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6A Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 Chester Progressive, Westwood PinePress Chester trustee resigns from FRC board Mona Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com Feather River Community College District trustees and Feather River College Foun- dation board members met Dec. 6 for a joint annual meet- ing at the Plumas Bank Notes Department in Quincy. In a letter to the board of trustees dated Nov. 17, Dou- glas Shamberger, Area V, ten- dered his resignation from the board, effective Jan. 2, 2012. Dr. Ron Taylor, presi- dent/superintendent for the district, presented Shamberger with a plaque of appreciation for his service to the district. Following discussion, Leah West, trustee for Area I, moved to accept Shamberg- er's resignation and, in a sep- arate motion, moved to fill the vacancy with a provisional appointment. After Area III trustee John Sheehan's sec- ond, trustees unanimously ap- proved both motions. The trustees also unani- mously approved West's mo- tion nominating Area II's Bill Elliott for another term as president of the board and Sheehan as vice president. By board policy, Taylor serves the board as secretary-treasurer. In other routine action, the trustees approved the Accred- itation Institutional Serf-Eval- uation, the Quarterly Finan- cial Status Report (for the quarter ended Sept. 30) and board policy revisions. The accreditation document provides the visiting accredita- tion team from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, with the college's detailed analysis of strengths and weakness and its plans for improvement and growth. The team will visit Feather River College this spring. Dr. Derek Lerch has over- seen FRC's preparations for the visit and Dr. Chris Con- nell authored the report, building on months of review and input from administra- tion, faculty, students and the board of trustees. The 335-page report reviews the college's performance against numerous standards and provides additional docu- mentation for its statements and conclusions. It also reviews FRC's progress in responding to the accrediting commission's 2006 recommendations. To review the most recent copy of the report, visit frc.edu and scroll down to FRC Ad- ministration on the left-hand menu. Select Accreditation. On opening the Accreditation homepage, select FRC Self Study from the left-hand menu, which will open a page with a link to the most current online version of the report. Chief Financial Officer Jim Scoubes presented his finan- cial status report saying he had no new information on mid-year budget cuts, but ex- pected additional information by Dec. 15 about possible cuts. This week Gov. Jerry Brown announced substantial mid-year cuts to higher edu- cation that will almost cer- tainly result in higher tuition and more services lost. In his report to the board, Taylor announced former in- structor Ray Evans passed away recently. He also told trustees that Jamie Cannon, director of.Hu- man Resources, will leave FRC to take the same position at Butte College. Plumas scraps plans for recyc!ing pilot project Excess funds to be used for trarlsfer site improvements instead Dan McDonald Staff Writer dmcdonald@plumasnews.com The county has decided to scrap a mandatory curbside recycling and waste removal program.., at least for now. Instead, the Board of Super- visors voted Tuesday, Dec. 13, to apply excess profit from Feather River Disposal to- ward improving FRD's trans- fer stations. Some negative public feed- back, coupled with vague projections regarding the number of customers who would be involved in the pilot program, influenced the board's decision. The supervisors said recy- cling should be a priority and they would like to see a pro- gram in place. However, they added that now might not be the right time to do it. "Personally, I've decided this isn't the right time to try to shove another thing down anyone's throat in the coun- ty," Supervisor Jon Kennedy said. "All of my complaints were from people that already don't have garbage service." The plan approved by the board Nov. 15 called for insti- tuting a mandatory curbside garbage and recycling pilot program in FRD's service area, not including the towns of Quincy, Chester and La Porte. Current FRD customers would have seen a $1.60 in- crease in their monthly bill for the service. However, that monthly increase was based on 2,000 new customers being added. Those new customers would be people who, by their own choice, don't have week- ly garbage service. Those customers would have to begin paying $26.31 per month for the basic service, which would include weekly ENTER TO WIN OUR GIFT CERTIFICATES! 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And we feel that the lack of certainty with our data at this time, and coupling that with the state of the economy and the tone of the feedback that we've been receiving, it be- hooves us to revisit the mo- tion that was adopted last month." Perreault said he plans to iiii i: present the supervisors with ii a specific plan for spending :: the $110,641 in excess 2010 iiiii profit that FRD has volun- teered to return to the county. His plan identified capital improvements for transfer stations and recycling centers in (hester, East Quincy and :i Greenville. i Perreault said Public Works would give the board iiiii specific improvement plans in January. With the state mandating 75 percent statewide recycling compliance by 2020, mandato- ry recycling likely will need to happen eventually. However, Perreault empha- sized the 75 percent compli- ance is for the state as a whole, and not for individual counties. Waste Management Gener- al Manager Greg Martinelli maintained his company is willing to spend its excess profit however the county sees fit. FRD, a subsidiary of Waste Management, earned more than the 10 percent prof- it guaranteed in its county contract. "We would be happy to work with Public Works on the (capital improvement) if that is something that the board is interested in doing," Martinelli said. "That doesn't mean we will turn our back on the recycling component." Public Works engineer John Kolb said a future curb- side recycling program might be better if it targeted a small- er area, and included only households that wanted to take part. May the light of His love shine down upon you and your family during this season of enlightenment, and may the true meaning of the yuletide reside with you at Christmas. Lake Almanor Nail Spa & Salon Ginger McLaughlin & Sharon Settlemire 596-3022 "It appears that it might be better to take small bites on this, rather than to try to do the whole county at one time," Kolb said. "We would identify an area, and then try to identify costs that would be applied just for that area. And see if we could come up with a reasonable figure that we could offer the customers in that area. "If it's going to be volun- tary, it's got to be reasonable or they are not going to accept it." Martinelli said FRD would be willing to try Kolb's plan. The supervisors empha- sized they would eventually like to see a recycling pro- gram in place. But they said the proposed capital improve- ment plan is a good alterna- tive, fornow. "To me it seems like a good use of those (FRD) funds to go ahead and do the (capital im- provement) upgrades- as much as it breaks my heart not to have the curbside recy- cling," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said. "Because I know the people in my district real- ly want (curbside recycling). And I have been pushing for it for five years. .... "I just think in.,our current circumstance, and especially the financial condition our constituents are in, to do the improvements and not have to come up with county mon- ey to do those improvements would be huge." Ci 10 ° • TPU -;0000mmun,00Y THANKYOU ]FOR TAKING PART 3rd Annual Turkey Trot Please take time to support the businesses that support the community AmericanValley Bakery, Feather Horse Design, The Drunk Brush/Quincy Courtyard Suites, Tyrus Chimney Sweep, Gard Electric, Jennifer McQuarrie Attorney at Law, Body & Soul Pete Hentchel Attorney at Law, Amy Churchill Kimber Kraul & Josh Hanna. In this recession time you have all shown up and made it clear that helping those we love and hold dear, and those that we don't know and still want to hold up, are an impor. tant part of our community and worth helping out. Times are hard -- life is hard. Enjoy- ing moments together and being thankful for all that we have TODAY is what this is all about. The Turkey Trot raised a little over $1,000 for families in need. It could be a lot more with a donation from you. What is TPU c00:00mmunit;Y? A 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation designed to provide financial assistance to families in small communities who are caring for severely ill family members when medical emer- gencies unexpectedly arise. We have helped many families with gas cards, Visa gift cards, hotel rooms & travel expenses. Donations are appreciated year round, any time. Contact Jennifer (530) 394-9263 or mail a check to TRU COMMUNITY, P.O. Box 318, Quincy CA 95971 If you know of someone in need in a medical emergency situation, please let us know how we can start to help.