Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes – 12/7/2021

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

This article is from the 12/7/21  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: 20211207-bos-meeting-notes

Public meeting called to order at 9:24 a.m.

Supervisor Callaway – absent

Staff Announcements

Lisa Medina – Environmental Management Agency – Air Pollution Control District (APCD) funded through permitted fees and grants awarded. APCD has gotten school buses for the schools, a truck for the ag department. Animal services – 85 animals adopted.
Barbara Sullivan – Treasurer Tax Collector – reminder taxes are due Friday, December 10, must be postmarked by the 10th.

5. Proclamation – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 6439) Adopt a Proclamation honoring Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

• Supervisor Garamendi – read the proclamation.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve proclamation – Passed 4 – 0, 1 – absent.

Consent Agenda

6. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Regular Meeting – Oct 26, 2021 8:00 AM

7. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Regular Meeting – Nov 9, 2021 8:00 AM

8. Resolution – Administrative Office (ID # 6467) Adopt a resolution finding that, as a result of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency, meeting in person with
no teleconference participation option would present imminent risks to the health or safety of attendees.

9. Resolution – Human Resources (ID # 6411) Adopt a Resolution authorizing changes to the job descriptions of Permit Technician I/II/III, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Agricultural Biologist Weights & Measures Inspector I/II/III and Agricultural Weights & Measures Technician.

10. Action Item – Human Resources (ID # 6441) Authorize the Board Chair to execute a services contract with CPS HR Consulting in an amount not to exceed $99,400, to generate a Countywide salary survey.

11. Action Item – Economic & Community Development (ID # 6408) Authorize the Board Chair to sign a letter of support for the Central Sierra Natural Resources Organizational Study grant from the California Office of Planning and Research application.

12. Agreement – Economic & Community Development (ID # 6418) Enter into an as needed
agreement with Mead & Hunt, Inc. for airport engineering design and environmental services in an amount not to exceed $567,000, and authorize the County Administrative Officer to execute amendments so long as they do not exceed the total contract amount, effective December 7, 2021 to October 1, 2026.

13. Action Item – Library (ID # 6433) Authorize the Board Chair to sign the Lease Agreement between Cardoza Enterprises and the County for the Calaveras County Library – Copperopolis Branch for 3505 Spangler Lane, Suite 106 Lake Tulloch Plaza, Copperopolis California 95228 for the period of December 7, 2021 – June 30, 2025, in an amount not to exceed sixty-five thousand dollars. ($65,000.00).

14. Action Item – Public Works (ID # 6414) 1) Adopt the design plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E) for construction of the Monge Ranch Road Bridge Replacement Project BRLO 5930(059); and, 2) Authorize the Director of Public Works to incorporate any minor edits to plans and specs, and 3) Authorize the Department of Public Works to solicit formal construction bids.

15. Agreement – Public Works (ID # 6417) 1) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an Agreement with Riparian Ranch, LLC to purchase 1.74 acres of riparian floodplain forest/ salmonid habitat restoration conservation credits in the amount of $234,900.00; and 2) Authorize the Board Chair to execute an agreement with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to purchase 0.38 acres of stream channel habitat in the amount of $133,500.00.

16. Action Item – Public Works (ID # 6425) 1) Adopt the plans and specifications for construction of the Thermoplastic Striping Project; 2) Authorize the Director of Public Works to incorporate any final changes into the bid documents; and 3) Authorize the Department of Public Works to solicit formal construction bids.

17. Action Item – Public Works (ID # 6428) 1) Adopt the plans and specifications for the Roadside Safety Signing Audit; 2) Authorize the Director of Public Works to incorporate any minor edits in the plans and specifications; and 3) Authorize the Department of Public Works to solicit formal construction bids.

18. Resolution – Public Works (ID # 6430) Adopt a Resolution approving Traffic Order No. 327 Establishing a “Stop” at the intersection of Sheep Ranch Road, County Road No. 32, and Church Street, County Road No. 841, and finding the project categorically exempt from CEQA.

19. Resolution – Public Works (ID # 6431) Adopt a Resolution approving Traffic Order No. 326 Establishing a “No Parking” zone on the west side of Church Street, County Road No. 841, between Main Street and Surrey Lane (East End), and finding the project categorically exempt from CEQA.

20. Resolution – Sheriff (ID # 6432) 1) Approve and authorize the Sheriff and/or Undersheriff to execute the 2021 Grant Project Agreement Number G21-03-03-L01 with the State of California, Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, in the not to exceed amount of $33,425 for the Performance Period from 09/05/2021 through 09/4/2022; 2) Grant the Sheriff and/or Undersheriff authority to execute future amendments and other grant-related documents within G21-03-03-L01
Agreement Term pursuant to Section 4(a) of the March 24, 2020 Calaveras County Grant
Policy; and 3) Adopt a Resolution authorizing the Sheriff’s Office, the Applicant, to apply for grant funds from the State of California, Department of Parks and Recreation, Off Sheriff’s Office, the Applicant, to apply for grant funds from the State of California, Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW)’s Boating Safety and Enforcement Financial Aid Program when the next grant cycle opens during calendar year 2021.

22. Agreement – Behavioral Health Services – Mental Health Program (ID # 6438) Authorize
the Board Chair to sign an Agreement with Psynergy Programs, Inc. for residential care
services for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, in an amount not to exceed
$350,000, to be utilized on an as-needed basis.

Supervisor Folendorf – wants to pull item 13
Robert Pachinger – pull item 15
Motion to approve consent agenda items 6 through 22 with the exception of 13 and 15 – Passed 4-0; 1 – absent.
Supervisor Folendorf – would like item 13 pulled for further discussion with staff and to bring back at a later date.
Robert Pachinger – Director of Public Works – item 15 contains two agreements for the wagon trail project. These two agreements are in addition to previous agreements. Item number 1 agreement is fine – for 631 oak trees that need to be set aside. Second agreement with national Fish and Wildlife – has run into some problems that need to be resolved. That agreement is not ready to be executed at this time. Remove item 2 and approve the remainder.
Public Comment None
Motion to approve item 15 – the first purchase contract and remove number 2 with Fish & Wildlife to bring back at another date – Passed 4-0; 1 – absent.

Regular Agenda

23. Ordinance – Planning (ID # 6420) Find Project Exempt from CEQA; Conduct a Public Hearing and Adopt an Ordinance amending the zoning of three parcels from General Agriculture (A1) to Agriculture Preserve (AP) for Established California Land Conservation Contract / Agriculture Preserve No. 381 totaling 707.13 acres for Harold V. & Geraldine A. Hatler and James W. Hatler; Authorize publication of brief property description.

• Gina Kathan – Interim Planning Director – this follows resolution number 25 that you just passed. Need to adopt an ordinance to amend the parcels.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 4 – 0, 1 – absent.

24. Resolution – Planning (ID # 6421) Find Project Exempt from CEQA; Conduct a Public Hearing and Adopt a Resolution to Establish California Land Conservation Contract / Agriculture Preserve No. 384 totaling 200.78 acres for Harold V. & Geraldine A. Hatler, et. al.

• Gina Kathan – Interim Planning Director – was an existing ag preserve that was inadvertently not previously included. The land has been in the preserve since 1971. This parcel is zoned appropriately because it is currently in the preserve; this is a matter of housekeeping.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 4 – 0, 1 – absent.

25. Resolution – Planning (ID # 6419) Find Project Exempt from CEQA; Conduct a Public Hearing and Adopt a Resolution to Establish California Land Conservation Contract / Agriculture Preserve No. 381 totaling 707.13 acres for Harold V. & Geraldine A. Hatler and James W. Hatler.

Gina Kathan – Interim Planning Director – ranch for cattle grazing and have done so for approximately 60 years. The ranch is leased with 80 beef cattle on the land. A feasibility study conducted and general plan identifies it as ag land. Located in high fire hazard of the county. Ag voted 5 – 0 to establish this land as an ag preserve. Planning Commission also passed this along with approval requested. Recommend we establish this as ag preserve.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 4 – 0, 1 – absent.

26. Action Item – Economic & Community Development (ID # 6340) Find project exempt from CEQA; Authorize the Board Chair to execute the Memorandum of Understanding with Vallecito Union School District and the Feeney Park Foundation to receive Proposition 68 grant funding in the amount of $30,000 for restroom and pathway improvements at Feeney Park including a 20-year land tenure agreement as required by the Proposition 68 Per Capita Grant procedures.

• Kathy Gallino – Economic and Community Development Director – upgrade at Feeney Park and well received by the community and the school has been very supportive.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 4 – 0, 1 – absent.

27. Action Item – Economic & Community Development (ID # 6341) Find project exempt from CEQA; Authorize the Board Chair to execute the Memorandum of Understanding with San Andreas Recreation & Parks District to receive Proposition 68 grant funding in the amount of $70,000 for ballfield fencing replacement at Alex Quinones Park, and direct staff to record a 20-year deed restriction on the property as required by Proposition 68 Per Capita Grant funding.

• Kathy Gallino – Economic and Community Development Director – for replacement of field B, fence is in very bad shape and great opportunity to use dollars for the community.
• Matt Brock – Calaveras County Park and Recreation Commission for D1 – thank you for supporting our local parks which are run mostly by local volunteers. This will serve our ballparks and will serve many kids.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 4 – 0, 1 – absent.

28. Action Item – Economic & Community Development (ID # 6342) Find project exempt from CEQA; Authorize the Board Chair to execute the Memorandum of Understanding with Calaveras Unified School District and the Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council to receive Proposition 68 grant funding in the amount of $300,000 for gym, ballfield, playground, and restroom improvements at the Railroad Flat Recreation Center including a 30-year land tenure agreement as required by the Proposition 68 Per Capita Grant procedures.

• Kathy Gallino – Economic and Community Development Director – recommended by Parks & Rec Commission. The school was closed and is in need of repair; serves a low economic community. Will be very beneficial in this community.
Zerrall McDaniel – Calaveras County Park and Recreation Commission for D2 – the community appreciates this greatly; since the school was closed it has devastated Railroad Flats. This project will be amazing and appreciates Mark Campbell to allow this to happen.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 4 – 0, 1 – absent.

29. Resolution – Economic & Community Development (ID # 6339) 1) By a roll call vote, adopt a Resolution to apply and accept the California Department of Parks and Recreation Proposition 68 Per Capita Grant allocation in the amount of $400,000; 2) Preapprove State’s proposed grant contract terms; 3) Approve and authorize the Department of Economic & Community Development to administer the grant and sign and submit all required documents on its behalf; and 4) Establish the Proposition 68 Per Capita Grant reimbursement local program for a period ending June 30, 2024.

• Kathy Gallino – Economic and Community Development Director – it has been a great partnership.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 4 – 0, 1 – absent.

30. Resolution – Public Works (ID # 6429) 1) Conduct a public hearing pursuant to California Vehicle Code Section 35751; and 2) Adopt a Resolution approving Traffic Order No. 328 – Establishing Weight Limits on Calaveritas Road Bridge #30C0024 on Calaveritas Road, County Road No. 42, and finding the project categorically exempt from CEQA.

• Robert Pachinger – Director of Public Works – reviews all bridges; they did a comprehensive analysis, old bridge, found it cannot support current loads; needs to be narrowed a bit and channel traffic down the middle of the bridge.
Matt O’Leary – CalTrans – responsible for safety inspections in Calaveras County. Determined loads on the bridge need to be lowered. Would not effect school buses, fire trucks.
Kelly Zahniser – Public Works Business Administrator – this will probably be temporary once the project is complete we will be able to bring the weight back up.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 4 – 0, 1 – absent.

31. Action Item – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 6246) Adopt the 2022 Board of Supervisors meeting calendar.

• Chair Stopper – need to make some adjustments to date.
Motion to move to December 14 – passed 4-0, 1 absent
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve – Passed 4 – 0, 1 – absent.
Supervisor Callaway joined via Zoom.

32. Resolution – County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters (ID # 6435) Receive a presentation from staff, conduct a public hearing, and adopt a Resolution establishing new supervisorial district boundaries pursuant to Elections Code § 21500.

• Rebecca Turner – County Clerk – Total deviation of map is 7.71%. No further community interests have been submitted since the last meeting. Recommends BOS adopt with no further amendments.
General Public Comment
• Ralph Copeland – thanked the BOS for keeping Copperopolis together. Thanked Rebecca Turner and her staff for all their work.
• Janet Sterling – thanked BOS for keeping Diamond XX with Copper in D4. I appreciate working with Supervisor Folendorf and the BOS for listening to our concerns and adopting them. Thank you to Rebecca Turner and her entire staff for all their work and presentations on this process.
Motion to approve – Passed 5 – 0.

Supervisor Announcements

• Supervisor Callaway – attended California State Association of County (CSAC) Conference – thought it was well done. The key issue was the Brown Act changes – will be brining to board for further discussion as it must be agendized. Appreciates the decorum of our residents and how we operate as a Board. Has an Area 12 aging meeting this week.
Supervisor Garamendi – attended CSAC Conference – agreed it was very informative. Will be attending RCRC board meeting tomorrow and Thursday.
Supervisor Tofanelli – attended COG meeting last Wednesday, have a water board meeting on Friday.
• Supervisor Folendorf – attended CSAC conference. It was enlightening and highlighted issues in county and state wide and how to solve problems, great conference.
Chair Stopper – attended CSAC conference, appreciated legislative meetings, built new relationships with surrounding counties. Has several meetings this week.

Meeting adjourned at 11:43 a.m.

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