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2A Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Supervisors more on Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.corn When it comes to Plumas County issuing business licenses, there are more questions than answers. "No one knows what businesses are here," Supervisor Lori Simpson said. "We should get with the program." Simpson's remarks came during the Board of Supervisors' Jan. 13 meeting, when John Sciborski, chairman of the county's Integrated Waste Management Task Force, said that a business license would make it easier to get compliance with state law regarding mandatory commercial recycling. "There's businesses that don't sign up for solid waste (services)," Simpson said. "Ricky has to guess." Ricky is Ricky Ross, co-owner of InterMountain Disposal, the county's solid waste franchise holder in the eastern portion of the county. The city of Portola requires a business license; the county" does not. Simpson suggested that a business license might cost $10 and would allow the county to keep track of its businesses. Supervisor Terry Swofford explained that tl e city's business license fee was based on gross sales. "The cheapest is $60 per year," he said. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said that the county couldn't arbitrarily pick a fee. "We have to establish a need for a license," she said. "And would have to do some kind of a fee study." "It's not going to be $10," Swofford said. County Counsel Craig Settlemire agreed with Thrall that a variety of questions would need to be answered. "We need more information," he said. "If we're going to look at a business license, we need to define 'why,'" Thrall said. "If the only reason is for the business to go into a commercial recycling program, that's not enough:" She also wondered who would manage the business license program. "There would need to be a lot more discussion," Board Chairman Kevin Goss said. Auditor Roberta Allen said that all of the information required to determine which commercial customers should be part of the mandatory recycling program might already exist in the assessor's office. Assessor Chuck Leonhardt wasn't present during the meeting, but said in an interview following the meeting that he could gather the information, if he knew the parameters. "If they want a target audience, they could talk to me and we could strategize," Leonhardt said. The supervisors didn't reach any conclusion regarding business licenses, nor did they schedule it for future discussion. To send a legal: ..... TOsend an advertisement: Doubl duty The Lake Almanor Elks Lodge and its members both host and financially sponsor the Jan. 15 Almanor Community Supper. "Elks chef Dave Price planned and cooked up some amazing comfort food for a cold winter's evening," coordinator Lisa Phillips said. The menu was chili with cheese and onions, cornbread and a green salad. A herd of Elks members and their wives helped to set up and serve the meal. "The next community supper will be Jan. 22 and will be sponsored by the popular Peninsula eatery Tantardino's Pasta & Pizzeria," said Phillips. Photo submitted Officials seek,, direction in garbage negotiations Debra Moore Staff Writer "1 don't want to run a homegrown guy out of doing business here." Loft Simpson District 4 Supervisor Plumas County perpetually renew in five-year increments. Supervisor Lori Simpson didn't agree and said that the board had promised the franchise holders that killing ' the evergreen clause when they did three years ago wouldn't result in a bid process. "They were upset ... worried about their future ... There are about two years to go on the current solid waste contracts, but county officials and the garbage franchise holders are anxious to finish negotiating new ones. Public Works Director Bob Perreault l~as been leading the discussions and appeared before the Board of Supervisors to ask for direction, but he found more than he was looking for duringthe Jan. 13 meeting. "I feel these contracts need to be put out to bid," said Supervisor Sherrie Thrall. worried about their She explained that is why she investments," Simpson said, wanted to terminate the of the franchise operators: "evergreen clause" in the She said that she ...... contract, which caused it to remembered the:discussion clearly and added, "I'm not going back on my word." While Feather River /J,H g Disposal, which serves Quincy, Greenville and the Almanor area, is now owned and operated by Waste Management, InterMountain Disposal, which handles SUSANVILLE NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY garbage service for the eastern portion of the county, is still privately owned by Portola resident Ricky Ross and his family. "I don't want to run a homegrown guy out of doing business here," Simpson said. "I don't remember saying that we wouldn't put it out to bid," Supervisor Terry Swofford said. He said that he has to do what's best for the people that he represents. "In good conscience, the people I represent should figure out if they're getting the best bang for the bid," he said. "I think we have to have it go out to bid. I owe that to my constituents." Simpson continued to argue that the board had promised the solid waste operators that the county 7mm would not go out to bid,' but Thrall and Swofford, who were on the board at the time, did not recall that. An article printed in this newspaper Jan. 26, 2011, read: "As the agenda item came to a close Simpson emphasized the county would Continue to do business with the two current contractors and wasn't issuing a request for proposals." If it went to bid John Kolb, who is assisting the county with contract negotiations, said that both InterMountain and Feather River Disposal companies would have an advantage. overanyp0~s~ble , :., : J ; competitors because of~the tipping fee that they had negotiated with Lockwood. The tipping fee is the moneY that is paid to dump a load of waste at the Nevada landfill. "It's significantly less than someone who doesn't have a contract with Lockwood," he said. Ross said that he began working on the relationship with Lockwood more than two decades ago and negotiated a 40-year agreement, which is enjoyed by the county and Feather River Disposal as well. Waste Management, the parent company of Feather River Disposal, also owns Lockwood. Other issues In addition to whether the contracts should be put out to bid, the supervisors discussed several other items regarding the contracts, including commercial recycling costs, the use of the contractors' equipment, attorney fees in the event Of litigation, and profit margins. listen to you in a safe, confidential, unbiased, non- judgemental