Those present for the Board Meeting: Lloyd Smith (72), Ed Royce
(200), Christine and Gordon Hancock (10), Emily Diggles (10), Rey
Ramirez (100) and RobinWyatt-Little (26).*
* Indicates mileage, round trip.
President Lloyd Smith convened the meeting at .
MINUTES: Motion to approve by Ed Royce. Second by Christine
Hancock. Unanimous approval.
TREASURER'S REPORT: Christine reports an operating balance of
$3100.27. Grant balances are: BodfishCanyon,
$4411.00; Kennedy Meadows, $2943.00; State Farm, $6203.79 (Living With
Wildfire Inserts) and West & Arkelian Foundation, $347.00.
Recent donations received totaled $120.00. Christine paid grant
administrative fees to Patrick Pontes totaling $3546.00. The Board
pre-approved payment to H&R Block for May 15th tax preparation.
Motion to approve by Robin Wyatt-Little. Second by Ed Royce.
CALENDAR UPDATE: Added dates include: May 9th,
KVLI Talk Radio (),
Rey Ramirez and Robin Wyatt-Little; May 24th,
Havilah Days, Robin and others. NOTE: Gordon and Christine
Hancock will host the FSC table at the Spring Nature Festival at the
Wildlife Preserve, not Robin.
BOARD MEMBER NOMINATION: Margaret Belz had agreed to
serve on the FSC Board, however this is no longer an option.
Lloyd asks the Board to actively pursue a replacement for Emily
Diggles' seat. Gordon Hancock suggested asking local newspaper
people to serve on the Board.
GRANT STATUS UPDATES: Kennedy Meadows: Ed Royce, reporting
for Patrick Pontes, reports that 138 ﾓlicense to enterﾔ
letters have been sent with approximately 45% returned. Ed will
send reminder letters. Ed requested discussion of FSC liability
issues concerning the License to Enter document. Conclusion was
that FSC not liable, contractor(s) are. The draft Request for
Proposal and sample Contract are in the review stages. Ed and Patrick
are collaborating on the contract protocol & process. It is
hoped letters will be sent to potential contractors by April 24thand a
pre-proposal meeting in Kennedy Meadows in May. The plan is for
a June 1stcontract
Brushing Project: Rey Ramirez visited the project with
Department of Fish & Game resulting in the decision to leave some
brush piles for Quail nesting habitat. John Smith will begin the
Archaeological survey when he receives the University records.
A Notice of Exemption was approved for this project.
Sequoia Crest CWPP signatures have been received. Harry Love is
working with the Ranger District on a Memorandum of Understanding for
the signature page process. Patrick will close out this project
at the end of this quarter.
2009 Grant Proposals:
Pala Ranches Shaded Fuel break: Project was approved by BLM
for the full requested grant amount of $99,800.00.
Bodfish Canyon Phase 11 Fuel break Project: Project approved by BLM
for the full requested grant amount of $99,600.00.
Piute Meadows Community Roadside Brushing & Chipping Project:
Project was approved by the Forest Service for the full requested
grant amount of $86,900.
All applications were completed and submitted with the required maps
by the due date.
April is the end of the quarter and Quarterly Reports are due to the
Patrick attended the ﾓBuilding Sustainability through Community
Engagementﾔ workshop in Santa Barbara.
He will share handouts at the May FSC meeting.
CHIPPER PROJECTS: Due
to Margaret Belzís resignation Lloyd will ask Tom Parkin if he would
be willing to Chair the Chipper Days Committee. Robin will
obtain any pertinent chipper information that Margaret might have.
Ed will attend to needed website changes, removing Margaret's name as
contact and provide new link for contact information.
SPEAKER BUREAU: Robin
will begin scheduling programs for community organizations.
BYLAWS: Ed reports
nothing requiring Board action.
submitted a letter to the Fence Post regarding vandalism of FSC
Road sign in the WalkerBasin
area. Robin has submitted two fire safety articles. No
action yet on cost for tri-fold display board for Speakers
WEBSITE: Ed reports
that we are to continue using the old URL ﾓ.comﾔ until
further notice as the new webmaster has not had an opportunity to add
the new URL ﾓ.orgﾔ information.
reports another roadside message board has been ordered. It was agreed
that the vandalized sign needs to be placed in a new location, less
isolated. The Board gave approval for two large FSC Logos to be
produced. Unanimous agreement.
OLD BUSINESS: Lloyd
completed and distributed the CWPP PDF File on disc. Robin will
take Scott Williamﾒs copy to him and see about the possibility
of Scott printing out a hard copy.
CHIPPER DATA REPORT:
Lloyd completed and distributed the Chipper Data Report (3/25/08)
prepared in response to an inquiry by the San Joaquin Valley Air
Pollution Control District. The report points out a need for
more complete chipper day data. Efforts to this end are in
Rey Ramirez asked about the Chipper Day information sheet to accompany
burn permit requests at local KCFD Stations. Lloyd will attend
NEW BUSINESS: Lloyd spoke
with Bob LaRue, Director of Kern County Parks & Recreation.
Mr. LaRue is pro FSC and suggested Lloyd contact John Crabtree, the
KRV contact person and ask him to attend the meetings.
Tom Parkin bought 6 new tri holders for our FSC brochures. Thank
you Tom ONCE AGAIN!
Meeting adjourned at 9:30 AM.
BOARD ACTION ITEMS:
∑Recruit new Board Member:
∑Retrieve any chipper info from
∑Speak with Tom re Chipper
Committee Chair: Lloyd
∑Schedule Speakers Bureau
∑Inquire re CWPP hard copy with
∑Develop chipper day info sheet
for burn permits: Lloyd
John Crabtree with KC Parks: Lloyd
Fire Safe Council
Stakeholders Meeting April 17, 2008
attendees: Mark Kingsbury and Patti Mull (12)
President Lloyd Smith convened the meeting at 9:40 AM.
Introductions were made.
Change to the printed agenda: Lloyd Smith and Rey Ramirez
presented Emily Diggles with an appreciation plaque for her ﾓabove
and beyondﾔ service to this FSC since 2001. A rousing
applause in appreciation for Emilyﾒs volunteerism on behalf of
the FSC. Ed Royce was resident photographer. THANKYOU
CALENDER UPDATES: Two changes were noted, adding May 9thfor KVLI
Talk Show, Rey and Robin, 8:45 AM. Havilah Days will be May 24th. Details to be announced.
Lloyd smith offered congratulations to Rey Ramirez on his recent KCFD
promotion to Battalion Chief. YAY REY!
Lloyd retracted his announcement of the new Board Member as Margaret
Belz will be moving out of state at the end of the month. Lloyd
asked everyone to pursue finding a new Board Member.
Lloyd completed and distributed the Chipper Projects data report.
A terrific job Lloyd!
GRANTS: Ed Royce reports for Patrick Pontes that all three 2009
Grant Applications were funded: Bodfish Canyon Phase 11 Fuel
Reduction Project and Pala Ranches Fuel Reduction Project, both funded
and Walker Basin Road Brushing and Chipper Project funded through the
Forest Service. These projects represent $286 thousand in
funding. Rey Ramirez praised Patrick Pontesﾒ thoroughness
in the Grant Application Requests. THANKS PATRICK!
Fundraising: Lloyd reports that thank youﾒs have been sent for
recent donations. To date, 2008 donations total $2092.00.
Response to letters requesting donations to property
owners associations have been slow. No word yet from the Kern
Community Foundation nor Alta One funding requests.
CHIPPER DAYS: Lloyd reports that the recent Walker Pass Chipper
Day was, in a word, TERRIFIC with 400 cubic feet of cleared brush
chipped from along the highway on private property.
Scheduled chipper days coming up: May 3rdﾖ
Squirrel Valley; May 17thﾖ
Pala Ranches and May 31stﾖ
It was agreed that Chipper Days should be encouraged as a means to
reduce burning and improve air quality.
Robin will begin scheduling speakerﾒs bureau programs with
PUBLICITY: Ed Royce
volunteered to write articles (before and during) the BodfishCanyon
fuel reduction grant project. Ed will acknowledge the Crew 87
and Supervisor Randy Griffin.
Lloyd spoke with a Mr. Barrientos, reporter, from the Bakersfield
Californian regarding an article about the FSC and grant projects such
as Bodfish and also the Squirrel Valley Chipper Day event. Lloyd
will follow up with this.
WEBSITE: Ed reports
that the new webmaster has been delayed due to the tax preparation
season. Progress soon.
reports six more roadside message boards are ready and another is
being made. Rotation calendar not ready yet.
It was suggested that FSC members and/or KCFD will assist with
installing/changing the message boards. Lloyd asked the Board
for direction as to repairing the vandalized sign at a cost of $400.00
or ordering a replacement sign for $600.00. Ed moved to repair
the sign. Second by Robin. Unanimous approval.
Ed suggested getting the message signs changed ASAP as some of them
were no longer appropriate with the current season. Mark
Kingsbury volunteered to do this task. THANKS MARK!
The Caliente sign will be relocated so it is not so isolated, perhaps
on the private property of the Fence Post at the Bodfish/Caliente Road
junction. Another locale might be the ﾓYﾔ at the
Rankin Ranch. Discussion ensued regarding an all together
different locale such as Evans Road which is a State Highway and would
require a permit process. Rey Ramirez suggested the Forest
Service Work Station in Havilah as a possible locale. No action
taken. Rey Ramirez will take sign to Sierra Signs for repair.
Lloyd, Scott and Cindy will work on message rotations.
KCFD: Rey tells us that the ﾓLiving With Wildfireﾔ
newspaper inserts are ready for distribution for Wildfire Awareness
Week. Rey will send extra copies to our FSC for use in community
education outreach and speakers bureau programs. Rey asks that
FSC members edit the current 08ﾒ issue and make suggestions for
the 09ﾒ insert. Thank you to Rey and Mary Beth Garrison
(Tehachapi FSC) for this excellent issue. A special thanks to Ed
Royce for his contribution highlighting the role of Fire Safe Councils
on the back page of the insert. WELL
Rey reminds us of the Wildfire Awareness Week presentation to the
Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 6th,
9:00 AM, Kern County Administration Building. Robin, Christine
and Gordon have volunteered to attend.
Mark Kingsbury met with Department of Fish and Game to assess the
Bodfish grant project. Some piles of cleared brush will remain
to provide wildlife habitat. Historical checks are done for the
project and archaeological inspection to follow. A June 1ststarting
date is expected.
FOREST SERVICE: Lloyd reports that Cindy Thill has been formally
detailed as the PAO (Public Affairs Officer) for the district.
BLM: Debbie Santiago
informed Robin that a Student Conservation Team will once again spend
2-3 months in the KRV this summer, working on needed wildfire
issues/projects. Team leader Danielle Temple and husband Dan, are
wildlife biologists. It was suggested that the local newspapers
might like to attend the May FSC meeting to meet Danielle and hear
about SCA. Robin will attend to this. Lloyd asked members
to think about needed projects that SCA might get involved with such
as helping elderly residents with defensible space clearing.
RC&D: No report this month.
PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATIONS:
Lake Isabella/Bodfish POA hosted their annual Town Hall Meeting with CountyOfficials.
Frontier Trail POA : All quiet.
Kennedy Meadow POA: Memorial Day BBQ, 11:00 AM. Forest
service and BLM
agency representatives will be attending. License to Enter
letters sent with 45% returned. Reminder letters will be sent.
Keyesville resident Patti Mull asked for advice and/or information
regarding the many dead and downed trees in the Keyesville area.
She is concerned about the fuel load these dead trees represent in the
event of a wildfire. Apparently there are no agency
policies on how to deal with this type of issue for nearby property
owners. To be continued.
Meeting adjourned at 11:30 AM.
ﾷ Message signs
rotation calendar: Cindy, Scott & Lloyd
ﾷ Changing message
signs: FS/FSC folks/KCFD
ﾷ Editing current
Living With Wildfire for the 2009 issue. Everyone
ﾷ Develop Bodfish
Canyon Articles: Ed
ﾷ Contact newspapers
re SCA at May FSC meeting: Robin
REMINDER: Next FSC meeting is Thursday, May 15th. Board of Directors meeting is 8:30 AM,
Stakeholders meeting is 9:30 AM.
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Kern River Valley Fire Safe
PO Box 633, Kernville, CA 93238