Meeting was convened at 8:38 by the President, Lloyd Smith.
On email Communication: Lloyd Smith, Ed Royce, Gordon
Ehmann, Sharon Rooney, Christine and Gordon Hancock, Chris Horgan, Patrick
Pontes and Kimberley Cushman
+ I developed
letter to Congressman McCarthy for FY2011 budget support of DM RC&D funding.
Received two thank you notes from DM RC&D members.
+ I sent email with follow-up on information to Congressman
McCarty's representative (Ben McFarland) to support our case for reauthorization
of the National Fire Plan.
+ I developed (with Ed's help) a letter that was sent to
the leadership at
, and KCFD discussing our change in meeting schedule, our desire to have more
participation at our quarterly meetings, and to have presentations on each
agency's fuel reduction projects status and priorities.
+ I compiled (with assistance from Ed and Patrick) data
from prior grant projects that can be use as a metric to demonstrate the value
of our grant projects (Excel).
+ I developed and sent another email to Congressman
McCarthy's representative that included the above data (Excel) to further
establish the "worth" of the National Fire Plan.
+ I made a presentation to the Kern River Valley Rotary
18 February 2010
(84 miles for match).
+ I will attend the Kern Fire Safe Council Meeting in
(150 miles match) on
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
+ I will attend the California Fire Alliance meeting in
(374 miles match) on 24 &
25 March 2010
Chris Horgan has identified a source for web address
cover-ups on our roadside sign message boards.
Recall that we have nine message boards, some with the old web address,
and some with no web address. The
proposal was to purchase a cover-up sticker that could be place on each of the
nine message boards. Chris got a bid
of $57.00 each for a cover-up sticker that would have 4 inch high letters that
could be read while driving by. The
total cost would be 9 X $57.00 = $513.00 plus tax, or $556.00.
This expenditure is an educational item, as where the original costs for
the message boards ($685.00 each), and represents a significant part of the
educational budget line. This seems
like a prudent purchase so that our roadside signs have the impact that we
Chris plans to get more bids on signs and look into
Solicited bid from Sierra Signs for
stickers with 4" high in Arial type to match the signs
Turns out they did the original signs, so they know what is
Cost is $35 per sticker doing nine stickers which is much
the prior bid
Don was able to provide the County regulations earlier this
that has been extremely helpful in drafting the text
have a draft ready next week.
The purpose of this sheet is to get people to understand
why it is important to them to be Fire Safe. The most likely motivator is money.
To let them know it will cost them money if they are not Fire Safe.
Chris has gotten a quote for the color printing of 7500
copies which will be from $770 to $1070 plus tax or $0.10 to $0.15 each. The low
price will probably not be able to be printed by 3/23
Chris has done the design and layout at no charge, although
Chris understands that the program he uses WORD 2007, does not provide the best
resolution in the final print, so we may want to convert it to a better program.
Patrick has submitted and Ed has approved detailed invoices
covering his work monitoring the Bodfish II and Pala Grant projects.
Payment of these invoices will zero out those accounts.
These invoices document additional effort on these two projects, totaling
$190. In view of all the truly
superior work that Patrick has done for us, Ed proposes that we also reimburse
him for this amount out of our general fund.
We are not required to do this by our contract with Patrick, however.
I ask Board approval by "reply to" for this expenditure.
–Lloyd, Sharon, Christine and Gordon Hancock vote a yes to pay.
+ I completed the update (March 2010) of the Community
Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), which includes the 2011 proposed grant
projects. I prepared updated CDROM
for distribution, and printed three hard copies (at
+ I attended a scoping meeting at
Kernville (84 miles for match) for a
fuel reduction project at Valley View (project P/K-1 in Fuel Reduction Projects
section of updated CWPP). Valley
View residents in attendance assured me that they will try to have a Chipper Day
this year (probably July 2010). I
agreed that we would investigate the feasibility of a proposed grant project at
Valley View to further enhance the value of the
+ I developed and sent a request to the Kern River Exchange
stimulated) for a sustaining membership.
+ I sent a thank you letter to Bea & Lloyd Smith for a
$250.00 sustaining membership contribution.
+ I sent a thank you letter to Kern River Exchange Club for
a $175.00 sustaining membership contribution.
+ I sent a thank you letter to the
Sun for their in-kind donation of a KRVFSC add in the 2010 Visitors Guide.
+ Total fund raising received through 15 March is $875.00.
+ I developed and sent a request to the Kern River Valley
Rotary Club to become a sustaining member.
+ I developed and sent a request to the Kernville Chamber
of Commerce to become a sustaining member.
+ I developed and sent a request to the Kern Valley Chamber
of Commerce to become a sustaining member.
+ I developed and sent forty five (45) fund solicitation
letters throughout the KRVFSC area (individuals, property owners, businesses,
and organizations) to become sustaining members.
Lloyd updates all on letterhead through email attachment
for all to access.
Sun to make her acquaintance with editor, Michelle, but she was out of town.
The publicity committee plans to get a news event with
photos, text, etc. out once work commences.
Ed will put together the draft of a story for each project.
we would do the two projects in different weeks, so that we would get two
stories in two different issues.
Chris Horgan, Chairman, met with Christine & Gordon to
determine the most important topics
that interest the public regarding the need to reduce
process of integrating that data with information from
create Fire Safe Info Sheet.
Awaiting photos of burn areas from whoever has appropriate
Info Sheet and awaiting update from Don regarding
Atchison Propane is interested in sending out a Fire Safe
along with their bills. It is likely other local companies
will do the
same. Cal Water & Cal Edison cannot include anything
with their bills.
Will look into other avenues of distribution such as
newspaper and radio station public service announcements
Sheet is drafted.
+ Lloyd sent the new roadside sign rotation schedule to
Kernville (message boards should be rotated sometime in March).
+ Lloyd retrieved the
roadside sign frame materials from
Kernville, and will complete the restoration, fabrication, and reinstallation
+ Lloyd will identify a speaker for our May stakeholder
Spoke to Shawna Cortez regarding Audubon 2 hour
Explained 2 hours was more than a speaker could provide,
we can do a chipper day in conjunction with a morning
Shawna thought it was a great idea and she will check with
Allison to see if they agree. She will call back later this
Confirmed we will do a talk and sample building fire
6/5. They will provide power for our projection system and
system. They are very excited
Sent an email to all agencies two weeks ago requesting an
speaker, but have not received any replies. Will follow up.
Ed has sent the following changes to our webmaster, Thomas
Simon: changed Board and officers, changed contact numbers in several places,
new honor roll, project descriptions updated to reflect completion of 2009
projects and addition of 2010 projects, new calendar, Minutes posted, additional
news stories (and elimination of old news).
Thomas has started on this and hopes to finish in the next couple weeks.
However, at present there are no changes on the posted web site.
As Ed has noted previously, the Council/Board/Education
Committee needs to think about what it wants to have posted on the website for
Wildfire Awareness Week -- also how it can publicize the website as part of its
activities that week.
notices that a check was written in January for Kern County Fire Dept (acarryover
from 2009 Pala Ranch Grant) in the amount of $22,800.
Therefore she increased the 2009 Carryover by this amount and also added
a 2009 Carryover for Contract Labor. By
doing this the amount is a "wash" but it does show up on our 2010
Our Grant Administrator – Patrick Pontes gave
the go ahead to transfer $2,500 each from the Bodfish
& Burma grants.
Patrick submitted his final invoices for Phase II Bodfish
($1,626.00) & Pala Ranches ($2,071.00) and per our board vote
added the additional $190.00 from our operating account: total check to Patrick
The $157.00 was
submitted to the insurance company for the AD&D policy.
Our taxes are due
May 15, 2010
and I’ve been looking for someone to prepare them for us.
Our local H & R Block office
will prepare them for approximately $350
Gene Heins is
– he has prepared taxes for KRV Revitalization, Rotary Club & Hospital
Auxiliary – he would prepare for approximately $450
Gilbreath, CPA in
– he would prepare for approximately $500
-Ed, Chris, Christine and Gordon Hancock approve to use
Patrick's detailed report is attached.
Briefly: (1) 2009 projects (Piute Meadow, Pala, and Bodfish II) have been
completed, including documentation. (2)
Environmental clearances have been issued for our 2010 projects (
), and the first significant funding should arrive shortly (hopefully).
(3) 2011 project proposals (
) were submitted by the February deadline. We
will learn if they are to be funded on June 14.
Ed will attend the second planning session for a potential
Forest Service fuel reduction project on Greenhorn/Sawmill Ridge tomorrow in
. As noted last month, a project
there several years ago was derailed by an environmental appeal.
The present series of meetings is being hosted by a facilitator, who will
attempt to get the several stakeholders onto the same page.
The main objectives of a potential project involve various aspects of
forest health. While not in the
immediate WUI, fuel reduction in the area under study will also provide some
additional protection from wildfire for Alta Sierra and the string of
communities on the west shore of the lake. I
will continue to represent the Council's interests in this series of meetings.
Ed has had no response to e-mails to staffers for Feinstein
and Nunes re the National Fire Plan renewal.
Lloyd is having better luck with McCarthy's staffer.
I have had no further information on the $300k fuel
reduction project to be funded directly by the Forest Service.