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Portola Reporter Wednesday, Aug, 1, 2012 7A Tate run benefits students Willie A. Tate died in 2000, but his legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of the hun- dreds of students that he taught and coached during his too-short career. Each year two students re- ceive a scholarship in his name -- the Willie A. Tate Heart and Soul Award. This year's recipients, Teila Peiler and Catherine Cruse, will have their names added to the perpetual plaque that is on dis- play in the Portola High School gym, also named for Tate. On Sunday, Aug. 19, runners and walkers of all ages are in- vited to participate in the Willie Tate Memorial Run/Walk, with proceeds going to benefit the scholarship fund. The race gets under way promptly at 9 a.m. from Porto- la City Park on Gulling Street, south of Highway 70. The 5K run and walk and the 10K run lead participants along the scenic Feather Riv- er. The race is described as "flat, fast and fun." Pre-register by Aug. 11 for $25 and be guaranteed a com- memorative T-shirt. Registra- tion is available for $30 on the day of the race from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., and T-shirts will be given as available. Awards will be given for overall winner for men and women. First, second and third place will also be award- ed in each category. There are seven age divisions: 19 and un- der, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69 and 70 and above. Registration forms may be picked up at Portola City Hall or at Dr. Mario Garibotti's of- rice, or are available at porto- For more information contact Pat Bridge at 836-0164 or Lori Tate at 832-4146. Share of $330,000 at stake The USDA Forest Service Plumas County Resource Ad- visory Committee (RAC) is so- liciting project proposals (Funding Cycle 12) for finan- cial support under the Secure Rural Schools and Communi- ty Self-Determination Act of 2000. The act was just extend- ed for one more year. Projects must have broad- based support with objectives that may include, but are not limited to: road, trail and in- frastructure maintenance or obliteration; soil productivity improvements; improvements in forest ecosystem health; wa- tershed restoration and main- tenance; wildlife and fish habi- tat improvements; control of noxious and exotic weeds; reintroduction of native species; and hazardous fuels reduction. Projects must clear- ly benefit the Plumas National Forest. Approximately $330,000 is available in Cycle 12 for pro- jects starting in early 2013. Applications are required to be filed online in the national database and submitted via hard copy no later than close of business Sept. 12 to the Plumas County RAC, c/o Plumas National Forest, P.O. Box 11500/159 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971, Attn: Lee Anne Schramel Taylor. The Plumas County RAC will review applications in late September and provide its rec- ommendations to the appropri- ate forest supervisors for fund- ing decisions in October. All RAC project concepts must be closely coordinated with ranger district representatives and other key partners during the application process to be considered. Letters of finan- cial and in-kind contribution commitment are required. To obtain a copy of the ap- plication on or to get more in- formation about the Plumas County RAC project applica- tion process, go to Ques- tions about the material may be directed to Lee Anne Schramel Taylor at 283-7850. I Heart and Soul scholarship recipient Catherine Photos submitted Heart and Soul scholarship recipient Teila Peiler. Cruse. Pot holes or striping? Debra Moore Staff Writer Some Portola residents would rather have the city's potholes filled than their streets striped. "I for one would rather see you invest in more cold mix than yellow paint," wrote one resident in a recent letter to the city. Since she has heard that same complaint from other residents, City Manager Leslie Tigan put street striping on the City Council's July 25 agenda. Some audience members also questioned what they saw as unnecessary striping. Todd Roberts, the city's pub- lic works director, said that last year more streets were striped than in the past be- cause "we did a little bit of practicing." City staff had retrofitted a street sweeper to do the paint- ing and Roberts said some practice runs were necessary to perfect the process. In prior years the city had contracted with outside entities, such as the county, to paint the street lines, but it was much more costly. "The county did it for about $20,000," Roberts said. Now the work costs the city some staff time and paint, of which the city has a three-year supply. Councilman John Larrieu asked if painting the streets infringed on the city's ability to repair potholes and Roberts replied that it did not. Larrieu recommended thai the city continue to stripe the streets deemed necessary, and his fellow councilmen agreed. Resident Larry Douglas asked that the city fill the pot- holes in the alley behind Com- mercial Street because he thought it could endanger pedestrians in the area. Roberts said he would make the alley a priority. Restaurant owner must repay loan Debra Moore Staff Writer When Jimmie's Roadhouse 70 closed June 1, its owners still owed the city of Portola's revolving loan fund $10,000. And despite efforts to erase that debt, they still do. During the City Council meeting July 25, council mem- bers voted to accept the rec- ommendations made by its re- volving loan fund committee. The committee recommend- ed the following: to not forgive or discount any part of the loan; to offer zero interest on $5,000 of the loan; and to rene- gotiate a loan repayment plan. The committee originally approved a $20,000 loan in Sep- tember 2009 for Jim and Sharon Schwilling. It was to be paid back in four years with an interest rate of 4.51 percent. The Schwillings put up deeds of trust on their busi- ness and their home, as well as gave personal guarantees. The couple made regular pay- ments through last November. When the committee said it could not forgive the loan, Jim Schwilling asked for the mat- ter to be presented to the City Council, but he didn't appear at the meeting when it was discussed. The committee has the pow- er to renegotiate terms of the loan, but not to forgive or dis- count a loan -- that would be a City Council decision. City Manager Leslie Tigan warned, however, that any such deci- sion could be considered a gift of public funds. Jan Breitwieser, a business owner and committee member, said that the committee takes its work very seriously. "We all feel bad about a business that doesn't succeed, but We need to make the mon- ey available for other busi- nesses," she said. "It is not a gift. It has to be repaid." Fellow committee member Steve Clifton said that anoth- er business owner was in a similar situation. That busi- ness had closed, but the own- er was continuing to make payments on a renegotiated schedule. The committee recom- mended allowing for zero per- cent interest on $5,000 of the amount owed because, ac- cording to revolving loan fund rules, if the money is used for the business to con- form to the city's streetscape guidelines, then up to $5,000 can be loaned interest-free. MOUNTAINS D ERBY PH ON I