River Valley Fire Safe Council
Board of Directors and
Thursday, November 15, 2007
NO MEETING IN DECEMBER. NEXT MEETING 1/17/08
Those present: Ed Royce, Lloyd Smith, Christine and Gordon Hancock,
Emily Diggles, Bob and Linda Kubisiak, Mark Kingsbury, Rey Ramirez and
President Ed Royce convened the meeting at 8:49 AM. Introductions were
Corrections to minutes were made. Motion to approve: Gordon Hancock.
2nd: Linda Kubisiak. Unanimous approval.
Christine Hancock, Treasurer reports that we have an operating budget
of $2,190.37. Grant(s) balances are: Sequoia Crest - $9,900.00; State
Farm - $203.79. The West and Arkelian Foundations Educational grants
have a balance of $1000.00. The Lake Isabella-Bodfish POA sent a
membership check for $100.00. Motion to approve: Robin Wyatt-Little.
2nd: Emily Diggles. Unanimous approval.
Ed Royce reports for Patrick Pontes, Grant Administrator, that we are
still waiting for the contract agreement letters from the State FSC
and BLM’s Environmental Compliance Section. Once the State FSC sends
the contract agreement letter the funding should follow soon. The
anticipated BLM letter will apprise us of what level of environmental
compliance will be required on our two projects.
Patrick has completed the required Sierra Nevada Conservancy draft
Summary Statements; one for the ASV Mulcher purchase and the other for
the Environmental Compliance and License-To-Enter Agreement grants. We
are required to contact the SNC to discuss our proposed projects
before we complete the application and submit. Discussion followed
regarding these draft and comments will be made to Patrick prior to
contacting the SNC and submission of the draft summaries.
For the 2009 Grant Period we will be applying to the State for 3
Grants: Pala Ranches Community Shaded fuel break, (our unfunded 2008
Tillie Creek fuel break submittal); Bodfish Canyon Fuel Reduction
Phase II and the Piute Meadows Community Roadside Brushing and
The State FSC quarterly grant(s) accomplishment reports are due at the
end of November.
Patrick reminds us that the State FSC (Cathy Brooke) will be hosting a
Grant Writing Workshop for the 2009 Grant Period. The workshop for our
area will be held December 11th, 9AM to 1PM at the Kern County Fire
Department Training Facility on Victor Drive.
Scott Williams sent copies of the Collaboration Committee’s future
grant projects priority list. Following discussion Lloyd Smith moved
to accept the Committee’s recommendations. 2nd – Emily Diggles.
Christine Hancock asked for clarification as to who originates the W9
income reporting forms for those receiving grant funds i.e. Patrick
Pontes, Ken Delfino and Rich Olson. She will contact Albert Beutick
for this information.
Lloyd Smith reports that the projected fundraising goal for October
2006 through October 2007 has been met with a total of $4,252.98
raised for the operating budget. Lloyd and Ed participated in the
photo op with Tom Parkin, sustaining member and Mike Thomas of Thomas
Refuse, business sustaining member.
Ed and Lloyd discussed remarks from the community regarding public
perceptions about the Fire Safe Council i.e. that perhaps positions on
the FSC Board might be paid positions. Discussion followed regarding
better communication to the public about the all volunteer make-up of
this Fire Safe Council. To be continued.
KCFD Crew 87 installed another of our Road Signs one mile west of
Caliente Creek and Bodfish Roads. Three up, one more to go!
Speaker’s Bureau quiet for the time being. Robin will contact Captain
Grove for Caliente/Walker Basin POA contacts for the Speaker’s Bureau.
Publicity Chair position is open for volunteers. Margie Clack is
stepping down as the immediate past chairperson.
Chipper days: All quiet for now.
Rey Ramirez reminds us that the KCFSC meeting will be held January
16th. More information later.
Website: Ed Royce tells us that Dick Sampson will continue as
Webmaster until January 2008 at which time Allison Sheehey will assume
the position. Thank you Allie and Dick.
Lloyd Smith sent requests out to his projects committee for future
project ideas. Lloyd would like to see changes in communicating the
FSC presence in the Valley and new educational goals for the community
at large. To be continued.
Lloyd attended a State FSC Workshop which Allstate Insurance
sponsored. The event was poorly attended but Lloyd and others who did
attend gleaned ideas about involving their respective communities in
Ed reminded those attending that nominations need to be made for the
upcoming January elections. Lloyd Smith volunteered to be President,
Ed Royce volunteered to serve as Vice President and Christine Hancock
and Robin Wyatt-Little volunteered to serve another year as treasurer
and secretary, respectively. There were no other volunteers at this
time. Nominations can be made from the floor at the January meeting.
Ed feels that a two year term is needed giving an officer time to
learn the in’s and out’s of Fire Safe Council business.
Kennedy Meadows has scheduled their 4th chipper day, November 17th,
utilizing the BLM chipper this time. Lloyd Smith reports that Sally
Peterson negotiated with Cal Trans to groom a wider swath on the road
shoulders in the Walker Basin/Jacks Creek area. Cal Trans complied and
Lloyd will organize a neighborhood cleanup of the brush that Cal Trans
removed but is lying at the edge of the shoulder work area.
Frontier Trail POA is in the process of replacing all hydrant covers
with newly constructed ones and retrofitting all hose hook-ups to
conform to KCFD specifications. Plans are moving along for an
additional Frontier Trail water tank to service their water system.
Emily reports that they still struggle with vacant lot cleanup and
those who impede fire safety progress in their neighborhood.
Meeting adjourned at 11:30 AM by President Ed Royce.
Reminder: NO DECEMBER MEETING!!!!!!!!!!! The January meeting will be
Thursday, January 17th, 8AM in the Supervisor’s Conference Room.
CURRENT MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO BRING A FRIEND/NEIGHBOR TO THE JANUARY
THIS FIRE SAFE COUNCIL NEEDS CONTINUED PARTICIPATION FROM PRIVATE
INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESS COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND PROPERTY OWNER
ASSOCIATIONS. THIS IS AN ALL- VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO
EDUCATION AND PREVENTION OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE IN THE KERN RIVER
VALLEY AND NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES. PLEASE JOIN US IN THIS EFFORT.