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4A Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 Portola Reporter Lauren Westmoreland Staff Writer Iwestmoreland@plumasnews.com The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District has reported on the air quality results in the Portola area for the month of November, with updates on the woodstove change-out program. Temperatures continued to drop in November, resulting in very high levels of particulates from woodstoves. The concentration of particulates became extremely high during the night of Nov. 25. On that day, values exceeded the 24-hour federal standard 18 of 24 hours. The average particulate count for the day was twice the acceptable standard. Particulate levels were shown to stay elevated during the night, while the air in Portola is stagnant and stoves are used to heat homes. There is a slight uptick in particulate levels in the early morning hours when residents warm up homes prior to work and school, with the mid-day hours staying clear as temperatures increase and there is more air movement. Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) was a no-burn day, but Nov. 25 was a permissive burn day, so it is likely that some.open burning also contributed to these high levels. P0rtola received roughly 2.5 inches of rainfall in both October and November, which helped to keep the air cleaner. Normal rainfall is expected December through March, with temperatures possibly slightly above normal in December. In comparisons between the three monitoring sites in Plumas County-- Portola, Quincy and Chester-- Portola is showing the highest particulate levels. For real-time Portola air quality measurements, visit myairdistrict.com. For burn day information, call 832-4528. Woodstove Change-out program update As 0fDec. 1, 161 applications have been received for the change-out program, with 145 pre-approval letters sent out. Ninety-two installations are complete thus far, with more to come. -@ r 0"~,., ..... ......... ~:(: ............... i -O- /~ ......... ] !. %%~ / \ Q / \ / tl,/ ;. ~; ........................ i This graph shows that 24-hour federal particulate standards in Portola were exceeded Nov. 25, with the lowest particulate levels appearing around mid-day and the highest levels seen in the evening and morning as people use their wood stoves. Photo courtesy of NSAQMD. rvl lim il Keith Mahan, left, and Steve Janovick, members of the 2015-2016 Plumas County Grand Jury, speak with the Plumas County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 6 about the grand jury's recommendations to improve county government. Photo by Steve Wathen Steve Wathen Staff Writer swathen@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors met Dec. 6 to tackle time limits for development permits and agricultural land permit exemptions. Building permits are currently good for only two years: However, builders can get a six-month time extension for good reason, as agreed to by the building department. The problem had been that people were issued building permits and then haven't gotten around to building their structure for years, if at all. Paperwork on these old permits clogs up the offices of the building department and buildings have been built that were out of compliance with current codes. No one spoke at the meeting in opposition and the Board voted unanimously to establish a two-year shelf life for building permits. The Board decided to delay its decision on whether to do away with free building permits for agricultural storage building on agricultural land of 20 acres or more. According to Jim Green, Plumas County building official, no-fee permits for agricultural buildings on 20 acres or more were intended for building barns, tractor sheds, etc. Green advised that people were starting to believe that any kind of building could be built on agricultural land of more than 20 acres. Green was concerned about the fairness of the current situation. For instance, a person with 20 acres or more can receive a fee exemption while across the street a neighbor might own less than 20 acres or be zoned non-agricultural and have to pay a fee. According to Green, if some builders are not paying for their share of the services provided by the building department, other permittees or the general public have to make up the difference. Green also felt that the current situation did not comply with Proposition I3, which states that fees charged by the government should equal the costs of providing the service. Green's primary concern was that these buildings, if they were built out of compliance with current state and county building codes, might be unsafe. Several members of the Plumas County Growers Coalition spoke out in opposition to dropping the fee exemption. The board decided to schedule a special time for people to express their opinions during its Jan: 17 meeting. Grand jury results Two members of the 2015-2016 Plnmas County Grand Jury, Keith Mahan and Steve Janovick, were at the meeting to hear what the board had done about the grand jury's recommendations to improve county government. The grand jury's primary recommendations had to do with the animal shelter, the absence of a county administrative officer, training of new board members, evaluation of department heads and the funding of a new jail. Craig Settlemire, county counsel, pointed out that the board had three options in responding to each of the grand jury's recommendations: state that they didn't think change was warranted, state that the issue would take further study or state that they agreed with the recommendation and were willing to comply with it. In the latter two cases, a time limit had to be given for how long the board was going to take to study or implement a given recommendation The board went through each of the grand jury's recommendations one-by-one. They placed a date for further studies to be completed or for actions to be taken to comply with the grand jury's recommendations. Janovick said that some of the same recommendations had been made by previous grand juries. Janovick and Mahan said they are planning on staying on as grand jury members in 2017. Economic development The Economic Development Committee reported to the board that they have decided to focus their efforts on the county being ready to respond immediately to companies or well-connected individuals who have expressed an interest in relocating to Plumas County. The committee will work with the Plumas County Planning Department, Realtor associations, chambers of commerce, and workplace development to have materials and contact lists at hand. The committee will also help organize events to bring companies to P!umas County to see what w~e have to offer: a superior lifesltyle, friendly people, good s~chools and good health care. rn Plumas food bank busy this time of year Postal Service: USPS (No. 439-420.) Periodicals postage paid at Portola, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office location and hours: 96 E. Sierra (Highway 70), Portola, CA 96122. Mailing address: 96 E. Sierra (Highway 70), Portola, CA 96122. Office is open Mort. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. HOW to contact us: (530) 832-4646. FAX: (530) 832-5319 Email mail@ plumasnews.com Website: plumasnews.Com Ownership and heritage: The Reporter was established in May 1927. Published weekly. It is part of the Feather Publishing family of newspapers serving Plumas and Lassen counties. Deadlines: Display Advertising: Thursday, noon; Display Classified: Thursday, noon; Legals: Thursday at noon; News: Friday, noon; Classified Reader ad: Monday, 9 a.m. Breaking news: Anytime! To subscribe: Call (530) 832-4646, come to the Reporter office, use the handy coupon below or email subscriptions@plumasnews.com. Adjudication: The Portola Reporter is adjudicated a legal newspaper by Superior Court Decree No. 2497 and qualified for publication of matters required by law to be published in a newspaper Postmaster: Send change of address orders to the Portola Reporter, 96 E. Sierra (Highway 70), Portola, CA 96122. Michael C. Taborski Co-Owner/Publisher Keri Taborski Co-Owner/Legal Advertising Susan Jacobson, Cobey Brown Lauren WestmorelandVice Pres.~' Operations Staff Writers Roger Nielsen Advertising Consultant Tom Foley Production Manager " Mary Newhouse Elise Monroe Classifieds/Circ. Manager Kim Wilier Bookkeeper Circulation/Classifieds Debra Moore Eva Small Managing EditorSandy Condon Graphics Dept. Manager Human Resources Director ' Member, California Newpaper Publishers Assoc. n~ycled paper p m m m m m m m m m m m m ~ Subscription Order Form Portola Reporter 96 E. Sierra (Highway 70), Portola, CA 96122 Please enter my subscription foryears. [~l Enclosed find my check for $ ~]l In County $26 per year [~l Out of State $44 per year [~ In California $37 per year. I Name m Address m city, state, zip L m m Subscriptions can be bansferred, but not refunded. I~ m m m m m m m m m mill The holiday season is a busy one, and at EPCAN (Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network) that is particularly true. EPCAN is the local organization that supports, funds and operates the food bank located on Nevada Street in Portola. Currently, the food bank staff and volunteers are working on the final food distribution for this calendar year. On Dec. 19 and 20, EPCAN will distribute holiday food baskets to families and individuals in need. In order to receive one, eligible recipients must sign up for their basket with our partners at the Portola Family Resource Center at 165 Ridge St. by Dec. 12. This year's baskets will include a ham or chicken, stuffing, green beans, yams and many more trimmings and perishables provided by Same price. Every month, For 2 years. /too. plus taxes i Md *lw, m ~ol:tmr Y" i Vinl ) i i'-'-D L. ..... ' @ Loca!Channels I i ~ ReglnalSprts~ i i "