El Dorado County Fire Safe Council Board of Directors Meeting
April 25, 2007
Gold Hills Fire Station, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The meeting was called to order by Penny Humphreys, Chair, at approximately
11:00 a.m. Directors and staff present were: Walt Tyler (Secretary), Walt Graves, Bill Cave,
Lori Tuthill, Joan Jennings (Treasurer), Ray Griffiths (Vice Chair), Janet Gastaldi, Richard
Englefield, Mary Cornelison, Vicki Yorty (Executive Coordinator), Jana Newman (Consultant).
Rich Englefield proposed a motion to approve the agenda as submitted.
Second by Janet Gastaldi. Approved by all present.
A motion was proposed by Ray Griffiths to approve the February 28, 2007
minutes. Second by Joan Jennings. Approved by all present.
Rich Englefield reported on the web site activity. The EDCFSC web is 2nd on the
World Wide Web sites. Amador FSC is now 6th.
Penny reminded members that election of officers is due soon. There is some
confusion regarding term limits of officers and/or directors. The by laws may have to be changed
to define if the two year term limits refer to the officers or directors or both. Vicki will
research and advise. It was agreed to postpone the issue until the May '07 meeting. Ray
Griffith, Vice Chair, will chair the nominating committee. Lori will also be on the committee.
Walt Graves advised that he would be leaving as Director and this will be his
last meeting. He was complemented for his participation and he will be missed. Vicki stated
that we need to recruit Directors from the newly formed FSCs.
Vicki reported that approximately 30% of our funding requests have been
granted. $5,000,000+ in funds have been received since the EDCFSC has been formed.
The Title III funding agreement has not been received. It is expected soon.
Prop 40 funds for the Sandridge project have not been received but the contractor has been
paid from another fund. $47,000 is available for the 2007 Senior Assistance program $50,000
will be available for 2008. Jana will coordinate the program with referrals being made by
the Fire Chiefs. Community members can make requests to the Chiefs.
Vicki provided a Project Tracking Summery and explained the contents. She
explained that addition of projects has exceeded her time limits to complete all of the
administrative requirements. Some administrative functions will be delegated and others will
be contracted to an outside agency.
Jana passed out ID tags to the Directors. ID tags are also available to
Defensible Space evaluators.
Vicki proposed that a bulk mail permit be purchased to use for mailing
newsletters, etc. A significant savings of postage can be realized. Approximately $200.00 could
have been saved during a recent mailing. Lori Tuthill proposed a motion to purchase a Nonprofit
Bulk US Mail Permit. Second by Ray Griffiths. Approved by all present.
Jana advised that caps and shirts with the EDCFSC logo are available for
advisors doing Defensible Space advise. Discussion continued regarding background checks of
volunteers performing Defensible Space activities. Fire district personnel are already cleared.
More research is necessary to determine requirements for background checks and liability.
Jana explained that a position Defensible Space Coordinator is open in
the Georgetown area. The position requires approximately 10 hours per week. Jana will
coordinate efforts to fill the position. Method of payment for services has not been fully
completed. Vicki does not believe the EDCFSC wants to become involved with independent contractors
for this service.
Submitted by Walt Tyler, Secretary EDCFSC