The Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of
California, met in regular session at the hour of 9:10 a.m., on Tuesday,
February 17, 2004, 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. Captain Wade Tallman of the Naval Weapons Center in
Ridgecrest notified the Board that the NWC would be conducting low flight
tests over the communities of Lone Pine and Independence to test new
guidance systems technology. He
informed the Board that once the exact dates of the tests are known he
would notify the County. The
Board thanked Captain Tallman for keeping the County informed as to when
these types of tests over the Owens Valley are scheduled.
County Dept. Reports
Chairperson announced the County Department Report period.
Ms. Jean Dickinson, Director of Health and Human Services, updated
the Board on information she had received during a Welfare Directors
Meeting regarding state budget impacts.
Supervisor Arcularius informed the Board about pending federal
legislation regarding T-21 funding for rural roads.
She also informed the Board of an impending rule change by the
Insurance Commissioner, which could significantly increase the rates paid
by Inyo County residents for their car insurance.
She asked that these two items be agendized for discussion during
next week’s meeting. In
response to a query from Supervisor Williams, the County Administrator
explained that it has been the past practice of the Board of Supervisors
to take a Board position on legislation and/or other actions, which would
affect their constituency, as opposed to individual Board Members taking a
position. He explained that
this process ensures that Inyo County is not conveying opposing positions
on legislation and sending mixed messages to our legislators.
BofS/IMAH Bus Grant Support
Arcularius provided additional information regarding the request from IMAH
for support of their grant to acquire a bus to transport participants of
the CARE Center Program from Lone Pine, Independence and Big Pine.
She explained that this will facilitate and enhance the County’s
Transit Program. Representatives
of both IMAH and the CARE Center addressed the Board to thank the Board
for supporting this request. Moved
by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve
a letter of support for the Inyo-Mono Association for the Handicapped’s
Federal Transportation Act Grant application for a bus; and authorize the
Chairperson to sign. Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear
Inyo A/P Advisory Committee Appt.
Moved by Supervisor
Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to appoint Mr. Rex Allen to
the Northern Inyo Airport Advisory Committee to complete an unexpired
four-year term ending June 30, 2005.
Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear
COA-Purchasing/ Film P.O.
asked if there was a purchasing policy governing giving the advantage to
local vendors. Mr. Mendez
explained that currently the only policy is that for the Motor Pool
vehicle purchases the cars must be delivered to Bishop, which evens the
playing field for the local car dealerships.
He went on to cite examples of how a local advantage for vendor
policy might pose problems. Moved
by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to award Bid No.
2003-12 for and approve the purchase of Camera Film for the Sheriff’s
Department and Jail as recommended by Staff.
Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor
P.W.-ESRA/ Power Outage Emergency
The Board and Staff
discussed the emergency at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, which had
resulted in a power outage. The
Board reiterated their thanks to Staff for the quick response to the
emergency. The Board and
Staff went on to discuss the possibility of developing a resolution
delegating the authority to order emergency action to the County
Administrator or another County Official.
The County Administrator explained that the current process is
working, that it requires emergency actions be ratified by the Board, thus
giving the Board the opportunity to assess the emergency in its entirety.
Mr. Mendez also
explained that by placing the item on the Agenda for Board ratification,
it gives the County the opportunity to inform the public about the
emergency and let them know what action was taken to respond to the
Moved by Supervisor
Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to A) make a finding that the
electrical emergency at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport would not
permit a delay resulting from a competitive solicitation for bids, and
that immediate action was necessary to respond to the emergency; B)
authorize/ratify the Public Works Director to take action to repair or
replace the failed portion of the electrical system by the procurement of
necessary equipment, services, and supplies, without giving notice for
bids to let contracts; and C) defer the discussion of delegating the
authority to order appropriate emergency action to the County
Administrator and other County Officials, to a future date at the County
Administrator’s discretion. Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor
P.W.-Bldg. & Maint./Fire Alarm at Bishop Library
Mr. Mike Conklin, Deputy
Public Works Director, provided additional information and further
explanation of Staff’s recommendations regarding the Friends of the
Bishop Library’s proposal to have a fire alarm installed at the Bishop
Library. Mr. Conklin
explained that the County currently provides fire alarm coverage for the
Museum, Jail and the Juvenile Facility.
He said that the alarm systems located in the other County
facilities are burglar alarms and that he did not believe they included
fire alarm capabilities. Mr.
Conklin also requested that the amount for the purchase of the system be
increased from $3,400 to $5,758.69, which is the amount the Friends of the
Library had raised and how much the fire alarm would cost.
The Board discussed the proposal and supported the Friends of the
Bishop Library’s volunteer efforts on behalf of the library, with
Supervisor Arcularius conveying Supervisor Bear’s support of the
proposal. Mr. Bill Michael,
Library/Museum Director, provided further explanation on the history of
the Friends of the Bishop Library’s proposal and responded to questions
from the Board regarding available funding to provide for the monitoring.
The County Administrator also responded to the budget questions,
explaining that the Library budget has been reduced over the past several
years and that further reductions would result in non-viable Library
operations. The Board
expressed their desire to have the funding for the monitoring of the fire
alarm system to be augmented in the budget and not to come from the
existing budget. Moved
by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to, after
consideration of the proposal by the Friends of the Bishop Library to
install a commercial fire alarm system at the Bishop Library to A)
acknowledge that the fire alarm system is to be paid for with funds
provided by the Friends of the Bishop Library in the amount of $5,758.69;
B) declare Sierra Security Systems as a sole-source provider for security
systems and authorize the purchase and installation of the system in the
Bishop Library; and C) direct that the additional funding to monitor the
system in an amount not to exceed $1,812 annually be added to the Library
budget from contingencies and/or other savings and not from the existing
budget. Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor
The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at
10:20 a.m., reconvening at 10:30 a.m., with all Board Members present,
except Supervisor Bear.
P.W.-Town Water Systems/Transfer of Town Waters Systems to County
Conklin, Deputy Public Works Director, reviewed the Staff report and
recommendations in detail and at length.
The Board and Staff discussed the transfer agreements, with Mr.
Conklin responding to questions from the Board and requesting that the
Staff recommendation be changed to reflect the County Administrator is
authorized to sign the Agreements. Mr.
Mendez provided additional clarification on the change in authorized
signature. He explained that
it is appropriate to have like levels of administration signing, i.e. if a
City Councilperson or a Water Commissioner signs then a Board of
Supervisors signature would be appropriate, should other levels of Staff
be authorized to sign for DWP then the County’s counterpart would be
authorized to sign for the County.
Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Williams to A) find that the transfer of ownership of the
Laws, Independence and Lone Pine Water Systems from the City of Los
Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to Inyo County (pursuant to
the terms of Section XI of the Long-Term Water Agreement) is exempt from
the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); B)
authorize the filing of an appropriate Notice of Exemption with the Inyo
County Recorders Office; and C) approve the three Transfer Agreements
between LADWP and Inyo County transferring the Laws, Independence, and
Lone Pine Water Distribution Systems to Inyo County and authorize the
County Administrator to sign. Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor
HHS-Children Serv. Council/Girl Scouts Contract
Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded
by Supervisor Williams to ratify the Contract between the County of Inyo
and the Girl Scouts Joshua Tree Council for child abuse prevention
services, for the period of December 29, 2003 through April 30, 2004, in
an amount not to exceed $2,469.10; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.
Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear absent.
CAO-Econ. Dev./ CA Engineering Co. Contract
Mr. Ron Juliff, Deputy County Administrator,
provided additional information and further justification for contracting
for administrative support services for the CDBG Grant. The County Administrator explained that the County in
administering other and future CDBG grants will use the information gained
through this contract. Moved
by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to ratify the
Contract between the County of Inyo and California Engineering Company for
the provision of consulting and administrative support for the CDBG Grant
#03-STBG-1825, in an amount not to exceed $34,500, for the period of
November 15, 2003, through October 31, 2006, contingent upon the Board’s
adoption of future budgets; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.
Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear absent.
CAO-Budget/ FY 2004/05 Budget Preparation
The County Administrator and the Board continued
their discussions on the philosophies to be used in the preparation of the
FY 2004/05 County Budget, concentrating on the 2nd tier budget
adjustment recommendations. The
Board and Staff discussed: (a) furloughs with Supervisor Arcularius
conveying Supervisor Bear’s request that if furloughs are to be
considered that a survey of the County employees be conducted; (b) the
hiring freeze and the potential for salary savings; (c) a concessionaire
for Tecopa, with the County Administrator explaining that the figure shown
is the amount which could be realized in several years; (d) impact of not
having seasonal staff working for Parks; (e) a proposed TOT increase to be
placed on the November, 2004 ballot and the impacts of that increase; and
(f) the reductions to the Chambers and other Grants-in-Support recipients,
with the County Administrator explaining that the recommendations will be
different because of the Board’s funding of this year’s CalExpo
Exhibit. Mr. Mendez explained
that he would notify the Chambers and G-I-S recipients that he would be
recommending some type of reduction, maybe 5% or 10% and invite them, like
in past years, to address the Board regarding the budget recommendations. Supervisor Arcularius requested that the G-I-S
application be amended to have the recipients identify what programs would
be affected by any proposed reductions.
At the conclusion of the discussions the consensus of the Board
that the budget principles recommended by the County Administrator be
followed for the preparation of the FY 2004-05 County Budgets; and
incorporate 1st and 2nd tier budget adjustments for
consideration during the Budget Hearings.
The minutes of the February 3, 2004, Board of
Supervisors Meeting were pulled from consideration at the request of the
Clerk of the Board. Moved by
Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to approve the
minutes of the January 27, 2004, Board of Supervisors Meeting.
carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear absent.
The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 12:25 p.m.,
reconvening at 1:40 p.m., with all Board Members present except Supervisor
Fish & Game/ Update on the Hatchery System
Mr. Mike Haynie of the California Department
of Fish and Game, thanked Supervisor Hambleton for the invitation to
address the Board regarding the status of the Hatchery Program and the Mt.
Whitney Fish Hatchery. Mr.
Haynie informed the Board that the current budget does not provide the
department with the ability to meet its mission in the Owens Valley. He noted statistics regarding budget reductions, loss of
hatchery positions, and the redirection of license money as some of the
reasons why the Hatchery Program in California is suffering.
He also provided statistics on upcoming Hatchery closures and
confirmed that the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery and the Hot Creek Hatchery
will not be funded in the future. Mr.
Haynie responded to questions from the Board regarding the ability of the
Hatchery Program to mobilize should a one or two year hiatus of the
program be mandated. He explained that if the brood stock is lost, it would take
decades to bring the program back up to where it is today and if the brood
stock is protected it could take several years to have fish available to
plant. Mr. Haynie informed
the Board that Supervisors Hambleton and Williams will be taking a
hatchery tour in the very near future.
The County Administrator informed the Board that because of the
County’s dependency on tourism and the negative impact the closure of
the fish hatcheries will have on our local economy, that he is working
with the Ron Juliff, Deputy County Administrator, to get the County
geared-up to address these issues and develop solutions.
The Board indicated they were looking forward to staff
recommendations during the Budget Hearings.
The Chairperson recessed open session at 2:20 p.m., to convene in a
HHS-Mental Hlth. On-Call Services
Chairperson, at 2:20 p.m., convened a workshop with Health and Human Services Staff on Mental Health
on-call services. The
Chairperson recessed the workshop at 3:00 p.m.
Chairperson convened in closed session at 3:01 p.m., with all Board
Members present to discuss Agenda Item No. 15.
CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - Anticipated Litigation -
Significant Exposure to Litigation (Pursuant to Government Code Section
54956.9(b) - One Case.
Report on Closed Session
Chairperson recessed closed session at 4:10 p.m., reconvening in open
session to receive a report on closed session.
County Counsel reported that as
a result of the Board of Supervisors’ consideration of Agenda Item No.
15 in closed session, it has come to the Board’s attention that the
County’s General Plan designates numerous private parcels as Natural
Resource. This change in
designation was contrary to the Board of Supervisors’ direction, and not
brought to the Board of Supervisor’s attention during the General
Plan’s final review and consideration.
The designation of these private parcels as Natural Resource was a
mistake and should have been corrected before the final General Plan was
presented for Board consideration. The
Board of Supervisors has directed the Planning Department to identify all
of the parcels affected and initiate the legally required process to
correct this mistake. Any
property owner who thinks they have been affected are encouraged to
contact the County Planning Department.
The Board of Supervisors has directed that workshops on this issue
be conducted as soon as possible.
Chairperson adjourned the regular meeting at 4:15 p.m., to 9:00 a.m.,
February 24, 2004, in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County
Administrative Center, in Independence.
Inyo County Board of Supervisors
Clerk of the Board