The Board of
Supervisors of the County of Inyo, State of California, met in regular session
at the hour of 9:10 a.m., on Tuesday,
December 10, 2002, in the Board of Supervisors Room, County
Administrative Center, Independence, with the following Supervisors present:
Chairperson Linda Arcularius presiding, Julie Bear, Carroll M. Hambleton,
Jr., and Michael Dorame. Supervisor
Lent was absent. Supervisor Dorame
provided the Invocation, and Supervisor Hambleton led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chairperson announced the public comment period and there was no one from
the public wishing to speak.
Planning-Yucca Mnt./WIP Trip
Remus, Yucca Mountain Coordinator, reported on the recent tour of the WIP
high-level repository in New Mexico, which he and Supervisor Dorame had
made. The County
Administrator, Mr. René Mendez, updated the Board on recent information
concerning the State budget.
Cline, Public Administrator/Public Guardian, introduced her Deputy, Ms.
Tina Hersley, to the Board.
Org./D.V. CofC Additional
Administrator provided a brief history of the County’s involvement in
the CalExpo Exhibit, explaining that he was not supporting the Death
Valley Chamber’s request and recommending that the Board direct Staff to
evaluate a possible increase for future exhibits in next year’s budget.
Ms. Toni Jepson, Death Valley Chamber of Commerce, provided
additional information and further justification for the request by the
Chamber of the reimbursement of $2,724.75 for additional expenditures
incurred by the Chamber for this year’s Cal Expo Exhibit.
Mr. Rich White, Independence Chamber of Commerce, supported the
reimbursement of the additional expenses.
Both Ms. Jepson and Mr. White supported the recommendation that the
CalExpo prize money be reimbursed to the individual Chamber responsible
for the Exhibit in addition to the $10,000 budgeted each year.
The Board, Staff and representatives from the Chambers of Commerce
continued to discuss the County’s involvement with the CalExpo Exhibit,
the impact and ramifications to the Chambers, and the need for increased
funding for the continuation of CalExpo Exhibits.
The group also discussed the specific wages identified by the D.V.
Chamber for reimbursement, with Ms. Jepson providing detail that the
$1,800 identified in wages was actually, $540 for overtime and the balance
being straight-time. The
Board Members expressed their concerns with setting a precedent of paying
additional expenses incurred, which were not originally identified in the
CalExpo Exhibit budget. The
County Administrator recommended to the Board that a budget adjustment be
a part of a motion, since the prize money has not been factored into the
budget. County Counsel
reminded the Board that any action encompassing a budget change would
require a 4/5’s vote.
Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton, to, without
precedent, provide funding in the amount of $2,724.75, minus the overtime
amount of $540, to the Death Valley Chamber of Commerce to cover
additional CalExpo expenses, direct the County Administrator and the
Auditor-Controller to make the appropriate budget amendments, and revisit
the issue of CalExpo expenses at sometime in the future to minimize future
budget overages. Motion failed on a three-to-one vote, with
Supervisors Bear, Hambleton and Dorame voting yes, with Supervisor
Arcularius voting no, and with Supervisor Lent absent.
Arcularius indicated that in light of the vote on the previous motion, she
would be willing to compromise. She
said she was comfortable with the $540 on the overtime wages and with
paying for the additional transportation expenses because the Death Valley
Chamber has further to go than other Chambers.
At the conclusion of her remarks, the Chairperson, Supervisor
Arcularius, asked for a new motion.
Supervisor Dorame and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to, without
precedent, provide funding to include $540 for overtime and $912.54 for
transportation costs, for a total “rounded-up” amount of $1,500 to the
Death Valley Chamber of Commerce to cover additional CalExpo expenses,
revisit the issue in the future to address minimizing future budget
overages, and authorize the County Administrator and Auditor-Controller to
make the appropriate budget changes.
Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Lent
Ord. 1060 Modification to
On a motion by Supervisor Hambleton and a
second by Supervisor Bear, Ordinance 1060 was adopted, adding Section
16.56.015 to the Inyo County Code to allow for modification of a recorded
Tract Map, Parcel Map or Final Map: motion unanimously passed and adopted,
with Supervisor Lent absent.
Water Dept./ Budget
The County Administrator requested a change
in the figures associated with the request by the Water Department for an
amendment to the LORP/EPA budget unit.
He asked that the revenue figure in Federal Grants be changed from
$125,915 to $127,915 and the appropriation amount in Professional Services
be increased from $42,205 to $85,010.
Mr. Greg James, Water Director, responded to questions from the
Board. He explained that (a)
the work was delayed due to disputes with DWP and was no fault of the
Contractors, (b) the full
payment of this contract would be made through grant funding, (c) that the
entire amount would be applied to the County’s portion of the LORP
Project, and (d) that the costs are reimbursable expenses.
Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by Supervisor Hambleton to A)
amend the 2002/2003 LORP/EPA Fund Budget Unit 621101 by reducing the
appropriation in Contribution from LADWP (Revenue
Code #4563) by $42,905, by increasing the appropriation in Federal Grants (Revenue Code #4555) by $127,915, and by increasing
appropriations in Professional Services (Object
Code #5265) by $85,010; and B) approve the Amendment to the Contract between the
County of Inyo and URS Corporation for environmental consulting services,
increasing the Contract amount by $85,010 to an amount not to exceed
$459,610 and extending the term of the contract from June 30, 2003 to June
30, 2004; and authorize the Chairperson to sign.
Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor
Moved by Supervisor Bear and seconded by
Supervisor Dorame to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors
Meetings of October 22, 2002, November 5, 2002, and November 18, 2002.
carried unanimously, with Supervisor Lent absent.
Moved by Supervisor Dorame and seconded by
Supervisor Hambleton to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors
Meeting of November 12, 2002. Motion carried unanimously, with Supervisor Bear
abstaining and with Supervisor Lent absent.
At the request of the Clerk of the Board the
minutes for the November 26, 2002, Board of Supervisors Meeting were
pulled from consideration.
Chairperson recessed open session at 10:37 a.m., to convene in closed
session, with all Board Members present, except Supervisor Lent, to
discuss Agenda Items No. 8. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL
EXISTING/ANTICIPATED LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section
54956.9(a)(c) – One Case - LORP Pumpback Station Dispute between
LADWP and County of Inyo, Adjudication of Dispute Pursuant to the Long
Term Water Agreement entered June 1997 as Stipulation and Order of
Judgment, Inyo County Superior Court, Case 12908; No. 9.
CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING/ANTICIPATED LITIGATION
(Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a)(c) – One Case -
EIR/EIS Lower Owens River Project (LORP)
Dispute between LADWP and County of Inyo, Adjudication of Dispute
Pursuant to the Long Term Water Agreement entered June 1997 as Stipulation
and Order of Judgment, Inyo County Superior Court, Case 12908; No. 10. CONFERENCE
WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTIN LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section
54956.9(a) - Lane v County of Inyo, WCAB No. 0290055; No. 11.
CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL
ANTICIPATED LITIGATION (Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(c) –
One Case - Decision Whether to Initiate Litigation; No. 12.
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; No. 13. 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)
- Negotiator: County Administrative Officer & Personnel Analyst; and
No. 14. PERSONNEL
(Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957) - Public Employee
Appointment - Title: Director of Health & Human Services.
Report on Closed Session
Chairperson recessed closed session at 2:30 p.m., to convene in open
session to receive a report on closed session. County Counsel reported
that with regard to Agenda Item No. 14. PERSONNEL (Pursuant to
Government Code Section 54957) - Public Employee Appointment -
Title: Director of Health & Human Services, the Board, in a unanimous
four-to-zero vote, with Supervisors Arcularius, Bear, Hambleton and Dorame
voting yes, and with Supervisor Lent absent, appointed Ms. Jean Dickinson
as the Director of Health and Human Services Department upon the position
becoming vacant due to the
retirement of the current Director, and subject to negotiating a contract
to be finalized in January, 2003.
The Chairperson adjourned
the regular meeting at 2:30 p.m., to 9:00 a.m., December 17, 2002, in the
Board of Supervisors Room, at the County Administrative Center, in
Inyo County Board of Supervisors
Clerk of the Board