Loma Rica /

   Browns Valley

        Fire Department














Loma Rica / Browns Valley Community Services District
Regular Meeting:  August 19, 2013


Item 1)  Meeting Call To Order:
A) Roll Call:    Present:  Biggs, Birney, Gravelle, Kattuah, Kinkle
Item 2) Public Communications:  None (Four members of the public were present)
   Item 3) Approve Minutes:
A)    Minutes For Regular Meeting of July 15, 2013: 
Motion to Approve minutes:         Kinkle
Second:   Birney
      Passed unanimous voice vote   
B)    Minutes For Special Meeting of July 20, 2013: 
Motion to Approve minutes:         Kinkle
Second:   Gravelle
      Passed unanimous voice vote   
Item 4) Accounting
A)    Financials—Accountant Brooks explained that we have not received the July report yet from the County—tabled review of financials (budget vs actual until the September meeting when we should have complete information)
B)    Warrants—Director Kinkle questioned the cost of the PPE gloves ($322.92 for 2 pair).  GM Poggi to review invoice with Captain Robinson.  Director Gravelle questioned the reimbursement to Aaron Hallmark for Yuba County Public Safety.  It was confirmed this expense was for fire fighter safety training.
Item 5) Chief’s Report--Chief Matt Wallen
A)    Chief Wallen confirmed the inventory of equipment is complete, except for the new PPE equipment.
B)    Firewall hardware switch installed—have verbal confirmation; however, still waiting for letter from Cal Fire IT department.
C)    Chief Wallen gave an update on the current status of volunteers:  there are six volunteers; they are trying to get volunteers trained asap to be full responders, as currently while some can get equipment to the scene, they are not trained to fight fires.  Chief Wallen will also be working on a cooperative program between Cal Fire and the Yuba College firefighting program to have students barrack here.
D)    Chief Wallen reported Captain Robinson has been working on the new numbering system for the equipment. 
E)     Engine #61 is currently being rented out to Cal Fire for approximately $1,200/day.
F)     Chief Wallen informed the Board that the battery in the Quick Attack had to be replaced as it started smoking—the battery was still under warranty
G)    Two Yuba County Grand Jury members met with Chairperson Kattuah, GM Poggi and Cal Fire personnel last week to question how the District functioned.
H)    Fire Update:  Swedes Fire still being fought.
I)       Chief Wallen has tentatively scheduled a fire exercise in the Redhill Road community in Browns Valley for Saturday, September 14th and September 21st (depending on fire situation at the time).  The exercise will be twofold:  1st day will be a critique of the properties, and educating homeowners on creating defensible space; the second day they will simulate a “bump & run” and deploy trucks and hoses. 
Item 6) Volunteer’s Report—David Lopez absent, no additional information
Item 7) General Manager’s Report
A)    GM Poggi stated that the Direct Assessments roll has 2,024 parcels for a total billing of $209,277.16
B)    The Board was informed by the County, that beginning in FY 2013/2014, they will no longer send out assessments for properties valued at less than $5,000 (low value usually due to property tax exemptions).  There are currently 10 properties in our District that fall under this criteria and must be billed directly by the District.  GM Poggi will have a draft of the billing letter for review at the September meeting.
C)    Meeting notices posted in public places are being torn down shortly after being posted, or are being posted over by others.  Discussed possibly creating a locked display box—would require permission from property owners where notices are posted.
Item 8) District E-mails
A)    Director Gravelle reported all the e-mails have been set up; as part of the hosting account for LRBVFIRE.ORG we have an unlimited number of boxes at no additional charge.  He will give the account information to GM Poggi to distribute to the Board members to set up their accounts.
Item 9) Board and Staff Members’ Reports—none
Adjourned 8:12 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted:
Kim Biggs – District Vice-Chairperson