CINDY SCOTT is a write-in for the City’s 2-year term. She just moved back from having spent a year in San Diego. She said she’s open and willing to listen, was born and raised in Loyalton. She “loves her little town.” She stated she wants to learn.
About fire annexation, she is behind the community for fire, sheriff and ambulance.
For CalPERS, she’s uneducated.
Cannabis, she felt it’s used for a lot of good and would bring jobs.
DARLENE RIEDI is a “Truckee transport” of four years with community involvement and compassion to get things done. She supports volunteerism and to get the voice out.
For community she stated everyone surrounding Loyalton is a part and it belongs to all of us.
She agrees with the fire annexation and to move forward.
The mobile home park property she called an “eyesore.” She’s in favor of getting permission to clean it up.
She feels the water cost increase is needed but a lot of people are on fixed incomes and on meters, they could be charged accordingly.
On planning, having our own planning committee could benefit the community.
On cannabis, she likes the pharmacy idea with low impact and it should be considered.
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JOY MARKUM is an incumbent, She left in 1983, now retired from Probation in Yuba County after 22 years, moving back in October 2012. She was frustrated with the City Council and asked to be appointed 9 months ago. She has started Town Hall meetings once a month. She feels the whole community is Sierra Valley.
Concerning fire, she’s worked with Sierraville on the Sierra County Fire Protection District 1 annexation.
On the water increase, she told of the need for clean water.
The mobile home park property, she felt the city “doesn’t have a whole lot of power.”
On planning, she felt it was a “haphazard” planning committee with Portola’s building department doing inspections and Loyalton doesn’t have a lot of places to build other than downtown.
Joy sat through the community meetings on cannabis and felt she’d supported the community.
She hopes to encourage young people.
SARAH JACKSON was raised in Truckee, spent six years in the Army, came here in 2003, works in Truckee and had previously been appointed to a City Council vacancy and served three years. She has Brown Act experience and open meeting rules. She’s an invested 4-H leader.
She spoke of Loyalton being more than 96118 zip code and supports input from everyone.
On fire, she fully supports mutual aid outside city limits.
Concerning water, she’d like the meters on and see it tracked and seniors on a senior rate.
On the mobile home park property in State receivership, she felt we should voice opinion and the County should move forward. She knew it was our bad debt but not our property.
She was definitely in favor of paying PERS if the budget permits it.
On cannabis, she does not support a store front, retail or manufacturing but of delivery service for adults.
GENELLE WAGNITZ stated this is her second attempt to serve on City Council. As manager at Leonards Market, she’s put her “heart and soul” in for 11 years, bought her house here, had both her girls graduate and “goes to work for everybody here.”
She advised the crowd to show up for community and “be part of our town; speak your voice.” She agreed it takes the valley to survive.
She had no knowledge of the fire protection annexation.
She’d like meters read which cost a lot of money
and are not used. She was in favor of a separate rate for seniors like for electricity and phones to make it affordable.
The mobile home park property, she called an eyesore with that “expensive rock” embarrassing. She spoke of “nothing to rent” and the need to accommodate housing.
She was in favor of local planning but no need for a huge department.
On CalPERS, she was willing to sit down and read about it.
On cannabis she felt there is nothing wrong with a pharmacy and “it is going to happen.” She felt the unknowns was what “freaked everybody out.”
BROOKS MITCHELL has lived here over 70 years, attended Sacramento State College and served in the military, served as County Supervisor 12 years, had been voted a 4-year term but resigned after nine months and has an “institutional memory” which is needed, along with a budget and solving problems.
He spoke highly of volunteers, using the museum as an example with its 63 different people working as volunteers. He complimented Leonards for its help with Rotary and how most businesses support the community. He would set priorities.
He agreed with the others Loyalton community is outside its boundaries but that doesn’t pay property taxes, “but a minor issue.”
He was aware of the annexation of fire and it’s in the LAFCO process.
On water, he agreed to read meters and a study next year will come up with a base rate. Next will come a sewer increase and he talked of using the fixed asset reserve with the lawsuit money to “fill the void.”
At the mobile home park property, he wants low to mid-income housing. He described the process as “complex wheels turn slowly.”
He stated the city can handle its own building with Portola inspections. “Heck of a deal,” he called it the best way.
Brooks was “greatly involved” with the CalPERS and wants investment money put in a trust fund to produce $40,000 in a bonded State investment fund. Joy Markum disagreed with that, stating those funds are to be spent on repairs on the wastewater plant.
On cannabis, Brooks stated, “Hell no.”
SAMANTHA REDMAN is a write-in candidate for Loyalton City Clerk.
As clerk, she would prepare agendas, maintain the website, attend all meetings and write minutes for $150/month.
Kathy LeBlanc is Deputy City Clerk.
Samantha is assistant manager at Leonards Loyalton, having worked there previously in 2012 as night manager, leaving to work at the hospital and Golden West and returning nearly two years ago. She has also worked at Sierra Hot Springs.
Samantha feels being City Clerk would be a good opportunity to help the town and a nice opportunity to gain insight. She has a son, Tristan, 10.