The Shasta County Connection—2-6-19

It looks like winter decided to make an appearance after all this year.  Snow, even to the valley floor for a brief period of time, is covering a good portion of District 3.  Please drive carefully.

Supervisor Joe Chimenti and I met with representatives from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the North State Climate Action organization to discuss climate change and the impact it might be having on wildfires in the north state.  Wildfires are an important issue in District 3 and any time I can exchange ideas with groups interested in this topic, I try to engage.

One Safe Place had another amazing turnout for their 32nd Annual Crab Feed at the Anderson Fairgrounds.  With over 1,000 people in attendance, it was quite a room full of heightened energy.  We had lots of fun and supported a good cause in the meantime.  This is the season of crab feeds and it is always fun to attend as many as I can squeeze in.

At our last Board of Supervisors Meeting, I was honored to present a proclamation to the Parent Leader Advisory Group for their work in Shasta County.  This organization is an excellent support system for parents who need mentoring in raising their children and/or grandchildren.  One member shared his heart-wrenching story of having to raise his grandson after the tragic deaths of his daughter, son, and wife.  His very inspirational story underscored the importance of this organization. If anyone would like information about the organization, please contact me.

The Shasta County Housing Department, under the leadership of Laura Burch, was recognized by the State of California for their efforts to find housing for those impacted by the Carr Fire.  This is another example of the dedicated employees Shasta County has and their ability to help those in need during a time of crisis.

I always like to mention the Employee of the Month in my column. Kristen Racki, was selected for February 2019.  She works in the Health and Human Services (HHSA) Department and was chosen for her development of an Auditing and Monitoring Plan for HHSA and other tasks she implemented for the department.  With over 1,800 employees in Shasta County, this is quite an accomplishment to be selected.

In District 3, the other agenda items of note were to approve and authorize the Public Works Director to sign an Easement Agreement for road right-of-way along Big Bend Road and Cove Road, and to accept the easement conveying right of way for road purposes.  In addition, the Chairman of the Board was authorized to sign a retroactive amendment to the agreement with Morrison Structures, Inc. to provide engineering services for the Cassel-Fall River Road at the Pit River Bridge Replacement Project, to update the rates of compensation and extend the term through December 31, 2021.  The BOS also approved a rezoning permit on the south side of Old Forty-Four Drive at the intersection of Hollywood Drive.

The Board of Supervisors began the process of working with an outside consulting firm to evaluate the operation of the Shasta County Jail.  Our hope is to find ways to improve the operations of the jail and streamline any processes needed so our jail staff can work in the best conditions possible.  Given the extraordinary burdens our county staff has had to assume with the passage of AB109, Proposition 47 and Proposition 57, we felt it was important to hire experts to ensure we are doing everything we can to have a jail that is operating in the most efficient and effective manner. Public safety will continue to be our number one priority.

Please feel free to join us for the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection Scoping Meeting on February 13th at the Shasta County Board of Supervisor’s Chambers from 10am-noon.  The topic will be the State of California’s Vegetation Management Program Environmental Impact Report and they are looking for public input.  I hope to see you there.

If any of you have a question, please contact me at mrickert@co.shasta.ca.us.

Mary Rickert

District 3, Shasta County Supervisor