Board Minutes - July 13, 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 8:15 a.m., on Tuesday, July 13, 2004, in the Board of Supervisors Room, County Administrative Center, Independence, with the following Supervisors present:  Chairperson Carroll “Butch” Hambleton presiding, Linda Arcularius, Ted Williams, and Michael Dorame.  Supervisor Bear was absent.  Supervisor Dorame provided the Invocation, and Supervisor Hambleton 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.

Co. Dept. Reports The Chairperson announced the County Department Report period.  Mr. Rick Delmas, Farm Advisor, informed the Board that he would be retiring on July 31, 2004.  He also explained that he would be returning on a part-time basis until a new Farm Advisor is appointed.
 
HHS-Mental Hlth./New Accounts

Moved by Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to authorize, pursuant to Cash Handling Policies, existing checking accounts outside the County Treasury for purposes of providing representative payee services to mental health legal conservatees and voluntary clients, and authorize the Health and Human Services Director to establish new accounts, as necessary, for these same purposes in the future.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear absent.

HHS-Hlth. Serv./ Pharmaceutical Serv. Contract

Moved by Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and Dwayne’s Friendly Pharmacy for provision of pharmaceutical services for the period of July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2005, in an amount not to exceed $65,000, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of a FY 2004/05 Budget; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear absent.

HHS-Misc./UC Davis Training Contract

Moved by Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to approve the Contract between the County of Inyo and the Regents of the University of California, on behalf of its Davis Campus University Extension, for training services, for the period of July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2005, in an amount not to exceed $29,580, contingent upon the Board’s adoption of a FY 2004-05 budget; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear absent.

Resol. #2004-26/ County Treasury Loan

On a motion by Supervisor Williams and a second by Supervisor Dorame, Resolution No. 2004-26 was adopted pursuant to the provisions of Article XVI, Section 6 of the California Constitution, requesting and approving a $5,000,000 interim loan from the County Treasury for the purpose of financing County operation during the 2004-05 fiscal year: motion unanimously passed and adopted, with Supervisor Bear absent.
 

Resol. #2004-27/ USA Media Franchise Transfer

On a motion by Supervisor Arcularius and a second by Supervisor Williams, Resolution No. 2004-27 authorizing the transfer of the USA Media Group, LLC cable television franchise to Cequel III Communications I, LLC under the same terms and conditions of the current franchise granted to USA Media under Resolution 99-5 dated January 19, 1999 and authorize the Chairperson to sign the form of Consent and Approval of Local Franchise Authority to transfer a CATV Franchise: motion unanimously passed and adopted, with Supervisor Bear absent.
 

E. Health/Monit-

oring Well Permit Process

Interim Environmental Health Director, Dave Oldenburg, provided additional information and further justification for allowing monitoring well drilling permits submitted by DWP to be approved without prior Board approval.  The Board and Staff discussed the proposed change in policy with the Board expressing a desire to be informed when a permit is being considered.  Mr. Oldenburg suggested that the Board be provided a copy of the well permit when it is submitted, and the Board concurred with the recommendation.  The Board also confirmed that the processes currently in place for monitoring wells ensures that protocols will be in place prior to approval of any monitoring well permits.  Mr. Greg James, Water Director, also provided information regarding the request and concurred with Staff’s recommendation. 

Moved by Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to modify existing policy concerning the approval of well permit applications for LADWP wells in a manner that allows the issuance of permits for monitoring wells without the Board approving the permit, with the Board being provided a copy of the well permit when it is submitted.  Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear absent.
 

Resol. #2004-28/ Transit Fund Grant

On a motion by Supervisor Williams and a second by Supervisor Arcularius, Resolution No. 2004-28, was adopted approving the grant application to the Federal Transportation Administration for Section 5311 FY 03/04 operating assistance funds for Inyo and Mono Counties in the amount of $40,391 for Inyo County and $22,221 for Mono County; and authorize the Transit Program Director to sign on behalf of the County and submit the grant: motion unanimously passed and adopted, with Supervisor Bear absent.

CAO-Econ. Dev./ Inyo 2020 Update Conference

Mr. Ron Juliff, Deputy County Administrator, provided additional information regarding efforts to plan a one-day conference to update citizens on the goals established during the Inyo 2020 Forum.  The Board tentatively calendared the event for November 13, 2004.  During the discussion and prior to the motion Supervisor Bear joined the meeting.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Bear to A) authorize a one-day conference to update citizens on the progress and status of the Priorities for Action that were established during the Inyo 2020 Forum, March, 1999; B) approve the transfer of $5000 of TANF funds from Social Services Support and Care Budget Unit 055800 to the Economic Development Budget Unit 010203, to assist in the production of the conference; and C) authorize the Economic Development Coordinator to solicit conference sponsors, procure a facility for the event, schedule presenters and stage the event during the fall of 2004, tentatively on November 13, 2004.  Motion carried unanimously. 
 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson, recessed the regular meeting at 9:20 a.m., reconvening at 9:40 a.m., with all Board Members present.

E. Health/

Monitoring Well Permitting Process

The Chairperson reopened the discussion regarding the monitoring well drilling permitting process, to accept remarks from the audience.  A representative of the Keeler Community Service District addressed the Board to comment on monitoring wells in the Valley and to inform the Board that the DWP project at the dry lakebed is affecting the water quality in the Keeler area.

Public Comment

The Chairperson reopened the public comment period.  Mr. Tim Villanueva of the Bardini Foundation, addressed the Board to talk about new forest service regulations, which protects existing operations to gain permits while excluding all new businesses.  

Ord. 1081/E. Health Fees

On a motion by Supervisor Dorame and a second by Supervisor Arcularius, Ordinance No. 1081  entitled, “An Ordinance of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, Amending Various Parts of Section Six of Inyo County Ordinance Number 1016 and the Corresponding Sections of Chapter 7.52 of the Inyo County Code to Increase Certain Fees in the Environmental Health Services Fee Schedule, and Amending Section 7.52.030 of that Chapter to Provide for Annual Adjustments to that Fee Schedule,” was enacted:  motion unanimously passed and adopted.  

Planning/Z.R. 2004-02/Price

The Chairperson opened the public hearing at 10:09 a.m., on a proposed ordinance entitled “An Ordinance of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, Approving Zone Reclassification No. 2004-02/Price and Amending Title 18 of the Inyo County Code, the Inyo County Zoning Ordinance, by Reclassifying a 2,700 Square Foot Portion of a Parcel of Property Located at 610 South Edwards Street (U.S. Highway 395) in the Community of Independence from C-2-10,000 (Highway Services and Tourist Commercial – 10,000 square feet minimum) to R-1-5,800 (One Family Residence – 5,800 square feet minimum.”  Ms. Adena Fansler, Planning Associate, reviewed the Staff Report and recommendations, requesting that the maps and the Staff Report be accepted into the record.  They were marked Exhibits A and B, respectively.  There being no further comment, the Chairperson closed the public hearing at 10:11 a.m.  Moved by Supervisor Williams and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to waive the first reading of the ordinance and schedule the enactment for 10:05 a.m., July 27, 2004, in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County Administrative Center, in Independence.  Motion carried unanimously.
 

Resol. #2004-29/ Abandon Road Right of Way in Dixon Lane Area

The Chairperson opened the public hearing at 10:12 a.m., on a resolution entitled “A Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, Declaring Its Intent to Vacate That County Road Right-of-Way in the Dixon Lane Area Northwest of Bishop, and Setting and Providing Notice of a Public Hearing on Said Vacation.”  Ms. Adena Fansler, Planning Associate, reviewed the Staff Report and recommendations.  There being no further comment the Chairperson closed the public hearing at 10:14 a.m.

On a motion by Supervisor Arcularius and a second by Supervisor Bear, Resolution No. 2004-29, entitled “A Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, Declaring Its Intent to Vacate That County Road Right-of-Way in the Dixon Lane Area Northwest of Bishop, and Setting and Providing Notice of a Public Hearing on Said Vacation,” was adopted: motion unanimously passed and adopted.
 

Planning/Seizure of Avocet Tungsten Financial Assurances

The Chairperson opened the public hearing at 10:16 a.m., to consider ordering the seizure of the Avocet Tungsten, Inc., financial assurances in the amount of $585,000 posted for Reclamation Plan 91-4 with Union Bank of California.  Ms. Leslie Klusmire, Planning Director, reviewed the Staff Report and recommendations regarding the recommendation that the County seize the financial assurances relative to Reclamation Plan 91-4 for the Pine Creek Mine property.  Ms. Klusmire and Assistant County Counsel, Allen Berrey, responded to questions and provided additional information and further justification for the recommendation.  The Chairperson recognized Mr. Pompko and Janke of the State Office of Mining Reclamation, who were in the audience and called for public comment.  There was no one from the public wishing to address this issue.  The Board and Staff continued to discuss the recommendation to seize financial assurances, with the Chairperson closing the public hearing at 11:05 a.m.  Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Dorame to direct the Inyo County Planning Department to commence efforts to seize the current letter of credit, commence a process to obtain the remaining reclamation costs (approximately $1.4 million), and complete reclamation according to Reclamation Plan 91-4.   Motion carried unanimously.
 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 11:06 a.m., reconvening at 11:20 a.m., with all Board Members present.

CAO-Personnel/ Separation Incentive Plan

The County Administrator reviewed the recommendations for the Separation Incentive Plan (SIP) reviewing the specific details on the individuals who would separate from the County’s employment if the SIP is approved.  The Board discussed the recommendation to authorize the Public Administrator/Public Guardian (PA/PG) to participate in the Plan, with Supervisor Hambleton reiterating his position that he was not willing to offer an early retirement benefit to elected officials.  The Board and Staff discussed the PA/PG position, with Ms. Sally Cline, the PA/PG, supporting the County Administrator’s recommendation to allow her to take the SIP and have her Deputy appointed to her position.  The Board also discussed a variety of the other recommendations regarding the SIP recipients, with the Board asking Staff to schedule a workshop for August 3, 2004, to further discuss the alternatives for the reorganization of the Water Department as a result of the Board approving the Water Director’s inclusion in the SIP and direct the County Administrator to bring back recommendations for a contract for services with Mr. James for consideration at the August 17, 2004 meeting.  At the conclusion of the discussion the Board took the following action.  

Moved by Supervisor Arcularius and seconded by Supervisor Williams to not offer the Separation Incentive Plan to the Public Administrator/Public Guardian.  Motion carried unanimously.

Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Arcularius to A) approve the Separation Incentive Plan (SIP) for 26 County employees and 1 Court employee; B) direct staff to reflect the specific actions taken for each position in the County’s plan document, except for the Public Administrator/Public Guardian who is not being offered the Plan and direct Staff to return in a workshop on August 3, 2004, to evaluate alternatives for the reorganization of the Water Department in light of the SIP being offered to Water Director; and C) report back on the plan for the next four years during budget hearings and identify any future restructuring or positions as a result of the SIP.  Motion carried unanimously.
 

Recess/

Reconvene

The Chairperson recessed the regular meeting at 1:40 p.m., reconvening at 2:40 p.m., with all Board Members present.
 

Workshop on DWP Land Releases

The Board met in a workshop with County Administrator Staff who provided the Board with an update on the status of parcels of land to be released in accordance with the terms of the Long Term Water Agreement.  The Chairperson recessed the workshop at 3:20 p.m.
 

Closed Session

The Chairperson convened in closed session at 3:20 p.m., with all Board Members present  to discuss Agenda Items No. 17.  CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) - Department of Fair Employment & Housing v. County of Inyo - County of Inyo v. Department of Fair Employment & Housing - Inyo County Superior Court Consolidated Case No. SICVPT 02-30209; No. 18.  CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL ANTICIPATED LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(c) – Decision Whether to Initiate Litigation (One Case); No. 19.  PENDING LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) - CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING - Ericka Streg v. County of Inyo, Claim No. 2406.
 

Report on Closed Session

The Chairperson recessed closed session at 6:10 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 6:10 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., July 20, 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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