KERN RIVER VALLEY FIRE SAFE COUNCIL
Board of Directors and General Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Those present: Ed Royce, Sharon Rooney, Christine and Gordon
Hancock, Emily Diggles, Lloyd Smith, Cindy Thill, Scott Williams, Dena
Sundberg, Carolyn Lofreso, Bob Robinson, Margie Clack, Sue Rocha,
Kevin Chambers, Ken Stevens, John Smith, Robin Wyatt-Little.
President Ed Royce convened the meeting at 8:31 AM. Introductions were
Motion to approve the minutes: Gordon Hancock – 1st. Emily Diggles –
2nd. Unanimous approval.
Sharon Rooney reported total fundraising donations to be $1100.00.
Operating account balance before donations is $1,133.26. Grant
balances are: Frazier Park - $49,500; Hungry Gulch - $47,150.97;
Kennedy Meadows - $17,329.78 and Mt. Pinos - $19,500. Sharon reports
that the FSC insurance is paid. Next premiums are due in April, July
and September 2007. Motion to accept report: robin Wyatt-Little – 1st.
Lloyd Smith – 2nd. Unanimous approval.
John Smith with Kern County Fire Department reports the Hungry Gulch
Fuels Reduction project is progressing very well. Residents are
pleased with the project. Slash piles will be burned, weather
Ed Royce reports that the CWPP grant project is on schedule. Residents
have already tackled clearing per recommendations from Ken Delfino.
Ed Royce announced that the Request For Proposal (RFP) for the Grant
Administrator position is complete and has asked those present to
circulate the RFP to interested parties. The RFP will also be mailed
to individuals. It was agreed that Margie Clack will write an article
about the Grant Administrator position and submit to the KVSUN, the
Courier and to Ridgecrest.
Road Signs: Scott Williams and Cindy Thill.
Scott researched cost for the metal signs and found them to be cost
prohibitive (7k.) Agreed to continue with the wood signs/metal roofs.
Lloyd requested that the design incorporate ease of installing the
seasonal messages. Cindy queried specifics in order to proceed with
the encroachment permits i.e. ground disturbance, specific materials
to be used and what the messages will say. Cindy distributed a
printout of suggested messages. It was agreed that short, catchy
messages with good graphics would be most successful. Attendees were
asked to critique the messages and let Lloyd Smith know their
preferences. Lloyd will then communicate with Cindy. Gordon Hancock
will research cost of solar power materials for night lighting. He
will get back to Cindy so that can be included in the permit
Ed will follow up with Jim Davis regarding SCE sponsorship of sign
Publicity: Margie Clack
Margie has been gone most the summer on fire assignments. She noted
that the Day Fire created interest from the residents about the local
Fire Safe Council. Sue Rocha also spoke with many residents about the
need to be involved with the FSC.
Margie reports that Jim Bauer and Raoul will be managing the booth at
the Home and Garden Show in Bakersfield this weekend and will be
distributing FSC literature.
Margie requests that the Webmaster update the FSC website information.
Ed Royce will communicate this to Tom Parkin, website liaison person.
Fundraising: Lloyd Smith
Lloyd reports that out of 45 letters sent to POA’s, 5 responded. The
next phase will be to contact the business community after a FSC power
point program is scheduled for the two Chambers of Commerce. This will
be scheduled for February/March, 2007. Robin will contact the Chambers
to be placed on the agenda. Robin requested current members to bring
new folks to the FSC meetings. Robin will contact the newly
revitalized North of the Kern River POA and invite them to
FSC Power Point: Ken Stevens
Ken Stevens (KCFD) presented the newly created power point program
introducing the KRV FSC to an audience. It was received
overwhelmingly. It was suggested by Cindy Thill that the FSC could
expand the audience base and present this program to Churches and the
PTA’s in the Valley. Robin will develop this idea.
The DVD information will be used to develop the KRV FSC brochure.
Scott Williams (USFS) will work with Ken to do a paste up for
presentation at the November FSC meeting. Carolyn LoFreso of the
Mojave Desert-Mountain RC&D will explore the possibility of assisting
with the printing costs of a 1000 brochures. The DVD should be
presented to the RC&D at their January meeting in Ridgecrest. Robin
will request a spot on their January agenda at the upcoming meeting on
October 26th. Lloyd will attend the January meeting.
KC FSC Collaborative Meeting: Ken Stevens
The meeting will be held Saturday, November 4, 2006, 11AM - ???. Lunch
will be provided by the Mt. Pinos FSC. Location is the KCFD Olive
Drive Headquarters. Ken is requesting RSVP’s.
Robin reports that the KRV FSC 501c3 renewal has been sent to the
Secretary of State.
Firewise Demonstration Garden Project:
Ed shared Marcine’s initial proposal/vision for this garden project.
Ed asked the council for opinions and discussion. Following discussion
it was voted to go ahead with this project following the formation of
a committee to work with Marcine to develop an in-depth proposal
outlining location, design, scale and cost. It was agreed the funding
of this project must be integrated within the FSC Fundraising
Committee’s guidelines. It was also agreed that all articles for FSC
projects must be submitted to Margie Clack, Publicity Chair. Ed will
communicate with Marcine, notifying her of her committee (Ken Stevens,
Bob Robinson, Carolyn LoFreso and Gordon Hancock) and project
Ed asked for volunteers to serve on the nominating committee. Robin
will send an email out to the membership requesting volunteers and
suggestions for office holders. Elections are to be held in January
John Smith suggested the FSC might want to solicit new members by
reassuring them they do not have to attend every meeting but can serve
on a committee and/or submit reports via emails prior to scheduled
meetings. Unanimous agreement that this is a good approach.
Ed queried members about going dark in December. The majority felt
that was a good idea. Gordon Hancock suggested having two meetings in
January in order to complete grant applications etc. To be decided at
the November meeting.
Margie Clack reports that the acting USFS District Ranger is Rick
Larson who was formally with the Los Padres Forest District. Margie
will invite Rick to the next FSC meeting as well as Deputy District
Ranger, Brenda Ehmann.
Scott Williams introduced his new Collaborative Assistant, Dena
Sundberg who, for the next two months, will be helping Scott with the
Agencies Collaborative cataloging, maps and record keeping.
Scott reports the Burma Road fuels project in Kernville is
progressing. Piles are being stacked to be burned weather permitting.
BLM: Kevin Chambers
Kevin reports there are still questions about funds for fuels
projects. The priorities have been established for Wofford Heights/Hwy
155 fuels reduction beginning this fall, incorporating hand cutting
with some mechanical application. Kevin reports that the BLM is
looking at private properties adjoining BLM land which surround Lake
Isabella. The goal is to provide a 100’ defensible space treatment for
those parcels with structures that do not have 100’ within their
boundaries, but could achieve 100’ with clearing on the adjoining BLM
land. Another fuels project would be in Hungry Gulch, tying in with
the Isabella Highlands fuels reduction project recently completed.
Kevin has asked for the FSC assistance in presenting individual FSC
programs to help inform residents of the proposed projects. Both BLM
and KCFD personnel will be present to answer questions. Robin will
research contacts for these program dates (Hungry Gulch and Palas
KCFD: John Smith
John listed the proposed 2007 wish list for fuels reduction projects:
Continuation of the Rodgers Road Fuel Break; Plater Road; Tillie
Creek/Pala Ranches and Bodfish Canyon. Maintenance of existing fuel
breaks will be ongoing.
Property Owners Associations:
Lloyd Smith is concerned with the increased fuel load on the
right-of-way along the Walker Pass Road. His chief concern is the
possibility of a cigarette thrown out a car window which would ignite
quickly and threaten the Jacks Creek community. The roadside is Cal
responsibility. BLM has an approximate 1/8 mile corridor that is not
wilderness which, if treated, could provide additional protection.
This will be explored further. Kevin will visit the area and discuss
Margie reminds everyone that there were 12 lightning fires in the KRV
this past month. Fire Season is not over!
Ken Stevens obtained 12”x12” magnetic FSC logo signs which will be
placed on the Chipper for FSC Chipper Days. Thanks Ken!
Ed Royce adjourned the meeting at 11:31 AM.
Respectfully submitted by: Robin Wyatt-Little, Secretary