Salas also wanted to thank Chairman Scott Schlefstein for working with Sierra County Behavioral Health and all the committees he served on and hoped he would continue to contribute as a citizen at large. She concluded by stating Schlefstein really made some great contributions to the committee.
Sierra County Planning Director Tim Beals also reported and talked about the Sierra Brooks water system and vacant parcels. He said he would be making the effort to send out a letter to owners clarifying the only time residents will get a fee is when they want water service to their vacant parcel.
Beals stated the Sierra Hot Springs Public Review Period is in place and there will be a public hearing. He said his office received a couple inquiries to extend the review period because of the holidays and after talking with the applicant, they are extending the review period to end on January 25th, and the public hearing will be sometime in February.
Beals announced a cell tower would be constructed in Downieville as part of the first effort between Office of Emergency Services and AT&T on providing emergency communications. He stated AT&T is currently reviewing locations and is focusing on Ruby Bluff. Beals appreciated the effort made by the Board and Supervisor Lee Adams with RCRC who reached out to those agencies and applied pressure.
He reported that Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has requested the ability to terminate a bond securing the sidewalks for the business park in Loyalton now owned by American Renewable Power (ARP). Beals said it was an interesting question that SPI still owned the bond but not the property. He stated he would be having a meeting with ARP to see if it could take responsibility of the bond or forfeit the requirement for the bond.