9:00 AM


A.                  SALUTE TO THE FLAG


1.                   Support for the Humboldt County Treasurer-Tax Collector's Writing a Letter in Support of the California State Supreme Court Ordering Depublication of Whitmore Union Elementary School District v. County of Shasta, et al

RECOMMENDATION: Support the writing of letter by the Treasurer-Tax Collector.

C.                  CONSENT CALENDAR

These matters are routine in nature and are usually approved by a single vote. Prior to the meeting, any member of the public may request any member of the Board to pull a particular item for further discussion.

Administrative Services

1.                   Lease Agreement with Kimberly A. Holland Bresnahan and Anita Burns for the operation of the Courthouse Snack Bar.The current operators are terminating their agreement effective March 31, 2001. The applicants were interviewed by a committee of three.All three agreed that the applicants were acceptable.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve lease agreement with Kimberly A. Holland-Bresnahan and Anita Burns.

Agricultural Commissioner

2.                   Funding to Support Activities of Established Weed Management Areas.Assembly Bill 1168 created the Noxious Weed Management Fund which is administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture at the state level and by the county agricultural commissioner at the local level.The purpose of this fund is to support the activities of established Weed Management Areas.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve supplemental budget of $1,500.

Board of Supervisors

3.                   Klamath Hydroelectric Project Relicensing Project No. 2082.At the January 26, 2001 public meeting held by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Supervisor Jimmy Smith made comments on the County's concerns regarding the Klamath Hydroelectric Project (FERC Project No. 2082).Relicensing and some of the studies proposed in the First Stage Consultation Document identifying those actions that occur upstream from Humboldt County have a direct effect on Humboldt County and other downstream users.Supervisor Smith believes the studies and analyses that are proposed in the First Stage Consultation Document should be expanded to look at impacts of the project to recreation (recreational fishing, whitewater rafting) water quality, fisheries resources and economic impacts below Iron Gate Dam. (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Support comments made by Supervisor Smith at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner's public meeting on January 26, 2001.

4.                   Support of Senate Bill 599 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Parity.Senator Wesley Chesbro has presented SB 599 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Parity.Alcohol and drugs have a disproportionate impact on small counties such as Humboldt.SB 599 would require health care service plan contracts, disability insurance policies and self-insured employee welfare benefit plans to provide coverage for the treatment of substance abuse and dependency including alcohol drugs of abuse and tobacco.Treatment for alcohol and other drug problems works about as effectively as treatment for high blood pressure and diabetes.It is estimated that full and complete substance parity provision would increase per capita health insurance premiums by as little as 0.5% or less than $1 per member per month.This does not factor in possible medical or other cost offset savings despite evidence that supports the potential for such savings. (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve letter of support to Senator Chesbro and members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

5.                   Transmission of Disease through Contaminated Needle Use.Dr. Lindsay has determined that the emergency still exists and that Resolution No. 2000-14 should remain in effect for an additional fourteen days until April 10, 2001. (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Declare a local state of emergency per Resolution No. 2000-14 remain in effect until April 10, 2001 allowing the Department of Public Health to continue a needle exchange program.

6.                   Resolution of Commendation for Chief Frank Toste Retirement from the Arcata Volunteer Fire Department.Chief Toste retired on January 31, 2001 after having served the Arcata Volunteer Fire Department since September 1965.The Board wishes to commend him for his dedication service to the citizens of Humboldt County. (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the resolution of commendation.

Clerk of the Board

7.                   Approval of the Board Orders from Meeting of February 13, 2001

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Board Orders from the Board of Supervisors' meeting of February 13, 2001:C-25, F-3, H-3, and H-4.

8.                   Approval of the Board Orders from the Meeting of March 6, 2001

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Board Orders from the Board of Supervisors' meeting of March 6, 2001:F-2 and H-1.

County Administrative Office

9.                   Local Match for State Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle Grant.At the meeting of February 13, 2001 your Board approved the project agreements for the State Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle Grants and directed staff to pursue funding alternatives for the local match other than the General Fund Contingency.Staff has contacted the State Department of Parks and Recreation and learned that the local match can be provided and is actually encouraged to provide in-kind services.There will be no need for support from the General Fund Contingencies.

RECOMMENDATION: Receive and File

10.               MOU between the County and the Superior Court for Courthouse Remodeling Project.The Trail Court Funding Act calls for operational agreements between counties and courts for the provision of services to the courts. The agreement is the product of many months of negotiation between County and Court and serves to clarify the role and expectation of continued association regarding committing Courthouse Construction Fund (CCF) to pay courts remodeling project.

RECOMMENDATION: Amend agreement with Courts to guarantee that any accumulated debt for project that is chargeable to the CCF will be paid prior to using fund for other purposes.

District Attorney

11.               Application for Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Order Program (FY 2001) U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.The County has been invited to submit an application of continuation funding to the Office of Justice Programs for Federal money under the Violence Against Women Act.

RECOMMENDATION: Allow the District Attorney to submit application.

Employment Training

12.               Addition of One Trust Fund for Employment Training Department "The Job Market Partner Fund'ETD was asked to maintain the Job Market Partner Fund for Job Market activities and the co-operators will direct the expenditure of these funds for Job-Market related costs.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve, request and reserve funds for Job Market/One-Stop costs.

Health and Human Services - Mental Health Branch

13.               Agreement for Case Management Services for AB 2034 Program Enrollees.Agreements with Vietnam Veterans of California and Alcohol Drug Care Services Inc. VVC will provide case management services to AB 2034 enrollees with emphasis on homeless mentally ill veteran population.ADCS will provide variety of services to AB 2034 enrollees including substance abuse counseling, payee services and pet ownership education.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreement with Alcohol/Drug Care Services for a variety of services for AB 2034 program enrollees.Reschedule meeting of April 10, 2001 consideration of an agreement with Vietnam Veterans of California Inc. for case management services for AB 2034 Program enrollees.

Health and Human Services - Public Health Branch

14.               Public Health Laboratory Ventilation System.An evaluation of the Public Health Laboratory ventilation system recommended by a County retained industrial hygienist was completed in August 2000.Based upon evaluation, modifications need to be made to the ventilation system in the laboratory to control high temperatures to adequately protect employees from exposure to harmful microorganisms and chemicals used in the laboratory and to protect the costly and delicate equipment used in the laboratory.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve concept and direct the Public Works Department to initiate actions to develop the final plans and specifications necessary to complete the needed work.

15.               Contract Number 00-90429 Lead Poisoning Prevention for the period of July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2002.The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 1991 provides funding for health care referrals, environmental assessments and educational activities designed to reduce children's exposure to lead and the consequences of exposure. Outreach and education activities will be designed to raise community awareness of childhood lead exposures.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Contract Number 00-90429.

16.               Amendment No. 1 to the Inter-Region Cooperative Agreement between County of Los Angeles and Humboldt County for tuberculosis patient referral under Legal Orders of Detention

RECOMMENDATION: Amend agreement with L.A. County to clarify services, costs, and responsibilities pertaining to Humboldt County patients detained in Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center.

17.               Various Fiscal Changes and Corrections to Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Branch Budgets

RECOMMENDATION: Grant approval

Health and Human Services - Social Services Branch

18.               Send Letter to Senator Chesbro regarding Legislative Financial Relief for California Counties to mitigate the effects of the Passage of Assembly Bill 1682 In-Home Supportive Services

RECOMMENDATION: Send letter of support to Senator Wesley Chesbro.

19.               Send letter of support for SB 249 which allows Counties to provide CalWORKs-Based assistance and supportive services to parents involved with child welfare services when such assistant is needed to enable family reunification

RECOMMENDATION: Approve letter of support of SB 249.

20.               Interagency Agreement with Dept. of Justice on Live-Scan computerized fingerprint imaging system for background clearances.Live-Scan is a computerized fingerprint imaging system that will be purchased and used for background clearances for employment, licensing and/or certification purpose.The State Department of Justice requires that a standard Interagency Agreement be executed regarding responsibilities and fiscal issues.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve interagency agreement with the State Department of Justice.

Library Services

21.               Extension of Extra Help Employee Hours for Rachel Harrison.Ms. Harrison is performing both Page and Office Assistant I clerical duties.Her additional extra-help hours are being paid by the State Library through a grant given to the Humboldt County Library.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve extension of extra-help hours.


22.               Resolution electing coverage for less than half time employees.On February 13, 2001 Board adopted Resolution 01-13 providing for County employees working less than half time in regular positions to be eligible for the Public Employees' Medical Plans.CalPERS Health Benefit Services has advised that need to adopt the resolution contained in this agenda item to provide CalPERS health coverage for our employees working less than half time in regular positions.

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt resolution no. 01-24


23.               Motor Pool Purchase of a Passenger Van.Need adequate transportation for Juvenile Assigned Work Service Program and transporting minors to and from Juvenile Court.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve purchase of van for assignment to the Probation Department.

Public Works

24.               Purchase of Two Snow Plows for County roads.There have been problems with plows currently used by the Road Department.Discussions with adjoining counties have found that they have similar problems and are now using "Boss" snow plows.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve purchase of two "Boss" snow plows.

25.               Contract Change Order No. 6 for Bear Canyon Bridge Project No. 940129.This contract change order provides additional compensation to the contractor for several contractual disputes for which the contractor had filed potential claim notices.This change order will resolve the disputed issues at the project level and will avoid escalation to formal claim status.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve change order no. 6 in the amount of $64,817.77

26.               Designation of Alice Avenue, Arcata Area at its North and South Intersections with Ernest Way as a stop Intersection.This ordinance is requested in response to public requests for controls at this intersection.

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Ordinance No. 2240 (Arcata area)

27.               Prohibition of Vehicle Parking or Standing on West Side of Dows Prairie School.Ordinance is proposed for the purpose of increasing the safety of school children crossing the street during school hours in front of Dows Prairie School.

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Ordinance No. 2241

28.               Intersection of Bates and West Bates Roads with McKinleyville Avenue.Ordinance will provide traffic control at the intersection as requested by the community and is justified by traffic warrants regarding stop intersections near schools to provide appropriate gaps in traffic so children can safely cross the street.

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Ordinance No. 2242 to designate intersection as a four-way stop

29.               Contingency transfer to cover the cost of levee maintenance and other water management issues.Additional funding needed to cover the cost of levee maintenance and other water management issues.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve transfer from the General Fund contingency.

30.               Meadows Subdivision Unit 3, Phase 2, APN 223-311-01 Garberville/Redway Area.On February 3, 2000 the Planning Commission approved a tentative map for the creation of 23 commercial lots in the Meadows Business Park for James Johnson and Kenneth Wallan, developers.

RECOMMENDATION: Accept the subdivision map for recordation.

31.               Exchange of Construction Funds for Unrestricted Road Funds.Under current rules and regulations, counties with a population of less than 200,000 have the ability to exchange funds that used to be limited to construction only for unrestricted gas tax funds that may be used for any road related purpose.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreement with CalTrans No. X01-5904-046


32.               Purchase of two copiers for Central Service.The AM Multigraphics TCS Printing Press is eleven years old and is now considered an albatross in current printing circles.Some jobs printed by outside printing companies could be done in-house which would generate additional revenue for Central Service.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request


33.               Salary Increase of Twenty Ranges for Brenda Reynolds, Senior Legal Office Assistant.The Sheriff's Department's computer project has proceeded to a point that requires the dedicated attention of someone on the staff.The Department will need to provide a person to act as liaison to the software vendor and to organize and document training.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve increase and associated transfer of $3,978 through contingencies.

34.               Agreement between, Inc. and the County of Humboldt for the auction and disposition of personal property from the Sheriff's property room

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreement with Inc.

35.               Request to Accept 1996 Ford Cargo Van for insurance and registration purposes.The Humboldt County Drug Task force has purchased a vehicle from a local dealer.This vehicle will replace a van currently registered and insured by the County.The vehicle will not be part of the Motor Pool and will be assigned for the exclusive use of the Drug Task Force.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request for 1996 Ford Cargo Van VIN# 1FTHE24H7THA64123


1.                   Presentation Week of the Young Child.March 31 through April 7, 2001 is the Week of the Young Child.Humboldt Child Care Council's Jose Quezada, Director of Resource and Referral, will make a brief presentation.Local children will be in attendance. (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Hear presentation.

2.                   Proclaim March 2001 as Social Workers Appreciation Month.Mary Johnson, LCSW, Administrator of Timber Ridge has requested that the Board of Supervisors recognize the dedication and efforts of social workers by proclaiming March 2001 as Social Workers Appreciation month. (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the proclamation.

3.                   Proclamation Public Health Week.April 2 through April 8, 2001 is Public Health Week in Humboldt County.The Board of Supervisors encourages all residents to join in this important observance. (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt proclamation.

4.                   Proclaim April 2001 as CASA Month.The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program Inc. (CASA) provides guidance, instruction and advice to advocates as they work to address the problems faced by many Humboldt County children, work to improve information presented to the Juvenile Court, work for children who are victims of abuse and/or neglect and assist them through the Juvenile Court and child welfare systems.April 2001 is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Board proclaims April 2001 as CASA month, commending the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program Inc. for its continuing support of California's children. (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the proclamation.

5.                   Proclaim Tuesday April 3, 2001 as Equal Pay Day.Soroptimist International of Eureka hopes to heighten the public's knowledge and understanding of the detrimental problem of gender and race-based discrimination in the work force.April 3, 2001 symbolizes the day of the week when women's wages catch up to men's wages from the previous week.The Board wished to proclaim Tuesday, April 3, 2001 as Equal Pay Day. (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the proclamation.

6.                   Proclamation March is Social Services Worker Appreciation Month.A luncheon honoring social services workers is scheduled for March 28, 2001 during which time the proclamation will be presented. (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt proclamation.

E.                  DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Public Works

1.                   Change Orders over $10,000 on Public Works Projects (if required)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve change orders as recommended by Public Works

2.                   Advertisement or Award of Public Works Projects (If required)

RECOMMENDATION: Take action as required (if necessary)


3.                   Request for Exemption from Hiring Freeze for Vacant Senior Fiscal Assistant Position.During fiscal year 1999-00 Board authorized the addition of two positions in the Auditor-Controller's office to alleviate workload problems which affect the efficient operation of the office.††† The payroll module was added in the IFAS system. The prospect of operating with a vacant position has the potential for disrupting return to normalcy.

RECOMMENDATION: Grant exemption.


1.                   Reports on Board Member Travel at County Cost and Meeting Attendance (No Action)

2.                   Potential or Proposed Big Box Retail Development in Humboldt County (No Action)

3.                   Presentation on Humboldt County's exhibit for the 2001 California State Fair Entry Form for County Exhibits California State Fair.Jack Sewell designer and builder of Humboldt County's exhibit will give a presentation on the design of our 2001 exhibit.The entry form for County exhibits must be approved by the Board and signed by the Clerk of the Board.The entry form authorizes payment of any award money to be made to Humboldt Arts Council. (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Hear the presentation.Approve the entry form and direct the Clerk of the Board to sign it, mail directly to the California State Fair, and send an executed copy to Humboldt Arts Council.

4.                   Support Brownfields Revitalization and Environmental Restoration Act of 2000 (S. 2700). The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Boxer (D-CA) that would assist communities in their efforts to cleanup abandoned lightly contaminated industrial sites also known as Brownfields.The bill would provide additional funding for the clean-up of Brownfields while creating business incentives for the redevelopment of these sites. (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize the Chair to sign a letter of support for S. 2700.

5.                   State Initiative regarding the Education Reserve Augmentation Fund (ERAF).CSAC and the League of Cities are considering sponsoring an initiative that would repeal the ERAF switch.This would be a major undertaking and has positive as well as negative implications.Board direction on this critical vote to be taken at the CSAC Board of Directors meeting the week of April 2, 2001. (Supervisor Rodoni)

RECOMMENDATION: Discuss implications and give direction to Supervisor Rodoni to carry to the CSAC meeting.


Time Certain 1 9:30 A.M.

1.                   Resolution challenging local government entities, community organizations and business to recruit, hire and compensate diverse and bilingual staff.The Latino community Provider Network and the Board recognize the Spanish-speaking community of Humboldt County and the importance of bilingual skills.The County has set a precedent by designating bilingual positions and providing additional compensation for those skills.The Board challenges local government entities, community organizations and businesses to acknowledge the need to provide services in a culturally appropriate manner and to recruit, hire and compensate diverse and bilingual staff. (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the resolution.

Time Certain 2 10:00 A.M.

2.                   Presentation by California Commercial Beach Fisherman's Association President about smelt fishing.California Commercial Beach Fisherman's Association President Norman Carr will present information about the new National and State Parks General Management Plan focusing on language in the plan on fishing stating that permits for access will be renewable, non-transferable and an annual permit only.Commercial smelt fishing will be grandfathered and phased out not allowing permits to be handed down to the permit holder's children.Mr. Carr has been told that the only way permits can be transferable is to change the law by having current legislative language enacted into law. (Supervisor Kirk)

RECOMMENDATION: Hear report and take appropriate action.

H.                  CLOSED SESSION

1.                   Report from Prior Closed Session. (if required)

2.                   Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6 for the Purpose of reviewing the County's position and instructing its designated representatives with respect to the various forms of compensation provided to the County's represented and unrepresented employees. (if required)

3.                   Report on pending or threatened litigation pursuant to Govt. Code Sect. 54956.9. (if required)

4.                   It is the intention of the Board of Supervisors to meet in closed session to consider public employee appointment for the position of the County Administrative Officer pursuant to Government Code Section 54954.5. (pulled from agenda)

5.                   Conference with legal counsel existing litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a); People v. Giauque; Humboldt County Superior Court Case No. CR9947575. (No final action taken)

I.                     PUBLIC APPEARANCES--9:05 A.M.

This 15-minute portion of the meeting is reserved for persons desiring to address the Board on any matter not on this agenda that is under the jurisdiction of the Board. It is requested that speakers sign the sheet at the front doors of the Chamber.


1.                   Danny Heavilin reported that cogeneration plants are idle because PG&E couldn't afford to buy the power.He recommended that Ultrapower diverse themselves from PG&E to provide power to Arcata, Blue Lake, and Fairhaven.He also submitted an article entitled Plant Could Turn Juniper Into Power.

J.                   PUBLIC HEARINGS

Community Development Services

1.                   Humboldt Area Foundation Extension Appeal Indianola Area Case No. CDP-98-23A/CUP-98-07A/SP-98-21a; File No. APN: 402-031-29.The Planning Commission was able to approve the Humboldt Area Foundation application for an extension because it could make all of the required extension findings and the request was submitted in a timely manner. The appeal raises the issue of whether the HAF can act as applicant for the project.The appellant has not raised any substantive issues relative to the application for extension itself.The concerns relate to civil matters over which the Board does not have jurisdiction.

RECOMMENDATION: Uphold Planning Commission's decision and deny the appeal.

K.                  ADJOURNMENT

Any written materials related to an item on this agenda submitted to the Board of Supervisors less than 72 hours prior to the Board meeting, and that are public records subject to the Public Records Act, are available for public inspection in the Office of the Clerk of the Board at 825 5th Street, Suite 111, Eureka (476-2384), during normal business hours.

Persons wishing to file documentation on any agenda item for the official record must submit an original and nine (9) copies of each document to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Room 111 of the County Courthouse, 825 5th Street in Eureka (476-2384). Documentation includes, but is not limited to, written correspondence, audio and video tapes, maps, photographs, and petitions. Failure to submit the required number of copies will result in the document/s not being placed in the official record. (Per Board of Supervisors' policy adopted on March 21, 1995.)

The Chamber is wheelchair accessible, and disabled parking is available in the lot on K Street, between Fourth and Fifth Streets.  If you are a person with a disability, and you need disability-related modifications or accommodations to participate in this meeting, please contact the Clerk of the Board at (707) 476-2384, or (707) 445-7299 (fax).  Requests for such modifications or accommodations must be made at least two full business days before the start of the meeting.