9:00 AM



Humboldt County Courthouse
Supervisors’ 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.


A.                 OPENING CEREMONIES

1.                  Salute to the Flag

2.                  Invocation by the Reverend Andrew R. Broese Van Groenou, Pastor of the Harvest 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.



1.                  Contract to Audit the Financial Statements of the County of Humboldt for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2003

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign contract with Bartig, Basler and Ray, CPA's.

2.                  Substitute Appointment for Confidential Senior Fiscal Assistant Position



RECOMMENDATION: Effective September 15, 2003, authorize a substitute appointment to the position of Confidential Senior Fiscal Assistant (Salary Range 289, Class 0123, Position 04, in Budget Unit 111) until the regular employee returns to work, or March 31, 2004, whichever comes first.  Authorize a transfer from the General Fund Contingency of $1,550.00 to fund these additional expenses.  Exempt the substitute position from the hiring freeze.

County Administrative Office

3.                  Hiring Freeze Exemptions

RECOMMENDATION: Approve exemptions for the following vacant positions:  Mental Health Clinician I/II (three positions); Psychiatric Nurse; Revenue Recovery Technician; and Emergency Communications Dispatcher.

District Attorney

4.                  Supplemental Budget ($41,045) for Child Abuse Services Team

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt supplemental budget.

Health and Human Services - Mental Health Branch

5.                  Child Abuse Treatment (ChAT) Grant Application for Fiscal Year 2003-2004

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the submission of the CHAT non-competitive grant for continuation funding by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Mental Health Branch, Children, Youth and Family Services (CYFS) in the amount of $230,196.00 to the Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Planning (OCJP).  Authorize the Chair to execute the forms attached to the Grant: a) Grant Proposal/Award Face Sheet and, b) Certificate of Assurance of Compliance.  Authorize Mental Health Branch Director to act as the Official Authorized to Sign for the CHAT grant, therefore allowing the Mental Health Branch Director to sign administrative paperwork related to the execution of the CHAT grant.

Health and Human Services - Public Health Branch

6.                  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Del Norte County for Preventive Health Care for the Aging (PHCA) Services


7.                  Purchase of an Olympus Fluorescent Microscope with Digital Image Capture System

RECOMMENDATION: Approve purchase, and adopt associated supplemental budget ($24,000).

Health and Human Services - Social Services Branch

8.                  Supplemental Budgets for Fiscal Year 2003, Designating Department 592 for the Cal-Learn Project and Department 593 for the Groundfish Disaster Stipend Program

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the supplemental budgets, and add them to the balance of 03-04 County budgets to be approved at a future Board meeting.  Authorize the Clerk of the Board to forward the items to the Auditor Controllers' office to enable them to set up the new accounts so that costs can be properly traced as soon as possible.

9.                  Authorize Temporary Increase in Salary Pursuant to Section 7 of the Humboldt County Salary Resolution



RECOMMENDATION: Approve a temporary increase of ten (10) salary ranges for Anthony Bonnett, Departmental Information Systems Analyst, effective September 14, 2003, and continuing until the DHHS Information Systems consolidation is complete, or March 13, 2004, whichever is sooner.

10.              Appointment to the In-Home Supportive Services Advisory Committee

RECOMMENDATION: Appoint Cynthia Dorfman as a current or former recipient of in-home care.


11.              Resolution Approving the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs' Organization Unit 6

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-__, and authorize the Chair to execute the MOU.

12.              Resolution Approving the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs' Organization Unit 7

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-__, and authorize the Chair to execute the MOU.


13.              Request to Disallocate a Vacant and Frozen Substance Abuse Counselor Position

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

14.              Request to Establish an Interest-Bearing Trust Account for the Probation System of Care Program

RECOMMENDATION: Establish Trust Account No. 3631.

Public Works

15.              Miller Subdivision Final Map; Assessor's Parcel No. 516-131-08; Blue Lake Area

RECOMMENDATION: Declare the Miller Subdivision as complete, and accept the final map for recordation.  Accept the offers of dedication of Parcels A and B for public road purposes, and Parcel C for public utilities.  Accept the Easement Deed to the County of Humboldt for storm drainage purposes from Ralph and Jo Evelyn Miller.

16.              Resolution of Intention to Vacate a Portion of 11th Street in Fieldbrook Subdivision

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 03- __, and set a public hearing date at least thirty (30) days from this Board meeting.

17.              Request to Accept the Avigation Easement to the County of Humboldt Executed by Robert and Jean Antonsen for the Benefit of the Arcata-Eureka Airport

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.


18.              Request to Establish Budget Unit 1100 213 (Homeland Security)

RECOMMENDATION: Establish budget unit in the amount of $466,034.

Treasurer-Tax Collector

19.              Supplemental Budget

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the supplemental budget increasing revenue in Account No. 1100-888-106-060, $20,000.00; and increasing expenses in Budget Line Item No. 112-2-2118, Professional and Special Services by $5,000.00. (The balance of the revenue increase would raise the General Fund Contingency by $15,000.)

20.              Defined Benefit Plan

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the "Additional Provisions" to the County's defined benefit 401 (a) plan; amend the existing plan for designated employee contributions Section 414 (h) (2) to a maximum contribution of 50% from the previous maximum of 70% of compensation (Section 3.02 of the Plan Document).  Adopt the Adoption Agreement Amendment (EGTRRA).  Authorize the Treasurer-Tax Collector, as Plan Administrator, to file for a letter of determination with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Authorize the County provider, Hartford Life Insurance Company, to act on the County's behalf with respect to the tax matters involved with the IRS.  Authorize the Chair of the Board of Supervisors and the Treasurer-Tax Collector to sign documents related to the IRS filing.

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.                  Proclaim Week of September 15, 2003, as Pollution Prevention Week (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the Proclamation.

2.                  Proclaim Week of September 7, 2003, as National Assisted Living Week (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the Proclamation.

3.                  Resolution of Commendation for Dennis Johnson on His Retirement from the County (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the Resolution.

F.                  DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Public Works

1.                  Standing Item--Change Orders Over $10,000 on Public Works Projects

RECOMMENDATION: Approve change orders (if required).

2.                  Standing Item--Advertisement and/or Award of Public Works Projects

RECOMMENDATION: Approve advertisements or awards (if required).

County Administrative Office

3.                  County Budget Recommendations for Fiscal Year 2003-04

RECOMMENDATION: Receive report, and take straw votes as appropriate.  Direct staff to compile the Fiscal Year 2003-04 budget, and return to the Board on September 23, 2003, for final adoption.  Take other action as appropriate.

County Counsel

4.                  Ordinance Amending/Repealing Various Sections of the Humboldt County Code

RECOMMENDATION: Consider an amendment to the Humboldt County Code, regarding various code sections which would repeal and amend obsolete code sections.  Introduce ordinance by title, waive the first reading, and set for adoption.


5.                  Request for Review and Adoption of the Plan for Transition of County Animal Control Services from the Agricultural Commissioner to the Sheriff

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.


1.                  Designation of Redevelopment Survey Areas

RECOMMENDATION: Receive report from the Economic Development Division of the Community Development Services Department which recommends:  1) adoption of a resolution designating redevelopment survey areas; directing staff to proceed with the preliminary development report; and forming a Board of Supervisors' redevelopment subcommittee

2.                  Standing Item--Reports on Board Member Travel at County Cost and Meeting Attendance

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

3.                  Standing Item--Potential or Proposed Big Box Retail Development in Humboldt County

RECOMMENDATION: Take appropriate action (if required).

H.                PUBLIC HEARING--11:00 A.M.

Community Development Services

1.                  Public Hearing on Resolution Establishing County Policy for Expanded Public Notice for Discretionary Land Use Projects

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-__.

I.                   CLOSED SESSION

1.                  Standing Item--Report from Prior Closed Session  (if required)

2.                  Standing Item--Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6, Review the County's Position, and Instruct Designated Representatives with Respect to the Various Forms of Compensation Provided to the County's Represented and Unrepresented Employees (if required)

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

4.                  It is the Intention of the Board of Supervisors to Meet in Closed Session to Consider the Public Employee Performance Evaluation for the Position of County Administrative Officer

5.                  Conference with Legal Counsel - Existing Litigation Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a).  Sally K. Palmer vs. Co. of Humboldt, Carolyn Cogswell, and Does.  Superior Court No. DR020569.

6.                  Conference with Legal Counsel - Existing Litigation Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a).  Headwaters Forest Defense vs. Co. of Humboldt, et. al.  United States District Court, Northern District of California.  Case. No. CV97-03989-VRW.

J.                  ADJOURNMENT

The meeting will be adjourned in memory of Gina Martin, Contra Costa County Clerk of the Board, who passed away on August 29, 2003; and in memory of Trinity County Supervisor David Klipp, who passed away on August 27, 2003.



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).

Afternoon Sessions Tentatively Scheduled for Future Board Meetings

September 23, 2003

Cal-North Cellular Project—Arcata Area


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September 30, 2003
November 11, 2003
November 25, 2003
December 23, 2003
December 30, 2003


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