9:00 AM


A.                  OPENING CEREMONIES

1.                   Salute to the Flag

2.                   Invocation by the Reverend Chuck Stearns, Senior Pastor of the Centerpointe Community 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.


Agricultural Commissioner

1.                   Request to Carry Forward into Fiscal Year 2003-04 $45,262 in Funding for Weed Management Activities Through June 30, 2004

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request to carry forward unexpended funds from Fiscal Year 2002-03.

2.                   Grant-Funded Agreement with the U. S. Department of Agriculture--Forest Service for Receiving Subventions to Conduct a Survey for Phytophthora ramorum (P. ramorum), the Organism Known to Cause Sudden Oak Death

RECOMMENDATION: Approve supplemental budget ($30,000) for receiving subvention to provide survey in the Redway area, where SOD has been confirmed on California bay laurel and coast redwood.


3.                   Agreement with the California State Assessors' Association, Harold W. Bertholf, Inc., and Seventeen Other California Counties for Petroleum and Geothermal Property Sales Study

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign agreement.

Board of Supervisors

4.                   Letters to the U.S. Attorney's Office and California Attorney General Concerning Statistical Information Tracking as Relates to the Proposed Resolution from the Humboldt County Human Rights Commission Regarding the USA Patriot Act   (Supervisor Rodoni)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign letters to the U.S. Attorney's Office and the California Attorney General.

5.                   Appoint Supervisor Jill Geist to the Board of Directors for the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District   (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the appointment.

6.                   Appoint Michael J. Jonckheere to the Humboldt County Fish and Game Advisory Commission   (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve the appointment.

7.                   Appointment of Robert C. Prior to the Board of Directors for the Hydesville County Water District   (Supervisor Rodoni)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve appointment.

Child Support Services (CSS)



8.                   Transfer of $30,000 from CSS Contingency Fund to Overtime Line Item

RECOMMENDATION: Approve transfer.

Clerk of the Board

9.                   Resolutions from the Arcata City Council Requesting Consolidation of Municipal Election with Statewide General Election Occurring on March 2, 2004

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request with the condition that the City of Arcata reimburse the County for costs incurred pursuant to this request.

County Administrative Office (CAO)

10.               Exemptions to the Hiring Freeze

RECOMMENDATION: Approve exemptions as listed.

County Clerk-Recorder

11.               Certified Results of the Official Final Canvass of the November 4, 2003, Consolidated Districts Election

RECOMMENDATION: Accept certified results, authorize the Chair to send a letter of appreciation to Edge Wireless for its support of elections in Humboldt County, and acknowledge the Sheriff's Department and SCOP personnel for their work in supporting the election.

Health and Human Services - Mental Health Branch



12.               Extension of Extra-Help Hours for Budget Unit 424 Personnel

RECOMMENDATION: Extend hours to a maximum of 1625 for Joe McManus (Medical Office Assistant I); JoAnne Frick (Office Assistant II); and Vanessa Viggers (Medical Office Assistant I).

Health and Human Services - Social Services Branch

13.               First Amendment to Contract with Michael Twombly for Collaboration with Humboldt County's Lobbyist and With Appointed and Elected Officials to Development Legislation Relative to AB 1259

RECOMMENDATION: Approve amendment to extend contract for a twelve-month period, and authorizing further extensions as stipulated.

Library Services

14.               Supplemental Budget ($3,574) for the Receiving of Donations and Grants to be Spent on Library Books, Magazine Subscriptions, Office Supplies, and Travel for Staff Development Purposes

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt supplemental budget.

Public Works



15.               Request to Authorize Compensation for Jim Brewer, Bridge Maintenance Worker, as if He Had Been Promoted to Bridge Crew Supervisor, and Continuing Through January 3, 2004

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request retroactive to November 9, 2003.

16.               Request from Marie Melanson Bair to Rename Mad River Beach County Park as Bair Beach

RECOMMENDATION: Deny request, and direct staff to send a letter, including the historical analysis, to Marie Melanson Bair informing her of the Board's decision.

17.               Request for Acceptance of the Avigation Easement to the County of Humboldt Executed by Peter B. Kenyon and Sharmon H. Kenyon for the Benefit of the Rohnerville Airport

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

18.               Annual Trucker's Parade on Friday, December 12, 2003, in Fortuna, and Saturday, December 13, 2003, in Eureka

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize the use of County Road trucks and heavy equipment in said parades.

19.               Chevron Airport Dealer Supply Contract for Fuel Distribution at The Arcata/Eureka, Garberville, and Rohnerville Airports

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to execute contract.



20.               License Agreement with the Humboldt Trap and Skeet Club for Operations at the Arcata-Eureka Airport

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to execute license agreement.




21.               Increase in Extra-Help Hours for Chandler Baird and Steven Hoppe, Emergency Communications Dispatchers

RECOMMENDATION: Extend hours to 1,920.

22.               Reverse Supplemental Budget to Bring Revenue Expectations for the OHV-Beach Patrol Program in Line with Approved State Funding

RECOMMENDATION: Approve reverse supplemental budget (<$22,795>).

23.               Purchase of Computer Equipment and Auxiliary Software

RECOMMENDATION: Approve purchase ($28,000).

Treasurer-Tax Collector



24.               Request for Continuation of Temporary Increase in Compensation for Supervising Tax Collector, Velma Thiel, and Treasury and Tax Assistant, Lenora Viggers

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.



25.               Transfer of $1,000 from the General Fund Contingency for Payment to the Law Offices of Martha Romero and Associates for Continuing to Represent Humboldt County and the Humboldt County Treasurer-Tax Collector in Bankruptcy Proceedings

RECOMMENDATION: Approve transfer.

26.               Authorization for the Chair to Sign Confirmation of County of Humboldt, Allowing the City of Arcata Joint Powers Financing Authority to Recognize the County's 1988 and 1994 Agreements with the Community Development Agency of the City of Arcata and Agreeing to Have the County Subordinate its Tax Increments Pass-Through Property Taxes Because Certain Conditions Have Been Met

RECOMMENDATION: Grant authorization.

27.               Agreement with Special Counsel, Hawkins, Delafield & Wood, in Connection with the Drafting and Finalization of the Annual Report to the Treasurer-Tax Collector

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreement, and delegate the authority of negotiating, approving, and executing future annual agreements in similar form to the current agreement with Hawkins, Delafield, and Wood with a special counsel for the purpose of drafting and finalizing said annual report.

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.                   Resolution of Commendation for Rick Knapp, CalTrans District One Director, on His Retirement (Supervisor Rodoni)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the Resolution.

F.                  DEPARTMENT REPORTS

County Administrative Office

1.                   Cancellation of Board Meetings in Calendar Year 2004

RECOMMENDATION: Approve schedule of canceled meetings, and direct the Clerk of the Board to forward the schedule to all County departments.


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

RECOMMENDATION: Take appropriate action (if required).

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

RECOMMENDATION: Take appropriate action (if required).


9:15 a.m.--Health and Human Services (HHS)

1.                   Health and Human Services Consolidation Under AB 1259--Human Services:  Pilot Program

RECOMMENDATION: Receive and file progress report.  Establish AB 1259 permanence as a priority legislative item of the Board.  Direct the HHS Director to work with the CAO and County Lobbyist to initiate actions needed to develop legislation to remove the sunset and pilot status of AB 1259.

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 or Threatened Litigation Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9   (if required)

J.                   PUBLIC HEARINGS--1:30 P.M.

Public Works

1.                   Resolution to Vacate a Portion of John Hill Road in the Santa Clara Tract

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-__.

Community Development Services

2.                   Resolution Authorizing Submission of an Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Grant for an Inventory and Prioritization of County Brownfields, and Authorizing the Community Development Services Director to Sign the Grant and Grant-Related Documents

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-__.

K.                  LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM FOR 2004

1.                   Legislative Platform for 2004

RECOMMENDATION: Approve recommendations as submitted.

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).

Afternoon Sessions Tentatively Scheduled for Future Board Meetings

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Kirkpatrick Abatement (Honeydew)

Stevens Abatement Costs (Trinidad)

Guttero General Plan Petition (Patrick’s Point Drive)

HJK Enterprises Notice of Merger/Zone Reclassification (Benbow)

Housing Element



There are no Board meetings on Tuesday, December 23, 2003; and Tuesday, December 30, 2003.


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