Those attending: Lloyd Smith, Ed Royce, Christine and Gordon Hancock, Tom Parkin,
Patrick Pontes, Barbara Likens, Bob Lechtreck, Cindy Thill and Robin
Meeting convened at 8:30 AM.
MINUTES: Approval of March minutes postponed. Corrections will be made
with approval voted on at May meeting.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Christine reports the following balances: FSC
Operating Account - $3,248.33 Pala Ranches Grant: $5,000.00 Phase 11 Bodfish
Grant: $5,000.00 Piute Meadows Grant: $65,000.00
It was noted that payment of AD&D insurance premium was approved for
$210.00, not $310.00 as stated in March minutes. So noted.
Chris reports that the audit will begin May 1st at a cost of $350.00.
Chris also reports that Albert Beutick has the needed paperwork to do the
taxes which are due May 15th. Cost will be $350.00 unless an additional $50.00
is needed for the Charitable Trust filing.
Motion to approve the treasurer’s report – Ed Royce. Second – Robin
Wyatt-Little. Unanimous approval.
President Lloyd Smith clarified the meeting format i.e. only items requiring
Board of Directors action will be discussed during the Board Meeting. The
minutes will reflect this format.
Lloyd suggested that ordinary, pre-approved expenses (website, insurance
etc.) does not require back and forth email approval from the BoD. Unanimous
Lloyd also asked the BoD to respond to FSC business emails collectively so we
all know what the group thinking is and how the vote was made on a particular
issue. Unanimous agreement.
GRANTS: Patrick Pontes, KRV FSC Grant Administrator reports the
Pala Shaded Fuelbreak – We are in the Environmental Compliance process. We
received $4000 from the State for initial expenses and once we have the
environmental clearance we will receive project funding. The 2nd Quarter
Progress Report is due April 30th.
Bodfish Canyon Phase II Fuelbreak Project – We are still in the
environmental compliance process which BLM has just reviewed the report. We
received $5000 from the State for initial expenses and project funding will
arrive once the environmental clearance is granted. The 2nd Quarter Progress
Report is due April 30th.
Piute Meadows Community Roadside Brushing & Chipping Project – We have
received $65,000 for the project which is scheduled to begin April 15th. The 3rd
Quarter Progress Report is due March 31st (due to State 4/30.)
2010 Grant Projects: (should hear by 4/30 if we are successful)
Bodfish III Fuel Reduction Project – Completed and submitted with Match
Letter to CFSC on 2/17/09. Grant cost at $110,400 with a match of $11,190 (FSC
is $1,100 & KCFD is $10,090.)
Burma Interagency Extension Project – Completed and submitted with Match
Letter to CFSC on 2/l7/09. Grant cost at $96,400 with a match of $9,790 (FSC is
$900.00 & FCFD is $8,890.)
CFSC News: There were 379 grant proposals submitted for the 2010 Grant Cycle,
totaling $70 million dollars. The Forest Service has $23 million available with
BLM less than $500,000 available. Competition will be very tough for this cycle.
Derrick and Patrick attended the workshop “How to Comply with Environmental
Regulations” in Pasadena, sponsored by FS, BLM, USF&WL Service and LA
County Forestry Department. Discussions included various laws & acts and
complying with them both NEPA and CEQA, Exemptions/Negative Declarations etc.
Terms such as “ground disturbing” and “age limitation” of NEPA/CEQA
documents were defined as well as what to expect on our projects. We feel that
we are doing a good job on our project(s) compliance. Derrick is working on
strengthening Migratory Bird Act documents.
Cathy Brooks, CFSC Senior Grant Manager will arrive 4/30 to attend KCFSC’s
Wildfire Awareness Workshop and field events. Cathy wants to meet FSC members
and schedule time with Patrick, Derrick et al to look over project
FUNDRAISING: Lloyd Smith reports we have received $100.00 from Walter
Mortensen Insurance Agency (thank you sent.) We have also received $250.00 from
KC Firefighters Union for the upcoming Wildfire Awareness Workshop event (thank
you sent.) Kennedy Meadows sent a $100.00 donation (thank you sent.)
Total funds raised thus far for 2009 - $850.00
Chipper Days: No BoD action* Speaker’s Bureau: No BoD action* Publicity: No
BoD action* Website: No BoD action* Education: No BoD action* Old Business: No
BoD action* New Business: No BoD action* *Recorded discussions/updates etc.
noted in Stakeholders minutes.
Action Items: Correct March Minutes – Robin
Meeting adjourned 9:30 AM.
KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
Additional attendees: Lonnie Blank, Al Steuart (Homestead POA) and Gordon Ehmann.
President Lloyd Smith convened the meeting and introductions were made.
Agenda was adopted.
President’s Comments: Lloyd reminded everyone about attending the
Board of Supervisor’s Meeting, Tuesday, 9AM, May 5th for 2009 Wildfire
Awareness Week Commemoration.
Calendar Updates: Robin will add the KRV Health Faire date of 4/14 for
future reference on next year’s calendar.
Attendance List: Ed Royce has a new email: email@example.com An updated list
will be emailed to FSC participants before May meeting.
Committee Activity Reports:
Grants: (See full report from BoD minutes.)
2009 Grant Projects Status Reports: Pala Ranches – Crew 7 is working on
this fuel reduction project. Bodfish Phase II – Crew 87 plus ASV will work on
this project. Piute Meadows – To begin 4/21 with Crew 81, then Crew 87.
Discussion about Chipper Day events within project areas during grant periods
may be used toward match requirements. The Homestead POA (Lakeview Estates and
Silver Lake Estates proposed chipper day events will be included in match
requirements for Pala Ranches grant project (9/16/08-3/31/10) This group
represents 104 parcels. Tom Parkin and Al Steuart will collaborate on
scheduling. Tom Parkin will also coordinate with Richard Grove regarding chipper
day event in the Piute Grove project area during the project grant period.
Gordon and Chris Hancock will solicit a chipper day event(s) in Bodfish to
coordinate with the Bodfish Canyon Phase II grant project period.
Robin will write an article regarding chipper day events, encouraging KRV
residents to participate.
FUNDRAISING: Lloyd reports a total of $850.00 raised for 2009 thus
far. Mortensen Insurance Agency - $100.00 KC Fire Fighters Union - $250.00 (To
be used for Home Ignition Zone Workshop event) Kennedy Meadows - $100.00
CHIPPER DAYS: Chair, Tom Parkin reports the following scheduled
chipper days. Pala Ranches – May 9th Squirrel Valley – May 16 (Crew 81 &
CEO Boys) Walker Pass – May 23 Alta Sierra – June 6
Pending Chipper Days not yet scheduled: Valley View The Lodge at Painted Rock
There was discussion dealing with the KRV FSC providing chipper days for
residents who are physically unable to clear their parcels. Ideas presented for
consideration in developing such a program: Utilize Camp Owen Boys via the
Junior Forestry Program Derrick Davis is currently organizing. Identify those
residents needing FSC assistance via the Meals on Wheels program. Drivers could
be trained to assess a property in need of defensible space/home ignition zone
work. Ed Royce will research potential grant funding for such a program. Cindy
Thill suggested the FSC needs to understand the nuances surrounding the privacy
Discussion will continue regarding this issue.
Bob Lechtreck, KCFD, suggested another method for residents to dispose of
their cut brush: If we can locate a large parcel/lot, residents could bring
their cuttings to the lot and when there was time for the crew, they would come
to the lot and chip it. This is how Alpine Forest handles resident’s fuel
reduction work cuttings. Lloyd asked everyone to be looking for such a parcel of
land that might be used for this purpose.
Matt Pontes will be giving a report to Greenhorn Mt. POA, May 24th regarding
the Greenhorn Park fuel reduction, restoration project. The KRV FSC and KCFD
collaborated on an educational booth for the Living Green event on March 28th.
There were approximately 60 contacts with residents to discuss wildfire
mitigation techniques and to encourage chipper day events. Derrick Davis and
Brandon Smith, KCFD, joined Barbara Likens, Gordon & Christine Hancock and
Robin Wyatt-Little for this effort.
Gordon and Christine Hancock “peopled” the FSC table and display area for
the KRV Health Faire, April 14th. Approximately 60+ residents stopped by the
table for educational materials.
Depending on schedules, Gordon and Christine may also represent the KRV FSC
at the Havilah Days on May 23rd. Robin will call and get pertinent information
Articles and notices will be submitted to both the KV Sun and the Courier
highlighting Wildfire Awareness Week events. The Living With Wildfire newspaper
inserts will be ready sometime in May, hopefully for Wildfire Awareness Week
distribution in the KV Sun. Robin will inquire as to where and when the inserts
are to be delivered. Bob Lechtreck tells us that State Farm funding has not been
received as yet for the inserts.
Ed Royce reports that Chipper Day updates will be on the website soon. He
also tells us that recent FSC project descriptions will also be on the site
Cindy Thill reports that all 4 roadside frames have been reinforced and
painted. THANKS SCOTT AND CREW! Cindy also tells us that the Fire Education
Trailer will be visiting local elementary schools from 5/1 – 5/8.
HOME IGNITION ZONE CLASS & WORKSHOP:
Debbie Santiago reports that everything is “set” for the May 1st
Workshop/Class at KCFD Headquarters in Bakersfield. Debbie also reports that she
and Sean Collins, KCFD PIO are coordinating a flyer/poster which can be used by
each FSC to advertise the event. There will be approximately 9 people attending
from our FSC. Robin will alert Debbie to number of attending from KRV FSC.
Gordon Ehmann presented a detailed agenda for the Sunday, May 3rd event to be
held at KCFD Lake Isabella Station #72. Scott Williams will present a power
point program explaining prescribed burning. The FS will also have their fire
safe plant display “board.” There will be the FSC information table and
display board. Pat Durland will give an abbreviated overview of the “Home
Ignition Zone” workshop information. There will be a tour of three homes for
home ignition zone assessments, illustrating a range of wildfire preventative
mitigation measures. A box lunch will be provided for those who have requested
such. There will be beverage and snacks provided for the morning event. THANK
Christine Hancock suggested a $200.00 maximum reimbursement to Gordon Ehmann
for expenses incurred. So moved by Lloyd Smith. Second by Ed Royce. Unanimous
KCFD: Bob Lechtreck reports that KCFD has submitted a grant for a new mulcher
and trailer. Bob tells us that the Fire Crew 81 is in training and will be ready
to begin Piute Meadow Brushing Project April 21st.
Bob also spoke to Kern County budget constraints and how this will affect
KCFD Fire Crews. Bob expressed appreciation for the recent KRV FSC letter of
support for KCFD and the Fire Crews. During budget difficulties seasonal
personnel are the first to be pink slipped.
FOREST SERVICE: Cindy Thill tells us there will been engine rotations
necessary due to recent Engine Captain retirements resulting in not enough
Engine Captains available for all FS Engines.
Property Owners Associations:
Squirrel Valley POA sent a $100.00 donation. Lloyd will send a thank you
ACTION ITEMS: · Schedule Piute Meadows POA meeting – Richard
Grove/Robin · Chipper Day request forms to KRV KCFD Stations – Tom Parkin ·
Isabella Highlands chipper day – Tom Parkin/Pete Shanley · Article about
chipper days – Robin (done by Barbara Likens) · Develop article on fire
safety spec’s/screening – Robin · Confirm “Inserts” delivery with KVSun
– Robin (done) · Homestead POA chipper day event – Tom Parkin/Al Steuart ·
Piute Meadow chipper day event – Tom Parkin/Richard Grove · Bodfish/L.I.
chipper day event – Gordon & Chris Hancock · Speakers Bureau/Havilah Days
– Robin · Research large vacant parcels availability – EVERYONE · Research
further for chipper days for those unable to clear their parcels – EVERYONE
Meeting adjourned at 11:45 AM.
Next month’s meeting is Thursday, May 21st: Board of Director’s Meeting
at 8:30 AM, Stakeholders Meeting at 9:30 AM. Supervisor McQuiston’s conference
room, 1150 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella, California.