SIERRA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS showed support by concensus on the concept of acquiring ownership of Sierraville School as a County Community Hall for the community of Sierraville at its meeting Tuesday, October 3rd in Downieville.
Planning Director Tim Beals told of a cell tower lease arrangement at the school site and the County soliciting Verizon when the occasion came about for the “best ground” on the west side. The new tower will be located on the west side next year.
Beals told of the maintenance and joint use of the building and how the County took on responsibility for the modular, the school and grounds. Rents are paid for use and goes to a fund for maintenance by the County. He stated County costs exceed revenue. With Verizon’s tower, there will be more money “fairly substantial monthly rent.”
Beals stated Dr. Merrill Grant will get a sense of support by the school board with no commitment but they’re looking for “common ground.”
Supervisor Paul Roen noted the previous Prop. 40 allocation of $250,000 which allowed the ADA project and required the County to be obligated for maintenance of the building for 20 years.
Beals told of Verizon having signed the lease and Sierraville receiving rental income. He told of the posssibility of the cogen in Loyalton getting a second cell tower, calling that “two separate issues.” He told of “one around Loyalton,” with Supervisor Scott Schlefstein calling it “excellent.”
With the Board’s support, Beals will pursue acquisition of Sierraville School.