TUESDAY, MAY 04, 1999

9:00 AM


A.                  OPENING CEREMONIES

1.                   Salute to the Flag

2.                   Invocation by the Reverend Rick McRostie of the First Covenant Church of Eureka


1.                   Letter of Support for Assembly Constitutional Amendment 17 (Leonard), Which Will Eliminate the Transfer of Property Tax Revenue from Local Governments to the State Through the Education Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) (Supervisor Dixon)

RECOMMENDATION: Find that the need to take action arose after the May 4, 1999 agenda was posted and authorize Chair to sign letter of support.

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.                   Disposing of Former Fortuna Justice Court Building (Minimum Bid: $75,000)

RECOMMENDATION: Hold public hearing on June 22, 1999 at 1:30 P.M. and adopt Resolution 99-38.

Board of Supervisors

2.                   Funding for Replacement of Benbow Dam (Supervisor Rodoni)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign letter to State Senator Wesley Chesbro.

Clerk of the Board

3.                   Approval of the Board Orders from the Board Meeting of April 20, 1999

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Board Orders.

4.                   Approval of the Board Orders from the Board Meeting of April 27, 1999

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the Board Orders.

Coroner-Public Administrator

5.                   Purchase of Computer for Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve purchase and associated supplemental Budget of $2,700.

Employment Training

6.                   Contract for Janitorial Service at Fortuna Job Center

RECOMMENDATION: Approve month-to-month contract with Fortuna Janitorial Service.

Mental Health

7.                   Expending of FY 1995-96 State General Fund Allocation--Children's System of Care

RECOMMENDATION: Approve transfer of $13,019.

8.                   Amendment to Combined Net-Negotiated Amount Drug Medi-Cal Contract

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Mental Health Director to sign amendment and approve supplemental budget of $412.

9.                   Request to Reallocate Senior Medical Office Assistant to Senior Fiscal Assistant

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

Planning and Building

10.               Extra-Help Extensions for Liz Haynes and Jeff Robinson

RECOMMENDATION: Approve waiver of 960-hour limit.


11.               Increase in Conservatorship Investigation Fees to $200 Per Investigation

RECOMMENDATION: Approve increase.

12.               Increase in Compensation for Deb Meador Fiscal Assistant II

RECOMMENDATION: Approve increase effective May 10, 1999 through May 28, 1999.

13.               Request to Donate Three Vehicles to the Humboldt County Motor Pool

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

Public Works

14.               Request for Pay Differential for Richard Stein, Environmental Analyst

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request until Environmental Services Manager position is filled.

15.               Request for Pay Differential for Chris Whitworth Associate Civil Engineer

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request until Deputy Public Works Director position is filled.

16.               Request for Continuation of Pay Differential for Robert Walsh Parks Supervisor

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request until Environmental Services Manager position is filled.

17.               Amendment to Contract with Winzler and Kelly Consulting Engineers for Inspection/Testing Services for the Courthouse Seismic Retrofit/New Jail Extension Project

RECOMMENDATION: Amend contract to include the addition of the fifth floor and the abatement of hazardous materials.

18.               Arcata Airport Safety Area Repair Project Contract No. 911895

RECOMMENDATION: Accept completed contract with Redwood Empire Aggregates.


19.               Supplemental Budget ($8,000) for Additional Staff Development

RECOMMENDATION: Approve supplemental budget.

20.               Lease Agreement for the McKinleyville Law Enforcement Facility

RECOMMENDATION: Approve lease with the McKinleyville Community Services District.


1.                   Resolution Commending Betty Bates for Years of Service (Supervisor Dixon)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt resolution of commendation.

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.                   Authorizing Submission of Grant Applications to State Dept. of Fish and Game, National Marine Fisheries Service and Environmental Protection Agency for Projects in Watersheds of the Counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Siskyou and Trinity

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 99-39.

Administrative Office (CAO) Public Health

4.                   Payment and Support for the Humboldt/Del Norte Hazardous Materials Response Team and Transfer from Contingency Budget Unit 434 Outside Agency Support (General Fund Impact)

RECOMMENDATION: The Board directed the Public Health Department to absorb the expense of the HMRT in their Department budget by utilizing Realignment monies.


1.                   Reports on Board Member Travel at County Expense (No Action)

2.                   Reports on Board Member Meeting Attendance (No Action)

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

4.                   Letter to State Fish and Game Commission and National Marine Fisheries Service to oppose Listing North Coast Steelhead Trout as Endangered (Supervisor Dixon)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize chair to sign said letter.

5.                   Supplemental ItemJoint Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors Meeting of May 13, 1999 (Supervisor Dixon)

RECOMMENDATION: It was confirmed that all five Board members will attend said meeting.


9:30 a.m. Board of Supervisors

1.                   Presentation by Private Sector Contract Operator of Rail Line (Supervisor Dixon)

RECOMMENDATION: Receive and file report from John Darling President of Railways Inc.

10:00 a.m. Administrative Office (CAO)

2.                   Y2K Preparedness

RECOMMENDATION: Hear oral report from Pacific Bell about how they are dealing with Y2K problems.

H.                  CLOSED SESSION

1.                   Report from Prior Closed Session (if needed)

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 needed)

3.                   Report on Pending or Threatened Litigation Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 (if required)

4.                   Conference with Legal Counsel--Existing Litigation Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a); Catherine D. Ritchie v. County of Humboldt et al USDC No. Dist. of CA Case No. C-98-4042S1 (Settlement Agreement Reached)

5.                   It is the Intention of the Board to Meet in Closed Session to Consider the Public Employee Performance Evaluation for the Position of Administrative Assistant to the Board of Supervisors (No 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.                   David and Penny Elsebusch spoke in support of removing Mr. Lindsey McWilliams from his responsibility as the head of the Humboldt County Elections Division.They urged the Board of Supervisors to transfer said responsibility from an appointed position to an elected position.


Community Assistance Unit

1.                   County vs. Robert D. Porter; Assessor's Parcel No. 106-121-19Y; Ferndale Area

RECOMMENDATION: Withdrawn from the agenda (matter has been resolved).

2.                   County vs. Thomas W. and Julie E. Cairns; Parcel No. 509-131-37; McKinleyville

RECOMMENDATION: Find that a public nuisance exists and order property owner to abate.

K.                  PUBLIC HEARINGS

Planning and Building

1.                   Zone Reclassification Amending Section 313-4 of County Code by Rezoning Approximately 38 Acres from Agricultural Exclusive with a 160-Acre-Minimum Parcel Size (AE-B-5{160}) to Timber Production Zone with a 160-Acre-Minimum Parcel (TPZ-8-5{160}); REX & RUTH RATHBUN Applicants File No. 104-141-40; Case No. ZR-98-01

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Ordinance No. 2191.

Public Health

2.                   Consideration of Closure of Public Health Department's Women's Health Clinic

RECOMMENDATION: Approve closure of Women's Health Clinic (Family Planning) and disallocate the appropriate positions in Budget Unit 423.

Planning and Building

3.                   Appeal of Planning Commission's Denial of special Permit Application No. SP-29-97; File No. 509-151-28; McKinleyville; ARTHUR C. HUNTER Applicant/Appellant

RECOMMENDATION: Continue the public hearing to Tuesday, June 22, 1999 at 1:30 p.m.

L.                   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.)

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