Information on the storms, important information on the CalFresh program, and I personally found Item 6 disturbing. Here’s the link for today’s video where you can watch the full meeting. As always, an excellent job Janet!bos-meeting-notes-02-14-23.pdf
• Judy Hawkins – Deputy CAO/Risk & HR Director – County is participating in the Columbia College job fair tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., several agencies will be participating. Hoping to be able to fill positions.
• Cori Allen – HHS – Veteran Services building was negatively impacted by the storms and has been out of the building since then. Will do walk-ins again starting this Thursday, February 16. They are working out of the HHS building. Do not know when they will be back in their building.
• Kathy Galino – Economic & Community Development Director – the third round of small business relief grants is opening again. We have approximately $49,000 left, any business affected by Covid please reach out. Next week will be closing the airport on Tuesday through Thursday – from 7 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. for survey work on the runways.
Winter Storm Update
1. Informational Item – OES (ID # 7105) Receive an update presentation from staff on the winter storms which began on or about December 29, 2022.
• John Osborne – Director of Emergency Services – continues to operate the disaster recovery center. Thanked all the people helping at the fairgrounds. As of yesterday, 110 families have received services, and 650 services have been provided. Thursday, the new location will be at 509 East St. Charles Street at the Sequoia Room, which will be open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As of yesterday, 289 enrollments in the FEMA public assistance program, and $183,539.31 for the individual housing program. Trying hard to get the word out that assistance is available. Public assistance is available, and the cost share for emergency costs at 100% for the first 60 days, and 70% for days 61+. To date, the damage estimate is $3,252,557. Permanent work is roads,
bridges, water control facilities, utilities, parks, and rec, etc.
• BOS – all thanked John Osborne and all the agencies who have assisted, they are doing great work.
Recognition and Acknowledgments
2. Proclamation – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 7107) Proclaim the Month of February 2023 as Civil Grand Jury Awareness Month in Calaveras County.
• Supervisor Folendorf read the proclamation.
• Carolyn Stymates – CA Grand Jury Motherlode, President of our Chapter – recognized the members for all their work. For any information or if interested in being a grand juror or have something you want to be investigated, go to the website at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the motherlode chapter website at www.cgja.org.
Motion to approve proclamation – Passed – 5-0.
3. Proclamation – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 6921) Proclaim the week of February 12 – February 18, 2023, as Kindness Week in Calaveras County and further deem the County as a Random Acts of Kindness Zone.
• Supervisor Huberty read the proclamation.
Motion to approve proclamation – Passed – 5-0.
General Public Comment
Please read through the notes for additional information.
4. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Regular Meeting – Dec 13, 2022, 8:00 AM
5. Agreement – Administrative Office (ID # 7139) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an Agreement with Barth Roofing for the multi-purpose room roof replacement at the Railroad Flat Recreation Center in an amount not to exceed $57,442 for 120 working days.
6. Action Item – Administrative Office (ID # 7143) Authorize Board Chair to sign a notice clarifying the use restrictions on the County’s 1948 deed of the property to Mark Twain Hospital District.
7. Action Item – Administrative Office (ID # 7148) 1) Find Project Exempt from CEQA; 2) Adopt the design plans and specifications for the Electrical Service Replacement for the Calaveras County Government Center; 3) Authorize the Purchasing Agent to incorporate any minor edits to the plans and specifications; and 4) Authorize the Purchasing Agent to solicit formal construction bids.
8. Resolution – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 7110) Adopt a resolution finding that the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency continues to present imminent risks to the health or safety of attendees without a teleconference participation option.
9. Action Item – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 7117) Revise the Board of Supervisors assignment to the Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCo).
10. Action Item – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 7118) Remove Mary Ash from the Mental Health Advisory Board due to significant non-attendance.
11. Action Item – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 7121) Appointment of applicants to serve on various Committees, Commissions, Advisory Boards, and County Service Areas.
12. Agreement – Behavioral Health Services – Mental Health Program (ID # 7102) Authorize the Board Chair to sign the Agreement between Calaveras County and North Valley Behavioral Health, LLC for inpatient psychiatric treatment services, for the not to exceed the amount of $900,000 for the period of July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, to be utilized on an as-needed basis.
13. Action Item – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 7119) Accept the Annual Report of the Calaveras County Mental Health Advisory Board for the period of January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022.
14. Agreement – Human Services (ID # 7111) Authorize 1) the Board Chair to sign an Agreement in an amount not to exceed $270,000 with Sierra Child and Family Services, Inc. to provide a Family Urgent Response System for the period of July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023; and 2) the Director of Health and Human Services Agency to sign amendment(s) to the Agreement, if any, so long as it does not affect the not to exceed amount.
15. Agreement – Human Services (ID # 7120) Authorize the Board Chair to sign an Agreement with JUMP Technology Services, LLC, for Adult Protective Services and Public Guardian Software, in the amount of $72,056.50, for the three-year period of February 1, 2023, through January 31, 2026.
Motion to approve consent agenda items 4 – 15 – minutes 6,9, and 15 – Passed – 5-0.
Chair Tofanelli pulled item #6.
• Chair Tofanelli – had a conversation with Sarah Edwards, County Counsel, and was concerned this could be turned into just a nursing facility and get rid of the hospital. Sarah Edwards – County Counsel – unfortunately, regardless of this item, we cannot keep the hospital in business. This allows a skilled nursing facility a permissible use on the parcel without it reverting to the county.
• Dr. Randy Smart – CEO Mark Twain Medical Center – we do not have any objection to the change. Understands the chair’s concern about the deed, a legitimate concern, but we are committed to keeping the hospital in this county, and we will do everything possible to make sure that does not change. We do not have any objection to the deed change.
Motion to approve consent agenda items 6 – Passed – 5-0.
Re item #9
• Chair Tofenalli – basically this is saying I will be an alternate on LAFCo committee. Supervisor Folendorf is now the lead.
Motion to approve consent agenda items 9 – Passed – 5-0.
Re item #15
• Cori Allen – HHS Director – JUMP is a database that tracks services, we pay a small portion of the contract. It provides accounting, and case management journaling, and helps track information.
Motion to approve consent agenda items 15 – Passed – 5-0.
16. Informational Item – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 7125) Receive an informational update regarding the conclusion of federal continuous coverage for persons receiving Medi-Cal and conclusion of CalFresh Emergency Allotments (EA).
• Cori Allen – HHS Director – introduced the team.
• Robin Carter – Program Manager HHS – two major programs will be affected. Since March 2020 when the pandemic hit, Medi-cal has continued without a break, which is coming to an end. Will have to do annual renewals, which may affect them by having to pay a cost or not being eligible. We have published flyers. Need to make sure the phone number and address are up-to-date. Re CalFresh emergency allotment will be implanted and discontinued.
• Jennifer Prudent – HHS Supervisor – re CalFresh – this is a big change that is coming and we have been preparing staff and community. This is an income-driven program that has helped working families. Huge impact on families, local grocery stores, and farmers’ markets that allow them to shop locally. Currently, we have 3,399 active cases, a total of 5,774 participants that will be affected by this emergency allotment, largely the elderly population who have been getting a $263 bump each month. March will be the last supplement issued, people will have to adjust the budget, and we will get several calls re hearings due to being upset. We understand and have been trying to educate everyone.
• Susan Stockburger – System Support Tech – HHS – re Medi-cal continuous coverage ending and the implications it will have on HHS. In March 2020, it issued policy guidance that they would be provided continuous coverage which ends in March 2023. Beginning April 2023, all CA Counties will resume normal Medi-cal over the next 14 months. Many program flexibility enhancements adopted during the pandemic will remain in place. This will require policy and procedure updates, staff training, and refresher training for certified counselors for Covered CA. During paramedic, all Medi-cal patients were put on hold. Currently have 7,606 active Medical cases with 13,360 active beneficiaries. 5,705 Medi-cal redeterminations to process before May 31, 2024, and 11 eligibility staff to process, averages about 40 per month, takes about 3-4 hours per item, and does not include their other duties.
Public Comment • None
Informational Item Only.
17. Resolution – Administrative Office (ID # 7123) Adopt a Resolution authorizing the Interim County Executive Officer to apply to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for a $6,582,825 Community Resiliency Center (CRC) Grant.
• Is being pulled and will be brought back at a later time.
• Supervisor Stopper – CSDD meeting later this week, motherlode job agency meeting a few weeks ago, appointed to that board, have a hardwood advisory committee meeting.
• Supervisor Folendorf – next week two open houses regarding evacuation needs and assessment preparedness plan at San Andreas Town Hall on February 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Bret Harte Multi-Purpose Room on February 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you can’t attend in person, you can make comments at www.calaverasready.com.
• Supervisor Huberty – attended the Agency on Aging, Central Sierra Child Support Agency, and the Calaveras Big Trees Association meetings