Board Minutes - August 16, 2005

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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 9:00 a.m., on Tuesday, August 16, 2005, in the Board of Supervisors Room, County Administrative Center, Independence, with the following Supervisors present:  Chairperson Ted Williams presiding, Susan Cash, Jim Bilyeu, and Richard Cervantes.  Supervisor Arcularius was absent.  Supervisor Bilyeu provided the Invocation, and Supervisor Cervantes led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Public Comment

The Chairperson announced the public comment period, and there was no one from the public wishing to address the Board.

 

County Dept. Report Period

The Chairperson announced the County Department Report period.  Ms. Leslie Klusmire, Planning Director, informed the Board that the checks from the Charleston View developers had not been forthcoming and at the present time, the County is no longer expending funds on those developments.  Ms. Linda Benson, Assistant Director of Health and Human Services, updated the Board on the restored HIV state program funding. 

 

Public Defender/ Campbell Contract

Moved by Supervisor Cash and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to A) approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and Victoria Campbell, Attorney at Law, for public defender services for the period of October 1, 2005, through December 31, 2006, including two one-year options to renew in the amount of   $70,000 per year plus an annual 2% cost of living increase, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of future budgets; and authorize the County Administrator to sign, contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.

 

Integ. Waste/ RCRC JPA

Moved by Supervisor Cash and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to approve the Agreement between the County of Inyo and the Rural Counties Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority to assist the County with grant preparation, receipt and distribution of grant funding received from the State Department of Conservation for the period of July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2006, in the amount of $10,000, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of a FY 2005-06 Budget; and authorize the Deputy County Administrator to sign.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.

 

Resol #2005-42/ Property Tax Rates

On a motion by Supervisor Cash and a second by Supervisor Bilyeu, Resolution No. 2005-42 was adopted, setting the Property Tax Rates for 2005-2006 per California Government Code Section 29100: motion unanimously passed and adopted, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.

 

Resol. #2005-43/ Program Supple-

ment Bishop Creek Bridge Replacement

On a motion by Supervisor Cash and a second by Supervisor Bilyeu, Resolution No. 2005-43, approving Program Supplement No. 010-M to Administering Agency-State Agreement for Federal-Aid Projects which provides $144,540 in Federal funds for the Preliminary Engineering on the Bishop Creek Bridge Replacement Project and authorize the Chairperson to sign the Program Supplement: motion unanimously passed and adopted, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.

 

P.W./Coffman and Assoc. Contract Amendment

Mr. Ron Chegwidden, Acting Public Works Director, responded to questions from the Board and reviewed the scope of work for the two contracts.  Moved by Supervisor Cervantes and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to approve the following Amendments No. 1 to the Contracts between the County of Inyo and Coffman and Associates, extending the terms of the Contracts from August 31, 2005, to June 30, 2006, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of a FY 2005-06 Budget; and authorize the Chairperson to sign: A) the Contract for Airport Master Plan Preparation Services for the Lone Pine Airport, and B) the Contract for Airport Master Plan Preparation Services for Independence Airport.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.

 

HHS-Soc. Serv./ Eligibility Worker Position

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Cash to authorize filling an Eligibility Worker II position at Range 58, Step D ($2,863/mo.)  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.

P.W.-ES Reg. Airport/Access Rd. Project

Mr. Ron Chegwidden, Acting Public Works Director, provided the Board with Staff’s recommendations regarding the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport Access Road Project.  Mr. Chegwidden informed the Board that only one bid was received and that the bid exceeded the Engineers Estimate by about 35%.  The Board and Staff discussed the project and Staff’s recommendations.  Supervisor Arcularius joined the discussion at 9:20 a.m.  The Board continued to discuss the project including the ability for the County to resubmit an application for this project next year.  Moved by Supervisor Cash and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to acknowledge that the bid for the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport Access Road Construction Project exceed the Engineers Estimate by over 35% and the immediate grant funding for the project is insufficient to cover the additional costs, and reject the bid received from Granite Construction Company for the project.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

P.W.-ES Reg. Airport/Fire Suppression Well Project

Mr. Ron Chegwidden, Acting Public Works Director, provided the Board with Staff’s recommendations regarding the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport Fire Suppression Well Project.  The Board and Staff discussed the priority of this project in relationship to the previous item on the Access Rd. Project and discussed the Fire Suppression Well Project in detail.  Moved by Supervisor Cash and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to A) award and approve the contract for the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport Fire Suppression Well to Bakersfield Well & Pump Company in the amount of $618,893 and authorize the Chairperson to sign the contract, contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained; and B) authorize the Public Works Director to execute all other contract documents, including Contract Change Orders, to the extent permitted by Public Contract Code Section 20142, and other applicable law.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed open session at 9:35 a.m., to convene in closed session, with all Board Members present, to discuss Agenda Item No. 20.  CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) - Sierra Club v. City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power, Inyo County Superior Court Case No. SICVCV01-29768 (1).  The Chairperson recessed closed session at 11:05 a.m., to convene in open session, with all Board Members present.

 

Planning Dept./ Housing Task Force

The Planning Director, Ms. Leslie Klusmire, and representatives of the Inyo County Valley Housing Task Force, presented the Task Force recommendations regarding affordable housing in Inyo County.  The topics of the discussion included: a) educating the public; b) the appointment of an oversight committee to insure follow-up on the recommendations; c) the necessary steps to complete the zone changes; d) the development of strategies, goals and objectives regarding affordable housing; e) exploration of the County’s ability to enforce CC&R’s; e) the formation and establishment of a “housing authority” in the County; and f) the possibility of allocating TOT money to fund the Housing Authority.  The Board, Staff and members of the audience discussed the recommendations in detail and at length, with the Board indicating their desire to a) have a workshop to further explore the recommendations; and b) have those interested members of the Task Force serve on an oversight committee. The Board thanked the members of the community who had worked so diligently on the Task Force for their efforts. 

 

Museum/Ft. Indy Museum Partnership

Representatives of the Fort Independence Reservation presented the idea of forming a partnership between the Tribe and the County to support the Eastern California Museum operations, explaining that this was the opening dialog to formulate a plan.  The Board thanked the Tribe for their interest in helping to keep the museum open and expressed their desire to be kept informed as the process moves forward. 

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 12:40 p.m., to reconvene at 1:30 p.m., with all Board Members present.

 

Grand Jury/ County Response to 2004-05 Report

The County Administrator briefly reviewed the suggested response to the Grand Jury’s 2004-05 Report.  Mr. Juliff responded to a question regarding one of the County’s responses to a recommendation concerning the Juvenile Facility by explaining that the County’s ability to respond to the recommendations are narrowly defined by Penal Code Section 933.05 and reviewing the definitions.  Supervisor Cervantes acknowledged that he has had complaints about the operations of the Tecopa Hot Springs Campground and that those complaints were not identified by the Grand Jury.  Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the report to Judge Dean Stout, Presiding Judge Inyo County Superior Court, responding to the findings and recommendations of the 2004-2005 Grand Jury Final Report; and authorize the County Administrator to sign the transmittal letter.   Motion carried unanimously.

 

Resol. 2005-44/ LEAA MOU

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the County of Inyo and the Law Enforcement Administrators Association (LEAA) for the period of July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2008; and authorize the Chairperson to sign, contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained.  Motion carried unanimously. 

On a motion by Supervisor Arcularius and a second by Supervisor Bilyeu, Resolution No. 2005-44 was adopted, rescinding Resolution No. 2005-37 and fixing the compensation and terms and conditions for the Safety Employees in the County: motion unanimously passed and adopted. 

 

Rd. Dept./Rd. Equip. Operator

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Cash to waive the hiring freeze and authorize the filling of one vacant Road Equipment Operator position at Range 58 ($2,474 - $3,009).  Motion carried unanimously.

 

District/B.P. Cemetery District Appointment

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to appoint Dorothy B. Stewart to the Big Pine Cemetery District Board of Trustees to complete a four-year term ending June 15, 2009. Motion carried unanimously.

 

Org./Arts Council/ Millpond Closure for Festival

Supervisor Arcularius noted that local school children are being given access to the Music Festival free of charge.  Moved by Supervisor Cervantes and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to authorize the closure of the Millpond Recreation Area to the public from Friday, September 16, 2005 at 6:00 a.m., through Sunday, September 18, 2005 at midnight for the Annual Millpond Music Festival.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Board Members and Staff Reports

The Board Members reported on their activities during the preceding week, including a Housing Task Force Meeting in Mammoth, an Eastern Sierra Council of Governments meeting; an RCRC Board Meeting, a meeting with the Deputy Director of Fish and Game, and with Supervisor Bilyeu identifying a need of the Big Pine Cemetery District to obtain expansion land.

 

Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed open session at 2:05 p.m. to reconvene in closed session with all Board Members present, to discuss Agenda Items No. 18.  PERSONNEL (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957) – Public Employee Appointment – Title – Director of Public Works and 19.  CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR  [Pursuant to Government Code § 54957.6] - Instructions to Negotiators re: wages, salaries and benefits - Employee Organization:  ICEA - Negotiators:  CAO Ron Juliff.  The Chairperson recessed closed session at 2:25 p.m., to reconvene in open session to receive a report on closed session.

 

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 2:25 p.m. to 9:00 a.m., September 6, 2005, in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County Administrative Center, in Independence.

 

 

                                                                                                ________________________________________
                                                                                               
Chairperson, Inyo County Board of Supervisors

   

Attest:   RON JULIFF
         Clerk of the Board

 

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