9:00 AM


A.                  OPENING CEREMONIES

1.                   Salute to the Flag

2.                   Invocation by the Reverend Andy Broese Van Groenou, Senior 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.                   Transfer of Funds to the Department of Public Works' Motor Pool to Reimburse for Purchase of 4 x 4 Vehicle for Use by the Assessor's Office

RECOMMENDATION: Approve reimbursement by transferring $8,735.

Board of Supervisors

2.                   Request to Declare that a Local State of Emergency, Per Resolution No. 2000-14, Remains in Effect Until January 27, 2004, Allowing the Department of Public Health to Continue a Needle-Exchange Program   (Supervisor Geist)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

3.                   Removal of Ralph McCarthy from the Human Rights Commission   (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Rescind Board Order No. C-6 from the Board of Supervisors’ meeting of July 8, 2003, appointing Ralph McCarthy to the Human Rights Commission, and direct the Clerk of the Board to post the vacancy.

4.                   California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Membership Dues   (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve payment of balance of CSAC dues for 2003/04 in the amount of $3,241.00.

5.                   Letters to Governor Schwarzenegger and Legislative Representatives Urging Proposition 40 Funding for Coastal Fisheries Restoration Program be Maintained in the 2004/05 Fiscal Year. (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign letters in support of Proposition 40 Funding.

Clerk of the Board

6.                   Resolution from the Fortuna City Council Requesting that the Humboldt County Elections Division Conduct the City's Municipal Election on April 13, 2004

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request with the condition that the City of Fortuna reimburse the County for costs incurred in conducting said municipal election.

Community Development Services



7.                   Extension of Extra-Help Hours for Mary Commins, Planning Technician I

RECOMMENDATION: Approve extension to 1,920 hours.

8.                   Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Humboldt County Children and Families Commission to Form a County Advisory Board to Help Create a Child Care Economic Impact Report as a Foundation for Strategic Planning and Developing a Child Care Strategic Plan for Humboldt County

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign MOU.

9.                   Appointment of New Members to the Workforce Investment Board and Youth Council

RECOMMENDATION: Appoint Virginia Bass-Jackson, Robert Sampson, Debi August, and Skip Stone to the Workforce Investment Board for two-year terms.  Appoint Jeffery Jacobs and Joshua Saxon to the Youth Council for three-year terms.

County Administrative Office

10.               Jail Booking Fee Agreements

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreements with the Cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Trinidad, and with Humboldt State University.

11.               Exemptions to the Hiring Freeze

RECOMMENDATION: Approve exemptions for the following vacant positions:  Appraiser I; Senior Fiscal Assistant; Senior Applications Programmer Analyst; Nurse Case Manager; Nutrition Aid; Mental Health Case Manager I/II; Psychiatric Nurse; Substance Abuse Counselor I/II; Supervising Psychiatric Nurse; Supervising Mental Health Clinician; Supervising Juvenile Corrections Officer; Juvenile Corrections Officer; and Legal Office Assistant I/II.

County Counsel

12.               Adoption of Annual Resolutions Authorizing New Chair and Vice Chair for the Board of Supervisors to Take All Acts Necessary to Act as Chair and Vice Chair, Including Authorized Signatures on Necessary Documents of Financial Transactions

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution Nos. 04-__ through 04-__.

General Services

13.               Agreements with Promotional Agencies

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreements with Arcata Chamber of Commerce, Eureka/Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Humboldt County Film Commission, Garberville Chamber of Commerce, Orick Chamber of Commerce, and the Willow Creek Chamber of Commerce.

14.               Supplemental Budget for the Purchase of Five New Radios for the Sheriff's Department

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt supplemental budget ($4,303).

Health and Human Services - Mental Health Branch

15.               Reappointment of Lea Nagy to the Mental Health Board

RECOMMENDATION: Approve reappointment.



16.               Extension of Extra-Help Hours for Jerry Cross, Mental Health Maintenance Custodian

RECOMMENDATION: Approve extension (not to exceed 1,321 hours).



17.               Agreement with David D. Aryanpur, M.D. for Psychiatrist Services

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreement.

Health and Human Services - Public Health Branch

18.               Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Probation Department (Juvenile Hall), the County Correctional Facility, and the California Forensic Medical Group for Voluntary HIV Testing of Incarcerated Individuals


19.               Agreements for Domestic Violence Prevention Program Activities Through June 30, 2005

RECOMMENDATION: Approve agreements with the North Coast Rape Crisis Team and Six Rivers Planned Parenthood.

Public Works

20.               Bridge Repainting on South Fork Eel River Bridge on Maple Hills Road; County Project No. 924025

RECOMMENDATION: Accept completed contract with FD Thomas Inc., Contractor, and approve claim for payment ($22,641.04).


21.               Request for Declaration of One Ambassador Polygraph Machine and One Morantz PMD201 Portable Recorder as Surplus Property, and Authorization for county Purchasing to Sell These Items to the Highest Bidder

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

22.               Supplemental Budget ($1,375) to Buy Chainsaws for the Continuation of the Senior Wood Project

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt supplemental budget.

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 the Redwood Memorial Foundation's Benefit Ball Committee in Honor of Earning Over One Million Dollars in Fundraising for Redwood Memorial Hospital   (Supervisor Rodoni)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt the resolution.

F.                  DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Clerk of the Board

1.                   Appointment of Board Members to Various Boards, Committees, and Commissions for Calendar Year 2004

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt slate as approved for 2003, or adopt revised slate for 2004.


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).

H.                  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)

4.                   Conference with Legal Counsel--Existing Litigation--Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a); County of Humboldt v. Robert C. McKee; Humboldt Superior Court; Case No. DR020825

5.                   Conference with Legal Counsel - Existing Litigation Pursuant to Gov. Code Section 54956.9(a).

6.                   Friends of Westhaven and Trinidad v. County of Humboldt.  Superior Court Case No. CV000744.

I.                     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

January 13, 2004

CDBG Application

January 20, 2004

Guttero Plan Amendment



There are no Board meetings on the following dates in 2004:


Tuesday, February 17

Tuesday, March 30

Tuesday, June 29

Tuesday, August 3

Tuesday, August 10

Tuesday, August 31

Tuesday, November 16

Tuesday, November 23

Tuesday, November 30

Tuesday, December 21; and

Tuesday, December 28.



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