Sierra Brooks water ordinance is ready for board review and will be on the April 19th agenda.
Public Health and Social Services Director Vickie Clark reported on State of Emergency. She confirmed with CDPH that the emergency order was still in place and will stay in place with the federal order. Clark heard it could go as long as June, adding a lot of funding streams are connected with that order. In Sierra County, during the month of March only one active case was reported. Last week there was an uptick and had four cases reported. Clark was anticipating an increase in cases due to the new variant, which is very contagious but no severe symptoms involved.
DISCUSSION on FEMA Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) was held during the Sierra County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on April 5th in Downieville. Planning Director Tim Beals updated the Board and stated on March 22nd they had productive conference call with County Surveyor Dan Bastian and Farr West Engineering who was retained by Loyalton City Council. He reported the combined efforts and investigation by Farr West outlined some extremely clear problems with modeling that FEMA had used in its mapping. These problems show up in a couple areas in Sierra Brooks, Sierraville, and Loyalton. Beals said the appeal period had not started and felt it was giving them an advantage to work with FEMA staff and the model. They have a virtual meeting on April 15th with FEMA to wrap up what they feel are critical issues involved with the mapping. Beals stated they should have a very good idea of what points should be stressed if they area pushed into an appeal. Supervisor Sharon Dryden felt they have to be as proactive as possible before the appeal process and didn’t think FEMA would change their timeline at all. Beals said they need to have a letter on the record that puts them in a position to be effective. Board Chair Paul Roen appreciated the City stepping up and being proactive. Beals agreed and felt Sierra County was in a strong position to challenge this model and show discrepancies.
THE GUN RANGE in Sierraville is opening up April 15th.
Calpine Lookout will be opening back up on May 15th and is completely booked, reported by Acting Sierraville District Ranger, Rachel Hutchinson during the Sierra County Board of Supervisors’ meeting held April 5th in Downieville.