Board Minutes - December 18, 2001

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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 10:10 a.m., on Tuesday, December 18, 2001, in the Board of Supervisors Room, County Administrative Center, Independence, with the following Supervisors present:  Chairperson Julie Bear presiding, Linda Arcularius, Ervin R. Lent, Carroll M. Hambleton, Jr., and Michael Dorame.  Supervisor Dorame provided the Invocation, and Supervisor Hambleton led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

Public Comment

The Chairperson announced the public comment period.  The Auditor-Controller provided copies of the Annual Audit Report to the Board.  The County Administrator notified the Board that the kick-off meeting for the Sheriff’s 911 System was being delayed with the approval of all parties due to continuing negotiations with Southern California Edison for use of their microwave.  Mr. Mendez indicated that he would keep the Board updated on the project.

 

P.W.-Town Water System/L.P. Phase I Project

The Public Works Director responded to questions from the Board, assuring the Board that Phase I of the Lone Pine Water System Improvement Project will moved forward as quickly as possible.  Moved by Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to reject all bids for the Lone Pine Phase I Water System Improvement Project and authorize the Public Works Department to readvertise and rebid the project with modifications.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Transit/Bus Rates for Interregional Bus Service

The Chairperson opened the public hearing at 10:33 a.m., to take testimony on the proposed fares to be charged the users of the Inyo Mono Transit Interregional Bus Route from Bishop, California to Carson City, Nevada and Ridgecrest, California, and destinations in between.  The Transit Director reviewed the Staff Report and recommendations.  There being no one from the public wishing to speak, the Chairperson closed the public hearing at 10:50 a.m. 

 

Resol. #2001-74/ Interregional Bus Serv. Rates

On a motion by Supervisor Lent and a second by Supervisor Arcularius, Resolution No. 2001-74 was adopted, establishing fares for the Interregional Bus Service: motion unanimously passed and adopted. 

 

H&H-Children & Families Comm/ Strategic Plan

The Chairperson opened the public hearing at 10:51 a.m., on the Inyo County Children and Families Commission Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2001-02.  The Director of Health & Human Services provided the Board with a copy of the Strategic Plan and the Assistant Director of Health & Human Services reviewed the Plan in detail.  There being no one from the public wishing to speak, the Chairperson closed the public hearing at 11:00 a.m.

 

Planning Dept./ Conn Appeal of Laverty Parcel Map

The Chairperson opened the public hearing at 11:01 a.m., to consider the appeal by Richard B. and Sue C. Conn of the August 22, 2001, Planning Commission decision to approve Tentative Parcel Map No. 350/Laverty.  The Planning Director reviewed the Staff Report and recommendations, entering the report and subsequent correspondence as Exhibits A and B.  The Planning Director explained the situation which had occurred in which notification of the public hearing had not been provided to all of the property owners within 300 ft. of the property.  The Board expressed concerns that proper notification was not provided, with the Board discussing their options regarding this appeal.  The Clerk entered into the record as Exhibit C numerous letters received from McLaren Resident to the Board of Supervisors.  The Appellant, Mr. Richard Conn, addressed the Board, to present justification for his appeal and to ask the Board to deny the Parcel Map, and entered Exhibit D, a copy of the California Fire Code, General Provisions for Safety page 1-27 into the record.  Prior to taking additional testimony, the Board and Staff discussed the option of remanding this item back to the Planning Commission on the basis of insufficient notification.  Mr. James Bassage, McLaren Resident, requested that the Board not remand this back to the Planning Commission but take action today, expressing his concern with the number of people who were present and ready to testify at this time.  The Chairperson explained the Board’s concerns regarding the notification issue, with the Planning Director explaining that should the Board remand this back to the Planning Commission, the Board could require the Planning Commission to conduct a Special Evening Meeting in Bishop to hear this matter and to facilitate public participation.  The Board and Staff continued to discuss the option of remanding this item back to the Planning Commission, along with issues concerning the cost of a new appeal.  Mr. John Garner, McLaren Resident, concurred with the Board’s concern that proper notification was made in order to protect the people’s right to participate.  The Board expressed their desire to not move forward with hearing the appeal and to send it back to the Planning Commission for consideration after proper notification. The Chairperson closed the public hearing at 12:18 p.m.

 

Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to remand back to the Planning Commission consideration of Tentative Parcel Map 350/Laverty, directing the Planning Commission to conduct a Special Evening Meeting in Bishop to consider this “de novo” hearing,  provide appropriate notification of the new hearing date and waive the fee for future appeals in this matter.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 12:20 p.m., reconvening at 12:35 p.m., with all Board Members present. 

 

CAO-Purchasing/ Film P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to award Bid No. 2001-06 for and approve the purchase of  film for the Sheriff’s Department as recommended by Staff.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

CAO-Purchasing/ Ammunition P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to award Bid No. 2001-07 for and approve the purchase of ammunition for the Sheriff’s Department from Adamson Industries, Costa Mesa, in an amount not to exceed $7,826.80, plus tax.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

CAO-Purchasing/ Holsters, Handcuff & Magazine Holders P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to award Bid No. 2001-10 for and approve the purchase of holsters, handcuff holders, and magazine holders for the Sheriff’s Department from Galls, Inc., AKA Dyna Med, in an amount not to exceed $7,804.26, plus tax.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Integrated Waste/ Boyd’s Fence Contract

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to award and approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and Boyd’s Fence for the Bishop-Sunland Landfill Fencing Project in an amount not to exceed $11,416; authorize the Chairperson to sign the Contract, contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained; and authorize the Public Works Director to sign all other contract documents including any change orders to the extent permitted pursuant to Section 20142 of the Public Contract Code and other applicable law.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

CAO-Info Serv./ P.O. to Logical for Server System Upgrades

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to declare Logical as the sole-source provider for  computer services and hardware for the upgrade of the property tax and financial system servers and approve the purchase of hardware and software for the upgrade of these servers from Logical in an amount not to exceed $37,000.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Motor Pool/ Vehicle P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to A) declare Folsom Lake Ford, Perry Motors and Western Truck Exchange as non-responsive bidders for recent vehicle bids; B) award the bid to Luther Motors, as the low bidder, for the purchase of the following vehicles: two (2 ea.) 4X4 Utility vehicles in an amount not to exceed $46,850.65 and one (1 ea.) 1/2 Ton Regular Cab Pickup Long Bed in an amount not to exceed $17,792.33; C) award the bid to Eastern Sierra Motors, as the low bidder, for the purchase of the following vehicles: one (1 ea.) full size Sedan Police Package (Admin) in an amount not to exceed $22,974.63 and four (4 ea.) full size Sedan Patrol Units in an amount not to exceed $92,483.33; D) award the bid to Rotolo Chevrolet of Fontana,  as the low bidder, for the purchase of the following vehicles: one (1 ea.) 3/4 Ton Cab & Chassis in an amount not to exceed $18,512.79 and one (1 ea.) 7 Passenger Mini Van in an amount not to exceed $24,926.98 and two (2 ea.) intermediate 4 Door Sedans in an amount not to exceed $33,302.70 and one (1 ea.) 1/2 Ton Regular Cab Pickup Short Bed in an amount not to exceed $17,588.98.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Clerk-Elections/ Election Printing Costs

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve the prepayment to Sequoia Voting Systems of $20,000 for one-half of the estimated March 5, 2002 election printing costs in order to gain a 3% discount.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

H&H-Health Serv./ Fong Contract

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and Nancy Fong, FNP for the provision of services as Family Nurse Practitioner, for the period of January 1, 2002, through February 15, 2002, in an amount not to exceed $1,440; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

H&H-Health Serv./ No. Inyo Hospital Rural Health Clinic Contract Amendment

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve Amendment No. 1 to the Contract between the County of Inyo and Northern Inyo Hospital for the provision of grant-in-support of a Rural Health Clinic for the period of October 10, 2000 through March 31, 2004, in an amount not to exceed $165,002, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of future budgets; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Planning Dept.- Yucca Mnt./Certifi-

cation of Funds 

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to certify that funds provided to Inyo County as an affected unit of local government under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act as Amended, have been expended in accordance with the provisions of that Act, and the Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 1998; and authorize the Chairperson to sign the certification.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

P.W./Jones & Stokes Contract Amendment

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve Amendment No. 1 to the Agreement between the County of Inyo and Jones and Stokes Associates, Inc., for the provision of transportation planning services, extending the end of the Agreement from December 31, 2001 to June 30, 2002; and authorize the Chairperson to sign, contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Rd. Dept./Desert Aggregates Contract for Concrete Products

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to award and approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and Intermountain Slurry Seal, Inc., (dba Desert Aggregates) for the provision of concrete products for the period of December 18, 2001, through June 30, 2002, in an amount not to exceed $25,000; and authorize the Chairperson to sign contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained.   Motion carried unanimously.

 

Yucca Mountain Update

Mr. John Jervers, Inyo County’s Yucca Mountain Assessment Consultant updated the Board on  issues pertaining to the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. 

 

CAO-Purchasing/ Firearms P.O.

The County Administrator responded to a question from Supervisor Dorame, explaining that the Carbines referred to in items 3 and 4 of the bid are different models.  Moved by Supervisor Dorame  and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to award Bid No. 2001-09 for and approve the purchase of firearms for the Sheriff’s Department and Probation Department as recommended by Staff.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 1:20 p.m., reconvening at 2:00 p.m., with all Board Members present.

 

Bishop Tribe/Red Hill Cemetery

Representatives of the Bishop Paiute Tribe addressed the Board to provide additional information and further justification for the transfer of the “Red Hill” Cemetery from the County’s ownership to the Tribe’s.  The Board and Staff discussed several items regarding the transfer including the ownership and retention of water rights by the County and whether the NEPA or CEQA process would be followed.  The County Administrator clarified that today’s action by the Board would be the first step in the transfer, explaining that this item would still need further Board action for final transfer.  Moved by Supervisor Lent and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to begin the process to transfer the Sunland “Red Hill” Cemetery from County ownership to the Bishop Paiute Tribe.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Planning Dept.-Yucca Mnt./NPS Joint Research Project

Moved by Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Lent to direct Staff to work with National Park Service Staff to draft a research and support work plan, cost estimate, and timetable for review and possible approval by your Board, including a draft contract with the Hydrodynamics Group to complete work required by the proposed joint Inyo County-NPS research project and associated appropriation of Yucca Mountain oversight funding needed to fulfill the work plan.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Planning Dept.- Yucca Mnt./ Hydrodynamics Contract  

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to approve the Amendment to the Contract between the County of Inyo and Hydrodynamics Group, extending the end of the Contract from December 31, 2001, to June 30, 2002; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 2:30 p.m., reconvening at 2:55 p.m., with all Board Members present.

 

Sheriff/Block Grant Budget

The Chairperson opened the public hearing at 2:55 p.m., on the proposed budget for spending $31,882 received from “Local Law Enforcement Block Grant.”  Lt. Bacoch reviewed the Staff Report and recommendations.  There being no one from the public wishing to speak, the Chairperson closed the public hearing at 3:00 p.m.,   

Moved by Supervisor Lent and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to accept the Grant and amend the FY 2001/02 County Budget by approving the LLEB Grant Budget 621098 as presented; amend the FY 2001/02 Sheriff’s Safety Budget 022710 by reducing Salaries (Object Code #5001) by $3,542 and increasing appropriations in Grant Contribution (Object Code #5538) by $3,542, to meet the hard match requirements; and amend the Sheriff’s General Budget 022700 by increasing estimated revenue in Reimbursed Expenses (Revenue Code #4961) by $35,424, from the LLEB Grant Budget, and increase appropriations in Travel/Training (Object Code #5331) by $35,424 to allow for use of Grant for training,  and authorize the County Administrator to sign appropriate certifications as required.  Motion carried unanimously

 

Water Dept./ Budget Amendment

Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to A) amend the FY 2001/02 County Budget by amending the Saltcedar Budget 024502 as recommended by Staff, by amending the Saltcedar/CTC-EEM Budget 621600 as recommended by Staff; and establish a new grant budget entitled California Wildlife Conservation Board Grant Budget and approve the revenues and expenditures as recommended by Staff; and B) authorize the continuation of the Account Clerk II position in the Water Department through June 30, 2002.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Transit/Budget Amendment

Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to amend the FY 2001/02 Transit Program Budget 153101 by increasing appropriations in Maintenance of Equipment (Object Code #5171) by $10,000, Fuel (Object Code #5178) by $10,000; and Salaried Employees (Object Code #5001) by $3,000, from unappropriated reserves.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Resol. #2001-75/ Transit Operating Grant 

On a motion by Supervisor Dorame and a second by Supervisor Hambleton, Resolution No. 2001-75 was adopted, approving the grant application to the Federal Transportation Administration for Section 5311 FY 2001/02 operating assistance funds for Inyo and Mono Counties in the amount of $15,000 each; and authorize the Director of the Inyo Mono Transit Program to sign and submit the application on behalf of the County: motion unanimously passed and adopted.

 

Resol. #2001-76/ Rural Transit Grant Approval

On a motion by Supervisor Arcularius and a second by Supervisor Hambleton the Board A) authorizes the Transit Program to submit grant application(s) for Rural Transit System Grant Program (AB437) funds for rural public transit capital projects; and B) Resolution No. 2001-76 is adopted approving the grant application(s) and authorizing the Director of the Inyo Mono Transit Program to sign and submit these grant application(s) on behalf of the County: motion unanimously passed and adopted.

 

Museum/L.P. Film Museum

Moved by Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to amend the FY 2001/02 ACO Budget 011301 by increasing estimated revenue in Donations (Revenue Code #4951) by $229,000 and increase appropriations in Land Acquisitions (Object Code #5601) by $229,000.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Public Defender/ Budget Amendment

The County Administrator provided additional clarification on the request to amend the County Budget to cover Public Defender costs.  In response to a question from Supervisor Arcularius concerning placing any unused funds back into the Geothermal Royalties Funds, the County Administrator and Auditor-Controller explained the budgeting process which governs these types of appropriations, saying that the appropriated amount is used as “a not to exceed amount”, and the Auditor only transfers the amount of funds needed to pay current expenditures, thereby leaving the unused balance in the originating fund.  Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to amend the FY 2001/02 County Budget as follows: A) increase revenues in the Geothermal Royalties Fund (Revenue Code #4381) by $100,000 and appropriations in Operating Transfer Out (Object Code #5801) by $100,000; B) increase appropriations in the Parks and Recreation Budget 076900, Operating Transfer In (Object Code #4998) by $100,000 and C) increase appropriations in the Public Defender Budget 022600, Professional & Special Services (Object Code #5265) by $100,000. Motion carried unanimously.

Resol. #2001-77/ EMPG Grant

The Board and the County Administrator discussed the EMPG Grant Application, with the County Administrator explaining that the amount allotted is based on “per capita.”  In response to a question from Supervisor Arcularius regarding the status of the County’s contract with the Grant writing firm, the CAO indicated that the contract has been completed, that the County has received adequate grand fund, but not at the level originally expected, and that he would be bringing a report back for the Board’s review.  

 

 

CAO-Info Serv./ Hercules Technologies Contract Amendment

The Board and the County Administrator discussed the Hercules Technologies Contract, with the County Administrator.  The Auditor noted that the Revenue Code was incorrect and asked that the motion leave flexibility for the correct number to be used.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to A) amend the FY 2001/02 County Budget as follows: increase estimated revenue in Information Services Budget 011801, (Revenue Code to be determined and provided by the Auditor) by $98,175, from the Sheriff AB 443 Trust 502709 and increase appropriations in Professional Services (Object Code #5265) by $98,175; and B) approve Amendment No. 1 to the Contract between the County of Inyo and Hercules Technologies for Information Technology Management increasing the Contract limit by $98,175, from $98,175 to $196,350, extending the end of the Contract from December 31, 2001, through June 30, 2002; and authorize the Chairperson to sign contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

CAO-Info Serv./ Training P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve a purchase order to JALAN/H.T.E. for refresher training, for base training for new employees and commissary training for Sheriff’s Office employees, in an amount not to exceed $5,000.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

BofS/Minute Approval

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve the minutes of the November 20, 2001, Board of Supervisors Meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.

 Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the minutes of the December 4, 2001, Board of Supervisors Meeting.  Motion carried unanimously, on a three-to-zero vote, with Supervisors Arcularius, Bear and Hambleton voting yes, and with Supervisors Lent and Dorame abstaining.  

 

Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed open session at 3:45 p.m., to convene in closed session, with all Board Members present, to discuss Agenda Item No. 34. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR [Pursuant to Government Code §54957.6] - Instructions to Negotiators re:   wages, salaries and benefits - Title:  ICEA - Negotiator:  County Administrative Officer & Personnel Analyst.  

 

Report on Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed closed session at 4:30 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 4:30 p.m., to 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2002, 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
      
 by:           Patricia Gunsolley, Assistant

  

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