January 20, 2011

Meeting Minutes 




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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kern River Valley Fire Safe Council 
On-Line Board Meeting

Attendance via email: Lloyd Smith, Ed Royce, Christine and Gordon Hancock, Sharon Rooney, Chris Horgan, Patrick Pontes and Kimberley Cushman.

President's Activities

  • Traveled to Lake Isabella to countersign checks to make timely payments of invoices. (75 miles match) 
  • Traveled to Lake Isabella to sign the 2011 Lake Isabella Community Fuelbreak grant award letter. (75 miles match) 
  • Completed and signed all of the documentation for the USFS sponsored RAC grant of $6,000. (75 miles match) 
  • Updated the KRVFSC history for the website (attached). 
  • Provided inputs to Sharon Rooney for a 2011 budget. 
  • Developed updates (January 2011) for the KRVFSC CWPP and Fuels Projects Plan. Awaiting new maps from Scott Williams before completing, printing, and distributing. 
  • Attended the Kern Valley Exchange Club Firefighter of the Year banquet. (75 miles match)

Treasurer's Report

Note that we have not approved a budget for 2011 so the "Budget v Actual" report is not ready.

A check for $559.76 was paid to the Kern County Fire Dept for Bodfish III grant A check for $23,676.16 was paid to the Kern County Fire Dept for the Burma grant

Website Committee Report

Web update materials have been prepared for the webmaster and sent to him. With luck, the updates will be complete in a week or two. Items to be updated or replaced are as follows:

-- 2011 Calendar -- replacement -- Council History -- replacement/update -- Link at the bottom of the "About Us" page -- 2010 Honor roll -- to replace the 2009 Honor Roll -- Link on the "About Us" page -- 2010 Minutes formatted in the format we have used in the past on the web site (Link on the "About Us" page) -- August (complete, replacement for the partial currently posted), September, October, November (partial), December. We still need the meeting notes from the November physical meeting. -- Projects update -- Replacement material for the "Projects" page

Outdated materials in the news section will be cleaned out. The Bull Fire Follow-Up report (Success Story) will be posted.

The name, phone number, and e-mail for Don Davis, our new Chipper Dude will be added to the Chipper Day page and the About Us page.

CWPP updates will be added later. Also, revised Board and officers in February.

Grants Committee Report

Ongoing 2010 Projects: The 2010 Burma Interagency Extension Project is completed except for ongoing restoration work on Rogers Road. The 2010 Bodfish III project is 90% completed. Crews have completed about 32 acres on the USFS Alta Sierra-Wofford Heights Project(three-year project), all cleanup in the timber sale area. Pile burning is under way as weather permits. Ken Delfino has taken over responsibility for managing this project as of January 1st. Patrick Pontes' detailed report is attached.

2011 Projects: We have received and Lloyd has signed off on the "subaward letter" for Lake Isabella, which is our contract with the state FSC. The project can proceed as crews become available. We are awaiting similar correspondence on Mountain Shadows.

As reported last month the Mountain Shadows project could not go forward as planned because the new owner of a majority of the land involved was unwilling to sign the "license to enter" required to permit the work. Derrick has redesigned the project to adjacent land -- which would still provide protection for the Mountain Shadows community. Revised maps have been prepared, and Patrick has forwarded the maps and a rationale for the change to the state FSC (Cathy Brooke).

2012 Proposals: No change. Because of uncertainties with the federal budget, workshops for preparation of 2012 proposals have been temporarily postponed, and the deadline for submission of proposals has been postponed to 1 April 2011. Our new proposal will be prepared by Ken Delfino.

Fund Raising Committee: Provided the 2010 honor roll to Ed Royce for the website.

Education Committee/Speaker's Bureau:  Gave KRVFSC presentation, along with Scott Williams (USFS), to the Kern Valley Exchange Club on 13 Jan. (75 miles match)

Note: Nominations

The following nominees for the 2011 Board of Directors were made at our 18 November 2010 Stakeholder's Meeting: 

Terry Bolt 
Kimberley Cushman 
Don Davis 
Tom Gelder 
Christine Hancock 
Gordon Hancock 
Sharon Rooney 
Ed Royce 
Lloyd Smith 

We will elect the new BoD at our 17 February 2011 meeting. The new BoD can elect officers and make committee assignments shortly after the election during the Stakeholder's Meeting. I sent 2010 committee goals and objectives to new candidates Terry Bolt and Tom Gelder. Don Davis has agreed to be the Chipper Day Committee Chairman.


 I reserved Supervisor McQuiston's conference room for our 2011 meeting cycle (February, May, August, and November). 

The next stakeholders meeting will be Thursday, 17 February 2011, 0930 to 1130 in Supervisor McQuiston's conference room. Agenda Topics. 

Please provide any agenda topics by 4 February so I can develop and distribute the agenda early enough to stimulate attendance.



January 14, 2011

Bodfish III Fuel Reduction Project

As of this week the project is about 90 percent complete (approximately 37 acres), according to Derrick. There is some minor cutting left to do and a lot of pile burning. If you get a chance to visit the project, it is very visible from the road and it looks great. A strip of vegetation will remain in the center of the project for riparian considerations.

The 5th Quarter Accomplishment Report is due January 31st, and KCFD has provided their worksheets. Please continue to keep track of your "Match" meeting hours and mileages for the March Quarterly Accomplishment Report.

Burma Interagency Extension Project

The crew has completed the Burma Extension Project including the pile burning. They are now working on the Rogers Road maintenance portion of the project. An excellent Success Story (report) is available on the Bull Fire and it will be included in our final Report to CFSC.

The 5th Quarter Accomplishment Report is due January 31stů.same as the Bodfish Project. Again, continue to keep track of your "Match" meeting hours and mileages as they will be applied toward our 2011 projects.

2011 Grant Projects- The Sub-Award Contract letter for Lake Isabella was received and Lloyd completed the Payment and Match Schedules, signed and returned the documents to CFSC. Our payment schedule should begin this month.

The Mountain Shadows project was relocated further up the slope from the community of Mountain Shadows. The new property owner did not want to provide a License-to-Enter to do work on his property. A project change Rationale Letter and map (old/new project location) was submitted to CFSC for review. The review will re-evaluate biological and archaeology concerns. This should be fairly quick as it is within the Pala Ranch survey area.

CFSC News/Update- At this time, there is still no scheduled Workshop date. Cathy thinks there may only be one or two in her area, but they are still waiting for a decision. And, still no agency criteria, or 2012 Grant dollars identified as yet.

Patrick G. Pontes Kern River Valley FSC, Grant Administrator


Kern River Valley Fire Safe C-uncil ● PO Box 633, Kernville, CA 93238

General information: Lloyd Smith ● (760) 377-3542

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