Meeting was convened at 8:38 by the President, Lloyd Smith.
Attendees: Lloyd Smith, Gordon Ehmann, Ed Royce, Christine and
Gordon Hancock, Sharon Rooney, Chris Horgan, Lloyd Smith, Patrick Pontes,
Kimberley Cushman and John-Henry Strathmann
Last physical BoD meeting. All future meetings
will take place via email.
Approval of Minutes
January 21, 2010
, post on website
A. Treasurer Report
Feb 9, 2010
1. Research property insurance
a. See if is necessary for camera, computer and chipper
b. Breakout insurance since we need for grants
Liability under grant
2. Boost taxes to $30 due to extra expected expense (changes)
income $3568 carryover in bank account, available to spend in 2010
makes corrections, Lloyd and
sign after corrections made to approve
free to write checks, Patrick needs info on bills.
Ed moves to
approve corrected budget.
makes recommended changes, (msc Ed, Christine)
for 2011 Grant Projects
Start from last
year in October, two years to complete
Community Defensible Zone
1. 37 acres
2. Two chipper days
3. $113,325 grant with $37,775 match for $151,100
1. 41 acres
2. Two chipper days
3. $122,045 grant with $40,682 match for $162,727
tasks, cost of project
Kern fire does
project and needs breakdown for billing
allows for matching dollars
days included, we organize the chipper part of the clearing
proposals are good and moving forward, (msc: Lloyd, ED)
Preserve on June 5, host two hour event
proceed with event.
meeting scheduled in
on March 24 and 25, 2010.
If interested in attendance, let Lloyd know.
National Fire Plan due to expire at
end of year, source of money to all these grants.Congressional act to renew and continue.Lloyd and Chris will visit with Congressman McCarthy’s representative.Lloyd has sent letters to Congressman McCarthy, and Senators Feinstein
and Boxer.Ed sent letter to
Introductions: Jim Bower,
Christine and Gordon Hancock, Ed Royce, Don Davis, Bob Robinson,
Gordon Ehmann, Loren Lange, John-Henry Strathmann, Patrick Pontes,
Lloyd Smith, Nikki Washington, Debbie Santiago, Saul McGarity, Bob
Talbut, Chris Horgan, Kimberley Cushman
Agenda and Minutes posted
Please put miles on
signup sheet as well as email
No changes to agenda
No calendar updates
New BoD: Sharon Rooney:
treas. and board member, Chris Horgan: board member, Kimberley
Cushman: sec. and board member, Gordan Ehmann: board member, Ed Royce:
board member, , Christine and Gordan Hancock: board members, Lloyd
Smith: pres. And board member.Vice
President position is currently vacant.
BoD met on
A. Reduced committees to
a. Ed Royce Chairman
b. Lloyd and Sharon members
2. Fund Raising
a.Lloyd Smith Chairman
3. Chipper Days
a. Gordon Ehmann Chairman
b. Tom Parkin, Chris Horgan and Dean McClellan members.
4. Speakers Bureau
combined with Education
a. Chris Horgan Chairman
b. Ed, Christine and Gordon members
b. Lloyd and Ed members
a. Ed Royce Chairman
b. Chris member
Chris reported that
will put info in mailings on importance of Chipper days,
Chris suggested Contest
on who gets chipper day.
New operating procedure,
two yrs ago BoD meets first hour and stakeholders later.Now BoD meetings done online and response could be done via
email, summarize monthly by
. Meeting in by-laws
interpreted as online meeting.
Stakeholders will meet
quarterly Feb., May, August, Nov. Third Thurs of each month
Kern Fire Safe Council
meets month after our meeting.
Committees report on
activities, possible presentation.
Next meeting May
BoD Minutes posted on
organizes minutes and Ed posts on website
on March 24,25.Anyone
interested should participate.Debbie
emails agenda when available.
1.Ed; two proposals for 2011 funding and Patrick up to
date on current proposals. FS planning for new project in fuel
reduction and forest health, Greenhorn. Project gives protection for
Alta Sierra and communities, Program with UC extension and FS
conference showing wildland urban interface, Fire safe councils
presented their work, they talked about National Fire Plan.NFP put together ten years ago, grant funding through NFP.If not continued (NFP) then no grant money.Quincy Library Group gets funding and close with Senator
Feinstein.They need stack
of letters to continue program.
Patrick talks on current
status of projects:
FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Meadows Community Roadside Brushing and Chipping Project-I am still working on
the final Photo Monitor and Report for the CFSC. The Quarterly
Report is complete. We exceeded our Match by $70,501.
Shaded Fuelbreak- I
am still working on the Photo Monitor and Report and will close
out the project before March 31st.One Invoice remains and the project will zero out. We
exceeded our Match by $12,358.
Phase II Fuelbreak Project-I am still working on the Photo Monitor and Report and will
close out the project before March 31st. One Invoice
remains and the project will zero out. We exceeded our Match by
III Fuel Reduction Project
received an initial direct deposit payment of $5,000 toward the project. Once we receive the environmental
clearance, we can begin work on the project.
Interagency Extension Project
Bodfish III above…
Grant Proposals- are
95% complete and most of the comments have been received.
Fire FS Grant-Derrick
has briefed you on this project, and it appears the proposal was
successful and funding is coming by way of the Sequoia NF. Scott
Williams will be preparing the NEPA document for the project.
President proposed a $1.1 billion dollar budget for BLM for 2011.
This is an $8 million increase from 2010, so hopefully there will
be additional dollars available for the fuels and prevention
fire related workshops and conferences were announced 2/17….
Valley FSC, Grants Administrator
Article for newspaper
that projects are being done, Ed will write something up with Chris
will send in to newspaper
1. Two donations $450 from Tom Parkin and John Meekler
C. Chipper Days
1. First meeting tomorrow
coordination for help on chipper days
3. Requests received
Squirrel Valley Group
Jim Davis with Isabella highlands
4. Chipper day contacts with Loren.Lange
5. Flier passed out on chipper day interest and tasks
1. Article on Grant Projects has to be reviewed by FSC
2. Does not include community chipper days
1. Update now due to recent changes
1. Increase awareness and how it helps community
2. Lloyd will make presentation at Kern River Valley Rotary
Club tonight.This is the
first time for the Rotary Club
1. Crew 87 available in April is best case scenario
2. Lack of funds leading to unknown start dates
3. Communicate the need for crews
4. Copies of letters go to committee on education to use year
Working on Valley View: healthy forest restoration act.March 10 at
2. Greenhorn plantations
3. Breckenridge plantations, both thinning projects
4. Fire Prevention Group and Home and Garden show
1. Finished piles in Pala
2. Prep for fire season
3. Training in April on new hires
4. Community at risk info if needed
5. Living With Fire info brochure update.Expect $2500 from State Farm used for distribution.Needs to be ready for Wildfire Awareness Week, expected finish
in early April
Town Hall meeting on
water use March 9,
Quarterly meetings to
have presentation 20-30 minutes
Marsh Smith included
KRVFSC in 2010 Visitors Guide (quarter page ad).Lloyd will write thank you and include as in-kind donation
Kern River Valley Fire Safe
PO Box 633, Kernville, CA 93238