Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Meeting Notes – 5/10/22


Several Recognitions and Acknowledgements were read at this meeting; most of them with several comments.  Please read through Janet’s notes — these are good people and projects in the County.  This meeting also included a lengthy discussion on the Office of Emergency Services and the increased fire risk.


If you’ve ever wondered why the Agenda items sometimes start down the list, it’s because we only list the public agenda items.  If you go back to the County’s links for the meetings, you can see any items discussed in the private session (things that legally can’t be discussed in a public meeting).  There are also links for the background materials that were made available to the Supervisors to study before the meeting.  We also include a link to the video so that you can watch the full meeting.

Staff Announcements

Supervisor Callaway was not present.

Lisa Medina – Environmental Management Agency Director – free microchip and rabbies clinic on May 14 from 9 a.m. to noon in San Andreas.

Recognition and Acknowledgments

2. Proclamation – Sheriff (ID # 6630) Adopt a Proclamation honoring Corporal Alan Serpa for his 23 years of service to the residents of Calaveras County as a Deputy with the Sheriff’s Office and congratulating him on his retirement.

Motion to approve Proclamation – Passed – 4-0, 1 – absent.

3. Proclamation – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6671) Adopt a proclamation declaring May 2022 as CalFresh Awareness Month in Calaveras County.

• Robin Carter – HHS Program Manager – read statement re CalFresh program.
Public Comment • None
Motion to approve Proclamation – Passed – 4-0, 1 – absent.

4. Proclamation – Behavioral Health Services – Mental Health Program (ID # 6668) Adopt a Proclamation Recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Calaveras County.

Wendy – discussed mental health illness and asked everyone “to be the one” to assist them. Recognized all the mental health workers for all they do everyday and the daily sacrifices they make. Thanked law enforcement in their assistance when they are needed, appreciate their support.
Public Comment – various.  Please read notes.
Motion to approve Proclamation – Passed – 4-0, 1 – absent.

5. Proclamation – Health and Human Services Agency (ID # 6672) Adopt a Proclamation declaring May 2022 as Military Appreciation Month in Calaveras County.

Public Comment – various.  Please read notes.
Motion to approve Proclamation – Passed – 4-0, 1 – absent.

General Public Comment

Please read notes.

Consent Agenda

6. Minutes of Board of Supervisors – Regular Meeting – Apr 12, 2022 8:00 AM

7. Action Item – Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (ID # 6674) Accept the 2021 Library Commission Annual Report.

8. Resolution – Agriculture (ID # 6653) Amend Resolution No. 96-284 to update the membership and other governing requirements of the Calaveras County Hardwood Advisory Committee.

9. Action Item – Agriculture (ID # 6681) Authorize a budget transfer increasing appropriations in the amount of $4,000 in the Fish and Game Commission budget for FY 2020-21 for expenditures related to Kids’ Fishing Day activities expenses and initiate a corresponding budget transfer out from Contingencies in the same amount. Requires a 4/5th affirmative vote of the Board.

10. Action Item – Public Works (ID # 6670) Authorize the Department of Public Works to apply for funding through the Active Transportation Program Cycle 6 Call for Projects for Fiscal Years 2023-24 through 2026-27.

11. Resolution – Sheriff (ID # 6656) Adopt a Resolution to accept an award from the California Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) Boating Safety for funding of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit for FY 2022-23 in the Amount of $174,926.

Public Comment • None
Motion to approve consent agenda items 6 – 11 – Passed – 4-0, 1 – absent.

Regular Agenda

12. Informational Item – Human Services (ID # 6673) Receive a report from the County Veteran Services Officer.

• Brian Galicia – Calaveras County Service Officer – presented PowerPoint presentation. Please review for detailed information.
Public Comment • None
Informational Item Only.

13. Informational Item – OES (ID # 6669) Receive an update from the Office of Emergency Services, CALFIRE and the Sheriff’s Office on 2022 Wildfire preparedness activity throughout Calaveras County.

• John Osbourn – Director of Emergency Services. Introduced Nick Casci.
Nick Casci – Cal Fire TCU Chief – Presented PowerPoint presentation. Please review for detailed information.
• Average inches of rain is 38.86. 2021 – 14.57 inches of rain; this year 19.17 inches of rain. Probably closer to 21 inches of rain now. Signifiant rain in October and December. Very dry from January through March.
• Fuel moisture – grass – ready to burn when turns from green to brown. We take samples on manzanita trees. This year – 109%, last year 108%, critical level is 60% to 80%. On track for a typical year.
• Resources and response – we have 2 battalion chiefs on duty everyday. 15 cal fire stations, 22 frontline fire engines, two bulldozers, two air tankers and one helicopter. Have exclusive use (helicopter) out of Columbia to help from June to November for initial attack response.
• Incident command post out in field and emergency operation center in Sheriff’s Office. Strong interaction with both and OES. Have joint public information release.
• Have Calaveras alert system/program; evacuation tag program, completed multi-hazard plan.
Community Information Center – on county home page. Will provide up-to-date information about Covid 19, PG&E outages, evacuation application, OES webcam system, 2022 Fire Incidents, weather tags – can monitor weather, air quality.
Public Comment
• Cori Allen – HHSA Director – wanted to close the loop that we will be here to help in any way during emergencies – we got you!
Informational Item Only.

14. Informational Item – Administrative Office (ID # 6690) Board discussion regarding a letter of support to Governor Gavin Newsom for the temporary suspension of State of California gas tax.

• Christa Von Lotta – CAO – based on prior board discussion, bringing to you to get direction regarding whether you want to send letter to governor and what you want it to state. If state were to make reimbursement to residents, wouldn’t do anything to offset our county’s budget.
Informational Item Only.

15. Resolution – Integrated Waste Management (ID # 6678) Adopt a Resolution accepting the Cal-Waste 6.49% rate increase for Contract Year 2022/23.

Paul Feriani – Integrated Waste Management – introduced Jack Fiori – California Waste Recovery System. In the City of Angels, they agreed to adopt a program that is a PG&E Cares Program. It is a system where a resident can submit an application with income as a factor and can be approved for a discounted rate. Could use Angels as a model. I believe they have to apply and renew annually.
Public Comment • None
Resolution Passed – 4-0, 1 – absent.

Supervisor Announcements

• Supervisor Garamendi – Friday at 10 a.m. the CalFire, CCWD will cut a ribbon on the new fire suppression water tank in Sheep Ranch.
• Supervisor Tofanelli – COG meeting on Wednesday, Thursday special COG meeting, Friday Mountain Valley JPA Board Special Meeting, regular MS Valley Board Meeting, tomorrow I go to Stockton for Crown Water Authority Meeting at the new County Office, last Friday went to Calaveras and Bret Harte game in Angels Camp. I met a lot of nice people. Good game and Calaveras won. They start first playoff game today and I will be attending. Bret Harte made playoffs and will play on Thursday. Hopefully, BOS will support Calaveras and Bret Harte.
Supervisor Stopper – Kids fishing day was a massive success, was spectacular to see all the kids and families, cooked over 203 hotdogs. Hoping to get more fish next year for stocking.
Chair Folendorf – attended COG Wednesday and Thursday. Saturday attended Copper Car Show, yesterday attended meeting with CalWaste. Look forward to the Frog Jumps.


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