Loma Rica /

   Browns Valley

        Fire Department















Loma Rica / Browns Valley Community Services District

Regular Meeting:  June 18, 2007






Item 1)   Meeting Call To Order:


A) Roll Call:            Present – Cerf, Ford, Gardner, Kattuah

B) Pledge of Allegiance



  Item 2) Public Communications:




  Chairperson Cerf called a brief recess to present outgoing Fire Chief Gary Kavanagh with a card and cake



Item 3)  Approve Minutes:


A) Minutes For Regular Meeting of May 21, 2007


Motion To Approve: Ford             Second: Kattuah      Vote: Cerf, Ford, Kattuah – Aye;  Gardner Abstain


Item 4) District Director Position:


Motion to approve posting of vacancy:  Gardner         

Second: Ford              Approved: Unanimous Voice Vote



Item 5) Financials:


A) Warrants:      Warrant Detail Sheet provided by General Manager Poggi via e-mail; Director Gardner requested details on Mitigation Fund expenditures; no other discussion required at this time; copy of warrants attached to minutes


B) Accounts:       CPA Brooks provided up to date accounts; clarified County printout regarding mitigation fund balance  


C) Update Audit for 2005 / 2006:  Auditor requested and received minutes for fiscal year 2006 / 2007 through May 2007; District received draft audit; General Manager signed and returned management letter; CPA Brooks will contact auditors to answer any outstanding questions.



Item 6) Chief’s Report:


Chief Kavanagh reported:


A)    Yuba County paid Cal Fire $11, 791 for District dispatch services

B)    The number of fires is above normal for this time of year.  Fuel moisture at late August levels

C)    New Chief to begin on June 27, 2007



Item 7) Closed Session:

Pursuant to Section 54956.8 of the California Government Code, Prepare Contract and Offer to  Purchase Real Property (APN 44-240-082); In Attendance - District Board, Fire Chief Kavanagh, District General Manager Poggi, District Accountant Brooks


Chairperson Cerf adjourned the regular meeting to a closed session at 8.08 p.m.


Discussion ensued regarding recommendations from the District’s legal counsel.


Chairperson Cerf called the regular meeting back into session at 8:30 p.m. and announced that by unanimous voice vote, the Board had directed the General Manager to contact real estate agent Deborah Hoxworth and submit contract requirements as outlined by the District’s attorney, Brant Bordsen.  The Board also unanimously authorized the General Manager to obtain an appraisal from local appraiser Steve Souza.



    Item 8) Fiscal Year 2007 / 2008 Operations Budget


A)    Discuss: General Manager advised Board that the draft budget presented at the May 21, 2007 meeting had one change:  Item “Insurance” had been increased by $1,200 to pay for increased liability limits


B)    Open Public Hearing: No public comment

C)    Motion to Close Public Hearing:       Gardner   

Second: Ford                Passed: Unanimous Voice Vote


D)      Motion to Adopt Fiscal Year 2007 / 2008 Operations Budget in the amount of $284,000 including an increase of  $1,200 allocated to budget item “Insurance”:      Gardner

Second: Ford          Passed: Unanimous Roll Call Vote



Item 9) Petty Cash Funds     

A)      Increase Fire Chief Petty Cash Fund to $2,000

a.    Chief Kavanagh explained the need for a larger account

b.    Motion to increase Fire Chief Petty Cash Fund to $2,000:    Kattuah

Second: Ford                    Passed: Unanimous Roll Call Vote


B)      Establish General Manager Petty Cash Fund and Set at $500

a.    General Manager Poggi explained the need for a petty cash fund

b.    Motion to authorize General Manager Petty Cash Fund in the amount of $500:  Kattuah

Second:  Ford                    Passed: Unanimous Roll Call Vote




Item 10)  Select Board Vice Chairperson

A)    Discuss:  Cathy Kattuah volunteered to take the position of Vice Chairperson

B)    Motion to select Cathy Kattuah as Vice Chairperson:          Gardner

Second:  Ford                      Passed: Unanimous Voice Vote


Item 11)  Volunteer Retention and Recruitment

A)      Discuss:  Director Ford requested continuation to July agenda



Item 12) Newsletter

A)      Review and Amend If Necessary:  Director Ford offered draft copy for review.  Some minor corrections are required


B)      Motion to Approve Printing and Mailing:          Kattuah

Second:          Gardner          Passed: Unanimous Voice Vote



Item 13) Letter of Complaint to Cal Fire

A)    Discuss:  General Manager Poggi reviewed draft letter of complaint and discussed his belief that the management of Cal Fire had not taken steps to insure a smooth transition for the new Fire Chief.  Poggi requested the Board authorize him to contact the appropriate Cal Fire managers and forward its dissatisfaction.


B)    Motion to Authorize General Manager to Forward Complaint to Appropriate Personnel:  Gardner


Second:            Kattuah            Passed:  Unanimous Voice Vote


Item 14) Correspondence


            Nothing of significance



Item 16) Board and Staff Members’ Reports


Manager Poggi informed the Board that the office high-speed connection was now working properly




Adjourned 9:10 p.m.



Respectfully Submitted:


Silvio Poggi – General Manager