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2A Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Portola Reporter Also discusses new technology, extra money Ann Powers Public Works Director Todd Free money Staff Writer Roberts would be the tasked City Manager Robert withusing the GPS unit and is Meacher told the council that not licensed for that purpose, a windfall of grant money During the Portola City said Powers. could be coming the city's way - Council meeting April 22,"It would be operated by a thanks to state revolving fund officials agreed to go high-tech person without a license and guidelines for grants and with land surveys, take steps that really doesn't further the loans. to turn loans into grants, start cause or anything else we"By their rules Portola is some public nuisance spring could do with it," noted considered severely cleaning and move forwardPowers. "We can use all sorts disadvantaged based on with the city's existing of equipment for all sorts of household income," he said. website contract, things. This is just an "And all that state revolving unnecessary expense, in my loan money becomes a gift. GPS unit purchase opinion, at this time when we Free. Not in competition with As a longstanding champion are really trying to tighten up anybody." of water securities, council the budget2' Meacher said the state has member Phil Oels Bastian Engineering in assigned two staff members to ::/.. recommended a timber Graeagle provides surveying work with Portola in harvest on city-owned services for the city andsubmitting applications to property to help pay for the charges by the hour. turn loan money into free completion of the Turner Officials estimated the money for aging Springs water line. He added work could cost thousandsinfrastructure and water that there is a serious pine of dollars depending on its resource improvements. He beetle infestation killing the scope, said the city's arsenic trees and strongly encouraged Roberts said that a license wellhead treatment and council to move quickly on isn't always necessary "in Turner Springs development purchasing a GPS unit to help certain circumstances" and costs have already been with land surveys and more. said he felt the Turner Springs preapproved. Oels said the high-tech project may fall into that Meacher added he would equipment would expedite the category. He explained healso push for grants to install survey to mark city property would compare his boundary all of the city's water and borders before timber coordinates to those sewer lines, as well as harvesting and further established by the Forestforgiving several outstanding development could begin. Service -- which uses thedebts. "A dead tree.has less value same GPS device. "My suggestion is to go full than a live one and it's also a "If they match then we'resteam ahead on this as much serious fire hazard," he good to go," he said. "Weas we can until we're no explained, adding that the might not have to pay an longer a disadvantaged GPS unit has several different engineer. For the next 10community," he said. applications and could be used years it will be used for for other projects as well. multiple purposes and pay for Publie nuisance Mayor Pro Tem Bill Powersitself." spring cleaning The Portola City Council approves moving forward with the abatement process by declaring this objected to the purchase,The board approved the At the recommendation of property at 380 Fourth Ave. a public nuisance. "It's a horrific situation," City Manager Robert saying the device must bebuy, but not to exceed $1,000. Community Service OfficerMeacher told council members when describing the blight. Photos by Ann Powers operated by a state-licensed Last week, a GPS unit was Leah Turner, the council " surveyor for the findings to be purchased for $750. agreed to move forward with orders to remove vehicles and it's gotten worse," he said. The action stemmed from a valid, the abatement process for a campers, dumping debris in "Nothing has happened with previous council meeting at property located at 380 Fourth the front and back yards, fire all the contact with the owner, which an unexpected bidding Ave. by declaring it a public hazards and someone living I think it's important we start war ensued between EPCC and ,lUST LISTED nuisance, illegally inn camper on the the process." Big Fish Creations after some 515 Main Street, Loyalton Turner said numerous property who was possibl: Previously, Meacher had city officials said they were Umque" home, custom upgrades. {I been looking into starting a displeased with the chamber's complaints started coming in doing drugs and drinking. last summer about the Council member John third-party receivership work. 5 bedroom, 4 bath, property and several codeLarrieu backed Turner's program with an outside Following the ad hoc 2844 sq. ft. home. violation notices were issued assessment of the blight,attorney to assist with meeting, the mayor said $320 000 regarding weed abatement,"Historically we've been property abatements, several fixes are now in place looking at this property and rehabbing and flipping and new community promotion Amber Donnelly houses. But that effort is strategies are being presented. Century 21 Tahoe North Realtors currently on hold. "We've put the past behind : ~~ www.reatestateta~etruckee.comJ JJJJ Meacher schedule told council 22 us council and we're moving with forward'. L ........... 530.410:9 7 ......... members it could be a with a lot of great ideas," said possibility in the future. Gault. .... The council agreed to moveEPCC Executive Director ...... ' " ahead with the abatement Audrey Ellis attended the April '" t~ ' " :~ o C process, a public meeting an y. hearing date and notify the update on the success of the property owner. Santa Clara Travel and SCO d Adventure Show on Feb. 7-8, Chamber maintains city which drew nearly 19,000 Gifts for Mother's Day website contract attendees. A dispute Over the city's "We all felt like we talked to and other specm - "-' occasions . website contract with the each and every one of those f When you need something from the Eastern Plumas Chamber of t9,000 people," Ellis chuckled, Commerce has been resolved, along with council members heart, come to us! Lowest Prices of the Year InMarch, MayorMichelleand the public. "It was a huge 25% off all glassware for Exterior Painting/ Gaultappointedanadhoc success." committee to review concerns Ellis also presented plans to Antiques Used Free Estimates related to the Eastern Chamber attend next year's event, along of Commerce's management of with other promotional efforts Collectibles Furniture , Summer time Slots the city's website, currently underway. Books Household Filling Fast , Siding/Deck Restoration lewelry Items & Brightening Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. , Over 20 Years in 72850 Hwy 70 (3 miles westofPortola} Plumas County Lead-Safe Certified 249-1745 Protect and Beautify your Home with the Lowest Prices of the Year O BOB RAYMOND PAINTING Law Offices Of 836-1339 249-3966 JOHN C. SCHALLER Groceries & General Store CA Lic #759277 fax: 893-0124 Strawberry Starter Plants 4" $2.99 - 5" $7.99 Service with Out-of-Coun{y Confidentia/i{y 47 years experience The City of Portola will host a Ouarrow 5 pc. Fly/Spin Rod Set rabies clinic for City residents includes 7 pc. flyAssortment... $109.00 on May 14th from 4:00pm to 6:30pm Weatherite 15 LED Lantern.. : $12.99 Weatherite Kerosene Lantern... $8.99 at the City Park Coleman 5O-hr Citronella Candle Lantern ... $9.10 located on S. Gulling Street. s Bargain Depot Rabies shots will be: May 16th 9am-5pm Hot Dogs & Soda : 1.00 Tide Original 1.75 gal. (146 loads)... $33.12 City dog licenses will be available Tide Pods (90 count) ... $24.15 Tide Pods, Free & Gentle (90 count)... $26.62 for purchase or renewal P&G Pro Line Sanitizing Bathroom Cleaner All dogs must be on a leash. If your dog is (1 gal.)... $4.99 aggressive please keep them in the vehicle Oxi-Clean (11.7 lb. box)... $19.50 until they are ready to be vaccinated Bargains Galore Cascade Complete (7.81 lb. box)... $7.81 . "Name the Deer" If you ave questions Raffles please call City Hall at 832-6803 530-927-8790 373 W. Sierra Avenue, Portola CA We Accept All Major Credit/Debit Cards and E.B.T Open 9am - 7pm 7 days a week! 15 W. Sierra Ave, Porlola 530-832-9900 (while supplies last) i i