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 Humboldt County



9:00 AM


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

PRESENT:        Supervisors Smith, Rodoni, Woolley, Neely, and Geist   (all present)



A.                  OPENING CEREMONIES

1.                   Salute to the Flag

2.                   Invocation by the Reverend Matt Gillis, Youth Minister for the First Covenant Church in Eureka

B.                  OFF-AGENDA ITEMS

1.                   Report from Kim Kerr, General Services Director, Regarding the Fire That Occurred on March 2, 2003, at the County Maintenance Building Located at Second and K Streets in Eureka (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION:  Declared an emergency, so that General Services can complete the mitigation and recovery aspect of this loss without bidding the work.  Specifically, to getting building Maintenance and Public Works staff back into their buildings.  Established a revenue line item 3528-358-0106 (Fire Loss Insurance Proceeds) and expenditure line item 3528-358-6416 (fire Loss Within General Services—Risk Management) budget.  Approved supplemental budget for Revenue 3528-358-0106 ($1,500,000) and Expenditure 3528-358-6416 ($1,500,000).  Approved appropriations transfer.  Authorized General Services and Public Works to replace the contractor equipment and vehicles immediately by using current bids of the County or other public entities.  The insurance company will salvage anything it can and take a credit, so the property will not be considered surplus.  Authorized General Services Director to obtain an advance from the County’s insurance company based on immediate needs.  Directed the County Administrative Officer, Public Works Director, and General Services Director to return to the Board with a plan for the Public Works storage area (and other County needs).

2.                   Continuation of Emergency--Transmission of Disease Through Contaminated Needle Use (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Declare that a local state of emergency, per Resolution No. 2000-14, remains in effect until March 25, 2003, allowing the Department of Public Health to continue a needle-exchange program.

C.                  CONSENT CALENDAR

Board of Supervisors

1.                   Resolution Authorizing Road Closure for Avenue of the Giants Marathon and 10K Run (Supervisor Rodoni)

ACTION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-23.

2.                   Request to Authorize Chair to Sign Statement of Support for South Spit Joint Agency Management Plan (Supervisor Smith)

ACTION: Approve request.

3.                   Request to Appoint Alan Finn, Hank Toborg, and Thomas Lasbury to the Phillipsville Community Services District Board (Supervisor Rodoni)

ACTION: Approve appointments through the next general district election (November 4, 2003).

Child Support Services

4.                   Reallocation of a Child Support Specialist I/II Position to a Child Support Specialist III Position

ACTION: Approve reallocation.

Community Development Services




5.                   Extension of Extra-Help Appointment for Tony Shen, Senior Planner

ACTION: Approve extension to a maximum of 1,920 hours.


6.                   Transfer of $23,500 from the Building Inspection Division's Trust Fund to Lines Items for Overtime ($3,500); Professional & Special Services ($15,000); Rents & Leases-Equipment ($2,500) and Special Departmental Expense ($2,500)

ACTION: Approve transfer.

7.                   Supplemental Budget ($59,921) and Position Allocation (Economic Development Specialist) for the Headwaters Fund Program

ACTION: Approve supplemental budget and position allocation.

8.                   Resolution Providing Specific Authorization to the Community Development Services Director to Sign the Documentation Needed to Open, Close, and Otherwise Manage the Bank Accounts Involved in the Prosperity Individual Development Account Program

ACTION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-24.

District Attorney

9.                   Request to Authorize the Chair to Execute Grant Award Face Sheet for Elder Abuse Vertical Prosecution Program Application in the Amount of $120,000

ACTION: Approve request.

General Services

10.               Transfer of $21,000 from Professional Services Line to Antenna Tower Fixed-Asset Line Item

ACTION: Approve transfer.

11.               Purchase of a Desktop Computer ($1,475) and Software ($408) for the Risk Management Division

ACTION: Approve purchase.

Health and Human Services - Mental Health Branch

12.               Agreements with St. Helena Hospital and St. Helena Hospital, d.b.a. California Specialty Hospital, for the Provision of Inpatient Services for Acutely Mentally Ill Clients

ACTION: Authorize Chair to sign the agreements, and authorize the Mental Health Branch to pay for such services required to care for Humboldt County clients that are placed in said hospitals.

Health and Human Services - Public Health Branch

13.               Approval of Agreements for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

ACTION: Approve agreements with North Coast AIDS Project, Redwoods Rural Health Center, and St. Joseph Home Care.

14.               Supplemental Budget ($8,000) for Project Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition

ACTION: Adopt supplemental budget for presentations by Ellyn Satter, a nationally-known expert in feeding dynamics, who is coming to Humboldt County March 5-8, 2003, to share her knowledge with local child care providers, health professionals, and parents.

15.               Agreements for Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Services

ACTION: Approve agreements with North Coast AIDS Project, Open Door Community Health Centers, Redwoods Rural Health Center, and St. Joseph Home Care-Humboldt County.

16.               Request for Approval of Memorandum of Understanding Between the Humboldt County Children and Families Commission and the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Division in Support of the Family Substance Abuse Community Response Initiative

ACTION: Approve request.

Library Services

17.               Contract with the Humboldt Literacy Project (HLP) to Provide Literacy Training for Adults

ACTION: Accept $9,988 from California State Library for provision of adult literacy services in Humboldt County, and authorize Chair to execute contract with HLP.

Public Works

18.               Resolution Approving Additions and Extensions to the County-Maintained Road System

ACTION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-25.


19.               Resolution Naming Authorized Agents to Act on County's Behalf for State Emergency Funding Relief Under CDAA-2003-01 for Damages Incurred in December 2002 Storms

ACTION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-26.

20.               Lease Agreement with Marc and Londa Rowley for Sheriff's Citizens on Patrol Office in Willow Creek

ACTION: Authorize Chair to sign lease agreement.

21.               Allocation for Office Equipment for Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Program

ACTION: Approve allocation of $28,600.

Treasurer-Tax Collector

22.               Resolution Approving Sale of Properties Tax-Defaulted and Subject to Sale

ACTION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-27.

D.                  PUBLIC APPEARANCES--9:05 A.M.

Richard Bettis, Bill Thompson, June Thompson, Daniel Pierce, Ellen Taylor, Peter Klimansky, Tim Cirylnjack, Susie Van Kirk, Len Davis, Ron Bells, and Wayne Wood addressed the Board on various subjects and issues.


1.                   Declaring March 2003 as Professional Social Worker Appreciation Month (Supervisor Neely)

ACTION: Adopt proclamation.

F.                  DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Public Works

1.                   Request to Authorize the Public Works Director to Advertise and Distribute a Request for Proposal for Professional Services for Animal Care and Shelter

ACTION: Approve request.

2.                   Standing Item for Change Orders Over $10,000 on Public Works Projects   (Not heard.)


3.                   Standing Item for Advertisement or Award of Public Works Projects   (Not heard.)


County Administrative Office

4.                   Standing Item on Hiring Freeze Process

ACTION: Approve requests to fill various positions in various departments.



1.                   Standing Item for Reports on Board Member Travel at County Cost and Meeting Attendance   (No action required.)

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

2.                   Standing Item on Potential or Proposed Big Box Retail Development in Humboldt County   (No action required.)

H.                  CLOSED SESSION

Report on Pending or Threatened Litigation Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 (No final action taken.)