Tony Finder, volunteer City waterer, introduced his sister, Anita who was visiting from San Diego, a retired mail carrier.
Sierra County Sheriff Tim Standley gave a warning on how large scale marijuana grows affect everybody and were found not too far from a popular recreational area.
Assistant Fire Chief Robert DeMartini gave condolences to Mark and stated he’d enjoyed serving under Joe Marin. Robert told of very high fire danger and lightning that day with more expected on Wednesday. Councilman Brooks Mitchell asked about lots with weeds, specifically behind the hospital and Pat added Sierra Pacific Industries’ property where motorcycles ride. Mayor Marin will call Sierra County Planning Director Tim Beals about the SPI property. Robert warned “to be very careful and cut early, early mornings with water available.”
On Financial Committee Report, Brooks stated there had been “no budget, no meeting, no financial report” and “no idea where we’re going.” And the mayor added, “Just had more money missing.” Bookkeeper Kim Lombardi explained a deficit in the gas fund and several adjustments made and reviewed by CPA Craig Collins which will show up in the street report for next year. Mark hoped to meet one day the following week. Payment of bills totaling $27,573.87 was approved.
Update on the Audit was by Councilman John Cussins who said Craig Collins had told him he couldn’t say he’d received all the information. Kim told of receipts “very small.” Brooks asked Mark to push the issue and Mark will call Collins.
On the wastewater plant litigation update, Brooks said they were still in negotiations and a trial date had now been set for June 13, 2017.
Under recreation, Pat stated she’d been told of people going in and out of the swimming pool building and in the audience, Jason Van Dam told of a broken window. Brooks said it would be taken care of.
Under action items, the Council approved granting RCAC full access to financial records for the audit.
The Council approved to move forward regarding the sale of Social Service property to Sierra County Social Services.
The Council approved the MOU with City of Portola for building inspections. Brooks mentioned the City’s Planner, John Benoit, may be retiring soon and the City may want to do the same with Portola’s Planning Department.
An additional credit card was approved for Loyalton Fire Department for Strike Team purposes when they are in two different locations. They did not approve an additional credit card for Jake Marsh of City Maintenance. It was suggested he use Kathy LeBlanc’s but Tracy Smith explained that’s a huge liability. Pat and Brooks stated the City “had been burned” (with credit cards) and it left a “bad taste.”
John discussed the back fill devices at Loyalton Mobile Estates had not been tested for years. He estimated $50 a piece for the two; one fire water side and one drinking side. It was agreed to get it done.
About Loyalton Mobile Estates going back up for auction, Mark told of an e.mail he’d received from a gentleman who wanted to pay $50,000 and the City forego its back water bill. Mark stated it’s “out of the question.” Brooks suggested they settle for 75% of the bill. From the audience, Eileen Benson wanted $100,000 with “heavy contingencies to fix it up.” Kim suggested it doesn’t have to be cash; “negotiate.” Mark will contact the gentleman and have him attend a meeting.
Kim did have good news of receiving $3,000 from a 1995 lien for $23,000 on a bankruptcy and another nominal sum possible.