The Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of
California, met in regular session at the hour of 9:05 a.m., on, in the Board of
Supervisors Room, County Administrative Center, Independence, with the following
Supervisors present: Chairperson
Carroll “Butch” Hambleton presiding, Linda Arcularius, Ted Williams, and
Michael Dorame. Supervisor Bear was
absent. Supervisor Dorame provided
the Invocation, and Supervisor Arcularius led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chairperson announced the public comment period.
Ms. Judy Fowler, Lone Pine Resident, addressed the Board to comment
on her opinion regarding the Tobacco Settlement proceeds.
Chairperson announced the County Department Report period.
Ms. Leslie Chapman notified the Board that she would be responding
to the State Audit results, indicating that the County will be pursuing
legislative relief regarding the money the County owes the State due to
past formula errors.
Bill Michael, Library/Museum Director, introduced Mr. Frank Hayes,
Superintendent of the Manzanar National Historic Site, who provided
additional information regarding the donation of two electric cars to the
County of Inyo. The
Chairperson thanked Mr. Hayes and the National Parks Service for their
continued support. He
recessed the regular meeting, reconvening in the parking lot of the
Administrative Center, with all Board Members present, except Supervisor
Bear, to accept the keys to the new electronic cars.
Bus Sales Lease
by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to waive the
competitive bidding requirements and declare Creative Bus Sales, Inc., as
a sole-source provider for the lease of one 2001 transit bus on a
month-to-month basis at the rate of $3,000 per month plus tax, and
authorize the Transit Program Director to sign the lease agreement.
carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear absent.
by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve of
the Contract between the County of Inyo and Professional Assault Crisis
Training, for the provision of a two-day employee safety training and for
consultation on a departmental safety assessment, in an amount not to
exceed $7,600, for the period of March 1, 2004 through June 30, 2004; and
authorize the Chairperson to sign. Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor
Year Budget Review
County Administrator reviewed the Midyear Budget Report in great detail
and at length. He reported
that the Departments are doing a great job of estimating their revenues
and controlling expenditures. He
highlighted anticipated fund balance figures and reviewed areas where the
Board might consider increases in fees and budget reductions.
Mr. Mendez went on to correct a couple of the figures contained in
the report, indicating that he would be providing the Board with corrected
pages at the conclusion of the meeting.
He went on to explain his suggestion that the Board immediately
implement a “hard hiring freeze,” in order to ensure future salary
savings. Mr. Mendez went on
to provide further information and justification for scheduling the FY
2004/05 budget hearings in June. The
Board and Mr. Mendez discussed the recommendations contained in the
report, with Supervisor Williams suggesting that rather than just
discussing the proposed reductions on the 17th that Mr. Mendez
also agendize a budget discussion for the February 10th agenda.
The remaining Board Members concurred with Supervisor William’s
suggestion. Moved by
Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to A) accept the
2003-2004 County Midyear Budget Report as presented, B) approve the
specific budget amendments as recommended by Staff, including the
immediate implementation of a “hard hiring freeze;”;
direct Staff to schedule an item for the February 10, 2004, and February
17, 2004 Agendas to provide direction on the preparation of the FY 2004-05
County Budget; and D) schedule the FY 2004/05 Budget Hearings to begin
June 1, 2004. Motion
carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear absent.
CofC/ Cal Expo Exhibit
Rich White, Independence Chamber of Commerce, addressed the Board to
provide additional information and further justification for the County to
continue funding the Cal Expo Exhibit.
Mr. Mendez noted that one of the places he was recommending be cut
in next year’s budget was the Cal Expo Exhibit.
Supervisor Arcularius expressed her concern with continuing to
provide funding for this event when County services may have to be cut. She suggested that the County’s funding for the Exhibit
be suspended for this year. Supervisors
Dorame and Williams discussed certain aspects of the Exhibit with Mr.
White, including how to reduce costs.
Mr. White explained that the Chambers currently utilize volunteers
to staff the exhibit and expressed his concern that the Cal Expo Exhibit
Budget is already at “bare bones.”
Supervisor Hambleton supported the County’s funding of this
year’s Exhibit. He
explained that the promotion of tourism is an Inyo 2020 Goal, that the
Inyo 2020 Goals were going to be used to establish budget priorities and
as such, the promotion of tourism through the Cal Expo Exhibit is a very
worthwhile endeavor to meet that Goal.
Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to
take the following actions regarding the 2004 Cal Expo Exhibit: A)
designate the Independence Chamber of Commerce as the lead agency for the
2004 Cal Expo Exhibit and designate Rich and Kathy White as the
representatives to receive, on behalf of the County, any award money; B)
direct Staff to prepare the appropriate budget language for next year, if
needed, to provide any award money to the Independence Chamber of
Commerce; and C) approve the 2004 California State Fair Cal Expo Exhibit
Form; and authorize the County Administrator to sign on behalf of the
carried on a three-to-one vote, with Supervisors Williams, Hambleton and
Dorame voting yes, with Supervisor Arcularius voting no, and with
Supervisor Bear absent.
by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve
the minutes of the January 13, 2004 Board of Supervisors Meeting.
carried unanimously on a three-to-zero vote, with Supervisors Arcularius,
Williams and Hambleton, voting yes, with Supervisor Dorame abstaining and
with Supervisor Bear absent.
|The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 1:05 p.m., reconvening
at 1:55 p.m., with all Board Members present, except Supervisors Bear and
Year Budget Review
|The Chairperson reopened the discussion regarding the Midyear Budget
Review, in order to provide Ms. Beverly Harry, Clerk/Recorder, the
opportunity to address the Board regarding the midyear budget adjustment
in the elections budget. Ms.
Harry explained that the costs for the Special Recall Election had not
been budgeted, and the contingencies being requested would cover these
costs. She went
on to say that the Special Recall Election was more costly than the amount
she has stated
in the past for countywide elections, due to the number of
candidates. Ms. Harry went on
to provide specific information on how she estimates election costs.
She asked for additional clarification on the Board’s January 13,
2004, request for a cost analysis of the upcoming March 2004 Primary.
The County Administrator cautioned the Board regarding discussing
the January 13, 2004, Board Order, since the item was not agendized and
indicated that he would work with the Clerk to relay the Board’s desires
regarding whether the Board wanted exact figures or estimated figures for
Members and Staff Reports
|The Board Members reported on their activities during the preceding
week, including an RCRC leadership training course, an RCRC Board of
Directors Meeting, a CSAC Board of Directors Meeting, as well as a State
Budget update by the County Administrator .
Chairperson recessed open session at 2:00 p.m., to convene in closed
session, with all Board Members present, except Supervisors Bear and
Dorame, to discuss Agenda Item No. 9.
PENDING LITIGATION - Conference with Legal Counsel (Existing
Litigation) Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) - Jaxon
v. County of Inyo, Inyo County Superior Court Case No. 24260.
on Closed Session
Chairperson recessed closed session at 3:10 p.m., to reconvene in open
session to receive a report on closed session.
Assistant County Counsel, Mr. Allen Berry, reported there were no
items discussed in closed session, which were required by law to be
reported on in open session.
Chairperson adjourned the regular meeting at 3:10 p.m., to 9:00 a.m.,
February 10, 2004, in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County
Administrative Center, in Independence.
Inyo County Board of Supervisors
Clerk of the Board