Board Minutes - March 18, 2003

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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 9:05 a.m., on Tuesday, March 18, 2003, in the Board of Supervisors Room, County Administrative Center, Independence, with the following Supervisors present:  Chairperson Michael Dorame presiding, Linda Arcularius, Julie Bear, Ted Williams, and Carroll M. Hambleton, Jr.  Supervisor Hambleton provided the Invocation, and Supervisor Bear led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Public Comment

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

 

County Dept. Reports

The Chairperson announced the County Department Reports period.  Dr. Holgate, Director of Health and Human Services, provided information on the Adult Protective Services program in connection with the Governor’s budget.  The County Administrator updated the Board on local OES efforts in conjunction with the upgrade to high alert status (orange).

 

CAO-Purchasing/ Ammunition P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to award Bid No. 2002-10 for and approve the purchase of ammunition for the Sheriff’s Department, Probation Department and District Attorney’s Office from Adamson Industries of Costa Mesa, in an amount not to exceed $14,928.89, plus tax.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

CAO-Info Serv./ Verizon Agreement

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve (a) the Agreement between the County of Inyo and Verizon for long distance voice services for two years from the date the Agreement is signed and (b) the amendment to the Contract providing additional cancellation terms; and authorize the County Administrator to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Solid Waste/ ESJPA Contract Amendment

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve Amendment No. 2 to the Contract between the County of Inyo and the Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority (ESJPA) to add tasks of conducting evaluation monitoring at the Bishop-Sunland Landfill through June 30, 2003, and increasing the Contract amount by $37,000 to an amount not to exceed $216,576; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Clerk/AtPac Contract Addendum

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Addendum to the License Agreement between the County of Inyo and AtPac to add Document Advantage software module for court records in an amount not to exceed $10,236.25; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Resol. #2003-15/

9 Mi. Canyon Rd. Notice of Comp.

On a motion by Supervisor Arcularius and a second by Supervisor Bear, Resolution No. 2003-15 was adopted, accepting the improvements and authorizing the recording of a Notice of Completion for the Nine Mile Canyon Road Rehabilitation Project: motion unanimously passed and adopted.

 

Rd. Dept./Round-

Up P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the purchase of 90 gals of Round Up Pro for use along County roads for weed removal from United Horticultural Supply of Sacramento, in an amount not to exceed $3,757.50 plus applicable tax and shipping.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Rd. Dept./Pesti-

cide P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the purchase of 24 - 4 oz. Bottles of Pointer Pesticide from United Horticulture Supply of Sacramento, in an amount not to exceed $4,524, plus applicable tax and shipping.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

P.W./Furnace Creek & Tecopa Hot Springs Rd. Prjcts. Plans & Specs.

Mr. Jeff Jewett, Public Works Director, provided additional information, further justification and responded to questions regarding the  Furnace Creek Rd. and Tecopa Hot Springs Road Resurfacing Projects.  Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve the Plans, Special Provisions and Bid Documents for the Furnace Creek Road and Tecopa Hot Springs Road Resurfacing and Rehabilitation Projects.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

COA-Personnel- Ag Comm./Vacant

Position

The County Administrator corrected the request for a part-time Clerk Assistant I position in the Ag. Commissioner’s Office, asking that the title of the position be changed to an Account Clerk I position at Range 43.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to approve a change in authorized strength in the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office by deleting one part-time Office Assistant position and adding a part-time Account Clerk position; and authorize the filling of a part-time, vacant, budgeted Account Clerk I position at Range 43.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

CAO-Personnel-H&H/Vacant Positions

Prior to the Board’s discussion regarding the request to fill vacant budgeted positions, Ms. Sheri Snyder, Health & Human Services Department, updated the Board on the Eligibility and Employment Services Programs. 

 

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to authorize the filling of one vacant, budgeted Integrated Case Worker position.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to authorize the filling of one vacant, budgeted Human Services Supervisor in the Health and Human Services Department.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

H&H-Misc./ Dickinson Contract

Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Bear to approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and Jean Dickinson for provision of personal services as Director of Health and Human Services at the rate of $6,792 per month for the period beginning September 1, 2003; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Resol. #2003-16/ Comp. For Appt. Officials

The County Administrator, in response to a question from the Board, asked that the Resolution presented be adopted with the reference to the previous compensation resolution identified in the body of the Resolution as 2002-05 be changed to Resolution No. 2002-67.  On a motion by Supervisor Hambleton and a second by Supervisor Bear, Resolution No. 2003-16 was adopted,  rescinding Resolution 2002-67 and fixing the compensation and/or terms of conditions of employment for appointed officials employed in the several offices or institutions of the County, as amended: motion unanimously passed and adopted.

 

COA/Planning Director

The request for discussion and possible direction regarding the appointment of a Planning Director, was pulled from the Agenda at the request of the County Administrator.

 

CAO-Economic Dev./Budget Amendment

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to A) amend FY 2002-03 County Budget by (1) creating a new Economic Development budget unit (number to be determined by Auditor-Controller) and (2) increasing estimated revenues and appropriation by $100,000 in a variety of object codes as recommended by staff (4/5 vote required); and B) approve in concept the establishment of a Family Revolving Loan Program and direct staff to bring back all the approvals as necessary.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 11:25 a.m., to reconvene at 11:35 a.m., with all Board Members present.

 

CAO-H&H-HIPPA/ Privacy Officer Appointment

The County Administrator provided additional information and further clarification on the request to appoint the Prevention Coordinator in the Health and Human Services Department as the HIPPA Privacy Officer.  Mr. Mendez clarified that upon being reminded of a commitment for reimbursement of the salary by the Health Department he was requesting that the reimbursement rate of 20% from the General Fund be changed to 25%.  Mr. Mendez went on to explain that by utilizing the Prevention Coordinator to perform the Privacy Officer function the County would be leveraging existing resources to develop a pilot program to ascertain the functions, which will be required by the County in order to comply with HIPPA.  Ms. Jean Dickinson, Assistant Health and Human Services Director, provided additional information on the duties of the Prevention Coordinator and how certain tasks could be deferred, temporarily, without major impact to the programs. Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Bear to A) designate Andrea Durocher-Cortez, Prevention Coordinator in Behavioral Health Services as the County’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Officer and B) appropriate $4,400 from Contingency to reimburse Behavioral Health Services for 25% of the Prevention Coordinator Salary for HIPAA functions and authorize the County Administrator and Auditor-Controller to make the necessary budget amendment.  Motion carried unanimously. 

 

Child Support/ Computer P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the purchase of and install six Compaq Evo D510 personal computers and monitors, one Compaq ProLiant ML330 G2 Intel Pentium III server, one NETGEAR 24 Port Switch and related software from Infomatix, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $14,200.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

H&H-Behavioral Health/Safe and Drug Free Schools Budget

Ms. Jean Dickinson, Assistant Director of Health and Human Services, and Mr. René Mendez, County Administrator, provided additional information regarding the Safe and Drug Free Schools grant program.  Ms. Dickinson confirmed that the County’s grant funds would not be provided to pay for teacher salaries.  The Board and Staff discussed how the information garnered through this program would be used throughout the County.  Ms. Dickinson requested that the request to authorize a .5 FTE Case Manager position, a part of section C) of this request, be pulled from consideration at this time.

 

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to A) approve the Contract with the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Program for prevention funds in the amount of $600,000, for the period of January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2005, and authorize the “Official of Applicant Agency” to sign the Contract; 

 

B) amend the FY 2002/03 County Budget as follows: (a) create a new Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities budget unit (number to be determined by Auditor-Controller); and (b) increase estimated revenues in State Grants (Revenue Code #4498) by $100,000 and increase appropriations in various object codes as recommended by Staff by $100,000;  and

 

C) increase authorized strength by adding two 15-hour HHS Specialist positions at Range 53 ($12.22/hour), adding one full time HHS Specialist position at Range 53 ($2,119 - $2,577), and authorize the recruitment and filling of these positions contingent upon continued grant funding.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Planning Dept./ Mitigated Neg. Declaration Travertine Springs Deep Drilling Prjct.

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to certify the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Travertine Springs Deep Drilling Project, certify that the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) have been satisfied, find that the project’s impacts to native plants and animals are de minimus pursuant to Section 711.4 of California Resources Code, and direct Planning Department Staff to file a Notice of Determination with the Inyo County Clerk.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

BofS/Minute Approval

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the minutes of the March 4, 2003, Board of Supervisors Meeting.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Arcularius abstaining. 

 

Moved by Supervisor Hambleton and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the minutes of the March 11, 2003, Board of Supervisors Meeting.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

District/So. Inyo Fire Protection

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Williams to appoint Mr. Clifford Kenny to serve on the Southern Inyo Fire Protection District Board of Directors per Government Code Section 1780.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed open session at 12:35 p.m., to convene in closed session, with all Board Members present to discuss Agenda Items No. 21.  CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) – County of Inyo v. Bishop Paiute Tribe, United States Supreme Court Docket No. 02-281 (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Docket No. 01-15007; United States District Court for the Eastern District Case No. CIV F-00 6153 REC LJO); No. 22.  CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) - Coso Energy Developers, et al. v. County of Inyo, Inyo County Superior Court Case No. CV CV 0128756; No. 23. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6) - Instructions to Negotiators re: wages, salaries and benefits –  Employee Organization - ICEA - Negotiators - County Administrator and Personnel Analyst; and No. 24.  CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6) - Instructions to Negotiators re: wages, salaries and benefits –  Employee Organization - Elective Officials Assistant Association (EOAA) - Negotiators - County Administrator and Personnel Analyst.

   

Report on Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed closed session at 2:35 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 2:35 p.m., to 9:00 a.m., April 1, 2003, 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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