Loma Rica / Browns Valley Community Services District
Regular Meeting: March 17, 2014
Item 1) Meeting Call To Order:
A) Roll Call: Present: Biggs, Birney, Gravelle, Kattuah, Kinkle
Item 2) Public Communications: None
Item 3) Approve Minutes:
A) Minutes For Regular Meeting of February 17, 2014
Motion to Approve minutes: Birney
Passed unanimous voice vote
Item 4) Accounting
A) Financials: Accountant Brooks not available—tabled for April meeting
B) Warrants: discussed that the generator is being sold with the old engine; when replacing existing equipment, funds are not from mitigation account—mitigation funds are only used to purchase new equipment
Item 5) Chief’s Report—Chief Tom Webb
A) New equipment for Engine 62—Captain Robinson has purchased some new equipment and is waiting on pricing for other items; still within approved budget
B) Turnouts and wildland safety gear donated to Yuba College program—they were thankful for the donation
C) Replacement of SCBA’s—Captain Robinson explained that some of the SCBA’s are over 14 years old; should upgrade to 2013 NFPA standards, products should be available in April (looking to change from low-pressure to high-pressure bottles). Need 14 packs/28 bottles @ approx $4,500 per pack + $778 for additional bottle per pack. Captain Robinson to investigate if grant funds are available to make purchase so that we have standardized equipment (3 purchased in 2000, 2 purchased in 2001, 3 purchased in 2006 and 4 purchased in 2009—which are actually 2002 standards. While CalFire receives a 46% discount, specs are not currently available. Captain Webb suggested waiting until specs are available to make purchase. Item tabled for six months.
Item 6) Volunteer’s Report—Captain Robinson said while there hasn’t been a change in the number of volunteers, a new person is interested in becoming a volunteer. He also stated two volunteers are attending the Yuba Sutter training academy, which started two weeks ago.
Item 7) General Manager’s Report
A) Response for MOU from Yuba County OES: it was determined that since the MOU was addressed to the JPA, our District does not need to respond to the MOU. Director Gravelle stated he does not wish to have the JPA represent our District in these negotiations with the County OES. It was determined that due to the Amador Contract with CalFire, dispatch services for our District (LRBVCSD) would not be affected for this contract period; however, in the future, equipment will be needed for dispatch and support of Foothill Frequencies.
B) Fire Mitigation Ordinance—Sil Poggi explained that the collection of mitigation fees is determined by the Board—each District determines if they opt to collect mitigation fees. Item tabled for April meeting to determine if Yuba County adopted the new Fire Mitigation Ordinance.
C) Sale of old Engine 62: determined asking price to be $8,500, with a minimum price set—any offers under that amount must be brought up before the District Board. Directed GM Poggi to place an ad in the Appeal-Democrat and Sacramento Bee, stating as-is. Not sure if there will be an issue with California emissions. GM Poggi to write ad for Craig’s List—Director Birney to post. (Note that although a unanimous voice vote was taken approving this item, no motion or second was made.)
Item 8) Board and Staff Members’ Reports:
A) Update on property for Station #63, Les Kinkle: Director Kinkle viewed five properties within the Redhill area, all with houses on them, list prices ranging from $350,000 to $675,000. All properties are hilly with narrow access roads. Tabled until April meeting.
B) Director Biggs stated the next JPA meeting is next Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7pm at Foothill Fire in Brownsville. She also informed the Board that she will be unable to attend the July 2014 regular Board meeting as she is scheduled to work out of town.
Adjourned 8:17 p.m.
Kim Biggs – District Vice-Chairperson