HUMBOLDT COUNTY COURTHOUSE

SUPERVISORS’ CHAMBER, FIRST FLOOR

825 FIFTH STREET

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2001

9:00 AM

 

A.                  AGENDA ADDITIONS AND/OR DELETIONS  (None)

B.                  OPENING CEREMONIES

1.                   Salute the Flag.

2.                   Invocation by Pastor Tom Galovich of the First Assembly of God Church in Eureka.

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.                   Ordinance amending sects. 261.5-1, 261.5-2, 261.5-4, 261.5-6, 261.5-7, 261.5-12, 261.5-14 and 261.5-15 of Chapter 5 of Div. 6, Title II of County Code--Parking in County Parking Lots

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Ordinance No. 2256.

2.                   Amend Travel Ordinance to delete the words and tips thereon when referring to reimbursement of travel expenses for meals

RECOMMENDATION: Introduce amendment by title, waive further reading and adopt December 4, 2001.

Board of Supervisors

3.                   Continuation of emergency transmission of disease through contaminated needle use.  Dr. Lindsay has determined that the emergency still exists and that the resolution should remain in effect for an additional seven days until November 13, 2001.  (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Extend local state of emergency until November 13, 2001.

Clerk of the Board

4.                   Approval of Board Orders from the meeting of October 2, 2001

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Board Orders.

5.                   Approval of Board Orders from the meeting of October 9, 2001

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Board Orders.

6.                   Approval of the Board Orders from the meeting of October 16, 2001

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Board Orders.

7.                   Approval of the Board Orders from the meeting of October 23, 2001

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Board Orders.

Community Development Services

8.                   Resolution to promote Fair Housing in Humboldt County.  During a recent audit by the California Dept. of Housing and Community development it came to light that the County did not have a policy regarding fair housing.  The state staff said that federal standards require jurisdictions to actively promote fair housing.  It was recommended that at a minimum the County policy should clearly state where to send people if they feel they have been discriminated against and should have a fair housing week to affirm the County commitment to fair housing.

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 01-85.

9.                   Amendment to contract with Redwood Community Action Agency to allow HOME homeowner rehabilitation grant to be used Countywide

RECOMMENDATION: Approve contract amendment with Redwood Community Action Agency.

10.               Resolution authorizing submission of grant applications to Workforce Investment Act Governor's 15% discretionary funds Program Year 2001-2002.

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 01-86.

District Attorney

11.               Acceptance of Grant to Encourage Arrest Policies.  In March 2001 the DA's office submitted an application for grant funding for an additional twelve months to continue the District Attorney's Domestic Violence Project.  The overall goal is to improve the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence incidents.  The application was approved on September 14, 2001 by the U.S. Dept. of Justice.  The total amount awarded from 3/1/97 through 2/28/03 is $656,698.

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize District Attorney to accept grant award.

Employment Training Department

12.               Accelerated Step Increase for Michael Millenheft Program Coordinator

RECOMMENDATION: Approve accelerated step increase for Michael Millenheft.

Health and Human Services - Administration

13.               Membership appointment to the Child Welfare Oversight.  Mr. Doug Rasines has submitted a letter of interest to be appointed to the CWOC to the Board of Supervisors.  Mr. Rasines is qualified to serve on and would be beneficial to the CWOC as the representative for the Department of Probation.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve appointment.

Health and Human Services - Mental Health Branch

14.               Authorize temporary pay increase for Sr. M.H. Clinician Willie Green as though he had been promoted to supervising M.H. Clinician.  Mr. Green's supervisor began a medical leave of absence with an unknown duration effective September 27, 2001.  Mr. Green has been assigned the principle duties of his supervisor and he has received an increase in compensation beginning on October 15, 2001 through November 9, 2001 a period of 20 work days.  Since the supervisor's leave has continued beyond this period, it is necessary to obtain Board approval for continuance of the salary increase.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve increase at Supervising Mental Health Clinician level.

Health and Human Services - Public Health Branch

15.               Reallocation of Health Education Specialist position to Mental Health Case Manager.  The position named in the recommendation is currently vacant and is primarily responsible for a variety of case management duties for clients with AIDS/HIV.  While many clients initially need information pertaining to AIDS/HIV they typically require mental health services, housing, and assistance in paying bills as the illness progresses.  After conducting the initial assessment this position works with clients to promote positive behavior changes, helps the client to access services and follows up to ensure that the client's ongoing needs are met.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve reallocation to Mental Health Case Manager I.

Health and Human Services - Social Services Branch

16.               Establish fixed asset account; transfer funds; approve purchase of electronic gate.  SSB staff plan to relocate the County vehicles in an adjoining leased lot at 600 W. Clark St., Eureka, the vacated lot will provide needed space for employee and client parking.  It will be necessary to install an electronic gate on the new lot.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

17.               Food Stamps delivery agreement with American Star Corporation.  For some years, Humboldt County has contracted for delivery of Food Stamps to DHHS outstations with American Star Private Security.  American Star is now under court-ordered receivership; William F. Honsal is the court-appointed receiver.  American Star is able to continue providing secure delivery of Food Stamps to the DHHS outstations and SSB staff recommend the Board approve the proposed one-year agreement.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreement to transport Food Stamps to HHS outstations.

Information Services

18.               Supplemental budget of $5,400 for consultant services to support the County's financial accounting system IFAS

RECOMMENDATION: Approve supplemental budget of $5,400.

Personnel

19.               Test use agreement for Board of Corrections examinations.  Written examinations from the California Board of Corrections are used in pre-employment testing for the classes of Correctional Officer I, Juvenile Corrections Officer and Probation Officer I.  The exams are rented from Cooperative Personnel Services in Sacramento.  A test use agreement which provides for security of test materials is required in order to rent the tests.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreement for Board of Corrections examinations.

20.               Agreement for professional services R & G consulting an internal equity study.  On May 22, 2001 the Board approved the Request for Proposal for an outside firm to conduct an internal equity study.  On August 14, 2001 the Board approved in concept contracting with R & G Consulting to conduct the study.  The Board further directed the Personnel Director to return to the Board with a contract between the County and R & G Consulting.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreement.

Probation

21.               Allocate Legal Office Assistant I/II position Department 258.  This position will support the Substance Abuse Treatment Program, Prop 36.  Currently, the program has no support staff.  The position will be required to type court reports, answer phones, open and close files, assist in maintaining files, maintain inventory and other clerical and support duties as needed.  This position will support both the Probation staff and the Alcohol and Other Drug staff.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request effective immediately.

22.               Supplemental budget Department 240 to purchase computer equipment Juvenile Repeat Offender Prevention Program, and purchase fixed assets.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve purchase by adopting a supplemental budget of $11,300.

23.               Purchase of a Dell Citrix Server Software and memory for Probation Department.  The Probation Department at the recommendation of the Information Services Department, requires a new Citrix Server and software to accommodate the department's need to share databases with our branch offices.  This new server and software will enable the department to utilize our new network databases at our satellite offices using low speed connections as opposed to increasing our band width and installing routers at a cost of $3,500 each at our seven satellite offices.  The monthly cost of high speed lines would be $170.00 per site.  The new server will be a one-time expense with no increase in our monthly phone costs.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve purchase ($13,500)

Public Works

24.               License agreement with Consolidated Routing.  Pursuant to the Humboldt County fee schedule ground couriers operating on County Airports are subject to a monthly fee of fifty dollars.  The agreement requires Consolidated Routing to pay the monthly fee and specifies approved access and requirements for operating on County Airports.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve license agreement with Consolidated Routing.

25.               Semore Avigation Easement, 511-131-51, McKinleyville Area. Terry Semore applied for a building permit on a parcel that is located within the influence of the Arcata-Eureka Airport.  As per the requirements of the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for the Arcata-Eureka Airport Mr. Semore provided an Avigation Easement for protection of the airport.

RECOMMENDATION: Accept easement from Terry R. Semore.

26.               Designation of the intersection of Bird Avenue and Cliff Avenue as a four-way stop intersection.  Ordinance amending Title IV, Div 2.

RECOMMENDATION: Introduce by title, waive further reading, and adopt on Dec. 4, 2001.

27.               Supplemental budget for purchase of wood splitter for Parks.  The Parks Division would like to purchase a wood splitter.  Currently, the division has one wood splitter which is used for firewood sales at various campgrounds including Big Lagoon and Van Duzen.  Parks would like to add fire wood sales at Aw Way Park next summer.  A second splitter would be stationed at Van Duzen Park.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

28.               Designation of a No Parking zone on the West side of Humboldt Avenue Redway.  This ordinance is proposed as requested by the Redway Fire Protection District to improve the response capabilities for the fire district.  The street is only 25 feet wide and when vehicles are parked on both sides of the road it is too narrow for two-way traffic.  The West side of the road is currently has no driveways or residences.

RECOMMENDATION: Introduce by title, waive further reading and adopt on December 4, 2001.

29.               Overlay paving on Avalon Drive (3J360), Hospital Road (7N420) and Oak Street (C3K190) Project Number 990704. The work of Mercer Fraser Company contractor for the Avalon Drive Hospital Road and Oak Street overlay paving has been successfully completed.  The work was for overlay paving on Avalon Drive (3J360 Hospital Road (7N420) and Oak Street (C3K190).  The contract was awarded per Board Order 40a, July 17, 2001.

RECOMMENDATION: Accept completed contract with Mercer Fraser Company Contractor.

Sheriff

30.               Implementation of expenditure plan for Rural and Small County law enforcement; establish budget unit 1100-215, Sheriff-RCPS; Position allocations for 5.5 FTE in Sheriff’s budget unit 1100-215 and supplemental budget in amount. $151,391.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve requests.

D.                  SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

1.                   Resolution commending Karen Lee McKenzie on her retirement.  Karen Lee McKenzie is retiring on November 8, 2001 after twenty-four years of service to the County of Humboldt.  The Board wishes to thank her and wish her well on her retirement. (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the resolution.

2.                   Proclaim November 2001 as National Hospice Month. Hospice of Humboldt is joining organizations and agencies throughout the nation in celebrating November 2001 as National Hospice Month.  They request the Board proclaim November 2001 as National Hospice Month in Humboldt County and encourage citizens to participate in learning more about end-of-life care and hospice support.  (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the proclamation.

E.                  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.                   Renovation and remodel of Courthouse Project No. 219000.  At the October 9, 2001 Board of Supervisors meeting staff was directed to report back to the Board with a "Floor by floor" report on what will occur as part of the Courthouse Remodel Project.  Additional, at the October 9, 2001 meeting staff was directed to continue with the project design.  Therefore the presentation will reflect the most current development of the design at this time.

RECOMMENDATION: Accept a floor by floor graphic presentation describing Courthouse remodel design.

F.                  MATTERS INITIATED BY BOARD MEMBERS

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 report)

3.                   Letter of Support to continue moratorium on Offshore Oil Leasing.  Supervisor Woolley, Calif. Coastal Commission member, received a letter dated October 5, 2001 from Paul D. Thayer, Executive Officer, Calif. State Lands Commission that included the State Lands Commission's adopted Resolution urging the President and Congress to continue the moratorium on offshore oil leasing and to take all appropriate and necessary steps to protect California's coast by ending all new offshore oil leasing and preventing development of the thirty six undeveloped leases in Federal waters off California's central coast.

RECOMMENDATION: Review said letter and Resolution and authorize the Chair to send a letter of support to Mr. Thayer, Secretary of Interior Gale Norton and our State and Federal legislators.

G.                 MATTERS SET FOR TIME CERTAIN

Time Certain 1 9:20 A.M. Sheriff

1.                   Sheriff's Chaplain Program.  The Sheriff's recently established a Chaplain Unit to serve the needs of Sheriff's personnel and the citizens of Humboldt County.

RECOMMENDATION: Receive report.  (No action required.)

Time Certain 2  9:30 A.M. Board of Supervisors

2.                   Presentation of five-year report by County Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention Commissions.  The Humboldt County Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention Commissions' Chair, Maureen Johannsen will present the Commissions' "Five Year Summary Report" and a review of the Prevention Celebration and goals. (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Hear presentation and take appropriate action.

Time Certain 3  9:50 A.M.  Board of Supervisors

3.                   Presentation of County Human Rights Commission's Annual Report.  Larry Miller Chair of the Humboldt County Human Rights Commission will present the Commission's annual report. (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Hear report and take appropriate action

Time Certain 4  10:10 A.M.  County Administrative Office

4.                   Regional Council of Rural Counties (RCRC).  At meeting of October 9 the Board agreed to schedule a presentation by the President of the Regional Council of Rural Counties (RCRC) to discuss possible membership in RCRC.

RECOMMENDATION: Hear presentation from RCRC President (no other action taken)

Time Certain 5  10:30 A.M.  Board of Supervisors

5.                   Update on the October 17, 2001 meeting of the North Coast Railroad Authority.  At its October 17th meeting the North Coast Railroad Authority discussed an alternative project to the repairing of the northern end of the line.  Humboldt County's North Coast Railroad Authority appointees Dan Opalach and Leo Sears will report on the meeting and respond to questions from members of the Board.

RECOMMENDATION: Take appropriate action.  Receive update.  (No other action taken)

H.                  CLOSED SESSION

1.                   Report from prior Closed Session.  (Not 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  (Not required)

3.                   Report on pending or threatened litigation pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9  (No report)

4.                   Conference with Legal Counsel pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) Existing litigation; Katz & Fries et al v. County of Humboldt et al.  Case No. S100666; Supreme Court of the State of California (Waive fees awarded.)

I.                     PUBLIC APPEARANCES--9:05 A.M.  (None)

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.

J.                   PUBLIC HEARINGS

K.                  OPTIONAL ITEM

1.                   Check Registers covering disbursements made during the month of September 2001.

L.                   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.