Loma Rica /

   Browns Valley

        Fire Department














Loma Rica / Browns Valley Community Services District
Regular Meeting:  April 21, 2014


Item 1)  Meeting Call To Order:
A) Roll Call:   Present:  Biggs, Gravelle, Kattuah, Kinkle; Absent:  Birney (Excused)
Item 2)  Public Communications:  None
   Item 3) Approve Minutes:
A)   Minutes For Regular Meeting of March 17, 2014
Motion to Approve minutes:  Kinkle
Second:   Gravelle
      Passed unanimous voice vote  
Item 4) Accounting
A)   Financials:  Director Gravelle asked Accountant Brooks what funds does the District have to buy property and build a new station (#63)—Accountant Brooks answered approximately $1 million in the unrestricted cash fund.  Review of the Budget vs Actual General Fund determined that account 6520 Equipment Purchases should be revised at a meeting in the next month or two.  It was explained that training expenses were under budget due to not only the lack of new volunteers, but also because volunteers can use the computer for some continuing education courses, which is much less expensive.
B)    Warrants:  no questions/discussion
Item 5) Chief’s Report—Captain Leslie Drexel
A)   New equipment for Engine 62—Still purchasing supplies to equip truck; supply hose has been tested and loaded.
B)    Captain Drexel is working on a grant for new structure and wildland fire gear.
C)    Two more people have shown interest in becoming volunteers and have requested applications, but have not returned them—one is a former CalFire employee.
D)   Additional CalFire staff is arriving for the fire season (Travis will be out of commission for most of the summer due to his accident)—by April 28th all stations will be open in the unit with at least one engine and sometime in May CalFire will be at peak staffing.
Item 6) Volunteer’s Report—David Lopez reported that we lost two volunteers who went back to work for
             CalFire for the summer
   Item 7) General Manager’s Report
A)  Update:  Yuba County new Fire Mitigation Ordinance:  GM Poggi spoke with Linda Fire Chief Rich Webb and to date there have been few, if any, changes.  If the YC Building Department approves the proposed changes to the study, then Chief Webb will submit it to the YC Board of Supervisors for their approval.
B)    Update:  LRBVCSD Fire Mitigation Study:  GM Poggi spoke with her contacts and it was estimated that an updated study would cost $5,000 to $7,000, and a new study would cost $8,000 to $15,000.  She reminded the Board that if over $5,000, a Request for Proposals would be required.  This will be an ongoing discussion item until 7A) has been resolved.
C)    Update:  Sale of old Engine 62—Request advertising through Fenton:  after 14 days of advertising in the Appeal-Democrat and 7 days in the Sacramento Bee, there have been no responses.  GM Poggi contacted Fenton Fire about listing the engine to sell—they charge a straight 10% commission on equipment less than $50,000 and if we sell the engine ourselves, there is no fee.
Director Gravelle made a motion for the Board to give GM Poggi permission to list old engine 62 for sale with Fenton Fire; motion seconded by Director Kinkle
Voice Vote:  Biggs, Gravelle, Kattuah, Kinkle – Aye           Absent:  Birney              (Passed)
Item 8) Board and Staff Members’ Reports: 
A)   March JPA meeting with County Administrator in attendance:  Director Biggs reported that at the March JPA meeting it was agreed that Yuba County would draft an agreement (or Memorandum of Understanding) which would first be sent to the fire chiefs of each district for review.  As of today, we have not received any correspondence or updates.
B)    Update on new property for Station #63:  Director Kinkle reported that no properties have come up for sale that are more suitable than the property on Marysville Road that the District currently owns (mostly due to locations on narrow, winding lanes).  Director Gravelle questioned the goal of building Station #63:  just equipment storage, or a long-term strategy to replace the current station when the lease with the State expires in 2023?  It was discussed that if the goal is only to resolve insurance rates for owners in that area of the District, then possibly we should look at a property with an existing smaller building to store an engine or tender.  Director Kinkle was asked to contact Barry Taylor Excavating to determine if it is economically feasible to build just a garage on the existing property.  Item to be placed on the May agenda.
Adjourned 8:05 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted:
Kim Biggs – District Vice-Chairperson