It was initially spotted by Fire Chief Steve Pappas who, after seeing a “large column of smoke” in the area, flew a fire department drone over to investigate, Moser said.

The green site, where Lake Shastina residents take their yard waste, is closed “until further notice,” reported Interim General Manager Robert Moser at last Wednesday’s Lake Shastina Community Services District meeting.

The directors learned that the yard waste site had caught fire last Friday, May 10.

It was initially spotted by Fire Chief Steve Pappas who, after seeing a “large column of smoke” in the area, flew a fire department drone over to investigate, Moser said.

Pappas called it in, and it was fought by the LSFD and CAL FIRE.

CAL FIRE has closed the site and is working to determine the cause of the fire that started in the main burn pile, Moser said.

In other news, the state paid for officer Rodney Barr to take a course in identifying “persons under the influence of drugs,” said acting chief Will Bullington reported, which quickly became useful, as the following day, Barr arrested someone suspected of being under the influence of opiates.

The Police Department lost another officer when Rusty Owens retired, Bullington said. This leaves two openings. They will be filled after the new General Manager has hired a new police chief, Director Rick Thompson said.

Public Works has a new employee, Director Paula Mitchell announced, and asked Moser about him.

“I’m very optimistic and excited about this,” Moser said. “He’s green, but he’s learning quickly. And he’s interested in trainings with water certifications.”

Moser added that the new employee, Will Russell, “comes to us with a great work ethic and a drive to learn and succeed. He is a great addition to the Department.”

Russell is a resident of Lake Shastina.

In other business, work continues on the $5 million Wastewater Planning Grant, Moser reported. He is working with SHN Engineering to get the grant package ready to submit to the State.

Moser reported that Rancho Hills sewer pump B-114 had been sent to Redding for repairs.

The repair of pump B-106 on Rainbow Drive can probably “wait till next (fiscal) year,” he added.

The Public Works Department repaired a sewer lateral on Tony Lema Drive that had a root intrusion, Moser reported. The Department is seeing a little more of that, he added.

Action Items

The Board voted 5-0 to declare two police vehicles surplus and put them up for sale. A third, a 2008 Dodge, will be used by the administration for business.

Staff and Director Comments

A Sewer Rate Increase Hearing, for the public to learn more about the planned sewer rate increases, will be held June 5, at 1 p.m. Speakers will be asked to fill out speaker forms and be allotted three minutes each at the meeting, said board director Carol Cupp.

There is hope to clear up misunderstandings at the meeting, as well as listen to residents’ views, said Mitchell.

The board’s next regular meeting is June 19, at 1 p.m.