Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, met in regular
session at the hour of 9:00 a.m., on Tuesday, February 1, 2005, in the Board of Supervisors Room, County Administrative Center,
Independence, with the following Supervisors present:
Chairperson Ted Williams presiding, Linda Arcularius, Susan Cash, Jim
Bilyeu, and Richard Cervantes. Supervisor
Bilyeu provided the Invocation, and Supervisor Arcularius led the Pledge of
Chairperson announced the public comment period.
Representatives of the employee’s union ICEA addressed the Board
to welcome the new Board members and express their optimism about future
relations between the union and the Board.
Ms. Betty Denton, Bishop Resident, addressed the Board to rebut
remarks made by Jerry Gewe, last week regarding the Long Term Water
Agreement and ground water recovery and the LORP.
Mr. Brad Goans, Tecopa Resident, addressed the Board to welcome the
new County Administrator and to confirm that he and others concerned about
the operations of the Tecopa Hot Springs would be returning in the near
future to address the Board regarding their concerns.
Mr. Butch Hambleton, Big Pine Resident, addressed the Board to
support his right as a member of the public to address the Board regarding
any subject of concern, explaining that he would not be intimidated by one
of the local newscaster’s efforts to
silence him. Ms. Freda
Lindsay of Cebridge Communications introduced Bishop High School students
participating in the program where they are shadowing Freda for the day,
to the Board.
Chairperson announced the County Department Report period. Ms. Leslie Chapman, Auditor-Controller, informed the Board
and the public that she would be working with the AARP Tax Preparation
Program and for the next couple of months would be spending her Wednesday
mornings in Lone Pine doing pro-bono tax preparation for the seniors.
with representatives from the Health and Human Services Department
regarding Medi-Cal billing for health services, was rescheduled by the
Department and pulled from the Agenda at the request of the Clerk of the
Home Support Serv./ Board Appt.
by Supervisor Cash and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to appoint Shelley D.
Magnan to the In-Home Supportive Services Advisory Board representing the
provider of services category to serve at the Pleasure of the Board.
Motion carried unanimously.
by Supervisor Cash and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to approve the
Contract between the County of Inyo and the Inyo Mono Advocates for
Community Action (IMACA) for the provision of interim Workforce Investment
Act services, for the period of January 1, 2005, through June 30, 2005, in
an amount not to exceed $75,000; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.
Motion carried unanimously.
P.W. Director – R. Chegwidden
County Administrator requested that the amount of the Contract be
corrected from $6,200 per month to $6,500.
Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to
approve the contract between the County of Inyo and Ronald W. Chegwidden
for personal services as the Acting Public Works Director, at a monthly
salary of $6,500, effective January 26, 2005 and authorize the Chairperson
to sign, contingent upon appropriate signatures being obtained.
#2005-05/ Appointed Officials Salary
a motion by Supervisor Arcularius and a second by Supervisor Bilyeu,
Resolution No. 2005-05 entitled “A Resolution of the Board of
Supervisors, County of Inyo, State of California, Rescinding Resolution
2005-02 and Setting Salary and/or Terms and Conditions of Employment for
Appointed Officials Employed in the Several Offices or Institutions of the
County of Inyo,” was adopted: motion unanimously passed and adopted.
#2005-06/ Joint Statement
Williams requested a change to the proposed resolution condemning hate
crimes and promoting respect for community members, asking that the second
paragraph, first sentence be changed to read
“we have all worked long and hard for many years…”
On a motion by Supervisor Cash and a second by Supervisor
Arcularius Resolution No. 2005-06 was adopted, supporting the joint statement condemning hate crimes and promoting respect for all
our community members, as amended: motion unanimously passed and adopted.
Serv./ Tech. Infrastructure Project
Brandon Shults, Director of Information Technology, reviewed the
recommendations for the proposed technical infrastructure project,
indicating that the project will now be referred to as the “networking
project.” The Board and Staff discussed the various aspects of the
proposed project. Moved by
Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to A) authorize
the RFP process for the networking project and B) schedule a FAC meeting
to discuss financing options for the project and to bring back options for
Board’s consideration by the first meeting in April.
Board and the Planning Dept. discussed the recommendations for
appointments to the Housing Task Force with the Board requesting the
additional appointments of Karen Christensen, David Miller and Dwight
McNaughton. Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Cash
the appointments to the Inyo County Valley Housing Task Force as
recommended by Staff and including the additional appointments as
recommended. Motion carried
in Support of So. Inyo Hospital Discussion
Board and representatives of the Citizens In Support Of Southern Inyo
Hospital discussed options
available for County funding of Southern Inyo Hospital (SIH) including the
possible use of the Maddy funds. Representatives
of the Southern Inyo Hospital reviewed the steps SIH is taking to maximize
the current funding and the consequences to the County and its citizens
should SIH fail. Moved by
Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to direct Inyo
County Health and Human Services Director, Ms. Jean Dickinson, to work
with the representatives of the Hospital and the Citizen’s in Support of
the Hospital to bring back recommendations for the establishment of a Task
Force to address the issues identified by the group as well as
recommendations for appointment to the Task Force. Motion
Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 11:10 a.m., reconvening at
11:15 a.m., with all Board Members present.
#2005-07/ Gross and Net Acreage Definition
Chairperson opened the public hearing at 11:20 a.m., on General Plan Amendment - Definitions of
“Gross Acreage” or “Gross Parcel Size” and “Net Acreage” or
“Net Parcel Size.” Ms.
Leslie Klusmire, Planning Director, reviewed the Staff Report, which she
requested be accepted and the report along with the attachments was marked
Exhibit A. Ms. Klusmire
presented the following requesting they be entered into the record: the
minutes of the 8-27-03 and 9-24-03 Planning Commission meetings which were
marked Exhibit B and C and copies of three different Resolutions, one of
which would be used depending upon the Board’s decision regarding the
definitions, which were marked Exhibit D, E and F respectively.
Ms. Klusmire reviewed the alternatives, providing justification for
Staff’s recommendation to only deduct public roads in the definition and
explaining why the deduction of private driveways, while addressing the
McClaren issue, would detrimentally affect other areas including the
determination of floor area ratio, which would limit development
possibilities. Mr. Jim Core and Mr. Andy Holmes addressed the Board to
support Staff’s recommendation for the definitions.
The Chairperson closed the public hearing at 11:45 a.m.
a motion by Supervisor Arcularius and a second by Supervisor Cash,
Resolution No. 2005-07, was adopted establishing that only public roads
will be deducted when determining “Gross Acreage” or “Gross Parcel
Size” and “Net Acreage” or “Net Parcel Size;”
motion unanimously passed and adopted.
Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 12:00 p.m., reconvening at
1:00 p.m., with all Board Members present.
System (IFAS) Replacement
Auditor-Controller and the Information Technology Director provided
additional information regarding the recommendation to replace the
County’s Financial System (IFAS). Mr.
Shults explained that the support of the system software would end in
December 2006. He also
explained that because of the crucial nature of the system on all facets
of the County’s operations, it is imperative that the replacement
project begin as soon as possible to ensure no lapse in coverage.
Shults went on to recommend the Board take the same action as previously
taken with regard to the networking project to send the “financial
system” replacement project to the FAC Committee for recommendations on
project financing. Mr. Shults also reviewed additional recommendations
justifying the need to appoint a project sponsor, to use an outside
contractor for project management and to establish a project team.
Moved Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Cash to A)
direct that the Auditor and the IT Director serve as co-sponsors of the
project; B) direct that a project team be established; C) utilize an
external project manager; D) utilize the RFP process for project
proposals; and E) agendize this project for discussion at the FAC meeting.
Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 1:28 p.m., to convene as the
Board of Equalization. At the
conclusion of the Board of Equalization Meeting, at 1:40 p.m., the
Chairperson reconvened in open session, with all Board Members present.
by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Cash to approve the Contract between the County of
Inyo and Mactec Engineering and Consulting for hydrologic/hydro-geologic
services for a Starlite groundwater cumulative impacts analysis in
compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, in an amount not
to exceed $35,500; and authorize the Chairperson to sign. Motion carried unanimously.
Treasurer-Tax Collector provided additional information and further
justification for reinstating the Account Technician position deleted as a
result of the SIP. He showed
that by reinstating the position there would be sufficient additional
revenues generated from work which is not currently being done to off-set
the cost of the position, thus maintaining the integrity of the SIP
savings. The Board thanked Mr. Treacy for the justification.
Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Cervantes to change the authorized strength in the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s
Department, by adding one Account Technician position and lift the
modified hiring freeze and authorize the recruitment and filling of an
Account Technician I or II position at Range 55 ($2,308 - $2,806) or Range
59 ($2,532 - $3,078) and further direct that a list of all positions,
including the savings, effected by the SIP be provided when SIP positions
are being considered and to include an accounting of the salary increases
which have been given since the SIP was implemented.
Motion carried unanimously.
Cash requested that the reference on page one to RS2577 be corrected to
RS2477. Moved by Supervisor
Cash and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to approve the minutes of the January 4, 2005, Board
of Supervisors Meeting, as corrected.
Motion carried unanimously.
Members and Staff Reports
Board Members reported on their activities during the preceding week,
including a pending school closure in Olancha, a BLM Steering Committee
Meeting, an RCRC Meeting, a Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control
Board Meeting; a Meeting with Congressman McKeon on the Wilderness
proposal; an upcoming meeting in Bishop on the Furnace Creek Road closure,
a meeting regarding the Big Pine Care Facility, the release of the Bishop
Access Circulation Study, which denotes that the traffic City’s traffic
congestion is as a result of local traffic and not truck traffic, a
meeting regarding the OV Railroad and an upcoming CSAC Board Meeting in
Counsel reported that Agenda Item No. 16.
PERSONNEL (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957) - Public
Employee Performance Evaluation – Title:
Director of Public Works was being pulled from closed session. The Chairperson recessed open session at 3:10 p.m., to
convene in closed session to discuss Agenda Item No. 17. REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATIONS (Pursuant to Government Code Section
54956.8) - Conference
with Real Property Negotiators - Property:
Approximately 19.4 acres, located on Hanby Street, City of Bishop,
south of the southern row of single family homes on E. Yaney Street, west
of the Bishop canal, north of the terminus of Pine Street, also known as
land release area 12 under the Long Term Water Agreement - Agency
Negotiator: Appointed by the
Board of Supervisors - Negotiating Parties: County of Inyo and Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power - Under Negotiation: Price and Terms.
on Closed Session
Chairperson recessed closed session at 4:15 p.m., to reconvene 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.
Chairperson adjourned the regular meeting at 4:15 p.m., to 9:00 a.m.,
February 15, 2005, in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County
Administrative Center, in Independence.