NEWS

McCloud CSD discusses snow removal, water rights

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

By Shareen Strauss

The McCloud Community Services District board meeting Monday of last week covered many topics, including snow removal, water rights, and substance abuse testing for employees.

The meeting was held in the company of local Sheriff officials invited by resident Betsy Phair.

McCloud streets are plowed by the county while the district is responsible for the town’s alleyways. There is concern about a private roadway on Grove Street that needs to be kept open for fire emergencies and garbage pickup. It was discussed that residents on this private drive would pay fees for the work, which was the case in past years of snow removal which has not been needed in the last two years. It was agreed for this topic to go back to the Public Works Committee for further investigation into the matter.

McCloud board members are trying to obtain title to the earliest water rights transfer of Elk Springs which was in 1883. Due to its un-insurability no title company is willing to take this on, thus, Interim GM Kimberly Paul will work on the task of researching and preparing the file statements of diversion and use for each water right claim and chain of title to confirm the District's water rights claims through the county archive files.

District board members unanimously voted to enforce Policy 2192, initiating testing for Department of Transportation substance abuse for commercial licensed staff and non-DOT staff that the policy applies to under CRF title 49 and 40. This cost is $80 per employee along with a $180 annual fee. This would amount to about $500 per year for the current four employees.

During public comment, Betsy Phair alleged the Brown Act was violated, stating, “there had been a consensus” for electing Chuck Ott for 2016 board president. The Brown Act prohibits the board members from engaging in communication among one another outside of a public meeting that leads to the development of an action taken.

Phair, said, “At the last general meeting, the majority members of the board, with the exception of Cathy Young, violated the law and that is why I contacted the Sheriff.”

Board members said they did not violate the Brown Act.

Board member Young explained, “We do have outside interests and work that has nothing to do with District business. People see us talking after the meeting and perceive that we are still talking about District business.”