Under Forest Service Report, Sierraville District Ranger Quentin Youngblood reported there was a lot of interest on the Quail Timber Sale. Christmas tree sales on line this year he stated had “astronomical numbers,” up Yuba Pass with a record day over last year the prior Friday, Saturday and Sunday almost double numbers. Fuelwood permits are still valid. He told of two engines maintained through the winter similar to last March and they were looking forward to snow.
Public Health and Social Services Director Vickie Clark reported on COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Update. She told of the heightened state of emergency with cases, hospitalizations and ICU usage up. She stated they are looking at the age group of 18-19 as 60-+ percent of the cases which are typically not as severely ill.
Just that noon, she noted Sierra County was on the Orange Tier on the State site, calling it “all good news.” She stated, “We are the only one there,” and credited the testing numbers being up that help us to maintain that status. Ninety-nine percent of the State is in the Purple Tier and she mentioned new State orders coming down the pike; a new Stay At Home order to apply to those in the Purple Tier. She told of a lot of talk and frustration over lack of enforcement and what it is going to take to get through the surge.
“We feel confident here,” and she noted school planning is around science specifically to schools and there is conversation around places of worship with no restrictions. She told of a “hit this weekend,” with 24 hours to comply. “We need to stay in Orange,” she urged.
There was to be COVID-19 testing in Calpine the 9th and in Loyalton on the 16th.
Vickie explained vaccine planning with the first release limited to three phases. In cooperation with Plumas County we can get the small amount of doses we need, she said. She felt it will be “Interesting to see how it unfolds,” starting off small and each month to see an increase.
Meeting as the Sierra County Board of Equalization, Supervisor Sharon Dryden stated, “It doesn’t happen very often,” when there was approval of a stipulation to an Assessed Valuation for Osvaldo and Rebekah Perez. Assessor Laura Marshall explained it was a tax sale valued at $30,000 and she met on the property and there were two comparable sales within 90 days. The Perez’ wanted $8,000- $10,000 but it was closer to $20,000, according to Marshall and they accepted the reduction.
Appointed to the Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District were incumbent Dave Goicoechea and new appointees, Richard Griffin and Chad Smith.
Discussion over filling the County Farm Advisor, a joint position between Sierra and Plumas Counties would have Planning Director Tim Beals convey a request to be involved and would proceed in communication with Plumas County.
Concerning a vacancy in Sierra-Plumas County District Conservationist position with the retirement of Dan Martynn, the Board wants an emphasis to encourage the position be immediately filled and remain at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Quincy. Supervisor Paul Roen has been in contact with Congressman LaMalfa’s office, noting “a lot of needs and opportunity for conservation.” The Board supported a letter be sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture with strong support.