April 27, 2005
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Firehouse Restaurant, Finnon Lake, Mosquito

At approximately 11:00 a.m. a walking tour of the demonstration area around Finnon Lake was conducted. The purpose was to view project results funded by grants from BLM and Title III. The group returned to the Firehouse Restaurant after the one-hour tour and had lunch. Vicki Yorty called the meeting to order at approximately 1:00 p.m. Members and guests present were: Jennifer Boyd, Maria Capraun, Bill and Claire Cave, Leo Chaloux, Mary Cornelison (Director), Joan Darling, Rich Englefield (Treasurer), Penny Humphreys, Joan Jennings (Director), Bill Knoop, Bob Krieg, Tom Mahach (Act. Chair), Teri Mizuhara, Gene Murphy, Len Newell (Director), Ed and Audrey Pomato, Barbara Rebiskie, Walt Tyler (Secretary), Chris Waters, Denice Rice, Eric Hempt, Mike Staley, Joe Snyder, Leo Warren, Clare Clement, Joe Lima, Linda Lima, Pat Mouillesseaux, Neil Matheny, Patrick McDaniel, Ray Griffiths (Director).

Vicki welcomed everyone and asked them to identify themselves. It was decided that the business portion of the meeting would be postponed until the next regularly scheduled EDCFSC on 5-25-05. This was followed by general discussion and short announcements.

Rich Englefield reported that some minor changes had been made to make the web site more users friendly. Number of persons visiting the web site is increasing steadily.

Vicki reminded the group of up coming events. She will send e-mail of dates and events.

Leo Chaloux and Len Newell described current and projected fire protection and defensible space projects. Difficulties have been overcome and success is visible. There is an optimistic attitude for future projects.

Neil Matheny described efforts to develop a community alarm system for the Mosquito area. It is proposed to eventually have two radio (AM) transmitters installed within the area to transmit emergency information. Sirens that could be heard through out the community would alarm the residents to listen to the radio broadcasts for emergency information. Telephone communication (snow tree) is not believed to be reliable. Initially there may only be sufficient funding for development of one station.

Following the general meeting, a tour of recently completed defensible space and vegetation clearing treatment of the emergency evacuation routes was conducted. At the conclusion of the tour, all involved expressed complements of the work done.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Walt Tyler, Secretary, EDCFSC