Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes – 06/15/2021


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 6/15/21 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:20210615-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 was a short meeting.  Items 7-11 were regular agenda items.

  • Item 7: Lieutenant Dennis Huberty recognitionn
  • Item 8: Centralized versus decentralized County functions
  • Item 9: State fire regulations
  • Item 10: Campaign disclosures
  • Item11; Redistricting

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 9:05 a.m.

Staff Announcements

John Osbourn – Director of OES – re planned excessive heat this week – they are cooperating with public health and setting up six locations; Copper, Murphys, West Point, Jenny Lind, and San Andreas, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday; water and snacks available. Partnered with Calaveras Connect so you can call dial a ride if you need a ride to the cooling center and it will be provided free of charge.
Cori Allen – HHSA Director – June 13, 2021, Dr. Dean Kelaita received the golden frog award from Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce re health provided to the county during Covid. Award was recognized by Congress and the Legislature of the State of CA. Very proud of the team.
Rick DiBasilio – Sheriff – Celtic fair is at the fairgrounds this weekend – watch the heat. On the 27th, will have derby at the fairgrounds.

Public Health Update

1. Informational Item – Public Health Services (ID # 6113) Receive an update presentation from staff on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Cori Allen – HHSA Director – presented a PowerPoint presentation. Today we exit the tier system. We exited in Orange Tier – moderate risk. 2,201 cases; 35,904 vaccines, 4 active cases, recovered 2,141, 0 active hospitalizations, 56 deaths.
• Last week we saw 3.9% covid cases per 100,000. This week we are at 6.5 new cases per day per 100,000. The state is at 2% per 100,000. The concern lies here from when we shift the blueprint. 4.3% positivity rate over 7 days; the state is less than 1%. We are aware of these particulars which is why we are moving slowly.
• Individuals must follow guidelines for the use of face covering. Restrictions remain for large outdoor events and will review by September 1. The remainder of the business sectors strongly encouraged to follow recommendations. If you go to state or local offices, you may be asked to wear a mask. All business entities can choose to put a restriction on making whether they are vaccinated or not. CalOSHA has not yet provided guidance yet.
• Mobile vaccination van – Wednesday through Sunday for 60 days, increases rural access. With heat – may not operate, will depend on the weather. Tuesday – Jenny Lind; Wednesday – San Andreas; Thursday – Rail Road Flat and West Point. Go to MyTurn to enroll. It may not appear on MyTurn but can walk in. I will post the information on Thursday. Turnout has been very low. Need to get the word out.
Colleen Rodriquez – vaccination rate is almost 42% of eligible residents; 51.2% received one vaccine – not the worst in the state but not the best. Cases coming through are a lot more households.
Judy Hawkins – we are waiting to hear from CalOSHA on June 17 regarding the plan for county employees, workplace, etc. Governor stated changes by CalOSHA would adopt an executive order making their policy effective immediately. We will make any changes and roll them out to employees as quickly as possible. Can make restrictions stricter but not broader.
Dr. Rene Ramirez – Calaveras County Health Officer – Reminder: even though we are moving forward and want to put Covid behind us, we need to remember Covid is spread in droplets and a-systematic people can still spread the illness. The good news, vaccines are very good at preventing Covid and severe consequences. Most severe cases are largely unvaccinated people. Talk to your doctor if you need further information. Avoid Covid by social distancing, hand washing, get vaccinated. Still working on tracing for Covid and will require quarantine.
• Our priority is the health and safety of residents in Calaveras County. Please do your part and help others to get vaccines. Can be stricter but don’t want to. We want to put Covid behind us but we need your help. If our numbers are higher than the state or continue to grow, we will have to be stricter.
Public Comments • None

General Public Comments

Consent Agenda

2. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Regular Meeting – May 25, 2021 8:00 AM

3. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Special Meeting – May 27, 2021 9:00 AM

4. Agreement – Administrative Office (ID # 6037) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an Agreement for Conflict Public Defender Services between the County and David K. Singer for FY 2021-22 and FY 2022-23 for an amount not to exceed seven thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($7,250) per month.

5. Resolution – Behavioral Health Services – Mental Health Program (ID # 6120) 1) Adopt a Resolution approving Amendment 01 to the Mental Health Performance Contract No.18-95237 between Calaveras County and the California Department of Health Care Services for the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021; and 2) Authorize the Director of the Health and Human Services Agency to sign aforementioned Amendment.

6. Action Item – Economic & Community Development (ID # 6108) Authorize the Board  Chair to sign a revised letter of support for the CalaverasGROWN USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant application and conceptually approve the San Andreas Master Gardeners improvement project.

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

Regular Agenda

7. Resolution – Sheriff (ID # 6053) Adopt a Resolution Recognizing Lieutenant Dennis Huberty Upon His Retirement and for His 39 Years of Dedicated Service For the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.

8. Informational Item – Administrative Office (ID # 6150) Discuss and provide staff direction regarding centralized versus de-centralized government operations.

Christa Von Lotta – CAO – presented PowerPoint presentation. Please review for detailed information.
• Background:
• Centralized versus decentralized versus hybrid – have centralized to the hybrid model currently.
• Current recent issues: animal services; DA Building, HHSA leases; purchase opportunities.
• Strategic Planning and Financing Committee – to look at county infrastructure and community engagement and provide services to our community. Have 3 or 4 parcels of land to possibly centralize. Nothing will bind BOS today if they make suggestions; will just provide direction.
No Motion required

9. Action Item – Administrative Office (ID # 6152) Authorize Board Chair to sign letter to the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection commenting on the proposed 2021 State Minimum Fire Safe Regulations.

Christa Von Lotta – CAO – in receipt of form letter from RCRC – question is whether to direct staff to amend letter or draft another letter to send.
Public Comments • None
Motion to approve – Passed – 5 – 0.

10. Action Item – County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters (ID # 6100) 1) Introduce and waive the first reading of Ordinance adding Chapter 2.90 “Electronic Filing of Campaign Disclosures” to the County Code; and 2) Authorize a summary publication of the Ordinance.

Rebecca Turner – item allows county to put items on line and require candidates to file. Only impacts candidates who raise and spend $2,000 or more and get a salary over $2,000. New mandate passed that all fines must be on line within three days and without an electric filling system we will not be able to meet deadline.
Public Comments • None
Motion to approve – Passed – 5 – 0.

11. Informational Item – County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters (ID # 6117) Conduct a public hearing and receive a presentation on the 2021 County redistricting process.

Rebecca Turner – registrar of voters – see PowerPoint presentation for detailed information.
• Only have estimates now; hoping to get raw data in August.
• Estimating District 2 has shrunk and District 4 has grown the most.
• Every 10 years, must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population.
• Requirements – must be redrawn no later than December 15, 2021. Must have 4 public hearings – this is the first. Must have at least one more public hearing. Suggesting do one in each supervisorial district. At least 2 public hearings after maps have been drawn. One
hearing must be on a Saturday, or Sunday after 6 p.m.
Public Comments • None
Informational Item only.

Supervisor Announcements

Supervisor Garamendi – leaving tomorrow morning for Mono county for debate about fire regulations.
Supervisor Foldendorf – attended chamber event on Sunday, Ms Allen talked about court staff getting recognized and Mark Twain got business of the year for 2020. Thanked them for all the work during the pandemic.

Meeting adjourned at approximately 12:46 p.m.






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