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Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Wednesday, June 17, 2015 3A New jail location faces resistence in Quincy Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The leading location for a new county jail has some crying foul. During the Board of Supervisors' June 9 meeting, :the board voted to proceed with county-owned property :in East Quincy that is urrently home to three ,Little League fields. Four supervisors -- Kevin Goss, Jeff Engel, Sherrie Thrall and Terry Swofford -- voted in favor, while Supervisor Lori Simpson abstained. "I knew there would be controversy," said Simpson vho asked that the item be n the agenda. Simpson .listed some of those who have voiced opposition including Little League leaders and neighbors. She said she heard "big opposition from people who built them." She acknowledged that the county needs a new jail, and that $220,000 had already been invested in a consultant to assist with the process, but there were serious issues that need to be addressed. "I'm doing my part, meeting and hearing their concerns," she said. Before the board discussed those concerns, Cameron Glass, a senior partner with CGL Companies, made a presentation outlining the need for a new jail, the grant application process, a preliminary design, proposed location advantages, and rough diagram of the proposed baseball fields. "You're at a point where you should do something," Glass told the board. At the conclusion of his presentation, Public Health Director Mimi Hall, who was in the audience for another matter, spoke as a Little League parent. "In terms of a conducive environment, it's not a bad idea," Hall said of moving the fields to the fairgrounds and recreation district area. She said from personal experience it would be nice to have a pool, playground and skate park available for her other children while one was playing. However, she said the underlying question was "Who's going to pay for the cost of developing new fields?" "That's a good question," Board Chairman Kevin Goss said. Specific costs weren't addressed during the meeting, but during a follow-up interview with Sheriff Greg Hagwood, he said that he estimated it could cost from $300,000 to $500,000 with some volunteer effort. Holly Buus, who serves on the Little League board, said they estimated the cost could be as high as $1 million. While Little League leaders see the advantages of moving to a new location, funding is the issue. Hagwood said that the grant would not include funds to relocate the fields. The Rotary Club of Quincy originally built the fields. According to Bill Coates, who was both a Plumas County supervisor and a Rotary member at the time, there was no formal agreement with the county. Little League wanted fields; Rotary wanted to provide them; and the county had unused land available. Quincy attorney Pete Hentschel, representing the High Sierra Music Festival, said that his client "is opposed to any changes in that area." The proposed site is prime camping area for the fair attendees because it is dotted with trees. "The issue of shaded camping is extremely important," he said. Two former grand jury members spoke to the importance of building a new jail, which has been addressed in every grand jury report for several years. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, who has been working with the sheriff to find a location, listed potential sites that had fallen apart for various reasons. One of the most promising sites, a location adjacent to the current jail, was found to be in a floodplain. "A facility that houses numerous guests will probably never be able to be located in a floodplain," she said. Thrall said that the board had to decide whether to go for this grant or "do we want to delay and wait for another funding cycle." Glass had explained that having a site that had undergone the California Environmental Quality Act process would weigh in the county's favor with the state grant. The fact that CEQA is in process and the county already owns the land is of Quincy man sentenced to 25 years to life for causing child's death James Wilson Staff Writer jwilson@plurnasnewslcom Judge Ira Kaufman, in front of a full courtroom June 12, sentenced 25-year-old Kenneth Charles-Allen Stringfellow to 25 years to life in prison. On April 2, a jury found Stringfellow guilty of second-degree murder and assault on a child causing death. Stringfellow was found guilty of assaulting his live-in girlfriend's 22-month-old son, resulting in the toddler's death. Braylon Duguay suffered fatal injuries Dec. 11, 2013. Two days later he died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. The second-degree murder conviction carried a sentence of 15 years to life and the assault on a child causing death carried a sentence of 25 years to life. According to California Penal Code Section 654, a person cannot be punished twice for the same act. Kaufman chose to stay the second-degree conviction and issue the harsher sentence for the assault on a child causing death conviction. Before Kaufman sentenced Stringfellow, the county's victim and domestic violence assistance program director, Kori Langrehr, read two letters from Duguay's family. The first letter read was from the victim's aunt, Terry Rumore. In her letter, Rumore urged Kaufman to issue a life sentence. "How do I find the words?" Rumore's letter began. "Braylon was robbed of a childhood, of having a family of his own." The second letter, written by Duguay's grandmother Cynthia Brant, also asked Kaufman to issue a life sentence. "My family -- we are heartbroken. Our lives will never be the same. The court needs to remember Braylon,,' Brant's lette r read. Stringfellow's sentence included a clause that allows no work-time credits and no credits for good behavior. This means Stringfeilow will serve the full sentence. The reason Kaufman gave for including the clause was that the nature and seriousness of the crime were too severe to offer sentencing credits. Stringfellow will be eligible for parole after he serves 25 years of his sentence. Driveway Slurry Sealing Hot Melted Crack FllUng Small Patch Work Free Estimate Beck Seal Coating (530) 532-1470 Serving Plumas County since 1993 Lewis R Beck Jr. Lic. #669409 Going Batty? Certified by Bat  ._ Conservation  ......... -'1'  100/o s a to bats ,, NO "Bats in the Building CHEMICALS NO 48 Years PESTICIDES Doing bat exclusion exclusively APPROVED BAT benefit Thrall said. As for the relocation of the ball fields, she said that's a separate decision. "I understand what Pete says about High Sierra," Thrall said, but added that she had a difficult time with a four-day event setting long-term policy. In a subsequent interview, Thrall questioned the economic benefits that are often touted surrounding the event, noting that most of the people camp for the entirety of the event and bring their own provisions. While local merchants have often spoken about the financial boon the festival represents, other entities benefit as well. During interviews last week, Fairgrounds Manager John Steffanic said that High Sierra pays $75,000 for the use of the fairgrounds and pays another $15,000 to reimburse costs. He doesn't know how that funding could be replaced. Jim Boland, the director of the Plumas Recreation and Park District, said that revenue from the four-day festival represents one-third of his annual budget. "It keeps the pool open for the summer," he said. Simpson said she wasn't trying to stop anything, but she wanted time to work with everyone involved. However, the other supervisors wanted to take action. "We have to approve this today and move forward," said Supervisor Terry Swofford. Supervisor Kevin Goss asked if the decision could be delayed until Simpson had a chance to hold more meetings. Planning Director Randy Wilson said the application for a special use permit would result in a public hearing. "I know my people; I know there will be an uproar," Simpson said. Swofford reiterated his motion, which was seconded by Thrall. Supervisors Swofford, Goss, Thrall and Jeff Engel voted yes, with Simpson abstaining. Following the June 9 meeting, Simpson and Engel (who also represents a portion of East Quincy), met with property owners who objected to the proposed jail location in their neighborhood. Simpson said that she expected a large turnout during the public comment portion of the board's June 16 meeting. Tired c the PAIN, NUMBNESS & TINGLING In Your Arms, Hands, Legs or Feet? 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