Board Minutes - September 27, 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 8:30 a.m., on Tuesday, September 27, 2005, in the Board of Supervisors Room, County Administrative Center, Independence, with the following Supervisors present:  Chairperson Ted Williams presiding, Linda Arcularius, Susan Cash, and Jim Bilyeu.  Supervisor Richard Cervantes was absent.  Supervisor Bilyeu provided the Invocation, and Supervisor Cash led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed open session at 8:32 a.m., to convene in closed session with all Board Members present, except Supervisor Cervantes, who joined the closed session at 9:00 a.m.  The Board discussed Agenda Items No. 24.  PERSONNEL (Pursuant to Government Code §54957) – Public Employee Appointment - Title – Director of Water Department; and No. 25.  CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR  [Pursuant to Government Code §54957.6] - Instructions to Negotiators re: wages, salaries and benefits – Title – Director of Water Department - Negotiator:  Members of the Board of Supervisors as designated.  The Chairperson recessed closed session at 10:45 a.m., to reconvene in open session, with all Board Members present.

 

Public Comment

The Chairperson announced the public comment period.  Ms. Rennie Holland, representing the Mesa Community Service District, presented the Board with a water quality report, which reflected that the water on the Mesa was a good quality.  Supervisor Arcularius noted that the findings are a result of the community working together and thanked Ms. Holland for the update on the Mesa water quality situation.  Supervisor Bilyeu informed the Board that an informal survey of the campgrounds in Big Pine, made by an interested constituent, had showed no one staying in the campgrounds.  He said that he had spoken with the Deputy County Administrator, Mr. Chuck Hamilton, to suggest that the County reduce their campground fees to $5 in the winter, in order to generate some campers.

 

County Dept. Reports The Chairperson announced the County Department Report Period.  Sheriff Dan Lucas informed the Board of the impending retirement of the Undersheriff Jack Goodrich.  He informed the Board that the Undersheriff will be retiring at the end of December, and be taking vacation beginning the first part of October.  He informed the Board that he had made an Acting appointment, which would become permanent after Undersheriff Goodrich’s retirement becomes effective.  He took the opportunity to introduce his appointee, Sgt. John Eropkin, briefly highlighting Sgt. Eropkin’s history with the Department.  The Board welcomed Sgt. Eropkin to his new position and offered their appreciation to Undersheriff Goodrich for a job well done and best wishes to he and his family in their future endeavors.   Lt. Bill Lutze and Ms. Jean Dickinson, Director of Health and Human Services, provided an incident update on the power outage in the Tecopa area in August.  They informed the Board that an OES trailer has been located at the Tecopa Hot Springs and that an emergency generator is being recommended for purchase.  Lt. Lutze explained that the authorization to purchase the generator was requiring a change in grant purpose for Homeland Security funds through the State, which was in the process.  Ms. Dickinson informed the Board that shelter contracts are in place with both the Red Cross and the Salvation Army and that coordination with Pahrump shelter services are current. 

 

Introductions

The Planning Director introduced Mr. David Leonian and Ms. Chantel Beasley, Planning Technicians, and Ms. Faith McAlister, the temporary Administrative Secretary, in the Planning Department, to the Board.

 

Org.-Wild Iris/ Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Ms. Linda Poncet of Wild Iris, addressed the Board to provide information and statistics on domestic violence and the history of Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Ms. Poncet read the proclamation into the record.  Moved by Supervisor Cash and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to adopt a proclamation, declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

CAO-Info. Serv./ Network Project Plans & Specs.

Supervisor Arcularius highlighted the importance of the Network and Financial System Projects to the County, and reiterated the Board’s commitment to ensuring that these projects are completed on time and within budget.  Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the plans and specifications as documented in the County of Inyo Network Project Bid Package; and authorize the County of Inyo Network Project Notice Inviting Bids to be published.  Motion carried unanimously.

                                                                                                

CAO-Info. Serv./ Financial System Upgrade RFP

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to authorize the issuance of County of Inyo Request for Proposal RFP-0501 Software, Implementation and Training Services for an Integrated Financial Information System contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Parks/Wilkerson Ball Field Lease

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the Use Permit between the County of Inyo and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power the 3.71 acre Wilkerson ball field, for the period of July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2010, at the annual rate of $360 for the first year and an annual rate of $500 in the remaining years; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Parks/Johnson Field Lease

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the Lease between the County of Inyo and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for a 2.13 acre parcel for the purpose of a little league field (Johnson Field) located in Independence, for the period of September 1, 2005 through August 31, 2008, at an annual rate of $500; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Resol. #2005-49/ Grand Jury Conflict Code

On a motion by Supervisor Bilyeu and a second by Supervisor Arcularius, Resolution No. 2005-49 was adopted, rescinding Resolution No. 88-96 and establishing a Conflict of Interest Code for the Inyo County Grand Jury: motion unanimously passed and adopted.

 

HHS-First 5 Comm./Social Entrepreneurs Contract

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and Social Entrepreneurs, Inc., for the provision of consulting services, for the period of September 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005; in an amount not to exceed $2,300, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of a FY 2005-06 Budget; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.   Motion carried unanimously.

 

HHS-Hlth. Serv./ CMS Plan

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the 2005-06 Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Plan, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of a FY 2005-06 budget; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Rd. Dept./P.O. For Long Block Engine

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the purchase of a Dodge 2001 360 Long Block Engine, from Saitta Tradeau Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Pahrump, the low bidder, in an amount not to exceed $3,370 plus tax of $261.18, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of a FY 2005-06 Budget.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Rd. Dept./P. O. For White I-Beam Delineators

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to declare Carsonite International as a sole-source provider of White I-Beam Delineators and authorize the purchase of White I-Beam Delineators from Carsonite International in an amount not to exceed $2,485.17, including tax and shipping, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of a FY 2005-06 Budget.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Sheriff’s Dept./

P. O. for Body Armor

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to declare Adamson Industries of Costa Mesa, California a sole-source provider of body armor and authorize the purchase of five Second Chance Monarch 6th Generation Summit Level II replacement and first issue vests from Adamson Industries, in an amount not to exceed $3,501.88 plus tax and shipping.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Resol. #2005-50/ 2005-06 Budget Adoption The County Administrator reviewed the final budget adoption recommendations.  He highlighted those changes that were directed by the Board during budget hearings to be included in the Final Budget and the changes which have been included by the County Administrator.  He explained that the fund balance had ended up slightly higher than was originally projected, and recommended that the Board place the difference of $149,059 in contingencies.  Supervisor Arcularius reviewed several items in the budget, which she wanted to emphasize, and they were that the seasonal employees in the Parks budget were reinstated with the understanding part of their time will now be dedicated to Millpond, that she would like to have the accrual of interest in the General Reserves remain in reserves for the FY 2006-07 budget, and that Staff bring back recommendations regarding funding a contract for the update of the Zoning Ordinance.   Supervisor Cash requested that the Grants-in-Support Budgets be considered as a separate approval because she has a conflict regarding the Wild Iris allocation. 

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Cash to adopt the FY 2005-06 Final Budget, excluding the Grants-in-Support budgets, as recommended by the County Administrator and amended as necessary and including a Contingencies Budget of $149,059.  Motion carried unanimously.

The Chairperson called for a motion on the Grants-in-Support budget.  Supervisor Cash declared a conflict in that she had received compensation from Wild Iris in the last 12 months, and left the meeting.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Cervantes to approve the Advertising County Resources/Grants-in-Support Budgets as recommended by the County Administrator and amended as necessary.  Motion carried unanimously.  Supervisor Cash rejoined the meeting.

On a motion by Supervisor Arcularius and a second by Supervisor Cash, Resolution No. 2005-50, adopting the FY 2005-06 Final Budget was adopted: motion unanimously passed and adopted.

 

Clerk/Cancellation of BofS Meeting on Election Day

The Board discussed the proposal by the Clerk-Recorder to A) cancel the November 8, 2005, regular meeting and schedule a Special Meeting for either November 22 or 29, 2005; and B) not schedule meetings on future election days. County Counsel reminded the Board that department heads and Board Members running for re-election would be precluded from campaigning at the poles, if they chose to volunteer.  Several Board Members expressed reservations with curtailing County business by canceling Tuesday Board Meetings on Election days.  They also questioned how many other Counties don’t have meetings on Tuesday Elections, as well as how many department heads had expressed an interest in volunteering at the poles.  Prior to the conclusion of this discussion, Supervisor Cervantes briefly left the meeting.  The Board continued to discuss this request and asked that this be reagendized for further discussion in the future, with a request that the Clerk-Recorder be available for the discussion.

 

HHS-Misc./Filling Vacancies

Moved by Supervisor Cash and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to modify the hiring freeze and A) authorize the recruitment of one Eligibility Worker to fill an existing vacancy at either a I position at Range 56 ($2,363 - $2,870) or II position at Range 58 ($2,474 - $3,009) depending upon qualifications; B) authorize the recruitment of one Integrated Case Worker I to fill an existing vacancy at Range 60 ($2,595 - $3,151) and C) authorize the recruitment of one Health and Human Services Specialist position at Progress House at Range 53, ($2,204 - $2,862).  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Cervantes absent.

 

HHS-Hlth. Serv./ Paradigm Contract

During the review of the request to approve the contract with Paradigm, Supervisor Cervantes rejoined the meeting.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to  ratify the Contract between the County of Inyo and Paradigm Healthcare Services for Medi-Cal Administrative Activities, for the period of August 15, 2005, through December 31, 2007, in an amount not to exceed $72,000, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of a FY 2005-06 Budget and future budgets; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Planning Dept./ BLM Land Tenure Issues Ms. Leslie Klusmire, provided an update on the activities of the Interagency Committee subcommittee on BLM land tenure issues.  The Board and Staff discussed the information provided by Ms. Klusmire, with Supervisor Williams concurring with the concern that this appears to be moving forward in a final format without the appropriate buy in of other agencies and without public participation.  Ms. Klusmire suggested that the Board schedule another discussion of this matter for next week, when BLM could present their position on the issues, and then schedule a combined discussion during the October 18, 2005, Board of Supervisors Meeting, when both she and Mr. Dungkleberger of the BLM would be available to participate in a joint discussion.  The Board requested the Planning Director to agendize a discussion on the activities of the Interagency Committee on Owens Valley Land and Wildlife’s subcommittee addressing BLM land tenure issues for the October 4, 2005, Board of Supervisors Meeting and extend the invitation to BLM to provide the update; and schedule a subsequent discussion for the October 18, 2005, Board of Supervisors Meeting.

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 12:00 p.m., to reconvene at 1:00 p.m., with all Board Members present. 

 

Planning/Yucca Mt. Transp. Risk Assessment Update The Board received a lengthy and in-depth presentation by Fred Dilger, PhD. Of Radioactive Waste Management Associates, updating the Board on the progress of the Yucca Mountain Transportation Risk Assessment currently being performed for Inyo County.  The Board and staff discussed the information provided by Dr. Dilger.

 

Fish & Game/B.P. Wilderness Management Plan

Mr. Curtis Milliron of the California Department of Fish and Game made a detailed and lengthy presentation on Aquatic Biodiversity Management Plan for the Big Pine Creek Wilderness Basin of the Sierra Nevada Inyo County California, 1999 – 2005. The Board and Mr. Milliron discussed a variety of aspects of the plan, including (a) the fate of the yellow legged frog, (b) the impact of a predatory fungus which is affecting the frog and which is inundating the yellow legged frog’s habitat in the Eastern Sierra, (c) the effect of trout kills in the high country on local economy, and (d) how trout kills in certain areas are intended to improve back country fisheries. 

 

Recess/Reconvene The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 3:20 p.m., to reconvene at 3:25 p.m., with all Board Members present.

 

Planning-Yucca Mt. Update Ms. Leslie Klusmire, Planning Director, updated the Board on Yucca Mountain activities and related issues.  She presented the Board with information obtained from the EPA regarding the project’s proposed public health standards.  She also presented the Board with a draft letter to the Nevada AULG’s concerning Inyo County’s position on this year’s funding allocation.  The Board and Ms. Klusmire discussed the letter with Supervisors Arcularius and Cash expressing a desire to have Staff listen to the tape of the May 14, 2005, Special Meeting held in Las Vegas where, it was thought, that Inyo County had clearly stated its intention to only take a reduced amount for one year and that future funding would be at the historic levels.  The Board directed Staff to listen to the tapes and upon determining the County of Inyo’s position on future funding either have the Chairperson sign the letter as presented, or amended to reflect the County’s intentions regarding historic funding. 

 

BofS/Minute Approval

Moved by Supervisor Cash and seconded by Supervisor Cervantes to approve the minutes of the September 13, 2005, Board of Supervisors Meeting, with thanks from the Board.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed open session at 3:45 p.m. to reconvene in closed session to continue discussions on previously noted closed session items 24 and 25, and to discuss Agenda Items No.  26. REAL PROPERTY ENGOTIATIONS (Pursuant to Government Code §54956.8) Conference with Real Property Negotiator – Property – APN 18-090-01, County Road, Big Pine, California (Big Pine Convalescent Facility) – Negotiating Parties – County of Inyo and Quality of Life Association – Under Negotiation – Terms and Conditions of Lease; and No. 27. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR  [Pursuant to Government Code §54957.6] - Instructions to Negotiators re: wages, salaries and benefits - Employee Organization:  ICEA - Negotiator:  CAO Ron Juliff.  The Chairperson recessed closed session at 5:40 p.m. to reconvene in open session.

 

Report on Closed Session The Chairperson requested 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 5:40 p.m. to 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2005, in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County Administrative Center, in Independence.

 

                                                                                                ________________________________________

                                                                                                Chairperson, Inyo County Board of Supervisors

Attest:   RONALD JULIFF 
         Clerk of the Board

 

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