Those attending: Ed Royce, Barbara Likens, Christine and Gordon Hancock, Tom
Parkin, Patrick Pontes and Robin Wyatt-Little.
Motion to approve the July minutes - Christine Hancock. Second - Tom Parkin. Unanimous approval.
Christine reports an operating account balance of $3,868.43. Grant balances are:
Pala Ranches - $98,300.00; Phase 2 Bodfish Canyon Escape Route - $98,100.00.
These two grant balances reflect final payments for both. The Piute Meadow
Ranches Grant which is still an active project shows a zero balance until that
final payment is received which should be soon. Christine reports that the
Kernville Chamber of Commerce membership invoice has been received and will be
paid ($50.00.) The FSC audit should be completed in September with an estimated
cost of $350.00. The FSC annual insurance premium will be due at the end of
September for approximately $1400.00. Our insurers, Alliant Insurance Group is
offering "volunteer" insurance. Christine will check with Sharon
Rooney on this and also get a quote before the September meeting. Robin moved
for approval of the Treasurer's Report. Second by Ed Royce. Unanimous approval.
Grants: Patrick attended the recent CAFSC Workshop that dealt with
updated guidelines for all California Fire Safe Councils. The most pressing for
our FSC were:
1) Requirement for every grant application will be inclusion of our insurance
2) We are required to submit a "Conflict of Interest" policy as
soon as possible. (Patrick will obtain a copy of Tehachapi FSC policy for
3. CAFSC is requiring all FSC news releases/articles to be submitted to them
prior to local publication. There was general discussion reflecting concern that
this is a time-consuming policy and defeats timely articles in local newspapers.
This seems to be a boondoggle approach for the CAFSC administrative force.
Patrick will talk with CAFSC, relay our concerns and inquire as to the
feasibility of guidelines to follow for FSC publication of articles etc.
Fundraising: Lloyds' written report states $794.18 received in
donations. Thank you cards sent. Sustaining membership donations received thus
far for 2009: $2,194.18. Chipper: No Board action taken. Speakers Bureau: No
Board action taken. Publicity: No Board action taken. Website: No Board action
taken. Education: No Board action taken.
1. Donation for Camp Erwin Owen: Motion by Robin to donate $250.00 to help
supply helmets, eye protection gear and long sleeved shirts for wards when they
are working on FSC chipper projects. Second by Christine. Unanimous approval.
Robin will check with Camp Owen administration or a charitable organization to
determine process for specified use of donation and to make certain equipment
mentioned is correct. 2. Barbara Likens responded to Lloyds' request for new FSC
participants and introduced John Henry Strathmann. She also has a commitment
from Jenny Hanley who will attend the September meeting. David Derr, newly
retired KCFD, will consider participating once a retirement schedule has settled
in. THANK YOU BARBARA!
Determine Greenhorn Mountain POA newsletter date - Robin Obtain copy
Conflict of Interest Policy from Tehachapi - Patrick Talk with CAFSC re
articles/news releases - Patrick Get insurance quote for volunteer insurance -
Christine Talk with CEO administration or a charitable organization re FSC
donation specifics - Robin
Meeting adjourned at 9:30 AM
KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Additional attendees: Scott Williams, Bob Robinson, Bill Wilson, Mike
Heffner, Derrick Davis and Gordon Ehmann.
Vice President Ed Royce convened the meeting at 9:45 AM.
Introductions were made: Bob Robinson introduced Bill Wilson who will be
chairing the Yard and Garden Grant project for MDRCD. John Henry was introduced
to the new arrivals.
President's Comments: Two meetings of the Collaborative group had been
set: The original time set for the annual Collaborative meeting was set to
follow the October FSC general meetings. A meeting to prioritize projects in the
current CWPP had been set to follow the September meeting. Following discussion
of the agency representatives present, it was determined this prioritization
meeting could take place after be combined with the October meetings which would
be more amenable for their respective schedules. * (* In checking with the
conference room reservation book, it may be necessary to have the Collaborative
meeting at another location. The conference room is booked following our regular
Calendar Updates: Piute Meadow Ranches POA FSC program - Saturday,
Aug. 22nd, 1PM. Robin et al KRV Health Faire FSC Table - Sept. 28th - Sr. Center
- Gordon & Christine KC Fair - Robin will check with Brandon Smith re
details for FSC table.
Attendance List Updates: Per Tom Parkin, please use his cell phone
number: 661-331-7502 Re Mike Ryan (USFS): Telephone number is 379-5646 Re Rick
Larson (USFS): Telephone is 376-3781
Current Grants: PIUTE MEADOW RANCHES COMMUNITY ROADSIDE BRUSHING AND
CHIPPING PROJECT: The project is about 90% completed and the remainder is minor
widening of several sections of the roadway. We need to schedule one Chipper Day
event for this project. We are still waiting for the final payment on the Piute
Meadow Ranches Project.
PALA SHADED FUELBREAK: The project has started and by last week the crew had
completed a little over 2 acres. We have received the full funding for this
project. The Quarterly Reporting period ended July 31st, final report due August
BODFISH CANYON PHASE 2 FUELBREAK PROJECT: Kern Fire has completed about 50%
of the project (approximately 16 acres), and the bottom-half of the project is
now complete. The crew is working on the upper portion. We have received the
full funding for this project. The Quarterly Reporting period ended July 31st,
and the final report is due by august 31st.
2010 Grant Projects: Bodfish 111 Fuel Reduction Project & Burma
Interagency Extension: All the required information for these projects has been
submitted to the State; we are in a holding pattern until this fall. At the
Workshop, we were told the Sub-Award Letters will be sent about September 1st
CFSC Mandatory Workshop: The 2010 Workshop was held August 7th at Camp
2 in La Canada. The reason for the meeting is that some FSC's have had to return
their funds to the State resulting in appeals to the CFSC. Some of the key
points emphasized at the meeting were: " Must meet deadlines or payments
will be delayed. Can lose funding. " Must complete Progress Reports to get
funding - data must be correct. " All FSC News Releases must be cleared
through the CFSC. " Be patient & cooperative when requesting funds.
Forest Service allocates their funding 30 days at a time. " CFSC does
Quarterly Reports to Fed's so they need to see results & MATCHES. " Any
interest over $250.00 in FSC's interest-bearing accounts must be returned to
CFSC. " Our grants are from the national Fire Plan - CFSC, not the FS, BLM,
NPS etc. " Funding to FSC's will come via Automated Clearing House
Transfers (info re details forthcoming.) " Grant Extensions will only be
considered at the end of projects with a maximum extension of 90 days. "
Sub-Award Letters to FSC's are legally binding. " Cathy will send CEQA
doc's to BLM to move the process faster. " Ground and Vegetation
Disturbance is now defined in workbook. (most is disturbance.) " Payments
to FSC's will have a form to request the funding by the quarter. " If your
FSC is awarded $500K in a fiscal year, you must have an A-133 Special Audit.
" Grant closeouts will now have a 2-page final survey which goes to
Margaret. " Project Administration Change is a BIG DEAL. Cathy must know so
she can train new person. " FSC's need a Conflict of Interest Policy.
(Problems with Board Members bidding on grant projects.) " Submitted by
Patrick G. Pontes, KRV FSC Grants Administrator
There was discussion regarding Cal Fire grants and their requirements for
matches. This will be discussed at the upcoming Collaborative meeting.
Fundraising: Total 2009 fundraising thus far is $2,194.18.
Chipper Days: The July 23rd Caldwell Creek (Kernville) chipper project
began at 8:30 AM, ending at 11:30 AM. Chipped material (12k cu. ft.) was
broadcast back onto the property. No date as yet for Valley View. Tom is looking
into a date for the Click property near Pala Ranches and will see if Pala
Ranches wants to join in. Tom will talk with Lonnie Blank.
Publicity: Robin has submitted an article to the Fence Post regarding
the Piute Meadow Ranches Grant project. It will be in the September issue. Robin
also submitted an article to the Kern Valley Sun: 1) Recap of the FSC program
for the Lake Isabela/Bodfish POA. Robin and Ed submitted information regarding
the history of the KRV FSC to Marsha Smith for her column, citing the history
and her recommendation to get involved in the FSC. (both appeared in the 8/19/09
Website: Ed tells us that the CWPP's have been made smaller digitally
on the site. Also, the CWPP appendix has been updated. Ed checked specific
website links for the period of 7/l7 - 8/19 to see if they needed continued
monthly updating/posting. At this point, the monthly calendar updates (49), the
minutes (47) and recent news (29) show enough activity to continue until Ed has
a chance to revisit the volume for these three monthly updated sites.
Education: The U.S. Forest Service Focus Group Survey Meetings have
been cancelled. Robin will check with Brandon Smith regarding a FSC table at the
Kern County Fair.
Agency Reports: Kern county Fire Department: Derrick Smith reports
that current projects are going well. Budget issues are still finicky. Derrick
suggested that Robin check with CEO Asst. Director, Paul Perez about the
specific equipment that the FSC $250.00 donation will purchase for the CEO
chipper crew. Once this is confirmed Robin will draft a letter to P.A.C.K. to
accompany the check.
Forest Service: Scott Williams gave an update of recent fires: The
Lion Fire - 2500 acres and the Granite Fire - 1300 acres. Both were lightning
caused. The ongoing LaBrea Fire near Ventura is now at 88,000 acres and it may
be that marijuana growers are the cause.
BLM: Debbie Santiago sent word through Mike Heffner that the Take
Responsibility posters are here and ready for distribution.
MDRC&D: Bob Robinson introduced Bill Wilson who will be chairing
the Yard and Garden Project.
Property Owners Associations:
Squirrel Valley: All quiet.
Lake Isabella-Bodfish: Gordon Hancock reports that this group is concerned
about the proposed increase in CalWater rates. Gordon said that the LI/Bodfish
average annual income is $24,000 and a rate increase will create a hardship
situation. Gordon further shared that the wildfire risk potential is tied
directly to people not watering their property adequately as a result of the
rate increase. Gordon asked if the FSC would be amenable to sending a letter
echoing these concerns to Cal Water and appropriate State personnel. It was
agreed that the Council will take no position. Gordon or other Council members
may cite their experience as Council members in support of their opposition, but
may not speak for the Council.
Frontier Trail POA: Robin reports extensive defensible space treatment
completed for three property owners on the North side. Robin will poll the
residents to see if a chipper day might be possible this fall. Wofford Heights
POA: Barbara Likens tells us that this group is revived again with Brian Polston
at the helm. Brian is very positive about having a FSC program. Robin will
schedule this. Barbara feels that a chipper day(s) will be a definite outcome .
Kennedy Meadow: Ed reports "all quiet." Pala Ranches: No report.
Action Items: " Check on KC Fair details - Robin " Pala
Ranches/Click Chipper event date - Tom " Send Ed copy of Fence Post article
- Robin " Check website "hits" again - Ed " Schedule Wofford
Heights. FSC program - Robin Motion to adjourn by Robin. Second by Gordon.
Ed adjourned meeting at 11:20 AM