Those present: Lloyd Smith; Ed
Royce; Christine and Gordon Hancock; Emily Diggles; Tom Parkin; Robin
Wyatt-Little; Cindy Thill; Rey Ramirez; Scott Williams; Bob and Linda
Kubisiak; Margaret Belz; Jim Davis; Deborah Santiago; Ruth Ellison;
Chris Ryan; David Brinsfield; Burns Brimhall and Kim Mullins.
President Lloyd Smith convened
the meeting at .
Introductions were made.
Minutes were approved: Motion
by Ed Royce. 2nd ﾖ Christine Hancock. Unanimous approval.
Christine reports an operating balance of $2585.57. The Bodfish
Grant Project balance is $5000.00; Kennedy Meadows Grant project
balance is $5000.00. There is a balance of $900.00 in the
Sequoia Crest CWPP Grant account and a balance of $203.79 for the
State Farm Grant. Christine will pay $310 to Alliant Insurance for the
FSC Accident Policy. Christine is following up on the FSC 501c3
renewal procedure. Motion to accept by Ed Royce. 2nd - Robin Wyatt-Little. Unanimous approval. Report on
Lloyd Smith introduced the new
meeting format explaining that the Board of Directors will meet -
9:30 AM to conduct Board business with the Stakeholders
meeting to follow from -
11:30 AM. Both meetings are open to everyone.
ACTION ITEMS REVIEW:
Lloyd Smith reiterated the FSC's
Vision and Mission
statements from the Board and invited others who were present to
submit their comments. Lloyd raised a point regarding the use of the
word ﾓpreventionﾔ versus ﾓprotectionﾔ
and ﾓfireﾔ versus ﾓwildfireﾔ in our
programs and printed materials. He solicited input from those
Discussion followed. No
FSC CALENDAR UPDATE:
To be sent in separate email.
Robin will be meeting next
week with Matt Fontaine, Director of Camp Owen to refresh the CEO - KRV FSC relationship and need for CampWards
to assist with chipper days.
COMMITTEE PURPOSE AND
Lloyd Smith explained the
following KRV FSC committees, their purpose and their goals as
Grant Committee purpose is to
pursue and manage grants from federal and state agencies for fire
safety planning and fuel reduction projects.
2008 goals are on file.*
Fundraising Committee purpose
is to raise funds for the general operating costs of the KRV FSC with
a 2008 goal of raising $5000.00 utilizing at least 2 grant
applications specific to the operating funds.*
Chipper Days Committee purpose
is to organize and coordinate Chipper Days within the boundary of the
KRV FSC which will significantly reduce the fuel load on private
properties. Goals are on file.*
Committee Purpose is to organize and coordinate presentations to
businesses, organizations and groups within the KRV FSC boundary to
enhance the common understanding of the KRV FSC, defensible space and
wildland fire protection for homes. Goals are on file.*
Bylaws Committee purpose is to
revise the KRV FSC bylaws to the extent needed so that we will be in
compliance with them in carrying out our programs ﾖ but only to
this extent. The 2008 goal is to complete any revision(s) by the
end of the summer.
Publicity Committee purpose is
to promote the KRV FSC as a force in the community that has made a
difference in producing fire safe communities. Goals are on
Website Committee purpose is
to upgrade and maintain the FSC website to (1) provide information and
access to FSC services in support of the residentﾒs needs in
their efforts to improve fire safety of their property and home (2) to
provide information about the council and itsﾒ programs, and
(3) to solicit volunteer effort and funds to support the FSCﾒs
work ﾖ in priority order. Goals are on file.*
Education Committee purpose is
to develop educational material and events to promote fire safe
environments and attitudes among the KRV FSC boundary of influence.
Goals are on file*
*Committees goals are too
lengthy to include in the minutes. Available on request.
Jim Davis shared photos of a
recent one acre fuel reduction project adjoining the FSC/BLM
fuel reduction grant project a few years ago. This acre ties the
two projects together on the eastern corner. Jim, at his own
expense, hired a contractor to do the work. Jim mentioned that
there are 6-8ﾒ high ceanothus remaining on BLM
property near the now existing fuel break. Robin will coordinate
with Jim regarding a possible newspaper article regarding ﾓprivate
citizen taking responsibility for creating defensible space.ﾔ
Grants: Ed Royce
reported for Patrick Pontes, Grant Administrator, giving updates on
the one remaining on-going grant project; two approved 2008 grants and
the five 2009 submitted grant proposals. Ed will send copies of the
grant proposals to Robin and Christine.
reports fundraising efforts will continue with reminder letters to
Property Associations regarding existing pledges and soliciting new
pledges. He will continue grant proposals to the Kern County Community
Foundation for further funding. Margaret Belz reports that a
recent hot dog ﾓfeedﾔ for Century 21 personnel raised
$71.50 to benefit the Fire Safe Council. Lloyd will send a thank
you to Paul Mooney of Century 21. Recently received were sustaining
membership contributions of $250.00 from Bea and Lloyd Smith, and $300
from Tom Parkin. These will be acknowledged with thank you
Chipper Days: Margaret
Belz reports the 2008 Chipper Day calendar thus far:
March 29th ﾖ WalkerPass
April 5th ﾖ Frontier Trails
May 17th ﾖ Pala Ranches
May 31st ﾖ Alta Sierra
Margaret has sent out the
necessary pre-registration form to the above POAﾒs. Tom Parkin
feels certain Squirrel Valley POA will schedule their chipper day
Speakers Bureau: Robin
Wyatt-Little reports a very successful FSC program was given to the
Lake Isabella-Bodfish POA on February 12th. with 32 residents
attending. Lloyd Smith and Rey Ramirez gave an interesting
program dealing with whom and what is the FSC and an update of the BodfishCanyon
fuel reduction grant project to begin in May this year. Lloyd
suggested Robin contact Dave Freeland, President of the KRV Exchange
Club to schedule a FSC program. Robin will do this.
Robin asked for suggestions
for possible audiences who would like a FSC program. Robin is
working with Captain Richard Grove from Havilah to schedule a FSC
program for that area.
Bylaws: Ed Royce reports
there are minimal changes needed for the bylaws. He will work on
these changes with a deadline in mind for the end of summer.
Publicity: Robin reports
that Emily has written an article about the FSC program at Lake
Isabella-Bodfish POA meeting. This will be submitted this week.
Robin submitted an article to the KVSun sharing information about the
ﾓEmber Phenomenonﾔ evidenced in the recent southern California
fires. The publicity committee will meet with the KVSun editor
on Friday to discuss future articles. Robin asked Emily if she
would write an article on the Phase 1 Bodfish Canyon fuel reduction
Project. Emily will network with Rey Ramirez for information.
Website: Ed reports that
work continues on the website remodel. Getting the domain name
(URL ownership) transferred is in the works and Ed will try to have
this done for the April 1st deadline. Ed feels the site is now
much more organized and user friendly. Another new feature will
be direct links to Margaret and Tom for chipper days and also to Robin
for speakers bureau scheduling. GOOD JOBALI!
Education: Lloyd reports
that two more roadside signs are ready. Cindy Thill mentioned
that she has managed to secure the original chosen site for the
Rte.178/Borel sign. We are still aiming for 3/31 deadline but
Cindy will call Cal Trans if this canﾒt be met. Cindy
commented that the sign by Paulﾒs Place
is no longer seasonal and needs to be changed. Unanimous
agreement. Ed Royce made a motion that the FSC use $650.00 from
the educational fund to order another sign. Tom Parkin ﾖ
second. Unanimous approval. At this point, Dave Brinsfield,
said that BLM
would share the cost 50/50. THANK YOU BLM!
Cindy Thill will provide Lloyd with the new message and the sign will
be ordered. It was also mentioned that the Havilah sign is at
the Forest Service yard. Lloyd will take it to the sign painter to
attempt to remove the graffiti. Cindy Thill will develop a
seasonal sign rotation calendar for our road signs. THANK YOU
Lloyd asked if it might be
time to develop new brochures for the FSC. He suggested
information such as building codes, planning for evacuation and also
an ﾓin placeﾔ plan. Perhaps a native plant list.
It was suggested that perhaps a new brochure would be developed for
all KC FSCﾒs specific to POAﾒs and individuals.
Debbie suggests that this is a positive step to coordinate so that KC
FSCﾒs are giving the same information to the public.
Robin gave Lloyd a sample of all the brochures that are currently
being distributed at the Speaker Bureau programs. Lloyd will
inventory our current collection and then make a specific
recommendation for a new brochure
Lloyd Smith requested approval
from the Board for him to attend the
next State FSC workshop.
Lloyd gave an update on the
KRV CWPP. Everything is in place for the appropriate signatures.
Rey Ramirez will secure the KCFD signatures and then pass it to BLM.
Conservation and Development District funding for FY 2009 has been
zeroed in the Presidentﾒs budget. It was suggested that
the KRV FSC send a letter to Congressman McCarthy requesting he work
for reinstalling this funding into the U.S. Department of
Agriculture Budget. Unanimous approval. Lloyd will attend
Fire Department: Rey Ramirez reports that the Fuels Crew
will be ready on or about March 15th. Crew 87 will start work on
the Bodfish Canyon Fuel Reduction project approximately May 1st.
Rey believes that Wildfire
Awareness week is scheduled for May 6th ﾖ 12th. Rey will
confirm this and will also see to it that KCFD, FSCﾒs and other
Fire Agencies are scheduled to appear before the Kern County Board of
Supervisors asking for the annual recognition of Wildfire Awareness
Week. Rey is also working with Mary Beth Garrison on the Living
With Wildfire newspaper inserts. These will be distributed
during Wildfire Awareness Week and will have a new cover photo.
Mary Beth would appreciate having wildfire photos specific to each KC
FSC area for the insert. Discussion followed regarding ideas to
publicize wildfire education: Demonstrations of flame lengths on
grasses uncut and those that have been cut. Lloyd suggested an
article in the paper educating people about fire dangers with propane
tanks and necessary prevention around the tanks. Kim Mullins
offered ideas about getting the ﾓwordﾔ out such as
inserts for grocery bags and poster materials for Post Offices etc.
Robin will network with Kim about some of these ideas. Rey
reports that the KCFD ASV
(All Season Vehicle) purchase is in progress.
Scott Williams requested copies of FSC committee descriptions from
Lloyd. Scott reports that Chris Ryan and Judy Forbes are making
great progress on the reorganization of the Collaborative Binder/KRV
CWPP, complete with new maps, table of contents, signature pages etc.
Discussion followed regarding necessity of reproducing the finished
CWPP Binder in hard copy versus digitally in order to forward to the
State FSC and CDF. Debbie Santiago and Ruth Ellison assured our
FSC that the hard copy was sufficient and that the state FSC will put
the CWPP Binder on their website with links to our KRV FSC website.
Lloyd expressed appreciation for this effort in tidying up all the
loose ends for completion. THANK YOU TO ALL
Scott inquired about an
adequate inventory of the June 9th Deadline for property clearance
signs that KCFD places throughout the Valley. He has some
ﾓClear Choiceﾔ signs to augment this effort if needed.
Rey will check on this and get back to Scott.
Dave Brinsfield would like to develop Contingency Plans for the FSC
area of influence. He has developed this program elsewhere and
will present a program to our FSC soon to explain how this works.
Briefly, this plan shows where houses/structures are located within a
given area plus giving firefighters a history of fire and wind
behavior in specific areas. This information is then available
in the event of a wildfire situation.
Debbie Santiago is scheduled
to submit her remarks to the Grants Clearinghouse Proposal Review
Committee regarding Grant applications.
FSC-Camp Owen Relationship: Robin
Isabella Highlands newspaper article: Jim Davis/Robin Little
Grant Proposal Copies: Ed Royce
Thank you to Century 21: Lloyd Smith
Thank you's to Lloyd & Bea Smith and Tom Parkin
Speakers Bureau Program ﾖ Havilah: Richard Grove/Robin
Speakers Bureau/Exchange Club Date: Robin Little
Roadsign(s) order, rehab and rotation calendar: Lloyd Smith and
New Brochure project: Lloyd Smith
KRV CWPP Signature Page: Rey Ramirez
RC&D Funding Letter: Lloyd Smith
Supervisor's Agenda/Wildfire Awareness Week: Rey Ramirez
KRV CWPP Binder Updates: Scott Williams, Judy Forbes & Chris
Smith at 11:30 AM
PLEASE REMEMBER: Next
months meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 20th. Board of
Directors will meet at 8:30 AM. Stakeholders meeting will begin
at 9:30 AM. Location: Supervisor McQuiston's
Conference Room, Kern County Administration Building, Lake Isabella.
Kern River Valley Fire Safe
PO Box 633, Kernville, CA 93238