Board Minutes - November 09, 2004

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County of Inyo

Board of Supervisors

 

The Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, met in regular session at the hour of 9:15 a.m., on Tuesday, November 9, 2004, in the Board of Supervisors Room, County Administrative Center, Independence, with the following Supervisors present:  Chairperson Carroll “Butch” Hambleton presiding, Linda Arcularius, Julie Bear, Ted Williams, and Michael Dorame.  Supervisor Hambleton provided the Invocation, and County Administrator, René Mendez, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

Public Comment

The Chairperson announced the public comment period.  Mr. Jon Anderson representing the Laws Railroad Company provided an update on the Laws Railroad Project and asked that a formal discussion of the project and project funding be agendized for the December 7, 2004, meeting.  The Chairperson directed that this item be agendized as requested.

 

County Dept. Reports

The Chairperson announced the County Department Report period.  Ms. Jean Dickinson, Director of Health and Human Services, informed the Board that Mono County was providing Inyo County with additional flu vaccines, explaining that Mono County’s private physicians had obtained flu vaccines from an alternate provider, thus making some of the County’s allocation available to share with Inyo County.  Ms. Dickinson also reported that the County has received a response from the Bakersfield Office regarding the County’s letter requesting an increase in administrative reimbursement to continue to manage the local Workforce Investment Program.  She explained that the County had received a slight increase for administrative costs, along with the request that the County continue to contract for the services and monitor the administrative costs.  Mr. Jeff Jewett, Public Works Director, provided the Board with a brief update on the status of the Laws Railroad Project.  Mr. George Milovich, Agricultural Commissioner, announced that small counties would be receiving an additional 1/4 percent for pesticide enforcement funding.  He also informed the Board that they would be receiving the Mosquito Abatement Benefit Assessment information in the near future.

 

Planning-Yucca Mtn. Workshop

The Chairperson recessed open session at 9:35 a.m., to convene in a workshop, with all Board Members present, to discuss the County’s Yucca Mountain Oversight Program.   The Chairperson recessed the workshop at 10:25 a.m., to reconvene in open session, with all Board Members present.

 

Farm Adv./ Grazing Board Expenditures

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to authorize the purchase of materials and equipment as follows:  $3,500 to Geoff Pope of Deep Springs College to repair existing boundary fencing; $500 to Joan Vogt of Vogt Ranch for the replacement of a trough; and $1,500 to Rod Dowers of Triple D Ranches for the purchase of four galvanized water troughs.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

HHS-Soc. Serv./ Community Serv. Solutions Contract

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and Community Service Solutions for prevention leadership services for the period of October 1, 2004, through June 30, 2007, at the annual rate of $50,000 for a total amount not to exceed $150,000, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of future budgets; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

HHS-Soc. Serv./ Salvation Army Contract

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and the Salvation Army for providing services to recruit, train and support foster parents and mentors for Inyo County children and youth for the period of October 1, 2004, through June 30, 2007, at the annual rate of $32,000, for a total amount not to exceed $96,000, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of future budgets; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

HHS-Behavioral Hlth./O’Bosky Contract

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and Dennis G. O’Bosky, LCSW, for the provision of mental health services for the period of October 15, 2004, through June 30, 2005; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Rd. Dept./Tree Removal

In response to a request from Supervisor Arcularius, Mr. Jewett indicated that the trees near the Round Valley School, which they had been discussing, would be removed at the same time as the trees identified in this request.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to authorize County Road Personnel to remove large trees in the road right-of-way along Pine Creek Road. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Sheriff/Night Vision Scopes Contract

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to approve a contract between the County of Inyo and Naval Surface Warfare Center (NAVSURFWARCENDIV) for the lease of eleven (11) AN/PVS-5 (or equivalent) night vision scopes for a one year period not to exceed $3,300.00 and authorize the Sheriff to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Ord. 1091/Animal Control Fees

On a motion by Supervisor Williams and a second by Supervisor Bear, Ordinance 1091, entitled “An Ordinance of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, Amending Section 8.28.040 of the Inyo County Code to Increase Certain Animal Services Related Fees, and Establish an Annual Fee Adjustment,” was adopted: motion unanimously passed and adopted.

 

Parks/Chair Donation

The County Administrator asked that the number of chairs to be donated to the Hummingbird Family Resource Center be changed from four to forty.  County Counsel explained that because Hummingbird Family Resource Center is not a public agency the Board would need to find that the donation of the chairs to that organization serves a public purpose.  Moved by Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to A) declare sixty-five metal folding chairs located at the Tecopa Community Center as surplus; find that the donation to the Hummingbird Family Resource Center serves a public purpose and donate forty chairs to the Hummingbird Family Resource Center and twenty-five chairs to the Southern Inyo Fire Protection District.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Water Dept./Org. Structure

 

The County Administrator provided the Board with the statistics regarding the fiscal impacts of the Board’s decisions regarding the Water Department organizational structure.  Mr. Mendez asked the Board to reconsider their decision regarding recruiting for a Water Director without legal experience.  He explained that in order to provide the Board with the greatest amount of flexibility in seeking a Water Director he would like to fly the recruitment with or without legal services.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to maintain the Water Department as a stand-alone department, conduct an open recruitment for a Water Director with and without legal requirements, and transfer the water related legal work to the Office of County Counsel.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

CAO-Personnel/ Wallum Acting Water Director Contract

The Board thanked Mr. Wallum for his support of the County.  They thanked the Public Works Director for his willingness to allow Mr. Wallum to take on the Acting Water Director position.  The Board acknowledged Mr. Wallum’s extensive experience in the management of water districts, commenting that it was fortunate that the County had a qualified individual who could step in and run the Department until a permanent Water Director appointment is made.  Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to approve a contract between the County of Inyo and Arden Wallum for Personal Services as a County Officer for the period of January 1, 2005 through termination at a monthly salary of $7,200.00 per month and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Planning/Advisory Vote in McLaren Ranch Subdivision

Ms. Leslie Klusmire, Planning Director, reviewed the Staff recommendations regarding the advisory vote for the McLaren Ranch Estates Subdivision, regarding changing lot size.  The Board and Staff discussed the specifics of the ballot, including the percentage needed for approval, the deadline for returning the ballot, drop off locations, which residents would be receiving ballots and the specific question to be asked on the ballot. Mr. Steve Stephens, McLaren Ranch Resident, addressed the Board.  Ms. Beverly Harry, Clerk-Recorder, responded to questions from Mr. Stephens as well as the Board regarding how the advisory vote would be conducted.  The discussion of the advisory vote was continued to after the lunch break in order to provide staff the opportunity to obtain an accurate list of the property owners who would be provided a ballot. 

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 11:50 a.m., reconvening at 1:15 p.m., with all Board Members present.

 

Planning/Advisory Vote McLaren Ranch Subdivision

The Board continued their discussions regarding the McLaren Ranch Estates advisory ballot.  Ms. Klusmire provided the Board with a copy of the official list to be used for the advisory ballot.  She noted that while there are 100 addresses listed, numbers 71 and 72 are not listed, and as a result there are 98 names on the list.  The Board and Staff continued to discuss in detail and at length the percentage of affirmative votes needed for required action by the Board.  The County Administrator, County Counsel and Ms. Klusmire, reiterated (a) that this is an advisory vote; (b) that it is important to clearly define for those participating what action will be taken, based on what majority, i.e. simple or super majority; and (c) that the advisory vote if approved by the required majority will only mean that the process for consideration of a zone reclassification will be implemented, not that the properties will be rezoned.  Supervisors Arcularius and Hambleton indicated their desire to have at least 75% of the property owners approve the advisory ballot before there be a requirement to begin the process to consider a zone reclassification in the McLaren Ranch Estates Subdivision.  Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Bear to set the deadline for the Advisory Vote for the McLaren Ranch Estates Subdivision regarding changing lot size to be 5:00 p.m., December 17, 2004, have the Clerk-Recorder position a ballot box at the Administrative Services Offices in Bishop, establish that the ballot is based on one parcel, one vote and request the Clerk implement an envelope marking method similar to the election absentee ballot process to ensure that there is no duplicate voting; and establish a super majority or 66 parcels that must vote yes before the zone reclassification process be implemented.  Motion carried on a three-to-two vote, with Supervisors Bear, Williams and Dorame voting yes, and with Supervisors Arcularius and Hambleton voting no. 

 

Water Dept./ Hanger One 2000 Invoice Payment

Moved by Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Williams to authorize payment in theamount of $3,348.00 to Hanger One Aero Services, Inc, for Inyo County Representatives to attend the Standing Committee Meeting with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in Los Angeles on July 6, 2000.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Water Dept./ Computer P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to declare Gateway, Inc., as a sole-source provider of the Profile 5MX-C all-in-one computer and approve the purchase of two Profile 5MX-C computers from Gateway in an amount not to exceed $3,288.53 plus tax.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Planning/Gen. Plan Update

Ms. Leslie Klusmire, Planning Director, reviewed the proposed schedule to update the County’s General Plan, which is required by law to be updated every five years.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the proposed plan to update the County’s General Plan as submitted and update the Board of Supervisors at their meetings after Phase I, workshops 1 and 2 and at any other time during the process as determined by the Planning Director.  Motion carried unanimously. 

 

P.W./Custodian Vacancy

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to authorize filling one vacant Custodian I position at Range 42 ($1,675 - $2,039).  Motion carried unanimously.

 

P.W./Deferred Maintenance

The Board, Public Works Director, and County Administrator, discussed the Deferred Maintenance Airport Facilities and Capital Improvement Report in detail.  Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to accept the five-year Deferred Maintenance, Airport Facilities and Capital Improvement Report as submitted by Staff and direct the Public Works Director to bring back the discussion on the disposition of County owned surplus property.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

P.W.-Road/ Concrete P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Williams to A) Amend the FY 04/05 County Budget by increasing the estimated revenue in the Road Budget Unit #034600, Road Reimbursable (Object Code 4815) by $38,000 and increasing appropriation in Road Materials (Object Code 5309) by $38,000; B) Approve a purchase order to Desert Aggregate Incorporated for the purchase of AR 4000 Asphalt in an amount not to exceed $13,600; and C) Approve a purchase order to Desert Aggregate Incorporated for the purchase of concrete in an amount not to exceed $24,800.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Board Members and Staff Reports

Supervisor Hambleton and the County Administrator reported on their meeting with Mayor Hahn on Monday, November 8, 2004, in Los Angeles.  Supervisor Arcularius requested that a letter be sent from the Chairperson to Assemblyman Maze and Sam Cannon of Assemblyman Maze’s Staff thanking them for their assistance in getting the Governor to declare a state of emergency regarding the flooding in Death Valley. 

 

Closed Session The Chairperson recessed open session at 3:30 p.m., to convene in closed session, with all Board Members present to discuss Agenda Items No. 20.  CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - EXISITING LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) - Northern Inyo County Local Hospital District and Southern Inyo Healthcare District v. County of Inyo, et al., Inyo County Superior Court Case No. SICVPT 03-33417; No.  21. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - EXISTING LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) - Sierra Club v. City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Inyo County Superior Court Case No. SICVCV01-29768; No. 22.  CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - EXISTING LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) - Sierra Club v. City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Inyo County Superior Court Case No. SICVPT 04-37217 (Writ of Mandate); No. 23.  PERSONNEL (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957)– Public Employee Performance Evaluation - Title:  Planning Director; No. 24.  PERSONNEL (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6)– Instructions to Negotiators re: wages, salaries and benefits; Title: Planning Director - Negotiator:  Members of the Board of Supervisors as designated; No. 25.  PERSONNEL (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957)– Public Employee Performance Evaluation - Title:  Director Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures; and No. 26.  PERSONNEL (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6)– Instructions to Negotiators re: wages, salaries and benefits; Title: Director Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures - Negotiator:  Members of the Board of Supervisors as designated.

 

Report on Closed Session The Chairperson recessed closed session at 10:30 p.m., to convene in open session to receive a report on closed session.  County Counsel reported there were no items discussed in closed session, which were required by law to be reported on in open session. 

 

Adjournment The Chairperson adjourned the regular meeting at 10:30 p.m., to 9:00 a.m., December 7, 2004, in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County Administrative Center, in Independence.

 

 

 

                                                                                                ________________________________________

                                                                                                Chairperson, Inyo County Board of Supervisors

Attest:   RENÉ L. MENDEZ
         Clerk of the Board

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