Board Minutes - October 4, 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, October 4, 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. Reports

The Chairperson announced the County Department Report period.  Mr. Marvin Moskowitz, Environmental Health Director, updated the Board on the status of AB 885 regarding septic systems, and its potential impact.  He informed the Board that an amended bill is expected to be introduced later this year and suggested that the County not take a position until the amended bill is being considered.  Mr. Jean Dickinson, Director of Health and Human Services, updated the Board on activities relating to Katrina victims relocation efforts.

 

Assessor/Bertholf Contract

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Cervantes to approve the Contract between the California Assessors’ Association, Harold W. Bertholf, Inc., and the Assessors of eighteen California Counties for the provision of a Petroleum and Geothermal Property Sales Study, in an amount not to exceed $88,200, with Inyo County contributing $2,100 for the period of November 1, 2005 through October 31, 2006; and authorize the Assessor to sign, contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.

 

Planning/Parcel Merger 2005-01/ Gonzalez

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Cervantes to adopt the findings and approve Parcel Merger #2005-01/Gonzalez subject to the Conditions of Approval, as recommended by Staff and as noted in the Staff Report.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius absent. 

 

Planning/BLM Land Tenure Presentation

The Board and Staff discussed the timing of this presentation, with the Chairperson directing that the item scheduled for the October 18, 2005, Board of Supervisors Agenda to address the BLM land tenure issues again, be set for 10:00 a.m. The Board thanked Mr. Dunkleberger, Bishop Field Office Manager, for taking the time to make this presentation on the BLM land tenure to the Board.  At the conclusion of the presentation, the Board and Mr. Dunkleberger discussed a variety of issues relating to agency land ownership in the Owens Valley, including the expectation that the results of the land tenure study and the scoping process will be to provide the public with information and a development tool to help in development issues.  Mr. Dunkleberger also informed the Board that while he is not going to be able to participate in the discussion on the 18th, he would be sending BLM representatives.  

 

Recess/Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 9:55 a.m., reconvening at 10:03 a.m., with all Board Members present.

 

VSO/Ordinance Changing Qualifications

Undersheriff Jack Goodrich provided additional information regarding the request to amend the qualifications for the Veterans’ Service Officer.  He explained that there were two small changes in that the qualified candidate will now need an Advanced POST Certificate instead of a Management POST Certificate, and the salary change to 7.5%, while a bit higher percentage, will actually result in a savings in the VSO budget because of the lesser qualification being required of person appointed.  The Board and the Undersheriff discussed the changes, with Undersheriff Goodrich explaining that (a) the relationship between law enforcement and the Veterans Service Office is of a paramilitary nature, (b) that the position being held in the Sheriff’s Department provides a tremendous salary savings to the County which was the primary reason for initially moving the VSO to the Sheriff’s Department; (c) that there is a confidentiality oath taken by both law enforcement and the VSO which are separate and which he has never violated; and (c) that there is greater opportunity for benefit for the VSO in that the Sheriff has the ability utilize law enforcement grant funds, where appropriate to facilitate certain areas of the VSO operations.  The Undersheriff took the opportunity to acknowledge and thank Sheriff Dan Lucas on behalf of the local Veterans for the substantial assistance he has provided to the Veterans Service Office since it has been under his jurisdiction.  Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Cash to A) waive the first reading of an ordinance entitled “An Ordinance of the Board of Supervisors, County of Inyo, State of California, Amending Section 2.30.050 of the Inyo County Code Changing the Qualifications and Compensation of the County Veterans’ Service Officer;” and B) schedule the enactment of this ordinance for 10:00 a.m., October 11, 2005, in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County Administrative Center, in Independence.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.  At the conclusion of this item, the Board thanked Undersheriff Goodrich for his many years of service and wished him well in his retirement.

 

HHS-Soc. Serv./ Red Cross Provider Contract

Moved by Supervisor Cash and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to approve the Authorized Provider Agreement between the County of Inyo and the American Red Cross and authorize the Director of Health and Human Services to sign on behalf of the County.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.

 

IMAAA-HHS/ MAA/TCM Coordinator

Mr. Charles Broten, IMAAA-IMSP Director, provided additional information on the MAA and Targeted Case Management activities and their relationship to the Linkages Program operated through IMAAA.  Ms. Jean Dickinson, Director of Health and Human Services, addressed the Board to commend Mr. Broten for the work he and his program have done to bring this funding source to the County.  Mr. Broten and Ms. Dickinson responded to questions from the Board regarding the proposed change in Coordinator, with Ms. Dickinson confirming that these additional duties were taken into account when Ms. Shepard’s salary was increased during Budget Hearings.  Moved by Supervisor Cash and seconded by Supervisor Bilyeu to A) appoint Ms. Lita Shepard, Inyo County Health and Human Services Fiscal Manager, as the Local Governmental Agency LGA Coordinator for Inyo County for the purpose of coordinating Medical Administrative Activities (MAA)/Targeted Case Management (TCM) activities with the California Department of Health Services, effective October 1, 2005 and B) reaffirm that the MAA/TCM funds earned be used to support the programs which earn the funds.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.

 

County Counsel/ Legal Representation for Walters Appeal

County Counsel, Mr. Paul Bruce, provided additional clarification on the request to approve a contract for outside legal counsel to represent the County in the litigation brought by the Save Round Valley Alliance and pertaining to the approval of the Walters (Whitney Portal) Project.  Moved by Supervisor Cervantes and seconded by Supervisor Cash to A) approve the Agreement between the County of Inyo and Jim Walters for the reimbursement of Inyo County for defense of litigation costs; and authorize the Chairperson to sign; B) amend the FY 2005-06 County Counsel Budget 010700 by increasing unanticipated revenue in Services and Fees (Revenue Code #4819) by $50,000 and increasing appropriations in Professional and Other Services (Object Code #5265) by $50,000; and C) approve the Agreement between the County of Inyo and Liebersback, Mohun, Carney & Reed for the provision of legal services in advising and representing the County of Inyo, and its Board, as respondents in Save Round Valley Alliance, et al. v County of Inyo et al., for the period of September 2, 2005 to the completion of the lawsuit, in an amount not to exceed $40,000; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.

 

BofS/Minute Approval

Moved by Supervisor Bilyeu and seconded by Supervisor Cervantes to approve the minutes of the September 20, 2005, Board of Supervisors Meeting.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius absent.

 

BofS/Cell Phone Reception Alabama Hills

Mr. Mark Keller, Alabama Hills Resident, thanked the Board for the opportunity to address the lack of cell phone reception in the Alabama Hills.  He explained that in conversation with Verizon Wireless they had informed him that the Company will only look into additional service at the request of the local jurisdiction.  He also informed the Board that in conversation with the Lone Pine Fire Chief, he had learned that the Fire Department would be willing to allow a cell phone tower/antenna to be placed on the Fire Department facility located in the Alabama Hills. Ms. Jan Larsen, Senior Planner, provided additional information and clarification on the County process for locating wireless communication towers/antenna.  The Board indicated their willingness to communicate with Verizon to request expanded coverage in the Alabama Hills.  Mr. Keller provided contact information as follows:  Ms. Patricia Nash at (661) 805-8850 email patricia.nash@verizonwireless.com.  The Board directed County Counsel to prepare a letter for the County Administrator’s signature requesting the expanded service for the Alabama Hills. 

Board Members and Staff Reports The Board Members briefly reported on past and upcoming activities, including an Economic Development Seminar being hosted by Assemblyman Bill Maze on Wednesday, October 5, 2005, at the Bishop High School from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Big Pine Chile Cook-off, and a meeting with Senator Ashburn’s Field Representative.

 

Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed open session at 11:20 a.m., to convene in closed session, with all Board Members present, except Supervisor Arcularius to discuss Agenda Items No.  12.  CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) – Save Round Valley Alliance and Sierra Watch v. County of Inyo, Inyo County Board of Supervisors and DOES 1-19, Jim Walters and DOES 20-40, Inyo County Superior Court Case No. CVPT-05-39748, No. 13.  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, No. 14.  PERSONNEL (Pursuant to Government Code §54957) – Public Employee Appointment - Title – Director of Water Department, No. 15.  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, and No. 16.  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.

 

Report on Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed closed session at 12:50 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. 

 

Adjournment

The Chairperson adjourned the regular meeting at 12:50 p.m., to 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 11, 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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