The Board of Supervisors’ meeting for Tuesday, July 19 will get started at 9 o’clock sharp, because county business could take all day! This week, your Board of Supervisors is poised to cover several issues of public interest, and receive department reports updating the Supes as usual. Below is a breakdown of the agenda for the meeting. With a quick read, you can see what’s going down, and speak your mind during public comment.
First thing you should know is that the Consent Calendar is normally approved without much discussion, and items on it are considered somewhat of a forgone conclusion, passed by the Supervisors in a single motion with a majority vote. If an item listed in the Consent Calendar is “pulled” by any member of the Board, that particular agenda item will be discussed and voted on separately from the Consent Calendar. Those changes to the Board’s agenda are to be noted by the Chair at the top of the meeting, before getting into the day’s slated topics.
Looking at the consent calendar for the Supes’ meeting Tuesday July 19th, and honing in on what may be of interest or of public concern, there are 22 items listed on the consent agenda, regarded as informational reports from various county departments, recapping a plethora of local issues.
Some of the more interesting Consent Calendar items include the following:
- Approval of Amendment 1 to Standard Agreement No. 21-0022, “Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Inspection Agreement between Humboldt County and the California Department of Cannabis Control, Compliance Division”.
The staff report on this item indicates that the amendment does not change the financial impact to the county. “As with the original agreement, funding will be received by the Agricultural Commissioner Budget Unit 1100-261 Agriculture Programs. Reimbursements for inspections are based on the number of licenses on a single premise and are reimbursed a flat fee for each inspection (reimbursement amounts based on number of licenses: 1-10 = $400, 11-30 = $500, 31-60 = $600, 61+ = $700). All costs for personnel, mileage and supplies are covered by the agreement. All costs are billed to DCC monthly and payment is made in arrears to Humboldt County. No supplemental budget accompanies this request as revenue and expenditure account adjustments related to services performed under this agreement were funded in anticipation of this agreement.”
- Amend Three Professional Service Agreement with Qualified Consulting Firms Providing Project Assistance with Current Planning and Cannabis Planning Projects
- Two-year contract with California Psychiatric Transitions, Inc. for the “Long Term Residential Mental Health Treatment Services”
- Bid Award Authorization for Storm Damage Repair to Eel Rock Road
- Bid Award Authorization for Storm Damage Repair to Ettersburg Road
- Appointments to the Humboldt County Behavioral Health Board. The staff Robert reads in part, “Fifty percent of the membership shall be consumers, or the parent, spouse, sibling, or adult children of consumers who are receiving, or have received, mental health services. The three applicants fall within this guideline.” As such, the following community members are selected:
‘“Appoint Gardner Carlson to the Humboldt County Behavioral Health Board for a three-year term; Appoint Vernon Price to the Humboldt County Behavioral Health Board for a three-year term and; Appoint Oscar Mogollon Maticorena to the Humboldt County Behavioral Health Board for a three-year term.”
- Continuation of the Local Emergency Due to Drought
- A zoning matter – donation of vehicles to the County Motor Pool, which the staff report advises the Board of Supervisors to “approve the donation of two Ford F150 pickup trucks to the county Motor Pool for capitalization, maintenance, and insurance purposes” from the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department.
MATTERS INITIATED BY BOARD MEMBERS:
Sometimes, certain items can be brought to the agenda by a particular board member and focus on a specific issue which is important to that district and board member and generally to Humboldt County on the whole.
This week, Fifth District Supervisor Steve Madrone brings a matter concerning road maintenance trails, parks and other services and repairs needed across the county.
The staff report attached to this matter explains, “Residents in Humboldt County have continued to stress the need for more road repairs, maintenance and other county services, however, the county continues to lack the funding to provide additional services. Individuals living in the county are already spending substantial funds on car repairs and delays in travel for them, as well as emergency services to respond to life-threatening situations. Regarding roads, there is an estimated roughly $10 million in additional funding needed per year to keep up with needed maintenance.”
Emphasizing the need locally for infrastructure maintenance, the report reads, “Regardless of timing for placing a measure on the ballot, the situation regarding funding for roads is dire. There is over $250 million in deferred maintenance, and the cost to residents to maintain their vehicles due to driving on deteriorated county roads continues to rise. Measure Z funding has been utilized for roads, but to date has been minimal. More funding is needed to make meaningful change. In the short term, to augment roads funding, the Board could choose to allocate additional Measure Z funding to roads until a long-term revenue source is found.”
The staff report also mentions that it is possible to put a measure on the November ballot noting that August 12 is the final day to submit information to the elections office if the Board of Supervisors should decide to place a revenue measure on the November ballot. A few immediate actions needed in order to make this happen are listed as follows:
- “July 19: Direct staff to create and ordinance and ballot question to be introduced for the November, 2022 election
- Aug. 2 (or earlier): Staff introduces the ordinance and ballot question. Staff publicly notices the ordinance.
- Aug. 9: Your Board considers adopting the ordinance pending voter approval.
- Aug. 12: Final day to submit measures for the November, 2022 election.”
MATTERS SET FOR TIME CERTAIN & CLOSED SESSION:
Then, two of the four items listed as Closed Session matters are scheduled for a “time certain.” The first is set for 9:30 a.m., and another for 2pm, although there is more time allotted for the other two closed session matters following the rest of the agenda, and the public comment period in the afternoon.
The Board’s June 14th Closed Session agenda reflects 4 items to be handled behind closed doors in “Conference with Legal Counsel” as follows:
- At 9:30 AM – Conference with Legal Counsel to consider Public Employee Appointment for the position of County Surveyor
- At 2:00 PM – Conference with Legal Counsel – “Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1)” to discuss existing litigation in the case of Shawn Lee Perrot v. Duane Christian.
- Conference with Legal Counsel to consider Public Employee Appointment for the position of the Agricultural Commissioner
- Conference with Legal Counsel to discuss existing litigation in the case of People of the State of California, et al. v. Karen Paz Dominguez, et al., Humboldt County Superior Court Case No. CV2200584
In Closed Session, while the Board is not at liberty to include the public in the meeting, the outcome of closed session meetings are to be announced in open session for the public’s awareness following decisions by the board.
Three department reports are scheduled for this Tuesday. This week the Supes will hear from the County Administrative Office (CAO), DHHS Administration, and the Human Resources (HR) departments, which will present departmental updates and reports.
First on the list is the CAO, which will present the 2021-22 civil Grand Jury responses that correspond to various reports by the GJ containing suggestions for improvement in various areas of county management and department functions. This should be interesting.
Next, the county’s Department of Health and Human Services Administration office brings a report for the Supes which requires a 4 out of 5 vote by the Supes to pass. DHHS is asking for temporary employment of a Program Manager.
The third matter described as a department report comes from HR, and addresses “Humboldt County Foundational Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Definitions, Addition of Exploring Racial Equity: Common Terms to the County’s Mandatory Training List, Diversity Framework, and the Establishment of a Diversity Web Presence.”
With a goal of adopting “foundational definitions of diversity equity and inclusion micro aggression aggression and intersectionality,” the program would require three hours of diversity training every year for all county staff. According to the description listed on the agenda, the staff report directs the office of Human Resources to “establish the necessary website presence dedicated to county diversity initiatives and data.”
PUBLIC HEARINGS & PUBLIC COMMENT:
Public Comment on Non-Agenda items is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., according to the agenda. Otherwise, a member of the public may comment on a particular topic following that agenda item being discussed.
Important matters specifically intended for mass consumption, otherwise known as Public Hearings, include two topics – one is a lot line and boundary adjustment in Korbel, which comes from the county’s Planning and Building Department, and requires a 4 out of 5 vote to pass.
The second public hearing matter involves motorcycle noise allowances in Ferndale, asking to have more than two big events per year by Friends of Ferndale for a Livable Community.
This matter would, according to the staff report, see the Supes approve the “Conditional Use Permit modification permitting operation of a one-time racing event as a pilot/trial, authorizing an increase in noise levels during the pilot/trial event, and prohibiting further racing events until a separate modification of the permit has been granted and accompanied by further environmental review.”
As expected with public hearing agenda items, the boilerplate statement and staff recommendation reflected in the agenda of the meeting reads, “Open the public hearing, receive and consider the staff report, accept public comment, close the public comment period, and deliberate.”
A FEW PRO TIPS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU CALL, ZOOM, OR APPEAR IN PERSON TO ENGAGE YOUR SUPERVISORS AS AN INFORMED CONSTITUENT
Information provided by the Board of Supervisors
for the public to engage with their Supervisors during the meeting:
Email Public Comment:
To submit public comment to the Board please email [email protected] provide your name and the agenda item number(s) on which you wish to comment. All public comment submitted after the agenda has been published will be included with the administrative record after the fact.
Zoom Public Comment:
When the Board of Supervisors announce the agenda item that you wish to comment on, call the conference line 720-707-2699, enter Meeting ID 825 5803 4621 and press star (*) 9 on your phone, this will raise your hand. You’ll continue to hear the Board meeting on the call. HINT: Turn off your tv or live stream to avoid delays.
IMPORTANT PUBLIC COMMENT NOTE:
When it is time for public comment on the item you want to comment on, you’ll hear a prompt that will indicate your phone is unmuted. The Board advises that you “please state your name and the agenda item number you will be commenting on” and then you will have 3 minutes to comment, unless the Board has reduced the time allowance at the start of the meeting.
How to submit information, and receive information from the Supes:
According to the fine print on each Board of Supervisors agenda, “Any written materials related to an item on this agenda submitted to the Board of Supervisors less than 72 hours prior to the Board meeting, and that are public records subject to the Public Records Act, are available for public inspection in the Office of the Clerk of the Board at 825 5th Street, Suite 111, Eureka (476-2384), during normal business hours. Persons wishing to file documentation on any agenda item for the official record must submit an original and nine (9) copies of each document to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Room 111 of the County Courthouse, 825 5th Street in Eureka (476-2384).
Documentation includes, but is not limited to, written correspondence, audio and video tapes, maps, photographs, and petitions. Failure to submit the required number of copies will result in the document/s not being placed in the official record. (Per Board of Supervisors’ policy adopted on March 21, 1995.)
The Chamber is wheelchair accessible, and disabled parking is available in the lot on K Street, between Fourth and Fifth Streets. If you are a person with a disability, and you need disability-related modifications or accommodations to participate in this meeting, please contact the Clerk of the Board at (707) 476-2384, or (707) 445-7299 (fax). Requests for such modifications or accommodations must be made at least three full business days before the start of the meeting.”
Also, for community members with mobility restriction, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if requested with 72 hours prior notice, “reasonable accommodation or modification can be made” according to the Board of Supervisors by calling the Clerk of the Board Office at 707-476-2390 or by email [email protected] or the ADA Coordinator at 844-365-0352, or by email at [email protected] .
Also, regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors are broadcast live on Suddenlink, channel 10, and are rebroadcast on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Members of the public that wish to observe or participate in the Board of Supervisors meetings are encouraged to watch the hybrid meeting via live web streaming on the county’s website, or call in to the meeting during public comment time, which is usually limited to a standard three minutes per topic per commenter – in person or by phone or zoom.
Your Humboldt County Board of Supervisors are as follows: First District Supervisor Rex Bohn, Second District Supervisor Michelle Bushnell, Third District Supervisor Mike Wilson, Fourth District Supervisor and Board Chairperson Virginia Bass, and Fifth District Supervisor and Vice Chairperson Steve Madrone.
Observe the meeting in real time by using the following link: https://humboldt.legistar.com