Tuesday, November 13, 2001

 

REGULAR SESSION

Humboldt County Courthouse
Supervisors’ Chamber, First Floor
825 Fifth Street, Eureka

9:00 AM

 

A.                  OPENING CEREMONIES

1.                   Salute to the Flag.

2.                   Invocation by Pastor Andy Broese Van Groenou of the Harvest Church in Eureka.

B.                  AGENDA ADDITIONS AND/OR DELETIONS

1.                   Review Board of Supervisors decision regarding Potter Valley project number 77-110. Board representatives have met with members of a coalition including the Round Valley Tribe and Cal Trout regarding the proposed changes to the June 14, 2001 PVID/PG&E Potter Valley proposal.  After discussion and consideration of the Round Valley Tribe's August 6, 2001 letter of concern, the Board should consider changing its position in accordance with the letter. (Supervisor Woolley)

Action:  Send letter to PG&E.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

2.                   Resolution authorizing submission of a HOME Program Grant application to the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development for a rental new construction multi-family housing project in Redway At the October 9, 2001 meeting the Board authorized the submittal of a grant to State of California Housing and Community Development HOME Program for a multi-family rental housing project in Garberville project serving persons at or below 50% of median income.  The developer was unable to get site control, a threshold requirement at the original location in Garberville.  They were successful in getting site-control in Redway.  This resolution clarifies this fact.

Action:  Adopt Resolution No. 01-87 authorizing submittal of HOME program grant application.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Roger Rodoni SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

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.

Assessor

1.                   Resolution to participate in the State-County property tax administration loan program Resolution 98-88 passed by the Board in December 1998 allowed the County to participate in the State-County property tax administration loan program for the years 1998-99 through 2000-01.  Revenue and Taxation Code Section 95.31 has been amended to provide that counties may elect to participate in this program for one additional year.  Proposed uses of the additional resources include maintaining staff funded by the original program and increased automation.

Action:  Approve participation by adopting Resolution No. 01-88.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

Board of Supervisors

2.                   Continuation of emergency transmission of disease through contaminated needle use Dr. Lindsay has determined that the emergency still exists and the resolution should remain in effect for an additional twenty one days until December 4, 2001.  (Supervisor Woolley)

Action:  Extend local state of emergency until November 13, 2001.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

3.                   Letter of appreciation to Thomas Harkins Thomas Harkins has resigned from the Humboldt County Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Advisory Boards due to health reasons.  The Board wishes to send a letter of appreciation for his time and service on these Boards and to the citizens of Humboldt County.  (Supervisor Woolley)

Action:  Send letter of appreciation to Thomas Harkins.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

4.                   Resolution authorizing submission of Community of Manila and Humboldt Land Use and Transportation Planning grant applications to CalTRANS Community Based Transportation Planning Grant Program The purpose of the CalTRANS Community Based Transportation Planning initiative is to fund planning projects statewide that support livable communities, coordinate land use and transportation planning and involve the community. (Supervisor Woolley)

Action:  Approve submission of applications by adopting Resolution No. 01-89.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

Community Development Services

5.                   Resolution authorizing the Housing and Community Development HOME Program funds to be loaned to Eureka Humboldt Associates for the construction of senior housing in the Myrtletowne area. This complex will target persons whose incomes range between 45%-60% of median income.  The Community Development Services staff recommends the County of Humboldt loan the funds at the same rate as HCD.  This facilitative affordable development now and future affordable development when the loan is paid off.

Action:  Adopt Resolution No. 01-90.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

Employment Training

6.                   Contract between the Employment Training Department and the North Coast Veterans Resource Center, a division of Vietnam Vets of California to provide training The Employment Training Specialist will assist the ETD vocational counselor to provide various job search components to those residents in the outlying areas of the county.  Schedules and sites are yet to be determined.

Action:  Approve contract with the North Coast Veterans Resource Center.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

Health and Human Services - Public Health Branch

7.                   Purchase of a Mobile VHF Radio for Street Outreach Program ($1,215) The North Coast AIDS project provides mobile van HIV outreach and testing services throughout Humboldt County.  When the van operates in the Willow Creek, Hoopa, Orleans and Weitchpec areas, due to geography, cellular phones and CB radios do not function.  With the purchase and installation of a mobile VHF radio, the Community Health Outreach Workers who operate the van will be within voice communication of emergency services and home at all times.

Action:  Approve purchase.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

8.                   Acceptance of SAMSHA grant funds for Budget Unit 431 Healthy Moms Program FY 01/02 In response to the lack of women-specific residential treatment opportunities in Humboldt County the Healthy Mom's Program will expand its existing day treatment program by adding a residential component.  Healthy Mom's will collaborate with Redwood Community Action Agency for provision of a residential treatment home and case management services to accommodate up to five women and ten children at any given time.  The total contracted amount is $341,198.

Action:  Accept grant funding of $425,000 and increase Parent Educator to 1.0 FTE.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

Health and Human Services - Social Services Branch

9.                   Appoint member to vacancy on the advisory committee on the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program SSB staff recommend the Board fill another vacancy by appointing Sophiae C. Schneider as a current or former recipient of personal services.

Action:  Appoint Sophiae C. Schneider

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

10.               Temporary increase in compensation for Senior Fiscal Assistant Pamela Bailey The Director, DHHS has assigned Pam Bailey Senior Fiscal Assistant, the duties of supervisor of the DR Unit for twenty consecutive days and she was paid as if she had been promoted to Fiscal Services Supervisor during this period as the unit supervisor FSS position is currently vacant.  The twenty days ended on August 3, 2001 and on August 14, 2001 the Board approved extending the pay increase until November 14, 2001.  However, a recruitment has not been completed for the FSS position SSB staff recommend the Board approve continuing the salary increase until April 1, 2002 or until the vacant position is filled.

Action:  Approve temporary increase as Fiscal Services Supervisor.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

11.               Authorize temporary increase in pay for Social Worker III Susan Abbott as though she had been promoted to Social Worker Supervisor I pursuant to section 7 of the Humboldt County salary resolution (4/5 vote required) The SWSI of the In-Home Supportive Services Unit is on medical leave of absence of unknown duration.  Ms. Abbott has been assigned the principle duties of her supervisor and received a salary advancement for the period September 4, 2001 through October 1, 2001 a period of 20 work days.  Since the supervisor's leave has continued beyond this period.  It is necessary to obtain Board of Supervisor's approval for continuance of the salary increase.

Action:  Approve temporary increase as Social Worker Supervisor.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

Probation

12.               Extension of extra-help hours past 960 hour limit for Bobby Caruthers Bobby Caruthers has worked extensively in the Juvenile Hall and Regional Facility filling in for several vacant line staff post positions; providing replacement coverage for regular/permanent staff off work at mandated training and extended medical leave.  Mr. Caruthers is an experienced and well trained officer and as such a request is being made to authorize an extension of his extra help hours.

Action:  Approve extension.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

Public Works

13.               Construction of Elk River Road Project No. RPL-5904(035); Contract No. 990707 Contract change order number 3 involves overlaying Elk River Road from Herrick Ave. PM 0.0 to PM 1.63, with 0.1 feet of asphalt.  The additional asphalt overlay will further protect Elk River Road from structural failure and use the remaining grant funds available for the project.

Action:  Approve Change Order No. 3 pertaining to asphalt overlaying.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

14.               Purchase of a rotary mower for Hammond Trail maintenance The Parks Division would like to purchase a tow behind self-powered rotary mower primarily to be used on the Hammond Trail.

Action:  Approve purchase.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

15.               Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) lease for terminal office space at the Arcata-Eureka Airport The FAA has been under a lease agreement with the County for use of the terminal office space at the Arcata-Eureka Airport for more than 10 years.  The current lease expired on September 30, 2001 and the FAA has requested a new lease agreement.

Action:  Approve lease agreement for office space at the Arcata-Eureka Airport.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

16.               Transfer to cover shortfall in fixed asset account ($1,800) The original amount used for budgeting the water truck was based on estimates, actual bids came in slightly higher.  The requested transfer represents a shortage of less than 2%.

Action:  Approve transfer to Vehicle-Truck item.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

Sheriff

17.               Extension of authorization to collect $1 vehicle registration fee to support the Humboldt County abandoned vehicle abatement program for 10 years until April 30, 2012 Senate Bill 106 was recently signed into law, amending Section 9250.7 of the California Vehicle Code relating to the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program.  The amendment authorizes the service fee for each Service Authority to be extended in increments of up to 10 years if the County Board by a two-thirds vote and a majority of the cities having a majority of the incorporated population within the county adopt resolutions providing for the extension of the fee.

Action:  Adopt Resolution No. 01-91 extending collection of fee for ten (10) years.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

D.                 SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

1.                   Proclamation November 2001 is National Caregivers Month in Humboldt County Accepting the proclamation on behalf of the Area on Aging will be Sandra Fitzpatrick Executive Director.  (Supervisor Neely)

Action:  Adopt proclamation for November 2001.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

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)

Administrative Services

3.                   Policy on locating radio equipment on County facilities Given the County's increasing needs for tower and radio room space, staff recommends that no commercial vendors be leased space.  Even though we are starting off with Tower 3 having excess capacity, it is not possible to accurately forecast what our needs will be in five years.

Action:  Adopt policy.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Paul Kirk AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

4.                   Energy Commission loan applications Following on recommendations from CEC engineers, staff have identified three projects with a high probability of receiving loan approval and one which may be eligible for partial funding; replacing rusted air control louvers at the Courthouse, lighting retrofit projects at Clark and the Courthouse and partial funding for the Courthouse boiler replacements.

Action:  Adopt Resolution Nos. 01-92 through 01-95.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Jimmy Smith AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

County Administrative Office

5.                   Transient Occupancy Taxes The County has received a letter from the Humboldt Taxpayers' League requesting the Board reestablish a trust fund for deposit of the 2% tax portion of the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) pending a final decision by the Courts, or until this matter is put to a vote of the people.

Action:  Direct Auditor-Controller to deposit 20% of TOT received beginning January 1, 2002 into trust fund.  Approve $70,000 transfer from contingencies into this trust fund.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Roger Rodoni AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

F.                  MATTERS INITIATED BY BOARD MEMBERS

1.                   Headwaters Fund Draft Report The Subcommittee has completed the draft report and recommendations for the organization for the Headwaters Fund.  (Supervisor Woolley)

Action:  Hold public workshop at Wharfinger Building on December 11, 2001 at 7:00 pm.  Board to consider report at meeting of January 15, 2002.

PRESENT:  Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, John Woolley, Bonnie Neely and Paul Kirk.

2.                   Board member travel at County cost and meeting attendance.  (No action)

3.                   Potential/proposed Big Box retail development--Humboldt County.  (No report)

G.                 MATTERS SET FOR TIME CERTAIN

Time Certain 1 9:20 A.M.  Board of Supervisors

1.                   California Department of Fish and Game Presentation on Cooperative Fishery Restoration Projects Bob Hight, Director of the California Department of Fish and Game will give a short presentation on cooperative fishery restoration projects in our county.  (Supervisor Smith)

Action:  Hear presentation from Bob Hight Director of California Department of Fish and Game.

Time Certain 2  9:40 A.M. DHHS Public Health Branch

2.                   Receive report regarding the status of children's oral health in Humboldt County. The highlight of the oral health report are that the nation is experiencing a crisis in oral health and dental disease status, with uninsured and underinsured children faring the worst.  Children in Humboldt County and in California are no exception to this national trend, with California performing below the national average according to the California Oral Health Needs Assessment of Children 1993-1994.  The Crisis with Our Children report recommends several ways to improve oral health in Humboldt County's children.

Action:  Hear report and receive and file a copy of the executive summary of Crisis with Our Children, Humboldt County’s recently published children’s oral health report.

BY ORDER OF THE CHAIR

Time Certain 3  10:00 A.M. Board of Supervisors

3.                   Presentation from Max Bridges Executive Director North Coast Railroad Authority Max Bridges Executive Director of the North Coast Railroad Authority will present to the Board the Authority's proposal to invest FEMA's funding which is designated for the repair of the northern end of the line in an alternative project.  (Supervisor Neely)

Action:  Authorized Supervisor Neely to present testimony at the November 14, 2001 meeting of the NCRA stating this Board’s opposition to the alternative project at this time and urging the NCRA to proceed to move forward with the repairs for the northern end of the line.

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Bonnie Neely SECOND: Paul Kirk AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

Time Certain 4  Board of Supervisors

4.                   California Resources Agency Coastal Impact Assistance Program During the April 24, 2001 Board meeting (Community Development's agenda item #B-1) the Board voted to authorize staff to prepare and submit a grant application for grant funding of $151,628 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under the Coastal Impact Assistance Program encompassing all project elements by the April 30 2001 deadline.  (Supervisor Woolley)

Action:  No action required.

Time Certain 5  Community Development Services

5.                   Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District, City of Eureka and Humboldt County, MOU to prepare a Port of Humboldt Bay, Harbor Revitalization Plan This action would authorize the County to participate with the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District and City of Eureka in the preparation of a plan for the future use and development of Humboldt Bay.  The Plan will evaluate opportunities and constraints for harbor development and make recommendations for facilities, land us policies funding and implementation.

Action:  Approve MOU; authorize commitment of up to $25,000 of Coastal Impact Assistance Grant Funds, if received for Plan; and appoint Supervisors Neely and Smith to Harbor District Revitalization Planning Team

MOTION:  Motion to Approve.

MOTION:  Paul Kirk SECOND: Roger Rodoni AYES: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni and Paul Kirk NAYS: None ABSTAIN: None ABSENT: None

H.                  CLOSED SESSION

1.                   Pursuant to Govt. Code Sect. 54957.6 review County's position and instruct designated representatives with respect to various forms of compensation provided to County's represented and unrepresented employees.  (No final action taken)

I.                     PUBLIC APPEARANCES--9:05 AM.  (None)

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.

J.                   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.)

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