that applied for the planning grant back in 2019, which provides for “high level organizers and planners to come in and help” develop the recreation economy for rural communities. Quincy was one of just 25 communities nationwide selected for this opportunity.

“We are excited to announce that we have the final plan,” Collinson said, before giving a brief history of the work that has been accomplished, including a two-day workshop held back in June that was very well attended, which resulted in five goals:

Goal 1: Support recreation infrastructure needed

Goal 2: Travel cooperation – which would extend to other areas in the county

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Goal 3: Downtown Quincy revitalization and enhanced connectivity

Goal 4: Business and economic development

Goal 5: Workforce housing

Representatives from the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce in Eastern Plumas, as well as the Lake Almanor Area Chamber of Commerce, voiced their support for the plan.