KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Those present: Ed Royce, Lloyd Smith, Christine Hancock, Gordon
Hancock, Tom Parkin, Bob Robinson, Scott Williams, Cindy Thill, Ken
Stevens and Robin Wyatt-Little.
President Ed Royce convened the meeting at 8:30 AM. Introductions were
Minutes: Motion to approve, Lloyd Smith, 2nd – Gordon Hancock.
Treasurer’s Report: Christine Hancock reports the KRV FSC operating
account balance is $3903.79. Grant balances are: Sequoia Crest -
$5000.00 and State Farm - $1648.78. Motion to approve, Robin
Wyatt-Little, 2nd – Tom Parkin. Unanimous approval.
Grants: Ed Royce presented Patrick Pontes’ written grant report. No
news regarding our 2008 Grants. According to the California FSC
website, there is a Forest Service Grant Program (Western Wildland
Urban Interface Grant Program) which we could qualify for except that
there is a 50/50 match requirement. Patrick wonders if there is a
possibility we could submit for small projects (newspaper inserts,
pamphlets, etc.) where we would have a high match from KCFD and could
meet the 50/50 match requirement. Patrick will contact Wende (CAFSC)
for details. One of the grant requirements is “how the project will
remain effective over time.” Apparently there are some POA’s who pay
annual dues to maintain fuel breaks under the cost share agreements.
Patrick reports there are now 156 California Fire Safe Councils.
Bob Robinson (MDRCD) reports that the newly formed Sierra Nevada
Conservancy organization has $14 million budgeted for dispersal. Ken
Stevens suggests that our FSC send a letter to Supervisor McQuiston
outlining “needs” here in Kern County. Supervisor McQuiston is an
alternate on the SNC Board. Ed Royce will draft this letter once
pertinent facts are gathered.
Fundraising: Lloyd Smith reports no additional funds received this
month. Lloyd request reimbursement for $257.20 he advanced for
development of the KRV FSC Logo and for the “Sustaining Members”
article in the Kern Valley Sun. Motion to approve reimbursement, Robin
Wyatt-Little, 2nd – Tom Parkin. Unanimous approval.
Lloyd reminded the Council that it is time for the annual renewal
letters for donors. Lloyd will also look into smaller grant
Road signs: Lloyd Smith reports the four signs are ready to be
installed. Cindy tells us she requested and has received a Kern County
extension (1/31/08) for the Walker Basin sign. Installations will
require a gas-powered auger. Ken Stevens will follow up on the
gentleman who volunteered to maintain and change the sign for Walker
Basin. It was agreed the sign installation(s) should be coordinated
with the Kern Valley Sun and Courier. The alternative would be for the
FSC to take digital photos, write the article and submit to both
The Weldon location on Highway 178 near Paul’s Place will be the
first sign installation. Cindy will notify Cal Trans and coordinate
Lloyd reiterated the challenge of funding the remaining 8 signs, about
Speakers Bureau: Robin Wyatt-Little reports that FSC programs were
presented to the Frontier Trail POA (6/23/07) with 19 in attendance.
The program was well received, resulting in a scheduled Chipper Day
event for May, 2008. Dennis Monahan (KCFD) and Robin were the
Another program was presented to the KRV Century 21 Realtors with
21 in attendance. Again, the program was enthusiastically received!
Robin inquired as to the possibility of Century 21 Realtors giving
their “seller/buyer” clients a FSC informational packet regarding
Wildfire Safety/Defensible Space. A resounding YES was the answer. To
Discussion ensued at this FSC meeting regarding such a packet, its
content and cost. Ken Stevens suggested an outline be developed and
presented to the Kern County FSC as this idea would be applicable for
all KC FSC use, therefore could become a KCFSC project and not fall
solely on the KRV FSC for initial and sustaining funding.
Ed suggested that Robin and Margaret Belz ask the realtors what
types of materials they would like to have in the packet. Lloyd
suggests that perhaps this might be brought to the attention of the
Kern County Board of Realtors. This Council gave a 100% “thumbs up”
for pursuing the above outline for this project.
Robin requested more KRV FSC Pamphlets for distribution. It was
agreed that another 1000 should be printed by KCFD. Motion to approve,
Lloyd Smith. 2nd, Tom Parkin. Unanimous approval.
Publicity: Cindy Thill reiterated the positive effect of
incorporating the KRV FSC Logo on all FSC articles in the newspapers.
Unanimous agreement. Lloyd will send the Vector Logo File to Cindy and
Chipper Days: Robin reports that Margaret will establish the 2008
Chipper Day calendar soon. Palo Ranches neighborhood and Frontier
Trail POA have already requested a May date. Margaret also reports
that Tom Parkin will assist with chipper day chores i.e. pre and post
information requirements etc. THANK YOU TOM!
Kern County Fire Safe Council: Ken Stevens apologized for the
communication lapse for the June meeting. Fire Assignments took their
toll on available personnel thus it was cancelled. August will be dark
and the September meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, the 26th at 1:30
MDRC&D: Bob Robinson announced that the RC&D in conjunction with
the Nunni Cunni Cultural Center and the Oasis Garden Club Members will
host a Native Plant Sale on September 22nd and 23rd. Information
regarding the sale will be available on August 1st.
Website: Cindy Thill suggested specific items to be corrected on
our website. Ed Royce will oversee this.
The Kernville Chamber of Commerce has sent our annual $50.00
renewal reminder for membership. Motion to approve renewal, Lloyd
Smith, 2nd, Robin Wyatt-Little. Unanimous agreement.
Fire Resistant Plant List: Being developed.
Kern County Fire Department: Ken Stevens reports that the Fire
Severity Mapping meeting on July 18, 2007 was poorly attended by the
public and interested organizations.
Forest Service: Scott Williams reports that hazardous fuel
reduction projects (Burma Road and the Bowman/Luxton) are in progress.
Cindy Thill tells us that the new District Fire Management Officer,
Mike Ryan is on duty now in the Kern River Ranger District, South.
Mike was formerly on the Inyo Forest.
It was agreed unanimously that Robin (1277 North Frontier Trail,
Kernville, 376-6842) will be the keeper of the Audio-Visual equipment
for the FSC. This will allow accessibility 24/7. Tom Parkin will
donate a screen and power strip for the equipment. Again, THANK YOU
Kennedy Meadows: Ed Royce reports major defensible space/brush
cutting work ongoing in Kennedy Meadows by the residents. Three
individuals rented a chipper and in three days managed to chip debris
for NINE properties! Ed is pursuing getting the BLM to staff the
Chimney Peak fire station 24/7 working through Congressman Nunes
office. Scott Williams reports that efforts to staff Forest Service
fire station 24/7, nearest to Kennedy Meadows is being pursued.
Squirrel Valley: Tom Parkin reports that their POA will meet four
times a year rather than monthly. They are also getting bids for more
Walker Pass: Lloyd Smith reports that Cal Trans is using the “brush
hog” on the road shoulders.
Ed Royce adjourned the meeting at 11:30 AM.
REMINDER: The next KRV FSC meeting is Thursday, August 16th at 8:30