COUNTY OF SIERRA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Sierra County Board of Supervisors metin regular session on January 17, 2017 in the Loyalton Social Hall, The meeting was recorded for posting on the Board of Supervisors’ website at www.sierracounty.ca.gov.
The Clerk of the Board may be reached at 530-289-3295 or at the following addresses: Heather Foster – email@example.com
The Board of Supervisors may hold a Closed Session as the agenda schedule permits.
9:00A.M. STANDING ORDERS
Call to Order -by Chair Lee Adams
Pledge of Allegiance led by Supervisor Lee Adams
Roll Call Supervisors Huebner, Adams, Beard, Schlefstein present, Supervisor Roen absent
Passing of gavel to new Board Chairman Peter Huebner tells Adams he did “one hell of a job” and thanked him
Selection of Vice-Chairman – Supervisor Scott Schlefstein
Approval of Consent Agenda, Regular Agenda and Correspondence to be addressed by the Board
PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY – Jeff Bosworth took time to thank all the workers for there hard work in flood and snow activities. Rick Featherman talked about closing Gold Lake Rd not happy when Plumas plows and we don’t. Gold detectors on big trucks, all gold goes to retirement fund, use sawdust to put on freezing pipes, still had a minute left. Tim Beals said that Plumas County does not plow the road for traffic, just to the snowmobile trailhead. The snow grooming program is coordinated between Plumas and Sierra counties.
COMMITTEE REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS – Supervisor Schlefstein announces Mental Health Advisory Committee meeting. Supervisor Beard says the Loyalton Care Facility is back in operation and he thanks Senator Gaine and staff for their service. Supervisor Adams reports the Western EMS committee met regarding situation with ALS in western Sierra County.
DEPARTMENT MANAGERS’ REPORTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS- Lea Salas with DHHS talked about inspection with the state coming up. Substance Abuse and Treatment Audit is also due and they are working on the paperwork.
FOREST SERVICE UPDATE – Sierraville District Ranger Quentin Youngblood communications with State and are updating RAC formalizing application status, and the first meeting date will be March 11th, soliciting first round of projects soon. Interesting weather conditions over the past couple of weeks and have been doing some recon on the situation, most of the areas are covered with snow which inhibits the reconnaissance. As of last week rain total better than 31″ just under 200% of average year. Under F&W grant funding for Folkie watershed. Snow grooming program going really well.
PROBATION – JEFF BOSWORTH
Resolution approving the annual review of Probation’s electronic monitoring program rules per Penal Code sections 1203.016 & 1203.018. Jeff Bosworth said it was a positive program and working well Approved 4/0
Electronic Monitoring Rules.pdf
6.B 11.A. – moved to 6B
Resolution approving updated Sheriff’s Office Records Retention Schedule. (SHERIFF) Supervisor Adams does not think getting rid of files is a good idea. Sheriff Tim Standley says most agencies use two to five years. “If we had a huge warehouse wouldn’t be a problem. Everything has to be under lock and key”. Just don’t see the need to keep them. Some files have statutory requirements. Auditor Maddox says needs to have personnel files kept for 15 years, with his history he believes not having background on personnel files could be a bad thing. Adams agrees with Maddox. Sheriff says just have to update regardless as things have changed and storing paper isn’t working. With the exception of Personnel files which must be retained. Approved 4/0
Sheriffs Office retention.pdf
AUDITOR / TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR – VAN MADDOX
Resolution authorizing increases in the compensation for Mid-Management positions in the manner provided to represented employees. Auditor Van Maddox says this simply gives COLA on 25th of January. Julie Osborne Sierra Co resident while thinks employees do a wonderful job, how can county pay for raises, how can we afford CalPers don’t approve of raises. Supervisor Schlefstein says the problems with the City of Loyalton are not the same as the County. Approved 4/0
PUBLIC WORKS/TRANSPORTATION – TIM BEALS
Resolution ratifying a proclamation of local state of emergency issued by the Director of OES on Thursday, January 11, 2017 due to flood damages within the County. Director Beals outlined the issues that make this a necessity in recovering from the recent weather floods, snows, slides private property and public property are still climbing. Beals outlined various issues that are presently emerging. 4/0
Discussion/direction of impacts from vehicular use of certain remote county roads (Verdi grade and Henness Pass Road, Antelope Road, Long Valley Road) during winter periods involving incorrect GPS guidance, search and rescue efforts, resource and road damages, and expenditure of limited county resources in response. Sheriff Tim Standley told of several incidents where vehicles were trapped during bad weather, not local people are causing the issue, many calls from Washoe County regarding stranded travelers. Road Dept/Public Works and SO will meet and try to figure out ways/alternatives. “Adams suggested a sign “what’s the difference between using your GPS and the Donner Party.?” Rick Featherman says shut down the road, Julie Osborne doesn’t want road closed but charge the people we rescue.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Presentation of California State Fair Counties Exhibit plaque and approval of 2017 State Fair Counties Exhibit Entry Form. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS) – Appreciation to Mary Ervin and approval 4/0
State Fair Presentation.pdf
Continued discussion/action regarding letter from Steve Traverso, Sierra Buttes Snowbusters pertaining to the Tahoe National Forest Over Snow Vehicle (OSV) Proposal. (SUPERVISOR ADAMS) Director Beals informed the Board by email :The Board of Supervisors received a letter dated November 2, 2016 from the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters expressing concern over the US Forest Service Over-Snow-Vehicle (OSV) planning process and particularly as it relates to the recent decisions of the Lassen National Forest on its OSV planning process. The letter requests that the Sierra County Board of Supervisors take any steps necessary to protect the interests of the OSV users and the snow grooming program within Sierra County on the Tahoe National Forest and to a lesser extent, the Plumas National Forest. The ROP and the minutes of the Board of Supervisors meeting of November 15, 2016 are attached for your easy reference.
The Board of Supervisors discussed this letter on November 15, 2016 and this included testimony from Ranger Quentin Youngblood of the Sierraville Ranger District. Upon conclusion of the discussion, staff subsequently made contact with Lassen National Forest to obtain a status report on the Lassen Forest OSV planning process and to determine if a letter from Sierra County would be proper or be considered in the official record of the Lassen OSV planning process and formal proceeding. The draft “ROD” or Record of Decision from Lassen National Forest dated August 2016 is attached as is the official published notice from Lassen National Forest dated August 23, 2016 which signifies the final step in the approval process of the preferred alternative, OSV plan, and EIS for the process. While Sierra County prepared and submitted strong letters of comment to the US Forest Service-Tahoe and Plumas National Forests on the respective OSV planning process for the Tahoe and Plumas Forests, the County was not notified of any proceeding underway in Lassen National Forest and this was likely due to the fact that no portion of the Lassen Forest is within the boundary of Sierra County. When the November 2, 2016 letter from the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters was received by the County in November 2016, inquiries to the Lassen National Forest confirmed that the formal commenting period on the EIS and OSV plan for the Lassen National Forest had been completed months earlier and the opportunity for formal inclusion by Sierra County into the formal OSV process had long passed. The Record of Decision, the approval of the EIS and OSV Plan, and the formal legal notice (all attached for your easy reference) signifying the conclusion of the federal planning process had been completed and there was no opportunity for the Sierra County Board of Supervisors to gain any standing to appeal, litigate, or otherwise involve itself in the Lassen OSV process.
However, what has now transpired is that the Regional Forester has directed Lassen National Forest to step back and take another look at the process, beginning with the draft EIS. So the Regional Forester has set aside the Record of Decision and formal notice issued in August 2016 for the Lassen OSV process and has directed that the Lassen Forest start over beginning with the draft EIS and re-engage the public in formal comment and review. Since Lassen Forest is the first of the five national forests involved in litigation settlement to complete its OSV process, the regional forester seems determined to establish that the decision on the Lassen Forest does not become a template for policy development on the other four forests involved. So the Lassen process is on hold, there will be a re-issue of the draft EIS expected 18 months from now, and at that time Sierra County can become formally involved in the process.
So it is the staff conclusion that while the Sierra County Board of Supervisors was not formally a part of the Lassen OSV process that was underway in 2016 and had no standing to appeal if the Board of Supervisors so desired, the opportunity for Sierra County to now become formally involved will occur once the draft EIS is re-issued in eighteen months. The County has submitted formal comments to both Plumas and Tahoe National Forests which assures Sierra County of being in the record, being in a position to intervene and appeal if desired, and be effective in its representation of the concerns for Sierra County’s interests in the OSV planning process. Sierra County will now be able to engage the Lassen Forest process in the near future.
Staff is watching this closely and is in communication with the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters when topics or deadlines are in place that require some action from the County. Both the Plumas and Tahoe OSV planning processes are in progress and there is no definitive answer on when the County may expect to see draft documents for its review. Sierra County is fully engaged in these two planning processes and has now (as of January 2017) formally notified Lassen National Forest that it wishes to be formally involved when the draft EIS and plan is re-circulated in 18 months. Therefore no further action by the Board of Supervisors is necessary or desired at this point and formal notices from Lassen Forest will be forthcoming to the Clerk of the Board in approximately eighteen months.
So no action was taken at this meeting.
Over Snow Vehicle.pdf
Resolution reorganizing the Departments of Health and Human Services. Approved 4/0
Reorganizing Health and Human Services.pdf
Approval of job description for Administrative Director of Behavioral Health, Director of Health and Human Services and Clinical Director of Behavioral Health. Approved 4/0
Job Description HHS.pdf
Resolution appointing the Administrative Director of Behavioral Health. Approved 4/0
Appointment Admin Director.pdf
Resolution directing the submission of credentials to the State of California for Clinical Director of Behavioral Health.Approved 4/0
MH Direct send to State.pdf
Discussion/adoption of a resolution eliminating longevities for Department Managers and setting a single pay rate for each position. (FINANCE COMMITTEE) Approved 4/0
Department Managers Longevities.pdf
Introduction and first reading of an ordinance amending Section 3.08.050 (d) of the Sierra County Code pertaining to Longevity Pay. (FINANCE COMMITTEE) Approved 4/0
Introduction and first reading of an ordinance amending Section 2.04.070 and rescinding Section 2.04.100 of the Sierra County Code pertaining to compensation for County Supervisors. (FINANCE COMMITTEE) Approved 3/0 Adams voted No
Sierra County Board Salary Ordinance.pdf
Introduction and first reading of an ordinance amending Section 5.04.55 of the Sierra County Code pertaining to authorization for business meals. (FINANCE COMMITTEE) Approved 4/0
Resolution adjusting Sierra County’s Parity System to comply with new minimum wage laws. (FINANCE COMMITTEE) Approved 4/0
Resolution amending the Sierra County Travel Policy. (FINANCE COMMITTEE) Approved 4/0
Approval of appointments to commissions, boards and associations; standing committees; term appointments; and ad-hoc committees for the 2017 Calendar Year. (CLERK OF THE BOARD) see link
BOS Committees List.pdf
Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 (c) – initiation of litigation – 3 cases. Direction to staff
Closed Session Initiation of Litigation.pdf
Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 – performance review regarding County Counsel. direction to Staff
Closed Session County Counsel review.pdf
Items placed on the Consent Agenda are of a routine and non-controversial nature and are approved by a blanket roll call vote. At the time the Consent Agenda is considered, items may be deleted from the Consent Agenda by any Board member or Department Manager and added to the Regular Agenda directed by the Chairman.
11.A. – moved to 6B
Resolution approving updated Sheriff’s Office Records Retention Schedule. (SHERIFF)
Sheriffs Office retention.pdf
Resolution authorizing the Auditor to make certain changes to the 2016/2017 Final Budget for Sheriff’s vehicles. (AUDITOR)
Budget Adjustment Sheriffs Vehicles.pdf
Addendum to Agreement 2016-101 with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency to extend the term of the Agreement. (SOCIAL SERVICES)
Rescission of Agreement 2016-138 and approval of professional services agreement between Derek Clark and Sierra County Health and Human Services. (SOCIAL SERVICES)
Derek Clark Agreement.pdf
2016 Medi-Cal Privacy and Security Agreement between the California Department of Health Care Services and the County of Sierra. (SOCIAL SERVICES)
Medi-Cal Privacy and Security Agreement.pdf
Resolution allocating funding provided to the County from the State Homeland Security Grant Fiscal Year 2016 in the amount of $78,167.00. (OES)
FY 16 HSG Expenditures.pdf
Agreement for Indemnification and Reimbursement for Extraordinary Costs for Les and Jill Meskimen, Applicants and Landowners for consideration of a zone variance to allow for the construction of a new garage. The project site, identified as APN 023-080-024, is located at 395 Sierra Lane, Verdi. (PLANNING)
Agreement for Indemnification and Reimbursement for Extraordinary Costs for Elizabeth Mettler, Applicant and Landowner for consideration of a Conditional Use Permit to allow for a special event venue. The project site, identified as APN 019-130-003, is located at 2500 Fiberboard Rd. Sierraville. (PLANNING)
Resolution terminating the collection of an additional one dollar ($1.00) fee for recording the first page of every instrument, paper or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded for implementation and ongoing operation of a social security truncation program (AB 1168). (CLERK-RECORDER)
Res terminating additional fee SSN Truncation Program.pdf
Resolution continuing the collection of an additional one dollar ($1.00) fee for filing every instrument, paper or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded and establishing the days of operation of the County Recorder pursuant to Government Code Section 27361.4(b). (CLERK-RECORDER)
Res continuing fee for days of operation.pdf
Minutes from the regular meeting held on December 6, 2016. (CLERK-RECORDER)
Minutes from the regular meeting held on December 20, 2016. (CLERK-RECORDER)