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Calaveras BOS Meeting Video and Summary for 4/12/11 Enclosed
San Andreas, CA....Busy day for the Calaveras BOS today. Public Comment gets a little heated. Brown Act, Closed Sessions with Lungren and more discussed. The County awards a contract for repairs on the O'Byrnes Ferry Bridge. Meeting ran just over 3 hours. Enjoy! Summary is enclosed....
SUMMARY OF THE MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS,
COUNTY OF CALAVERAS, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
HELD ON APRIL 12, 2011
PRESENT: Thomas Tryon, Chair; Gary Tofanelli, Vice-Chair; Steve Wilensky, Merita Callaway and Darren Spellman, Supervisors; James Jones, County Counsel, Jeanne Boyce, County Administrative Officer and Diane Severud, Supervising Board Clerk.
Peter Racz pulled Item 4. The balance of the Consent Agenda was unanimously approved on a motion by Supervisor Wilensky and a second by Supervisor Callaway.
1.MINUTES: March 22 and April 5, 2011.
2.CORRESPONDENCE: March 18 – 24, 2011.
3.RESOLUTION designating Calaveras County Arts Council as the official County Arts Agency and State-Local Partner to receive funds from State and Federal grants.
5.MINUTE ORDER authorizing execution of Amendment A-2 to Cooperative Agreement 10-168 with Caltrans providing for the relinquishment of a portion of State Route 4 to the County of Calaveras.
6.RESOLUTION to approve an amendment between Calaveras County and Stantec Consulting Services, Inc., for transportation infrastructure planning and engineering on-call as needed services associated with the O’Byrnes Ferry Road Bridge spanning Stanislaus River for an amount not to exceed $26,288.
4.MINUTE ORDER authorizing execution of Maintenance Agreement 10-08-001 FMA with Caltrans for maintenance of Murphys Grade Road within the Limits of Modified State Route 4. Approved 5-0.
7.PUBLIC COMMENTS: Patsy Gonzales, Angels Camp and an employee of Condor Earth Technologies in Sonora, thanked the Board for their efforts to provide fair competition for local companies to bid on County contracts. Bonnie Newman, Double Springs, provided a handout regarding a training presentation on medicinal marijuana next week for care providers. Peter Racz, Valley Springs, expressed his disappointment last week being denied entry into an informational meeting in Sacramento in Congressman Dan Lundgren’s office. He stated his surprise that there were three board members present. He was concerned that the meeting might be a violation of the Brown Act. Joe Kelly, Copperopolis, quoted various sections of the Brown Act regarding meetings.
8.RESOLUTION to accept bids and award an agreement between Calaveras County and R.A. Nemetz Construction Company, Inc., for the O’Byrnes Ferry Road Bridge Emergency Repairs for an amount not to exceed $81,100. Approved 5-0.
9.RESOLUTION recognizing Pat Davis for her nine years of service and dedication on the Mental Health Advisory Board. Approved 5-0.
10.RESOLUTION endorsing the week of April 15-22, 2011 as Calaveras County Earth Week. Approved 3-2, Supervisors Tofanelli and Tryon dissenting.
11.RESOLUTION awarding the bid for herbicides. Approved 3-1-1, Supervisor Callaway dissenting and Supervisor Wilensky abstaining.
12.Review of correspondence, reports and various matters of concern. Supervisor Tofanelli will attend a meeting with Mountain Valley Emergency Services Agency to discuss their FY 2011/12 Budget and the anticipated County contribution of $21,311. CAO Boyce stated that the amount is usually included in our budget process. He also reported that he will be participating in the Calaveras Follies. He asked to report on the recent meeting with FEMA after all reports have been completed. Supervisor Spellman commented that he has received correspondence regarding dissatisfaction with the permitting process in the Building Department. He announced a Copperopolis Town Hall meeting on April 28th and another in Rancho Calaveras on April 29th. He will not be holding his usual constituent meetings on Thursday, as he will be attending a new supervisors training in Sacramento that day. He added that there will be a Taxpayers Rally
in Valley Springs on Saturday. Supervisor Wilensky announced that he will be on vacation for the next three weeks and would like some assistance supplying coverage for his meeting commitments during that time. For the UMRWA meeting, Supervisor Tofanelli is the alternate and for the Calaveras Mariposa Community Action Agency meeting on April 29th Supervisor Spellman is the alternate. He reported that he has information regarding the Door to Door Chipper program and that the IHSS Advisory Committee would like to make a presentation to the Board on May 3rd or 10th. He also reported that the Drunk Driving Program is looking for funding alternatives. Supervisor Callaway reported that she and Supervisor Wilensky attended the Central Sierra Child Support meting and that she feels Tuolumne County is a good addition to the JPA. This weekend’s activities include Airport Day, Mr. Froggy’s Wild Ride for Feeney Park, Calaveras Follies, Earth Day at Utica Park and the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony at the San Andreas library. She pointed out an article in the Union Democrat highlighting the art work of Kevin Brady, a County employee. Chair Tryon had nothing to report. Counsel David Sirius and CAO Boyce had nothing to report. Supervisor Tofanelli commented on the FEMA meeting in Sacramento that had been mentioned earlier today during Public Comment. He explained that Bob Ayler, an aide in the office of Dan Lungren, had visited Calaveras County in March and had spoken with Supervisor Tofanelli about the flooding concerns, maps and hydrology study associated with Cosgrove Creek. Information had been requested to be given to FEMA and the Corps of Engineers for modeling purposes, which had not materialized. Supervisor Tofanelli asked Mr. Ayler to facilitate a meeting between himself, Congressman Lungren and FEMA to discuss the maps. Mr. Ayler wanted to include Supervisor Callaway; however, she was not available. Mr. Ayler then asked if Supervisor Spellman would be available to attend. Subsequently, Supervisors Tofanelli, Spellman and Callaway attended the meeting, all speaking on behalf of the concerns specific to their districts and the County as a whole. The representatives from FEMA admitted that the maps they had created were flawed and that the information provided at that meeting will help in future modeling of the area. FEMA will also utilize a Light Detection and Ranging(LIDAR)system that will be performed by flying over the area in the Fall, when foliage is at a minimum, to photograph and document the areas of concern and update their maps. He concluded his report stating that he felt the meeting was a good opportunity to have the concerns of our County be heard by FEMA. Supervisor Spellman expressed his disappointment when learning that Tulloch is a reservoir that has its water levels controlled by the Bureau of Reclamation and will not be included in any flood discussions, although the residents there are required to carry flood insurance. Supervisor Wilensky added that sometimes small counties, such as ours, have a difficult time developing relationships with large, federal agencies and thanked Supervisor Tofanelli for being open to the opportunity to foster the conversation and education process that resulted from this meeting. Joe Kelly, Copperopolis, stated that he had previously provided a map of his property and the survey results documenting an illegal raised road bed that was never used and will be misconstrued because of the environmental degradation due to erosion since that time. Peter Racz, Valley Springs, commented that he appreciates that FEMA is addressing the flood issues in Calaveras County and feels that DFG, FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers should get together for further discussions.
10. CLOSED SESSION: conference with legal counsel; anticipated litigation B significant exposure to litigation (one case), pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9(b)(1). There was no reportable action.
County Clerk & Ex-Officio Clerk
to the Board of Supervisors of the
County of Calaveras, State of CA
Publish: April 15, 2011
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REMORSE Posted on: 2011-04-13 16:55:37By: Anonymous
Wow, Tofanelli admitted three members of the BOS, Tofanelli, Callaway & Spellman attended a meeting in Congressman Lungren's office. Isn't 3 members a quorum of the BOS? There were citizens/taxpayers that sought admission to that meeting and were denied. A direct violation of the Brown Act. Yet, none of the threesome showed remorse for violating the Brown Act, let alone their sworn oath of office. Wilensky praised them for it, what's wrong with these elected imperialists? Why bother to administer a sworn oath of office to these elected folks? Should they be left unscathed to run rampant and roughshod over the taxpayers & voters? Do the people of Calaveras County, the people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them?
The oddity of this fiasco, two Tuesdays ago, Spellman announced that Tofanelli and Spellman were going to Lungren's office. When it came around to Callaway's turn under agenda item - review of correspondenc, reports and various matters of concerns, she announced she would also be their. Chair Tryon, probably just wanted the meeting to be over so he could leave, didn't bother to say anything about a quorum going to Lungren. The other person who was quiet, non other than County Counsel, James Jones. Isn't it his job to keep the legal issues in check? It's a shame the voters keep re-electing these people who could care less about the legal requirements of the job. Their purpose being elected is to spend as much of the taxpayers money buying votes for the next election and keeping the other elected officials who could stop this nonsense at bay, thru the fear of the budget process. Have the citizens of Calaveras County had enough? Do you have the memory capacity to remember in 2012 or sooner (recall), those remorseless scoundrels need to be removed and replaced with people who have all the citizens best interest as their job quest, representatives who have integrity and character?
No Subject Posted on: 2011-04-13 21:22:25By: Anonymous
thank you Calaveras Earth Club!
Wow. You cornered Tryon into admitting sustainability is a good thing! Tryon believes in capitalism and wanted everyone to know that it is far superior to marxism or socialism which he believes creates terrible government waste.
So now we know Tryon believes capitalism produces sustainability. And he's right, as long as greedy corporatists are left out of the equation. Thanks Tom!
Everyone needs to watch this video at the 1 hour 22 minutes.
Re: Calaveras Earth Day Posted on: 2011-05-05 17:18:29By: Anonymous
Wow. Watching the discussion on Earth Day makes me sad this is such a fearful and ignorant country. For an excellent resolution from High Schoolers concerned about the welfare of the local environment to turn into a forum for these wacko libertarians is distressing. Let's deal with REAL problems and stop making ourselves sick over imaginary injustices by the UN.
wyHFgjnBXPQvfPhzWEC Posted on: 2011-12-27 22:03:52By: Anonymous
EvDLyv Is anybody strong in radio here? We need a colleague who would tell us briefly about the transistor T2. I hope there are radio amateurs here. If it`s not on the subject at all, then I`m sorry. I have to write because I have no choice. PS: if the spelling is not right then also I'm sorry, I'm just 13 years old!....