KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Those present: Sharon Rooney, John Smith, Cindy Thill, Barrie Mann,
Robert Robinson, J. Skip Reymann, Jack Tomlinson, Ed Royce, Harry
Love, Rich Olson, Tom Parkin, Margie Clack, Sue Rocha, Scott Williams,
Deborah Santiago, Ruth Ellison, Gordon Hancock, Christine Hancock,
Margaret Belz, Ken Stevens, Emily Diggles, Chuck White, Robin
President Ed Royce convened the meeting at 8:30 A.M. Ed introduced
the new KRV FSC Grants Administrator, Patrick Pontes.
Motion to approve the minutes: Sharon Rooney – 1st. Ed Royce – 2nd.
Treasurers’ Report: Sharon Rooney reports an operating account
balance of $2,855.26. Grant balances are: Frazier Park - $43,476.77;
Hungry Gulch - $15,452.59; Kennedy Meadows - $17,079.78 and Mt. Pinos
Sharon reports that 1099’s are being processed. Sharon has asked
that all consultants/contractors submit a W9 form to the KRV FSC.
Patrick and Rich will see to this. Motion to accept: Robin
Wyatt-Little – 1st. Christine Hancock – 2nd. Unanimous approval. A
round of applause to Sharon for her generous service to the Fire Safe
Council as she steps down effective 1-19-07. THANK YOU SHARON!
Grant Report: Rich Olson, retiring Grant Administrator
Progress continues on Frazier Park and Pinyon Pines projects.
Hungry Gulch: Fuels cutting is done. Piles to be burned by KCFD crew
when time and weather permit. Outstanding invoices are being
Kennedy Meadows: Ken Delfino is wrapping up the draft of the CWPP and
the final CWPP will be presented at the February 2007 FSC meeting.
Mt. Pinos: CWPP is completed and grant balance is being reconciled.
Grant Administrator Patrick Pontes reiterated the February 16, 2007
deadline for concept paper(s) submission. For the 2008 grant period,
the following will be submitted: Tillie Creek fuel reduction project;
Kennedy Meadow road brushing project; Walker Pass CWPP; Tillie Creek
fuel reduction project and Bodfish Canyon fuel reduction project in
priority order. Patrick will forward copies to Debbie Santiago and
Scott Williams and Ken Stevens for comments prior to the February 16th
Fundraising: Lloyd Smith
Lloyd reports that 50% of the annual operating budget goal has been
raised through private donations. The next phase of fundraising will
be an outreach to the business community of the KRV.
Barrie Mann suggested that perhaps the FSC needs to refine and
articulate budgetary needs more clearly. Barrie feels that the general
public has a perception that the FSC is adequately solvent because of
grant funds. It was agreed that this perception will be addressed in
future presentations and articles in the local papers.
Firewise Demonstration Garden: Ed Royce
Due to time demands and holidays this project is in a holding pattern.
Road Sign(s) Project: Ed Royce
Jim Davis and Debbie Hess of SCE have communicated regarding
financial sponsorship of this project. Lloyd will submit a formal
proposal to Debbie.
Cindy Thill submitted several excellent color mock-ups of the 12
proposed seasonal messages to be used on the signs. Cindy will be
submitting for the FSC, the four encroachment permits to Cal Trans
soon. THANK YOU CINDY! Research will continue for the exact
composition of the sign board materials. The Forest Service will
install the signs.
Publicity: Margie Clack
Margie requested that Committee Chairs submit articles regarding
their respective FSC activities i.e. chipper days, speakers bureau,
sign project, arson education etc. Margie suggested that we look into
the local radio talk show format as a means to advertising FSC
services. Margie pointed out that all of these topics should lead up
to Wildfire Awareness Week 2007 (1st part of May.) It was agreed that
when the sign project is ready for installation, this would be a great
photo-op for the FSC and its’ partners. Cindy Thill suggested perhaps
the FSC logo might be included on all newspaper articles to draw
special attention for the readers. Agreed. Margie will pursue this.
Chipper Days: Margaret Belz
Ed suggested that we be a bit more aggressive in advertising our
chipper day program to the public. It was further agreed that the
chipper day guidelines should be expanded to include any chipper
project that constituted a days’ work for the crew rather than
limiting it to a specific number of households participating.
Speakers Bureau: Robin Wyatt-Little
Ed, Lloyd and Robin will be attending the Mojave Desert-Mountain
Resource Conservation & Development meeting, January 25, 2007 in
Ridgecrest. The new FSC informational CD will be presented and Lloyd
will explain the FSC funding needs in conjunction with Ed speaking
about specific FSC projects.
The new CD will be presented to KRVR, Wednesday, February 7, 2007
at 8:00 A.M., Cerro Coso College, Lake Isabella; North Kern Property
Owners Association, Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 6:00 P.M., location to
be determined; Kern Valley Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, March 28,
2007, Paradise Cove Restaurant at noon. Ed, Lloyd and Robin will be
Following discussion it was agreed to leave the FSC meeting time at
8:30 A.M. A big THANKYOU to those who drive a long distance to attend!
KC FSC Meeting: Ken Stevens
Wildfire Awareness newspaper inserts will again be printed and
distributed throughout Kern County.
Ken and John Smith will be attending a statewide meeting hosted by CDF
to review the new Fire Hazard Severity Zones. The methodology has been
refined to assess slope, aspects, fuel types and weather. The impact
will affect building permits. Margie suggested that this might be a
good article for the local newspaper.
The subject of KC FSC’s wanting to support individually, the HDFPA
poster contest was discussed. Cost is the big factor. HDFPA is not
able at this time to carry this project due to cost and shortage of
personnel. Tehachapi FSC is issuing a template for a poster contest
for their billboard, “Defense Makes Sense.” We are welcome to use
this format and theme if we’d like. Debbie Santiago will type up an
outline of process for the poster contest and a decision will be made
at the February meeting. It was suggested that perhaps local
banks/businesses might support the cost of the poster contest.
Grant Writing Workshop: Ed Royce
Ed Royce, Patrick Pontes and Lloyd Smith attend the State Fire Safe
Council workshop. Ed et al felt this was informative and most helpful.
KRV FSC Brochures: Scott Williams
Scott will print out 30 brochures for the upcoming speakers’ bureau
presentation to the MDRC&D meeting. Large printing cost to be
FSC Boundary Expansion: John Smith
John Smith distributed colored maps delineating the new boundary lines
for FSC areas of influence as determined by the committee. Motion was
made to accept the new boundary lines with the stipulation that agency
concerns i.e. FS, BLM, KCFD as well as private concerns will be
addressed within the next 60 days and then reviewed and voted on at
the March, 2007 FSC meeting. Robin – 1st. Emily – 2nd. Unanimous
agreement. THANK YOU JOHN!
Lloyd Smith inquired about “Letters of Commitment” for matching funds
on grant projects. Patrick and Rich et al reviewed the guidelines
governing this issue.
Ed Royce asked for nominations from the floor for further nominations.
None received. Bob Robinson made the motion to close the nominations.
Rich Olson – 2nd. Unanimous approval. Unanimous approval for the
following Officers: Ed Royce – President, Lloyd Smith – Vice
President. Christine Hancock – Treasurer, Robin Wyatt-Little –
Two former directors are now officers, leaving a void of two directors
as stated in the FSC by-laws. After much discussion Ed Royce asked the
executive committee to review the by-laws to streamline the numbers
now required to make up the board of directors. The recommended
by-laws amendment will be researched and communicated to the
membership at large and voted on at either the February or March
FS: Margie Clack gave an update on the national and local personnel
changes within the Forest Service administration. She also reports
that approximately 146 FS fire fighters are leaving for Australia to
assist with their current brush fire crisis.
Scott Williams tells us that he has prepared a binder which reflects
the Collaborative projects for the FS, BLM, KCFD and FSC including
maps. This will be distributed to the principals.
BLM: Debbie Santiago and Ruth Ellison
Debbie and Ruth report that they will be attending the University of
Nevada at Las Vegas for continuing education courses and will
undoubtedly miss upcoming FSC meetings. They also spoke of BLM
personnel changes i.e. retirements and location changes. BLM personnel
are also being deployed to Australia.
KCFD: Ken Stevens and John Smith
Fuel piles are being burned at Hungry Gulch grant project site as well
as at Myers Canyon, Sawmill and Grandview (Kernville.) This years’
fuel crews will be on board about the middle of March so chipper days
can begin within that time frame. Ken has developed the necessary
signature pages for the amendments to the KRV FSC CWPP and will
distribute to the principals for signatures. It was suggested that a
new CD be burned to reflect the new projects outlined by the
Property Owners Associations:
Alta Sierra: Margaret Belz reports “all quiet on the COLD front.”
Alder Creek: Harry Love is processing the Prop 40, 9k Chipper Grant
paperwork. This grant will cover a 3 year period utilizing a private
contractor to do the chipping. Rd Royce and Robin Wyatt-Little signed
documents for submittal to the CDF.
Squirrel Valley: Tom Parkin has requested a chipper day date for May
5, 2007. He and Margaret Belz will confirm. Squirrel Valley may try to
include Mt. Mesa in this years’ chipper day event. A BIG THANK YOU TO
TOM PARKIN FOR HIS GENEROUS DONATION TO THIS FSC!
Myers Canyon: Emily Diggles has requested a FSC presentation for
April, 2007 in preparation for another chipper day. Emily is working
toward a complete name and address directory for the Myers Canyon
Isabella Highlands: Jack Tomlinson
Jack reports that their Defensible Space Demonstration Lot, with an
informational sign, is completed. The lot is located at 4th Street &
Sawmill. Jack gave high praises to Jim Davis for all his efforts on
behalf of Isabella Highlands fire safety.
Frontier Trail: Robin Wyatt-Little
Robin reports that the FTHA is having its semi-annual meeting on
1/20/07 at which time she will comment on the FSC mission and to
solicit a donation for the FSC. Robin will also try to establish a
commitment for a chipper day.
Walker Pass: Lloyd Smith
Lloyd reviewed some of the fire safety issues confronting his
Kennedy Meadows: Ed Royce
Ed reports that the final CWPP draft is complete and will be
presented at the February FSC meeting.
Lake Isabella – Bodfish: Gordon Hancock
New officers have been elected and their code compliance project
has seen success on two parcels.
MDRC&D: Bob Robinson
Bob reports that the Native Plant Sale is in the works for this
Robin raised the concern that perhaps some of our local landscaping
contractors are not “up to speed” on fire safe landscaping and are
perhaps using groundcovers that in fact are highly flammable.
Suggestions included more articles in the newspapers and perhaps
reading materials given to landscaping services/vendors. Emily Diggles
suggested we coin a new term for this effort: “FIRESCAPING.”
Chuck White, President, KRVR spoke to the FSC regarding the Man of
the Year Award for Tom Anderson* and Toms’ influence on this FSC.
Chuck also spoke briefly on website linking between KRVR and the
Ed Royce will confer with our webmaster regarding updates and
linking with KRVR and the Chambers.
Ed Royce adjourned the meeting at 11: 31 A.M.