Board meeting in Loyalton brings packed audience over Sierra Brooks Water System
Bd of Supes 4/16/13
Janice Maddox, Director of Health and Human Services brought the Sierra County Summer Youth Program to the Board’s attention. Proposed policies and procedures were discussed and the agreement between Tahoe Adventure Company and SC for the 2013 SC Wilderness Challenge Program will be brought back to May 7th meeting after further research is done on the Summer Recreation Program and possible liabilities to the County.
County Counsel Jim Curtis suggested the county revise plan to keep coverage. Curtis suggested that Maddox “is not as liberal as predessessor” and suggested the linkage between recreation and substance abuse funds needs to be clear rather than the attitude “anything we do with kids keeps them busy and away from drugs”. Curtis concerns were if the county were audited and uses disallowed the county would have to pay back. Curtis suggested cutting summer recreation. County Auditor/Treasurer/Tax Collector Van Maddox said he was concerned about insurance and whether we had coverage for “abuse & molestation issues”.
Supervisor Jim Beard suggested including more education for participants to satisfy funding requirements. Supervisor Lee Adams said he appreciated Janice Maddox bringing this before the Board and said finding out what other counties are doing to comply with funding for the Summer Recreation program and that the County “needed to pass the laugh test” or else “we need to stop the program”.
A Resolution allowing the Tax Collector, Van Maddox, the power to sell tax-defaulted property was approved. An application and Agreement to commence process for acquisition of a tax sale property (APN 018-030-021-0) affecting the Sierraville-Dearwater Airport was approved.
A long involved discussion on the 2013-2014 County Budget ensued trying to close the gap which has narrowed to $25,000 +- depending on what day it is and what news the Tax Collector/Treasurer/Auditor Van Maddox gets from the state.
Bid results for the Old Fiberboard Road Bridge Replacement was postponed until the May 7th meeting in Downieville. The low bid was substantially higher than funds available.
The Board approved a request from Director of Planning Tim Beals to transfer funds within the department to enable completion of environmental documents for two pending projects.
Public Hearing on Sierra Brooks was a no action strictly comments on the Sierra Brooks Water System Improvements phase brought many citizens in support of the project and only one dissenter John Pang who worried that an access road for Plant maintenance would interfere with his privacy. He was reassured by Director Beals in terms of limited use and an offer to work with the property owner to minimize infringement on his privacy. The cost of the project will be borne only by Sierra Brooks property owners that benefit from the project and will go to a vote before them. This is a “not for profit” venture and a necessary project according to all involved. Keith Nibbs from Sauers Engineering updated the process and answered questions. Sierra Brooks Water
An agreement with SCFPD#1 to prepare amendments to the County Fire Safe Plan was approved.
The Board did not agree with the Operating Engineers Local 3 request to recognize a new bargaining unit consisting of employees in Health and Human Services Department.
A letter in support of Assembly Bill 350 Forest Fire Prevention Act presented by Supervisor Adams was approved.
A request brought by Supervisor Roen to formally recognize the Resource Conservation Districts within the Feahter River Watershed as the local planning agency responsible for resource and water planning, coordination and project implementation was approved.
A letter of support and Resolution in support of Assembly Bill 900 which exempts skilled nursing facilities was approved.
Patrick Blide was reappointed to the Calpine Waterworks District No. 1 by Chair Scott Schlefstein.