BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 

COUNTY STAFF

  Chair
JIMMY SMITH
First District

 

LORETTA NICKOLAUS
County Administrative Officer

Vice Chair
JILL GEIST
Fifth District

 

TAMARA C. FALOR
County Counsel

ROGER RODONI
Second District

 

LORA CANZONERI
Clerk of the Board

JOHN WOOLLEY  
Third District

 

 

BONNIE NEELY
Fourth District

 

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 Humboldt County

SUMMARY OF PROCEEDINGS

MARCH 11, 2003

Supervisorsí Chamber

Humboldt County Courthouse

825 Fifth Street, Eureka

9:00 a.m.

With the exception of No. F-1, all listed motions were passed by a unanimous vote, or by Order of the Chair.

Present at the meeting were: Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, John Woolley and Bonnie Neely.

A.                  OPENING CEREMONIES

1.                   Salute to the Flag

2.                   Invocation by the Reverend Andrew Broese Van Groenou of the Harvest Church


B.                  SUPPLEMENTAL AGENDA ITEMS

1.                   Agreement with the State Coastal Conservancy and the Redwood Community Action Agency for Improvements to the South Spit (Public Works)
RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to execute agreement.

Motion: Move to approve
           Motion: Roger Rodoni; Second: Bonnie Neely; Yeas: Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, John Woolley; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

2.                   Resolution Urging Citizens to Attend the 65th Annual Redwood Region Logging Conference (March 20-22, 2003) (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt resolution.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: Roger Rodoni; Second: Bonnie Neely; Yeas: Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, John Woolley; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

3.                   Resolution Authorizing Submittal of a Grant Application for $63,000 from the Jobs-Housing Balance Incentive Program at the California State Department of Housing and Community Development to be Used to Improve the Safety, Pedestrian Access and Drainage Along Orchard Lane in Redway, Where the County, in Partnership with Danco Builders, is Building Redwood Village, a 20-Unit Multi-Family Affordable Housing Complex (Community Development Services)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt Resolution No. 03-28.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: Roger Rodoni; Second: Bonnie Neely; Yeas: Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, John Woolley; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

C.                  CONSENT CALENDAR

Assessor

1.                   Vehicle Replacement

RECOMMENDATION: Declare equipment No. 03244 surplus.  Authorize Purchasing Agent to sell surplus vehicle.  Deposit proceeds from sale of the vehicle into the Motor Pool Replacement Fund.  Authorize purchase of a new replacement 4 x 4 utility vehicle.  Approve a $9,000 supplemental budget.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

2.                   Request for Allocation of an Appraiser I/II Senior Position and an Appraisal Technician Position; and Disallocation of a Data Entry Operator I/II Position

RECOMMENDATION: Approve allocations and disallocation.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

 

         Board of Supervisors

3.                   Support for Senate Bill 127, Which Allows for Full-Length Cattle Trucks to Travel on Highway 101 (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign letter.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

4.                   Resolution of Commendation for Kathryn Cauble Thompson on Her Retirement from the Health and Human Services Department--Social Services Branch (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt resolution.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

5.                   Letters of Appreciation to Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Mike Thompson for Successfully Achieving Humboldt County's Inclusion in the Livestock Compensation Program (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign said letters.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

6.                   Continuation of Local Emergency Caused by Flooding and Wind (Supervisor Smith)

RECOMMENDATION: Declare that a local state of emergency, per Resolution No. 03-06, remains in effect until March 25, 2003.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

7.                   Request for Ratification of the Certificate of Appreciation Presented to Keith Coulombe on His Retirement from the Redcrest Volunteer Fire Department (Supervisor Rodoni)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

8.                   Request to Accept Supervisor Woolley's Resignation from the Board of Directors for the North Coast Railroad Authority (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request, and appoint Dave Hull as interim member.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

9.                   Letter in Support of Legislation to Allow Elected Members of Local Government to Serve on the Board of Directors for the North Coast Railroad Authority (Supervisor Woolley)

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign letter of support.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

General Services

10.               Fire Loss at Public Works Facilities

RECOMMENDATION: Find that, due to fire at 901 Second Street, 927 Second Street, and 927-1/2 Second Street, in Eureka, an emergency has been created, requiring immediate action repair or replace the damaged structures.  Adopt Resolution No. 03-29, delegating to the General Services Director the authority to take immediate action, if required, by the emergency, including letting contracts without giving notice for bids.  Ratify action previously taken by the General Services Director to respond to the emergency.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

Health and Human Services - Mental Health Branch

11.               Request for Extension of Extra-Help Appointments

RECOMMENDATION: Approve extensions for: Beverly Georgianna, Psychiatric Nurse; Werner Hobiera, Mental Health Worker I; and Amy Knopp, Administrative Analyst I.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

Public Works

12.               Transfer of $9,200 from Fish and Game Contingencies to Fund the Following Projects:  Redwood Creek Salmon Culture Project, Mad River Slough Wildlife Area Enhancement, and Mad River Slough Wildlife Habitat Enhancement

RECOMMENDATION: Approve transfer.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

13.               Asphalt Concrete Overlay on Murray Road Between U. S. Highway 101 and Central Avenue

RECOMMENDATION: Accept completed contract with Mercer Fraser Construction Co., Contractor, and approve claim for payment ($22,749.64).

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

14.               Ocean Spruce Resubdivision, Phase II; Parcel No. 306-371-09, Humboldt Hill Area

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize the release of Security for Payment to Contractors ($56,000).

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

15.               Culvert Replacement at East Anderson Creek on Briceland-Thorne Road

RECOMMENDATION: Accept complete contract with R. Brown Construction Co., Contractor, and approve claim for payment ($18,787.99).

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

16.               Starlund Court Subdivision Final Map; Parcel No. 301-082-23, Eureka Area

RECOMMENDATION: Declare the subdivision as complete, and accept the final map for recordation.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

Sheriff

17.               Request to Establish Fixed-Asset Accounts and Supplemental Budgets ($236,420) Using Rural County Funds

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request for using Rural County Funds for supplementing law enforcement efforts, thereby providing needed personnel and equipment for essential services.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

18.               Agreement with PropertyBureau.com, Inc. for the Auction and Disposition of Personal Property from the Sheriff's Property Room

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize Chair to sign agreement.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

Treasurer-Tax Collector

19.               Request to Establish an Overtime Account ($100) to Pay for Overtime Wages During Peak Tax Periods

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: John Woolley, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

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

Peter Klimansky requested that the Board establish an "escrow account" that would allow citizens that don't want their taxes going to the current Bush administration to comply with federal income tax payment laws.  Ellen Taylor spoke in support of a pro-peace resolution.  Daniel Pierce spoke on various subjects.  Nada Nanda spoke on issues pertaining to the Eel River.  Paul Bareilles offered to pay parking citations, if any, to owners of logging trucks who were in attendance at this Board meeting.  Pat Higgins stated that he was appalled that the glass-blowing firm in Arcata was being shut down, and that its owners were being hauled away like criminals.  He requested that the Board take a position of opposition on this issue, and send letters stating this position to the appropriate agencies.

E.                  SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

1.                   Declaring March 2003 as Jazz Festival Appreciation Month, and Commendations for Sponsors of the 2003 Redwood Coast Dixieland Jazz Festival (Supervisor Neely)

RECOMMENDATION: Adopt proclamation and resolutions of commendation.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: Bonnie Neely; Second: John Woolley; Yeas: Bonnie Neely, John Woolley, Roger Rodoni, Jimmy Smith, Jill Geist; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

F.                  DEPARTMENT REPORTS

District Attorney

1.                   Request to Authorize the District Attorney's Office to Enter into a Special Counsel/Contingent Fee Agreement with the Burlingame Law Firm of Cotchett, Pitre, Simon, and McCarthy (Cotchett Law Firm) to Assist the DA's Office in the Prosecution of its Unfair Competition Law Complaint in People v. The Pacific Lumber Company; Humboldt County Superior Court; Case No. DR030070

RECOMMENDATION: Approve request.

Motion: Move to defeat

Motion: Roger Rodoni; Second: Bonnie Neely; Yeas: Roger Rodoni, Bonnie Neely, Jimmy Smith, Jill Geist; Nays: John Woolley; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 4 Yeas; 1 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

Public Works

2.                   Standing Item for Change Orders Over $10,000 on Public Works Projects (if required)

RECOMMENDATION: Approve change orders (if any).

No change orders were brought forward.

3.                   Standing Item for Advertisement or Award of Public Works Projects (if required)

RECOMMENDATION: Take action as required (if necessary).

No advertisements or awards were brought forward.

Health and Human Services--Social Services Branch

4.                   Agreement with the Humboldt Senior Resource Center for $4,000 for Training on Alzheimer's Disease

RECOMMENDATION: SITTING AS THE PUBLIC AUTHORITY FOR IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES, authorize the Chair to execute said agreement.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: Bonnie Neely; Second: John Woolley; Yeas: Bonnie Neely, John Woolley, Roger Rodoni, Jimmy Smith, Jill Geist; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

County Administrative Office

5.                   Update from Steering Committee for the Court Master Facilities Plan

RECOMMENDATION: Receive update.

No formal action taken (update only).

6.                   Standing Item on Hiring Freeze Process

RECOMMENDATION: Authorize filling of specified vacant positions as recommended by the CAO.  Authorize CAO to place recommended hiring freeze exemptions on the Consent Calendar.  Authorize department heads to approve departmental travel freeze exemptions.  Direct CAO to work with the Budget Subcommittee to develop an incentive plan to save funds.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: Bonnie Neely; Second: Jill Geist; Yeas: Bonnie Neely, Jill Geist, Jimmy Smith, Roger Rodoni, John Woolley; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

County Counsel

7.                   Ordinance Deleting Various Sections of the Humboldt County Code

RECOMMENDATION: Introduce ordinance by title, waive the first reading, and set for adoption on March 25, 2003.

Motion: Move to approve

Motion: John Woolley; Second: Bonnie Neely; Yeas: John Woolley, Bonnie Neely, Roger Rodoni, Jimmy Smith, Jill Geist; Nays: none; Abstentions: none.

Vote Summary: 5 Yeas; 0 Nays; 0 Abstentions.

G.                 MATTERS INITIATED BY BOARD MEMBERS

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

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

No action required.

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

RECOMMENDATION: Take appropriate action (if required).

No action required.

H.                  CLOSED SESSION

It was not necessary to hold Closed Session.

1.                   Report from Prior Closed Session (if required)

2.                   Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.7, Review County's Position, and Instruct Designated Representatives with Respect to Various Forms of Compensation Provided to County's Represented and Unrepresented Employees (if required)

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

4.                   Off-Agenda Item--Closed Session Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(b)--Significant Exposure to Litigation

I.                    ADJOURNMENT

Adjourn to Conference on Cable Franchise Renewal on March 12, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. at the Wharfinger Building, 1 Marina Way in Eureka.