Lack of snow hurting efforts to reopen ski area

Susan Jacobson, Staff Writer

Feather River Bulletin of Quincy, California

The first traces of snow fell on the Sierra this past week, but based on meetings between the Eastern Plumas Recreation District Board of Directors and the Ski Hill committee on Oct. 21, area residents will have to keep waiting to ski in Johnsville.

The need for snow dominated the discussions. The Ski Hill committee said the lack of snow has hindered its progress on every front: Hosting events, seeking sponsor support, attracting visitors, expanding offerings, using the new grooming machine and seeking support to assemble the recently acquired chair lift — all require proving that the ski hill average snow fall meets the expectations for sustained use.

Progress on the plans to have a fully operational ski area that includes a chair lift, lodge and restroom facilities only lacks the most important element: snow.

Financial audit overdue

The EPRD board of directors, which met later that day, said the district has failed to undergo mandated financial audits. County Supervisor Jeff Engel addressed the board during the public comment period regarding the matter. He said the district is two years over due for its five-year audit.

Treasurer John Olofson was asked during his report about the status of the audit. Olofson stated his concerns about the cost of such an audit. County Supervisor Terry Swoffbrd suggested that they set up a meeting with the county's auditor, clarify the rules to ensure compliance and prevent further misunderstanding. That meeting took place on Oct,. 28.

The board also discussed the lack of relevant financial reports. The board requested that financial reports be clear and comprehensive. "I am sorry that this has become an issue, but it would be helpful to understand what we have and what we don't have," said Vice Chair John Rowden.

Communications breakdown

Directors reported getting, what they considered, "harassing" emails from director Margaret Garner.

Additionally, Rowden and Chairman Don Fregulia expressed concern about Garner representing the board without direction from the board. Fregulia gave Garner notice that she should not harass board members or contact outside entities on behalf of the board without official direction from the board as a whole.

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