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6A Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress 0 Two Weeksl Mon.Fri: lOam.6pm Sat: lOam.4pm Plumas supervisors turn attention to 2015-16 budget Debra Moore Staff Writer The Plumas County Board of Supervisors welcomed some young visitors to its June 9 meeting-- a roomful of Helen Lmnah's fourth-graders from Quincy Elementary School. After a brief history lesson by Supervisor Lori Simpson, the students led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and then settled in to watch the first 20 minutes of the board meeting. The meeting, which featured a morning and afternoon session, covered a host of topics including a first look at the 2015-16 county budget. "Is it good news or bad news?" Supervisor Terry Swofford asked Susan Scarlett, the county's budget consultant. "It's kind of iffy news," Scarlett responded. Scarlett reviewed preliminary revenue and . expenditure figures for the county and its individual departments. Several department heads have requests that represent increases from the last fiscal year. Even without those requests there is a projected budget shortfall of $2.4 million. The board was expected to pass a preliminary budget during yesterday's June 16 meeting, but will refine it and pass a f'mal budget later this summer. The board also planned to discuss the position of county administrative officer, which was not included in the budget presented June 9. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP and bonfires. The unpaved road is 3.23 miles long with one residence requiring it for access. The landowners would provide a locked gate that could be accessed by key code. A public hearing is scheduled on the matter for July 7 at 10:15 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors room. Extra help The supervisors approved a $60,000 contract with f'mancial consultant Craig Goodman to assist Auditor Roberta Allen in closing out the 2014-15 fiscal year and other related services. The supervisors hired Allen from the private sector three years ago and have enlisted Goodman's services as she learns governmental processes. Allen said that she "has been on a steep learning curve," and that Goodman is a "very good source of government accounting and expertise." "Do you feel this will be the last year that you need him?" asked Supervisor Lori Simpson, and recalled that Goodman had told the board that it would take about three years for Allen "to get up to speed." Lovers' lane could be closed Some Sierra Valley residents have asked the county to abandon County Road l17A, also known as Sierra'Valley McNella Lane, because it has become a "nuisance to the landowners." Complaints included vehicles parking at all hours of the day and night, garbage dumping, stolen livestock, vandalism, shooting Van fmds new life The 1996 Chevy Astro van has been vandalized and inhabited by rodents and it no longer runs, but its useful days are not over. It will be part of the Quincy Fire Department's 16-hour vehicle extrication course offered to emergency responders throughout the county. Facilities Director Dony Sawchuk received authorization from the board to donate it to Quincy Fire, which not only aids the department, but saves the county the cost of disposing of the vehicle. One more year The county renewed its lease with Plumas Unified School District for the use of the former probation department building in East Quincy through the end of June 2016. The district moved its administrative offices to the facility from its historical building on Main Street following problems with that aged structure. For the Funk of It The board approved an application for another music festival in Belden Town: "For the Funk of It" will be held Aug. 14 - 16. The event is expected to draw 800, including participants, performers and staff. School district offers free summer meals throughout county "When school is out, free lunches are still in!" said Jessica Linford, Plumas Unified School District Food Services Program manager. In 2014, PUSD offered, for the fin'st time, a Summer Meals Program in Greenville and Portola. During the program, 7,357 free healthy meals were given out to Plumas County kids. "During the school year, many families participate in the free lunch program at their school, but in the summer this valuable support for a family's budget goes away," said Linford. The "seamless summer option" is a USDA-funded program that allows PUSD to serve free meals to anyone 18 and under while school is out. There are no requirements to participate in the program. PUSD will be offering its Summer Meals Program for the second year in 2015 and expanding the program to Chester and Quincy. All meals include fresh fruit and/or vegetables and a choice of low-fat milk or water. All sites are in operation  Monday - Friday. Plumas County Public Health Agency will support the Summer Meals Program by providing a variety of interactive physical activities at meal sites. Health educators working in supplemental nutrition assistance program education will engage kids at each summer meal site in activities that get them moving, staying active and coming back to the program for healthy, nutritious meals throughout the summer. Last year, activities at the Portola site included giant croquet, obstacle courses, hula hoops, jump rope, capture the flag and volleyball. This year, these activities (and more!) will be held on a rotating basis at all sites, and will reach out to many more kids, said Linford. "These free activities are a great way to pair nutritious meals with healthy lifestyles." The Summer Meals Program will not be in operation July 3 in observance of Independence Day. Meals may be purchased by an accompanying parent/guardian. Supervision of children will not be provided. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult 16 or older. For more details visit summermeals or call PUSD's Child Nutrition Department at 283-6545, ext. 5505. Masons to hold pancake breakfast in Quincy "Start your Father's Day celebration with our Masonic pancake breakfast," said Quincy Mason Bill Whitcher. The Saturday, June 20, meal will be served at the Masonic Hall, 70 Harbison Ave. across from the library. , Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and goes to 10:30. The menu consists of scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Donations at the door are $6 adults, $3 children under 12 and $5 students with ID. "Come meet old friends and make new ones," said Whitcher. Enjoy breakfast and then venture over to the Plumas County Courthouse for the 10 a.m. opening ceremony of Relay for Life. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund and other fraternal purposes. College president to address Republican women Plumas County Republican Women will be meeting Thursday, June 25, at The Iron Door Restaurant in Johnsville. The speaker will be Dr. Kevin Trutna, president/superintendent of Feather River Community College. He will be offering an update on the new bachelor's degree program awarded to FRC as well as current plans and activities for the upcoming academic year. The public is welcome to attend; the business meeting starts at 11 and the luncheon at noon, followed by the speaker. Luncheon reservations at $20 are requested by Monday, June 22, by calling Liz Holston at 636-4428. The public is also welcome to come for speaker only.