Meeting was convened at 8:30 by the President, Lloyd Smith.
Attendees. Lloyd Smith, Ed Royce, Christine and Gordon Hancock, Sharon
Rooney, Chris Horgan. Lloyd introduced Chris Horgan as a potential active
participant and Board member. Ed Royce agreed to act as secretary for the
Minutes of the 18 November meeting were approved [MSC,Ed, Lloyd]
Treasurer's Report. Christine reports $3568.65 in the operating
account. The balance in the Pala Ranch Grant account was $24,871.00, of which
$22,800 will be paid in response to an invoice from Kern County Fire Department.
[MSC Ed, Lloyd] The balance in the Bodfish Phase II Grant account was $1626.00.
These funds and the remainder of the Pala Ranch Grant account will be used to
pay Patrick Pontes for his services monitoring these grants.
Income from 17 November through 31 December, 2009, was a $400.00 donation
from the Lodge at Painted Rock. Expenses during this period were $40.00 for mail
box rental and $1770.00 to Patrick Pontes for grant monitoring.
The report was accepted [MSC Ed, Lloyd]
President's Comments. Lloyd commented on the need for the Board to
develop a 2010 plan of action and operating budget. These items will be
discussed at a special Board meeting/retreat before the next regular meeting.
Grants. A USFS grant project for fuel reduction around Alta Sierra and
Pala Ranch was pursued between the last Board meeting and this one. The
potential grant would be for $300,000 and extend over several years. The
proposal was prepared by Derrick Davis, working with Scott Williams. The Board
voted to accept responsibility for this grant if it is offered, with an
understanding that Patrick will monitor the grant and be paid out of the grant.
[MSC Ed, Lloyd] See further information on this potential grant in the
Fund Raising. Lloyd has sent a thank you to the Lodge at Painted Rock
for their $400 donation noted in the Treasurer's report. Lloyd also noted
receipt of a 2010 donation of $500 from the Kern Community Foundation. Total
funds raised from sustaining memberships in 2009 were $3994.18. The 2009 Honor
Roll will be posted on the WEB site.
Chipper Days. Lloyd reported that Crew 87 spent a full day at the
Lodge at Pointed Rock chipping and burning piles.
Chris Horgan offered to work on getting more POA involvement in chipper days.
Speaker's Bureau. Lloyd made a presentation to KRVR on 6 January
reporting on the Council's 2009 activities.
Publicity. By e-mail, Council members were polled on whether to pay
for an ad in the next issue of the Kern River Valley Visitor's Guide. E-mail
response from Board members was not to participate but to thank Publisher Marsha
Smith for the generous rate she had offered the Council.
Web Site. Ed distributed statistics on hits over the last six months.
Hits to the Home page were 241. (Some additional hits may have been directly to
separate pages, rather than through the Home page.) Most popular pages were
News, Calendar, and Minutes. Chris Horgan noted that hits to a web site operated
by his trails organization are much more numerous and suggested the need to more
vigorously advertise the existence of our web site.
Ed has delayed updating the web site over the last few months to reduce
expenses. An extensive update will be done when new officers and Board members
have been selected, and when a new operating plan is agreed to.
Kern Fire Safe Council. Lloyd reports from the December meeting that
KCFD will pay for printing Living With Fire, and that a small potential State
Farm grant would be use for distribution. In the past we have had a larger grant
from State Farm that covered all expenses, but last year the three Kern County
FSC's had to pay the distribution cost since the State Farm grant was just
enough for printing.
There were no additional committee reports to the Board; see under the
stakeholder's meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 9:30, and Lloyd then
convened the Stakeholder's meeting.
KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Thursday, 21 January
Additional attendees: Gordon Ehmann, Debbie Santiago (BLM), and Scott
Calendar Updates: KFSC, 24 March 2010, Bakersfield and Wildfire
Awareness Week, 2-8 May 2010.
Committee Activity Reports:
Grants. A status report from Grants Administrator Patrick Pontes was
available and is attached to these minutes.
Patrick's report includes some items from the State CFSC 2011 grants workshop
in Arroyo Grande. Ed emphasized Patrick's note that the National Fire Safe Plan
authorizing legislation -- under which our CFSC grants are funded -- sunsets in
2010. Letters from individuals to Congress people urging its renewal are
suggested. Key dates for the 2011 cycle are 26 February 2010 -- Proposals
submitted and letters of commitment to provide matching efforts postmarked --
and 14 June 2010 -- preliminary funding notification.
Note Scott's USFS report on the Alta Sierra/Pala Ranch project.
Fund Raising. As noted in the Board meeting, total fund raising for
2009 was $3,994.18. The 2009 Honor Roll is to be posted to the website.
Chipper Days. As noted in the Board meeting a chipper day was
completed at the Lodge at Painted Rock. No chipper day is now planned for
Speaker's Bureau. As noted in the Board meeting, Lloyd made a
presentation to KRVR on 6 January.
Publicity. Fire Safety Tips provided by the Council were published as
an advertisement in the Kern Valley Sun and the Courier.
Education. Roadside signs were rotated in November. Restoration of the
Walker Pass sign is under way. Lloyd and Scott to complete.
Kern County Fire Department -- no report in the absence of a representative.
Forest Service -- Scott has completed updated project descriptions and
maps reflecting the results of the Collaboration Group meeting. He distributed
hard copies and disks. Lloyd will incorporated these updates into the CWPP, and
Ed will post them on the web site.
Scott provided details on the proposed Alta Sierra/Pala Ranch grant project
submitted to the USFS by KCFD. The project is for $300,000 and will extend over
several years. The application was signed out of the District office -- and
since our meeting has received preliminary approval for funding. The project
includes roadside fuel reduction work on Highway 155 and Old State Road,
maintenance of the fuel break around Alta Sierra (the do-nut) and slash cleanup
at Greenhorn Mountain Park. The USFS will do NEPA work, with support from KCFD.
There is no match requirement.
Scott is taking a new job and probably will no longer be working with the FSC.
He suggests that the Council write to the District Ranger asking for someone to
assume the support activities Scott has provided the Council. In the interim,
our contact will be Nickie Washington.
From a concern with arson, Scott suggests posting signs at recent fire sites
asking "Who started this fire?" with a contact phone number. Ed noted
that we already have the "Fire Tip" number posted on the web site.
BLM -- Debbie reports that BLM is hiring their seasonal crews.
Stakeholder Reports. None.
Old Topics. None
Election of Board of Directors. The following, having been nominated
at the November meeting, were elected to the Board: Lloyd Smith, Ed Royce,
Christine Hancock, Gordon Hancock, Gordon Ehmann, and Sharon Rooney. [MSC Ed,
Christine] Robin Wyatt Little and Barbara Likens had been nominated at the
November meeting but later declined. Lloyd Smith was elected President of the
Board of Directors. [MSC Ed, Gordon]
Organizational Meeting. Remaining officers will be selected at a
meeting of the Board of Directors prior to the next regular meeting. A 2010 plan
of action and operating budget will be developed at that meeting.
Lloyd to schedule the organizational meeting.
Lloyd to incorporate updates into the CWPP.
Ed to update the web site (many items), including new officers, points of
contact, honor roll, and CWPP and project updates.
Ed to continue to work with Patrick on the 2011 proposals to the CFSC.
Christine to pay the KCFD invoice for Pala Ranch work.
Lloyd to send a letter of thanks to the Kern Community Foundation.