9:00 AM



Humboldt County Courthouse
Supervisorsí Chamber, First Floor
825 Fifth Street, Eureka


Matters under the jurisdiction of the Board, and not on agenda, may be addressed by the public at the time provided in the agenda under Public Appearances. The Board may hold Closed Sessions as the agenda schedule permits.If items are marked with an asterisk (*), the recommended actions will require a 4/5 vote of the Board.



1.                   Agreement with the State Coastal Conservancy and the Redwood Community Action Agency for Improvements to the South Spit (Public Works)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to execute agreement.

2.                   Resolution Urging Citizens to Attend the 65th Annual Redwood Region Logging Conference (March 20-22, 2003) (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt resolution.

3.                   Resolution Authorizing Submittal of a Grant Application for $63,000 from the Jobs-Housing Balance Incentive Program at the California State Department of Housing and Community Development to be Used to Improve the Safety, Pedestrian Access and Drainage Along Orchard Lane in Redway, Where the County, in Partnership with Danco Builders, is Building Redwood Village, a 20-Unit Multi-Family Affordable Housing Complex (Community Development Services)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-28.

B.                  OPENING CEREMONIES

1.                   Salute to the Flag

2.                   Invocation by the Reverend Andrew Broese Van Groenou of the Harvest Church

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.



1.                   Vehicle Replacement

RECOMMENDATION: Declare equipment No. 03244 surplus.Authorize Purchasing Agent to sell surplus vehicle.Deposit proceeds from sale of the vehicle into the Motor Pool Replacement Fund.Authorize purchase of a new replacement 4 x 4 utility vehicle.Approve a $9,000 supplemental budget.

2.                   Request for Allocation of an Appraiser I/II Senior Position and an Appraisal Technician Position; and Disallocation of a Data Entry Operator I/II Position

RECOMMENDATION: Approve allocations and disallocation.

Board of Supervisors

3.                   Support for Senate Bill 127, Which Allows for Full-Length Cattle Trucks to Travel on Highway 101 (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign letter.

4.                   Resolution of Commendation for Kathryn Cauble Thompson on Her Retirement from the Health and Human Services Department--Social Services Branch (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt resolution.

5.                   Letters of Appreciation to Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Mike Thompson for Successfully Achieving Humboldt County's Inclusion in the Livestock Compensation Program (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign said letters.

6.                   Continuation of Local Emergency Caused by Flooding and Wind (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Declare that a local state of emergency, per Resolution No. 03-06, remains in effect until March 25, 2003.

7.                   Request for Ratification of the Certificate of Appreciation Presented to Keith Coulombe on His Retirement from the Redcrest Volunteer Fire Department (Supervisor Rodoni)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

8.                   Request to Accept Supervisor Woolley's Resignation from the Board of Directors for the North Coast Railroad Authority (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request, and appoint Dave Hull as interim member.

9.                   Letter in Support of Legislation to Allow Elected Members of Local Government to Serve on the Board of Directors for the North Coast Railroad Authority (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign letter of support.

General Services

10.               Fire Loss at Public Works Facilities

RECOMMENDATION: Find that, due to fire at 901 Second Street, 927 Second Street, and 927-1/2 Second Street, in Eureka, an emergency has been created, requiring immediate action repair or replace the damaged structures.Adopt Resolution No. 03-29, delegating to the General Services Director the authority to take immediate action, if required, by the emergency, including letting contracts without giving notice for bids.Ratify action previously taken by the General Services Director to respond to the emergency.

Health and Human Services - Mental Health Branch



11.               Request for Extension of Extra-Help Appointments

RECOMMENDATION: Approve extensions for: Beverly Georgianna, Psychiatric Nurse; Werner Hobiera, Mental Health Worker I; and Amy Knopp, Administrative Analyst I.

Public Works



12.               Transfer of $9,200 from Fish and Game Contingencies to Fund the Following Projects:Redwood Creek Salmon Culture Project, Mad River Slough Wildlife Area Enhancement, and Mad River Slough Wildlife Habitat Enhancement

RECOMMENDATION: Approve transfer.

13.               Asphalt Concrete Overlay on Murray Road Between U. S. Highway 101 and Central Avenue

RECOMMENDATION: Accept completed contract with Mercer Fraser Construction Co., Contractor, and approve claim for payment ($22,749.64).

14.               Ocean Spruce Resubdivision, Phase II; Parcel No. 306-371-09, Humboldt Hill Area

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize the release of Security for Payment to Contractors ($56,000).

15.               Culvert Replacement at East Anderson Creek on Briceland-Thorne Road

RECOMMENDATION: Accept complete contract with R. Brown Construction Co., Contractor, and approve claim for payment ($18,787.99).

16.               Starlund Court Subdivision Final Map; Parcel No. 301-082-23, Eureka Area

RECOMMENDATION: Declare the subdivision as complete, and accept the final map for recordation.


17.               Request to Establish Fixed-Asset Accounts and Supplemental Budgets ($236,420) Using Rural County Funds

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request for using Rural County Funds for supplementing law enforcement efforts, thereby providing needed personnel and equipment for essential services.

18.               Agreement with PropertyBureau.com, Inc. for the Auction and Disposition of Personal Property from the Sheriff's Property Room

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign agreement.

Treasurer-Tax Collector

19.               Request to Establish an Overtime Account ($100) to Pay for Overtime Wages During Peak Tax Periods

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

D.                  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 voluntarily sign the sheet at the front doors of the Chambers by 9:00 a.m.



1.                   Declaring March 2003 as Jazz Festival Appreciation Month, and Commendations for Sponsors of the 2003 Redwood Coast Dixieland Jazz Festival (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt proclamation and resolutions of commendation.

F.                  DEPARTMENT REPORTS

District Attorney

1.                   Request to Authorize the District Attorney's Office to Enter into a Special Counsel/Contingent Fee Agreement with the Burlingame Law Firm of Cotchett, Pitre, Simon, and McCarthy (Cotchett Law Firm) to Assist the DA's Office in the Prosecution of its Unfair Competition Law Complaint in People v. The Pacific Lumber Company; Humboldt County Superior Court; Case No. DR030070

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

Public Works

2.                   Standing Item for Change Orders Over $10,000 on Public Works Projects (if required)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve change orders (if any).

3.                   Standing Item for Advertisement or Award of Public Works Projects (if required)

RECOMMENDATION: Take action as required (if necessary).

Health and Human Services--Social Services Branch

4.                   Agreement with the Humboldt Senior Resource Center for $4,000 for Training on Alzheimer's Disease


County Administrative Office

5.                   Update from Steering Committee for the Court Master Facilities Plan

RECOMMENDATION: Receive update.

6.                   Standing Item on Hiring Freeze Process

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize filling of specified vacant positions as recommended by the CAO.Authorize CAO to place recommended hiring freeze exemptions on the Consent Calendar.Authorize department heads to approve departmental travel freeze exemptions.Direct CAO to work with the Budget Subcommittee to develop an incentive plan to save funds.

County Counsel

7.                   Ordinance Deleting Various Sections of the Humboldt County Code

RECOMMENDATION: Introduce ordinance by title, waive the first reading, and set for adoption on March 25, 2003.


1.                   Standing Item for Reports on Board Member Travel at County Cost and Meeting Attendance

RECOMMENDATION: Receive oral reports, and take appropriate action (if required).

2.                   Standing Item on Potential or Proposed Big Box Retail Development in Humboldt County

RECOMMENDATION: Take appropriate action (if required).

H.                  CLOSED SESSION

1.                   Report from Prior Closed Session (if required)

2.                   Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.7, Review County's Position, and Instruct Designated Representatives with Respect to Various Forms of Compensation Provided to County's Represented and Unrepresented Employees (if required)

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

4.                   Off-Agenda Item--Closed Session Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(b)--Significant Exposure to Litigation

I.                    ADJOURNMENT

Adjourn to Conference on Cable Franchise Renewal on March 12, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. at the Wharfinger Building, 1 Marina Way in Eureka.