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Susanville hires new legal counsel

Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 — The city of Susanville has hired a new legal advisor.
    Earlier this month, the city council announced it had signed a contract with attorney Jessica Ryan to succeed Peter Talia, who resigned earlier this year.
    According to her contract with the city, Ryan will earn $125 per hour on an hourly, as-needed basis.
    Ryan currently works part time as the attorney for the Lassen County Child Support Services Department, but she said she doesn’t foresee a conflict between the two positions.

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Utility rejects early transfer of general manager’s responsibilities

Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 — The Lassen Municipal Utility District looked into potentially transferring some responsibilities between the current general manager and the current assistant general manager.
    During the Tuesday, July 28 board meeting, director Richard Vial placed an action item on the agenda having assistant general manager Doug Smith take over as the district’s Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems representative.
    The board voted against the transition.

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Progress made on Dodge Fire

Friday, Aug. 7 — Crews are currently gaining containment on the northwest flank of the Dodge Fire burning 17 miles northeast of Ravendale.

Due to difficult terrain, crews and resources are having trouble accessing the southern flank of the fire. Dozers were able to do significant work along the west flank of the fire. Helicopters were able to be utilized during the operational period. Spot fires in the northeast and southwest portion of the fire hampered suppression efforts.

The fire is 30-percent contained with full containment expected Tuesday, Aug. 11.

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Supervisors approve indigent medical care resolution

Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 — The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has highlighted a gap in services available to address the medical needs of people who are not eligible for government programs, do not have private health insurance and have high medical costs.
    To help fill the void, the Lassen County Standards for Indigent Medical Care and Aid has been established for those who may experience high, unanticipated medical bills.
    According to Melody Brawley, director of health and social services, the program is not health insurance and there is a residual number of people who might fall into the program.

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Supes approves partial budget

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 — To allow projects to move forward, partial budgets have been adopted for several county departments.
    According to County Administrative Officer Richard Egan, the partial budget adoptions will allow the expenditures prior to the adoption of the final budget.
    The final budget for this fiscal year is expected to be adopted later this month.  

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