Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes – 06/08/2021

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The Calaveras Board of Supervisors meetings are much more important than you may realize.  One of our members, Janet, has generously been taking detailed notes which gives you a chance to follow along.

This link is from the 6/8/21 meeting.  If you’d like to see the actual meeting, a video is available through the County’s website.  If you’d like to download Janet’s notes, they can be found here: 20210608-bos-meeting-notes
The notes include more of the discussion about various measures/ announcements.  It gives you a better appreciation of the work our Supervisors and County personnel do.

We’ve mainly included the detailed notes here from general interest items like the Public Health Updates.  We list all items on the agenda but often only include the initial paragraph from Janet’s notes.

This meeting actually included two items that led to extensive conversation, Items 26 and 27.  Item 26 has to do with the ban on fireworks in Calaveras County.  Item 27 is the start of the discussion on the County’s next budget.  To quickly get an overview, please review Janet’s .pdf notes and/or review the video.

I refer you to Janet’s notes and the video for additional information.  Watching the whole video will give you complete information and an appreciation for Janet’s willingness to take these extensive notes.

Pubic meeting called to order at 9:04 a.m.

Staff Announcements

Lisa Medina – Environmental Management Agency – Last weekend we had a clinic and administered over 133 vaccines and 77 microchips. To date, vaccinated 358; microchipped 204. The next free rabies clinic will begin in September; July and August are too hot for clinics.

Public Health Update

1. Informational Item – Public Health Services (ID # 6112) Receive an update presentation from staff on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

Cori Allen – HHSA Director – presented a PowerPoint presentation. 44,026 tests done to date, 2,159 cases, 7 active, 2 hospitalizations, 2,132 recovered, 56 deaths. 35,117 vaccines, continue in the orange tier. Yellow is continuing to grow and red is reducing. Beginning June 15, the color system will go away but to date, we are continuing with the tier system. Amador – yellow tier; Tuolumne is Orange Tier.
• June 15 all industries may return to usual operations but the expectation is common sense: continue hand washing, masks, vaccinations. The state is holding the option to revisit if rates get high.
• Cal-OSHA intends to change requirements but currently there is no change yet to mask requirements.
• New mobile vaccination van – Wednesday through Sunday for the next 60 days. On loan from the State of CA. State-funded and state and locally staffed. Will increase area access.
• 35,001 – total vaccines = 50%; fully vaccinated at 40%.
• Clinics – Copper, Moke Hill, Valley Springs San Andreas, Valley Springs, Angels Camp, etc. – go to the website for locations and dates.
• Outlying clinics are not doing that well – low turnout and people are making appointments and not showing up. If you are hesitant, we encourage you to talk to your doctor to get science-based information.
Sarah Edwards – Attorney – don’t have CalOSHA written guidance so there may be changes. In the workplace, must continue to wear make unless everyone is vaccinated.
• Also, if dealing with the public, will need to continue to wear masks because you don’t know who has been vaccinated or not.
Dr. Rene Ramirez – Calaveras County Health Officer
• No decision to lift health order. We need to remain in line with the state. Can be more restrictive but not less. No change at this time.
• In best interest of everyone to increase our vaccine levels so we can return to normalcy as quickly as possible.

Public Comments • None

Staff Announcements

• Cal-OSHA – intent to change requirements but currently there is no change yet to mask requirements.
• New mobile vaccination van – Wednesday through Sunday for the next 60 days. On loan from the State of CA. State-funded and state and locally staffed. Will increase area access.
• 35,001 – total vaccines = 50%; fully vaccinated at 40%.
• Clinics – Copper, Moke Hill, Valley Springs San Andreas, Valley Springs, Angels Camp, etc. -go to the website for locations and dates.
• Outlying clinics are not doing that well – low turnout and people are making appointments and not showing up. If you are hesitant, we encourage you to talk to your doctor to get science-based information.
Sarah Edwards – Attorney – don’t have CalOSHA written guidance so there may be changes. In work place, must continue to wear make unless everyone is vaccinated. Also, if dealing with the public, will need to continue to wear masks because you don’t know who has been vaccinated or not.
Dr. Rene Ramirez – Calaveras County Health Officer –  No decision to lift health order. We need to remain in line with the state. Can be more restrictive but not less. No change at this time.  In the best interest of everyone to increase our vaccine levels so we can return to normalcy as quickly as possible.
Public Comments • None

General Public Comments

Andrea Colavita Pinkham – SEIU 1021 Representative – she has over 20 years of experience and plans to use experience when we negotiate with County next month. Look forward to having adequate preparation time and negotiating in person and adhering to all safety procedures. In best interest of staff and residents to resolve as soon as possible. Met with HR twice but Ms. Davis has not joined us.

Consent Agenda

2. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Regular Meeting – May 11, 2021 8:00 AM

3. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Special Meeting – May 18, 2021 9:00 AM

4. Agreement – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6076) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an Agreement with Five Claw, LLC in the not-to-exceed the amount of $118,436 for janitorial services in the Health and Human Services Agency buildings located in San Andreas, for the period of August 1, 2021, through July 31, 2022.

5. Agreement – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6080) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an Agreement with Jackson & Coker for the provision of specialty mental health services, including psychiatry services, on an as-needed basis for the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, in an amount not to exceed $670,000.

6. Agreement – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6082) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an Agreement with Matthew J. Johnson, LMFT, for the provision of mental health services in the not to exceed the amount of $100,000 for the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

7. Agreement – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6083) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an Agreement with Samantha Cooper for the provision of mental health services for a not-to-exceed value of $100,000 for the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

8. Agreement – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6084) Authorize the Board Chair to sign an Agreement with Mother Lode Job Training for the provision of Expanded Subsidized Employment for the not-to-exceed the value of $55,643 for the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

9. Agreement – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6081) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an Agreement with LocumTenens.com for the provision of certain mental health services, including psychiatry services, on an as-needed basis for the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, in an amount not to exceed $670,000.

10. Agreement – Human Services (ID # 6086) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an Agreement with Integrated Human Services Group, Inc., for consultation services related to Assembly Bill No. 2083 implementation in the not to exceed amount of $93,750 for the period of May 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

11. Agreement – Human Services (ID # 6096) Authorize the Board Chair to execute Amendment 02 to the lease agreement with Angels Inn, raising room rates but maintaining the not to exceed the value of $100,000, to provide non-congregate shelter options for Calaveras vulnerable populations during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

12. Agreement – Human Services (ID # 6097) Authorize the Board Chair to execute amendment 02 to the lease agreement with Sierra Inn, raising room rates but maintaining the not to exceed the value of $400,000, to provide non-congregate shelter options for Calaveras vulnerable populations during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

13. Agreement – Human Services (ID # 6098) Authorize the Board Chair to execute Amendment 01 to the lease agreement with Travelodge, raising room rates and increasing the not-to-exceed amount from $50,000 to $100,000, on a month-to-month term agreement; to provide non-congregate shelter options for Calaveras vulnerable populations during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

14. Resolution – Public Works (ID # 6087) Adopt a Resolution authorizing the Department of Public Works to utilize Acting County Surveyor services in the absence of the County Surveyor as directed by the Director of Public Works/County Surveyor.

15. Action Item – Public Works (ID # 6090) Authorize two (2) budget transfers associated with six (6) Department of Public Works – Capital Improvement Program projects, requiring a 4/5 affirmative vote of the Board of Supervisors.

16. Agreement – Public Works (ID # 6065) Authorize the Board Chair to 1) Execute the Cooperative Agreement for Caltrans to provide $10.325M SHOPP contribution towards the construction of the Western Segment of the State Route 4 Wagon Trail project; and 2) execute Amendment 01 to the Cooperative Agreement with Caltrans for providing quality assurance and oversight services for the construction of the State Route 4 Wagon Trail Realignment Project that reflects the $10.325M SHOPP contribution to the project.

17. Action Item – Public Works (ID # 6071) 1) Adopt design plans, specifications, and
estimates (PS&E) for construction of the State Route 4 Wagon Trail Realignment Project
Phase I; 2) Authorize the Director of Public Works to make minor edits to plans and
specs; and 3) Authorize the Department of Public Works to solicit formal construction
bids.

18. Action Item – Sheriff (ID # 6091) Approve and authorize the Sheriff and/or Undersheriff to execute Master Customer Agreement (MCA) and Equipment Purchase and Software  License Addendum (EPSLA) in an amount not to exceed $10,000 per vehicle with WatchGuard Video, Inc. for a term starting when the MCA is fully executed and ending six months after the later of (a) three years after the first order or (b) expiration of all applicable warranties.

19. Resolution – Sheriff (ID # 6092) 1) Adopt a Resolution to accept DLA Disposition Services donated equipment in the combined amount of $95,688; 2) Approve Offsetting Adjustments to Revenues and Expenditures appropriations in the aforementioned amount to Patrols Budget Unit 10100320; and 3) Authorize the Auditor-Controller Office to record and include the donated items on the Sheriff’s Office capital asset inventory. Requires a 4/5ths affirmative vote of the Board.

20. Action Item – Code Compliance (ID # 6125) Retroactively ratify three summary abatement contracts for properties on John Eaph Trail and Smitty Lane in West Point, which cumulatively exceed $50,000, and authorize a lien for summary abatement costs for a property located on John Eaph Trail.

21. Action Item – Administrative Office (ID # 6135) Ratify Ebbetts Pass Fire District Fire
Ordinance 2020 and delegate enforcement authority to the EPFD Chief.

Public Comments • None
PowerPoint to approve consent agenda items – Passed 5 – 0.

Regular Agenda

22. Resolution – Human Resources (ID # 6121) Adopt a Resolution Appointing the County Administrative Officer and Authorize the Board Chair to sign the Employment Agreement.

Judy Hawkins – HR Director – proposing Christa Von Lotta as interim to move to make it permanent.
Public Comments • None
Motion to approve the contract as amended with a four-year term – Passed – 5 – 0.

23. Action Item – Information Technology (ID # 6062) 1) Approve the attached quote for  KoaHills Consulting in the amount of $69,375 to conduct a Business Process Review (BPR) of Finance and HR/Payroll business processes by the end of 2021 in support of an upcoming upgrade of the One-Solution enterprise system. 2) Authorize the County Administrative Officer or designee to execute agreement.

Stan Moore – will be upgrading the system in the new fiscal year. The last major upgrade was approximately 7 years ago. The vendor will help us review the core business process and how we are using it today and where we want to get to. Business process review is required to get the most out of the system. The process will take place over the next several months; will start in the middle of June.
Public Comments • None
Motion to approve – Passed – 5 – 0.

24. Resolution – Integrated Waste Management (ID # 6123) Adopt a resolution pursuant to Govt. Code § 25830 establishing the annual solid waste parcel fee schedule for the 2021-22 fiscal year and removing the exemption available to certain residences occupied on a part-time basis.

• Paul Ferriani and Jennifer Pratt – Integrated Waste – present to answer any questions.
Public Comments • None
Motion to approve – Passed – 5 – 0.

25. Action Item – Integrated Waste Management (ID # 6124) 1) Contingent upon adoption of the Resolution in Item 6123, introduce, waive full reading of, and 2) Authorize summary publication of a repeal of Ordinance 2510 establishing a fee schedule and exemptions for solid waste systems.

• Paul Feriani – Director – and Jennifer Pratt – Department Analyst – Integrated Waste Management – present to answer any questions.
• Sarah Edwards – Attorney – we do need to post in the newspaper for 30 days for appeal.
Public Comments • None
Motion to approve – Passed – 5 – 0.

26. Ordinance – County Counsel (ID # 6118) Introduce, waive reading, and adopt an urgency ordinance adding Chapter 8.09 to the Calaveras County Code, regulating fireworks – requires a 4/5s vote of the Board.

Sarah Edwards – Attorney – brought forward on behalf of two board members; will take effect immediately, would add a new chapter to county code. No countywide fire regulation or ban. Would ban the sale, use, and possession of all fireworks within the unincorporated area of the county.

For the extensive discussion, please review the .pdf notes and video.
Public Comments
Motion to approve – Passed – 5 – 0.

27. Action Item – Administrative Office (ID # 6134) Conduct the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Recommended Budget Hearings, receive presentations on the Recommended Budget from the CAO and various Department Heads, and provide the CAO with direction for any requested changes to the Recommended Budget.

Christa Von Lotta – CAO – presented a PowerPoint presentation. Please review for detailed information.
Vice-Chair Folendorf called for the vote – 3 – yes, 1 – no, 1 – abstain.

For the extensive discussion, please review the .pdf notes and video.
Public Comments

Supervisor Announcements

Supervisor Garamendi – Moke Hill dedicated new park . Railroad Flat inaugurated library in old school site. Library has 6 computers, kids already in there., this is great for the community.
Supervisor Tofanelli – Mountain Valley MS meeting on Thursday in Angels Camp.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 4:40 p.m.

 

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