TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2001

9:00 AM


A.                  OPENING CEREMONIES

1.                   Salute to the Flag.

2.                   Invocation by the Pastor Paul Harris, First Church of the Nazarene in Eureka.


1.                   Rescission of $217 million from the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker Program.It is anticipated that the Senate Appropriations Committee will submit to the Senate floor the recommendation to rescind $217 million from the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker Program, to fund the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Title I education programs.The Workforce Investment Act is targeted to a similar population, a population that also needs employment and training assistance to become economically independent.The Board wishes to send letters to the Appropriations Committee and Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein opposing this reduction in Workforce Investment Act Funds.

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign the letters

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.                   Policy on lowering the United States and California Flags.Government Code Section 439 requires the Adjutant General to periodically update regulations dealing with the flag and this process is ongoing now.The County does not have a policy regarding lowering the flag to recognize the service of local elected officials.

RECOMMENDATION: Give direction on possible revisions to draft policy for Board reconsideration at a future Board meeting.

Agricultural Commissioner

2.                   Standard Agreements between County and California Department of pesticide regulation.The Agricultural Commissioner's Office receives annual subventions from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to help offset the local cost of enforcing certain state-mandated programs.The agreement provides supplemental funding for pesticide enforcement activities related to the issuance/evaluation of restricted materials permits, follow-up review of notices of intent and preapplication site inspections and associated pesticide use reporting for the period July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreement for subvention funding for local enforcement.


3.                   Purchase of digital cameras.On April 17th the Board approved the purchase of digital cameras in the amount of $8,100.This amount was based on 15 cameras at $498 each and four battery charges at $22 each for a total of $8,087 including sales tax.The cameras we intended to buy were the Sony MVC-FD90.This model has since been discontinued and replaced with the MVC-FD92 at a cost of $534.Total cost with tax of the cameras is now $8,570.The battery chargers will be purchased from Office Supplies.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve transfer of $500.

Board of Supervisors

4.                   Establish new Board of Supervisors budget line item #1100-101-2120 Rents & Leases Equipment.A new budget line item is needed for the Board of Supervisors to pay for the lease of a new photocopier.The lease will cost a total of $180.51 (including sales tax) per month and will be split four ways between the Board, CAO, Risk Management and Clerk of the Board.The Board's share will total $45.12 per month not including the cost of paper.The yearly amount will be $542 per year for the Board's prorated share of the lease.$542 will be transferred from Office Supplies, line item #2117 to the new line item Rents & Leases line item #2120 to cover this expense. (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

Building Maintenance

5.                   Fire Extinguisher Refilling Station.There is money left in budget unit 1100-162-2-112 that can be used to buy the badly needed fire extinguisher refill station.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve purchase.

Clerk of the Board

6.                   Approval of the Board Orders from the meeting of June 12, 2001.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Board Orders.

Community Development Services

7.                   Bertain lot line adjustment and Joint Timber Management Plan and Guide Benbow Area.The applicant has applied and received conditional approval for a Lot Line Adjustment between two 160 acre parcels to result in Parcels 1 and 2 of 240 and 80 acres.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve adjustment, plan and guide.

8.                   Assignment of Trust Fund Numbers for new grants received on CalHome Rehabilitation, 2000 HCD HOME Rehabilitation, CDBG Willow Creek Planning and Technical Grant and CDBG Jobs/Housing Balance Initiative. .

RECOMMENDATION: Approve assignment of trust fund numbers.

County Administrative Office

9.                   Continuing advance payments to meet court payroll.At the meeting of January 9, 2001 the Board authorized the advancing of cash to honor Court payroll checks.This authorization was in effect through the balance of fiscal year 2000-01 and was subject to the assessment of negative interest to offset loss of interest earnings to the County as a result of this advancing of funds.In order to continue to focus on the unresolved reimbursement issue, it is recommended that authorization to continue the advancing of funds to meet Court payroll be given for the first six months of the new fiscal year ending December 31, 2001.

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Treasurer-Tax Collector to continue the advancing of funds.

County Counsel

10.               Resolution modifying conflict of interest code.The law has changed to increase certain financial interest and the code needs to be amended to reflect this change.Also, there is a need to correct the error omitting the Information Services manager.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve modification by adopting Resolution No. 01-50.

Employment Training

11.               Cost-reimbursement subagreement with Humboldt Child Care Council for the period July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve subagreement through June 30, 2002.

12.               Appointments to the Workforce Investment Board.On October 26, 1999 the Board approved the solicitation and nomination process for the Humboldt County WIB.On February 22, 2000 the Board established the WIB appointing 51 members.Additional members have been appointed since that date bringing the number of WIB positions to 53.

RECOMMENDATION: Appoint Diane Holliday and Randall Hansen.

Health and Human Services - Environmental Health

13.               Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility Contract Extension Budget Unit #430 Division of Environmental Health.The current contract between Humboldt County and Recycling Research & Development to operate the County's Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility expires June 30, 2001.The Board approved the original contract on July 9, 1996.The purpose of this amendment is to extend the term of the Agreement until June 30, 2002.Recycling Research & Development was chosen as the County's contractor for outstanding service as contractor for prior annual household hazardous waste collection events.Recycling Research and Development continues to provide dependable service at a fair price.

RECOMMENDATION: Extend agreement with Recycling Research and Development Inc.

Health and Human Services - Mental Health Branch

14.               Request for extension of extra help hours for Budget Unit 424 and 425.Extra help employees have been used throughout the following Mental Health Branch by the Alcohol & Other Drugs Program, by Jail Services and MIOCR programs and by Sempervirens and the Crisis Unit.Sempervirens must be staffed 24 hours per day seven days a week at a minimum level as required by licensure and certification and which must be increased based on acuity.In order to do this, the Mental Health Branch relies on extra help, on-call personnel to cover for regular employees who are on vacation, sick leave, holiday or medical leave or when there are vacancies.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve extra-help extensions.

15.               Agreement for supplemental rate services with LDH Enterprises.Senate Bill 155 provided a rate structure for supplementing payments to board and care facilities who offer special services to manage the special needs required of certain qualified clients.Historically, these funds were allocated categorically by the State Department of Mental Health.In realignment, the supplemental rates became a County option.Without these supplements, some board and care providers have indicated they will have to go out of business.Face an extreme shortage of board and care for our clients.Supplemental rates allow board and care homes to add staff and resources to manage especially difficult and demanding residents who might otherwise require a higher level of care.These board and care homes are also required to participate in training by the department.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreement for supplemental rate services through FY 2003.

16.               Amendment to the Agreement with Transitional Residential Treatment Facilities, Inc.The Mental Health Branch of the Dept. of Health and Human Services has had an agreement with TRTF for a number of years to provide transitional living services for mental health clients.This program serves chronically mentally ill adults and allows for transition from inpatient care to outpatient care and ultimately independent living.As part of its continuum of care, TRTF operates a number of satellite living facilities that provide semi-supervised living opportunities for county clients moving to independent living.Mental Health requested TRTF to develop additional satellite housing capacity in order that additional clients could be placed at that level of care to reduce more restrictive and more costly placement obligations.

RECOMMENDATION: Amend agreement to increase compensation for Fiscal Year 2000-01.

17.               Reallocation of Crisis Specialist positions.Reallocation of the two vacant Crisis Specialist positions is an effort to meet the critical staffing needs of the Inpatient Unit and the Crisis Stabilization Unit.The Psychiatric Nurse position requires a higher level of training and certification typically resulting in employees who are better trained for the work to be performed on these units.This will provide flexibility in staffing the nursing positions and for staffing the hospital 24 hours per day, seven days per week at a minimum level as required by licensure and certification and which must be increased based on acuity.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve reallocation to Psychiatric Nurse.

18.               Three Year combined negotiated net amount and drug/Medi-Cal contract.On June 23, 1998 the Board approved and signed a new three year contract with the State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.This current proposed contract replaces that contract which expires June 30, 2001.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve contract with State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs

Health and Human Services - Public Health Branch

19.               Supplemental budget for Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act

RECOMMENDATION: Approve supplemental budget ($1,615) for additional training funds.

20.               Amendment No. 2 to the inter-region cooperative agreement between County of Los Angeles and Humboldt County for tuberculosis patient referral under legal orders of detention.Los Angeles County has established a facility at High Desert Hospital and Antelope Valley Rehabilitation Center.This facility is for treatment of individuals who are non-compliant with community interventions for tuberculosis treatment.A protocol has been developed which emphasizes great effort be made to obtain compliance without detention, however, we should be prepared for civil detention should the need arise.In order for the Humboldt County Public Health to detain patients at this site, we must have an Inter-Region Cooperative Agreement with Los Angeles County.

RECOMMENDATION: Extend contract with Los Angeles County to June 30, 2004.

Information Services

21.               Reclassification of vacant Data Control Technician position.As technology and systems have evolved in Information Services, the job duties of some positions have changed.The Personnel department has reviewed the position of Data Control Technician and has determined that the duties now performed by the position are more appropriately associated with the classification of Administrative Secretary.The position is now vacant and it is an appropriate time to make the change.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve reclassification to Administrative Secretary.


22.               Purchase of Computer.On May 15, 2001 the Board approved the purchase of one computer and transfer of funds.Our original request was not sufficient to cover taxes and fees required.This request will provide all funds needed to complete the upgrading of our systems to allow us to begin the implementation of the on-line employment application filing.

RECOMMENDATION: Transfer $450 from Fixed Assets line item to Computer Equipment line item.

Public Works

23.               Construction of culvert replacement at Clear Creek on Mattole Road (F3C010) at PM 13.05, agreement no. P9985125 SB-271 Contract No. 200306.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve plans and specifications and open bids on July 17, 2001.

24.               Federal Aviation Administration Grant for Airport Fence Airport Erosion ARFF Building and Taxiway Rehabilitation

RECOMMENDATION: Accept grant, and adopt supplemental budget of $1,006,250

Risk Management

25.               Humboldt County Hearing Conservation Program.This is to comply with the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, General Industry Safety Orders, Section 5097 (Hearing Conservation Program).Section 5097 requires employers to have a Hearing Conservation Program in writing and ensure a copy is accessible to employees.The program shall be reviewed and updated at least annually and whenever necessary.All department heads and departmental safety representatives have reviewed the program.

RECOMMENDATION: Accept program into the County's Safety Manual.

26.               Claims report for the months of January, February and March 2001. Risk Management is providing a quarterly summary report of all government tort claims and lawsuits that have been filed against the County.

RECOMMENDATION: Receive and file claims report.

D.                  DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Public Works

1.                   Change orders over $10,000 on Public Works Projects (None)

2.                   Advertisement or award of public works projects (None)


3.                   Opposition to AB 934 (Hertzberg).AB 934 would change the current process available for property owners to appeal the value placed on their property by this office.The current system has worked effectively for at least 150 years.Trial De Novo would primarily benefit large corporate property owners that have the financial resources to go to the Superior Court level.This would create a dual appeals system in that homeowners and small business owners in most cases could not afford to pursue their appeals in the Superior Court.Trial De Novo would require the County Assessor defend his or her valuation twice, once before the Assessment Appeals Board and then again in the Superior Court.Trial De Novo would delay the final resolution of appeals filed on large properties.Under the current system, the Superior Court does not decide valuation issues, only questions of law.

RECOMMENDATION: Send letter of opposition to State Senator Tom Torlakson.

4.                   Opposition to AB 81 (Migden).AB 81 is an attempt by the Legislature to return assessment of electrical generating facilities that have been sold off by utilities to the jurisdiction of the State Board of Equalization.As the bill currently exists, cogenerating facilities of 50 megawatts and greater would be transferred to the State Board even though they are an integral part of a particular manufacturing process.This would create the situation where a portion of the property would continue to be assessed by the local county assessor and the generating facility would be assessed by the State Board.This would lead to confusion on the part of the property owner as well as raise concerns regarding the allocation of property tax revenues to local agencies.This bill should be opposed unless amended to reflect the position that any electrical generation plant constructed under a certificate of public necessity and convenience would be assessed by the State Board of Equalization; all other such plants would be locally assessed.

RECOMMENDATION: Send letter of opposition to Assemblywoman Carole Migden.

County Administrative Office

5.                   Amendment to compensation plan for management and confidential employees and for elected and appointed County officials.The Board asked for another option to be considered rather than averaging the current percentage relationships between department heads and assistant department head salaries. The Resolution would adjust these to the closest salary.

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 01-51

6.                   Fiscal Year 2001-02 Proposed Budget.On June 11, 2001 the Board received the CAO Recommended Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2001-02.This budget assumes the availability of a $2 million carry forward from the current year and provides funding for all regularly allocated positions and services and supplies necessary to support current program activity.Changes in the fund balance forward, and updated information on revenue and expenditure estimates could significantly impact the final budget that is scheduled for adoption on September 25.

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt CAO recommended budget as proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2001-02 and adopt personnel allocation schedule to correspond to funding as included in adopted proposed budget.


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. (None)


Time Certain 19:30 A.M.

1.                   Grand Jury's Final 2000-2001 Report and Certificates of Appreciation.The 2000-2001 Grand Jury will present their final report to the Board of Supervisors.The Board wishes to present a certificate of appreciation to the Chair and each member of the year's Grand Jury to commend them for their dedication and hard work.

RECOMMENDATION: Hear presentation and take appropriate action.Present certificates of appreciation to the Chair and members of the Grand Jury.

G.                 CLOSED SESSION

1.                   Report from Closed Session of June 25, 2001 (continued to June 26, 2001)--Consider Public Employee Appointment for position of County Administrative Officer pursuant to Govt. Code Section 54954.5 (continue to July 3, 2001)

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 consider Public Employee (continue to July 3, 2001)

3.                   Report on pending or threatened litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 (None)

4.                   Conference with legal counsel initiate litigation pursuant to Govt. Code Sect. 54956.9(b); 1 Case (Do not initiate litigation)

5.                   Conference with legal counsel anticipated litigation pursuant to Govt. Code Sect. 54956.9(a); 2 Cases (No final action taken)

H.                  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.                   Paula Yoon spoke in support of establishing the Redwood Creek National Watershed Center in Orick.

I.                     PUBLIC HEARINGS1:30 P.M.

Community Development Services

1.                   GOTT ENTERPRISES Zone Reclassification and Lot Line Adjustment.The matter for consideration by the Board is a Zone Reclassification (ZR).The requested change in zoning is the product of a Lot Line Adjustment (LLA) to result in two parcels of five acres and a third parcel of approximately 47.1 acres.The LLA results in mixed zoning for all three resultant parcels.The ZR proposes to classify an approximate 18 acres of unclassified lands into TPZ or AG-B-5(5) and to reclassify through an immediate rezone an approximate five acres of TPZ into AG-B-5(5).

RECOMMENDATION: Approve zone reclassification and lot line adjustment.

2.                   Wotherspoon Zone Boundary Adjustment/Lot Line Adjustment/Joint Timber Management Plan and Guide.The matter for consideration by the Board is a Zone Reclassification (ZR) and approval of a Joint Timber Management Plan and Guide (JTMP).The requested change in zoning is the product of a Lot Line Adjustment (LLA) between six parcels that results in five parcels and uses the center of the Van Duzen River as the common property line.The LLA results in split-zoning.The ZBA will reclassify lands consistent with the zoning of adjacent lands within an ownership.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve zone boundary adjustment, lot line adjustment, joint timber management plan and guide and Ordinance No. 2248.

J.                   OPTIONAL ITEM

1.                   Check registers covering disbursement made during the month of May 2001

K.                  ADJOURNMENT

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.