HUMBOLDT COUNTY COURTHOUSE

SUPERVISORSí CHAMBER, FIRST FLOOR

825 FIFTH STREET

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2002

9:00 AM

 

A.                  OPENING CEREMONIES

1.                   Salute to the Flag.

2.                   Invocation

B.                  AGENDA ADDITIONS AND/OR DELETIONS (CLOSED SESSION)

1.                   Conference with Legal Counsel--existing litigation (Government Code Section 54956.9(a).In re Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Case No 01-300923 Dm, Chapter 11 U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern Dist. of California, San Francisco Division.No Final Action Taken.

RECOMMENDATION:

2.                   Conference with Legal Counsel--anticipated litigation, initiation of litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(c).1 case

RECOMMENDATION: The Board voted 4/0 to intervene in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proceedings regarding Pacific Gas and Electric Company's application to transfer license and convey property as part of the Chapter 11, Bankruptcy plan of reorganization.

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.                   Decrease in rent for Courthouse Snack Bar due to Non-operational deep fryer.On December 3, 2001, the operators of the Courthouse Snack Bar contacted Purchasing to let them know that the deep fryer was no longer working.The deep fryer is expected to be replaced by February 1, 2002.As a result of not being able to serve french fries, onion rings and corn dogs, the operators have determined they will have lost approximately $300.00 by the time the deep fryer is replaced.They have agreed to accept a $100.00 a month reduction in rent for a period not to exceed three months as compensation for this loss of revenue.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve decrease by amending lease with Kimberly Holland-Bresnahan.

Board of Supervisors

2.                   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 fourteen days until February 19, 2002. (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Extend local state of emergency until February 19, 2002.

3.                   Northern California Economic Revitalization Team Meeting.Supervisor Kirk will have attended a meeting as the State-appointed representative for Humboldt County of the Northern California Economic Revitalization Team (NCERT) that met in Redding on January 23 and 24, 2002.(Supervisor Kirk)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

4.                   Letter to State Department of Industrial Relations Division of Workers' Compensation opposing closure of Eureka Workers' Compensation Appeals Board Office.It has come to Supervisor Neely's attention that included in the State's proposed budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2002-2003 is a closure of the Eureka office of the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.Due to the distance from Redding and Santa Rosa, it is important for this service to be retained in our community.(Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize the Chair to send a letter of opposition to the Director of the State Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and to the Administrative Director of the DIR Division of Workers' Compensation.

5.                   Resolution of commendation for Penny Schrakoff who is retiring form County employment.Penny Schrakoff is retiring this month from the County Probation Department after more than twenty-eight years of service.The Board thanks her for her dedicated work and wishes her a long and fulfilling retirement.Supervisor Smith will present the resolution of commendation to Ms. Schrakoff during her retirement party on February 5.(Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt resolution of commendation.

Clerk of the Board

6.                   Approval of the Board Orders from the meeting of January 22, 2002

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Board Orders.

Community Development Services

7.                   Local Coastal Program Grant Award Acceptance ($41,260).The Coastal Commission at its December 12, 2001 meeting approved the County's LCP planning grant in the amount of $41,260 with some recommended modifications to the program.The County has requested $46,052.A revised work program to meet the concerns and available funding has been prepared.The Coastal Commission grant approval process requires the Board accept in writing the award as approved with conditions, and submit a revised work program.A grant contract will then be returned for final execution.

RECOMMENDATION: Accept grant award as conditioned.

8.                   Waiver of 960 hour limit for extra help employee Mary Commins.Community Development Services is using extra help positions to support the General Plan update program and LAFCo's Master Service Plan mapping project.Mary Commins is a Planning Technician I working on digitizing maps for these work tasks and will exceed the 960 hour limit prior to the end of the fiscal year.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve waiver and extend up to 1,920 hours.

Coroner-Public Administrator

9.                   Transfer of $5,519 from escheat account to purchase steel racks and body trays.Contractors recently have completed enlargement and remodel of coroner's autopsy and body holding facilities.With the enlarged cooler we now have a need to purchase steel racks and body trays to fully utilize the increased space.In addition, we need to build storage shelves in the cooler for long term storage of tissue and blood samples.Money to purchase these items was removed from the remodel budget during the approval process.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve transfer.

County Administrative Office

10.               Purchase of printer/transfer of funds.The printer in the County Administrative Office was purchased in 1993 and had had extremely heavy usage.The printer is currently not working, requires extensive repairs of at least $50-500 and the loaner from Information Services cannot meet the workload demand.The printer is heavily used by both the CAO and Risk Management.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

County Counsel

11.               Classification Audit-Vacant Legal Secretary I/II.Personnel has conducted a classification audit of the vacant Legal Secretary I/II position in the office of County Counsel.This audit was at the request of County Counsel due to organizational changes in the clerical support of their staff.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve reallocation.

District Attorney

12.               Deallocation of one Superior Court Clerk position and reallocation of a Superior Clerk position from 37.5 hours to 40 hours per week.The Personnel Department recently conducted a classification review of the three Superior Court Clerk positions.On September 11, 2001 as a result of that review the Board reallocated one of the Superior Court Clerk positions to a Senior Legal Office Assistant position.This action left the Superior Court Clerk positions vacant.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve deallocation and reallocation.

Health and Human Services - Mental Health Branch

13.               Extension of extra-help hours for Eli Reissner Mental Health Worker II and Activity Therapist and Cynthia Madden Mental Health Worker I.We are asking the Board extend the extra-help hours for E. Reissner and C. Madden (the extra help employees) in order to maintain orderly and efficient operation of our 24-hour inpatient (Sempervirens) and crisis programs.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve extension.

14.               Authorize temporary pay increase for MH Clinician II, Sharon Crockett, as though she had been promoted to Supervising MH Clinician.Ms. Crockett's supervisor retired 12-28-01.Ms. Crockett has been assigned the principle duties of her supervisor and she has received an increase in compensation beginning on January 2, 2002 through January 29, 2002 a period of 20 work days.Since the supervisor's vacant position continues to be vacant, it is necessary to obtain Board approval for continuance of salary increase.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve temporary pay increase.

15.               Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Performance Contract.Realignment legislation requires an annual County Performance Contract which acts as the contract between the County and the State for Mental Health funding spells out general assurances and program principles and acts as the contract for State Hospital beds.

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Deputy Director, DHHS mental health branch to sign the contract and direct Clerk of the Board to provide the department with a certified copy of the Board Order.

Health and Human Services - Public Health Branch

16.               Supplemental budget and grant agreement between the Humboldt County Children and Families Commission and the Domestic Violence Prevention Program Fund 1175, Budget Unit #488.The goal of the DVPP is to decrease the incidents of domestic violence by a strategic multi-faceted and integrated domestic violence prevention program.The Humboldt County Children and Families Commission grant would greatly assist the DVPP in taking the first step in reaching the long-term goal of training people who can effectively respond to family violence and can help increase the number of children living in violence free environments.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve grant agreement for Domestic Violence Prevention Program.

17.               Contract Number 01-15436 Preventive Health Care for the Aging Fund 1175, Budget Unit #417 for the period of July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002.PHCA Program provides individual, comprehensive health assessment, Counseling referral and follow-up services to residents of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties 55 years of age and older.The goals of the program are to assist older adults in improving their health status and maintaining a high level of wellness through appropriate Public Health Nursing interventions, group health education and the promotion of preventive health services and resources in the community.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve Contract No. 01-15436 with the State Department of health Services

Health and Human Services - Social Services Branch

18.               Establish a new fixed asset line; approve appropriation transfer and purchase of fixed assets (laptop computers) for department 510 incentive plans.The SIU Dept. is in constant need to provide their personnel with equipment to meet the demands of law changing, search warrant preparation and court presentations.The laptop and projector would be helpful in the training of their employees to meet the police officers standards.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve transfer for the benefit of the Special Investigation Unit.

19.               Reallocate Eligibility Worker I/II/III position to integrated Caseworker I position in budget unit 511.On March 13, 2001 the Board allocated 32 ICW I.Social Services Branch staff have now determined that an additional ICW I is needed and recommend a vacant Eligibility Worker position be reallocated to an ICW I.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve reallocation.

Probation

20.               Contract with Del Norte County for Housing detainees from Humboldt County in Del Norte County Juvenile Hall

RECOMMENDATION: This item withdrawn from agenda to be brought back on February 19, 2002 at the request of the CAO.

Public Works

21.               Purchase of three radios from radio capitalization funds for roads maintenance.The radios are needed for additional equipment being used by Road Maintenance.It is desirable that all equipment regularly used by Roads staff have radios for safety reasons.The radios allow communication with the dispatcher and other Roads staff.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve purchase.

22.               Accept the completed contract for construction of Elk River Road F3J300, P.M. .45 to 1.63.County project #99070.The work of Parnum Paving contractor for the Elk River Road construction has been successfully completed.The work was for construction at Elk River Road F3J00, PM .45 to 1.63.The contract was awarded per Board Order C-33 June 5, 2001.

RECOMMENDATION: Accept completed contract with Parnum Paving Contractor.

23.               Fish and Game Advisory Commission Appropriation transfer for grant funding.At the meeting of January 22, 2002 the Board supported recommendations for the Fish and Game Advisory Commission to fund projects.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve funding by transferring $8,500 from Fish and Game contingencies.

24.               Aviation Surplus Equipment.Agenda item C-30 for December 4, 2001 declared the Ansel C/F/R Quick Dash Fire Truck surplus authorized the Purchasing Agent to dispose of the equipment and sell the truck to Del Norte County.Del Norte County does not want to purchase the fire truck.The authorization to sell the truck to Del Norte must be rescinded so that Purchasing can dispose of the equipment.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

25.               Vehicle Replacement.Vehicle number 25564 is a 1994 Ford F250 which was involved in a traffic accident on Dec. 26, 2001.This car is not cost effective to repair.The Motor Pool would like to replace this vehicle and sell the wreck for salvage.The funding for replacement will come from accumulated replacement funds and the sale of the wrecked vehicle.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

26.               Adoption of new county park ordinance. On Jan. 22, 2002 the Humboldt County Board held a public hearing on proposed revisions to the County Park Ordinance.Following testimony, the Board discussed the proposed revisions, set Feb. 5, 2002 as the date for introducing the ordinance, directed the Board Clerk to have a summary of the ordinance published at least 5 days before the date set for adoption and directed County Counsel to prepare the ordinance in final legal format.

RECOMMENDATION: Introduce ordinance by title, waive the first reading and adopt on March 7, 2002.

Risk Management

27.               Purchase of a FAX machine ($2,000).The current fax machine purchased in 1997 has had the roller replaced at least three times, along with various other malfunctions.There has been an increase in the volume of faxes that has affected the reliability.A heavy-duty fax machine is needed to accommodate the use by the Board, CAO, Clerk of the Board and Risk Management.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve purchase.

Sheriff

28.               Agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation.The Board adopted a resolution in support of an application for a grant to Off-Highway Vehicle Programs on June 19, 2001.We have received notice that our application was accepted and funding approved for the period July 1, 2001 to December 31, 2002.This grant will continue the beach management program that began in fiscal year 2000/2001.

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreement for Off-highway motor vehicle recreation (beach management)

D.                  SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

1.                   Resolution of commendation upon the retirement of Daniel T. Wahlund.Dan Wahlund is retiring after twenty-seven years of County employment in the District Attorney's office.The Board thanks him for his dedicated and professional service to the County and its citizens and wishes him a long and fulfilling retirement.(Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt resolution.

2.                   Proclamation First week in February is Fair Housing Week.The Community Development Services Economic Development Division has requested the Board proclaim the first week in February as Fair Housing Week.The Board supports and actively promotes the fair housing policies and laws of the State of California.(Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt proclamation.

3.                   Resolution of commendation for Ward Falor on his eightieth birthday.Ward Falor a fourth generation resident of Humboldt County has served the residents of the County personally, professionally and politically.The Board wishes to honor him on his eightieth birthday with a resolution of commendation.(Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the Resolution.

E.                  DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Public Works

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

RECOMMENDATION: Approve change orders as recommended by Public Works.

2.                   Award contract for security fence at Arcata Airport Project No. AIP 3-06-0010-22 Contract No. 911500.On December 4, 2001 the Board authorized the Clerk of the Board to advertise the project for bids.

RECOMMENDATION: Receive and file bids; award project to Texas Commercial Fence Inc.; authorize Chair to sign project agreement upon submittal of bonds and insurance; adopt supplemental budget.

County Administrative Office

3.                   County Code update to Code Section related to County Administrative Office.The CAO position and department thereof, was created by the Board on Dec. 10, 1969 by Ordinance No. 701.It is recommended the Board appoint two members of its Board to a subcommittee to work with the CAO to update the language of County Code Sections 241-1 through 241-9.

RECOMMENDATION: Appoint the Board's current sub-committee to Personnel, Supervisor Neely and Woolley, to review with the CAO staff, the County Code Section as it relates to the CAO and recommend updates to the Board.

F.                  MATTERS INITIATED BY BOARD MEMBERS

1.                   Resolution in support of Measure S and T Eureka City Schools Facility Bond Act.Measures S and T will appear on the March 5, 2002 general election ballot.Eureka City Schools has requested a resolution in support of Measures S and T to ensure quality schools for a better tomorrow and to enhance our way of life.(Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt resolution and provide a copy to Margaret Thornton at Eureka City Schools, Eureka Unified School District Board and James Scott Superintendent of Schools.

2.                   County of Humboldt as a sponsor for conference Building Access by Design:Planning for an Aging Society.A planning committee representing numerous agencies is putting together a one day conference to bring awareness to the issues and concerns around designing accessible homes and public places to meet the needs of seniors.It has been requested that the County of Humboldt be a sponsor of the event.Sponsorship is a name commitment only, there are no fees involved.(Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize the County to be sponsor of the conference.

3.                   Nominate Supervisor Jimmy Smith to Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group.The US Dept. of the Interior US Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for nominations to a new stakeholders group the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group.This advisory committee is now being chartered by the Secretary of Interior under provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.According to the USF&WS January 18, 2002 news release, once established, this committee will give interested stakeholders an opportunity to provide recommendations on policy, management and technical subjects related to the Trinity River Restoration Program.Supervisor Kirk wishes to nominate Supervisor Jimmy Smith, representing public interests due to his background and experience.(Supervisor Kirk)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize the Chair to send a letter to Dr. Mary Ellen Mueller, US Fish and Wildlife Service, nominating Supervisor Smith to the Trinity Adaptive Management Working Group.

4.                   Reports on Board member travel at County cost and meeting attendance

RECOMMENDATION: Receive oral report from Supervisors Smith, Rodoni, Woolley and Kirk.

5.                   Presentation by Kirk Girard, Director of Community Development on the Eureka Target Store project and the Oceanview Center (Big Kmart)

RECOMMENDATION: Hear presentation, receive handouts and request further update at the meeting of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002.

G.                 MATTERS SET FOR TIME CERTAIN

Time Certain 19:30 AM DHHS Social Services Branch

1.                   Third Board update on implementation of requirements of AB 1682.Humboldt County has met all deadlines established by AB 1682 including the filing of annual reports to CDSS.

RECOMMENDATION: Direct department to report to the Board on implementation semi-annually or on an as needed basis should significant information related to said bill be received.

H.                  CLOSED SESSION

1.                   Report from prior Closed Session.(None 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.(None required)

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

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.                   Public Appearances Daniel Pierce said we should not close our public beaches, jury services room is too small for the number of people and that numerous people are called to report for jury service but are released without serving, taking a large amount of money from our economy.

J.                   ADMINISTRATIVE ABATEMENT HEARINGS

Code Enforcement Unit

1.                   Cost Recovery Assessment Hearing County vs. Bonnie J. Kennaly AP 200-252-046

RECOMMENDATION: Confirm and authorize the chair to sign the Findings and Order confirming account and assessment.

K.                  STUDY SESSION

1.                   Study Session regarding Probation submitting twenty-bed Juvenile Hall expansion grant.On Feb. 19, 2002 the Probation Dept. anticipates going before the Board requesting authorization to submit a grant application to the Board of Corrections for the funds to expand the Juvenile Hall by an additional twenty beds.To outline the issues clearly and provide more information to all parties the Probation Dept. has compiled the information in advance preparation for a study session scheduled Feb 5. 2002.The consultant assisting the department is available to appear at the Feb. 5, 2002 Study Session.

RECOMMENDATION: Hear the report and direct department to bring the grant application to the Board at the meeting of Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002.

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.