This month we have worked on several projects throughout the county and have had very little time for general maintenance
The Beckwourth crew with the
assistance of the Graeagle and some of the Quincy crew is working on a
road improvement project through a portion of Clover Valley as part of a
larger project that the Feather River Coordinated Resource Management
(FRCRM) is performing. Plumas County’s part of the project includes
redeveloping an old USFS borrow pit and using the material as fill to
elevate and add structure to areas effected by wetlands, then placing
four to six inches of road base over the length of the project
(approximately 8700 ft.). The work that the FRCRM is performing is a
“plug and pond” on both Red Clover and Poco Creeks to increase surface
saturation and re-vegetate the area with plants and trees native to the
area. The grant they were successful in attaining for this project is
also paying for the majority of the work Plumas County is
The Chester crew with the
assistance of the Greenville crew is working on a road improvement
project through a portion of the Humbug Road as part of a larger project
that the Lassen National Forest is responsible for administering.
Plumas County’s part of the project is to install new and replace old
culverts along three and one half miles of road to enhance watershed.
The LNF will then reshape and surface the project with road base. The
project was made possible due to monies received to the USFS from the
Rail Road as restitution from a fire that the R-R started near Story in
the Feather River Canyon.
The Quincy crew completed the
traffic painting this month. This year we experienced a new hurdle for
painting, a worldwide raw materials shortage. The crew is used to
dealing with seasonal traffic, cold mornings and at times humid weather,
all conditions that slow progress, then not having paint available in a
timely manner further complicated matters. The crew also spent time
working on Bucks Highlands Road to address concerns from the residents
and the District Supervisor (Simpson). They removed large rocks and
tree roots by deep ripping with a tracked dozer, then shaped and treated
the road with Permazyme 11X which is an enzyme solution formulated to
react with clay in the soils and form a hard impermeable surface.
Permazyme is a new-to-Plumas County type of treatment but has been in
use for many years in surrounding counties. They are now completing a
paving project on Bucks Lake Road by installing the shoulder backing.
The La Porte crew is taking
advantage of the late season, above average temperatures to get there
asphalt patching completed prior to winter closing in.
The Equipment Maintenance Crew is
busy preparing seasonal equipment as well as keeping up on repairs and
performing preventative maintenance.
Even with all of these
activities, the crews were able to fit in an Employee Appreciation BBQ
held on the Courthouse lawn and sponsored by the Plumas County
this month we experienced our first mid twenty degree mornings and now
we are seeing daytime highs in the mid nineties, must be the effects of