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IN THE NEWS
December 16, 2014
The Fall River Valley Light Parade
Pooper Scooper Isn’t Cheap?
BURNEY – The board of directors of the Burney Water District
okayed the transfer of $100,000 from the sewer operating
reserves to Tri-County bank for payment of the sewer sludge
removal project invoice last week.
In other business, new member Gary Homer and director Jim Hamlin
who was appointed earlier in the year were sworn in during a
special meeting Wednesday afternoon at the district office. The
appointments still leave one seat open. Both long time directors
Tim McCammon and Cindy Dodds had announced earlier this year
that they would not seek reelection for another term.
The board will meet next Thursday 6:30 p.m. at the water
district office and boardroom.
Flooding, Rocks and Trees Cause Problems in Area
Are Big Valley Lives Worth $65 a Year?
Last week’s “Storm of the Century” didn’t quite live up to its
predicted ferocity in the Intermountain Area, but it was severe.
At its height television stations were broadcasting that Burney
had over 4.9 inches of rain.
Burney Creek overflowed its banks north of Main Street, but
didn’t cause any damage.
It also spread into the farmland between Burney and Vedder Road
Bridge north of town.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s log only reflected one storm
incident and it was a traffic hazard on the top of Hatchet
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The Big Valley Emergency Medical Service Working Group has
announced its intent to take its desire to form a Community
Services District for the purpose of creating and funding an
ambulance district in Big Valley to the voters a second time.
The group has appeared before both Lassen and Modoc County
boards of supervisors and asked them to place the issue on a
ballot for a special election May 12. The measures to be put
before voters will be for a $65 annual parcel tax, limited to a
maximum of two parcels per property owner.
It needed to get a 2/3 majority from voters in what will become
the district’s boundaries if it passes. It failed by 44 votes in
the June 2014 election.
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Fire District Works to Lower Fire Insurance
and Make Fingerprinting Available Locally
BURNEY-the fire district is one step closer to being able to
provide live – scan fingerprinting to those who need that
service, interim Fire Chief Matt Schechla told the board
He says the Department of Justice has reviewed the departments
application inspected the facility and interviewed the
appropriate staff. They then issued a number which can be used
to have the appropriate company manufacture and ship the
fingerprinting machine. He says he has been designated as the
departments authorized finger printer. When asked how long it
will take he said it could be several months before they are
actually capable of providing that service.
He reported that he has also been working with ISO, the agency
that sets fire insurance ratings for the area. The district’s
current rating in Burney is a 5, which he says is good and he
predicts it will go down even lower when they do the upcoming
That change will reflect the fact that the district now has a
second water tender, an instation notification system and
24-hour staffing at the station.
He says he is currently working on mapping out a training
schedule so that all paid personnel and volunteers will know
what training they need, be able to get it, and have it recorded
so the ISO has proof that the department is up to date on the
That move will not take place in time to help the district this
time around but will be valuable to the district and community
in the future.
Johnson Park’s rating is higher, about a nine because the
Johnson Park station is not manned 24-hours a day, seven days a
week, and while it does have a better water system than before,
it is still not enough to bring it in line with Burney.
In other business, Schechla reported that the department had
responded to 62 calls in the prior 30 days. That included two
fire calls, 47 medical calls, one traffic collision and 11