Board Minutes - May 04, 2004

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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, May 4, 2004, in the Board of Supervisors Room, County Administrative Center, Independence, with the following Supervisors present:  Chairperson Carroll “Butch” Hambleton presiding, Linda Arcularius, and Ted Williams.  Supervisors Julie Bear and Michael Dorame were absent.  Supervisor Hambleton provided the Invocation, and Supervisor Arcularius led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

Announcement

The Chairperson announced that Agenda Items No. 18.  PUBLIC WORKS - Request Board amend the FY 2003/04 County Budget by A) establishing the Lone Pine Airport Master Plan Budget Unit 631500; increasing estimated revenue in Federal Grants (Revenue Code #4555) by $150,000 and Intra County Charges (Revenue Code #4821) by $15,000 and increasing appropriations in Professional and Special Services (Object Code #5265) by $150,000 and Internal Charges (Object Code #5121) by $15,000; and B) establishing the Independence Airport Master Plan Budget Unit 631600 and increasing estimated revenue in Federal Grants (Revenue Code #4555) by $150,000 and Intra County Charges (Revenue Code #4821) by $15,000 and increasing appropriations in Professional and Special Services (Object Code #5265) by $150,000 and Internal Charges (Object Code #5121) by $15,000. (4/5’s vote required.) and No. 19.  PUBLIC WORKS - Request Board A) amend the FY 2003-04 Deferred Maintenance Budget Unit 011501 by increasing appropriations in Maintenance of Structures (Object Code #5199) by $650 from unappropriated reserves; (4/5’s vote required) and B) approve the purchase of a two and one-half ton, split system heat pump from Air Cold Supply, in an amount not to exceed $650, were being pulled from consideration and requesting that the items be reagendized for next week’s meeting for consideration by the full Board.

 

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. Chuck Hamilton, Deputy County Administrator, notified the Board that a Household Hazardous Waste Event would be conducted this Saturday at the Big Pine Transfer Station.  The County Administrator reported on the recent Fort Independence Fire.

 

Post Agenda/

BofS Committee Appointment

County Counsel requested consideration of a post agenda item, to appoint a second Board of Supervisor alternate to the Local Transportation Commission.   Mr. Bruce explained that there is a need for a second alternate in order to facilitate a quorum for a special meeting of the LTC and that the need for the meeting and for a quorum did not arise until after the Agenda for today’s Board of Supervisors meeting had been posted.  Mr. Bruce went on to explain that the need to facilitate the quorum for the LTC meeting required action prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting, because the special meeting of the LTC was scheduled for tomorrow, May 5, 2004.  County Counsel also explained that State statute allows for an alternate for each LTC appointment and at the present time the County only has one alternate appointment.   The County Administrator confirmed that the post agenda test had been met with regard to this request.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to find that the need to consider appointing a second Board of Supervisor alternate to the Local Transportation Commission, arose after the Agenda for the May 4, 2004, Board of Supervisors Meeting was posted and there is a need to take action on this item prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting, therefore, this item is added as Agenda Item No. 20A.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

Workshop/

Eastern Sierra Regional Airport

The Chairperson recessed open session at 9:15 a.m., to convene in a workshop, with all Board Members present except Supervisors Bear and Dorame.  The Board met with County Staff and a member of the Mammoth Lakes Town Council and the Interim Mammoth Lakes Town Manager, to talk about a variety of issues relating to the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport.  The Chairperson recessed the workshop at 9:55 a.m., to immediately reconvene in a workshop.

 

Workshop/Fire Suppression Fees

The Board met in a workshop with the Treasurer-Tax Collector to learn about and discuss fire suppression fees.  Supervisor Arcularius acknowledged her membership in the Farm Bureau and their participation in a lawsuit against California counties as a result of the imposition of the fire suppression fees, indicating her intention to declare a conflict and remove herself from the discussion should the lawsuit be addressed.  County Counsel clarified that any information, which might be discussed during the workshop regarding the litigation would be of public knowledge and would not require Supervisor Arcularius to absent herself from the discussion.  The Chairperson recessed the workshop at 10:15 a.m.

 

CAO-Purchasing/ Defibrillator P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to declare Medtronic Physio-Control the sole-source provider of defibrillators and authorize the purchase of seven defibrillators from Medtronic Physio-Control in an amount not to exceed $15,365, plus tax and shipping.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

CAO-Purchasing/ Hand-held Radio P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to declare Motorola a sole-source provider of hand held radio systems and authorize the purchase of thirty (30) MT2000 hand-held radio systems with required accessories from Motorola in an amount not to exceed $44,977.63 plus tax and shipping.   Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

CAO-Purchasing/ Emergency Supply Bags P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to declare Adamson Industries a sole-source provider of bag sets for emergency supplies and authorize the purchase of thirty-nine (39) bag sets from Adamson Industries in an amount not to exceed $4,412.36, plus tax.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

CAO-Purchasing/ Computer Monitor P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to award Quote #64-2003 for and approve the purchase of three computer monitors from GHA Technologies in an amount not to exceed $2,470, plus tax.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

HHS-First 5 Comm./Oral Health Services Contract

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and the Superintendent of Schools for oral health services for the period of April 6, 2004, through April 5, 2007, in an amount not to exceed $180,000, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of future Budgets; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

P.W./DWP Light Standard  Contract

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the modification/amendment to the current License Agreement between the County of Inyo and the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to include installation of a light standard on DWP property; and authorize the Chairperson to sign, contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 10:20 a.m., reconvening in open session at 10:30 a.m., with all Board Members present except Supervisors Bear and Dorame.

 

CAO-Ag Comm./ Transfer of Mosquito Program

The Chairperson opened the public hearing at 10:33 a.m., to consider a proposed ordinance entitled “An Ordinance of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, Adding Chapter 2.98 of the Inyo County Code and Amending Various Provisions of Chapters 2.97 and 7.30 of the Inyo County Code, to Provide for the Transfer of Mosquito Abatement and Control Functions, Assets and Personnel to the Office of the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures.”  The County Administrator reviewed the Staff Report and recommendations regarding the transfer of the Mosquito Abatement Program to the Agricultural Commissioner.  The Chairperson invited the public to provide comments on the transfer and there was no one from the public wishing to provide testimony on the proposed action.  The Chairperson closed the public hearing at 10:44 a.m.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to waive the first reading of the proposed ordinance entitled “An Ordinance of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, Adding Chapter 2.98 of the Inyo County Code and Amending Various Provisions of Chapters 2.97 and 7.30 of the Inyo County Code, to Provide for the Transfer of Mosquito Abatement and Control Functions, Assets and Personnel to the Office of the Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures,” and schedule the enactment for 10:05 a.m., May 11, 2004, in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County Administrative Center, in Independence.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

CAO-Sheriff/ Transfer of Animal Control Program

The Chairperson opened the public hearing at 10:45 a.m., to consider a proposed ordinance entitled “An Ordinance of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, Adding Chapter 2.31 to the Inyo County Code, and Amending Various Provisions of Title 8 of the Inyo County Code to Provide for the Transfer of Animal Control Functions, Assets, and Personnel to the Sheriff’s Department.”   The County Administrator reviewed the Staff Report and recommendations regarding the transfer of the Animal Control Program to the Sheriff.  The Chairperson invited the public to provide comments on the proposed transfer and there was no one from the public wishing to provide testimony on the proposed action.  The Chairperson closed the public hearing at 10:46 a.m.   Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to waive the first reading of the proposed ordinance and schedule the enactment for 10:05 a.m., May 11, 2004, in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County Administrative Center, in Independence.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

P.W./Cultural Resource Assessment Services

The Board, the Public Works Director and the County Administrator discussed the contract for cultural resource assessment services for a County bridge replacement project.   The County Administrator provided an explanation on why the “errors and omissions” coverage had been deleted from the contract.  Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and Foothill Resources Limited for the provision of cultural resource assessment services for County Bridge 48C-29 Replacement Project, for the period of May 1, 2004, through October 20, 2004, in an amount not to exceed $12,000, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of future budgets; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.   Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

Rd. Dept./

Pesticide P.O.

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the purchase of  twelve (12) 4-oz bottles of Pointer Pesticide from Target Specialty Products in an amount not to exceed $2,459.80.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

Rd. Dept./ Eastern Sierra Engineering  Contract

Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and Eastern Sierra Engineering, L.L.C. for pavement investigation and material acceptance testing services for County Road Improvement Projects 2003/04 and 2004/05 in an amount not to exceed $100,000 for the period of May 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of future budgets; and authorize the Chairperson to sign, contingent upon the appropriate signatures being obtained.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

BofS/CSAC

The County Administrator indicated that CSAC was urging continued vigilance by the counties in supporting CSAC’s budget alternative.  He explained that everyone is waiting for the release of the Governor’s May Revise before proceeding.

 

HHS-Mental Hlth Serv./Change in Regs for Medicaid Managed Care

The Director of Behavioral Health Services provided additional information and further explanation on the regulation changes for federal Medicaid managed care.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to ratify of the Amended Contract between the County of Inyo and the State of California for federal Medicaid managed care regulation changes, in the amount of $177,581 for the period of July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

BofS/Minute Approval

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings of A) April 20, 2004 and B) April 27, 2004.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

 

BofS/Committee Appointment

Mr. Jeff Jewett, Public Works Director, explained that in order to meet a Caltrans deadline for LTC’s support of two grant applications for buses, he was required to call a special meeting of the LTC.  In the process of scheduling the meeting, he became aware that there was not a quorum of the LTC members due to scheduling conflicts.  He went on to say that legally each appointment to the LTC may have an alternate and Inyo County has chosen in the past to have only one alternate.  He asked that the Board appoint a second alternate to facilitate a quorum at the Special LTC Meeting to be held tomorrow.  Supervisor Arcularius volunteered to serve as the second alternate, indicating that she was available to attend the May 5, 2004, Special LTC Meeting.  Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to appoint Supervisor Linda Arcularius as an alternate to the Local Transportation Commission.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisors Bear and Dorame absent.

   

Board Members and Staff Reports

The Board Members reported on their activities during the preceding week, including a Sierra Business Council Program, and a Interagency Committee on Owens Valley Land & Wildlife Bouldering Subcommittee Meeting.

 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 11:35 a.m., reconvening at 1:15 p.m., in closed session with all Board Members present, except Supervisors Bear and Dorame.

 

Closed Session

The Board met in closed session to discuss Agenda Items No. 21.  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 and County of Inyo, Inyo County Superior Court Case No. SICVCV01-29768;  No. 22.  PERSONNEL (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957)– Public Employee Performance Evaluation – Title:  Director of Health and Human Services; and 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.

 

Report on Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed closed session at 4:10 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 4:10 p.m. to 9:00 a.m., May 11, 2004, 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

 

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