County Counsel known as “JC” during a “mum’s the word” session
Chair Scott Schlefstein called the meeting to order and Supervisor Adams did awesome job leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Supervisor Peter Heubner absent for entire meeting and is believed to be recovering nicely.
Auditor Van Maddox gave report of Finance Committee which met Monday morning. Although the gap is narrowing between what the county spends and how much it has, there still has to be some whittling.
An agreement for discounted telecommunication services between low bidder Network Services and Sierra County was approved.
A discussion on delaying the County Aquatic Invasive Species boat inspection grant received from the Resource Advisory Committee (Title II Funds) resulted in all projects on hold due to Sequestration. The RAC board may have to set priorities for project if some money is freed up.
Another discussion regarding a delay of Secure Rural Schools Funding, including Title I, II and III Funding and the effects on County programs due to the “sequestration” program ensued.
The status of the 2012-13 Snow Grooming Program resulted in news that the Gold Lake program is over for season, and the east side is ongoing due to snow conditions. Planner Brandon Pangman will give seasonal wrapup in a future meeting.
An update was give on the Perry Creek flood control project in Sierraville.
A Resolution supporting the findings of the 2012 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment was approved.
Staff was directed to move forward on the potential county acquisition of a tax sale property affecting the Sierraville-Dearwater Airport.
District Ranger Tom Quinn will appear at a future meeting to discuss activities of the North Yuba Ranger District reported to the Board at their March 5 meeting.
Lots of talk but no action was taken on a review of the Sierra Brooks Water System grant/loan application and future items requiring the Bd of Supes to hold hearings or actions related to the project.
Information was given by Supervisor Adams regarding USFS national land management planning rule process and opportunity to comment on proposed directives for implementing the planning rule.
Regarding a previous discussion on a RAC appointment Supervisor Adams told the Board, “As a part of this year’s appointments to commissions, boards, and associations, Supervsior Roen was subsituted for Supervisor Adams and Supervisor Adams was made the alternate. In a response to the USFS recently as to whether I was willing to continue with the RAC, I advised the USFS of this appointment change. They advised that there is a more formal process for getting appointed to the RAC, and that my appointment 4 years ago was for a six year term. They further advised that it could be a prolonged process to make the board requested change and that both could be appointed if the board was so interested due to a number of resignations on the RAC. While there is the option of me resigning from the RAC at anytime, that would leave no BOS member until the federal process is followed. I know my own appointment took approximatley 6 months before the secretary of the interior took action.” No action was taken by the Board.
Chair Scott Schlefstein appointed Patricia Hall of Downieville to the Sierra Economic Development Corporation; Sidonie Christian of Sierra City to the Economic Development Committee and Michael Filippini of Loyalton to the Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District Board.
A presentation was made by Lisa Selacek, USFS Resource officer from Beckwourth Ranger Dist, Plumas NF. She gave an overview of $631 grant application to Calboating for expansion and resurfacing of the Gold Lake Boat Launching Facility. Concerns were raised as to whether the issue of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) were considered with the increase of use of Gold Lake. The Board approved a letter of support for the application, but added to letter concern with AIS being fully vetted with respect to both CEQA and NEPA issues.
A presentation by the Sierra County Fire Protection District No. 1 requesting authorization to utilize Title III funding to facilitate the completion of the Sierra County Community Firesafe Plan was approved with Resolution of Intent.
A special meeting followed the regular meeting with one item: Closed session pursuant to Govt code section 54957.6 to discuss labor negotiations.