Loma Rica /

   Browns Valley

        Fire Department














Loma Rica / Browns Valley Community Services District
Regular Meeting:  August 18, 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 June 16, 2014
Motion to Approve minutes:  Kinkle                     Second:   Birney
      Passed unanimous voice vote   
B)    Minutes For Regular Meeting of July 21, 2014
Motion to Approve minutes:  Kinkle                     Second:   Birney
      Passed unanimous voice vote   
Item 4) Accounting
A)   Financials:  no questions/discussion
B)    Warrants:  clarification on warrants paid to Ouimettes Mobile Repair and correction for warrant to Riverview International Trucks—were for Engine 63 repairs
Item 5) Chiefs Report: 
A)   Update on damage to Engine 61:  a compartment door was torn off—getting estimate from Pierce representative for repair/replacement of door.  The District will pay for the repairs and then make a claim to CalFire for reimbursement.  Chief Webb stated that there would be disciplinary action taken against the operator.  Also, the pump seal went out due to normal wear and tear.
B)    Personnel have been very busy in the past month, Captain Drexel is currently in Mendocino
C)    Discussed possible purchase of 4x4 ¾ ton extended cab short bed pickup—Chief Webb doesn’t want to take action on this item until October.  Board members felt crew cab would be preferable (with 4 full doors that all open in the same direction).  Fuel source would be gas (not diesel).  Chief Webb said the District can use the State’s contractor price—the Board requested a full price to include light bars and striping.  To be placed on October Agenda.
Item 6) Volunteer’s Report:  David Lopez stated they took Engine 61 to Lincoln Station 77 for fit test for SCBA equipment.  He also stated there has been no change in the number of volunteers in the District.
Item 7) General Manager’s Report—no matters to report this meeting
Item 8) Amend Administrative Manual (Volunteer/Board Member):
A) Discussed Attorney’s legal advice on a Board Director also being a Volunteer
Motion to vote to allow Board Members to serve as Volunteers in the District:  Gravelle
Second:   Birney
Voice Vote:           Gravelle, Kattuah—Aye, Biggs, Kinkle—Nay, Birney—Abstain
Motion not passed
Board Members requested General Manager Poggi contact Attorney to attend September meeting to answer questions/address concerns
Director Gravelle asked for Chief Webb’s opinion—Chief Webb stated in his experience it is a bad precedent to set and opens the Board/District up to potential issues, as he has had such issues in other districts that adopted this policy.
B) Approve to add Board’s decision to Administrative Manual—waiting to meet with Attorney.  Director Birney informed the Board he may not be able to attend the September meeting.
Item 9) Mountain Fire Lookout:
A) Attorney stated the District can not donate cash (taxpayer funds), only supplies
B) Approve to contribute goods to Mountain Fire Lookout—we are unable to do so at this time as we currently don’t know what their needs are or the timeframe
C) Tabled until we receive additional information—October meeting?        
Item 10) Yearly Awards to Volunteers
A) Approve 5 Year Service Awards to DJ Baker, Leno Mota, David Lopez
Motion to Approve:  Gravelle                  Second:   Birney
      Passed unanimous voice vote   
B) Approve Annual Firefighter of the Year award to Leno Mota
Motion to Approve:  Kinkle                      Second:   Birney
      Passed unanimous voice vote   
C) Approve Annual Firefighter Participation Award to David Tully
Motion to Approve:  Birney                      Second:   Gravelle
               Passed unanimous voice vote
Item 11) Volunteer Firefighter Picnic
A)   Set date, place, time, food, food prep, purchasers of food:  David Lopez to ask Volunteers for dates that they are available in September/October; to be held at the Loma Rica Station; food to be tri-tip, chicken, and hot dogs; to be purchased by Chairperson Kattuah and Director Kinkle.  Will need to arrange for tables and chairs and check to see what, if any, supplies are left over from last year.
B)    Motion to approve purchase of food for Annual Volunteer Firefighter Picnic not to exceed $750;      and rental of bounce house/purchase of items for children’s entertainment not to exceed $250 made by Birney:                                         Second Kinkle
Voice Vote:  Biggs, Birney, Gravelle, Kattuah, Kinkle—Aye
     (Chief Webb to ask about CalFire liability/release for bounce house)
Item 12) Community Wildfire Protection Plan
A)   Approve Final Yuba Foothills CWPP:  Chief Webb recommends support of the document as it will be a base for threat assessment to apply for grants.
Motion by Birney to approve Yuba Foothills Community Wildfire Protection Plan with twelve (12) corrections of our District’s name/acronym     
Second:  Kinkle
Passed unanimous voice vote
B)    Approve designee to sign CWPP on behalf of District:
Motion by Birney authorizing Chief Tom Webb to sign the Yuba Foothills Community Wildfire Protection Plan on behalf of Loma Rica/Browns Valley Community Services District after the above referenced corrections are made to the document
Second:  Gravelle
Passed unanimous voice vote
Item 13) Station #63:  Tabled until January 2015
Item 14) Board and Staff Member Reports—Director Gravelle stated if volunteers are using private vehicles for District business, they need to be reimbursed for mileage.  Please place item on September agenda.  Director Biggs stated the JPA held their annual election of officers at their June 25th meeting—Sterling Quinn Swift of Smartsville is their new President and Kim Biggs remains the Secretary/Treasurer.  It was reported that firefighter DJ Baker had his second surgery and is home recovering. 
Adjourned 8:10 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted:
Kim Biggs – District Vice-Chairperson
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