present for the Board Meeting:Lloyd
Smith (72), Ed Royce (200), Christine and Gordon Hancock (10), Tom
Parkin (16), Patrick G. Pontes, Mark Kingsbury, Robin Wyatt-Little
Lloyd Smith convened the meeting at and introductions were made.
Royce moved that the April minutes be approved.Tom Parkin, 2nd.Unanimous approval.
Hancock reports a KRV FSC operating balance of $3000.27.Grant balances are:BodfishCanyon, $4,411.00; Kennedy Meadows, $2943.00; State Farm, $6203.79 and the West
& Arkelian Foundations, $347.00.Christine paid H&R Block $320.00 for tax preparation. An
invoice was received from Castle Printing for the Living with Fire
moved that the invoice be paid.Ed Royce, second. Unanimous approval.
reports one new calendar item:September 18, 2008, South Fork Women’s Club,
Speaker’s Program, .Debbie Santiago will attend with Robin.Robin will update the calendar and send via email.
reiterated the pressing need to replace Emily Diggles’ Board
members are urged to seek a replacement.Robin will contact Penny Lampkins for suggestions for a
representative from Alta Sierra.
Grants:Ed Royce reports that the Kennedy Meadow’s Road Brushing
Project is a viable project despite a few absentee property owners
who are resistant to signing the license-to-enter waivers.All of Kennedy Meadows Road will be brushed and Ed estimates
that there is a 50% property owner participation in the project. Ed
has sent second letters requesting participation, however, few have
been returned with signatures.Ed
reports that TulareCounty claims a 60’ right-of-way easement on Kennedy Meadows Road.Lloyd requests written verification of this County easement.Ed will see to this.
reports two recent donations totaling $300.00.Thank yous have been sent.Lloyd has recently submitted requests for educational funding
to the West and Arkelian Foundations.
Parkin reports two chipper days are scheduled:Pala Ranches on May 17th and Alta Sierra on May 31st.Tom has communicated with both parties and will attend both
events.Tom has agreed
to serve as the Chipper Day Chairperson.THANKS TOM!
Bureau, Publicity and By Laws Committees did not require Board
reports that the newspaper Insert will be posted on the FSC website
and KRVR will also post the Insert on their website.
requested $1254.66 to be paid to Sierra Signs for one new sign, one
sign repaired and two “sandwich boards” displaying the FSC logo
with attached containers to hold FSC printed materials.These will be used at various public events.
sent a copy of our Chipper Data Report to Tom Kuekes, FS (Mt. Pinos
FSC) per Tom’s request.
has been in contact with Kern County Parks & Recreation Director
Bob LaRue regarding their participation on the FSC.
mention that the California FSC is updating their master list of
Fire Safe Councils.Lloyd
will email Wendy Cornelius with information.
BOARD ACTION ITEMS:
of TulareCounty easement:Ed
FSC Master List update:Lloyd
Grove, Deborah Santiago and Danielle Temple.
convened at and introductions were made. Agenda
CALENDAR UPDATE:Robin had added September 18th for a Speaker’s
Bureau program to the South Fork Women’s Club at .Calendar will be sent via email.
list updates mentioned and will be forwarded via email.
will invite Supervisor McQuiston to a FSC meeting.
announced Rey Ramirez’s promotion to Battalion Chief. In Rey’s
place will be Battalion Chief Bob Lechtreck (pronounced Leetreck.)
reported that the Wildfire Awareness Presentation to the Board of
Supervisors went very well with three KRV FSC representatives
attending were Chief Thompson, Rey Ramirez, Mark Kingsbury, Debbie
Santiago and representatives from the Mt.Pinos and Tehachapi FSC’s.
COMMITTEE ACTIVITY REPORTS:
GRANTS:Patrick submitted his report covering:
·Kennedy Meadows Road
Brushing Project progressing well.RFP respondents meeting May 16th with Patrick and Ed to
discuss project. Contractor evaluation panel will meet May 28th.Contract award scheduled for early June.
·BodfishCanyon project:John Smith is
working on the cultural resource survey.When the ARCH Survey is complete it will be
sent to BLM with the CEQA documentation.Once
everything is cleared the State will OK the project and work will
·The 2009 grant
contracts have been signed and submitted.
FUNDRAISING:Lloyd reports total income thus far for 2008 is $2593.50.
He has sent a thank you to
two recent donors.Lloyd
has again submitted education funding requests to the West and
DAYS:Tom Parkin, Chair,
has put together an information packet for those having a chipper
day event.Pala Ranches
is having a chipper day May 17th.Alta Sierra is having their chipper day May 31st.Tom will attend both events.Tom will get the SquirrelValley chipper day data from John Hughes.
included an hour long KVLI Talk Radio FSC presentation by Rey
Ramirez and Robin Wyatt-Little.Lloyd Smith and Bob Lechtreck will present a program to the
KRV Exchange Club, June 5th.A program is scheduled for September 18th for the
South Fork Women’s Club.
PUBLICITY:Robin reports Ed’s BodfishCanyonarticle was submitted 5/l4 to the KernValley Sun.The May 2008 issue of the Fence Post has Lloyd’s article
regarding the FSC Road Sign formerly installed on the Bodfish-Caliente Road.Lloyd’s letter speaks to the twice vandalized sign and the
need to remove the sign completely.The FSC also had a photo-op of Emily Diggles appreciation
plaque presentation in the April 23rd issue of the KV
Sun.Also in this issue
of the KV Sun Robin’s article on fire safety tips and wildfire
preplanning, was published.In
the May 14th KV Sun KRVR report, the FSC report by Lloyd was
WEBSITE:Ed reports that both KRVfiresafecouncil.org and .com will
take the user to our website.Ed
has asked Tom to check the current chipper day forms on the site and
offer suggestions for any revisions.Ed asks Robin to do the same for the Speakers’ Bureau forms
and for Lloyd to revise, if necessary, the form for general
EDUCATION:Lloyd has ordered one new road sign (hazardous fuels) and
repair of the vandalized sign (BBQ coals.)The damaged sign will be relocated, to be determined.Lloyd will work with Scott and Cindy regarding the sign
Temple, team leader forSCA,
gave an overview of SCA and the scope of what the SCA team might
offer in terms of wildfire safety educational projects in the KRV.Several suggestions were discussed and will be formalized
once the team is situated in the Valley within the month.Robin will update the community calendarto facilitate SCA participation in local events.
BLM:Debbie reports that Eddie
Childs has been hired as the east side Fire Operations Specialist.Eddie will be attending the FSC meetings.Debbie reports that Friday, May 16th at Meadows
Field, BLM, Forest Service and Kern County
Fire Department will officially announce the beginning of fire
season.There will also
be an Interagency Wildland Review gathering at the WoffordHeightsPark, and lunch at on Tuesday, May 20th.
reports that Chris Ryan and Judy Forbes are working of the Project
Planning portion of the KRV CWPP and that it will be very user
KCFD:Mark Kingsbury gave an update on the progress of the Bodfish
Canyon Project.An early
June beginning date is planned.
(Piute Meadow Ranches) has been appointed as the official liaison to
the FSC.Richard will
work with Ed Royce and Patrick Pontes, getting license-to-enter
waivers ready in preparation for their 2009 road brushing project.However, the actual agreements will be requested by KCFD
according to Mark Kingsbury.Robin
suggested a FSC speaker’s bureau program dealing with defensible
space treatment and Lloyd suggested the possibility of combining
this program with an informational program about the road brushing
develop a format for introducing the FSC to his area.
RC&D:Funding has been reinstated and Bob Robinson will reapply for
his previous position of Watershed Coordinator.
than Kennedy Meadows upcoming memorial day event (road cleanup, BBQ
and meeting) other POA’s are quiet.
his edits for the 2009 Living with Fire insert.
·Invite McQuiston to
·Critique Chipper Day
Forms on Website: Tom
Bureau Forms on website: Robin
forms on website: Lloyd
website development efforts: Lloyd
·Update calendar and
attendance list: robin
·Work with Scott &
Cindy on sign rotation schedule: Lloyd
license to enter process: Richard, Gordon Ed & Patrick
·Develop format for
introducing FSC to POA: Richard