Supervisor Lee Adams announced at the beginning of the meeting that the Jail did comply with State requirements for a correctly staffed facility as long as other emergency abilities were in place when there would be only one Correctional Officer on duty during the graveyard shifts.
Sierraville District Ranger appeared and gave the Board a coherent update on what was is going on in his District.
1) A discussion of costs and possible alternatives for local recreational activities for the youth in Sierra County centering on Wilderness Challenge and the Summer Recreation program resulted in once again having a decision put off until the June 4th meeting in Downieville in spite of receiving a letter from Laura Colson, Manager at the Department of Alcohold and Drug Programs Prevention Services Branch. Granted the letter was written on May 20 an Director of Sierra County Health & Human Services had just received the letter the morning of the Supervisor’s meeting so she hadn’t had a great deal of time reviewing it, but close inspection of the letter demonstrates the County is given clear instructions on what is needed to comply with funding requirements and clearly states, “if these changes are implemented, Sierra County can continue to run the summer recreation programs.”
Editor’s note : In watching and listening to H&S Director Janice Maddox, County Counsel Jim Curtis, and Auditor/Treasurer/Tax Collector/Risk Manager/Personnel Director Van Maddox, it appears they are dwelling on reasons to not provide summer recreation programs to the youth of Sierra County and not looking for ways to continue a valuable, necessary program during the summer months.
Chair of the Board Scott Schlefstein asked the trio to please re-evaluate the situation and try to reach a decision hopefully to allow the summer recreation programs in Loyalton and Downieville to continue even though H&HS Director Maddox believes the issue has dragged on so long that it may be too late to get everything in place for this summer…. sad……
2) A request to recruit and hire a Social Worker I, II or III to fill a vacant position in the Department of Social Services ended with approval from the Board with Supervisor Adams asking Director Janice Maddox to hire at the low end of the pay scale. Maddox suggested she would attempt to but the position required certain skills that may result in a higher level hire.
3)County Assessor Laura Marshall requested funding in the 2013-14 budget to maintain an employee through the end of 2012-13 Fiscal Year. The request was approved with Supervisors Adams, Heubner and Roen voting Yes and Supervisor’s Beard and Schlefstein voting No.
Planning and Building Director Tim Beals needs:
4) A Resolution authorizing him to execute agreements for the distribution of radios obtained by the Homeland Security Grant to certain agencies/departmetnst within the County. This was approved unanimously
5) A Resolution to modify Fiscal Years 2010,2011 and 2012 Homeland Security Grant expenditures. Supervisor Lee Adams mentioned he was “stunned” to see this once again on the Agenda but after a discussion and explanation of the often onerous requirements of the Grant process Director Beals was asked to bring the Resolution before the Board again on June 4.
6) A Resolution allocating 10 percent of the Sheriff and Undersheriff’s salary benefits and operational costs to the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) was unanimously approved as Law Enforcement is an integral part of the emergency management program.
7) Authorization to proceed with Resource Agreement with the Tahoe Cosnervation District (TCD) for implementation of the Aquatic Invasive Secies (AIS) Enforcement Grant from the Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). This was approved as a better solution as they are currently set up to accomplish the task. The inspection will take place at the Little Truckee Summit on Highway 89/Jackson Meadows intersection.
8) Authorization to advertise and fill Building Administrative Secretary position due to a retirement of an existing employee was approved to hire in July and to start the advertising process for the lower end of the pay scale.
Public Works and Transportation Director Tim Beals
9) Resolution approving plans, specs and bid documents and authorizing solicitation specifications approval for installation of 3 nested groundwater monitoring wells/soil gas probes was approved as necessary and there was nothing the County could do but comply with Supervisor Adams wondering which state agency was going to be the one to drive the county into bankruptcy.
10) Authorization to advertise and fill vacant plant maintenance worker position was given reluctantly and with a great deal of discussion. Auditor/Treasurer/Tax Collector/Risk Manager/Personnel Manager Van Maddox argued vehemently against filling the position until July saying he would have little savings from the early retirement of the present Custodian if the position was filled right away. After a seemingly endless discussion of how a filthy courthouse and offices would affect employee morale and people who have business in the county facilities, the Board agreed to have the position not filled until July.
Editors Note: So visit the county offices at your own risk, wear rubber gloves, go to the bathroom prior to leaving home. Masks might be advisable.
Sheriff-Coroner John Evans asked:
11) Sheriff Evans explained the normal staffing level is greatly depleted and he needed to resume the hiring process of up to four part-time extra-help Corrections/Communications Officers. was approved by the Board.
12) Supervisor Peter Heubner’s request for a Resolution opposing the elimination of the California Recreational Trails Grant Program (RTP) as currently structured under the Department of Parks and Recreation was approved by the Board.
County Counsel Jim Curtis wants:
13) An agreement between the County and Sierra County Fire Protection District #1 for preparation of an update to the Sierra Co Community Fire Safe Plan was approved.
14)Resolution changing the pay dates for County employees to once a month which had been agreed to by county employees during negotiations was approved.
15) Introduction and first reading of an ordinance amending portions of Part 3 of the Sierra County Code pertaining to changes to pay date; PERS retirement provisions for employees; base station designations; designation of County holdidays; and drug testing policy was accomplished.
16) Direction to staff to prepare and publish a summary of the subject ordinance or a display advertisement of at least one-quarter age in accordance with Government Code Section 25124 was accomplished.
17,18,19. Memorandum of Understandings for one year labor agreements with Sierra County Deputy Sheriff’s, Miscellaneous/Clerical and County Road Workers Units. County Counsel Jim Curtis commended the Operating Engineer Local 3 Union Representative Ramirez and the county union stewards for working together to make the process “straight forward with goodwill”, adding that “it’s amazing what a lack of money will do.”
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21)Highway 89 Stewardship presentation by Sandra Jacobson, from USDA, Pacific Southwest Station at Davis. including project history, current work and update on current grant applications by the Stewardship. Tim Beals introduced Ms. Jacobson saying, “he was proud to be associated with the Stewardship Team making such great progress with mitigation and education to improve wildlife passage Hwy 89”. Jabcobson pointed out what we have learned in Sierra County “can be used across the country”. She explained there will be more fencing to “funnel” deer and other wildlife to the highway undercrossings. She pointed that in a county like Sierra many more people “would rather hunt the deer, than hit them with their car.” The poster was developed by Sarah Holmes and Fish and Wildlife.
22) Child Abuse Prevention Update by Carolyn Widman, Executive Director and adopt proclaiming the month of April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention month. Due to a conflict in scheduling the Board heard a presentation from Carolyn Widman regarding the month of April 2013 being Child Abuse Prevention Month. Supervisor Jim Beard thanked Ms. Widman and spoke eloquently about how “children are our future.” Chairman Schlefstein apologized for the delay in proclaiming a Resolution and thanked her on behalf of the county’s children.
23) Sierra Schools Foundation regarding the first annual professional bike race to be scheduled in September 2013. Megan Meschery of Sierra Schools Foundation and John Pettengill of JP Coaching told the Board of the plans for the First Annual Professional Bike race scheduled for September in the Sierra Valley. The event is called 2013 Sierra Valley Gran Fondo on Saturday September 21 and Registration begins June 1, 2013. The event is divided into four sections: Enormo Fondo is 160 miles with 11,283 ‘ elevation gain starts at 0630 ; Gran Fondo 96 miles with 5,380′ elevation gain starts at 0700 ; Medio Fondo is 66 miles with 775′ elevation gain and finally the Piccolo Fondo 33 miles, 336′ elevation gain begins at 0900. See here 2013 Sierra Valley Gran Fondo
26) Resolution to authorize Auditor/Tax Collector/Treasurer/Risk Manager/Personnel Director to increase the expenditures for the Sierra Brooks Water System to pay for contract services and of course for some reason the County Counsel and County Auditor/Tax Collector/Treasurer/Risk Manager/Personnel Guy couldn’t think of any reason why they opposed it so the Board approved it.
I think that is all folks. Other things happened I think, but I can’t remember so read the Mountain Messenger to see what I missed.