Saying so long to outgoing Supervisor McNamer

By Triplicate Staff December 17, 2012 05:53 pm

Leslie McNamer  Leslie McNamer received a standing ovation from county staff members and colleagues Tuesday during her last meeting as a Del Norte County supervisor.

Board Chairman Michael Sullivan read a resolution honoring McNamer, who was defeated by Roger Gitlin in the Nov. 6 election.

“I’d like to say thank you for that and let everyone know how much of an honor it’s been serving on this board,” McNamer said following the tribute. “I love everybody I worked with. When I used to hear people comment (about) our county family, it really becomes part of your family.”

McNamer began working for the county as a clerk typist on Dec. 10, 1997. She was also an account clerk and a legal process clerk within the county’s probation department, family support department and the treasurer/tax collector’s office.

McNamer was elected as District 1 supervisor in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. During her tenure, she served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Area 1 Agency on Aging, Bar-O-Boys Ranch Oversight Committee, Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods, Del Norte-Crescent City Chamber of Commerce, the Del Norte Senior Center Board, Redwood Coast Transit and Safe and Healthy Families.

— Jessica Cejnar

Del Norte by the numbers

Del Norte County lost a few inhabitants while the state as a whole gained some  in the most recent population statistics released this week by the state Department of Finance.

From July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2012, Del Norte’s population decreased by 139 people from 28,498 to 28,359.

During the same period, California’s total population rose by about a quarter-million people to 37.8 million.

Meanwhile, there were 344 births and 272 deaths in Del Norte during the period.

As for how many Del Norters bothered to vote in last month’s election, the Secretary of State’s Office said the county turnout was 70.94 percent of registered voters, and 48.65 percent of people eligible to vote.

Statewide, those figures were 72.36 percent and 55.47 percent, respectively.

— Richard Wiens

School Board terms start

Frances Costello began her second term and Judie Cordts her first as members of the Del Norte County Unified School District Board of Trustees on Thursday.

Judge William Follett gave Costello and Cordts the oath of office. Costello is the District 3 representative. Cordts was elected to replace retiring Jim Maready as District 4 representative.

Maready received a plaque from Superintendent Don Olson for his service to the School Board.

In addition to swearing in new officers, the board appointed Don McArthur as its president and Jennifer England as board clerk. 

— Jessica Cejnar

Super-board’s future in doubt

It came in with a roar but might go out with a whimper.

Amid disputes over the operations of and necessity for the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority, a move was made in October 2011 to create a 10-member solid waste super-board, stocked with every single Del Norte County supervisor and Crescent City Council member. 

The board’s weighted composition is set to expire Dec. 31.  A possible extension was scheduled to be discussed and voted on during a board meeting Tuesday, but the meeting was canceled due to anticipated lack of a quorum.  

This was already a rescheduled meeting, making up for the November meeting that was canceled due to its landing during Thanksgiving week.

Gerry Hemmingsen, chairman of the Solid Waste Board and a county supervisor, said none of the board members indicated that he or she was unavailable until the day of the meeting.

Another board meeting could be scheduled for next week, and Hemmingsen said he will be pushing for an extension of the super-

board.

— Adam Spencer