Regular Meeting December 1, 2011
(These minutes are not intended to be a verbatim transcription of the proceedings and discussion associated with the business on the Commission’s agenda; rather, what follows is a summary of the order of business and general nature of testimony, Commission deliberation, and action taken.)
CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL
Vice Chairman Fust called the meeting to order at 9:02 am at the Anderson City Council Chambers, 1887 Howard Street, in Anderson, California. Commissioners Baugh, Farr, Fust, Kehoe, Mathena, Morgan and Yarbrough were present. Commissioners Gover and Haynes were absent. Executive Officer Mickelson and Clerk Marissa Jackson were present as staff. Alternate Commissioner Jones was present as a member of the audience.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Commissioner Mathena led the Pledge of Allegiance.
There was no public comment submitted.
The minutes of October 2, 2011 were presented. By motion made and seconded (Farr, Baugh) the minutes were approved.
BUDGET & FISCAL AFFAIRS
Fiscal Year 2011-12 2nd Quarter Transaction Register
The Fiscal Year 2011-12 2nd Quarter Transaction Register was presented for review and adoption. Commissioner Morgan questioned the TriCounties service charge and was advised by Ms. Mickelson that TriCounties has again agreed to waive the fee retroactively and will give us another six month reprieve. Ms. Mickelson further reported that she is researching another debit card option with US Bank. By motion made and seconded (Baugh, Mathena), the 2nd Quarter Transaction Register was approved.
Consideration of Checking Account Statements
Ms. Mickelson presented the following bank statements: US Bank: two statements dated September 30, 2011 and October 31, 2011; Tri Counties Bank: one statement dated October 17, 2011; and LAIF: two statements dated September 2011 and October 2011. Commissioner Baugh asked whether or not reserves were at their normal levels. Ms. Mickelson confirmed they were. The Commission approved (Baugh, Mathena) the bank statements as presented.
SPECIAL STUDIES AND REPORTS
Municipal Services Review: Mountain Gate Community Services District Draft
Executive Officer Mickelson reported that the Municipal Service Review for Mountain Gate Community Services District is in the beginning draft stages and that she is working with the District to finalize the document. She also advised that members of the District were present to answer any question for the Commission.
Commissioner Morgan asked whether or not the District had a mutual aid agreement with Mountain Gate Fire Protection District and/or the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District. District Manager Jeff Cole reported that the District does have mutual aid agreements with both districts. He reported that response times for his district are pretty good and on average they have 18 to 25 volunteers. He also stated that he is in his second year with the District and feels they are making great strides in moving forward.
Commissioner Mathena asked that prior board members names be omitted in the final draft. Commissioner Kehoe thanked Ms. Mickelson and the District for their efforts. The Commission approved the draft as amended (Yarbrough, Kehoe).
Municipal Services Review: Igo Ono Community Services District Draft
The Municipal Service Review for Igo Ono Community Services District has been postponed pending a meeting with the CSD Board Chair.
CHANGES OF ORGANIZATION AND/OR REORGANIZATION
Report on Upcoming or Potential LAFCO Activity
Executive Officer Mickelson reported that the she recently met with a new consultant to discuss the timeline regarding the Fall River Valley Community Services District’s Sphere of Influence Amendment. She also reported that there are several small annexations being discussed, but nothing has materialized as of this date. Commissioner Fust inquired as to the status of the Shasta CSD dissolution or possible merger. Ms. Mickelson advised him that the majority of the rate payers are supporting the District remaining as an Independent District and that no recent action had been taken by the Board to initiate a change in organization.
OPERATIONS & ADMINISTRATION
CalPERS Resolution for Employer Paid Member Contributions
Ms. Mickelson reported that CalPERS recently changed their online reporting system and has subsequently determined that a resolution from our 2007 initial contract is missing from their files. As such, they have requested that the Commission adopt the resolution. No changes will be made to the current contract status by adoption of the resolution as requested.
Gary Cadd, a member of the public, expressed his concern that LAFCO needs oversight and that he would like the issues of retirement and healthcare put before the Board and then the public. Commissioner Baugh asked whether or not Mr. Cadd was aware of the financial scrutiny applied to Shasta LAFCO and if he would like to be brought up to date. Mr. Cadd stated that he would.
The Commission voted to approve (Kehoe, Baugh) Resolution No. 11-04, CalPERS Employer Paid Member Contributions. Commissioner Morgan requested that Ms. Mickelson gather information from other LAFCOs regarding benefit packages and bring it back to the Commission on a future agenda for comparison.
Interviews and Appointment of the Public Member and the Public Member Alternate
Commissioner Kehoe nominated John Mathena as the Public Member and Larry Russell as the Public Member Alternate. All members were in favor (Commissioner Mathena abstained) and motion was passed (Kehoe, Baugh).
Election of Vice Chair for Remainder of Term Through June 2012
Staff announced that as allowed by policy, Vice Chairman Fust had agreed to serve out the remainder of Chairman Gover’s term, upon his decision to not seek re-appointment. Thus Commissioner Fust will serve as Chairman until June of 2012, creating a need to fill the Vice Chair position until that time. The Commission thanked Commissioner Fust for his willingness to serve and welcomed his as Chairman. Commissioner Kehoe then nominated Commissioner Baugh to serve as the Vice Chair for the remainder of the term (until June 2012). The motion passed unanimously (Kehoe, Yarbrough).
Election Proceedings and Timeline for Special District Commissioner and Alternate Elections
The Executive Officer advised that the Special District Elections were underway and should be finalized by the beginning of February 2012.
Ms. Mickelson reported that the website has been completed and gave a brief presentation and tour of the site which reflects LAFCO’s new logo and provides an abundance of information for users.
Commendation for Commissioner Gover
Commissioner Fust read the commendation for years of service by Commissioner Gover.
Commissioner Mathena announced that CALTRANS is selling equipment, should any of the special districts have a need to purchase items. Commissioner Yarbrough announced a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 18th for the Veteran’s Walk of Honor in Anderson.
Ms. Mickelson announced that the LAFCO Office will be closed from December 26th through January 3rd. She further advised the next LAFCO Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 9:00 am at City of Redding. This is a special meeting date to allow City Select Committee to make their determinations as to who will be seated.
There being no further business, Chairman Fust adjourned the meeting at 10:05 am.
Clerk to the Commission