Services (OES) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and learned rules have changed with respect to financial obligations related to the recent disasters.
He said one directive stated any work done on recovery up to this point would not be covered and added no work can be done until a joint field inspection is
completed by FEMA and OES. Beals told the Board with the eventual opening of the backcountry after the snow melts and this significant delay on the restoration of County roads, it will be a long-term process, adding he does not expect all roads to be open this year. He stressed this was not within the County’s control unless the Board wanted to fund it off the back of the General Fund, which he was sure they wouldn’t. Beals stated OES and FEMA were allowing debris removal as a qualified expense and in the case of a slide they do have authorization to allow minimal traffic to get through, but final repairs, contractor hiring, and bidding is not to happen until an approved report is done.
Beals said they filed two Resource Advisory Committee grants; one is requesting assistance with Aquatic Invasive Species on inspections of vessels before they enter lakes and formulating a tree mortality task force. He hoped to get approval in some form of assistance on these efforts. Beals said they were also pursuing a State Fish and Game Grant Program to augment the Resource Advisory request.
Beals told the Board and audience members that Webber Lake will be open this year for the first time for public use. He said the executive director is hoping to be at a Board meeting in April to make a presentation.
A PROGRESS REPORT ON THE LANDFILL CLOSURE PROCESS was given by Sierra County Planning Director Tim Beals at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, March 21. Beals said directions were given the solid waste committee, which conducted a number of items to serve those directions. He stated Plumas County has an ordinance now that prohibits out of county waste. Sierra County has asked for a meeting with Plumas County in the near future. Beals met in Lockwood with staff and requested a minimum 15-year contract proposal which would include a tipping fee estimated to be between $20-30 a ton. Beals stated Lockwood would haul waste directly from Loyalton to Lockwood and Sierra County would avoid a tipping fee in Portola, which could be $56 a ton. He said the plan is to convert the landfill to a transfer station, adding it will not change drastically. He said residents will still bring waste to the transfer station throughout the west side of the county and should have very limited interruption, with the only change being the point of delivery for the bins whether that will be Delleker, Loyalton or directly to Lockwood. Beals felt they’ve made good progress and expect to close in the next two months, adding it’s been a pretty expensive issue. He stated right now all material is going to Portola, since the landfill has been a “mud bowl” from all these storms.
AUTHORIZATION to move forward with the purchase of property located at 202 Front Street in Loyalton for the Sierra County Department of Health and Human Services was discussed at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting in Loyalton on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Supervisor Paul Roen said this was a 40-year contract set to expire in a couple years. He stated it was hard to do capital improvements on property they don’t own. At a prior meeting, the Board authorized a property appraisal and the property was appraised by Mark Warren, MAI, Real Property Consultant, who gave a market value opinion on January 25, 2017 for $25,000.
Roen made the motion to direct staff to move forward with an offer to the City for the appraised value of the property, which was approved unanimously.
A RESOLUTION approving an agreement between the City of Loyalton and the County of Sierra to lease an office for the Probation Department was approved unanimously at the Sierra County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, March 21st in Loyalton. Chuck Henson, Senior Deputy for Sierra County Probation Department stated their current building was given a safety inspection by the county safety officer as well as representatives from Trindel. The inspection failed and the Probation Department was given a 30-day notice and asked to vacate by April 7th. County Counsel stated he reviewed the lease and made some changes to it. The department will move to the vacant half of the Loyalton Social Hall.