KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Board of Directors and General Meeting
August 17, 2006
President Ed Royce convened the meeting at 8:32 AM.
Those Present: Ed Royce, Jim Davis, Lloyd Smith, Tom Parkin, Sharon
Rooney, Rich Olson, Margie Clack, Ken Stevens, Christine and Gordon
Hancock, Bob and Carroll Wilson, Emily Diggles, Bob Robinson and Robin
Introductions were made.
Minutes: Motion to accept – Lloyd Smith. 2nd – Emily Diggles.
Treasurer’s Report – Sharon Rooney: Sharon Reports the following grant
balances: Frazier Park - $49,500; Hungry Gulch - $75,000; Kennedy
Meadows - $24,194; Mt. Pinos - $19,500. FSC operating account is
$1,153.26. State Farm Insurance gave the FSC the $317.78 balance left
from the Fire Mitigation Guide Grant. This was deposited in the
operating account. Motion to accept – Robin Wyatt-Little. 2nd – Rich
Olson. Unanimous approval.
Grant Reports: Rich Olson
Hungry Gulch - Progressing very well despite fuel crews having to
leave for fire assignments.
Kennedy Meadows – CWPP project progressing well with all parcel
assessments completed. The quarterly grant report to be submitted
Frazier Park - Rich reports the environmental and archaeological work
Mt. Pinos – The CWPP project has been awarded to consultant Tim Walsh
through the RFP process.
Sequoia Crest – The original grant award has been increased from $3000
to $10,000. The budget augmentation report has been filed and we are
waiting for the contract to be issued.
Lloyd Smith asked Rich what the timeline would be for submitting
amendments to the KRV CWPP. Rich said January, 2007 is the deadline
for the Grant Clearing House but cautioned that monies are not as
available for CWPP projects.
Rich mentioned that the California Fire Alliance group has talked
about providing a CWPP application template which will make the
process a bit easier.
Ed Royce suggested that perhaps it would be more expedient/successful
to submit a CWPP amendment funding request which would combine both
Kelso Valley and Walker Pass. Rich agreed and added that it makes
sense to approach the request from a structural ignitability risk plus
bringing the existing KRV CWWP up to State guidelines by providing the
required “agreement page”, signed by FSC Agency Partners i.e. KCFD,
USFS, BLM et al. The KRV Fire Prevention Collaborative will be meeting
in the late Fall (November) and Ed Royce will talk with Scott Williams
to arrange the necessary preparation for this “agreement page.”
FUNDRAISING – Jim Davis and Lloyd Smith
After general discussion it was decided that the specific letters
requesting donations for the FSC operating budget will be sent. Lloyd
will send letters to the Property Owners Associations. Business
addresses will be obtained through the two Chamber of Commerce offices
(Jim and Emily). The FSC will have representatives attend both Chamber
meetings. Privacy issues will be determined prior to any mailings.
Bob Robinson tells us that the Mojave Desert and Mountain RC&D
representative, Carolyn, will attend the FSC September meeting to
discuss contributing to this fundraising effort. Carolyn is the
Jim raised the possibility of rising operating costs and to develop a
plan to meet increasing needs via the fundraising. Lloyd clarified
that there are two budgets: the operating budget i.e. insurance,
office supplies, postage, printing etc. and the projects budget which
is determined as projects are identified and voted on. Both Jim and
Lloyd reiterated that the budget drives the fundraising effort, not
Discussion followed regarding the need to develop the power point
program citing the history and accomplishments of the fire safe
council which would be used for fundraising purposes. Robin, Margie,
Ken and Rich will pool their materials for this purpose before the
September meeting. This information will also be incorporated into a
brochure if possible.
Emily interjected that there is not enough public recognition of the
Fire Safe Council and its’ “good works.” She suggests a poster, simple
in design, which could be posted throughout the Valley. A logo and
brief statement/slogan is appropriate. People will bring their ideas
to the September meeting. Ed suggested a magnetic Poster that could be
attached to the chipper when it is being used for a chipper day event.
Robin mentioned that there several KRV FSC logo stickers for car
windows and many KRV FSC pins both of which can be distributed
throughout the Valley. These will be brought to the September meeting.
This subject will be an agenda item for September.
Chamber of Commerce – Robin Wyatt-Little
Robin attended the Kern River Valley Chamber meeting (1st Wednesday of
each month, Paradise Cove Restaurant, Noon.) The FSC membership was
paid and Jim Davis has volunteered to attend these meetings.
Emily Diggles and Robin attended to the application for the Kernville
Chamber of Commerce membership. This Chamber has the Board of
Directors meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month, 3PM, Kernville
Chamber meeting room. Their general meeting is the 4th Monday of each
month, 3PM, Kernville Chamber meeting room. Emily has agreed to attend
these meetings for the next few months until she retires.
Road Signs - Cindy not present.
Jim Davis will amend the funding proposal for SCE to include four
signs, not three. Storage of the signs will be handled through the
Forest Service per Scott Williams (former meeting.) Jim Davis will
Publicity – Margie Clack
Margie gave an update on the recent Kelso Valley Cottonwood Fire.
Margie reports that Debbie Santiago made several contacts with local
residents and mentioned the KRV FSC, Debbie has the names and
addresses and Jim Davis will follow up with Debbie.
Margie also, while working the Mt. Pinos fire, worked with local
resident Janine and helped facilitate networking between residents and
their local FSC.
It was noted that the local newspapers should be made aware of Ed
Royce as the current FSC president. Margie will do this.
Margie will also work on an article regarding the defensible space
work Evans Road residents have done and what part that played in the
successful, early containment of the recent Evans Road wildfire.
Margie will also highlight the defensible space treatment by the
Hungry Gulch residents which is greatly augmenting the FSC fuels
reduction grant project currently underway.
Chipper Projects - Margaret Belz not present
Emily Diggles has asked for a chipper day date as there are currently
several piles of freshly cut brush. She will contact Margaret and Ken
Stevens has agreed “to make it happen.” Emily has also asked for a FSC
program to educate the new residents of the Myers Canyon
neighborhood. She and Robin will schedule this.
Discussion regarding the property owner in the Piutes who has cleared
a large amount of fuel but cannot get the local trash collector trucks
up his road. Local refuse business people asked if the FSC could
provide a chipper for this person. General opinion is that we need
more information as to locale, amount of fuel and to research a
private hazard reduction provider or local people to help this
property out. FSC policy does not provide chipper service for one
individual. Ken Stevens suggests that perhaps there is a chance this
property borders BLM or FS property and perhaps can be included in a
federal fuels project. Robin will ask Margaret Belz to look into the
above and report back.
Senior Summer Healthcare Information Faire – Robin
Jim Davis has volunteered to handle a FSC booth for this event. Emily
and the Hancocks (Gordon and Christine) will work with Jim. Jim will
try to obtain the display boards that Linda Adams created a few years
back. Margie has many boxes of FSC brochures etc. for Jim and Emily to
distribute. This event is 9/l8/06, 9-11 AM, Lake Isabella Senior
Forest Service – Margie Clack: Margie reports that Kennedy Meadows is
dealing with heavy smoke from neighboring fires. The smoke is rising
to an unhealthy level and appropriate mitigation steps will be taken
according to FS policy. There have been five lightning fires in the
high country. The smoke monitoring equipment will be moved to better
report smoke levels. Margie also gave the website www.inciweb.org
which gives the local and national wildfires that are currently being
fought. Fire information, daily, is given to this website which then
compiles all the data and assigns a national incident level, 5 being
the highest. We are currently at a level 5 nationally.
BLM – no report. Agency busy with wildfires.
Kern County Fire Department – Ken Stevens
Ken reports the department crews have been busy with firefighting and
lot cleanups. Ken said that a recent hazard abatement surcharge fee of
is now in force. Hungry gulch progressing nicely. Margie reminded the
FSC that a letter of appreciation to KCFD and Board of Supervisors
would be appropriate before the next budget hearings. Unanimous
Property Owners Associations:
Kennedy Meadows – Ed Royce reports that the CWPP project is
progressing, cough, cough and that moving the smoke monitoring
equipment is primary on their agenda, cough, cough. Editor’s note:
Tough bunch up there in the Meadow.
Frontier Trail – all quiet.
Squirrel Valley – all quiet.
Myers Canyon – Emily has requested a chipper day and FSC program. New
Isabella Highlands – all quiet.
Meeting convened at 11:04 AM by President Ed Royce.
Respectfully submitted by Robin Wyatt-Little, Secretary/Editor