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Shasta County Board of Supervisors approves motion to purchase new library building in Burney

On April 16 ,the Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, 5-0. to support moving forward toward the purchase of the Roper Building as a new facility for the public library system in Burney.

FOIL and friends after the meeting

Numerous people traveled to the meeting in Redding to attend the hearing. Patricia Pell, president of Friends of the Intermountain Library (FOIL); Anna Tracy from library services; Kim Neimer from City of Redding;  Monte Keady, Burney Fire District Chief; Bill Murray; Willie Rodriguez, Burney Water District Manager, President of the Burney Chamber of Commerce, and representative of Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River; Lola Harris, from Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River; Andrew Urlie; and Fran Collier from FOIL all gave testimony. In addition, Carol Salini and Steve Woodrum from Redding  also spoke.

After the presentation Larry Lees, County Executive Officer for Shasta County, recommended that the Board move forward toward securing a purchase agreement.

The Board then asked questions and discussed the matter expressing their approval of the project. The Board voted unanimously to approve the proposal as endorsed by Mr. Lees.

McConnell Foundation, Rotary Club of Burney-Fall River, Rotary International, and Soroptomists International of Burney-Fall River have all pledged support for completion of the project as a collaborative venture of Shasta County, City of Redding, and FOIL.

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TCCN will host its first “Leading Change” event May 1

Tri County Community Network (TCCN) will host its first “Leading Change” event May 1, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Intermountain Community Center’s Senior Dining Room at Main and Commerce in Burney.

This event will give participants the opportunity to hear knowledgeable speakers with diverse backgrounds in their respective fields of medicine, industry, trades, and education.

According to Laurie Jacobs, event coordinator and Case Manager at TCCN, “this is going to be the perfect opportunity to learn how to start, change, or advance in your career, what training is needed and available and how to apply for positions.” Representatives of the Shasta Builders Exchange, Mayers Memorial Hospital, Sierra Pacific Industries and Shasta College will lead the discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information call Laurie at 335-4600 or stop in at the Intermountain Community Center.

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Soroptomists present FOIL with check for $2000 for Burney Library

On April 10, Soroptomist International of Burney-Fall River presented a check for $2000 to the Friends of the Intermountain Library. The donation was made for the Children’s Corner in the new Burney Library Branch of the Intermountain Library in memory of Howard Harris.

Dotte Sales, Ralene Metcalf, Lola Harris, and Pat Pell

Soroptomist Club President Ralene Metcalf presented the check to FOIL president Pat Pell.  Lola Harris and Dottie Sales were present for the presentation.

See also:

FOIL to present plan for Burney library to Shasta County Board of Supervisors at April 16 meeting

 

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Lunch with community helpers

On April 10, Tri Counties Community Network hosted a “Lunch with Community Helpers.” Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Burney Fire District, Burney Disposal, US Forest Service, and Burney Mosquito Abatement District all sent representatives to share their mission and provide safety tips.  The sheriffs brought their dog, and Smokey the Bear also attended.

After the presentation, lunch was served by the Senior Nutrition Program so that children, service providers and senior ciitizens had a chance to mix and mingle.

Burney Fire District Chief Monte Keady hands on at lunch with a child

The program is sponsored each year by Bright Futures and Dignity Health to celebrate “Week of the Young Child.”

 

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Award Ceremony in honor of Dr. Dahle

On Friday April 12 at 4 p.m., the Mountain Valleys Health Centers will be holding an award ceremony to honor Dr. Dan Dahle for being named “Country Doctor of the Year.”

The ceremony will be held at Big Valley Gym in Bieber. The address is 400 Bridge Street, Bieber, California.

All members of the public are invited. People are welcome to bring a special note or card to include in a book that will be compiled for Dr. Dahle.

See also:
Dr. Daniel Dahle named 2019 “Country Doctor of the Year” by Staff Care

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PG&E Increases Energy Efficiency Incentives for Customers Rebuilding after Wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO— Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced it will increase financial incentives for energy-efficient construction practices in homes or businesses rebuilt after a wildfire. Customers participating in the Advanced Energy Rebuild initiative will receive incentives to adopt building practices now that will become required for all new construction in 2020. The enhanced incentives will be available to customers who lost a building in a recent major wildfire like the Carr or Camp fires.

“These new financial incentives cover some, if not all, of the additional cost of higher-efficiency appliances and building improvements like insulation, advanced windows, air sealing and heat pumps for water and space heating. The result is a more comfortable and sustainable building with lower utility bills for generations to come. We realize our customers have many priorities and challenges right now, and hopefully this program will help,” said Aaron Johnson, a vice president in PG&E’s electric operations who is leading the company’s rebuilding efforts in Butte County.

Expanding Upon a Successful Model

The Advanced Energy Rebuild program was originally developed by Sonoma Clean Power and PG&E after the October 2017 wildfires in the North Bay. Today’s announcement makes the same program available to all areas impacted by wildfire – not just Sonoma and Mendocino County customers.

To date, approximately 100 customers have taken advantage of Advanced Energy Rebuild in the North Bay. “The Advanced Energy Rebuild helped our family reach our goal of designing and building the most efficient home possible. Funds from this program helped offset upgrades in our HVAC system and water heater that would have been extremely difficult to do to otherwise,” said a participant in the program from Sonoma County.

 Helping Customers Rebuild Efficient Homes

California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards, called “Title 24, Part 6,” guide residential and nonresidential building and construction across the state. The standards help to lower energy costs and reduce greenhouse gases associated with the building. Single family homes built to the upcoming 2020 requirements will use approximately 20 percent less energy than homes built to the 2016 standard. The Advanced Energy Rebuild initiative offers customers the opportunity to receive incentives to take these steps a year early, resulting in support for their rebuild and a high performance, low energy use home.

Supporting Savings for New Homes

PG&E is encouraging customers to build high-performing homes that will result in lower energy bills. Customers can receive between $7,500 to $17,500 in incentives depending on building choices they select.  An efficient, all electric home with solar would earn the highest incentive. Incentives are available to serve customers with destroyed homes or businesses in nine Northern California counties – including Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Butte, Yuba, Plumas and Nevada – where wildfires occurred in 2017 and 2018. These customers are eligible for incentives if they pull a permit for a new building by the end of 2019, regardless of where they rebuild.

How to Learn More

Customers wanting an early indication of the program requirements can review the Advanced Energy Rebuild website at  http://cahp-pge.com/advanced-energy-rebuild/ 
or for further inquiry please contact us at Rebuild@pge.com. Funding for the program is from public service program surcharges on utility bills that are designed to increase conservation and energy efficiency in California.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

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FOIL to present plan for Burney library to Shasta County Board of Supervisors at April 16 meeting

On Tuesday April 16, 2019, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors will consider the Friends of the Intermountain Libraries Inc. (FOIL)’s proposal for the County to purchase and renovate the Roper building on Main Street in Burney for an upgraded Burney Library as part of the Shasta County Library system.

The meeting will be held at in the County Supervisors hearing room at 1450 Court St. in Redding and is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 16. The meeting is open to the public. All citizens are welcome to speak before the Board. People who wish to address the Board can fill out an online form in advance or sign up 15 minutes before the meeting.

FOIL is requesting that the $400,000 in grant money that was set aside from the Hatchet Ridge Windmill fund in 2014 be released for the project. The Board of Supervisors will be hearing FOIL’s proposal as an action item.

If FOIL’s plan is approved the new library building will be almost twice as large. It will have private rooms for tutoring, study, counseling and consultations. There will be a special children’s corner and a meeting room for community meetings. There will be more computers with excellent broadband access. The library will be in a central location on Main Street above the flood plain with ample parking and improved air conditioning and heat. There will be improved services for all citizens of all ages in the Intermountain community and visitors to the area, including some services for veterans and people searching for employment. People will have access to the extensive databases and resources that a modern public library offers.

According to FOIL, the Roper Building is the only available commercial building in Burney and is affordable at $300,000. FOIL has worked diligently with the community to raise funds for the execution and completion of the project. Burney Rotary has granted $10,000 and Rotary International has granted and additional $15,000 dedicated to a Children’s Corner.

According to FOIL, Shasta Regional Community Foundation has also awarded $7500 for remodeling construction needs and the McConnell Foundation has awarded up to $100,000 should there be shortfalls in the project’s funding package.

Over 1500 residents have signed petitions to help the campaign and local children sent postcards in support.

FOIL has been working with several supportive organizations to develop and fine tune the plan. Kim Niemer, Redding Community Services Director, who oversees governance of the Shasta County Library System has been involved.  So have members of the Shasta County Library Advisory Board, Shasta Library Foundation, and the Library Director for the Shasta Public Libraries.

Both the County and City of Redding have looked at the building repeatedly to determine what updates need to be made. If the $400,000 dedicated to this project is released, an escrow will be opened whereby the County will purchase the building and maintain it. Through a collaborative effort between the County, City of Redding, who is in charge of the Shasta Public Libraries system, and FOIL the building will be brought up to current ADA standards.

FOIL is encouraging people to contact members of the Board of Supervisors and to attend the meeting on April 16 to express their support.

FOIL president Pat Pell said, “This is what we’ve worked so hard towards for many years. We need the community’s support. We hope to fill the Chamber Hall during this meeting showing support. You may speak if you fill out the form, or just show your support with your presence.”

See also:
Kim Niemer explains FOIL action plan in meeting at Burney Lions Hall

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