Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes – 1/11/22


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

This article is from the 1/11/22  meeting.  There was a problem with the video feed at the beginning of the meeting.  This means that the first part of the meeting was not taped and is not included in the notes.  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: 20220111-bos-meeting-notes

Public meeting called to order.

Public meeting called to order at unknown time due to connectivity issues. Video stream began at 10:35 a.m. Due to the connectivity issues at the County, the meeting began on item #4. Items #2 and #3 were not recorded or reported out. Also, it was not reported that the Chair this year is Amanda Foldendorf D4 and the Vice-Chair is Gary Tofanelli D1.

2. Action Item – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 6479) Election of the 2022 Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Supervisors.

• Not recorded

Staff Announcements

• Not recorded

Public Health Update

3. Informational Item – Public Health Services (ID # 6494) Receive an update presentation from staff on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

• Not recorded

Recognition and Acknowledgments

4. Proclamation – Administrative Office (ID # 6504) Adopt a Proclamation recognizing County employees for their hard work supporting the recovery efforts from the December 2021 Winter Storm Event.

• Supervisor Stopper read the proclamation.
Public Comment
• Robert Pachinger – Director of Public Works – crews show up at 7 a.m. and are out working already but he is here to represent. Thank you for the gratitude from the BOS for the workers. They worked 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day. Those on vacation were called to come into work and they did. Crews worked in all the distressed areas. Workers on the grounds, mechanics, office help, etc. Everyone gave up part of the holidays and was happy to do it for the concern of their citizens. I am greatly proud of the workers and the BOS for recognizing them.
Cori Allen – HHSA Director – the team at HHS is tasked with working at mass shelters and it was really critical. We respond in an immediate moment but also elements of human conditions such as no power, etc. Crews started fires in fireplaces for citizens, shoveled snow, etc. Employees also worked during the holidays and brought in their own food. Gave gift packs to the children and food and rides to families. The staff was tremendous during this time.
Motion to approve – Passed 5 – 0.

5. Proclamation – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6485) Adopt a Proclamation proclaiming January 2022 as Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention Month.

• Cori Allen – HHSA Director – introduced Maria Robinson – Volunteer Coordinator for CASA of Calaveras – presented PowerPoint presentation. Please review for detailed information.
• Human Trafficking – three steps: recruitment, harboring, keeping victim by force. Doesn’t mean sex trafficking, could mean labor trafficking, which applies to people over 18 as well. A lot of times this happens within families. It can be generational in families where parents will exploit children to get by – pay for rents, bills, drug habits. Essentially has to do with slavery.
Mayle Johnson – Child Welfare Project Manager for Calaveras County – we see a lot of isolation in our county; not the same as what you would see in a larger city. Teenagers exchanging photos for rides, exchanging amounts each other and based over the internet to see, may not be parents abusing child, it is the people soliciting this from the minor children that create the child abuse event.
Supervisor Callaway read the proclamation.
Motion to approve – Passed 5 – 0.

Consent Agenda

6. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Regular Meeting – Nov 16, 2021 8:00 AM

7. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Regular Meeting – Dec 7, 2021 8:00 AM

8. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Regular Meeting – Dec 14, 2021 8:00 AM

9. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Special Meeting – Jan 4, 2022 9:00 AM

10. Resolution – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 6496) 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.

11. Agreement – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6473) Authorize the Board Chair to sign Amendment 02 to the Agreement with Calaveras County Office of Education for the provision of the Friday Night Live Mentoring and Youth Leadership Program in an amount not to exceed $153,750 for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

12. Action Item – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6498) 1) Approve the Calaveras Child Care Council Membership as recommended by the Calaveras Child Care Council (CCCC); and 2) Approve the Calaveras Child Care Council New Membership of Consumer Representative.

Public Comment• None
Motion to approve consent agenda items 6 through 12 – Passed 5 – 0.

Regular Agenda

13. Action Item – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 6481) Assign members of the
Board of Supervisors to various committees for the calendar year 2022.

Supervisor Garamendi – have been on the mental health committee for 5 years, would someone else like to be on board? It is a good board and provides great service but might be good to get some new eyes on this board. Chair Stopper would like to stay on as an alternate.  Supervisor Tofanelli will take the Mental Health Board. Chair Folendorf will be chair and Supervisor Tofanelli will be Vice-Chair. All other committees will remain the same.
Public Comment• None
Motion to approve – Passed 5 – 0.

14. Action Item – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 6480) Appointment of applicants to serve on various Committees, Commissions, Advisory Boards and County Service Areas.

• Robin Granville – Recorder’s Office – Remove Parks & Rec applicant for D4, lack of posting on that seat. Will repost and bring it back at a future meeting date. The remaining applicants were unopposed and can be approved.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve applicants minus the D4 position – Passed 5 – 0.

15. Ordinance – Planning (ID # 6493) Conduct a public hearing, adopt an Ordinance approving a Negative Declaration and amending the zoning of APN: 030-016-012 from Professional Office – Planned Development (CP-PD) to Local Commercial – Planned Development (C1-PD) for April Johnson, and authorize publication of brief property description and map of reclassified property.

Tim Pitt – Planner II – Planning Department – requesting approval for purpose of opening a bicycle sales and service use shop located on the corner of Hwy 4 in Avery. Land use is mixed around this parcel. On-site parking currently is adequate. Impacts would be less than significant. No objections from any outside agencies. On 12.09.21, Planning Commission recommended 5-0 for changes.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 5 – 0.

16. Resolution – Planning (ID # 6489) Conduct a public hearing and adopt a Resolution denying the appeal by the Citizens for Responsible Industry of the Planning Commission’s approval of the CEQA addendum and Conditional Use Permit for the construction and operation of a community-scale 3-megawatt biomass combined heat and power facility in Wilseyville.

Madeline Flandreau, Planner II – Planning Department – presented PowerPoint presentation. Please review for detailed information.
• Would still consume about 25,500 bone-dry tons of woody biomass/year from March-November. Operates 24/7, year-round.
• Steve Wilensky – resident of Calaveras County for 40 years. Thanked all the work staff did on this. CHIPS started 20 years ago and employed many local people to do this work; cut many fire breaks which stopped fires going further. This project has been through more scrutiny and over more time than other projects. We are based locally and nowhere else to go. We have met requirements; survived 5 planning directors, 5 CAOs, 4 public works directors, 2 environmental health directors, and the following processes – doing environmental phases 1 and 2, 3 feasibility studies, roll outs. Worked with Army Core of Engineers for 2 years; did 2 major fuel procurement studies, 3 feasibility studies, soil tests twice, and historic surveys are done. Out of time – done everything asked over a ten-year period. Now come interveners from the Bay Area. The don’t know anything about our forests here. Let’s get on with our work.
Motion to approve – Passed 5 – 0.

Supervisor Announcements

• Nothing to report by all supervisors.

Meeting adjourned at 2:29 p.m.



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